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The Mizuno ST200 driver is not elite in terms of ball speed. No shaft choices. Robust launch and spin.
Last year, Mizuno made a real breakthrough into the driver market with the ST190 (review HERE). It notched a win on the PGA Tour and was in real contention in fittings across the country. For 2020, Mizuno is offering a trio of drivers to try to build on that momentum. In this review, we’ll take a look at the version built for the masses, the Mizuno ST200 driver.
The Mizuno ST200 driver is a sharp looking club. Its sole is clean with lots of gloss black putting the focus on the large, silver running bird logo.
At address, the club is symmetrical and very round. As on many drivers, the crown fades from solid black near the ball to a carbon fiber on the back half. The only thing I dislike is the white trim around the back edge of the driver which is much more prominent than it appears in the photo above.
Sound & Feel
Connecting the ST200 driver with the ball creates a big “crack.” The sound is slightly above average in volume, medium in terms of tone. Interestingly, it seems to get louder when you strike one pure.
The feel of the Mizuno ST200 was a bit disappointing to me. It didn’t feel hot and explosive nor was it solid and satisfying. Impact wasn’t unpleasant, but it wasn’t exciting either.
Making an elite driver ultimately boils down to one thing: ball speed. You want to maximize ball speed with your best strikes and preserve as much as you can when the strike is mediocre. The Mizuno ST200 falls short of elite on both of those metrics.
To be clear, the ST200 is not a bad driver. It’s fine. If I had to play the ST200, I wouldn’t quit golf. However, in a year that has seen the release of three MAVRIK drivers (reviews HERE), the Tour Edge Exotics EXS 220 (review HERE), and with the PING G410 Plus still on the shelf (review HERE), the ST200 isn’t a compelling option.
Interestingly, though the ST200 driver is not great at preserving ball speed, it is robust in terms of launch and spin. My drives were predictably sent on the same trajectory with the same strong ball flight even when the strike wasn’t ideal.
Perhaps the most disappointing thing about the Mizuno ST200 is the lack of shaft choices. While many other manufacturers are offering three or more stock shafts, Mizuno offers golfers no choice at all. If you want a regular flex, you’re getting the Diamana Red M+. If you want stiff, you get the Diamana Blue S+. Full stop.
After their big leap forward in drivers last year, the Mizuno ST200 driver is a bit of a disappointment. The lack of shaft options combined with the failure to achieve and maintain elite ball speed makes this a second tier offering for 2020.