Pros: Clean and simple at address. First-class ball speeds, launch conditions and adjustability. The Z745 is great at lowering spin, while the Z545 offers more forgiveness.
Cons: At 430-cubic-centimeters, the Z745 will prove difficult to hit for all but the best amateurs.
Who’s it for: Sick of bright-colored, busy crowns? The Z545 and Z745 are old school-looking drivers packed with the latest technology.
Srixon’s new Z745 and Z545 drivers aim to provide players with two decidedly different options, both of which offer plenty of loft/lie settings to dial in desired ball flight.
The smaller Z745 driver (430cc) is aimed at better players looking for a low-spin head and increased workability.
The larger Z545 driver (460cc) targets golfers looking for a higher trajectory, as well as more forgiveness.
Both drivers feature a full menu of the best technology Srixon has to offer. The Quick Tune System (QTS) incorporates a 12-way adjustable hosel that allows golfers to tweak the loft/lie of the club as well as the face angle, while three included weights let golfers modify the CG location and swing weight of the Z545 driver (it has two adjustable weight ports on its sole) and swing weight in the 7545 driver (it has one adjustable weight port on its sole).
Both drivers use a 6-4 titanium face construction, the result of which is 35 percent more forgiveness than previous generations according to Srixon. We’ve heard a lot about counter-balancing putters, but Srixon is one of the first equipment manufacturers to promote counter-balanced technology in a driver release. The combination of a lighter grip, heavier head and counter-balanced stock shaft all work together to form Srixon’s Dual Speed Technology (DST).
Both drivers sell for $399.99 and comes in lofts of 8.5, 9.5 and 10.5 degrees. Stock length is 45 inches and standard swing weight is D5. The stock shaft is Mitsubishi Rayon’s Kuro Kage Black HBP 60, but Mitsubishi’s Kuro Kage Black HPB 50, Kuro Kage Silver TiNi 60, Kuro Kage Silver TiNi 70 and Fubuki Z 60 are also available at no extra charge.
The separate weight kit, which includes one 3-gram and one 11-gram weight is also included at no extra charge.
Most golfers will appreciate the additional forgiveness of the Z545, and while the head might be a bit higher spinning than some competitors, it still offers a considerable amount of adjustability.
A much smaller percentage of golfers will see a perfect fit in the Z745. At 430cc, it simply isn’t as forgiving as other options and is geared toward players who needs to minimize their spin, can routinely hit the center of the club face and like to work their tee shots.
To test these drivers, I hit 10-to-12 balls and excluded the two best and two worst shots. Both drivers were set at 9.5 degrees and played at standard length with the stock Kuro Kage 60X shaft. I also deleted any obvious outliers/mishits. All distances were measured using a Flightscope X2 launch monitor and standard Callaway range balls.
The feel and sound was decidedly thunky and solid — in a good way, not in a cumbersome, trying to swing an oddly weighted axe kind of way.
Fundamentally, it is the absence of noticeable cosmetic interference which defines this club. It is clean, classically shaped and finished in glossy black. It is easy on the eyes and could easily be confused with a driver from the early 2000s — for golfers who desire more traditional aesthetics, that’s a good thing.
For those that do want a little flair, the headcover and red Lamkin UTX stock grip add some pop to the line.
The Z745 did indeed spin less (about 350 rpm less) and while the numbers are generally good, it was decidedly less forgiving than the Z545. For me, the additional spin actually provided more optimal launch conditions. The stock shaft (Kuro Kage HBP) wasn’t ideal and the stock shaft options were less generous than competitors.
At the risk of being over critical, the numbering system — where the larger driver has the smaller number and the smaller driver has the larger number — is confusing and counterintuitive.
Srixon’s Z-Series drivers are a tangible step in the right direction for a company with a solid reputation for putting out high-quality products. With its foray into the U.S. market, Srixon has produced a pair of drivers that will fit a wide variety of players and handicap ranges — and are quite stunning to look at, too.
- Our review of Srixon’s Z545 and Z745 drivers
- Our review of Srixon’s ZF45 fairway woods
- Our review of Srixon’s ZH45 hybrids