SRIXON Z 355 HYBRID
CATEGORY: Game Improvement Hybrids
WE TESTED: 3 (19°) with Miyazaki Jinsoku graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: A heavier than standard head helps generate faster ball speeds.
PLAYABILITY: A go-to club from trouble -- the rounded sole picks balls out of fairway bunkers and liberates ones in thick rough; powers through nasty lies with ease; somewhat workable left or right, though shots want to go straight.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: The Z 355 keeps the ball in play even out of trouble spots; moderate help in direction and distance means acceptable accuracy and consistency, especially off the tee.
DISTANCE: Honest length competitive with others in the category; a capable performer that produces better yardage from poor lies than many of its peers.
FEEL: When struck cleanly, you get a crisp, energetic sensation; heavy head is stable and easy to pull through the swing; enough feedback with the Z 355 to know where you've struck the face, with little to no harshness.
LOOK: Pulling this club out of your bag is like taking a classic muscle car out of your garage -- it's sleek, elegant and clean, and the head shape is slightly larger but plenty traditional; glossy, metallic black body, red accents on the shaft and white lines on its silver face provide the attitude.
Not for those looking for extra length or huge amounts of forgiveness; it gets plenty of roll but has difficulty with forced carries into greens; doesn't have a strong presence or go-to skill that helps it stand out from the competition.
BOTTOM LINE: Mid- to higher-handicappers can count on this reliable rescue club. If your swing works with the weighting, expect accurate tee shots and a rewarding smash at impact.