Mizuno ST-Z 220 Vs. Ping G425 Driver Comparison Overview

The Mizuno ST-Z 220 and the Ping G425 drivers actually have a lot in common. This surprised us a bit when we tested the Mizuno ST-Z 220 because A) this was our first time playing/testing it and B) it was a much more stripped down Mizuno club than what we were used to.

Meanwhile, the Ping G425 is a driver we are very familiar with, having tested it many times. So it’s the first driver that came to mind when it came time to compare the Mizuno ST-Z 220 to a similar driver. Let’s see how they stack up.

Mizuno ST-Z 220 Driver Overview

The Mizuno ST-Z 220 is the company’s foray into a game-improvement driver.

The Mizuno ST-Z 220 features a titanium face, carbon fiber sole, a 20 gram rear fixed weight and an internal ribbing system – features that are paralleled in the Ping G425 driver. The Mizuno ST-Z 220 was a very forgiving driver which is what first surprised us.

The titanium face material is very consistent from heel to toe but lacks up and down shot shapeability. However, you do get pretty effortless launch out of this driver thanks in part to a 20 gram weight situated low and in the back of the head.

A lot of the distance this driver yields has to do with the carbon fiber sole which helps distribute weight evenly across the face. This essentially eliminates thickness variables that can promote long-game spin.

Ping G425 Driver Overview

The Ping G425 sports a forged titanium face insert, dragonfly internal ribbing system and a 26 gram rear weight.

Sound familiar? The key features in the Ping G425 driver are almost identical to those of the Mizuno ST-Z 220. There are key differences though. For one thing, the rear weight of the G425 is adjustable (draw, fade, neutral). For another, it’s also heavier by 6 grams.

The Ping G425 also produced more spin off the tee which hurt it’s overall max distance. The Ping G425 did however have the better feel at impact. The unchecked side-spin made the G425 the less controllable driver between the two though.

If you are a stickler for feel, we would recommend taking a look at the Ping G425. If however your main concerns are distance and straight drives, the Mizuno ST-Z 220 would be the better option between these two drivers.

Mizuno ST-Z 220

In 20 Words or Less

This modern Mizuno driver definitely packs a punch, you will be very surprised.

Ping G425 Drivers

In 20 Words Or Less

One of the most respected drivers in the game today, Feel and Control set this apart from the competition

Mizuno ST-Z 220 First Impressions

As I’m sure you are all, we were also skeptical when it came to the new Mizuno driver range.

We received the standard shaft that it comes with, when we took it out of the box, the first thing we noticed was how light it was, this definitely means you will gain some much needed clubhead speed.

The ST-Z driver looked great when we put it down behind the ball, the clubface sat square, and the carbon crown looked sleek.

As for performance, we didn’t see any major changes in our average ball speeds, however they were just slightly less than the big name brands.

We did visibly see that the ball had less of a shape than we normally see, meaning that their straight flight bias could be working, I guess you’ll have to see for yourself.

Low struck shots kept up some decent ball speed, which means the Wave Sole definitely is working.

The adjustability is great, it really helped us get that little bit more dialed in, it would have been great to try out some of the custom shafts, I think this could really be the game changer when it comes to getting fitted with the ST-Z 200.

Ping G425 Drivers – First Impressions

The Club is pretty understated in it’s design, it’s all black with some white logo writing and you can immediately notice the adjustable weighting in the back that can iron out any inherent flaws in your swing.

The weight on the back is tungsten and weighs 26g, the ultra light internal dragon fly crown allows for more weight in the back and face which is a forged insert, delivering incredible ball speed and accuracy.

The head is packing huge MOI of over 10,000, and it incorprates and ultralight hosel insert and internal ribbing for unrivalled feel, forgiveness and competitive distance.

The club comes in three formats:

The max will suit mid to high handicappers

The LST has a smaller 445cc head for the consistent mid to low to pro players

The SFT is the most forgiving of the drivers and best for beginners who tend to slice

Overall the G425 has excellent feel and consistent and rightfully takes its place as one of the top premium drivers on the market right now.

Mizuno ST-Z 220 Selling Points

  • Cheap price point
  • Wave Sole helps with low struck shots
  • Forged SAT2041 Beta Ti face increases ball speed
  • 20g back weight gives you additional forgiveness
  • Its adjustable, allowing you to get dialed in
  • It has a wide variety of custom shafts

Ping G425 Driver – Selling Points

  • 26g Adjustable Weight In The Heel
  • Ultra Light Carbon Crown With Internal Dragon Fly Technology
  • Forged Face Insert For Incredible Ball Speeds
  • Version To Suit All Levels Of Player
  • Exceptional Feel And Consistency
  • Arcoss Smart Sensors Included

Mizuno ST-Z 220 Driver – Who is it for?

The Mizuno ST-Z driver is built for all levels of golfers. The low spinning aspect of the driver appeals to the low handicap player as well as the ‘Straight Flight Bias’ will be extremely beneficial.

High handicap players can even use this driver as it is forgiving, however if you struggle with a fade we suggest trying the ST-X model as it has a draw bias.

With the wide variety of custom shafts, we highly recommend that you get fitted by a qualified Mizuno fitter or your local pro. Playing with the right loft and shaft flex can add 20 yards to your drives, and make them much more accurate.

Distance: 93/100

Accuracy: 96/100

Forgiveness: 94/100

Feel and Control: 92/100

Overall Score: 94/100

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Who Are The G425 Drivers For

These drivers are suitable for all players, they are fast hitting, consistent and forgiving with endless adjust ability. Just best sure to select the right option of club for your game.

Ping G425 Family Of Irons

The Max is the middle of the road driver in the G425 range. It offers tons of distance and consistency without sacrificing on forgiveness.

The LST has a smaller head and is for better players who want to hone in on the feel and workability of the driver. This one sacrifices a bit of forgiviness for more feel and distance. Perfect for better players.

The SFT is the most forgiving and easiest to hit out of the 3 versions. This one is going to suit beginner and high handicappers the best.

Distance: 94/100

Accuracy: 97/100

Forgiveness: 96/100

Feel And Control: 936/100

Overall Score: 97/100

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