Club Review – Srixon Z765 Irons

Srixon Z765

Release Date – June / July 2016

Base Manufacture Price – Per club $137.50 / £110 (approx.)

4-PW $962.49 / £769 (approx.)

Target Golfer – Mid / Low handicap

Rating – 90

 

What Srixon Say

“The Srixon Z 765 Irons have made Srixon’s best iron performance even better. The Z 765 is a muscle cavity preferred by skilled players for its traditional profile and exceptional control.” (Srixon.com)

Look

Make no mistake about it, these irons are a player iron. They are a sleek, forged iron that feature a small muscle cavity for a slight forgiveness increase. However, they are not scary to look down on. The muscle cavity boosts confidence and the change of color within that muscle cavity gives the impression of more forgiveness.

Feel

It is a well-known fact that Mizuno make fantastic feeling irons. Their motto tells us all, “Nothing feels like a Mizuno.” Well, this is as close as you will come to that Mizuno feeling and for a lesser price (ignoring companies such as PXG and Miura). They feel soft off the head, but give a powerful, penetrating flight.

In particular, the new Project X LZ shafts seem to really suit this head. They do come as standard with Dynamic Gold or Nippon Modus 3, but I suggest giving them a hit with the Project X LZ option. Srixon’s product catalogue suggests that most shaft options come at no upcharge.

Performance

Distance wise, you will likely see an increase in distance over other player irons. This is partly down to the expertly shaped muscle cavity, but you must also consider the lofts of these irons. When looking at a comparable player iron (Mizuno JPX 900 Tour), you’ll notice that the Srixon Z765 irons run at approximately 2 degrees strong. The same can be said when comparing the Srixon to the Titleist CB and TaylorMade PSI Tour.

Srixon Z765 1

Though the Srixon Z765 irons see stronger lofts than comparable irons, they produce a fantastic ball flight.

The flight produced with the Z765 was fantastic. When hit with the Project X LZ 6.0 shafts, the flight was high and strong with the longer irons but controlled and flighted with the shorter irons. The Nippon Modus 3 produced slightly more spin and a higher ball flights. What was interesting about the Nippon-Srixon combination was the way the ball climbed early and then carried at a ‘flat’ ball flight.

Shaft Options –

STANDARD – True Temper Dynamic Gold

Nippon Modus 3 120g

OPTIONS – KBS C-Taper

KBS C-Taper Lite

KBS Tour

KBS Tour 90

KBS Tour 105

KBS Tour FLT

KBS Tour V

Nippon Modus 3 105g

Nippon Modus 3 125g

Nippon Modus 3 130g

NS Pro 950GS

NS Pro 950GS DST

True Temper Project X

True Temper Project X LZ

True Temper Project X PXI

True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue

True Temper Dynamic Gold SL

True Temper Dynamic Gold AMT

True Temper Dynamic Gold AMT Tour Issue

True Temper XP 90

True Temper XP 95

True Temper XP 105

True Temper XP 115

 

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What’s In The Bag – Branson Ferrier

Name – Branson Ferrier

Course – Shanty Bay, Barrie, Canada

Skill level – 1 PGA Tour appearance, Great Lakes Golf Tour (Canada) player, Circuit Canada Pro Tour player

Affiliations – Srixon/Cleveland, Graphite Design Shafts, Dynamic Focus Golf Performance

Branson recently moved from a full bag of Titleist to a combination of Srixon/Cleveland and Callaway clubs.

Woods

Driver – Callaway GBB Epic (10.5 degrees, X-stiff flex, 75g, Tour AD TP-7)

Fairway wood – Callaway GBB Epix (15 degrees, X-stiff flex, 76g, Tour AD BB-7)

Irons

Utility iron – Titleist TMB 3-iron (X-stiff flex, 85g, Tour AD DI-85h)

4-PW Srixon Z765 (6.5, 125g, Project X LZ)

Wedges

Gap – Cleveland RTX-3 (50 degrees, 125g, Project X LZ 6.5)

Sand – Cleveland RTX-3 (54 degrees, 125g, Project X LZ 6.5)

Lob – Cleveland RTX-3 (58 degrees, 125g, Project X LZ 6.5)

Putter

Scotty Cameron GOLO, Circle T (tour only)

Favourite club

Already a long hitter, Branson has seen an even greater driving distance average with the new Callaway GBB Epic. Having moved from a Titleist 913, Branson has found the Epic to be much more stable and consistent at impact. With the sponsorship support of Graphite Design, he is able to play the Tour AD TP-7 in his Epic.

Branson’s new GBB Epic driver head

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Drivers of Days Gone By – The Best Drivers from 2000-2010

Timeless classics, there are some old faithful drivers that will just never be sold. No matter what, they’ll stay in that spare bag in the garage. They hold some of your best memories and you know that they can step up into the golf bag at a time of need (or when you snap your newest one). These are some of the best drivers from days gone by.

TaylorMade R7 SuperQuad
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Price today: $60-$80 approx.

£50-£70 approx.

TaylorMade’s first venture into a 460 CC, four-port movable weight technology driver. This pioneer driver had four weight ports, and featured a unique black finish that made it the beloved of many golfers. The upgrade from 420 CC of the R7 Quad to the 460 CC of the R7 SuperQuad also made a huge difference in the distance and consistency of this driver.

Released in 2007, the SuperQuad was well ahead of its time, and much of that 2007 technology is still used today. MyGolfSpy recently did a comparison between the 2016 M1 and the 2007 SuperQuad. They found that, as expected, the M1 was on average 10-15 yards longer than the SuperQuad. However, the SuperQuad was much more consistent off the tee and produced a tighter dispersion than its newer counterpart.

Titleist 905 R/T/S
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Price today: $40-$65 approx.

£35-£50 approx.

Late 2005 saw the arrival of the Titleist 905 driver series. The 905R, 905T, and 905S each featured a different head shape to fit the needs of different golfers. Each had a classic looking head, with fantastic stock shafts (AD YS6, Proforce V2, Aldila NV) and the ability to send the ball LONG.

The differences between each were enough to fit the heads to the different needs of golfers. The 905S featured a deep face, with a slightly smaller front-to-back profile. This gave the head the most workability and became known as ‘the players club’. The 905T came with a larger front-to-back profile for longer distance and more forgiveness off the tee, whereas the 905R boasted a combination of the S and T features. Whichever driver you had in the bag, you knew you had a simple and effective club that would get your round going.

Callaway Hawkeye VFT

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Price today: $20-$40 approx.

£15-£35 approx.

The old boy of the group, dating back to October of 2000. The Callaway Hawkeye VFT driver pushed the boundaries of what was technologically possible of drivers in the year 2000. Callaway had to jump through so many of the USGA and R&A hoops, before releasing this innovative driver to the market.

The VFT stood for Variable Face Thickness. In simple terms, the face was constructed to give maximum distance and forgiveness on off-center hits. It worked: the VFT racked up a number of tour wins before its initial release and went on to be the hot club on the market for the years 2000-2001. Many of you will know the distances the VFT could achieve, and I’m sure a lot of you have some ‘par-4 in one’ stories to tell.

Ping G10

Price today: $40-$75 approx.

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£30-£65 approx.

Here it is, Westwood’s weapon of choice even as late as 2014. That’s right, in 2014 Lee Westwood swapped back to his trusty Ping G10 driver for a couple of weeks. Up until 2012, Westwood was using the Ping G10 as his first-choice driver

week-in week-out. That’s saying something, when a Ping staff player rejects the companies four latest models for his trusty old stick.

The reason Westwood stuck to the 2007-release G10 driver is because it was awesome. The 460 CC head gave length, consistency, and confidence to those that played it. With its signature Ping TFC shaft, it was easy to use and relatively cheap when released. AND, who can forget the crescent-shaped alignment design on the top?

King Cobra SZ Related image

Price today: $20-$30 approx.

£15-£25 approx.

Loudest driver ever. If your friend had this driver, and you were out on the course on a Saturday afternoon, you knew which hole they were playing. The King Cobra drivers of the early 2000s were notoriously loud and outrageously long. Cobra’s biggest claim with the SZ drivers was the new nine hot spots on the face. The manufacturers essentially said that the club had nine sweet spots. Hence the SZ (sweet zone), as opposed to the SS (sweet spot) of previous models.

These drivers came to the market in 2004. And, who can forget those awesome adverts with David Feherty … “nice ball” *keep walking*.

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What’s In The Bag – Adam Lynn, PGA

Name – Adam Lynn

Course – Carus Green Golf Club

Skill level – PGA Assistant Professional

Affiliations – Team Titleist Member

full bag

As a Team Titleist member, Adam Lynn plays a full bag of Titleist clubs and equipment.

Woods

Driver – Titleist 917 D2 (10.5 degrees, X-stiff flex, 65g, Tour AD YSQ)

Fairway wood – Titleist 917 F3 (18 degrees, stiff flex, 74g, Fujikura Speeder)

Irons

Utility iron – Titleist TMB 3-iron (120g, 6.0 Project X LZ)

4-PW – Titleist AP2 (120g, 6.0 Project X LZ)

Wedges

Gap – Titleist SM6 (50 degrees)

Sand – Titleist SM6 (54 degrees)

Lob – Titleist SM6 (60 degrees)

Putter

Scotty Cameron Newport 2.0

Favorite Club

Adam has the 917 D2 in 10.5 degrees of loft and is fitted with a Tour AD YSQ shaft. Adam particularly likes the solid feel and sound off the club face, and its comparable distance to the other leading drivers on the market.

driver

Adam’s 917 D2 driver head