SRIXON Z 355 FAIRWAY WOOD
CATEGORY: Game Improvement Fairway Woods
WE TESTED: 3 (15°), 4 (17°) with Miyazaki Jinsoku graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The heavy head and high-balance-point shaft are designed to produce extra power with the same effort.
PLAYABILITY: The Z 355 navigates the light rough and even sandy lies with proficiency; requires little effort to send balls on a mid-high trajectory from both the tee and the fairway; likes to fly straight but accommodates small draws and fades.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Players who have their swings in a groove and a good feel for the club have no problem hitting their targets; enough forgiveness baked in to keep slight misses from curving wildly offline.
DISTANCE: Gets the job done on anything hit near the sweet spot; knocks it out about as far as guys expect from their own woods; dependable distances make calculating layups easy arithmetic.
FEEL: The club is capable of handling big swings; head is stable throughout and unwavering at impact; a loud, almost tinny sound announces contact to your entire group.
LOOK: Classic pear shape with a wide, shallow face appears ready for liftoff; all-black, high-gloss crown is elegant, not flashy; contrasting gray face with white scoring lines makes alignment easy.
Loud sound at impact is a real turnoff for most testers; doesn't put up the big distance numbers that others do; consistency isn't there for everyone.
BOTTOM LINE: The Srixon Z 355 is a polarizing club. It's point-and-shoot for some testers and a bit unpredictable for others. Steady swingers who need an altitude adjustment should benefit the most from this good-looking stick.