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.

The Review

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.

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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.

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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.

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A 19-degree Srixon ZH45 at address.

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.

The Numbers

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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

The Takeaway

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.

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  1. I’m a staff with srixion and I can assure you that these clubs are the best on market and. It because I’m staff with them either, I switched from Taylormade and titelsit to srixion. Play the 745 and my hybrid is the 2hy with Kuro kage x70gram

  2. Nice review, thanks. This isn’t the first excellent review of these hybrids I’ve read. I’ve narrowed down my options to these or the 915’s. The only weak area for the Srixons, and where they lose out to the Titleist’s is stock and custom shaft options. Still, it’s going to be fun deciding between the two!

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