Srixon ZX7 Driver Review – Good for High Handicappers & Forgiving?
“While the Srixon ZX7 driver is marketed towards lower handicap players, after testing we found that the overall design of this driver belies the target demographic.”
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“While the Srixon ZX7 is geared towards lower handicap players, the shaping of the Srixon ZX5 is slightly more congenial to higher handicap players.”
Thankfully, you can choose between the Srixon ZX7 and the Srixon Srixon ZX5 drivers.
While they have mostly the same features, the Srixon ZX5 looks a bit more reassuring at address for higher handicap players.
Both of these drivers feature 460cc heads though so it’s not a total shell-shock when you look down at either of these drivers.
it Good for High Handicappers?
“One of the prominent features of the Srixon ZX7 driver are the dual tuning ports that allow you to shape your shot.”
Whether you have a draw or fade bias, you should be able to get good use out of this driver.
And that’s a good thing because a lot of high handicappers tend to struggle with draw or fade bias from the tee.
There are two weight ports on the Srixon ZX7 driver that allow you to achieve the CG you need to compensate for a draw or fade bias.
That, coupled with a large carbon crown that allows more weight to be positioned low in the driver head make the Srixon ZX7 moderately good for high handicappers.
While the Srixon ZX7 isn’t the most beginner-friendly driver on the market, most beginners will find it to be a significant improvement over low-end drivers.
Is it Forgiving?
“Another feature that high handicappers will rejoice over is the adjustable hosel.”
A lot of new players struggle with the striking accuracy and muck their face angles up.
But the Srixon ZX7 driver has an adjustable hosel that allows the player to achieve various loft, lie and face angle positions.
This is by no means a new or exclusive technology – many drivers come with adjustable hosels. But it is nonetheless a helpful feature if you are seeking more forgiveness.
Coupled with the weight tuning ports, the adjustable hosel will allow you to shape your shot to cover up for your less than helpful swing biases.
And when you throw in a nice, beefy 460cc head, you get a driver that leans more towards forgiveness than it does player’s performance.
What’s the Difference Between the Srixon ZX7 and the Srixon ZX5
One of the major differences between these two Srixon drivers is that the Srixon ZX5 doesn’t allow you to adjust weight bias.
The ZX5 does not have weight tuning ports so you can’t shape your shot as acutely as you can with the Srixon ZX7.
When testing these two drivers side-by-side, we also noticed that the Srixon ZX7 produced a flatter launch whereas the Srixon ZX5 produces better apex height.
The Srixon ZX7 also produces lower spin for more penetrating flight and slightly improved distance. In a nutshell, the Srixon ZX5 would actually be more congenial to the game of a high or mid handicapper.
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Is the Srixon ZX7 Worth it?
Keep in mind that the Srixon ZX7 will cost you about $300.
It’s a bit on the pricey side but also keep in mind that it is geared towards slightly more advanced players.
With that in mind, the Srixon ZX7 is worth it if you are a mid to high handicap player who is really committed to improving your game.
The Srixon ZX7 driver will give you something to strive for as you begin to unlock its distance potential, which is probably its biggest performance benefit.
It will certainly take some time for high handicappers to get used to; but if you do, you will likely find that your long game has already evolved some.
The lower profile of the face demands a bit more accuracy than your typical 460cc driver; but that may be just the motivation you need to perfect your swing.