Srixon Z65 - Fairway, Hybrid, Utility Irons
In addition to releasing some great iron and driver offerings in the new Z 65 line, Srixon is also giving golfers a wide array of excellent options to help them fill the gaps between their driver and irons, which can often be hard to do.
One of the reasons that filling those gaps can be so difficult is that the clubs that typically occupy those slots might best be described as specialty clubs, in that for many players they’ll only be hit a few times each round.
With that being the case, performance is crucial, as most golfers won’t have much patience for a fairway wood, hybrid, or utility iron if it’s not delivering solid results on a consistent basis.
And that, of course, doesn’t even take into account the specific individual needs and wants that players have when it comes to the fairway woods, hybrids, or utility clubs that fill out the last of the 14 available openings in their bag.
For example, are you looking strictly for distance out of those clubs? Are you looking for clubs that you can hit high and land soft? Or is being able to hit those clubs precise distances at the top of your wish list?
Whatever the case might be, between the Z F65 fairway woods, the Z H65 hybrids, and the Z U65 utility irons, Srixon has options to help you execute the shots you want to play.
Here’s a closer look at each:
Srixon Z F65 Fairway Woods Review
In terms of playability, the F65 fairway woods were designed to deliver maximum distance, higher launch conditions, and exceptional forgiveness.
From a technological standpoint, many of the features utilized in the new Z Series drivers have also been incorporated into the fairway designs.
Included in that list are the Stretch Flex Cup Face, which extends the clubface around portions of the crown and sole to deliver more ball speed even on mis-hits, and a new crown design that enables a lower CG for higher launch conditions and reduced spin rates.
The F65 fairway woods also feature, depending on loft, either a new Crown Step or an Arc Support Channel that help increase launch and lower spin, and their overall footprint is slightly larger than was utilized in the previous generation of Z fairway woods to make them more playable and help inspire confidence at address.
In terms of loft options, the F65 fairways are available in lofts of 13.5, 15, 17, and 19 degrees, and they feature bonded hosel designs, meaning there’s no adjustability.
The stock shaft for the F65 fairway woods is the Miyazaki Kaula Mizu 6 shaft, which depending on flex weighs between 62 and 66 grams. Other custom options, however, are available as well.
Srixon Z H65 Hybrids Review
While the new Z Series fairway woods were built for distance, the Z H65 hybrids were built for control.
That said, these are clubs that still deliver in terms of distance, as well as higher launch conditions that make stopping the ball on the green or in the fairway easier.
As is the case with the Z F65 fairway woods, the H65 hybrids feature an Arc Support Channel for higher launch and optimal spin. Unique, however, is that the depth of the channel changes depending on loft to deliver optimal performance.
Also changing depending on loft are the CG placements. In the lower lofted H65 hybrids, the centers of gravity are positioned lower for higher launch, while the CGs are placed slightly higher in the more lofted hybrids, which also feature rounded soles that enable greater workability.
H65 hybrids are available in lofts of 16, 19, and 22 degrees, and they come stock with the Miyazaki Kaula Mizu 7 shaft, which weighs between 71 and 74 grams depending on the flex a player chooses.
Srixon Z U65 Utility Irons Review
For players looking for even more control, as well as enhanced shot-shaping ability, Srixon is also offering the Z U65 utility irons, which have been a huge success thus far with Srixon Tour players.
One reason for that success is that these clubs are forged with 1020 Carbon Steel, meaning they provide exceptional feel and acoustics at impact.
Also incorporated into the design is a SUP10 face insert, which delivers faster ball speeds for more distance. Additionally, the hollow construction of the Z U65 allows weight to be repositioned low in the clubhead to create higher launch angles and reduced spin rates.
That said, the compact profile and relatively narrow sole allow for incredible workability, both in terms of trajectory and curvature.
The Z U65 utility irons are available in lofts of 18, 20, and 23 degrees, and like the hybrids feature Miyazaki Kaula Mizu 7 shafts, with other custom options available as well.
Z 355 Fairways and Hybrids
TGW Customer Feedback on the Srixon Z 355 Fairways
TGW Customer Feedback on the Srixon 355 Hybrid
-- TGW customer Mike, 4 handicap
-- TGW customer Nate, 3 handicap
Srixon is rapidly growing its golf club brand in the United States, having already built an impressive reputation around the world. That said, in the past, many believed that Srixon’s clubs were best suited for professionals or low-handicap players. With the 3 series, however, that has changed, which should come as welcome news for average golfers. Most notably, Srixon is trying to help recreational players enjoy more consistency even when they might not make their best swings. That’s the case throughout the 3 series line, and the approach has proven to be especially effective with the 355 fairway woods and hybrids. From a design standpoint, Srixon has accomplished its goals through the use of Action Mass Technology.
What is Action Mass? In its research, Srixon engineers discovered that by pairing heavier clubheads with lightweight shafts that featured higher balance points they could create products that would deliver exceptional distance while also proving to be more stable and more forgiving, attributes that lead to more consistent results. Adding to the playability of the Z 355 fairways and hybrids are steel face cups, which create a larger sweet spot and allow the clubface to flex more to help maintain faster ball speeds on shots struck anywhere on the face. Additionally, the fairways and hybrids feature larger profiles from a size standpoint that inspire confidence but shallow face designs that help produce higher launch conditions.
Finally, one of the key components of the 355 fairway and hybrid designs is the highly unique Miyazaki Jinsoku shaft that comes standard in each, as Srixon and Miyazaki worked together to push the envelope in terms of the higher balance point needed to make Action Mass work as intended. As for the different loft options that are available, the fairway woods are offered at 15, 17, 19, and 22 degrees, while the hybrids come in lofts of 19, 23, and 26 degrees. Also of note, there is no adjustability with the Z 355 hybrids and fairway woods, as both feature bonded hosel designs.