Srixon Z 355 Driver Review

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The Srixon Z 355 driver uses “Action Mass” technology to create consistently high ball speed.  Lots of forgiveness, head-heavy feel, and a good look.

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Introduction

Over the past ten years, the major OEMs have produced a steady stream of lighter drivers, claiming that light weight is the key to more speed and distance.  But what if they had it backward?

With their new Z 355 driver, that’s exactly what Srixon is telling us.  Their “Action Mass” technology pairs a heavier head with a counter-balanced shaft and promises more consistency, distance, and forgiveness.

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Looks

The Srixon Z 355 driver is billed as a game improvement driver, but the look will also appeal to better players.  The face is deep and the footprint is large, round, and symmetrical.  The gloss black crown is free of alignment aids, a rarity in a game improvement driver.

What I particularly like about the Z 355 is that it sets up beautifully.  In the neutral position, it looks perfectly square.  The Z 355 does have a lot of adjustability, so you can get the exact look you prefer – up to 2 degrees open or closed.

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Sound & Feel

The “Action Mass” is immediately noticeable when you pick up the the Srixon Z 355.  The feel is very head-heavy, so players who prefer a higher swing weight will love it.  The stock Miyazaki shaft is counter-balanced to put more of its 57 grams near the hands to offset the heavy head.

At impact, the Z 355 creates a high pitched, medium volume sound that gives excellent feedback on the quality of the strike.  Combined with good feedback through the hands, players will be able to tell exactly how well they struck the ball in spite of the excellent forgiveness.

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Performance

Based on what I saw in launch monitor testing, I find it hard to argue with Srixon’s premise that a heavier head promotes more forgiveness.  Even as I worked to adjust to the unique feel of the Z 355 driver, my ball speed stayed in the range that I expect.  What was more impressive was that the launch and spin numbers also remained reasonably consistent, even as my strikes wandered around the face.

On the range, the Z 355 produced high launching shots with strong, flat trajectories.  Again, the consistency of the shot shape was really impressive.  Even when I hit one on the bottom of the face, I didn’t get the low, ballooning shot that I expected.  It’s also worth noting that the center of gravity on this club is fairly neutral which is a real surprise in a game improvement club.  Many GI drivers are heavily draw-biased, but this club allows you to swing away without fear of a snap hook.

Finally, I really enjoyed the Miyazaki Jinsoku shaft that comes stock in the Z 355.  Though they seem to have retreated from their position as a leader in the aftermarket arena, it’s clear that Miyazaki can still engineer a quality shaft.  The Jinsuko has an International Flex Code of 8446, meaning that it’s stiffest in the butt of the shaft and softest in the middle.  This creates a nice kick but with consistency from a stiffer tip.

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Conclusion

What Srixon lacks in hype, they more than make up with in performance.  The Srixon Z 355 driver is a very forgiving driver that will help higher handicap players, but it also has numerous characteristics that will appeal to stronger players.  In a deep field of late-2015 drivers, the Z 355 merits serious consideration.

Matt Saternus

3 Comments

  1. Could you review the Cobra Fly Z and particularly the removable weights that come with it. I am confused about whether I should have a different weight than the one that came with it(8 grams) or a different shaft than the stock (60G).

    My swing speed is right at 85MPH and I do get a ton of roll on my drives
    but club is new so not sure yet.

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