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In this review, we’ll be taking a comprehensive look at the Srixon ZX7 Mk II driver.
Like the original ZX7, the ZX7 Mk II offers flexible adjustability features that give better players the ability to dial in their optimal ball flight. It’s less forgiving and lower-spinning than its sister driver, the ZX5 Mk II, but also more versatile and workable.
Does the ZX7 Mk II pass muster? How does it compare to the original ZX7 and the ZX5 Mk II? What kind of golfer is it best suited for? Is it worth putting in the bag?
Read on to find out what you need to know to make an informed purchase.
Note: Unless otherwise stated, stock shafts and stock grips are used when evaluating this club. In most cases, the golf clubs reviewed on Golfstead are acquired temporarily for testing purposes and are not purchased. The review that follows is based on the personal experience and research of the author. Because everyone’s swing and body are different, results with a particular club may differ from person to person.
What are the reviews like?
The ZX7 Mk II driver won a gold medal on the 2023 Golf Digest Hot List and has generally high ratings from critics.
The driver has an average customer rating of 5/5 (100% recommended) on PGA TOUR Superstore and 4.9/5 on the official Srixon store.
What People Like
- does everything well
- looks great at address
- workability in spades
- forgiveness is surprisingly good
- strong ball flight
- a little bit faster and longer than the ZX7
What People Don’t Like
- bland aesthetics
- impact sound leaves something to be desired
The ZX7 Mk II driver has mostly the same technologies as the ZX5 Mk II, namely:
- Rebound Frame: adds a second layer of flexibility, consisting of a thin ring of titanium, for even more recoil at impact. The “spring within a spring” dual-flex design delivers unprecedented ball speeds, particularly in the middle of the face.
- Variable Thickness Face: behind the Ti51AF titanium alloy face is a complex thickness pattern that is designed to expand regions of high COR across the face. The end result is improved ball speeds on off-center strikes.
- Star Frame Crown: an internal structure of latticework and ridges allows for an extremely thin titanium crown. This frees up discretionary weight which is redistributed for higher launch and optimal spin.
- Adjustable Hosel: offers 12 combinations of loft, lie and face angle.
The main factor that sets the ZX7 Mk II apart is the presence of two weight ports in the toe and heel regions of the sole which allow you to adjust your ball flight. Put more weight in the heel for a slice-fighting draw bias or more weight in the toe for a fade bias.
The 8g and 4g weights that come with the driver can generate up to 5-6 yards of bias in either direction, but other weights are sold separately.
The ZX7 Mk II also has a more compact footprint.
The ZX7 Mk II driver is available in 9.5° and 10.5° standard lofts at 460CC.
The stock shaft is the Project X HZRDUS Black Gen 4 70/60 in graphite, and the stock grip is the Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360. Custom options are available.
Below are the specs of the ZX7 Mk II driver:
What jumps out at me when it comes to the ZX7 Mk II driver is higher launch and lower spin compared to the original ZX7. The difference isn’t much, but it’s enough to where I was picking up a few yards of carry with no loss in rollout.
I was getting spin numbers that were around 200 RPMs lower than the ZX7 on average.
Distance is about average as far as players drivers go, but if you have the skill and you can make quality ball contact, the yardages can certainly compete with the best bombers on the market from more well-known brands.
I’m really impressed by the forgiveness of the ZX7 Mk II driver. In fact, in my experience, it’s only slightly worse than the ZX5 Mk II.
When you think about it, the forgiveness of the ZX7 Mk II should be similar to the ZX5 because the technologies that go into the driver are the same; the only difference is that the CG isn’t quite as far back.
During my test, I made unquestionably poor face contact a couple of times, and the shots managed to stay in the fairway.
In addition to the impressively tight dispersions, there is minimal loss of ball speed on mis-hits — on all but your worst strikes, you should see a distance loss of no more than 6-8%.
As I touched on above, the ZX7 Mk II tends to deliver a slightly higher trajectory than the ZX7, but still with great penetration thanks to the lower spin.
The flight bias depends on the configuration of the sole weights. With the heavier 8g weight in the heel and toe, you get modest draw and fade biases, respectively.
You can also replace the stock weights with other ZX weights (2g, 6g, 10g, 12g, 14g) sold separately; this allows you to get even more granular with your flight tuning. Using the heaviest 14g weight, you can achieve as much as 20 yards of horizontal flight bias.
Results with the ZX7 Mk II are very repeatable and consistent. At the same time, there’s more than enough workability to satisfy better players. Whether you need to get around a dogleg or flight it high or low, this driver is fully capable of pulling it off.
The shape of the ZX7 Mk II driver is very similar to the original ZX7, with a more rounded and pear-shaped look at address. The traditional and symmetrical design is designed to suit the eye of better players.
One of the main differences with the ZX7 Mk II is that it has a matte black crown instead of glossy black. The subtle highlights around the perimeter and subtle alignment aid are a nice touch.
Unlike the ZX7, the ZX7 Mk II largely does away with the red accents on the sole with the exception of the “Rebound Frame” lettering, leaving you with varying shades of white and black.
This is the theme Srixon went with for the Mk II generation, which is fine, but in my view, it’s rather bland and I would have liked some more colour in the aesthetic.
The Sound & Feel
I was pleased to note during my testing that the loud and “tinny” impact sound of the ZX7 is largely absent in the ZX7 Mk II. The sound is more muted and sophisticated, which might seem surprising at first given the move to a titanium crown, but it’s a common theme with the Mk II drive family.
The feel, on the other hand, is much more consistent with a titanium construction. It’s very responsive and hot at impact, but there’s also an element of softness there. Strikes in the sweet spot produce a tight, brief “snap” that is very satisfying.
I found the mis-hit feedback to be a little better (clearer) than the ZX7 as well. I’m not particularly surprised by this given how Srixon apparently managed to tighten up the acoustic profile of this new model. Skilled players can rest assured that there’s plenty of feedback for them to be able to work on their ball contact.
Where To Buy This Driver Online
In addition to being able to input custom specs, PGA TOUR Superstore offers financing, a performance guarantee, and a club trade-in program to help you minimize the financial hit.
Global Golf offers various deals, a points rewards program, and a club trade-in program called UTry. eBay is a fantastic source for golf equipment, both new and used.
Whether it’s distance, forgiveness, trajectory or workability, the Srixon ZX7 Mk II driver performs well in every category.
Although the ZX7 Mk II tends to suit better players, it offers enough forgiveness to satisfy many higher handicappers who can also benefit from the adjustable sole weighting to introduce the flight bias of their choice.
And with what I think is a better trajectory and higher-quality feel than the original ZX7, you can’t go wrong with this latest generation of drivers. If you want a little more forgiveness and a confidence-inspiring profile, check out the ZX5 Mk II.
Interested in the ZX7 Mk II driver? Have you played it? What’s your experience? Let us know in the comments below.