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The Srixon Z 545 driver may be the best under-the-radar driver of 2015. Really long with plenty of forgiveness. Lots of adjustability to boot.
We’ve already tested Srixon’s Z H45 hybrid and their Z U45 utility iron and found them to be excellent, but I still had a shade of skepticism when I received the Z 545 driver. Though they’ve made clubs for the Japanese market for years, I couldn’t shake the impression that Srixon is just a ball company.
After testing the Z 545, there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Srixon deserves to be considered among the best OEMs in golf.
The Z 545 also has a lot of in-the-bag sex appeal. The white and red head cover is really well done and has a lot of visual pop. The club itself is all shades of black which is very sharp.
Sound & Feel
The first thing I noticed about the Z 545 driver is that it feels very light. It’s not marketed as a super lightweight club – and with a 60 gram shaft and Lamkin UTx grip it isn’t – but something about the balance of this club makes it feel effortless to swing.
At impact, the sound is unique: it’s quiet and non-metallic,more of a “pop” than a “thwack” or “crack.” The feel and sound are also very clean, reminiscent of the PING G30. Your hands don’t get any extra rattling or vibration, just a clear sense of how you struck the ball.
I said that this driver is in the running for Sleeper of the Year, and here’s why: the numbers that I produced with the Srixon Z 545 driver are as good as I’ve seen in a long time…and this is December in Chicago!
First, the ball speed is very robust. Swing after swing, pure shots and mishits, my ball speed stayed in the mid and upper 140’s. This is the first and most important ingredient in consistent distance – launch and spin are nothing without speed.
Beyond the forgiveness, this driver produces high launch and low spin. Even on shots that were hit low on the face, the spin remained in the mid to low 2000’s which kept the trajectory strong and preserved the roll out.
Finally, this driver has a lot of adjustability. The head can be moved into twelve different positions to change loft, lie, and face angle. The face angle goes from 2° open to 2° closed and the lie angle can be adjusted as much as 2° upright. Additionally, there is an adjustable weight near the back of the head. Srixon packages the weight kit with the driver (thumbs up, Srixon!) and that includes weights of 3, 7, and 11 grams. This isn’t enough weight to change the launch or spin measurably, but it does allow you to dial in the swing weight and feel that you prefer.
The Srixon Z 545 driver does absolutely everything you can ask for from a driver: it’s long, accurate, forgiving, and adjustable. It checks the boxes on the subjective elements of looks and feel, too. This is a club that should be on every golfer’s short list to demo this year, and I expect it to find its way into many player’s bags.