Martin Hopley

The Srixon Z 785 driver replaces the two Z 65 drivers and focuses on a 460cc head shape.

Srixon Z 785 Driver

The sole loses the official Ripple design but still has some of the contouring in the centre and behind the face that should enable the sole to flex a little to enhance the ball speeds.

Srixon Z 785 Driver

The crown is now made of carbon instead of titanium to save weight and gives the head a nice look in the right light.

Srixon Z 785 Driver

It is 65% less dense than titanium and the type of carbon used is claimed to be stronger than even premium composite crowns.

The face is the Ti51AF Cup Face design that wraps around the front of the head and is 8% stronger and 1% lighter than standard 6-4 titanium.

Srixon Z 785 Driver

This material was first used on the premium XXIO driver from Srixon’s sister brand and supply of the material is limited so better get in there quick!

The aim of all this is to make the hitting area as large as possible and compared to the previous model, the Z 785 did seem to deliver a better flight, with a better sound and feel.

Srixon Z 785 Driver

This is where Srixon drivers have maybe struggled in the past and the design of what is effectively quite a high tech, premium head is delivering performance that could challenge the leading drivers in the market.

Fitting it correctly will be key and there is a choice of two heads at 9.5 and 10.5 degrees that can both be adjusted by +/- 2 degrees using the Quick Tune Adjustment and Customization System, which will hopefully take less time than it does to say it.

Srixon Z 785 Driver

It is one of the more comprehensive hosels when it comes to notation, but it does the job as long as you don’t go too far from the standard setting.

You can also get a non-adjustable version with a fixed hosel if you are in the USA and you know where to find them.

At address it sat very well with a nice shape that was maybe a little pointy at the back as the CG gets drawn back.

Srixon Z 785 Driver

The all black styling looks great, but some may prefer some contrast with the face colour to help with alignment.

Unusually for a Srixon driver, the Z 785 comes with a Project HZRDUS shaft as standard instead of the sister company’s Miyazaki version, which is a bit of a surprise, but both shafts are very good.

Srixon Z 785 Driver

On GC2 it probably would have been up there with the longer drivers if I had the right shaft in it, as the 9.5° with the HZRDUS was generating too much spin, but that is the case with most drivers.

Srixon Z 785 Driver

Compared to the previous model, the Z 785 is more of a challenger to the big boys, especially as the RRP is under £350.

For this you get a high quality driver that looks, sounds and feel great, so if the distance numbers stack up for you then this will be a good value for money choice.

Golfalot Rating: 5 stars
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Srixon Z 785 Driver

Srixon Z 785 Driver - Product Details

UK Launch14 September 2018
UK Launch RRP£349
USA Launch14 September 2018
USA Launch RRP$499.99
Handicap Range
Hand AvailabilityLeft, Right
Left Handed Lofts9.5°, 10.5°
Right Handed Lofts9.5°, 10.5°
MaterialTitanium, Carbon
Head Volume460 cc
Club Length45.25 inches
Swing WeightD4
AdjustabilityLoft, Face Angle
Shaft NamePorject X HZRDUS Red 65
Shaft TypesGraphite
Shaft FlexRegular, Stiff
Shaft Weight65g
GripGolf Pride Tour Velvet 360
Manufacturer's WebsiteSrixon Website

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