Srixon Z 545 Driver
Category: Max Game-Improvement Drivers
WE TESTED: 9.5° (adjusts 8.5° to 10.5°) and 10.5° (adjusts 9.5° to 11.5°) with Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Black HBP 60 graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: Changing the sole weight alters the CG, launch angle and spin on the Z 545.
DISTANCE: A top-tier performer in this category; produces long line drives that you have to love; absolutely bruising power for several testers, but not at the expense of accuracy.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: There’s enough sidespin reduction to stymie severe misses; plenty of roll on mishits helps when testers fail to find the wide sweet spot.
FEEL: Rewards well-struck shots—a crisp popping sound off the face combines with a comfortable feel; subtle vibration on mis-hits provides just the right amount of feedback.
PLAYABILITY: A penetrating, medium-height flight; the club reacts to swing commands, so stronger players have the confidence to shape the ball consistently.
LOOK: Receives top marks; a no-nonsense, traditional black head that sets up squarely at address; the classic pear shape is a winner.
Some testers don’t get enough mileage on misses; it’s probably best in the hands of a player closer to the Game-Improvement category.
BOTTOM LINE: One of the top drivers in its class. A strong all-around club, the Z 545 benefits most players but will be especially effective in the hands of someone who wants to do more than just aim and shoot.
HOT STIX'S TAKE: Ideal for players who need help on mis-hits and who like a classic look. It can be adjusted for face angle (+2°/-2°) and lie angle (standard, +1°, +2°).Launch - High; Spin - Mid
BUY THE CLUB: Get your own Srixon Z 545
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