MAJOR MEDAL HAUL FEATURES MIZUNO’S FIRST EVER DRIVER GOLD IN 2019 GOLF DIGEST HOT LIST
Mizuno, the Japanese golf equipment manufacturer long renowned for its beautiful, industry-leading clubs, has won an incredible 8 golds in Golf Digest’s 2019 Hot List, including 6 in the various iron categories and a first ever driver gold for its acclaimed ST190 & ST190G models.
Not surprisingly given its global reputation for forged irons, Mizuno has made a habit of gaining gold recognition in the annual Hot List awards from Golf Digest. But while this year’s tally of 6 golds in the various iron categories is exceptional even by Mizuno’s standards, it is the brand’s first ever driver gold that is just as eye-catching, if not more so.
Take-up on tour had already hinted that Mizuno was back among the driver elite, with staff players Eddie Pepperell, Luke Donald, Lucas Glover and Keith Mitchell all teeing it up with the ST190 driver this season. But this latest accolade is further evidence that, with its new ST190 models, Mizuno has rejoined the top table of driver manufacturers, with the hard work of its expert designers and engineers bearing much fruit.
The Hot List iron haul was spread across the ‘game improvement’, ‘players’ irons’ and ‘players’ distance irons’ categories with all four members of the JPX919 family honoured – Hot Metal, Tour, Forged and Hot Metal Pro. The MP-18 MMC and SC models were also awarded gold as were the striking Blue IP S18 wedges. Silver honours for the ST190/ST190 TS fairway wood and the CLK Hybrid completed Mizuno’s Golf Digest Hot List medal haul for 2019.
“We’ve always done well in the Golf Digest Hot List irons categories,” said David Llewellyn, Director R&D Mizuno USA, “and our six golds there are highlight our strength in this category. But the gold for the ST190 drivers is perhaps even more exciting for us as a brand as we seek to re-establish Mizuno in the driver and metalwood categories.”
Gold award winners:
ST190 & ST190G drivers – accelerates ball speeds noticeably past its predecessors
“It’s like they translated the forged feel of irons to a driver.” High-handicap review
“The clubhead sits square with a clean look. I was very happy with its consistent, middle trajectory. It just flies out there.” Low-handicap review
JPX919 Hot Metal iron – Chromoly 4140M: packed with your potential
“It gets through the ground like a bulldozer—you can attack it without any fear of chunking.” Mid-handicap review
JPX919 Tour iron – unmistakable Mizuno feel
“The turf interaction is the highlight. It feels like there’s no chance the sole is going to catch or drag.” Low-handicap review
JPX919 Forged iron – boron-infused for added strength
“The head frames the ball nicely. Centre hits feel like a soft continuation of the swing.” Mid-handicap review
JPX919 Hot Metal Pro iron – Hot Metal performance in a smaller package
“The contact feels soft, but there’s plenty of power. That’s a winning combination.” Mid-handicap review
MP-18 MMC iron – highly stable, forgiving multi-metal construction
“You can see there’s some technology with the titanium insert, but it still looks like a players iron.” Mid-handicap review
MP-18 SC iron – compact, players’ cavity-back iron
“It’s a higher ball flight without having to exert much effort.” Low-handicap review
S18 wedges – loft-specific design
“Excellent turf interaction on full swings. No matter if you hit it thin, fat or fully flushed, it felt like you pured it.” High-handicap review
Silver award winners:
ST190 & ST190 TS fairway woods – flat out further
“Glides through the turf, easy to hit off the tee and still workable.” Low-handicap review
CLK hybrids – the adjustable hybrid
“The tight look frames the ball nicely. Easy out of catchy lies.” Mid-handicap review