What we say...
Mizuno's ST180 Fairway Wood uses an amplified wave sole to drop spin rates for even the fastest, downward ball strikers. Find out below what we made of it as part of our biggest gear test of the year - Top Gear.
Mizuno ST180 Fairway: You need to know
A wave sole design and new 1770 maraging steel face contract and rebound together, transferring more energy to the ball at impact, increasing ball speed. Mizuno say the ST180 delivers a flatter, efficient ball flight yet the bigger than average profile is highly forgiving. For golfers who like the look of bigger wider heads but don’t want the spin usually associated with a stretched model the ST180 is an interesting proposition.
Mizuno ST180 Fairway: We say
Take nothing away from the ST180 it’s a cracking looking fairway wood. We love how by keeping the paint line back from the top edge, the face appears bigger and more lofted, which in our book is a brilliant look for a modern fairway wood. The heads a good mixture of low profile and wide body shaping which all three testers thought was a look a majority of golfers would really appreciate.
Performance matched the looks, ST posted ball speeds 1mph above the test average and our second longest carry distance (tied with the Callaway Rogue), which says the STs well equipped to perform in the hands of a wide audience of golfers. The STs adjustable hosel (15deg model) means it can also be morphed into a 17deg 4 wood or 13deg fairway driver, which non-adjustable hosel models can’t quite match.
Mizuno ST180 Fairway: Verdict
Our issue with Mizuno’s woods this year are their prices. We’ve already had a roasting for writing the ST180 driver off in our drivers test because of the price tag. But as nice as the ST180 is when you bring clubs to market for more than the market leader it’s natural for people to ask why? What more am I getting? And that’s the bit we’re struggling to answer, if we’re to heartily recommend the ST over less expensive models this year.