Gear: Srixon ZX fairway woods
Price: $269.99 with Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black graphite shaft and Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360 grip
Specs: Stainless steel face and chassis with carbon-fiber crown. Available in 13.5, 15, 18 and 21 degrees of lofts
Available: Jan. 15
To boost distance off the tee in its newest drivers, the ZX5 and ZX7, Srixon developed technology called Rebound Frame that helps increase ball speed. That same technology also was added to the ZX fairway woods to help golfers hit the ball farther and gain performance.
While the stainless steel face of the ZX fairway woods flexes at impact, it is surrounded by a firmer zone that encircles the hitting area. However, that firm region is surrounded by a more flexible area behind the topline, the hosel and the toe. This alternating series of flexible and rigid areas allows nearly the entire face to flex at impact and send energy back into the ball more efficiently. As a result, golfers can expect to attain high ball speeds on shots hit in the center and on shots hit outside the sweet spot.
To further increase ball speed, Srixon designers shifted the center of gravity down and forward. To do that in the 3+ (13.5 degrees) and 3-wood (15 degrees), they gave the ZX a light carbon-fiber crown.
All four of the ZX fairway woods have a step-down crown, which lowers most of the club’s top, and a weight behind the hitting area in the sole. They call it the Cannon Sole system because the weight slopes upward and forward, like a cannon, to avoid an especially flexible portion of the body behind the leading edge.
By lowering the center of gravity and shifting it forward, the ZX fairway woods should produce more ball speed, less spin and a piercing, low ball flight that many accomplished golfers prefer.
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