Srixon Hybrids and Utility Irons: How to Choose

Published on 11/10/2023 · 10 min readDive into the unique features, performance benefits, and how to choose the right Srixon hybrids and utility iron for your style of play. Ideal for golfers looking to gain an edge with precision and versatility on the course!
Brendon Elliott, Golf Expert
By Golf Expert Brendon Elliott

Srixon Bag at the 2017 Masters. Photo by Brendon Elliott

Tl;dr: Srixon offers an excellent line of hybrids and utility irons. Srixon's new ZX Mk II Series hybrids and utility irons offer unique benefits for varying needs. These include a hollow body design and its MainFrame face technology in the utility clubs and Rebound Frame technology in the hybrids.

Even before I gained my PGA membership in 2009, I was a staff professional with Srixon Golf. That relationship continues today, with my bag filled each year with the newest options from Srixon and its sister brand, Cleveland Golf.

Brendon Elliott is a certified Srixon Golf fitter. Photo by Brendon Elliott

As I approach three decades of working in the golf industry, one of my primary focuses as a professional remains to ensure that the golfers I interact with have an enjoyable experience. Doing that comes in several ways, including ensuring they have the correct clubs in their bag.

Today, I will share some insights on Srixon’s hybrids and utility irons. If these are potential clubs you are considering, please read on before making any decisions.

PGA Professional Brendon Elliott's golf bag with a students while giving a lesson. Photo by Brendon Elliott

Why Srixon?

Srixon is a Japan-based brand established in 1930 and known for top-of-the-line golf equipment, including irons, woods, and, most notably in the United States, golf balls.

Srixon is recognized worldwide for its advanced golf ball technology and its excellence in the production of clubs, including today's topic: hybrids and utility irons. Srixon’s irons, woods, hybrids, and utility clubs are made with precision, control, and forgiveness in mind. Srixon’s hybrids and utility irons are admired by golfers who are beginners and up to PGA Tour and LPGA Tour professionals.

The superb craftsmanship and innovation that goes into producing Srixon equipment make them an appealing choice for golfers looking to improve all aspects of their game.

What to Consider When Buying Srixon Hybrids and Utility Irons

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Here are some questions to ask yourself before looking at the various options available to you from Srixon.

1. What is your skill level and playing style?

One thing that I often talk to my students about is being realistic about what their ability is when playing. When they are, they can get far more out of a club as they look for a hybrid or utility iron. Srixon offers equipment suitable for many different skill levels, from beginners to PGA TOUR Professionals.

2. What size of club is suitable for you?

As I watch golfers practice in lessons, it is easy to spot when swing mechanics are potentially compromised due to poorly fitting equipment. When looking for the correct size clubs, you have to consider factors like your height and the distance of your wrists to the floor when your arms are extended by your sides. A proper fit is critical to ensuring optimal performance.

3. What loft and shaft type do you need?

The two main things I ask golfers to consider when it comes to the clubs they play include the following: Are you playing the proper shaft flex? Do you feel like you have the correct lofts on your clubs? The right loft and shaft will significantly influence a golf ball’s trajectory and the distance that it flies due to the launch angle and spin rate.

4. What kind of course conditions do you commonly play in?

Golfers often don't consider this, but the course conditions you play in will influence what type of club may best suit you. For example, utility irons often perform better on firmer and faster courses, while hybrids often do much better in softer conditions.

5. How much should Srixon hybrids and utility irons cost?

Srixon's hybrids and utility irons range in cost from $200 to $300 per club. You can customize your choices, which will affect the price.

What Are the Different Types of Srixon Hybrids and Utility Irons?

Srixon offers a handful of options in their hybrid and utility iron lines. All models are designed to meet the very specific needs of varying golfer types. Each has different benefits and potential downsides based on the type of player you are.

Below is a look at the different options Srixon offers in the hybrid and utility iron categories:

1. ZX Mk II Series Hybrids

The ZX Mk II Series Hybrids are designed for middle to low-handicap golfers seeking to gain control and a better feel. These sleek and compact hybrids, including the new ZX Mk II, are complemented by a clubface with Srixon’s Rebound Frame technology. This tech helps maximize ball speed coming off the face.

The ZX Mk II offers a larger internal sole weight that is placed lower and deeper than the previous generation. This allowed Srixon to position more mass deeper in the clubhead. Additionally, this larger sole weight allows the CG (center of gravity) to move in a way that raises the launch for higher and longer shots. Benefits

  • Compact design for improved control
  • Rebound Frame tech allows for an ultra-fast face that creates more distance
  • Positioning of weight lower and deeper in the head allows for maximum launch

Keep in Mind

  • Might not be as forgiving for high-handicap players
  • Compact design may be intimidating for some and may take some time to adapt to

The Women’s ZX Mk II Series Hybrids are designed exactly like the ZX Mk II and are meant for middle to single-digit women seeking to gain more control and a better feel. The major difference is a lower overall weight and shorter club length. Those women-friendly considerations, combined with Srixon’s Rebound Frame technology, allow for a faster face and more speed.

Like the ZX Mk II, the Women’s line offers a larger internal sole weight placed low and deep in the back of the head. This raises the launch angle for higher and longer shots.

Benefits

  • Lighter overall weight is ideal for women golfers
  • Compact design improves control
  • Rebound Frame technology allows for an ultra-fast face and more distance
  • Positioning of weight lower and deeper in the head allows for maximum launch and higher and longer shots

Keep in Mind

  • Might not be quite as forgiving for some high-handicap players as other, larger game-improvement hybrids
  • Some women with higher clubhead speeds may need to look at the ZX Mk II in a custom setup that suits their individual needs

3. ZX Mk II Utility Irons

The ZX Mk II Utility Irons are a fantastic replacement for those often hard-to-hit long irons. These clubs offer every player, from beginner to tour pro, more confidence in their 2, 3, and 4 irons. The design gives a golfer more power, control, and forgiveness in a beautiful hollow iron resembling a blade. These clubs have a very low CG, which equates to more forgiveness and a higher launch.

Benefits

  • MainFrame technology incorporates a variable thickness pattern of grooves, channels that are milled into the backside of iron faces to maximize flex at impact
  • Offers combined precision of irons with the distance of hybrids
  • Hollow-body design for a softer feel

Keep in Mind

  • Some don't find the ZX Mk II Utility Irons to be as forgiving as other utility irons
  • May require a higher skill level to achieve the maximum effectiveness

Features to Look for When Buying Srixon Hybrids and Utility Irons

There are several unique technologies and features that Srixon hybrids and utility irons offer. Let me guide you through some of them:

  1. Rebound Frame Technology: Found in both the Women’s and regular ZX Mk II Hybrids, Rebound Frame tech provides a more efficient transfer of energy, which allows for faster ball speeds and greater distance. This layered design is like a spring within a spring, providing massively increased CG for more power on every shot.
  2. New Body Design: The ZX Mk II Hybrids have a whole new body design. When you get input from Srixon PGA Tour staff professionals, you know you will have something good. The ZX Mk II Hybrids have an attractive head design, offering a very neutral face angle and a squared-off toe. Additionally, the radius of the face has a new look that spans from the leading edge to the crown. This design provides a more consistent spin from shots struck on various spots on the face. That equates to a much more dependable carry distance on every shot.
  3. Mainframe: This feature, found in the ZX Mk II Utility Irons, is designed using artificial intelligence (AI). Srixon's MainFrame variable face technology helps increase ball speed, while the clubhead's unique weight pad design ensures maximum forgiveness across the face.
  4. Hollow-Body Construction: Seen in the ZX Mk II Utility Irons, hollow-body construction offers a blend of distance and playability. The iron's hollow construction allows for a lower and deeper CG, which promotes a higher launch angle and increased shot-shaping ability.
  5. Sole Notches: On the heel and toe sides of the sole of the ZX Mk II Utility Irons, small notches can be seen. These notches help reduce drag by decreasing the amount of surface area in contact with the ground. This provides for better turf interaction and continues speed through impact.
  6. Forged Multi-Peice Steel Construction: In the ZX Mk II Utility Irons, a carbon steel body allows for less vibration and more stability. The thin SUP10 face is both strong and extremely light, allowing for increased speed and distance.

Each of these features helps to make Srixon hybrids and utility irons very versatile. That can significantly improve your game when properly matched to your skill set.

How to Choose the Right Srixon Hybrids and Utility Irons for You

To assist you in finding out whether Srixon’s ZX Mk II Hybrids and Utility irons are right for you and your game, I have outlined below the player types that match up best for these clubs.

Player #1: Middle Handicapper (11-19)

Needs: This player type needs forgiving, high-launch, and fast hybrids or utility irons.

Features to look for: If you fall within this player type, no matter if you are a man or woman golfer, you will want to look for the following features:

  • Rebound Frame Technology: Provides a more efficient transfer of energy, allowing for faster ball speeds and greater distance.
  • New Body and Face Design: The face design provides a more consistent spin from shots struck on various spots on the face. That equates to a much more dependable carry distance on every shot.

Srixon hybrids to consider:

  • ZX Mk II Series Hybrids: The newest in Srixon’s hybrid legacy is an ideal choice for men golfers in this category.
  • Women's ZX Mk II Series Hybrids: A fantastic option for women golfers in this category.

Player #2: Middle Handicapper (11-19) to a Single Digit More Advanced Player

Needs: This player type is a somewhat more advanced player who still needs some game-improvement features from their long irons.

Features to look for: If you fall within this player type, no matter if you are a man or woman golfer, you will want to look for the following features:

  • Mainframe: This variable face technology helps increase ball speed while the clubhead's unique weight pad design ensures maximum forgiveness across the face.
  • Hollow Construction: This provides enhanced forgiveness and distance.

Srixon utility irons to consider:

  • ZX Mk II Utility Irons: The best choice for men or women golfers who fall into this category. Women golfers may need to customize their shaft choices and club lengths.

Find the Best Srixon Hybrid or Utility Iron for You

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Srixon is an excellent choice for any golfer looking to upgrade their hybrids or looking at the benefits of utility irons. As mentioned at the onset, I have long been a fan of products from Srixon and Cleveland Golf. I have no reservations about recommending equipment from either brand and encourage many who inquire about new clubs to look at these brands. Many of my teen students have Srixon and Cleveland clubs in their bags!

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