Perhaps the new 2021 Srixon ZX7 and ZX5 pilots are the ones giving the company a stable place at the head table.
Make no mistake, when it comes to pound-for-pound performance across the board, Srixon is quietly as competitive as anyone in the game. Ask any installer across America. North, and when mentioned, Driver Srixon consistently brings a nod and a knowing smile. Why? The product is always well.
If there's one area Srixon hasn't quite broken up yet, it would be metallic woods - and not for lack of competitive offerings - plus notoriety and presence on the Tour, which, yes, makes a difference.
The history of technology: Rebound frame technology
Simply put, Srixon Rebound Frame technology optimizes points on the club head that can maximize energy transfer and direct it exactly where you need it: into the golf ball.
By granting the flexibility and stiffness of the ZX riders' regions, Srixon can now take the 1.21 gigawatts of energy fed by head speed, and give the golfer a club that wants to release it - almost like shooting a cemented slingshot. . in the ground with a rubber band in Spider-Man Web (best analogy that came to mind).
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Both models have a strong yet lightweight carbon crown (15% larger than previous models), which allows Srixon to place more weight down and around the clubhead by stabilizing the face, creating an MOI higher.
Flex Zone 1: Face of the club constructed with highly resistant and flexible Ti51AF titanium
Flex Zone 2: ring of flexible material behind the club face
Rigid zone 1: directly behind the clubface
Rigid zone 2: strong but light carbon fiber crown
“Rebound Frame is technology that improves speed. Our goal is to have the best ball speed of all the pilots available, especially for the best high swing speed players. We've engineered areas of stiffness and flexibility in the face and head of the club, producing a driver that sends an unprecedented amount of energy back into the ball. -Jeff Brunski Srixon R&D
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Srixon ZX5 vs ZX7 driver: history of the gang
The breakdown of the two models is fairly straightforward as most OEMs follow this proven method.
- The ZX5 is your high MOI back weighted fairway machine. Comes from stock with 8g rear weight but can be replaced for desired launch with 4g, 6g, 10g or 12g depending on desired swing weight
- ZX7 is your advanced, low-launch CG player driver although both will see the action on TOUR. Comes in stock with an 8g and 4g weight system to fine-tune shot shape preferences. Heavy weight in the toe helps it fade and vice versa.
ZX7: Compared to the ZX5, the ZX7 has a rounded shape and a flatter crown to give top players that square to open flow at address.
ZX5: Has a more triangular shape with a taller crown to inspire a bit more confidence in the forgiving player.
TG2 host Brian Knudson got to test the ZX drivers and here's what he had to say about how everyone felt.
ZX5: “The ZX5's slightly shallower face and longer heel to toe than the ZX7 give you confidence in the club at address. At impact, the ZX5 gives you the feeling of squeezing the golf ball and then shooting it across the face for high ball speed. The impact sound is slightly louder than I expected, but it was a bass sound that is far from hollow or tinny. "
ZX7: “The deeper face and more compact rounded shape of the ZX7 will appeal to most top players. Offering great responsiveness, the ZX7 lets you really feel the difference between center contact and slightly missed shots. The speed of the ball on these shots is very high and meets a bang as severe as that offered by the ZX5. "
I had the chance to chat with Srixon Tour rep Michael Jolly about the new 2021 Srixon ZX riders and here is what he had to say:
JW: What was the general reaction of the new driver on the TOUR and to what did the players respond positively?
MJ: In all of the tours, the ZX pilots have been adopted more widely than any Srixon pilot we have introduced. We really built on the advantages of the Z85 series pilot. In the Z85 series we have had a LOT more adoption than the Z65 series with countless victories on all tours including a victory at the British Open. We had a driver in the Z85 who was really quick, and continues to be played and enjoyed by the guys - most just thought the duds had to be better. There was less drop in ball speed and tighter dispersions when hitting off-center. The rebound frame is some really cool tech that we've seen firsthand make a difference. Touring professionals find this pilot blazingly fast while seeing bad shots stay between the lines with less distance.
JW: With major champions like McDowell, Lowry and Bradley, what contribution do you make to them in terms of form and performance?
MJ: A little, really. The three you mentioned are wonderful brand ambassadors who really want to see us make the best gear we can. The input / performance evaluation part is constant. There is no time when their comments, contributions and test results, whether qualitative or quantitative, are not documented and relayed to the R&D team. In terms of form, this fits into the larger process of product development. These guys will see prototypes of future products very early on (not accessible) and we ask them to identify what they like and dislike about what is in front of them. As we progress through this process and testing begins, taking into account their feedback (performance or cosmetics), the product evolves into that final form. These guys are certainly a valuable resource in the development of our products.
The ZX7 pilot comes standard with the Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black shaft, while the ZX5 pilot comes equipped with the Project X HZRDUS EvenFlow Riptide tube.
Each model of the new ZX Woods family is equipped with the Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360 Grip.
ZX7 driver: $ 529.99
ZX5 driver: $ 499.99
Retail launch date: January 15
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