Expert Review: Srixon ZX7 Iron SetPublished on 04/24/2023 · 5 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the irons which I purchased with my own money in March of 2021.
Practicing some iron shots with my new sticks. All photos courtesy of Jess P.
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the irons which I purchased with my own money in March of 2021.
The Srixon ZX7 is an iron for the low handicap or highly skilled golfer looking for a classically designed, traditional lofted, and workable iron.
About the club I own
- Model: 2021 Men’s Srixon ZX7 Iron set 5-PW and AW
- Loft setting: Standard loft setting (PW is 47 degrees)
- Shaft type: Nippon NS Pro 950gh
- Shaft flex: Regular 95g flex
- Average Score: 75
- Handicap: 2
- Experience: 28 years playing golf, 25 years as a Class A LPGA professional
- Dexterity: Right-Handed
- Typical ball flight: High and straight
- Golf ball used: ProV1x
- Club speed: 84-85 MPH 7 iron speed
- When I bought the club: March of 2021
- Days tested: 2
- Where I’ve used it: South East (Louisiana and Georgia Golf Courses)
- Weather and Wind Conditions: Warm conditions; windy and calm conditions; hard and soft course conditions.
How it performs
What I was looking for
I had the Titleist CB irons for 14 years (4 sets, same iron). My last set was from 2014. I needed new clubs in a bad way. My Titleist CB irons were always super soft, forged, and they would get “dinged” up almost immediately. I was definitely looking for a similar iron in looks, feel, distance and workability. I am a huge fan of a sleek iron with a thin top line and sole and a classic look. The Srixon ZX7 definitely fits this to a tee. After a year, my ZX7s look as good as they did the day I bought them. The attack wedge (A) is just gorgeous and to this day remains my favorite club in the set.
Why I chose this club
I chose my ZX7s after only trying them twice; once on the range and once on a course hitting the 7 iron into a few greens. I was able to compare them in length and style to my Titleist CB irons and while they were similar in feel and distance, they just felt and looked amazing. I was also able to change from a stiff to regular flex shaft, lighter in weight by 10 grams, and chose a shaft that had a higher launch characteristic.
What I love about these irons
- Distance: The lofts in the ZX7 iron are very traditional with a 47-degree pitching wedge loft. I wasn’t looking to reconfigure all my distances, so I sought out a club that had very similar lofts to my current iron set.
- Feel: The feel when you stripe this club off the center of the clubface is amazing. Nothing beats the feel of a well-designed forged iron when you hit the sweet spot. They are so pure and so soft. I feel even when I mishit my irons just slightly, the feel is still amazing. My previous irons “stung” a little bit if you mishit them.
- Sound: There is pretty much no sound when you hit this iron. That’s what I love.
- Workability: I can work this club easily in any way I want. Draw, cut, low, high. Outstanding workability in every way. I have a very straight ball flight, but I can hit a slight cut or draw with these irons when I need to. I can also keep the ball flight down during windy conditions.
- Shaft Feel: I changed shafts with my new ZX7 irons to a Nippon NS Pro 950gh shaft. It is incredible. I added launch and carry distance with this shaft and that is something I always struggled with.
- Aesthetic Appeal: The look of these irons is amazing. They are truly beautiful. To this day, even though I’ve owned my irons for more than 14 months, I still look at them in my bag and think that they are the best-looking iron I’ve ever owned. Thin top line, sleek. I have never liked a bulky-looking iron.
- Grip Feel: Tour velvet grips have always been on my clubs and still are. I love these grips.
- Spin: The spin is a definite plus with the ZX7 iron. Soft landings on the green are a breeze with approach shots with this iron in hand.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Forgiveness: If I am off my game, I tend to struggle only with the longer irons into par 3s as these are not a forgiving iron.
- Grip: Tour Velvet grips are very slippery in rainy conditions and tend to have to be replaced more often than other grips. They can wear out a lot if you play a lot.
Best shot I ever hit
There are just too many to count. Every time I step up to hit an approach shot with my ZX7 irons, I know the club is going to perform incredibly well. I expect every shot to be precise, land soft, and be dialed in on the pin.
Value for the money vs. other options
I think these irons are worth EVERY PENNY. They will run about $1100 for 7 clubs (depending on shafts). Compared to other clubs on the market in the same price range, these clubs perform at the highest level and outplay competitors. There are definitely other sets out there if you want more forgiveness and a lower price point. However, if you are a lower handicap golfer looking for a traditional iron to replace an older model with some new technology, design, exceptional looks and feel, I highly recommend taking the Srixon ZX7s for a spin on the range or course.
After 28 years of playing golf, hitting a ton of clubs out there on the market, and owning more than 8 different iron sets over my career, the Srixon ZX7 irons are the best performing club I have ever played. They are not for the golfer seeking a high level of forgiveness but they certainly will fit the bill for the skilled golfer looking for beautiful and sleek iron that will perform better than other forged irons with this style.
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