Review: Srixon Z355 Driver
Srixon’s new driver is different from just about every other driver on the market. It has a substantially heavier head at 211grams, paired with a very light counter balanced shaft and swingweights at D8. For me on paper it isn’t a recipe for consistency. I’ve struggled with both lightweight shafts and counter-balanced clubs. But for some reason, this one works. I was really surprised at how well it works. It feels like it just hammers the ball and even when it felt like a bad swing, a ball that feels like it is going to be lost right, comes back and finds the middle.
Let’s talk the head; it is heavy by design. While MOI isn’t the big talk anymore, heavier heads have more MOI which translates into more forgiveness. Secondly the weight is distributed at an angle on the sole in away that an over-the-top move allows the Action Mass to go straight into the ball sending it down the fairway. And yet for a game-improvement design, it looks very traditional with no alignment aid, a clean black crown, a silver face and a good shape that doesn’t appear closed or offset.
The D8 swingweight and lightweight shaft are noticeable right out of the box. This club feels head heavy and the shaft has a pretty good “whip” to it. My expectation was that I was going to struggle finding the fairway. The whippiness had me thinking it would be very inconsistent. But it wasn’t. I found the majority of fairways I played with this driver in the bag. The “whip” into the ball resulted in consistently solid, long and straight drives. Even when I felt like it wasn’t going to go straight it still did. The feel of the face is just like hitting a nail with a big hammer. It is solid and feels like it is just crushing the ball.
I’m impressed by this “game-improvement” driver that accomplished the goal of hitting the ball straight without goofy looks. This is a clean looking, easy to hit club. While some might not like the D8 swingweight as it feels very head heavy, or they might not like the light weight shaft with a pretty good “whippy” feel. And yes, the better golfer might not like the auto-correct feature of this head either; I have to say, I was surprised and impressed. Since the static weight is still light, I didn’t feel fatigued either after hitting it for 18 holes.
If you want to hammer drivers that go straight, this is a driver you should check out. It is pretty straight forward and different. If you’ve tried everything else with little success, this might be the answer with its Action Mass heavy head, light-weight counter-balanced Miyazaki Jinsoku shaft, and great looks. Many other game improvement drivers go straight left for me, but this one went straight down the middle. It feels like a hammer and offers a little auto-correct on those miss hits.
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+Great classic looks
+Hits the ball straight
+Feels like a hammer
+Counter-balance for game improvement
–D8 swingweight feels different
–Whippy feeling shaft