Srixon ZX7 Driver Review – Good for High Handicappers & Forgiving?

Srixon ZX7 Driver

“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.”

The Srixon ZX Driver Family

“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.

Available Shafts

  • Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black 60
  • Regular, stiff and extra stiff flexes

Is the Srixon ZX7 Worth it?

The Srixon ZX Driver1

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.

Srixon ZX7 Driver

Srixon ZX7 Driver2

In 20 Words or Less

“With low, penetrating ball flight, low spin and high degree of adjustability, the Srixon ZX7 is a great distance driver.”

Srixon ZX7 Driver – First Impressions

Srixon ZX7 Driver3

“When we first got our hands on the Srixon ZX7, we were taken aback at the unusual head profile.”

The Srixon ZX7 has a noticeably squat, or flat face profile. It isn’t as deep as a lot of game improvement drivers, yet it still maintains a 460cc head volume.

So right off the bat, it was a bit of a conundrum and we weren’t sure how it would perform at the range.

And while our slow swing speed testers had trouble passing the 200 yard mark with the Srixon ZX7, our more experienced testers had no issue reaching distances of 230+ yards.

The adjustability of CG, loft and lie certainly helps with forgiveness; but the caveat to that is you will have to spend some time fiddling with the hosel and the weights to find the perfect shot shape for your game.

Still, it was very nice to have the option. Based on the variety of loft and lie combinations you get alone, the Srixon ZX7 may be a very worthwhile driver for the right type of player.

Srixon ZX7 Selling Points

  • Adjustable hosel
  • Weight ports
  • Large carbon fiber crown
  • Flexing zone on the body
  • 460cc head

Srixon ZX7 – Who is it for?

Srixon ZX7 Driver

“Overall, we feel that the Srixon ZX7 would be the best fit for handicappers hovering in the 12-15 handicap range.”

That’s not to say that it has no value for high handicappers; but certainly the type of player that stands to benefit the most from this driver are ones in the handicap range specified above.

The profile of the head and the natural launch trajectory are the Srixon ZX7’s most defining characteristics.

No matter what you do, you probably won’t be able to get amazing apex height out of this driver. It is designed to reduce spin off the tee and deliver low, penetrating flight, which it does pretty well.

The ZX Family

It is usually pretty difficult to choose between drivers within the same model family. But we actually feel like this decision is pretty easy.

If you are trying to decide on whether you should get the Srixon ZX7 or the Srixon ZX5 it can easily be boiled down to this: if you want the more forgiving driver, go with the Srixon ZX5.

If, on the other hand, you have a few more years under your belt and a fast swing speed, the Srixon ZX7 would suit you better.

The Srixon ZX7 is a pure distance generator if you have a fast swing speed because the low spin rates will help you squeeze every yard out of your swing whereas some of the energy may be lost on the Srixon ZX5.

While you can count on quality from both of these models, it’s clear that the Srixon ZX7 is better for mid handicappers while the Srixon ZX5 works better as a pure game improvement driver.

Distance: 94/100

Forgiveness: 93/100

Accuracy: 94/100

Feel & Control: 93/100

Srixon ZX7 Driver4

Overall Score: 93/100

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