Srixon ZX 5 MK II Driver Review

Srixon ZX 5 MK II Driver Review

Srixon ZX 5 MK 2 Driver
Grade: A
Teacher’s Comments: My new gamer. It is long and accurate.

The Srixon ZX 5 MK II driver caught my eye with the results of a Golf Lab study which determined that it was significantly longer than Callaway, TaylorMade and Titleist drivers. A set of Srixon Z 585 irons have been my everyday clubs for several years now, so I thought I’d reach out to Srixon to see if they’d send one for testing.

They did.

I’ve been playing with the ZX 5 MK II for a couple of months now and think that it is marvelous.

While I have not tried the Callaway, TaylorMade or Titleist drivers from the Golf Lab study, I am satisfied that the Srixon is notably long. Even on shots that I know I have hit off-center the ball screams down the fairway.

On rounds at my home course (Washtenaw Golf Club), I have often found myself with unexpectedly short approach shots. It’s fun hitting short irons into a green on a par four instead of mid irons and hybrids.

Ball flight with the ZX5 MKII is penetrating and usually accompanied by a curve that is somewhere between a baby draw and a full-on hook. I take full responsibility for the hooks. The draws are nice, though.

Curiously, in spite of the distance, the driver does not feel to me as though it has a lot of pop. The sensation when hitting the ball is solid, but not lively. I wonder if it is the result of the dual flex zones (see below).

No matter, though. The results speak for themselves. Distance is distance.

The thin titanium crown covers what Srixon calls a “Rebound Frame with dual flex zones” that is designed to act like a spring across the entire face of the club.

The “dual flex zones” refers to a second ring of thin titanium behind the first that Srixon says compounds the energy transfer.

Variable face thickness helps to improve speed on off-center shots.

The adjustable hosel on the Srixon ZX MKII

As with so many drivers these days, the ZX has an adjustable hosel to optimize loft, lie and face angle. There also is the opportunity to swap out the rear weight. I might do that.

I quite like the matte black look at address. It is sleek and aerodynamic.

Currently, there are three different ZX MKII models: the ZX5 for maximum forgiveness; the ZX5 LS for low spin; and the ZX 7 for maximum workability and adjustability.

As an aside, the SRI in Srixon stands for Sumitomo Rubber Industries. Founded in 1909, SRI today makes a huge variety of products, including sports equipment through their Dunlop subsidiary. Srixon is under the Dunlop umbrella.

My experience with Srixon irons and the driver have been very good. They are great performing, sharp looking clubs. If you are in the market for a new driver or irons, consider Srixon along with the more obvious brands, such as TaylorMade and Callaway. After head-to-head testing, you may find — as I did — that Srixon clubs are more than worthy of being your gamers.


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