Also new in the Z woods family are the Z 585 driver a non-adjustable model with the same distance-inducing technologies as the Z 785 as well as Z F85 fairways and Z H85 hybrids.
A combination of extreme foam cushioning and molded traction elements in the sole that can hold any surface provides the kind of comfort one would expect from a premium-priced shoe. A model with BOA’s laceless closure system ($189.99) is also available for those who want a more exacting fit in the heel.
Like the fairway woods the Z-series hybrids are not adjustable but come in a selection of lofts including 16° 19° and 22° models. Project X HZRDUS Black 85 shafts and Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360 grips come standard.
A versatile iron that can fit a wide variety of players from pros to better weekend warriors the 919 Forged fits snugly between the Tour and Hot Metal models. Built with the same Grain Flow Forged HD method as the Tour the Forged is made from Boron infused steel which is approximately 30% stronger than carbon steel.
A slight draw bias is created by a removable weight located toward the heel of the clubhead that can also be used for swing weight customization but the Z 585 does not allow for loft lie or face angle adjustment.
Available in both white and yellow the new and improved Q-Star Tour ($30/dozen) golf balls are aimed at players with moderate clubhead speeds that desire Tour-like performance with a soft feel and lower price.
Other features include a low compression core for excellent feel and low-spin distance on long shots and a 338 speed dimple pattern for less drag improved launch and solid performance in windy conditions. Less sidespin for straighter shots is an additional benefit a wide variety of players will appreciate.
And for those fans of the sneaky good Z U65 utility irons there’s a new and improved Z U85 version that functions equally well from both the fairway and the tee. So check out the new Z Series from Srixon – maybe one will find a place in your bag sooner than later.
A significant key to the Hot Metal design is the use of stronger and more expensive Chromoly rather than carbon steel in the manufacturing process. The stronger material allows for a multi-thickness cup face for more ball speed and distance than the previous 900 Hot Metal as well as redesigned sound ribs in the cavity for precisely tuned vibration and feel at impact.
Start at address so you can ensure that you have a flatstick that fits your body and posture. Unlike full-swing clubs that droop and bend significantly in a dynamic motion putters stay about the same during the stroke so getting a length and loft that complement your setup is an important first step.
Remember the Mini came in 12° 14° and 16° models and had a 43.5″ shaft. If you want something like that a custom-fitted M4 fairway might be about right except it will probably offer even more ballspeed and forgiveness.
We like the course-to-clubhouse-to-club versatility of these fashion-forward spikeless models as do an increasing number of Tour players. Here are our picks for the best of this athletic trend-setting bunch.