Srixon ZX Fairway Wood Review

Jeremy Ellwood tests out the latest in the Srixon ZX fairway wood family and assesses its looks and performance

Srixon ZX Fairway Wood Review
Golf Monthly Verdict

An excellent all-rounder that looks good and delivers on its performance promises while coming in slightly under many of the mainstream brands in terms of price.

Reasons to buy
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    Competitive distance

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    Powerful feel

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    Pleasing aesthetics, especially at address

Reasons to avoid
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    Some may prefer a slightly larger hitting area

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    Fixed hosel limits versatility

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Srixon ZX Fairway Wood Review

For many golfers, the quest for the perfect 3-wood is one of the toughest as we seek to find something that we’re confident with at address off both fairway and tee. Usually when we find one we like, it stays in the bag for years. So being asked to test a new Srixon ZX fairway wood at Essendon Country Club when you’ve got something you’re quite happy with requires a bit of a leap of faith, especially when your first attempt with it is off a sloping lie and you haven’t got your ‘A’ game.

Srixon ZX Fairway Wood

The results of the very first shot from a tricky lie were encouraging (Photo: Tom Miles)
(Image credit: Tom Miles)

That said, the result of that shot was okay and we felt the club sat well for that lie because the sole and leading edge appear a little more curved than on some 3-woods. This is a tour-preferred head shape apparently, but we were very comfortable with its looks from the start and have since continued testing it with such success that it will be staying in the bag for a while.

It's definitely long too, really delivering on the promise of more distance thanks to its Rebound Frame Technology, which layers alternating zones of flexibility and stiffness into the head design which work in tandem to focus more energy into the ball at impact. Among the best fairway woods on the market, this is up there with the longest and also feels as good as the leading models.

Srixon ZX Fairway Wood

The Rebound Frame Technology certainly seemed to give us a little more distance (Photo: Tom Miles)
(Image credit: Tom Miles)

The use of lightweight carbon and a stepped crown design help to lower the centre of gravity, and we certainly found this club easier to launch off the deck than some 15˚ 3-woods. The highlight so far has been a shot to 30ft from 260 yards (admittedly downhill, downwind and on a firm fairway!).

Srixon ZX Fairway Wood

We have enjoyed good success so far with the Srixon ZX 3-wood (Photo: Tom Miles)
(Image credit: Tom Miles)

The key for us with a 3-wood is confidence – if you see a few good results, that frees you up from some of the uncertainty standing over the next one and hopefully confidence snowballs from there. The forgiveness on offer also makes it one of the best fairway woods for mid handicappers, while better players will enjoy the compact shape too. We're certainly progressing on that front with this club, although if we were being picky, we’d probably prefer a fractionally larger clubface for tee-shot duties.

Srixon ZX Fairway Wood

The head shape and size gave us confidence off the fairway (Photo: Tom Miles)
(Image credit: Tom Miles)

It's also good to be able to turn your 3-wood over a little off the tee if your driver tends to go slightly the other way, and we were able to do that with this club. This gives you options on certain holes, and also lets you chase it down there a little further when you just don’t fancy hitting driver for whatever reason.

Jeremy Ellwood
Contributing Editor

Jeremy Ellwood has worked in the golf industry since 1993 and for Golf Monthly since 2002 when he started out as equipment editor. He is now a freelance journalist writing mainly for Golf Monthly across the whole spectrum from courses and Rules to equipment and instruction. He also edits The Golf Club Secretary Newsletter, a highly regarded trade publication for golf club secretaries and managers, and has authored or co-authored three books and written for a number of national papers including The Telegraph and The Independent. He is a senior panelist for Golf Monthly's Top 100 UK & Ireland Course Rankings and has played all of the Top 100 plus 91 of the Next 100, making him well-qualified when it comes to assessing and comparing our premier golf courses. He has now played well over 950 golf courses worldwide in 35 countries, right across the spectrum from the humblest of nine-holers in the Scottish Highlands to the very grandest of international golf resorts, but put him on a links course anywhere and he will be blissfully content.

Jezz can be contacted via Twitter - @JezzEllwoodGolf


Jeremy is currently playing...

Driver: Ping G425 LST 10.5˚ (draw setting), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 55 S shaft

3 wood: Ping G425 Max 15˚ (set to flat +1), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 65 S shaft

Hybrid: Ping G425 17˚, Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Orange 80 S shaft

Irons 3-PW: Ping i525, True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 R300 shafts

Wedges: Ping Glide 4.0 50˚ and 54˚, 12˚ bounce, True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 R300 shafts

Putter: Ping Fetch 2021 model, 33in shaft (set flat 2)

Ball: Varies but mostly now TaylorMade Tour Response