On this page you’ll find our detailed Srixon Z F65 Fairway Wood Review, the pros and cons, and a side-by-side comparison with other fairway woods we have recently reviewed.
Was it a ripple? Or was it a wave? 2016 certainly didn’t just pass Srixon by, and they made their presence felt within the golfing fraternity with the launch of the Z 65 series. And it was the ‘Ripple Effect’ technology upon which they hung their hat.
I’ve often thought of Srixon as somewhat ‘second tier’ when it comes to woods – appreciating the good work they’ve done with respect to game improvement, but not considering them as a serious contender among premier brands in this particular domain.
But, like others, we had to sit up and take notice when the Z65 series hit the market. What made this slightly unique was that, while drivers often headline the launch of wood and hybrid ranges, the fairways were arguably the star attraction in the case of the Z 65s. Our curiosity could take it no more: it was high time to see what the fuss was all about…
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It’s really hard to knock what Srixon have delivered with the Z F65s. They’ve built on the things that worked with the F45s, and the outcome is an elegant, forgiving, consistent and potent set of woods, whose selection will be more than ample to cater for all your particular loft/distance needs. Despite no obvious adjustability, these woods won’t really exclude many players of differing abilities or swing speeds – the performance levels are that nuanced. These clubs are well worth the acclaim they’ve been steeped in, and we’d definitely recommend giving them a test drive.
Pros and Cons
- Smooth, elegant and understated design oozes class
- A delicious cocktail of forgiveness, easy launch, a fearsome sound and excellent feedback
- Impressive distance, but even more impressive consistency
- Very competitive price
- A lack of adjustability – although many players won’t notice
Srixon Z F65
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The so-called Ripple Effect comprises three key technologies to maximize distance and control. First up is the Power Wave technology in the sole, which absorbs high levels of stress at impact to maximize energy transfer. This in turn boosts ball speeds and distance – something which is well complemented by the second Ripple Effect component: the Stretch Flex Cup Face. What they’ve done here is extend this further around the crown and sole than before, which enlarges the sweetspot by around 10 per cent.
The other element of the trifecta is the Lightweight Crown, which, due to its frugality in the mass department, allows 4g of weight to be shifted elsewhere – in this case further down in order to jack up launch and MOI.
But even that isn’t the whole story. The face of each wood is made from HT1770 maraging steel alloy. Yet the genius lies in the fact that the face is roughly 8 per cent thinner than the F45 which preceded it, which in turn increases the already-high COR area.
And then of course there are the two stepped features. We’ve already waxed lyrical about the Arc Support Channel on the crown of the hybrid; how it deepens progressively with loft, and stabilizes launch to enhance consistency. However, it was the other stepped element on the sole which caught our eye. This is designed to stimulate a high launch, and to reduce spin. As you will see below, to good effect too.
Control & Performance
When it comes to the distance debate, a lot of people get carried away with the “what’s the furthest I can hit it?” question. But for me, that isn’t relevant. More pertinent is how far you hit it on average, and that’s where the 3+ and 3 come into their own. The easiest of easy, high launches; forgiving, and a spin ghoul to boot, equals? Yep, you guessed it… the most consistent set of distances you, or even Moe Norman, may ever hope to see.
Before I scare the better players away with all these ‘degrading’ perks, I must underscore just how much feedback there is on offer too. The sound is as solid a ‘whack’ as you’ll hear, but there is just enough variation as you deviate from the sweetspot to let you know when you haven’t quite got one. Imagine that… ironing out the flaws of your swing, whilst the ball still flies straight, true and to a predictable distance. And no default snap hook (albeit a slight ostensible draw bias) either. Too good to be true?
I’m trying not to get too over excited, and so I feel compelled to balance the argument by pointing out that there isn’t any adjustability at your disposal. In terms of loft, I’m not convinced it’s a biggie, given the range of the four different woods. Many will point to a lack of weight adjustability though, and that’s fair enough. I’m just not sure that many of you will consider it a dealbreaker, given such a generous launch and reliability of distances to compensate for it.
Design & Appearance
The word that soaked into my subconscious as I eyed up the F65s was “elegant”. There is nothing especially new or different about the black crown (it is a slightly lighter shade of black, mind you), but its glossy finish is endlessly pleasing on the eye. The polished face is complemented by the silver Power Wave Sole, which, as mentioned above, has a little stepped feature on it, and a solitary non-adjustable weight as well.
As with the H65 hybrid, I’m less taken by the view of the stepped Arc Support Channel on the crown, but it certainly isn’t a shocker by any means either. As for the shape, it’s a fairly rounded wood, and is about average in terms of size and footprint. Most importantly, it sits nicely on the deck; slender, but with enough meat behind it so that you’ll like your chances of making good contact.
In terms of lofts, the focus is very much on distance with the 3+ and the 3, while the 4 and 5 have you covered right up to 19 degrees.
Value for Money
It’s always interesting to observe the pricing models various brands adopt. Sometimes I wonder if premier manufacturers go in high as much to underscore their premium status as they do to reflect the cost of the materials and technology involved with production. Either way, I’m always the first to lavish praise on those who can marry quality with affordability, and that’s precisely what Srixon have done with the Z F65s.
It’s a cracking product that will open far more doors than it closes, and it does so at a very accessible price. More of this sort of thing, please.back to menu ↑
|Product Details||Srixon Z F65 Fairway Wood Review|
|Handicap Range||Low – Mid|
|Hand Availability||Right & Left (LH 3 & 5)|
|Lofts||3+: 13.5° | 3: 15° | 4: 17.0° | 5: 19.0°|
|Head Type||3+; 3; 4 & 5|
|Lie||57° – 58°|
|Length||43.00″ – 42.50″|
|Shaft||Graphite – Miyazaki Kaula Mizu 6|
|Manufacturers Website||Srixon Golf|