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Russell Knox switches to Srixon Z565 driver in Austin

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Two-time PGA Tour champion Russell Knox has switched to a Srixon Z565 driver (10.5 degrees) this week at the 2017 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

At No. 21 in the Official World Golf Rankings, Knox is the highest-ranked golfer in the world using Srixon’s new driver, which debuted late last year and offers a larger club head and higher trajectory than Srixon’s Z765 driver.

Unlike the retail version of the Z565, Knox’s driver has a black face. According to a Srixon representative, all of the other features of the driver are the same.

Knox has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the OWGR since 2014. He started the year ranked 245th in the world using a Cleveland Classic XL Custom. He used that model until late last year, when he switched to TaylorMade’s M2.

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Knox’s Z565 driver is adjusted to be 2 degrees open, which is the maximum open setting on the driver. His shaft is Aldila’s NV 2KXV Blue 60TX.

See what GolfWRX members are saying about Knox’s driver switch in our forums

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  1. Timothy P Armington

    Sep 4, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    Great driver. I have the 565 with hzrdus black and really like it. I have a 9.5 set at 10.5 and don’t love how it closes the face, but it performs! Thinking about picking up a 765 this winter in a 10.5 when prices really come down. Have a couple of tips so I can try a few shafts. Already looking forward to 2018 season and hitting high bombs!

  2. Mike

    Mar 29, 2017 at 5:36 am

    There is a slow but steady wave of switchers to Srixon.
    Ok, a tour players club from any manufacturer will be effectively Custom made but the stuff on the shop floor from Srixon is super high quality.
    I love the plain look of the drivers , which just won’t age. In 2 yrs time the used club bin will be full of carbon crown and turbulator festooned fashion clubs.
    If you have a decent swing you will get a lot out of a Srixon 65 or prev 45 series , no one really needs all these daft looking space age drivers it’s all sales hype.

  3. setter02

    Mar 26, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    Gotta be a slow day when this makes it to a Wrx article…

  4. S Hitter

    Mar 24, 2017 at 10:59 am

    Is this a big deal or summin?

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The irons GolfWRXers with a 10-18 handicap are playing

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In our forums, WRXer ‘jjfcpa’ dedicated a thread to irons that fellow members with a handicap in the 10 to 18 range play. ‘Jjfcpa’ himself currently plays Callaway Apex CF19’s, and our members have been discussing the irons they currently play and why in our forums.

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.

  • tangojay: “Ping G-700, Alta CB graphite shafts, hitting them long, high and straight. Hitting them same distance and higher than my seven-year-old G-25’s with steel shafts, am 58.”
  • SouthLand: “Right now it’s a set of Cobra Amp Cells (~2013 GI), but I am in the process of upgrading. Need more spin on the ball, as I’m way below the desired range for spin metrics mainly. Pro thinks I could pick up some distance with improvement there. Driver too.”
  • Twinsgroupie: “Coming from Cobra Tour Forged and just ordered a set of PXG 0211’s. I tend to like a little bit more of a players iron than game improvement. Ball striking of the irons is better than my handicap would lead you to believe – let please not talk about my short game and putting…”
  • pat_kato: “Was playing Nike Vapor Pro Combos then went with the Mizuno MP-20 MMC, and I love them.”
  • BPetry: “Just got a set of Cobra Forged Tec players distance irons and so far I really like them. I came from hitting Callaway Razr X MB’s or a set of MP-54’s that I still hit well when I swing well but needed the extra distance with a bit slower swing speeds as I get older.”

Entire Thread: “10-18 handicap: What irons?”

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What GolfWRXers are saying about Ping Eye 2 Berylliums

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In our forums, our members have been talking about Ping’s classic Eye 2 Berylliums after WRXer ‘mywong23’ kicked off a discussion on the irons. ‘Mywong23’, who refuses to replace them with newer technology, reaches out to fellow members who give their thoughts on the vintage clubs.

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.

  • Old Tom Morris: “I never liked the way they looked. The shape was funny, and the lack of ferrules turned me off. However, they were and still are an excellent iron that are as good as many models out now. Nothing wrong with gaming that set, not hurting you at all.”
  • need2golf: “The rich kids had the Eye 2’s back in the late ’80s, nothing wrong w/ that. I had Wilson 1200 GE’s. Years ago, I bought my very own Eye 2’s, loved them, but sold them. Just bought BeCu Eye 2’s a little while back, can’t play golf yet but dying to game them. I shot some great scores w/ the Eye 2’s several years ago, can’t go wrong.”
  • scruffynick: “No but they’re my dream irons. Used the stainless for best on two decades… They were the greatest irons ever made for me. But I’d love a set of BeCu…. Had a look while on lockdown as there’s a 6-PW in red dot and I’m so tempted but… Mrs not having it considering I’ve got brand new Mizunos in my locker.”
  • 14max: “I’ve always been partial to the steel EYE2s, but the nickel and copper ISIs have made their way into my bag on more than one occasion. The copper EYE2s are pretty special and just seeing them sitting in a bag makes me wax nostalgic…”
  • BobV56: “I played mine until 2018. Sometimes I still miss hitting them.”

Entire Thread: “Ping Eye 2 Berylliums”

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Driver/shaft combinations of the 5 longest hitters on the PGA Tour

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What drivers do the PGA Tour’s longest golfers use to bomb their tee shots? Now that the 2019-2020 PGA Tour season on hold, we can do a thorough examination.

Below is a breakdown of the driving-distance leaders on the PGA Tour in 2019-2020, the specifics of their drivers, shafts and how far their average tee shots flew.

5. Sergio Garcia

Driver: TaylorMade SIM
Loft: 9.0 degrees
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Blue 80 TX
Grip: SuperStroke S-Tech
Average driving distance: 316.6 yards

4. Bubba Watson

Driver: Ping G410 Plus
Loft: (9 degrees @ 6.8)
Shaft: Grafalloy Bi-Matrix X AKA Project X Bubba Watson Prototype
Grip: Ping 703 Gold
Average driving distance: 318.6 yards

3. Cameron Champ

Driver: Ping G410 LST (9.5 degrees)
Loft: 9.5 degrees
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Smoke Green 70 6.5 TX
Grip: Custom Lamkin Black 58R
Average driving distance: 319.8 yards

2. Rory McIlroy

Driver: TaylorMade SIM
Loft: 9 degrees
Shaft: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage XTS 70 X
Grip: Golf Pride Tour Velvet
Average driving distance: 320.2 yards

1. Bryson DeChambeau 

Driver: Cobra King LTD Pro
Loft: 8 degrees
Shaft: L.A. Golf B.A.D. Prototype 75 TX
Grip: JumboMax JMX UltraLite
Average driving distance: 321.6 yards

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