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Compact and powerful, the Srixon ZX Hybrid also delivers forgiveness. Better player looks at address plus plenty of appeal in the bag.
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Looking over the list of PGA Tour players that trust Srixon equipment, I was captivated by how many are recognizable by their first name. Say the name Hideki, Shane, Graeme, Keegan, or J.B. to a golf fan and they’ll know instantly who you are referring to. Those names also seem synonymous with the Srixon brand – a testament to the advancements in Srixon’s clubs and balls that keep their players competitive year after year. With their 2021 woods, including the new ZX Hybrid, Srixon introduces their latest technology, Rebound Frame – designed to “focus your energy.”
Giving the new Srixon ZX Hybrid the once over twice, my reactions diverged. Examining the new sole, “very nice” popped into my head. Flipping to the crown, I had more of a “hmm” response that gave me pause as I realized it looked oddly familiar. I grabbed my Z H85 [full review HERE] and confirmed by thoughts.
At address, the ZX Hybrid looks nearly identical to its predecessor. The head is compact and slightly pear shaped. The crown features the distinctive step down and is devoid of any alignment aids. The gloss black finish blends seamlessly with the dark face and black shaft. The flat face completes a look that better players will find appealing.
What I like about the sole is it shows some personality. Distinctive without being flashy. And I have to give a golf clap to the headcover that has the club number boldly embroidered. No wheel to set yourself or generic cover that leaves you trying to remember which hybrid is which.
Sound & Feel
The Srixon ZX Hybrid produced a solid metallic “tick,” medium in tone and volume. Solid is also a good word to describe the feel. I could definitely feel when and where I missed centered contact, but the feedback was subtle – more of a friendly reminder than a stinging rebuke.
After several test sessions, I went to the Srixon website to gather some tech notes to accompany my findings in this review. I was amazed to find that the three performance attributes Srixon listed for the ZX Hybrid matched my field notes nearly exactly: penetrating launch, low spin, and workable. My only deviation was low-mid spin, which I attributed to the Riptide shaft in my hybrid.
One additional note from my testing was good forgiveness. For the compact size, I was impressed that performance remained relatively consistent with reasonable contact. Srixon attributes this feature to the crown step that lowers the center of gravity and increases MOI.
Factoring into all the performance highlights is Srixon’s latest technology – Rebound Frame. The simplest way to convey the science of Rebound Frame is by envisioning a flex zone through the head of the ZX Hybrid behind the step down. With the face serving as the primary flex zone, the second flex zone refocuses energy that’s typically lost in the club head back to the face. Although I couldn’t sense the second zone, the resultant ball speeds were excellent.
The Srixon ZX Hybrid may have a familiar look, but it incorporates the new Rebound Frame technology for enhanced ball speed and ultimately, maximum distance. For the only hybrid model in its ZX family, Srixon did a wonderful job designing a club that’s appealing to better players as well as those inspired to play better.