Mizuno ST200G - Wow
So I went in for a driver fitting today. Currently game the Callaway Rogue Sub Zero with the Kuro Kage Silver TiNi 65 Stiff and while I have no real complaints with the Rogue I've been getting the new driver itch lately.
Baseline numbers with the Rogue Sub Zero:
106 MPH Swing Speed, 155 Ball Speed, 2200 Spin
First thing I get put in to was the Mavrik Sub Zero with the Aldila Rogue. Duck hook after duck hook. I wish I could say more or anything really about this club but we gave up quickly after less than 10 swings and moved on.
Next was the SIM with HZRDUS Smoke Green 6.0. Finally the ball was airborne but still hugging the left side even when I started the ball on line. Ball speed was good sitting around 156 but holy cow if you hit this thing high off the face good by spin. Low 1000's and heading left! We moved up to the HZRDUS 6.5 and that helped straighten out the ball flight but the spin numbers we're too low even on good strikes, sub 2000. We moved over to the SIM Max and switched between the 70 gram HZRDUS 6.0 an 60 gram HZRDUS 6.5. Ultimately the lighter weight and stiffer flex combo felt better. Much better spin number with the Max but ran into the same issue of high in the face hits with incredibly low spin. I will say that my miss is high toe and both the SIM and SIM Max seem to not like the ball there. The distance you get off of them is impressive for mishits but these were resulting in OB left shots. Overall I liked the Max and was sitting around 156 ball speed like the Sim but with better spin numbers around 2400 (taking out the duck hooky ones) but still the high toe duck hook were too frequent.
Next was the TS3 with the Even Flow X Flex. Really great looking and sounding driver, actually best sound of anything I hit today but the spin numbers were high. 2700-3000 consistently and the ball speed was only around 154. We tried a couple other shafts because I liked the look and sound but nothing really got me there.
I hit the Cobra Speedzone (non max I believe) and wow this thing is a rocket. From address it looks like it sits very open which to me is confidence boosting as my miss is left. I hit 159 ball speed a few times and was sitting comfortably at 157-8 with spin around 2400. This was a real contender.
Last thing I tried was the Mizuno ST200G and with the Fuji Atmos 6x and I assumed it would perform a lot like the TS3 and while it did in the looks and sound department it was also a ballspeed monster. 160, 161, 160 on my first 3 swings. I was sitting 260-265 carry pretty much all day and flew it over 270 pretty much every time with 2300 spin. I was skeptical about a $500 Mizuno driver but the results were incredible. It of course had the same issue as all of the low spin drivers on the market where high toe shots are very low spinning but you can't blame the club for that and the ones that were high toe were no where near as wild as SIM.
I ended up going with the Mizuno which btw do free shaft and grip upgrades and you also get a case of their new balls for free with the purchase. For those on the fence about the Mizuno go out and hit it.