Srixon has introduced its newest driver, the Z545, which according to Srixon, is “for all ability players that demand maximum distance and mid-high launch in a larger, more forgiving shape.”
I was excited to get my hands on this new driver, as I actually had never hit a Srixon before. I’ve witnessed Srixon’s growing popularity, both among the pros and my peers out at the local courses. I was eager to try it out for myself, especially in terms of distance and forgiveness, two areas Srixon has emphasized with the Z545.
- Dual Speed Technology – Dual Speed Technology maximizes a player’s rotation efficiency while also delivering more kinetic energy at impact. The end result: more head speed, more ball speed, more distance.
- Quick Tune System – Fast, simple Quick Tune System allows everyone to easily adjust the loft, lie, face angle, and center of gravity settings. Use the 12-way hosel to tune face angle and lie along with loft. The adjustable weight port comes standard with a 7-gram weight, and 3- and 11-gram weights are also available to precisely tune center of gravity for optimal launch and spin.
- Titanium Cup Face – Ball speeds have been maximized with advanced face construction A 6-4 TI cup face in the Z545 driver enlarges the sweet spot while increasing cor.
- Variable Face Thickness – The face designs create faster, more resilient impact surfaces with added forgiveness thanks to enhanced variable face thickness. Thinner heel and toe portions have created larger sweet spots in all Srixon Z Series woods, up to 35% larger than the previous generation.
Looking at the the Srixon Z545 driver, nothing immediately caught my eye once I took off the white and red headcover, and that wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. It definitely isn’t the bright outspoken driver that we are used to seeing these days.
The 460cc driver head has a classic black glossy finish which pairs well with the Mitsubishi Kuro Kage black shaft. The black adjustable hosel also blends in nicely with the club head and shaft and doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb like some of the other bulky adjustable hosels on the market. The red Lamkin UTx Full Cord grip brings that pop of color to complete the classy overall look of the club.
When I set up at address with the Z545 driver, I noticed there was no alignment aid on the top of the clubhead. I personally prefer one to get comfortable and pull the trigger on my drives, so it took a few shots to get used to. Also, considering I was playing under the bright sun of Southern California, there was a bit of a glare on the shiny head of the club at address, although it wasn’t too big of a deal for me personally. Being a player in sunny SoCal you get used to this. Sorry to all you snowed out folks out there.
One thought popped into my head when I first picked up the Z545 driver: This is light. I heard the same three words from every one of my playing partners during my two review rounds.
I felt like I could swing out of my shoes with this club, but the lightness of the Z545 actually made it feel effortless to swing. I knew every time I hit it in the sweet spot on the face since I didn’t feel any tingle in my hands. Even with those mishits, the vibration in the hands is pretty minimal, which was a solid plus in my book.
At impact, this driver has a somewhat dull “ping” sound that wasn’t too sharp or loud, much like it’s sister clubs from Cleveland Golf the last few years, including the Classic XL Custom Driver. The one thing I noticed was that I heard the same consistent sound whether I hit it pure or a little off the toe/heel.
If you are a golfer who loves a quiet and forgiving sounding driver, then the Srixon Z545 driver is an outstanding choice. I really enjoyed the feel of this club.
After taking the Srixon Z545 driver out for numerous range sessions and 2 review rounds, there was one aspect of this club that really stood out: forgiveness. For reasons unknown during my review rounds, I really struggled with my swing during each round. It was just that dreaded stretch of golf where I didn’t feel comfortable over the ball, whether it was off the tee or in the middle of the fairway, and couldn’t make that consistent solid contact.
With that being said, this driver was the club I became most confident with. Even though I struggled to hit it square (I usually miss off the toe), my ball still tended to find the fairway more often than not. That’s a big deal since I may or may not be used to missing fairways off the tee (it’s probably my biggest weakness).
In terms of distance, I hit the Z545 a similar distance to what I was accustomed to, usually in the 270-280 range with a very nice, piercing mid to high trajectory. For those mishits, the variable face thickness (thicker in the center, thinner around the edges) seemed to do its job as I didn’t lose too much of the distance and still got a decent roll to make up the yards, which is always nice.
The Srixon Z545 is definitely going to impress the masses as far as it’s performance goes. With it’s forgiveness and solid distance it’s going to be hard for people to forget about this driver.
If you’re having trouble off the tee in terms of accuracy, the Srixon Z545 was made for you. Its forgiveness really stood out. Plus it’s just a fun club to hit given how easy it is to swing. I think the Srixon Z545 is definitely a driver that should be tried if you’re looking for an upgrade in 2015.
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