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.

Overview

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.

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Srixon 545 (left) and 745 drivers at address.

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.

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The Quick-Tune System has 12 different options for adjustability.

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).

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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).

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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.

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The Review

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Takeaway

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.

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  1. 8.6 handicap
    Chose the z745 and havent looked back. I have m2, nike 440 flex, r15 430 tp, jdm sldr 430 and the srixon feels considerably better, reminding me of the r580 tp, which, paired with the blue grsffaloy shaft, still is my barometer.
    I dont agree with the claim that its difficult to use at all. I walked out on the course day one swing one and have just loved the flight, feel, and big distance….ive had drives almost each round where my partners will say, thats the best drive ive seen you hit..
    Id say my avg distance is about 265, but its the accuracy that stands out…this is also capable of huge bombs when needed…my 3 longest drives ever have been with this driver over the last month (all over 360 total distance).all on the fairway.
    I have to say, after loving the 588 forged irons, i bought the z945 irons and the top tier quality of both led me to try the drivr. I am so happy i did
    Ryan

  2. How on EARTH were people able to hit their drivers a generation ago? With all those club heads that were “only” around 330-350cc? Since now only “low hcp players” should hit the 745 that is “only” 430cc..
    I can’t imagine that anybody really “needs” 460cc, I mean how is it that people can hit 3-wood well? A club only around 1,5 inches shorter but with a 150cc clubhead.

  3. I was extremely excited to read this review and am waiting for a review on the Bridgestone J815 driver. Firstly, thanks for the review I appreciate the effort that has gone into.

    A little disappointed with the testing methodology used on this site. I think it is unfair that this review it was compared against the reviewers ‘gamer’ that he has being using for an extended period of time and may or may not have an expensive after market shaft possibly fit for his swing. And a review after 10 – 12 shots with range balls? I feel it may give a slightly biased view that this driver doesn’t perform as well as the Cobra Bio Cell Pro driver (as mentioned by Nick). It wasn’t until I read the review the second time and went over the numbers that I noticed the Z545 carry distance was greater then the Cobra, I would have thought that perhaps that fact may have been pointed out as part of the review.

    • Damian – Thanks for taking the time to read the review! We do these reviews for the readership, so if you have ideas as to how we can improve the testing methodology, please feel free to share your thoughts/suggestions.

      In addition to the launch monitor testing, I generally take the club on course as well to see if the data is corroborated by performance on a monitor. In this case, I think the data really does speak for itself. As you note, the Z545 did very well for me and I think the chart shows that fairly clearly.

      As always, reviews are meant to give readers a good idea as to the varied characteristics and playing attributes of a club – One of the greatest challenges of writing reviews is the understanding that results are going to vary based on the individual and what works for one player may not work at all for another player.

  4. I believe there are actually 3 no up charge shaft options. Fubuki Z 60, Kuro Kage and Kuro Kage TiNi from what I have learned. That would make for a pretty small con’s list if it were true.

    • As with any club, it’s best for you to hit them for yourself and see…I’ve been playing the Bio Cell Pro for a fair bit and have no doubt that after trying some different shafts, etc. the Z series could get very close to or even equal those numbers.

  5. I am a 12 HC, and decided to try the 745. It’s really not any harder to hit than any other driver. Feels awesome and is very long. One of the better drivers I have played.

    • Glad to hear that – I think each person will certainly have their own experience – but based on my testing, etc. I think the 745 is going to be a bit much for the average golfer -

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