Expert Review: Srixon ZX5 Single IronsPublished on 03/14/2023 · 4 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the irons, which I purchased with my own money in August of 2021.
Using the Srixon ZX5's at Lake Toxaway in NC! All photos courtesy of Miles Minor
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the irons, which I purchased with my own money in August of 2021.
The Srixon ZX5s are perfect for anyone who wants a great-looking iron, but doesn’t want to sacrifice forgiveness and distance. I know I’m biased, but they perform just as good, if not better, than they look in my bag. They are player’s distance irons, which are between traditional blade and cavity backs/game improvement irons, and are geared towards low- to mid-handicap golfers. So, even with the forgiveness and distance they offer, they still have lots of workability and feel at impact.
About the club I own
- Model: 2021 Srixon ZX5 Irons
- Loft setting: Standard
- Shaft type: Oban CT 115
- Shaft flex: Extra Stiff
- Average score: 77
- Handicap: 6
- Experience: Three years of golf
- Right/Left-Handed: Right-handed
- Typical ball flight: Mid-High
- Golf ball used: Titleist ProV1
- Club swing speed: 8 iron: 93mph, Driver: 118mph
- When I bought the club: August 2021
- Days tested: 200+
- Where I’ve used it: Range, course, and simulator
- Weather and wind conditions: Rainy, dry, humid, hot, and cold
How they perform
What I was looking for
I was looking for a club that would take my game to the next level. I wanted something that still provided me with forgiveness and distance but allowed me to work the ball a little bit and give me feedback on how well I contacted the ball at impact.
Why I chose this club
I chose the Srixon ZX5s for a very simple reason. After several hours of hitting shots on a GC Quad simulator, I found that they outperformed other player’s distance irons from companies like Taylormade, Callaway, Titleist, Ping, and Mizuno. They gave me the most consistent distance no matter where I hit the ball on the face and allowed me to work the ball and hold a green.
What I love about it
- Distance: Srixon’s Mainframe technology, which comes from thousands of computer simulations, is a variable thickness pattern milled into the back of the iron face that maximizes ball speed and distance on every shot.
- Forgiveness: When it comes to a forged iron, these provide some of the most forgiveness I can find. They come with Srixon’s Tour VT Sole, which leads to great turf interaction and far fewer chunked shots.
- Feel: The forged 1020 Carbon Steel body provides a very soft feel at impact, which makes it very easy to tell where on the clubface I hit the ball.
- Sound: Being a forged iron, the Srixon ZX5s sound great at impact anytime I hit the ball close to the center of the face.
- Workability: The ZX5 irons come with Srixon’s sole notches, enhancing workability without losing any much-wanted forgiveness.
- Shaft Feel: The Oban CT 115 shafts feel phenomenal, I know it sounds odd, but I would even say they feel smooth.
- Shaft Performance: The Oban CT 115’s provide very consistent, straight ball flight.
- Aesthetic Appeal: They look amazing, they have somewhat of a cavity back, but are shiny, and compact.
- Grip Feel: I use PURE midsized grips, they’re very durable and have maintained their performance for a long time.
- Spin: The amount of spin I can generate with these clubs is phenomenal. I was never able to see backspin on a shot until I used these.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Adjustability: Being forged irons, these clubs are not adjustable.
- Launch Angle: Sometimes, my ball flight can get pretty high and can be easily affected by the wind.
Best shot with this club
I remember the first time stepping up to a par 3 with my Srixon ZX5 8 iron. I was excited to use it, and as a result, made a poor, rushed swing that I became angry at right after impact. To my surprise, the ball was straight on line and ended up just a few feet from the hole. I knew from this moment on I would love these!
Value for the money vs. other options
In my opinion, these are the highest-performing irons available. They have more forgiveness and more consistent distance than clubs like the Titleist T200s, Callaway Apexs, Taylormade P790s, and more. They’re around the same price as the other clubs I just mentioned, and, therefore, these are my number one iron.
The Srixon ZX5 irons provide the perfect blend of forgiveness, distance, workability, feel, and they look phenomenal in anyone’s bag.