Are you the kind of player that struggles to keep your fairway woods down in terms of ball flight? Even mid-trajectory you struggle with? You’re not alone in this!
Although most struggle getting the ball up in the air, there are a few players that need help in whatever shape or form in order to provide a more penetrating ball flight and maximize their distance. Now the issue is trying to find that particular club that can help you. That’s where we come in.
We reviewed the Srixon Z 355 Fairway Wood as part of our Best Fairway Woods Review.
Srixon Z 355 Fairway Wood
A solid piece of equipment at a solid price - if you're a high ball striker that is. Consistently long with very little shape regardless of where you strike it on the clubface.
The only thing is it provides a low launch with low spin so versatility is a slight issue. Great feel and sound overall.
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Low to High
Right & Left (Right only in 4 & 7)
57.5° – 59°
.210″ – .03″ (3 – PW)
15°, 17°, 19°, 22°
42″ – 43″
Shaft Type and Name
Srixon by Golf Pride (44g)
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Srixon Z 355 Fairway Wood Detailed Review
Design & Appearance
From the aerial point of view I love the Z 355. The glossy black finish with very round head looks good. Perhaps slightly outdated shape-wise and no visual effect on the crown, but still nice.
The actual sole is quite broad and the overall clubhead somewhat on the shallow side. Even though Callaway stated their XR 16 Fairway Wood is big, this is actually a fraction bigger at 185cc. Interesting.
The Action Mass Technology is basically a heavier clubhead along with an ultra high balance point shaft as a standard option.
Srixon believe this improves forgiveness and provides exceptional distance. They are somewhat correct, but we’ll elaborate on these points shortly giving our opinion after having tested the Z 355.
The Maraging Steel Face Cup is lightweight and has an exceptionally flexible build. The 211g clubhead maximizes stability through impact.
Control & Feel
With the head being heavier than standard, straight away you can gather that the feel is going to be more solid than usual. You are correct.
And that isn’t rocket science to work out! One of the nicest feeling fairway woods around and I like this combination of high balance shaft and heavy clubhead.
The sound off the face is a quite a deep, low pitched metal thump. If you were blindfolded and heard someone hitting this you’d be visualizing the ball screaming through the air going forever.
It’s actually ‘more-ish’ and makes you want to strike it over and over again.
Control and stability is more than adequate, but only concern is variation in height and trajectory.
Building on from the previous point, the trajectory is fairly low on average and if you’re already struggling to launch the ball high then it’s probably best you give this one a miss. It’s not going to benefit you when you’re focused on trying to hit it high rather than keep it on target.
The spin is also fairly low off the clubface so this is going to be great off the tee on mid length Par 4’s for example where you can get a lot more out of your ‘position’ play.
However on approaches to long Par 4’s or Par 5’s you’re going to struggle to hold the green and will likely have to be upping and downing for either par or birdie.
Distance is consistently good. The heavy head helps tremendously with forgiveness on off-center strikes and subsequently the distance loss is not bad at all.
To be frank, the Z 355 is in the top three in terms of average distance across all shots and we hit over 50 shots with it to back that up.
In terms of shot dispersion and consistency it is very good and your golf balls flies very similarly time after time, shot after shot. Miss one way out the heel and while it may not get very high off the ground it’s not going to be going a whole lot off line.
Value for Money
If you currently hit the ball way too high and are losing distance as a result then this has your name on it. The Srixon Z 355 will flatten out your trajectory and provide a lot more roll than you are used to.
Easy to hit with the Maraging Steel Cup Face having an enlarged sweetspot and consistent distance each and every time.
As mentioned before if you already hit the ball low then rather not opt for this as it’s going to make your game harder than it already is. If you hit it high and are looking for consistency in both shot dispersion then it is good value for money.