New gear: Srixon

New al­loy face... New car­bon crown... More played on tour... Srixon’s ex­cited about its Z785 driver

Today's Golfer (UK) - - CONTENTS -

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

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