Admittedly, a name that doesn’t necessarily move the needle too much in the United States is Srixon, known more so for their line of golf balls than their clubs. I have played a little bit with the Z-Star ball, but aside from that, I’ve only hit a few shots with their clubs in golf shops here and there.
Srixon does have a presence on the PGA Tour, Hideki Matsuyama and Keegan Bradley are two staff Tour players who play Srixon equipment. Though, the big success for Srixon on the PGA Tour has been in the utility iron category. Every week there are a handful of players using Srixon driving irons.
However, Srixon’s popularity is much greater around the world, especially in Asia. Beneath the quiet surface, some really cool things happening are happening with Srixon, and you should know about it. In 2019, Srixon is going all out to bring players a full lineup of clubs that will stand toe-to-toe with the heavyweights.
I was excited to have an opportunity to really see what Srixon woods are all about. So, I headed to the range with the Srixon Z 785 and Z 585 drivers, fairway and hybrid.
Srixon Z 785 & Z 585 Driver Review
The Z series features two driver models, the Srixon Z 785 and the Srixon Z 585. The Z 785 is designed for better players who want to work the ball and the Z 585 offers added forgiveness and promotes a higher launch. Similar to a lot of other manufacturers out there, Srixon began their redesign process with an all new, thinner face and reduction in weight on the crown.
The Cup Face is built from Ti51AF Titanium, which Srixon says is a lighter, stronger alloy that can be stretched so the face wraps around the crown and sole. By stretching the face around the crown and sole it allows greater flex and ball speeds.
The latest manufacturer to incorporate a carbon crown, Srixon has used the weight savings from the crown to improve heel-toe MOI by redistributing that weight around the perimeter. An interchangeable weight on the sole along with the adjustable loft and lie sleeve will give players the ultimate ability to dial in their set up and swing weight. Srixon wants players to work with their swing characteristics, not fight them.
Srixon Z 785 & 585 Driver Testing
After a bit of a warm up, I started with the 9.5-degree Srixon Z 785 driver using a Project X HZRDUS Black 65 6.5 shaft. Immediately, this driver reminded me of a classic player’s club. Its pronounced pear shape at address suited my eye nicely and even at 460cc had a more compact feel to it than the Z 585 driver.
The look of the fading carbon crown is nice and helps the alignment aid stand out. I have the HZRDUS Black shaft in my 3-wood and love the clean look it gives when at address. This driver does really well to limit the distractions.
Like all new clubs it took me a moment to find my groove with the Z 785 driver, but once I did, it was solid! What I enjoyed most was the ability to work the ball both left and right with relative ease.
The only Z 585 driver available was a regular flex, so in the interest of providing accurate information, I did not hit it. It did have a bit more of a modern look to it, and the main difference is the weight positioning. If you have trouble elevating the ball off the tee with your driver, check out the Z 585 driver.
After my session at the range I headed over to Pro Golf Discount in Bellevue, Washington to take a look at the numbers on a GC2 Launch Monitor.
Based on the numbers, the Srixon driver isn’t the longest I’ve tested, and while the ball speed numbers might have been a few mph less than the Titleist TS drivers, they were pretty much in-line with the Rogue.
I think with some fine tuning I’d be able to raise up my launch angle a degree or two and really dial this driver in to an optimal launch condition. The dispersion was excellent and as a longer hitter, I could feel comfortable sacrificing a few yards of distance for increased accuracy off the tee.
One thing to note is the sound. Often times drivers and woods with a carbon crown can produce almost a plasticky sound to them, but the Z 785 driver had a pleasant, almost traditional, driver sound to it.
As I said above, Srixon is going all out with this year’s launch, and that is evidenced by their stock shaft offerings. You won’t find much better stock options than the Project X Handcrafted HZRDUS series.
Srixon Z F85 Fairway Wood Review
The Srixon Z F85 fairway wood also incorporates a new Cup Face and lightweight carbon crown, but it adds a few more touches of class that help players produce consistent shots from the tee and off the deck.
A crown step right behind the face works in conjunction with the lightweight carbon on the crown to lower the overall CG and increase MOI. More mass to the perimeter makes launching the ball easier and increases ball speeds across the entire face.
Srixon Z Fairway Wood Hitting
The fairway wood was solid. And once again came with a wonderful Project X HZRDUS Red 65 shaft. The Red shaft promotes launch and seems like a perfect match for a 3-wood. The appearance of the crown step was not distracting and the tour profile shape gives a nice look at address.
In terms of ball flight, I have no complaints. I could shape shots if I wanted to and had no problem keeping the ball on a line either. Again, it didn’t feel like it was going to beat out the big boys for overall power, but the shot dispersion was tight and controllable.
Srixon Z H85 Hybrid Review
The real star of the show for me was the Srixon Z H85 Hybrid. Featuring the same crown step as the Z F85 fairway metal, the hybrid also lowers CG and increases MOI by distributing weight to the perimeter.
A larger profile gives this club a confidence inspiring feel and makes it extremely easy to hit off of turf or the tee.
In general, I prefer my long irons to a hybrid, but from time to time a hybrid pops up that makes me re-think that strategy. This is one of those such hybrids. The Z H85 comes stock with a Project X HZRDUS Black 85 and is ready to rock.
I really liked the look of the fixed head. Sometimes taking the decisions about adjustability away from players will be more beneficial in the long run. With the way this club sets up, it is simply line up and swing away!
After the fifth or sixth high, baby draw in a row, I got really excited about this club and ended up hitting various shots all over the range for the next 20 minutes. If you are not a fan of long irons and are looking to increase your odds into the green from 200+ yards out, get your hands on the Srixon Z H85 Hybrid.
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