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When a professional golfer comes up and says to you that you should test the Srixon Z785, you really do have to listen and so come the One Ocean Cruise to Ireland and Scotland came up I thought that this would be the perfect time to put it in the bag and see what all the fuss was about.
Srixon state the new titanium Ti51AF Cup Face, on the Z785 gives this driver the thinnest, lightest, strongest and hottest driver face they have ever produced. It also means that it has a larger sweet spot, helping maintain ball speeds on off-centre strikes.
This also works with the lightweight carbon crown which has been produced by Mitsubishi, Srixon state it’s stronger than you’ll find in a Callaway driver, but it also gives the Z785 a softer feel. The Srixon R&D guys were able to shift some of the weight saved in the crown to the perimeter again helping golfers with more forgiveness on those off-centre strikes.
As you would imagine with a low-spinning driver the Z785 gives you a low penetrating trajectory, which is what their tour professionals were looking for, as you can see from this quote from Keegan Bradley “This driver’s faster. This driver’s longer. This driver’s better,” stated Bradley. “It’s really coming off hot and straight. It’s very forgiving and the sweet spot is really big.”
The Z785 is an adjustable driver using Srixon’s Quick Tune System, which allows you to adjust loft and swing weight. The driver comes with the project X Hzrdus shaft as standard, but there are other custom shaft options available.
The first course I teed the Z785 up on was Machrihanish Dunes, followed by Glashedy Links at Ballyliffin home to the 2018 Irish Open and culminated in rounds at Royal Dornoch and Cruden Bay and I loved every minute of crashing this driver down those fairways.
The low spinning penetrating ball flight was perfect for these links courses and that cup face really does what it says on the tin, the ball really does rocket off the face. I loved the finish on the crown where you could see the carbon fibre pattern at address and the new alignment is a nice touch and I also feel the black finish is perfect.
It has been a great year for drivers and the Srixon Z785 can be added to that list, from the four rounds played I only missed a handful of fairways and that was probably more down to me not playing the wind correctly. I enjoyed the feel and sound at impact which a lot of clubs have struggled and of course distance.
This is a driver aimed at the lower handicap market, but I feel with its adjustability and forgiveness I am sure there are mid handicap players who would enjoy this club and get a few extra yards with its low spinning, penetrating ball flight.