Srixon ZX5 Mk II Driver Review
Starting The 2023 Driver Season With a Bang
I played 5 rounds of golf with the Srixon ZX5 Mk II driver in my bag. It is the first 2023 driver I’m reviewing and starts the season out with a Bang. It is a more forgiving, easier hitting, quick launching powerful combo. A first for 2023 is also the fact that I along with outdoor testing, I also got to test it indoors in the Office by Carls Place DIY Sim which collected data on my FlightScope Xi Tour Launch Monitor.
Here is my overall experience and thoughts on the Srixon ZX5 Mk II Driver for 2023.
Does Srixon make the most underrated drivers on the market? I have had great success when a Srixon driver is in the bag, but they don’t seem to dominate pro bags or amateur bags at the local munis. It certainly isn’t from a performance standpoint. I think 2023 Srixon made some small tweaks to their drivers which should get people talking and thinking about the outstanding performance they offer. The 3 versions for 2023 of the ZX MK II drivers are ZX 5, ZX 5 LS and ZX7. While I’d typically gravitate toward the LS or ZX7, the ZX5 Mk II offered some benefits to my driving.
The Srixon ZX5 MK II is an all titanium driver is all about forgiveness. This is certainly been a need of mine lately. It can be hard to recapture a grooved swing once you lose it. Having a driver in hand that offers maximum forgiveness has helped with finding fairways. This club offers really appealing ball flight off the face. High and Straight. Even most of my miss-hits were high and straight, usually I just started them on line that missed the fairway. The 10.5 loft probably assists that launch as well.
The Srixon ZX5 Mk II driver technology is in their “Rebound Frame” which is designed to transfer maximum energy to the ball at impact. Instead of 1 energy tranfer zones, the rebound frame creates 2. This allows for more power to reach the ball for faster speeds and greater distance. It has an 8gram weight set deep and back which creates that low, deep CG for high launch and straight shots. The ball feels like it explodes off the face of this driver.
The Srixon ZX5 Mk II Driver has a variable thickness face to keep ball speeds high on miss hits. I will say I was impressed by the consistent distance of shots no matter if they were hit “on the screws” or “toey” they all seemed to end up in the same general vicinity. Obviously perfectly struck balls ended up the best, but the others found the fairway not far behind. The face is big on this driver as it has a wide/flat footprint making it most forgiving for toe and heel hits. The matte finish with just a little accent paint hides the large footprint of this driver nicely. The overall black, white, and hint of red make it one nice looking driver.
The Srixon ZX5 Mk II driver is going to be a great fit for someone who needs launch and forgiveness. On the course I found more fairways with it than I had been hitting with my previous driver. I have certainly found that fairways are good. I like watching the ball go high and straight off the tee. My personal swing requires a little more spin reduction to get the absolute most distance out of it. That is also why Srixon created the LS version of this driver. The Flightscope numbers show that I could maximize distance with less spin. However I’ve seen many a golfer that could pick up some yardage with a little extra spin to keep the ball in the air longer as well as picking up some height on their tee shots. So like so many reviews have said over the years, get fit. Srixon has 3 options to fit your swing. I think the ZX5 Mk II has amazing potential for 2023 with its outstanding forgiveness.
The Srixon ZX5 Mk II driver hits the ball with a bang. The sounds is really pleasing, but certainly all titanium. There is certainly a difference between carbon and titanium heads. While less muted, the metallic “tink” is pleasing to the ears as the ball crushes off the tee. While sound and feel are subjective, the launch and forgiveness are really pleasant. They ball launches quickly with a high arching flight and really holds the line.
The Srixon ZK5 Mk II Driver comes stock with the Project X HZRDUS RDX Red. This shaft is part of the new family of HZRDUS shafts that offer great performance with some slightly easier swinging chariteristics. The Red version is little higher launching and spinning version. It is great for straight launching shots. They do have custom options too so that you can reduce spin or add launch or simply hit the shaft that feels best to you. Right off the rack, this is one easy, forgiving driver to hit.
Srixon ZX5 Mk II 10.5* Driver Stats
Data from Flightscope Xi Tour Launch Monitor
➜ Spin: 2758 rpms
➜ Launch Angle: 14.1*
➜ Dispersion: 6.0 yds
➜ Club Head Speed: 102.1 mph
➜ Ball Speed: 153.8 mph
➜ Total Distance: 278.4 yds
➜ Carry Distance: 267.6 yds
Srixon gets that 2023 driver season started with a Bang! It offers amazing forgiveness, great sound, straight shots, high flight and lots of fairways. The ZX5 Mk II combination of forgiveness and launch will make it very appealing to a wide range of golfers. If spin or working the ball are high on your list, check out the LS or ZX7. If fairways would benefit your game, then the ZX 5 Mk II driver should be high on your list to demo for 2023. I was happy to find more fairways with this driver in the bag.
For more information: Srixon Website
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