SRIXON Z H45 HYBRID
CATEGORY: Better Player Hybrids
WE TESTED: 3 (19°), 4 (22°) with Mitsubishi Kuro Kage Black HBP 70 graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: A maraging steel cup face helps boost ball speeds.
PLAYABILITY: Easy to use and efficient in virtually every setting; for a larger clubhead, it does well to dig the ball out of thick rough; a natural high-flier that likes to go straight but isn't opposed to slight draws or fades -- the Z H45 can handle most shots you'll encounter.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: With forgiveness on par with many game-improvement models, this one is extremely hard to mis-hit; takes the nerves out of long approaches and presents a low-stress option for tight tee shots; unlike some hybrids, it won't hook on you.
DISTANCE: Supremely consistent; the total length is about what guys expect, and it's mostly carry; gets everything it can out of iffy contact -- gives testers the confidence they need to go for it over the hazard and stick one on the green.
FEEL: The Z H45 is Gibraltar-stable through the turf -- the bigger head chops through trouble; firm, metallic feedback on misses is sure to let you know where things went wrong; great, solid sound at impact, just whisks the ball away.
LOOK: Simple, buttoned-up head sets up well at address; one of the largest, but not bulky or overbearing; squared-up leading edge inspires some guys to swing it more like an iron.
Plays like a wood -- larger, less nimble, and a bit lazier in the air than some testers want; game-improvement forgiveness means game-improvement accuracy -- truly great players may demand more refined results; for a few guys, the lack of adjustability limits its appeal.
BOTTOM LINE: The biggest knock against this club is actually a credit to the competition: It doesn't stand out in a crowded field. But for a low- or mid-handicapper looking for a sharp, no-nonsense hybrid that scores well in every category, the Z H45 is worth a try. Its ease of use could appeal to some better players, too.