New gear: Srixon
New alloy face... New carbon crown... More played on tour... Srixon’s excited about its Z785 driver
There’s a carbon driver, woods and two new sets of irons.
Tiger Woods says golf isn’t about how good your good shots are; it’s more about how good your bad shots are, as mishits are the ones that cost you dearly. It’s an idea Srixon engineers have taken very much to heart when designing the new Z785 driver.
Anyone interested in golf equipment will know driver faces are regulated very tightly in how much they can flex and bounce back at impact. But just because the centre of the face reached the rules limit years ago doesn’t mean the rest of the face is even close to the limit. So Srixon enlarged the size of that maximum flex zone in the centre of the face in order to preserve ball speed, control spin and maximise carry distance when shots are hit off centre.
It’s an interesting concept, and one that Srixon have had to significantly invest in to see impressive gains – they say in the region of 2mph extra ball speed over the like of Ping’s G400, Callaway’s Rogue and Taylormade’s M4. This is how they’ve done it.
There’s a new material
The Z785 has a new expensive and exotic (titanium TI51AF) alloy face which Srixon say is the strongest driver face on the market. Along with a cup face construction (so there’s no welds on the face) it means a larger hot zone to maintain ball speeds on off-centre hits. Srixon say it’s the most expensive driver they’ve ever produced.
And a carbon crown
The Japanese are obsessed with producing the very best products possible, even though consumers might not see the benefits of the extra investment. This new carbon crown comes from Mitsubishi, and Srixon say it’s stronger than you’ll find in a Callaway driver and it gives a softer, hotter feel and more muted sound. It also frees up weight to relocate to improve