Taylormade Stealth Vs. Mizuno ST-Z 220 Driver Comparison Overview

Taylormade made big waves in 2022 with the release of the new Stealth driver. It features a carbon fiber and polyurethane face cover that imparts an other-worldly feel. As Taylormade puts it, now is the “Carbon-wood age.”

The Mizuno ST-Z 220 is an outlier in it’s own right as well: it’s a Mizuno driver that is geared towards mid to high handicappers. As a mid to high handicapper, you would benefit from the Stealth driver as well. But which one is better for you? Find out in the following overview article.

Taylormade Stealth Driver Overview

The Taylormade Stealth driver is a breakthrough use of carbon fiber and makes this one of the lightest Taylormade driver we have played in a long time.

There are 60 thin layers of carbon fiber wrapped in a polyurethane coating that make up the face of the Stealth driver. The face of the Stealth maintains the Twist Face architecture that helps reduce spin on high-face shots and increase launch on low-face shots.

This is all pretty good news for players seeking more accuracy from the tee. There is no lateral bias though so you will have to square up to the ball pretty well with the Stealth. The Stealth is also very lightweight. In fact, our testers were seeing increases in club head speed during testing.

Mizuno ST-Z 220 Driver Overview

The Mizuno ST-Z 220 driver sports a titanium face that us supported by a carbon fiber panel that stretches from heel to toe.

We liked the overall feel of the Mizuno ST-Z 220 driver compared to the Stealth driver. There is also better consistency from the titanium face. Neither of these driver offer much in the way of lateral workability but they both allow for a good degree of launch control.

The Mizuno ST-Z 220 also has internal ribs that stabilize the head, which includes a carbon fiber sole that tends to flex, and allow the face to flex more. Most of our testers were getting better ball speeds with the Mizuno ST-Z 220 driver as a result.

The performance of the Mizuno ST-Z 220 and the Taylormade Stealth drivers is very similar in a lot of ways. However, if you are a mid to high handicapper looking for a more solid feel and slighthly more distance, we would recommend the Mizuno ST-Z 220 driver.

Taylormade Stealth Fairway

In 20 words or less

The TaylorMade Stealth is possibly one of the easiest and most forgiving fairway woods we have ever hit.

Mizuno ST-Z 220

In 20 Words or Less

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

TaylorMade Stealth Fairway – First Impressions

The name gives it away on the club, at address position this thing looks mean. We all felt extremely comfortable when putting the club behind the ball. The new laser alignment clearly is working.

We tested it from many different lies, and we are safe to say the V Steel technology is incredible, on almost every shot the club just slides through any lie. The V Steel plus TwistFace is a game changer for us. The combination of these two features makes it very hard to miss a fairway.

We definitely saw some extra ball speed and distance compared to previous models from TaylorMade.

We just didn’t enjoy that it wasn’t adjustable.

TaylorMade Stealth Fairway Family

TaylorMade has an additional model to this range called the Stealth Plus, this features their Titanium model. It is the lower spinning option between the two heads.

Most of the features are the same compared to the Stealth model.

The V Steel on the sole has a 80g tungsten weight, this gives you forgiveness while improving turf interaction and versatility.

The face of the fairway is made from titanium, this allows TaylorMade to make the face extremely thin for extra ball speed and distance, and we love that it is adjustable, it has a +-2 degree loft sleeve, allowing you to get really dialed in.

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.

TaylorMade Stealth Fairway Selling Points

  • It has TwistFace for extra accuracy
  • V Steel helps with turf interaction
  • Sets up nicely behind the ball
  • Extremely long and forgiving

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

Who is the Taylormade Stealth Fairway for?

If you are a TaylorMade fan the latest Stealth Fairway won’t let you down. We found this model would suit more of the mid to high handicap players, as it launches and spins slightly more than the Stealth Plus.

It is extremely easy to launch and is very forgiving.

The TwistFace and V Steel technology is great for anyone that struggles with their strike and struggles when they are lying in tough situations, the Stealth fairway slides through the turf with ease.

However, if you do like to have some sort of adjustability in your clubs, we would suggest looking at the Stealth Plus model.

Distance: 96/100

Feel & Control: 92/100

Accuracy: 95/100

Forgiveness: 95/100

Overall Score: 96/100

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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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