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2021 Srixon ZX5 and ZX7 drivers: Rebound Frame Technology for maximum energy transfer

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The new 2021 Srixon ZX7 and ZX5 drivers may be the ones that gets the company a steady seat at the head table.

Make no mistake about it, when it comes to “pound for pound” performance across the board, Srixon is quietly as competitive as anyone in the game. Ask any fitter across North America, and when mentioned, the Srixon driver constantly brings a nodding of the head and knowing smile. Why? The product is always good.

If there is one area that Srixon hasn’t quite busted loose yet, it would be the metal woods—not for lack of competitive offerings—more so awareness, and Tour presence, which yes, does make a difference.

2021 Srixon ZX5 and ZX7 drivers: The details

New 2021 Srixon ZX7 driver – sole view

New 2021 Srixon ZX5 driver – sole view

The Tech Story: Rebound Frame Technology

In simple terms, Srixon Rebound Frame Technology optimizes points on the clubhead that can maximize energy transfer and direct it back exactly where you need it: into the golf ball.

By tuning in the flexibility and rigidity of regions of the ZX drivers, Srixon can now take the 1.21 Gigawatts of energy powered by the speed of the head, and give the golfer a club that wants to release it—almost like pulling back a slingshot cemented into the ground with elastic made out of Spider-Man Web (best analogy that came to mind).

More photos and discussion in the forums.

Make sense?

Both models have a strong, yet lightweight, carbon crown (15 percent larger than previous models), which allows Srixon to place more weight down and around the clubhead stabilizing the face, creating higher MOI.

Flex Zone 1: Club face built with very strong and flexible Ti51AF titanium 

Flex Zone 2: Ring of flexible material behind the clubface

Rigid Zone 1: Directly behind the clubface 

Rigid Zone 2: Strong but light carbon fiber crown

“Rebound Frame is a speed-enhancing technology. Our objective is to have the best ball speed of any driver available – especially for high swing-speed, better players. We’ve engineered regions of stiffness and flexibility into the face and clubhead, producing a driver that returns an unprecedented amount of energy into the ball.” -Jeff Brunski Srixon R&D

More photos and discussion in the forums.

Srixon ZX5 vs ZX7 driver: Tale of the Tape

Breaking down the two models is quite simple as most OEMs follow this tried and true method

  • ZX5 is your high MOI, rear weighted, fairway machine. Comes stock with an 8g back weight but can be replaced for the desired launch with 4g, 6g, 10g, or 12g depending on the desired swing weight
  • ZX7 is your fine-tuned, forward CG, low launch players driver although both will see action on TOUR. Comes stock with an 8g and 4g weight system to fine-tune shot shape preference. The heavy weight in the toe helps it fade and vice versa.

New 2021 Srixon ZX5 and ZX7 Drivers

Looks

ZX7: Compared to the ZX5, the ZX7 has rounded shaping and a flatter crown to give better players that square-to-open flow at address.

ZX5: Has a more triangular shape with a higher crown to inspire a bit more confidence for the player looking for forgiveness.

Feel

TG2 host Brian Knudson had a chance to test the ZX Drivers and this is what he had to say on the feel of each

ZX5: “The ZX5 slightly shallower face and longer heel to toe than the ZX7, giving you confidence in the club at address. At impact, the ZX5 offers you the feel of the golf ball compressing and then firing off the face for great ball speed. The impact sound is slightly louder than I expected but was a low pitched tone that is far from hollow or tinny.”

ZX7: “The deeper face and more compact, rounded shape of the ZX7 is going to appeal to most better players. Offering great responsiveness the ZX7 allows you to really feel the difference between center contact and slightly missed shots. Ball speed across those hits is very high and met with a similar low pitched bang that the ZX5 offers.”

The Tour

I had the chance to chat with Srixon Tour Rep Michael Jolly on the new 2021 Srixon ZX Drivers and this is what he had to say:

JW: What has been the overall reaction to the new driver on TOUR and what specifically have the players responded positively to?

MJ: Across all tours, the ZX drivers have been more widely adopted than any Srixon driver we’ve introduced. We really built on the positives of the Z85 series driver.  In the Z85 series, we had WAY more adoption than the Z65 series with countless wins across all tours, including a British Open win. We had a driver in the Z85 that was very fast, and continues to be played and liked by the guys—most just felt the misses needed to be better. There was less dropoff in ball speed and tighter dispersions when struck off-center.  The rebound frame is a really cool technology that we have seen first-hand make a difference.  Tour Pros are finding this driver incredibly fast while seeing mis-hits stay between the lines with less distance dropoff.

JW: With Major Champions on staff like McDowell, Lowry, and Bradley, how much input do you get from them in regards to shape and performance?

MJ: Quite a bit, really.  The three you mentioned are wonderful brand ambassadors that genuinely want to see us make the best equipment possible. The performance input/evaluation part is constant.  There isn’t any time that their feedback, input, and testing results whether qualitative or quantitative isn’t documented and relayed to the R&D team.  In terms of shape, that falls into the greater process of product development.  These guys will see very early (not hit-able) prototypes of future products and we ask them to identify what they like and do not like about what’s in front of them. As we move through that process and testing begins, taking into account their feedback (performance or cosmetic), the product evolves into that final form. These guys are definitely a valuable resource in our product development.

srixon zx7-left-srixon-zx-5-right-comparison

Srixon ZX7 (L), Srixon ZX5 (R)

Overall

General Info

The ZX7 driver comes standard with the Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black Shaft, while the ZX5 driver features the Project X HZRDUS EvenFlow Riptide Shaft.

Every model in the new ZX Woods family features the Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360 Grip.

Retail Information

ZX7 driver: $529.99

ZX5 driver: $499.99

Retail Launch Date: January 15

More photos and discussion in the forums.

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  1. Pingback: SPOTTED: Srixon ZX5 “Mk II LS” and ZX7 “Mk II” drivers being tested in Napa – GolfWRX

  2. Luis Dix

    Dec 7, 2020 at 8:53 pm

    Has anyone won with a Srixon driver?

    • Brad Wall

      Dec 7, 2020 at 9:22 pm

      Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowery (British Open). Their irons are the best in golf. These new drivers are the real deal.

    • JWM

      Dec 9, 2020 at 11:24 am

      X7 has 3 wins on the corn ferry tour this year.

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Bettinardi unveils new 2023-2024 Queen B line of putters

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Bettinardi Golf has today introduced its new Queen B Series of putters that includes four timeless models.

The 2023-2024 Queen B Series enhances the Queen B 6 & Queen B 11, while also introducing two brand-new models, the Queen B 14 and Queen B 15.

The entire series is crafted using 303 Stainless Steel and features an all-new Caramel Copper PVD finish, which aims to not only accentuates the classic beauty of each model but also optimize visual cues on the greens to give a confidence-inspiring appearance at every crucial putt.

In addition, the new Queen B line debuts Bettinardi Golf’s new Mini Honeycomb face milling. This newly developed face utilizes an 8% smaller machine tool in order to provide the softest Honeycomb face to date.

“By utilizing an even smaller machining tool during the milling process, we were able to remove more material from the face of the putter, creating a softer feel at impact. Since 1998, Bettinardi putters have been world-renowned for our Honeycomb face milling. Twenty-five years later, my patented face continues to evolve and produces one of the most recognizable looks and feels in golf.” – Bob Bettinardi, CEO/Founder of Bettinardi Golf

The 2023-2024 Queen B Series will be available for pre-order on Tuesday, November 22nd online at Bettinardi.com, and will be available for purchase at authorized Bettinardi dealers worldwide, starting January 17th.

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Bettinardi adds BB28 putter to brand’s BB series

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Bettinardi has today unveiled the addition of the BB28 to its BB series line.

The BB28 features Aggressive Flymill face milling designed to give the putter a responsive, yet soft feel off the putter head, and offers a full-flange design, which provides greater perimeter weighting and higher M.O.I.characteristics.

This latest addition uses a PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) finishing technology, which is a thin, yet resilient coating that shows off the mill marks in an artisan way.

Each BB Series putter is one-piece milled from 303 Stainless Steel, which is the same blend of material preferred by all Bettinardi Tour staffers, with the metal offering a more durable, responsive, and solid feeling putter for optimal performance.

Bettinardi have also launched the center shaft BB28 putter featuring a 1/4 toe-hang wide-body blade, as well as a BB28 Armlock containing a near-face-balanced wide-body blade.

The BB28 model is available for pre-order at Bettinardi.com ($430) from November 22nd and at retail on January 22nd.

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2022 Joburg Open: Betting Tips & Selections

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And that was the DP World Tour season over.

And here is the DP World Tour season beginning.

Just a few days after Jon Rahm produced an exhibition display to beat a stellar field in Dubai (and earn less ranking points than Adam Svensson did at the RSM), the tour starts its 2023 season with a co-sanctioned Joburg Open, a mixed field of the best of the Sunshine Tour, some European stalwarts, and others that might well not bother turning up.

Viewers will not have seen Houghton GC for many years, but in the years of hosting the Dunhill Championship (2000-2004) the names Adam Scott, Charl Schwartzel and Justin Rose call for the halcyon days of the tour in South Africa. There are very few in this field that could reach that major-winning standard, and it will be of interest to see if the internationals can wrest away the title from the home contingent, something they could not do when that event turned to Leopard Creek, the Springboks winning seven from the last ten.

The Nicklaus course now hosts the Joburg Open, where in 14 runnings over various courses, home players have won nine and been out of the runner-up spot just twice.

Back to the Dunhill and it’s most recent winner, Christiaan Bezhuidenhout, easily the most likley victor this week.

Like many of the more promising youngsters in South Africa, Bez’s career starts with early victories on the Big Easy Tour and has progressed ever since.

Although with just four wins to his name at this level, the 28-year-old has built his reputation on a stellar short game, something that enabled him to win at tricky Valderrama by an incredible six shots, before going back-to-back at Leopard Creek and the Gary Player GC, to win two of his home country’s most prestigious events.

Having spent much of the last two years inside the world’s top 50, a series of acceptable rather than impressive results has seen him slip to number 72 but he will surely see this as a chance to get going in the right direction again.

Clearly Bez likes Gary Player designed tracks, and it may be no coincidence that his best recent effort was last time out at the Nedbank (held at the GPGC), but like Nicklaus, Player asks questions of the golfer, and with Bez having a short game at a level higher than the majority of these, it is easy to see him thrive here.

Stats on the recent PGA events are very mixed, but he was third in greens-in-reg and eighth in putting at the John Deere – a course that requires low scoring and a bogey-avoiding round – and he was again top-10 for the flat stick stats at Sedgefield and at the BMW, the penultimate FedEX Cup event.

The mention of that lucrative title certainly puts Bez in a different league to his rivals this week and, having relished the return home a couple of weeks ago, can continue that form and take a win into the 2023 PGA season.

Despite losing strokes off the tee at the Gary Player, Bez ranked 11th for tee-to-green, 4th for around-the-green and top 20 for putting. Add that to his figures when playing at home since 2020 – 1/15/1/1/6/5 – and anything bigger than 6/1 looks worth a pop.

Should Bez get beaten, both George Coetzee and Thriston Lawrence are clearly the biggest dangers, especially given their win records compared to Hennie Du Plessis, Oliver Bekker and Louis De Jager.

Coetzee loves it when dropped back from the DP World Tour and has already won twice when arriving back from either the Korn Ferry or European tours, but he seems happier in weaker fields where he is favourite and can dominate.

However, Lawrence, who, with a win last year finally lived up to some big early hype, won his first true DP World event at Crans after running-up at Kenya – both significant moves towards this event.

Off the boil for a while, he bounced back to form when sixth at potentially linkable Valderrama, before an eventual 15th at the Nedbank disguises that he was third going into Sunday.

19th off-the-tee for the season, the 25-year-old backs that up with top-30 for approaches, tee-to-green and greens-in-regulation, with 18th for putts-per-greens-in-reg.

This is, of course, a huge drop in class from the DP World Tour Championship last week and on overall stats, he looks an each-way play to nothing.

It would be surprising if one of the top lot were not to win, so I’ll take just one, far more unexposed, player to grab a place on the first couple of pages of the board.

Deon Germishuys was a tempter after an excellent Challenge Tour season, but perhaps he’s best left as a ‘follow’ throughout 2023. Instead, take a chance with Tom McKibbin, a name that should be on everyone’s list going into 2023, 2024, and beyond.

Coming from Holywood brings a sense of foreboding, as surely he will rarely escape the comparisons to that Northern Irish town’s most famous son, Rory McIlroy. The 19-year-old isn’t at all fussed, though, telling Irish Golfer, “I try not to read much about myself or anything like that. I’ve heard the comparison since I’ve been nine or 10 years old, so if anything, it’s got a little old now.”

Ignore that and we have one promising player, and one that has broadcasted his ability for a few years, despite his current age.

An outstanding junior and amateur, McKibbin had verbally agreed a move to the University of Florida before Covid ruined those plans and, it seemed, the 2021 Walker Cup, an event he was almost certain to be selected for.

Again, this is a cool head on young shoulders – “It meant I got off to a bit of a head-start in pro golf. I don’t think Walker Cup would’ve been much of a benefit and I haven’t really thought much about it since.”

So, let’s talk about the play.

In his first year with limited status and invites, the JMC-managed player recorded a 12th and 16th at Challenge Tour level before a 26th place at the higher level at Galgorm Castle (11th and 20th after the first two rounds).

That gave McKibbin entry into a few of the better Challenge Tour events, and he has taken advantage in style.

The beginning of the year saw the traditional exodus of trophy-seekers to South Africa, and McKibbin took a lead into the final day of the Cape Town Open before finishing in third place – “I played fine, did the same things I did the first three days, it just wasn’t meant to be. I didn’t tense up or anything like that. I thought I did the right things. It just didn’t pay off.”

A week later, he finished seventh after a level-par Sunday would never be enough to exploit an overnight position in the final group, but the experience would be yet another notch on the post.

The second half of the year was to be McKibbin’s highlight, with 14 events played from July onwards, rewarding him with six top-10s, including an almost repeat effort at Glagorm Castle, and three top-20 finishes.

Latterly, sixth place at the Challenge Tour Grand Final would leave him in 10th place on the CT rankings and a full DP World Tour card, something he can exploit before the bigger events next year.

Mentored by Rory, with Chris Selfridge – ex-professional and ex-caddy of Ryan Fox – on the bag – “It obviously costs money getting a top caddie like him but I think you’ve got to do it right if you want to get something really good out of it in the end. No point not investing in yourself and ending up in the same spot in five, 10 years’ time,” and with one stats line that reads ‘overall stats leader’ at Galgorm, McKibbin is something special.

It may take a few years, as it did Thriston Lawrence, to make a real mark, but it will come. Why not this week?

Other to note for big performances are Oliver Hundeboll, winner in this part of the world on the Challenge Tour last year and fifth at Fairmont at the Hero Open, and Casey Jarvis, a multi-decorated junior who in a short professional career has proven too good for lesser grade and has improved in contention throughout the year, finishing runner-up to Coetzee at the South African PGA at the beginning of the month.

I’m expecting the trophy to be lifted by one of the more obvious types, but eyes down the board to see how some of the youngsters get on, for they will be winning soon enough.

Reccomended Bets:

  • Christiaan Bezhuidenhout – Win
  • Thriston Lawrence – Each Way
  • Tom McKibbin – Top-20
  • Oliver Hundeboll – Top-20
  • Casey Jarvis – Top-20
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