Does anyone see anyone else playing Mizuno metal woods even outside of the occasional player on the PGA TOUR? Then again not many play the brand’s metal woods on TOUR even though they can get paid to do so. Nevertheless, Mizuno has introduced the ST190 woods. According to the company, the ST190 is, “highly anticipated,” which isn’t even open for debate. But in the world of perception is reality; Mizuno proclaims it has quietly been a pioneer of metal woods for the entire golf industry. From the Ti100 (golf’s first mass-production titanium driver), the Masters winning T-ZOID, MP-001 with composite crown, and the MP-600 with sliding weights – Mizuno has introduced many metal wood technologies widely adopted by the industry. How many of these models have you tried or owned?

Mizuno’s ST190 drivers boasts a lighter CORTECH structure to deliver consistently higher ball speeds, according to the company, with a large carbon composite crown plus the Amplified Wave soleplate, introduced in last year’s ST180 drivers. The ST190 was designed for mid to low spin with maximum stability, and features a single, factory-fixed 6g backweight that adds 300gcm2 MOI, according to the company, for added stability on off-center strikes. The ST190G was built for low spin and offers FAST TRACK adjustability thanks to twin 7g weights on external tracks that can reduce spin by an additional 200rpm, Mizuno said, allowing players to achieve heavy fade or draw biases by placing the weights in one track.

 “The ST190 marks a total change in how Mizuno approaches wood design,” says lead Mizuno golf designer Kei Tsjui. “We now start the development process with our tour players. The tour-tested molds then become our production molds. In the case of the ST190, this produced a high-speed driver with extreme low spin for the tour, but with the capability of increasing spin for lower swing speed players.” The TOUR players, should you require reminding are Luke Donald and Keith Mitchell (who?).

Mizuno is asking $500 USD for the ST190G driver and $400 USD for the ST190. Matching fairway metals are also available. For the answer to the most important question, the ST190 woods will be available nationwide and in Canada starting in February 2019!