Srixon ZX4 Vs Srixon ZX5 Irons Comparison Overview
We have known Srixon to manufacture exceptional irons.
Mostly when we think of Srixon, we think of irons that are built for low handicap and amateur players. But there is much more to this brand than exclusive iron builds.
Today we will be taking a look at the Srixon ZX4 which promises to be a more accessible Srixon iron while retaining high-end features. As a control, we will be testing the Srixon ZX4 against the more refined Srixon ZX5. Which iron will be best for your needs? Let’s talk about it.
Srixon ZX4 Irons Overview
“The Srixon ZX4 irons feature a hollow design in order to enhance forgiveness across the face.”
There is a lot going on in the build of these irons. First of all the long and mid irons have a tungsten weight in the sole to help lower CG. All of the irons in the set feature a forged stainless steel face construction. Rounding out the design is a 431 grade steel body that gives the longer irons a metal-wood type effect.
At a glance, the Srixon ZX4 irons look compact. They have a fairly narrow topline. But at address, you can see that the sole is moderately chunky. Compared to the Srixon ZX5, the Srixon ZX4’s have a longer blade and a wider sole – great appointments for higher handicappers.
The Srixon ZX4’s play forgiving and produce excellent launch. Around the pin, the tight grooves work to enhance spin robustness.
Srixon ZX5 Irons Overview
“The Srixon ZX5 irons have a shorter blade length and narrower topline.”
They also feature forged carbon steel bodies that impart a softer feel – especially in the short irons. The Srixon ZX5’s are also solid body irons so they are inherently less forgiving than the Srixon ZX4’s. However, they feel amazing and the short game spin control and accuracy is much better than the Srixon ZX4.
There is added tungsten in the toe area of the long irons in this set to help protect shots made away from the hitting zone. Overall, these irons feel very well balanced and look outstanding at address.
“Overall, we like the detail that went into the Srixon ZX5 irons. They will certainly appeal to the sensibilities and demands of the lower handicap players. But the Srixon ZX4’s are naturally more forgiving and more congenial for players with slower swing speeds.”
Srixon ZX4 Irons – First Impressions
With Srixon making these big changes to their iron line up, it makes sense that we talk about the technology before we dive into our first impressions on the ZX4 irons.
Srixon have stabilized the ZX4 irons by adding a milled pattern on the back of irons’ face, this technique maximizes COR, and gives you increased ball speed and more distance.
The ZX4’s has hollow body construction design, this gives you loads forgiveness, which allows you to strike the ball across the entire face, without losing ball speed. It also allows Srixon to make the iron look great, while in your bag and at address, while still giving you a lot of forgiveness and distance.
Srixon has placed tungsten in the sole of ZX4’s long and mid irons (4 iron to 7 iron), this lowers the center of gravity, and gives you a higher launch. The ZX4 irons have a forged HT1770 Steel face, the forged face increases speed and distance, it also has a 431 Steel body, which takes away vibrations for a softer feel off the face.
Srixon has incorporated a V-shaped sole, it helps the club slide smoothly through the turf, even when striking the ball badly. ZX4 irons also feature their sole notches.
Srixon have changed the grooves in the ZX range, the 8 iron to PW are sharper, narrower, and deeper, giving you more spin, allowing you to stop the ball on the greens easier than ever.
From the start we could see some incredible ball speed from the ZX4 irons. At address the topline is not as big compared to your average game improvement iron, which we loved.
You can however see the back of the club as the lofts get stronger. This may be off putting to some.
The V-shaped sole is great, the club slid through the turf with ease on every shot. The forged face is great, the sound and feel off the clubface is incredible for a game improvement iron.
With all this tech, you unfortunately lose some workability. It is easy to work the ball left to right, but to control the trajectory is not easy.
Our team mates with faster swing speeds found they hit a few ‘hot shots’ that carried well over the flag, this isn’t ideal, however as a high handicap player, you won’t be getting many of these.
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 ZX4 Irons Selling Points
- Multi forged construction, giving you more distance and forgiveness
- V-Shaped helps with turf interaction
- A lot more compact than your traditional game improvement iron
- There are Sharper, narrower, and deeper grooves in the 8 iron to PW
- Stabilized frame increase ball speed and distance
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
Who Are the Srixon ZX4 Irons For?
The Srixon ZX4 irons are aimed at your mid to high handicap golfers. They are incredibly forgiving with loads of distance.
We could see a lot of people going into a combo set with the ZX range, for a mid handicap player to use the ZX4 irons in their longer irons can really help with the forgiveness, as your longer irons are definitely harder to hit.
Most game improvement irons look thick and chunky, but the ZX range is far from that.
The Srixon ZX Family of Irons
The Srixon ZX range has a few more models to their range, this really gives all levels of golfers the option to play the ZX range, and allows you to build combo sets. We were really impressed by this, because most golf club manufacturers don’t make such an extensive range that caters for all handicap levels.
ZX7 irons are your low handicap irons, they are tour cavity irons. Srixon have moved the weight to the perimeter, this helps with forgiveness. It has an incredibly soft feel and sound off the face. They are extremely easy to work, which allows you to control the ball with ease, the narrow sole, thin top line and minimal offset gives this iron a fantastic look at address.
The ZX5 irons have the same DNA as the ZX7 irons, but there are a few differences, these are mainly there to give you a bit more forgiveness and distance. The ZX5 irons feature a slightly longer blade, wider sole, and more offset, this appeals to the mid handicap golfer. We love the ZX7 and ZX5 irons as low handicap players could play the 6 to 4 iron in their longer irons, this will help with forgiveness.
ZX Utility isn’t a part of a full iron set, it is a driving iron. It has a thinner top line and smaller profile compared to the previous generations. It complements the ZX7 and ZX5 perfectly in the longer irons.
Feel & Control: 87/100
Overall Score: 92.25/100
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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.
Feel & Control: 95/100