Srixon Z 585 Vs. Srixon ZX5 Irons Comparison Overview

 

In 2020, the Srixon ZX5 irons succeeded the Srixon Z 585 irons. And while there is a decent amount of crossover in terms of the features of these two sets, there is a lot that separates them. You really have to play them for yourself to understand though.

So we went out and tested both of these sets side-by-side and recorded our experience in the following comparison overview article. Here is what you need to know about these Srixon irons.

Srixon Z 585 Irons Overview

The Srixon 585 irons produce really good ball speed thanks to the multi-material construction.

Don’t let the metal-wood flexing fool you though, the compact design of the head is meant to appeal to players who can actually work the ball. The Z 585 irons feature a 1020 carbon steel body coupled with a SUP10 steel face.

They also have a 360 degree channel bored into the face to improve flex. Like the Srixon ZX5’s the Z 585 irons have the V-shaped sole which helps smooth out turf interaction. The Z 585’s offer a good degree of distance; but you have to have a pretty fast swing speed.

At address they have the look that low handicappers will love; but in the bag they don’t look great.

Srixon ZX5 Irons Overview

The one thing that we immediately liked about the Srixon ZX5 irons is that Srixon did away with the back insert that made the Z 585’s look sort of tacky. With the Srixon ZX5’s you get a sleeker forged cavity back look.

At address, the Srixon ZX5’s look pretty nice with moderate offset and a completely chrome finish. They also feature a forged 1020 carbon steel body which gives them a soft feel. The face grooves in the Srixon ZX5’s are also greatly improved over the Z 585’s.

The longer irons have wider, shallower grooves than the short irons to provide optimal launch conditions. In the shorter irons, you get tighter shot dispersion and greater control over spin. The progressive groove design is certainly an upgrade from the Z 585 irons.

Srixon really did a lot to improve the Srixon ZX5’s over the Z 585’s and we really appreciate that because so many other companies make only marginal improvements from model to model. The Srixon ZX5’s perform great around the pin and have a more premium appearance.

Srixon ZX5 Irons  – First Impressions

The Srixon ZX5 irons are a major improvement over the Srixon Z585 irons which had a cheaper, more game improvement look about them.

The first thing we noticed about these irons is how nice they look. Srixon got rid of the back insert which made the previous Srixon irons look a bit cheap. The Srixon ZX5’s on the other hand have the look of a premium set of forged irons.

They have a sharp, sleek look even as the cavity back pokes out a little more noticeably in the long irons.

Another reason we think the Srixon ZX5 irons would be good for mid handicappers is the amount of offset you see at point of address. The Srixon ZX5’s have a moderate amount of offset that is enough to inspire confidence but not enough to make these look like a pure set of game improvement irons.

Srixon did a good job of making the Srixon ZX5’s occupy the middle ground between player’s performance and game improvement irons. When compared to the ZX7’s you will notice that the top line is a bit thicker.

The Srixon ZX5’s also have longer blades than the ZX7’s. However, this is to be expected. The ZX7’s are definitely more of a pure set of player’s performance irons and emphasize workability over forgiveness. Still, the Srixon ZX5’s aren’t much bigger than the ZX7’s.

Srixon Z585 Irons – First Impressions

To help you understand the Z585 irons a little bit better, let’s chat about the technology they have used in the iron first before we give you our first impressions.

Srixon have used their Tour V.T. Sole in the Z585 irons, this unique sole design provides you with a more consistent strike by improving turf interaction, the longer irons have a wider sole compared to the shorter irons, this will help with forgiveness.

The Z585 irons have the new Speed Groove technology, this is an internal channel placed on the SUP10 face insert, it allows the face to flex more at impact providing extra ball speed and distance.

The Srixon Z585 irons are a fully forged construction club, it is forged from a soft 1020 carbon steel, this gives the player an incredibly soft feel at impact, and helps reduce unwanted vibrations.

Laser Milling is a technique Srixon have used for a long time now, it produces consistent spin from the fairway and the rough, this will give you more control on your shots, and allows you to stop the ball on the green easier.

These irons are right up our alley, most of us being mid to low handicap players. Our first impressions when we put the irons down was great, the head size was small, but not as small as a blade, you still felt confident over the ball, we liked that there was minimal offset, it gave us the impression we were going to be able to work the ball.

The 1020 carbon steel is great, the feel off the face was superb, very close to a Mizuno iron. There was no distance gain, which is perfect, as these irons are not built for distance.

The trajectory was perfect, and we were able to shape the ball with ease.

The Tour V.T. Sole worked well, the ball seemed to glide through all turf conditions on good and bad shots.

All in all we really enjoyed these iron. The look, feel and performance were spot on. Would they get me out of my current irons? Maybe not, but if you are in the market for a new set of irons, or are an avid Srixon fan, the Z585 irons are definitely worth giving a test.

The standard shaft options are great, in graphite they have the Miyazaki Kaula shaft, it ways around 80 grams, it is a great option for someone that wants something lighter, or is looking for a little extra speed through the ball, we tried the Nippon Modus 3 105 shaft, it is 105 grams, and comes standard with the Z585 irons. It has a really smooth feel through impact, the 105 grams makes the club heavy enough to feel the club, but not so heavy that you have to force your swing.

Srixon also has a variety of custom shafts for you to try, we suggest looking up your local Srixon Rep and booking a fitting, with the price of clubs and wide variety of options it is highly recommended to do this.

Srixon ZX5 Irons Selling Points

  • Multi-material construction
  • Tungsten toe weights in the long irons
  • “V” shaped sole
  • Narrower, deeper face grooves in the scoring irons
  • Milled back side

Srixon Z585 Irons Selling Points

  • 1020 forged construction gives you a soft feel and consistent performance
  • Tour V.T. Sole helps with turf interaction
  • Thin top line and minimal offset appeals to mid to low handicap players
  • Laser milling produces consistent spin on every shot
  • Speed Groove technology increase face flexion, increasing ball speed and distance
  • Lower price point than their competitors

Who Are the Srixon ZX5 Irons for?

Srixon isn’t wrong when they say that the Srixon ZX5’s will have something to offer players of all skill levels. But after testing these irons, it’s clear that the players that stand to gain the most from these irons are mid handicappers.

They offer a moderate degree of workability which will suit the needs of players who are just starting to learn how to work the ball to their advantage on the fairway. Both the long and short irons have enough stopping power for the mid handicapper as well.

While the longer irons sacrifice a bit of spin control in favor of forgiveness and distance, we think most mid handicappers will be able to overlook this minor flaw. And since most mid handicappers will still want a moderate degree of forgiveness, the longer blades and thicker soles of the Srixon ZX5’s will suit them better than the ZX7 irons.

The Srixon ZX Family of Irons

The Srixon like of ZX irons also includes the popular Srixon ZX7 irons. The ZX7 irons have less offset, thinner top lines and thinner soles across the board so at point of address, they may scare some mid and high handicappers away.

However, you do get acute spin control from the scoring irons and excellent workability. Like the Srixon ZX5 irons, the ZX7’s are also fully forged. They also feature tungsten weights in the toes of the longer irons to help keep the blade from turning over.

As you might expect from a set of player’s performance irons, the ZX7’s also have stronger loft characteristics than the ZX5’s. Everything is the same up until the five iron: the Srixon ZX5 5-iron is 24 degrees while the 5-iron of the ZX7 set is 25 degrees.

So you do get slightly higher launch and sharper descent angles from the Srixon ZX7 irons starting with the 5-iron. Again though, this is pretty much to be expected from a set that is geared towards lower handicap players.

Distance: 94/100

Accuracy: 93/100

Forgiveness: 93/100

Feel & Control: 95/100

Overall Score: 93/100

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Who Are the Srixon Z585 Irons For?

The Srixon Z585 irons are built for a mid to low handicap player, you will even see professional players using the irons.

The clean look, thin top line and minimal offset will appeal to your better player.

The best part about these irons is they have a small profile similar to a blade, however they still have loads of forgiveness.

The Srixon Z Family of Irons

The Srixon Z585 irons have another model in the range, this iron is aimed just towards the lower handicap player, the Z785 iron is a semi blade iron, it has all the same features as a traditional blade, however there is a slight cavity at the back making it slightly more forgiving.

The Z785 irons have a small profile and thin top line, definitely not appealing to your mid to high handicap player.

The Z785 irons have the same technology in the heads compared to the Z585 like the V.T. sole, forged construction from soft 1020 carbon steel and the laser milling, however the cavity at the back is much smaller.

Unlike a traditional blade, they have still been able to move some extra weight low in the head, this gives the iron a little extra forgiveness.

We could see the Z585 and Z785 iron being used as a combo set, you could use the Z785 irons in the shorts irons and the Z785 iron in the longer irons, this will give you extra control and precision in your scoring irons, and a little extra forgiveness in your longer irons.

Distance: 92/100

Accuracy: 96/100

Forgiveness: 90/100

Feel & Control: 95/100

Overall Score: 93/100

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