Expert Review: Srixon ZX5 Irons

Published on 03/14/2023 · 4 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the iron set, which I purchased with my own money in May of 2021.
Bobby Funkhouser, Golf Expert
By Golf Expert Bobby Funkhouser

All photos courtesy of Bobby Funkhouser

About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the iron set, which I purchased with my own money in May of 2021.

My take

The Srixon ZX5 irons are a great iron set for a low-to-mid handicapper who is still wanting some forgiveness and workability from a high-quality forged iron. These irons fall right into the player's distance category.

About the club I own

  • Model: 2021 Srixon ZX5 Iron Set
  • Loft setting: Standard
  • Shaft type: Steel Shaft
  • Shaft flex: Stiff Flex 120g

About me

  • Average score: 81
  • Handicap: 9.2
  • Experience: 20 years of golf
  • Right/Left-Handed: Right-handed
  • Typical ball flight: Low-to-mid launch with a slight fade
  • Golf ball used: Srixon Z-Star XV
  • Club swing speed: 7 iron speed: 93 MPH

Test conditions

  • When I bought the club: May 2021
  • Days tested: 100+
  • Where I’ve used it: 50+ golf courses in five states, driving ranges, and at indoor simulators using a Trackman
  • Weather and wind conditions: I have used these irons in every condition imaginable besides snow

How it performs

Feel
5/5
Sound
5/5
Launch
4/5
Workability
4/5
Distance
3/5
Forgiveness
3/5

What I was looking for

When searching for my new set of irons, I wanted to get a high-quality forged set that would have an amazing sound and feel to them. I wanted irons that would offer forgiveness but also have some workability.

Why I chose this club

I chose the Srixon ZX5 irons because when I tested them out, I was hitting them very well. The feel at impact was very impressive, and my distances were how I wanted them to be. These irons are not super strong-lofted like some iron sets nowadays. After testing them out and seeing how they could really transform my game, I had to have them. At the time, I was also looking at the Taylormade 2019 P790s and the Callaway Apex irons as well. I chose to go with the ZX5’s because I liked their feel the best, and I was hitting the most pure shots with them.

What I love about it

  • Feel: I get an amazing feel from these irons because they are forged. They give great feedback when hitting a pure golf shot or a bad golf shot. One can really feel the difference between the two.
  • Sound: These are very pure sounding irons when struck well.
  • Workability: They have the perfect amount of workability for a mid-handicap golfer. It’s not so much that one cannot control their shots, but it’s just enough to hit that fade around the tree between the golfer and the green.
  • Aesthetic Appeal: The Srixon ZX5 irons are very attractive irons. I get compliments on them all the time. The forged metal look of the irons definitely catches the eye. Though if one likes a thicker top line on their irons for confidence, these are not a good option.
  • Launch Angle: This set is meant for a mid to low-handicap golfer who can launch the ball pretty well on their own. In that case, they execute well; though they’re not the best for a golfer that has issues with getting the ball in the air.
  • Spin: I love the spin from these irons. There is great motion from the wedges all the way to the lower irons.

Issues I’ve encountered

  • Distance: I get pretty average distance from these irons because they are not super strong-lofted and are not designed with distance as the main focus.
  • Forgiveness: It is not the most forgiving option for a golfer who wants max forgiveness from their irons.

Best shot with this club

One shot that really stands out to me was one of the only times I have successfully worked an iron shot from about 185 yards out. I had a 100ft+ tall tree that was about 35 yards in front of me that completely took out the option to play straight into the green. I had two options, chip over to the other side of the fairway and then have a straight shot into the green, or hit a big draw/hook around the tree into the green. I decided to try working it around the tree and hit a beautiful draw/hook that landed on the right side of the green, pin high, and spun to the left to about four ft. Made my birdie putt with a big smile on my face! That just goes to show that these ZX5 irons have some workability. If one wants to hit draws and fades on command, these irons can do that.

Value for the money vs. other options

The Srixon irons are similar to the Callaway Apex 21 irons or the TaylorMade P790 irons. They fall right into the same “player’s distance” category, but they are a bit cheaper. So, a person can save some money while also getting a very high-quality set of forged irons.

Final verdict

These are a high-quality set of irons that I would put up next to all the other top irons on the market right now. They feel great, sound great, look great, and play great. If someone is a mid handicapper, these irons are a really good option.

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