Pros: An awesome all-around performer. Top-tier ball speeds.
Cons: Not adjustable. Highest loft is 22 degrees.
Who’s it for: Most hybrid players, and those who don’t know that they are hybrid players yet.
There are going to be a ton of people who overlook this hybrid. Don’t be one of them.
Because of its calm exterior demeanor and lack of mass company recognition, this club in particular (and the entire Z Series, in general) is likely to kick it on the fringe new equipment discussions for a fair bit. That said, this might be the sleeper of the entire lineup.
For all the quantitative analysis we like to do and readers like to see, sometimes you have to give some credit to the “it” factor. Srixon’s ZH45 doesn’t have the adjustability golfers have gotten used to (there’s not any adjustability at all, actually) and the two stock shaft options — a 70-gram Mitsubishi KuroKage HBP and an 80-gram Kuro Kage Black — will leave gear heads wanting more. But if your bottom line is performance, this club has it.
To start, Srixon got the size of this hybrid right. It won’t be mistaken for a fairway wood, nor is it a mini hybrid that is often as hard to hit as they long iron it is supposed to replace. It’s right in the middle.
The ZH45 hybrid’s ball flight, on the other hand, is not so average. It launches on the high side, but spins on the low side — exactly what most golfers want when they upgrade this spot in their bag. And the ball speed is plentiful.
The styling of the ZH45 is decidedly JDM. The clean, obfuscated top line matches nicely with the full-face scoring lines and the dramatically plain glossy black head. The technology is well concealed and the sound/feel are best described as stable and substantial.
The hybrids (MSRP $229.99) are available in three lofts: 16, 19 and 22. If you don’t like the look of fairway woods, or have had bad experiences with them, the 16-degree is a good one to try. But most golfers will want to take a few swings with the 19 and 22-degree models, which work wonderfully as 3-iron and 4-iron replacements.
As you’ll see in the data below, the ZH45 was as long, and actually a bit longer than my gamer in its off-the-rack specs. That said, hybrids aren’t entirely about distance. Their purpose is to fulfill a specific yardage requirement and offer the player an alternative to either a long iron or fairway wood. The ZH45 does both.
Srixon ZH45 (19 degrees with Kuro Kage HBP 70X)
- Average Ball Speed 148 MPH
- Average Swing Speed 101 MPH
- Average Backspin 4325 RPM
- Average Launch Angle 18 degrees
- Average Carry Distance (5000 ft.) 251 yards
TaylorMade RBS Stage 2 (19 degrees with Aldila ATX Tour Blue 85X)
- Average Ball Speed 147 MPH
- Average Swing Speed 100 MPH
- Average Backspin 4500 RPM
- Average Launch Angle 17 degrees
- Average Carry Distance (5000 ft.) 247 yards
We wish they had some of the carry overs from the Z Series drivers and fairway woods — adjustable hosels to tweak and face angle, an adjustable sole weight to adjust swing weight — but those things can be overlooked when a company nails looks, sound and feel, as Srixon did here.
A lot of golfers I know seem to always be on a search for a club or two that will fill the gap between their shortest fairway wood and longest iron. Srixon’s ZH45 will be an unlikely candidate for those unfamiliar with the brand, but once they hit the ZH45 they could find themselves seeking out Srixon for their next purchase.
- Our review of Srixon’s Z545 and Z745 drivers
- Our review of Srixon’s ZF45 fairway woods
- Our review of Srixon’s ZH45 hybrids