Expert Review: Srixon ZX Utility IronPublished on 04/05/2023 · 4 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the golf club, which I tested for one day in March of 2023.
All photos courtesy of David L. Brown
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the golf club, which I tested for one day in March of 2023.
Overall, the Srixon ZX Utility Hybrid is a solid option off the tee and for the long-range game in the rough/fairway. It offers solid distance while maintaining its consistency. I was pleased with my results off the tee. I believe the mid-to-low handicap golfer would benefit from adding this club to their bag, especially if they struggle off the tee.
About the club I tested
- Model: 2021 Srixon ZX Utility Hybrid
- Loft setting: 20°
- Shaft type: UST Mamiya Recoil 95
- Shaft flex: Graphite
- Average score: 79
- Handicap: 7
- Experience: 22 years of golf
- Right/Left-Handed: Left-Handed
- Typical ball flight: High
- Golf ball used: Titleist Pro V1 Practice Ball
- Club swing speed: 97mph
- When I tested the club: March 2023
- Days tested: 1
- Where I’ve used it: Simulator
- Weather and wind conditions: Inside
How it performs
What I was looking for
I’ve seen more and more pros go to a driving iron off the tee and wanted to test out what it felt like. I enjoy my driver but know that having multiple options off the tee is a huge asset.
Why I chose to test this club
I decided to test this club because I have seen pros use iron woods off the tee. Unfortunately, I didn’t end up buying it. I felt my 3 and 5 wood performed just as well and offered more versatility.
What I love about it
- Distance: The distance was better than I expected, averaging around 230 yards. For a utility iron, it was side by side with my 5 wood and 5-7 yards further than my current 3 iron.
- Forgiveness: The forgiveness was a plus for this iron. Each swing, whether hit square or on the toe, traveled on a path and only waived on distance by 15 yards.
- Feel: The 1020 carbon steel created a soft and almost dampening feel within my hands when the ball was struck off the face. This created instant feedback on where and how the ball was flying off the clubhead, which helps understand what was needed for the next shot.
- Workability: The workability was nice as I tend to hit a high cut, and I could move the ball easily from right to left on and off the tee.
- Shaft Feel: With it being a regular flex shaft, it didn’t feel wobbly during the backswing or follow-through, which is key in the overall feel.
- Shaft Performance: The shaft weight is 52g which feels heavy for a utility iron but in a good way. The weight allows for the ball to pop off the face of the club and provide consistent distance.
- Aesthetic Appeal: The simple lines on the backside of the club with the all-silver finish gives it a simple yet classy aesthetic appeal.
- Launch Angle: The launch angle was nice as the ball came off the face quickly and with a mid-to-high trajectory.
- Spin: The spin was lower because of my increased swing speed than my current 5 wood, which created more rollout.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Sound: The sound was average, with a normal pinging noise, but I thought it could have sounded crisper off the face due to its thinner topline and sole.
- Adjustability: There was no adjustability feature for this club which is different than my 5 wood, so some might not enjoy that limited option, especially off the tee.
- Grip Feel: Its Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360 grip felt slippery without a glove. Even with a glove, it wouldn’t be ideal in rainy conditions or if someone's hands were sweaty on a hot summer day.
Best shot with this club
My best shot was hitting back-to-back high fades within five yards of each other at 229 yards and 234 yards.
Value for the money vs. other options
I think this club is a great option for top-tiered golfers who want more options off the tee. I don’t have any other direct comparisons of utility irons on the market, but compared to my Callaway XR 16 5 wood and the Callaway Mavrik 5 wood, they are close. If it were me, though, the ability to hit more shots out of the fairway and in the rough would lead me to go with a fairway that is adjustable.
I think the Srixon ZX Utility hybrid is a great option for its value. It is forgiving but doesn’t sacrifice distance. I believe the low to mid-handicapper would definitely benefit from adding this option off the tee into their bag.