On this page you’ll find our detailed Srixon Z 765 Driver Review, the pros and cons, and an overall assessment of the driver.
Srixon stamped their authority on 2016 with the release of two feature drivers: namely, the Z 565 and the Z 765. At 445cc, the latter is the smaller brother of the two, and the one which will be the apple of our eye for the purposes of this review.
The Z 765 is effectively the heir to the throne of its predecessor, the Z 745, and immediately you’re struck by the smaller footprint of the head; albeit that the toe area is significantly enlarged.
Srixon have certainly set about honing in on lower-handicapped golfers in recent years, and the Z 765 makes no apologies for continuing this trend. Notably though, it has put its emphasis on stronger, faster swingers with a lot of focus on reduced spin and a lower launch.
So, does it do the trick? Or is it too niche for its own good?
Subjective stuff indeed. But if you’re interested in our two pennies’ worth, read on!
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You’d have to say the Z 765 is a niche club. It’s somewhat rare to see sub-450cc drivers on the market these days, and this isn’t the most forgiving driver we’ve ever sampled. But in terms of performance, you can bank on a penetrating ball flight, and better players will revel in the way you can work the ball. It’s a little pocket rocket of a club, and this should definitely grab your attention if you’re a single-figure player.
Pros and Cons
- Impressive distance due to the Power Wave Sole (10% increase in COR area)
- Simple, uncomplicated design
- The Stretch Flex Cup Face creates a beautiful – and large – sweetspot
- The ball flight is piercing, and you can shape the ball very easily
- Probably not worth a second look if you’re a beginner
- It certainly isn’t the cheapest at $450
Rather than staking their pile on forgiveness, or an ostentatious appearance, the core attraction of the Z 765 lies in the triple threat they call the ‘Ripple Effect’. These are three separate bits of technology which collaborate to make it the impressive club that it is.
The first is the Power Wave Sole, which is a stepped design that allows the sole to flex at impact. This enhances the club’s COR, particularly when you catch the ball low on the club.
The second bit of genius is the Stretch Flex Cup Face, which creates a bigger sweetspot by extending the face farther around the crown and sole. Because your club face is therefore more rounded, and less defined on the edges, there is more scope for flex, which keeps ball speeds on the right side of average for mishits.
The third and final contributor to the Ripple Effect is the Lightweight Crown. Less revolutionary I suppose, given that the idea of removing a few grams (4g in this case) from the crown and repositioning this weight further down the clubhead (to lower COG and boost MOI) is hardly unprecedented. But it does quite handily consolidate the focus of this club, and the reduced levels of spin we found in testing reaffirms the contribution this makes in terms of performance.
Control & Performance
This has to be the box most firmly ticked by the Z 765. First off, I know the smaller head will immediately give off the impression that this club isn’t particularly forgiving. But that’s actually not the case, and that’s largely down to the so-called Stretch Flex Cup Face.
Find the sweetspot, and the feeling is simply a treat. It makes a good crack off the clubface too. But what was also really good was the variation in both the feel and sound when I didn’t get it out the middle. Instead of masking your flaws by simply having a sweetspot the size of the clubface, you get some natural feedback from shots which deviate from the epicentre in this manner. That’s key if you want to be able to groove muscle memory, and work the ball effectively, as you get a good feel for each part of the clubface.
The low launch is probably the feature which won me over the most though. Perhaps I’m biased because I play a lot of golf on the coast, but the 9.5 degree option really gives you a pleasingly strong ball flight. The Power Wave Sole ensures that strikes towards the bottom of the club still get some good oomph too. And although I wasn’t necessarily smashing it into the stratosphere, there’s definitely enhanced yardage to be enjoyed here, and our numbers for RPM during testing backed that up.
Design & Appearance
The word that sprung to mind when I first laid eyes on this bad boy was ‘simplicity’. There’s good reason why many big dogs today look as though they’ve come off the NASA conveyor belt, given all the technology that goes into weight adjustables and other special inserts. But the Z 765 is conspicuous by its lack of bells and whistles, and I don’t think that’s a bad thing.
As we’ve said above, the Z 765 is characterized by its smaller head, which is coated in the familiar shade of metallic black. It has an orange tinted Miyazaki shaft. The tuning weight sits towards the back end of the sole, while the QTS sleeve (for setting the lie and loft angle) is located on the base of the shaft. And like the Z 565, the crown is notably round and symmetrical in shape. All very clean and pure indeed.
The other thing to take note of is the D5 swing weight. It isn’t necessarily akin to carrying a lump of concrete. But it is appreciably heavier than most drivers out there, and this just adds further credence to favouring the more consistent and/or powerful swinger of the club.
Value for Money
If you consider the big guns of 2016, this isn’t actually the most expensive club to have reared its head. But it’s right up there, certainly. It’s a bit of a tricky category to judge. If you had to put this club in the hands of a 36 handicapper, and then ask him to cough up 450 bucks, he or she would have every right to throw it at you.
That said, there are going to be a lot of players who grab a hold of this thing and take an instant liking to it in terms of feel, control and performance. It’s a niche club; there’s no getting away from it. But if you happen to fall into that niche, and have a penchant for refreshingly simple, yet technologically-sound drivers, then this may well turn out to be one of the most valuable purchases you ever make.
So, in a nutshell, dealer’s choice on this one.back to menu ↑
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|Product Details||Srixon Z 765 Driver Review|
|Handicap Range||Low to Medium|
|Hand Availability||Right and Left|
|Right Handed Lofts||9.5° – 10.5°|
|Left Handed Lofts||9.5° – 10.5°|
|Shaft Type and Name||Miyazaki Kaula Mizu 6|
|Grip||Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360|
|Manufacturers Website||Srixon Golf|