Taylormade SIM2 Vs. Mizuno ST-Z 220 Driver Comparison Overview
Most people probably don’t mention Mizuno in the conversation of game-improvement drivers very often. But overlooking the company completely when shopping for a good game-improvement driver would surely be folly.
That’s because they do indeed make quality game-improvement drivers that emphasize distance. Case in point: the Mizuno ST-Z 220 driver. But how does it perform next to a tried and true game-improvement driver like the Taylormade SIM2? Let’s find out.
Taylormade SIM2 Driver Overview
There are several features working together in the SIM2 driver that help to promote high launch and forgiveness.
The SIM2 features the fables Speed Pocket which preserves ball speed should you make low-face contact. The Twist Face helps straighten out shots that hit high on the face. The carbon sole makes way for a 16 gram steel weight placed in the extreme back of the asymmetric inertia generator.
In a practical sense, all this amounts to a very comfortable swing for players with moderate swing speed. As long as you can square the face up to the ball fairly well, the SIM2 will produce long bombs down the fairway.
The CG is nice and low and side-to-side forgiveness is helped significantly by the rear weight that increases MOI. The best thing about the SIM2 is that you can pick it up and pretty much immediately start hitting longer, straighter shots.
Mizuno ST-Z 220 Driver Overview
The Mizuno ST-Z 220 driver also excels at generating straight shots thanks to near-perfect face weight dispersion and a unifying carbon sole panel.
There are also 20 grams of weight in the rear-center of the head that has pretty much the same effect as the steel weight in the SIM2 driver: it helps spread energy from your swing to more portions of the face.
The Mizuno ST-Z 220 also has a titanium face which imparts a good deal of consistency – something that new players need. In almost all respects, the Mizuno ST-Z 220 keeps up with the SIM2 in forgiveness and accuracy.
Where it pulls ahead of the SIM2 though is distance. The variable thickness of the Mizuno ST-Z 220 driver’s face reduces spin which, more often than not, meant better distance for our testers.
Mizuno has outdone Taylormade in this round of testing. The Mizuno ST-Z 220 does almost everything the SIM2 does, but better. While the SIM2 may be more comfortable for beginners, the Mizuno ST-Z 220 offers more distance.