The Srixon Z 565 driver forgoes the moveable sole weights of the previous Srixon Z 545 driver in favour of a Power Wave Sole.
This features a stepped design that Srixon says will enable the lower part of the face to bend a little at impact to increase ball speeds.
This combines with a Stretch Flex Cup Face that wraps around the front of the 460cc titanium body to improve the size of the sweet spot by 10% according to the manufacturer.
The flexibility in the sole is matched by a 4g saving from a Lightweight Crown that is then re-invested in the sole to lower the CG and increase the MOI.
This is pretty standard stuff these days and Srixon has done a good job of pulling all three features of the Power Wave Sole, Stretch Flex Cup Face and Lightweight Crown together in what they have collectively christened the Ripple Effect.
The head design looks very classic at address and the silver face gives a nice contrast to the gloss black crown for alignment as there is nothing else there to aid you.
The reasonably square look of the top line harks back a little to Cleveland drivers of the past, which is no surprise as they have the same parent company and I think better players will like this sleek design.
The sound and feel from the face is good and a little sharper than most and reflects the quality design of the Z 565 driver.
Most of the magic though comes from another sister company called Miyazaki who provide the stand out orange Kaula Mizu 6 graphite shaft. These are excellent shafts that maybe feel a little firmer than most, but being divided into four sections it can be fine tuned to suit the club head and deliver excellent results.
There is a choice of 9.5° and 10.5° heads and unless you have a driver swing speed of over 100mph I would probably head towards the 10.5° version, but make sure you get custom fitted before you make a final choice as there is also a smaller 455cc Srixon Z 765 head if you need a lower launch.
Both come with Srixon's adjustable hosel that enables you to increase, but not decrease, the loft by 1° or 2° in an open (OP) or closed (CL) setting and change the lie up (UR) by 1° or 2° as well.
If that sounds confusing then the notation on the hosel won't really come to your aid as it takes some deciphering, but it does do the job even if adding loft does make the standard face angle look a little closed.
The headcover deserves a mention as it is lovely to touch and provides a quality feel to what is a quality product.
The Srixon Z 565 driver delivers similar performance as some of the higher profile drivers in the market, but without as much hype or bells and whistles and will probably be a lot cheaper as a result.
That is where the Z 565 fits into the bigger picture and if you prefer its cleaner looks and the excellent Miyazaki shaft works for you, then it is a worthy choice.