Mizuno Golf Drivers
Mizuno Golf Drivers 2023 mark an important milestone in their development as drivers. Just a few years ago, you might have passed off Mizuno's driver offerings as token efforts - but over the past half-decade we've seen their driver line truly start to be taken seriously by Tour players and amateurs alike.
Why is a Forged SAT 2041 Beta Titanium Face in demand?
Mizuno Golf Drivers 2023 feature the Forged SAT 2041 Beta Titanium Face, providing 17% greater tensile strength and 8% greater flexibility compared to standard industry 6-4 titanium used previously. The company claims this helps release more ball speed at impact while improving performance overall.
Forged SAT 2041 is a special alloy composed of 20% Vanadium, 4% aluminum and 1% tin to create an even stronger, lighter and more flexible club face than traditional titanium drivers. Plus, its anti-microfractures prevent damage during play for extended club life.
This driver face has been redesigned with CORTECH multi-thickness technology to protect ball speed across the club face. Made of beta titanium, which offers a higher strength-to-weight ratio than other materials, this driver face is more flexible and produces more springback for explosive impact.
Another improvement to the club head's weighting is a more balanced position between heel and toe, providing neutral ball flight bias. This provides an effective solution for players who experience distance loss with left-to-right trajectory changes.
Mizuno has been striving to make their ST series of drivers more appealing to a wider audience than before by using lighter components in the club head and introducing an array of visual technology that makes it easier for players to identify where the club head sits when taking address.
These models feature a lighter WAVE sole structure, more compact visual face angle bridge and super-lightweight carbon fiber crown that moves weight to key areas for greater forgiveness and MOI. All these changes have been designed to appeal to an array of players - from better and recreational golfers who desire greater control over their drives - for improved trajectory control.
Mizuno spent a year refining their drivers to produce a more muted, powerful tone that Tour players had requested. This marked an enormous improvement from earlier drivers that had produced more of a rooster-like sound.
Superior Mizuno CORTECH Chamber
Mizuno Drivers 2023 introduce the CORTECH Chamber, designed to make a big impact in performance. This complex multi-thickness construction combines a Forged SAT 2041 Beta Titanium face with MAS1C steel for powerful ball speeds and an intense sensation at impact.
Mizuno's CORETECH faces are now made with 17% stronger SAT (super alloy titanium) material compared to their previous SP700 titanium choice. Not only is this more durable, but also offers increased flexibility that allows Mizuno to reshape the club face for a springier feel and greater explosive power at impact without needing a forged titanium rim.
These properties make the CORTECH Chamber an ideal match, as they enable club faces to be thinner than traditional designs, giving golfers greater control and distance off of the club face. Furthermore, Mizuno engineers designed MAS1C steel with a waffle crown crown for added lightness compared to previous materials.
This waffle crown also helps to reduce bulk from less stressed areas of the club face for improved start condition and more forgiveness. Furthermore, it keeps the weight of the club head lower which increases launch distance.
With this in mind, the ST-Z 230 driver was engineered with a neutral bias to increase consistency on off-centre hits. It features the same MAS1C steel face enhanced by CORTECH Chamber as its counterpart - the ST-Z fairway wood - as well as a modern players profile featuring Quick Switch hosel adjustability of four degrees.
Plus, the ST-Z driver features a wide low footprint and neutral visual lie angle for improved straight line flight with lower spin rates. It comes equipped with an ultralight Helium Platinum shaft and grip to give you everything you need to address any challenge head on.
Similarly, the ST-X 220 driver has been designed with a draw bias to increase consistency on off-centre shots. It uses the same MAS1C face enhanced by CORTECH Chamber technology for all players; its slightly wider footprint than the CLK hybrid it replaces helps reduce spin and boost launch distance.
Two-Tone Carbon Fiber Crown
Mizuno Golf fans have likely noticed the brand's recent efforts in developing top-tier drivers. The ST series has served as the platform for this initiative and they've done an excellent job providing players with a reliable set of clubs.
Mizuno has added three new ST200 driver models and two ST200 fairway wood options to its lineup this year in an effort to make them more appealing to a wider audience. These drivers boast a lightweight carbon crown which helps promote an optimal CG position, as well as a Forged SAT 2041 Beta Titanium clubface which delivers faster ball speeds and improved performance overall.
The Forged SAT 2041 Beta Titanium is 17 percent stronger than commercial 6-4 titanium, yet its flexibility allows for a thinner face. Furthermore, this alloy boasts an incredible flexibility that leads to a lower center of gravity and faster ball speed production.
It also boasts a score line and textured surface to help control spin in wet conditions. This driver comes in various models with adjustable sole weights for even more customization options.
Mid-handicap players will find the ST-Z to be an ideal option as it promotes low spinning and efficient straight ball flight. Furthermore, its neutral-bias internal weighting makes adjusting it for perfect fit easy.
Similarly, the ST-X is an excellent option for players who favor a draw biased feel with central back weight that allows them to adjust for the appropriate amount of forgiveness. Finally, the ST 230 driver provides greater stability and has a high, flight-enhancing CG.
The GEN5 driver crown utilizes high-grade carbon fiber to save mass and redistribute it around the perimeter of the clubhead for improved CG stability. Furthermore, an innovative vapor deposition process conducted in a vacuum-sealed chamber increases carbon strength and stiffness.
PXG has used AV composite material before, but this is the first time it's been utilized in a driver. Additionally, its lighter and thinner weave than regular carbon fiber allows it to be more rigid and retain less energy during deformation.
Run Bird Alignment Aid
Mizuno has long been known for their irons and wedges, but the company is now turning up the heat on driver design with their ST series. Their ST models boast all of Mizuno's hallmark features with an emphasis on innovation and performance - making them some of the company's most impressive clubs yet; however, the Mizuno Golf Drivers 2023 may be its crowning glory.
The ST-Z 230 is one of the best looking modern drivers on the market, boasting a forged SAT 2041 beta titanium face, CORTECH Chamber and two-tone carbon fiber crown. Furthermore, this club utilizes clever weight positioning to reduce spin and promote a stronger connection when impacting.