The 2021 release sees Mizuno offering two great driver options; the ST-Z and the ST-X. These are two fantastic drivers, with the ST-Z a neutral flight-biased low spinning machine and the ST-X a draw-biased forgiving beast that will help anyone fight their dreaded slice.
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Mizuno ST-Z background
To say that Mizuno has lacked a presence in the driver market over recent years would be an understatement. I don’t even need to look up their driver sales figures because I’ve seen living proof.
Unfortunately for me, this proof was in the form of an argument between myself and a guy I was paired with. He had a set of Mizuno irons that he loved and said it’s a shame Mizuno doesn’t make drivers.
When I respectfully corrected him… he decided to ARGUE with me.
This was because he never sees Mizuno drivers when he watches the PGA tour and never sees any in the pro shop. After I named 3 recent models I started to win him over, but I’m still not fully convinced he actually believed me.
If my story shows one thing, it’s that Mizuno drivers aren’t heavily marketed enough. They’ve been one of my favorite looking (and performing) drivers on the market in recent years, but don’t get the recognition they deserve.
️ - Are Mizuno drivers any good?
Yes, Mizuno make excellent drivers that offer great performance and forgiveness. Their drivers keep up with the latest releases from other manufacturers however, they don’t seem to be as well marketed which is why many people might tend to shy away from purchasing one.
2021 Mizuno Driver Review
Mizuno’s drivers for 2021 consist of the ST-Z as well as the ST-X. If you’re a Mizuno fan you may have been expecting a G which is absent from this year’s release. The letters X and Z refer to weight distribution within the clubhead; we’ll look at the differences between the two later.
Essentially Mizuno has built on the previously released ST-200, taking all the strong points and looking to further improve the efficiency and technology. So, stepping into the review, let’s take a look at Mizuno’s latest and possibly greatest drivers:
Now let’s take a look at the ST-Z drivers which are what I’d recommend for the “better” players. I’m not saying good players can’t see benefits in using the ST-X however, the market trend with drivers targeted at better players seems to be focused on producing lower spin numbers to optimize distance.
The ST-Z driver does exactly that; it’s Mizuno’s high MOI, low to mid spinning driver. Often better players prefer lower spin numbers as it means they can get better rollouts and optimal distance.
The great thing about the ST-Z is it helps you achieve low spin, but also provides an excellent amount of forgiveness.
Again, another reason that the ST-Z driver is suited towards lower handicap players is the flight bias. Unlike the ST-X which has a draw bias, the ST-Z doesn’t favor a draw or a fade and offers a neutral bias.
As a rule of thumb, better players tend to prefer workability when it comes to shot shaping.
The Mizuno ST-Z accommodates this with a flight bias that allows you to work the ball left or right more easily.
There is one noticeable difference between the ST-Z and ST-X when it comes to looks; you get dual sole plates instead of just the one. With that said, it looks equally as slick as the ST-X. It offers a traditional, classy look that I personally think looks amazing.
So to summarize, the ST-Z would be suited to you if you’re looking for a driver that’s got a neutral flight bias, offers low spin numbers, and a respectable amount of forgiveness for off-centered hits.
ST-Z or ST-X? Handicap recommendation
It can be difficult for golfers (especially beginners) to understand which equipment best suits their game. This is often the case with new drivers as many manufacturers release a range made up of two or (more commonly) three different models. This section of the review will discuss some of the considerations you should make if you’re looking to buy the ST-Z or ST-X and want to know which driver best suits your game.
If you’re a high handicap golfer who struggles to make a good connection with your drives, your decision is a fairly simple one. You’ll want something that’s designed to offer the best possible forgiveness. In this case, the ST-X is the most forgiving driver in the range. However, the caveat that you need to be aware of is the draw flight bias. Plenty of high handicappers struggle with a slice, so a draw bias would be really beneficial to help combat this.
However, if you’re a high handicapper who doesn’t slice the ball and your big miss is a hook, then a draw-biased driver wouldn’t be best suited to you. For high handicappers that strike the ball reasonably or miss with a big draw, the ST-Z would be recommended as it still offers forgiveness and the neutral flight bias will mean your miss doesn’t get exaggerated.
Mid to low handicappers
The common problem with labeling clubs as a high or low handicap is that handicaps don’t consider how well you strike the ball. However, mid to low handicap golfers tend to strike the ball better than high handicap players and have different requirements from their clubs. If you’re more of an intermediate player and ball-striking isn’t a problem for you and you’re concerned with maximizing distance and efficiency, I’d recommend the ST-Z as this is designed to be a low to mid spinning driver and it has a neutral bias that will help you shape the ball.
Mizuno ST-Z features & technology
Shafts & Performance
- Fujikura Motore F3 – mid ball flight
- Project X EvenFlow Riptide CB – high ball flight
- Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX – low ball flight