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Srixon’s new Z-series 565 and 765 drivers, F65 fairway woods and H65 hybrids

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Srixon’s new Z-Series drivers, fairway woods and hybrids take the looks that better players prefer, and pump them up with technologies that players of all skill levels need, producing more speed and forgiveness.

In 2014, the company first released its Z-series drivers, fairway woods and hybrids. Srixon was applauded for the clean looks and performance of the clubs, especially for better players. Now, Srixon has upgraded with new technologies throughout the line, which include the new Z 565 and 765 drivers, Z F65 fairway woods and Z H65 hybrids.

Find out more about each of the offerings below, and see what GolfWRX members are saying about Srixon’s new clubs in the forums.

Z 565 and 765 Drivers

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Z 565 on left, 765 on right

In the previously released Z-Series, the 500 model was designed for golfers who needed a higher trajectory, more carry and a draw-bias, while the 700 model was built for those who needed or preferred a more penetrating, lower-spinning ball flight. The same goes the new release, but there are a few major differences.

As is the goal with any new driver on the market today, Srixon was able to raise moment of inertia (MOI), a measure of forgiveness, while lowering center of gravity (CG) of the new drivers. Doing both allows for the maximum amount of distance and consistency. To make the improvements, Srixon implemented three major upgrades from its previously released 500 and 700 models.

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Both drives have soles that are built with ripples, or steps, a design that Srixon says allows the face to flex more at impact. With each step (going from the back of the club to the club face), the sole becomes thinner, with the thinnest part of the sole by the club face. That means there’s more stability in the rear of the club and more flex near the face: a combination producing a higher MOI, and greater ball speeds at impact.

In order to lower center of gravity, Srixon removed 4 grams of weight from the crown, moving it elsewhere in the head — namely the bottom-rear portion for the purpose of MOI.

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Lastly, Srixon’s stretch cup face technology — similar to what’s seen in the company’s high-end XXIO9 driver — is a design that wraps the forged 6-4 Ti cup face farther around the sides of the crown, thus “stretching” the sweet spot, or maximum coefficient of restitution (COR) area of the driver, improving performance on off-center hits.

In terms of size, the Z 565 measures 460 cubic centimeters, while the Z 765 is more workable 440 cubic centimeters. Below are differences in trajectories that can be expected, via Srixon.

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The Z 565 and Z 765 drivers will be available for $450 on Sept. 16. Each comes in lofts of 9.5 and 10.5 degrees, with adjustable hosels that have 12 settings (loft +/- one degree, and face angle +/- two degrees). The stock shaft is Miyazaki’s new Kaula Mizu 5.

Photos: Srixon Z 565

Photos: Srixon Z 765

Z F65 fairway woods

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Like the Z 565 and Z 765 drivers, Srixon’s new fairway woods have a stretch face cup design, although their faces are made from HT1770 maraging steel alloy. Also, for more speed, the face of the F65 is 8 percent thinner than its F45 predecessor, thus increasing the high COR area, according to Srixon.

There is also a “step” on the sole of the fairway wood, which Srixon says is “strategically placed” for a high launch and low spin.

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On the crown, you’ll also notice a step, or what Srixon calls an Arc Support Channel, which also leads to a higher launch angle and less spin. It works by allowing more flex, mostly on the upper portion of the face, thus allowing a higher launch. The crown’s step is more shallow in the lower lofts (13.5, 15 and 17 degrees), and deeper in the higher lofts (19 and 21) in order to improve club-specific trajectories.

The Z F65 fairway woods, which are non-adjustable, will be available for $250 each on Sept. 16, and come stock with a Miyazaki Kaula Mizu 6 shaft.

Z H65 hybrids

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The Z H65 hybrids are made with a maraging steel face insert.

The Z H65 hybrids are also built with progressive Arc Support Channels on their crowns, and use higher step as their lofts increase. The graphic from Srixon below explains the differences. See how the step is higher in the 4 hybrid than the 2 hybrid?

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In terms of turf interaction, the lowest-lofted hybrid (16 degrees) has a flatter sole, which Srixon says influences a higher initial trajectory off the face, while the higher-lofted hybrids (19 and 22 degrees), use a rounder shape that improves versatility. A Srixon graphic below illustrates this design feature.

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The Z H65 hybrids are availble for $230 each on Sept. 16, and come stock with Miyazaki’s Kaula Mizu 7 shafts.

See what GolfWRX Members are saying about Srixon’s new metal wood line in our forums. 

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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  1. kade

    Aug 1, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    545 has been out 2 years, don’t act like Srixon is TaylorMade or Callaway

  2. Alvin

    Jul 29, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    I’m still pi**** off with Srixon for killing Cleveland’s line of driver and irons.

  3. Harry

    Jul 29, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    Sounds good to me. New clubs are always overpriced. This means there will also be lots of clearance specials out there.

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Wunder: I’ve hit THESE new drivers this year…and this is what I think

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During this lockdown, I have done quite a few “Friday Q & A’s” on my IG, and one of the questions I get asked constantly is “have you hit this?” That, and “whaddya think?”

So, in the spirit of organizing my brain, it seemed like the right time to share what new drivers I have actually hit this year…and this is what I think.

Now, it needs to be said that there is a lot of new gear out there, but, to be honest, I’ve only actually hit a select few enough to actually build an opinion. “Enough” in this case is at least 20 balls. Some of these sticks I tested during our pre-launch preview with the OEMs, at the PGA show, a friend has one, or I actually have it in the bag.

Here we go.

TaylorMade SIM

Setup tested: SIM 9 @8.25 w/ Mitsubishi Chemical Kuro Kage XTS 70TX

LOOKS: The best way to describe how SIM looks behind the ball is “comfortable.” TaylorMade has always made drivers that just look correct. The lines are clean, the shape inspires playability, and I dig the paint job. They hit a home run with this one for sure.

FEEL: Best sound out there in my opinion. Heavy, dense, and if you get one dead-nuts center, it lets you know. The feel at contact is just as TaylorMade drivers have always done, center strikes feel like Thor’s hammer and mishits don’t kill your good vibes.

VS THE M5: I get asked this a lot. I loved the M5. Still do. To be honest the two drivers data wise were legit apples to apples. The only difference is my stock shot with M5 was a low spin straight ball and with SIM its a slight draw with a touch more spin and slightly lower launch. I prefer that.

OVERALL: In my opinion, the TaylorMade SIM is the cool kid in high school for 2020. Last year it was F9 followed closely by M5. TM knocked it outta the park on this one.

TaylorMade SIM Max

Setup tested: Sim Max 9 @8.25 w/ Mitsubishi Chemical Kuro Kage XTS 70TX

LOOKS: It has a bit more of a longer face at address, which makes the head appear shallow which inspires a bit more confidence to turn it over. That’s the main thing I noticed with MAX. Other than that its a tried and true TM shape.

FEEL: Like its sibling, it has a nice solid hit audibly at the impact. So, overall its apples to apples with SIM. However, due to the front weight missing on the MAX, the actual strike doesn’t feel AS meaty as SIM. Not a negative necessarily just something I noticed.

VS M6: Both of these sticks I launched a bit too high versus the weighted versions. That’s why they never got any serious consideration to actually put in play.

OVERALL: As a high launch, more forgiving option, it’s an ace.

Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero

Setup tested: Sub Zero 9 w/ Mitsubishi Chemical Tensei Blue AV 65TX

LOOKS: To my eyes, the newer versions of the Callaway drivers have looked a bit more compact than its competition. To me, this always looked “low spin” for whatever reason. The Mavrik has the same shape which is good.

FEEL: They really fixed the sound. The Epic Flash sounded like a pop can to me, and the Mavrik Sub Zero sounds like a sledgehammer. The good thing here is the sound now matches up with what the hit feels like. I think the Mavrik is the best feeling driver Callaway has made since Epic.

VS EPIC FLASH SZ: To me, a complete improvement on all fronts. Sound, feel, and performance for me were all substantially better. Now I must say that the Epic Flash Sub Zero was a great driver, I always got great numbers out of it, but the sound took me out of it. I’m sure there isn’t that much difference audibly between the two, but in this game, even something minor can represent so much. Sound to me is huge.

OVERALL: In all honestly, I haven’t given a Callaway driver a real hard look to actually put in the bag since Epic. The sound got louder wit Rogue and Epic Flash. The Mavrik SZ  however is a fantastic driver and will def get some more testing out of me.

Cobra SpeedZone

Setup tested: Cobra Speed Zone 9 @8.5 w/ Fujikura Ventus Black 7X

LOOKS: The F9 was a winner on all fronts. The only critique I had was optically it looked like the driver was a little too fade biased. The SZ with its milled in top line gives it softer look at address and for me, softer lines mean more workability, just what my eyes tell me.

FEEL: As with F9 and the earlier mentioned SIM, the Speed Zone sounds EXACTLY how a driver should sound. It has a very heavy hit audibly and that’s across the face. I love the sound of this driver.

VS F9: Apples to apples, it’s the same. Beyond the optics, it feels, sounds, and performs like the F9. Not a bad thing though, the F9 was the driver of 2019 in my opinion.

OVERALL: Nothing wrong with repeating an already awesome driver. SpeedZone will stand up to anything out there. If I’m being fair, I think F9 elevated things in 2019, and this year the competition caught up to it. Changes nothing about how good this driver is.

Cobra Speed Zone Xtreme

Setup tested: Cobra Speed Zone Xtreme 9 @8.5 w/ Fujikura Ventus Black 7X

LOOKS: Like the other drivers in this higher MOI category, it looks a little longer heel to toe.

FEEL: No different than the SpeedZone, sounds great, the impact is solid across the face, and even thin shots feel solid.

OVERALL: The Xtreme is the sleeper hit of 2020 and I’ve heard the fitters love this thing. It’s by far the easiest to hit and overall good time of any driver on this list. Is it longer? No. But is it Xtremely (no pun) playable and competitive? Hard yes. It’s a blast.

PXG Proto

Setup tested: PXG Proto 9 w/ Graphite Design Tour AD IZ 6 TX

LOOKS: Slick. Like all PXG gear, the look is there. The matte crown and elegant lines make it very pleasing optically. I also appreciate that although it’s designed to look high tech. The lines inspire playability, and who doesn’t love a driver that looks like a stealth bomber?

FEEL: I only hit about 20 balls with the PXG Proto in the short time I had with it, but, wow, did this thing surprise me. The sound oddly enough is a bit higher-pitched than the others on the list but for whatever reason, it’s not a distraction. It actually adds to the experience of the hit. I typically detest that, but this sound matched up with the solid hit I was getting. I’m not sure if this is the final version since its a limited tour proto but what is happening is definitely interesting.

VS GEN2: It’s just better. Feels better, sounds great, more playable across the face. The Gen2 did one thing better than everyone else, it destroyed spin. The problem I had was control. The PXG Proto is still low spin but with the new 4 weight system (no intel on the tech yet) seems to add quality launch to the low spin profile and puts the player in a situation where very few to any sacrifices are made.

OVERALL: I was a fan of Gen2. No doubt. But it never flat out beat M5, F9, or SIM. The Proto has elevated PXG’s driver game. I don’t think its a matter of whether or not the driver stands up with the irons, I believe PXG is on the right track to having a driver that eliminates any “yeah, but…” to the conversation. That’s a huge leap since Gen1. These guys are trending hard.

I hope this was helpful.

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What GolfWRXers are saying about the final version of Bryson DeChambeau’s LA Golf ‘Texas Rebar’ wedge shafts

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the final version of Bryson DeChambeau’s LA Golf ‘Texas Rebar’ wedge shafts. The look of the ultra-stiff shafts, which originated from Bryson wanting a “graphite shaft that was stiffer than the Dynamic Gold X7″, has impressed our members who have been praising the final version and sharing their thoughts on the concept.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • QuigleyDU: “Awesome.”
  • My2dogs: “Really coming out with some great new stuff.”
  • HateTheHighDraw: “MMT 125TX are absolute fire, but these must be much stiffer.”
  • Robkingasu: “Sweet!”

Entire Thread: “Bryson DeChambeau’s LA Golf ‘Texas Rebar’ wedge shafts”

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Should I move to heavier iron shafts? – GolfWRXers have their say

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the strategy of moving to heavier shafts in irons. WRXer ‘Z1ggy16’ has been making swing changes lately, and the transition has been most challenging for his iron play. ‘Ziggy16’ says:

“Been making some swing changes lately, most notably working to really shallow my club into the downswing. I’m finding that I’m doing this well with my heavy wedge shafts and driver, but I’m struggling a bit in my irons. My strike pattern with my wedges is pretty good, but the irons are a bit all over. Driver is 80g raw, wedges are 132g raw, irons 120g raw. I don’t think I want to go any stiffer, but is there a chance I’ve “outgrown” this weight and need to move to something a bit heavier to help keep these feels going through my set? No idea what swing speed is at this point, but my 7i is normally a smooth/comfortable 175-180 for me.

I really like the feel of my Accra Tour Z Xtreme 475 and my S400’s in the GW-LW. I’m kind of leaning maybe soft stepping modus 120TX or X100’s.. Heck maybe even S200 straight in? Normally I’d just get a fitting, but with Rona still going around, I’m not than keen on it. 2020 is the year of the self fit for me. FWIW, I used modus 120TX 2xSS in my GW & SW last year and that was pretty good feeling. Perhaps a touch too soft… they seemed to really whip/bend hard when hitting from the rough on full swings.”

Our members discuss whether they feel a switch to heavier shafts in the irons will have the desired impact.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • Pepperturbo: “You’re not alone. Regardless of age, some of us swing better with heavier shafts. I went from 70g driver and 85g 3wd graphite shafts to 58g Ventus shaft in driver and 70g Ventus shaft in 4wd. In irons went from 130g X to 120g 6.0 PX steel shafts which lasted about fifteen years. Then last year made another downward weight change to Steelfiber (steel & graphite) 110g Stiff shafts, lightest I have ever played. Keep in mind as you transition, changing shaft weight is not the only answer. Increasing swing weight can make up for shaft weight. Though I really like them in 6-3i, not thrilled in SW-7i, so just ordered heavier Steelfiber i125g shafts for my PW-7i blades.”
  • Jeff58: “As someone who has gone through and continues to work on what sounds like a similar situation, your ideal iron shafts will likely change. Where they change to isn’t possible to predict with any degree of accuracy. Don’t change your current irons without knowing. It’s frustrating, expensive, and you won’t have any clubs while they’re being changed out. Instead, get a single club from dealsandsteals or similar and experiment with that. Also, the only relevant experience is outdoors under your actual turf conditions. Indoor and mat use can be grossly different.”
  • Red4282: “Just depends on your tempo and load and preferences tbh. My numbers are about identical to yours; I play 77g in the driver and 125 in the irons. I don’t think I could go lighter than 125.”
  • gvogel: “I have a set of hickory clubs. Of course, hickory shafts are darn heavy, maybe 150 grams or so. I probably hit straighter shots with the irons, and particularly hit better shots with the niblick (wedge). Driver and fairway woods, not so much. That might be a stupid insertion into an intelligent thread, but heavier goes straighter, lighter goes longer. You can go heavier, and it helps in transition, but don’t go too stiff.”

Entire Thread: “Should I switch to heavier iron shafts?”

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