The Mizuno ST190 Driver was announced last month, sporting a new black colourway and a number of enhancements to ball speed and MOI for more consistent results overall.
Alongside the driver are the new ST190 fairway woods, which use many of the same new technologies to produce lower spin and greater playability from both the tee and the fairway.
Mizuno say the fairway woods are engineered to produce speed, with a carbon composite crown and amplified Wale soleplate combining with a deeper, high-energy HT1770 Maraging steel face for some extra heat.
Making the clubface deeper allows it to flex more, as a driver does, to maximise ball speed.
An ultra-lightweight crown allows 4g of weight to be moved lower down in the head and this with the deeper clubface is what produces the low-spin ball flight, which will perform well in all conditions.
The Amplified Wave Soleplate’s larger first wave creates a balance between stability and sweet spot height, making the ST190 more forgiving from off-centre strikes keeping spin rates down.
Similar Harmonic Impact Technology to that found in the drivers generates a 'powerful, solid impact sound', fine-tuned through the study of vibration and soundwaves.
Lead Engineer Kei Tsjui commented:
The ST190's deeper face is not just useful from the tee - it also gives the clubface a larger frame that functions more like a driver for higher ball speed. Normally that is compromised by a higher sweet spot and additional backspin, but by using our carbon composite crown and Wave Soleplate, we were able to combine high ball speeds with an efficient ball flight.
The ST190 fairway woods will be available in a men’s 15˚ 3-wood (right and left hand), a men’s 18˚ 5-wood (right hand only) and a men’s adjustable 3-wood Tour S (13˚ to 17˚, right hand only) which produces a stronger ball flight and even less spin.
Available from February 2019, a variety of shafts are available for no extra charge including new Fujikura Atmos offerings. The standard ST190 is priced at £279 whilst the adjustable ST190 TS is £315.
It's fair to say that Mizuno are better known for their iron designs than metals, but they are being touted by many as the dark horse in the industry this year and have made some big improvements in the last few years.
Could the ST190 be one of the new fairway woods that you try out?