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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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What GolfWRXers are saying about this ‘filthy good combo’

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In our forums, our members have been responding to a driver combo which one of our members swears by. The WRXer in question is ‘QuigleyDU’ who has paired up Taylormade’s Original One (13.5 degrees) with a Fujikura Ventus Red 9x (Tipped 1″). On the combo, ‘QuigleyDU’ says he uses it as a second option off the tee and praises its launch qualities.

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.

  • b.helts: “It sure looks good. I love the smaller size and the profile of the Original One. Been looking for an 11.5 to make up a short bag. But the 11.5 are rarer than hen’s teeth.”
  • BlueDragonKorea: “The creativity to build this club.. wow!”
  • Puttersaurus Rex: “Glad I clicked. Nice looking build! I also play driver, then OO mini. My mini is the 11.5 turned up. With Motore speeder 6.1 – not as beastly, but such a fun club. Mine is 43.5″, and is used as a safe option off the tee.”
  • bladehunter: “Ventus red – the underrated red-headed stepchild of the Ventus line. I love mine in a driver. If you’re a guy who doesn’t have a positive AOA with driver, try the red. Gets it up and doesn’t spin.”

Entire Thread: “This combo is filthy good”

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Whats in the Bag

Collin Morikawa WITB (2020 ZOZO Championship)

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Driver: TaylorMade SIM (8 degrees @ 8.5)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 70 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM Titanium (15 degrees @ 13.5)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 80 TX

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue (19 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White Hybrid 100 TX

Irons: TaylorMade P7MC (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 (52-09SB), Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (56-14F @55), TaylorMade MG2 Hi-Toe (60)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: TaylorMade Spider FCG

  • Hosel: Short Slant
  • Alignment: No line
  • Length: 34.25”
  • Lie: 69.5°
  • Loft: 2.5°
  • SW: D4

Grip: TaylorMade Red Cap
Shaft: KBS CT Tour

Ball: TaylorMade TP5

Grips: Golf Pride Z-Grip Cord

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Cobra introduces new 2021 King Tour irons with MIM technology

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It’s been quite a while (three-plus years) since we have seen any new players irons from Cobra Golf. The Rev33 “Rickie iron” was teased out over the last year, but the focus has mainly stayed on its Forged Tec line, which has done well in the very competitive players distance category.

So why the long wait?

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According to Cobra’s VP of R&D Tom “TO” Olsavsky it was for a very specific reason…

“A long time ago we had actually planned it to launch at the end of 2019 as we usually try to launch players irons in the fall. Between COVID-19 delays and the new breakthrough innovation MIM process, it took us a little longer but it’s been worth the extra time, player feedback has been amazing so we are confident it will succeed.”

Introducing new 2021 Cobra King Tour irons

Tech Story

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Cobra King Tour MIM 7-iron – cavity view

Cobra King Tour MIM 7-iron – face view

Metal Injection Molding AKA MIM is a term we have heard a few times over the past year. Cobra just recently implemented this process into its MIM wedge line. Essentially, it’s a process that allows OEMs to fine-tune a club heads shape and spec to the nth degree all while dialing in the softest feel possible. Seems awesome for a wedge and even better for an iron. To make it really easy to understand, it’s not cast, it’s not forged, its MIM.

The multi-material 1025 iron head has a tungsten weight inserted into the toe section that dials in the CG directly to the sweet spot. This practice is very popular—and almost essential at this point—Cobra has done this in the past with its previous players irons and it was first introduced as a head weight adjustment for Rickie Fowler years ago.

The final step is a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) insert to ensure impact gives off that “Muscle Back” softness at impact, a good way for traditional players to try new tech and not sacrifice the familiar softness of a forged blade.

Who is it for?

According to Olsavsky

“The King Tour iron is designed for the range of Tour players to single-digit handicaps. It slots in nicely between the pure MB type irons and Players Distance. It’s also a slight merger between Forged Tour and Forged CB shapes, so hoping to cover both players that would have chosen one of these 2 irons.”

2021 Cobra King Tour irons: Optics

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Cobra King Tour MIM 7-iron – topline view

Cobra King Tour MIM 7-iron – toe view

The new 2021 Cobra King Tour has a slightly shorter blade from the previous King Forged Tour iron based on comments from staff, the top line has been thinned out (a hair) and offset was increased to satisfy staff feedback.

According to Cobra Director of Tour Operations Ben Schomin

“The initial shape was developed years ago in the AMP Cell Forged iron and then transitioned with a few tweaks into the King Forged Tour. The shape in general was always well liked, but there was a common theme among R&D/marketing employees and players that the long iron blade lengths were a little long from heel to toe. We made some design changes to the MIM Tour iron that addressed blade length along with a few other feel enhancing tweaks. Overall it is a very eye pleasing shape.”

To make it really uncomplicated: the new 2021 Cobra King Tour is a simple, compact player cavity back designed to do its job. Cobra irons have always gone through the turf well, and now has a softer feel thanks to the MIM process. Players will get the MB feel in a CB iron.

Cobra King Tour MIM 4-iron - cavity view

Cobra King Tour MIM 4-iron – cavity view

The Tour

Cobra doesn’t have the biggest Tour presence in the world, but it does have some VERY unique minds to pick from for R&D.

“Like all of our new gear, we love to get input from our staff. In this case, having players like Jason Dufner, Rickie Fowler and others giving specific feedback is always an integral part of the process. For example, Duf is as knowledgeable about what makes a good club as anyone out there. If he responds well to shape or feel we know we are in a good place.” -Ben Schomin

And we had to ask about BAD…Is this something Bryson would put in play? 

“At this time there is no plan to make one length out of this head. But who knows, if he gets fired up to play them we will make it happen. He seems to be doing fine with what he has in the bag now, lol.” -Ben Schomin

Cobra King Tour MIM pitching wedge – cavity view

2021 Cobra King Tour irons: Overall

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, these days any product that hits the market will be (for the most part) superb. Like its competitors, Cobra is offering a simple yet elegant players CB that will hold water with anything else.

The real question goes back to the players themselves: What are you looking for in your irons? Is it more distance (hopefully not), precision, turf interaction, curb appeal? We all respond to different parts and now more than ever there are options to satisfy your heart and your hands. This new Cobra iron has everything a player would want. So, get fit, and put ’em to the test.

Specs

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Per Cobra

The King Tour Irons with MIM Technology are available in a 4-PW set make-up in right hand only. 

A 3-iron and gap wedge are available via custom order. Each King Tour iron is equipped with a steel KBS $-Taper 120 shaft in the golfer’s choice of stiff or regular flex. In addition, each iron comes with a Cobra Lamkin Crossline Connect grip in black. 

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A wide selection of shaft and grip upgrades are also made available through custom order.  The stock steel set retails for $1,299 and will be available beginning October 30, 2020, on cobragolf.com and through Cobra’s entire network of off-course retailers/custom club fitters.    

 

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