Srixon Z 355 Driver Review

Srixon Z 355 driver
The Srixon Z 355 driver. SRI Dunlop Sports Co. Ltd.

The Srixon Z 355 driver uses an ultra-high balance point shaft and delivers more mass to the ball at impact for golfers looking for consistent ballstriking off the tee.

Pros

  • Low spin driver head.
  • Beautiful, clean lines.

Cons

  • Heavier swingweight may take some getting used to.

Keypoints about the Srixon Z 355 Driver

  • This driver uses what Srixon calls "Action Mass" technology - a heavier clubhead with a very high-balance-point shaft. (The same basic approach as heavy putters to helping the golfer stabilize the swing.)
  • More head mass and higher balance point designed to deliver more impact energy and greater ball speed.
  • The QTS adjustability system offers 12 different combinations of loft, lie angle and face angle.
  • MSRP at time of launch in 2015: $349.99.
  • Available lofts: 9.5, 10.5 and 12 degrees in RH; 10.5 and 12 degrees in LH.
  • Stock shaft is the Miyazaki Jinsoku.
  • A women's model comes with a lighter shaft and lofts of 12 and 15 degrees.

Reviewing the Srixon Z 355 Driver

Srixon is a long-established Japanese brand that still has some golfers fumbling to pronounce its brand name (make an "S" sound and add  RICKS-on). Despite pro golfers playing and winning with the product, Srixon still fights for market share in the U.S.  But the company's Z 355 driver, introduced in mid-2015, might provide a gentle sledgehammer for the company through the introduction of its Action Mass Technology. The essence of AMT is increased head weight with a lighter, ultra-high-balance point shaft.

The 450cc sleek look of the Z 355 keeps its secret sauce well-hidden. Srixon (a sister brand of Cleveland Golf - both are owned by Japan-based SRI Dunlop Sports Co. Ltd.) has been using Miyazaki ultralight shafts for quite some time. The Jinsoku line of shafts offered with the Z 355 driver are all sub-60 grams and feature higher torque.

This allows for faster swing speeds with greater feel.

The clubhead of the Z 355 driver has been boosted up to 211 grams - still light by old-school standards, but weighting that brings a sledgehammer effect to bear today. While swingweight (the relative feel of the head to the entire club) is D8 – versus many drivers in the D2-D3 range – it's quite comfortable after some initial warm-up. At 45 inches long, the playing length is more realistic, as well.

Golfers by now are used to variable head settings. The Srixon Z 355 driver provides 12 different combinations of loft, lie and face angle.

How does it hit? I immediately liked the sound of the Srixon Z 355. Different from many drivers on the market, the 6-4 Titanium Cup face provides a pleasing, solid resonance. The launch angle was mid-high, which fits a wide range of the golfers Srixon is trying to reach. Spin rate on the GC launch monitor was consistently in the low 2000 range, meaning additional yards of roll. Total distance was easily comparable to or longer than many current drivers.

What’s not to like? In many ways, nothing. But sometimes I don’t want to know how the sausage is made. Once I knew the head weight was 211 grams, I kept wanting to hit the Z 355 harder - like knowing I was swinging a 10-pound sledgehammer rather than a 5-pounder.

But, for most golfers, the beauty is that average swing speeds with the Z 355 will produce longer and, more importantly, more consistent results. And, sure enough, I was able to throttle back this Srixon driver and easily regain control.

Bottom Line: You’ll be very happy with the consistently long and straight drives of the Srixon Z 355 driver.

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