Srixon ZX5 Vs. Mizuno JPX 921 Hot Metal Irons Comparison Overview
Today we are going to be taking a look at a couple of iron sets that occupy a middle-ground between the player’s performance and game improvement categories. Mizuno is known for their high-end irons but with the JPX 921 Hot Metal irons, they are appealing to lower handicap players.
The same goes with the Srixon ZX5 irons. The ZX line of irons consists of 4 different models and the Srixon ZX5’s are right in the middle between smaller, sleeker irons like the ZX7’s and chunkier distance irons like the ZX4’s. Let’s take a look at both of these irons.
Srixon ZX5 Irons Overview
The Srixon ZX5 irons offer a cool combination of premium features along with added distance and forgiveness.
They sport a nice tandem of SUP10 forged face construction and a forged carbon steel body. At impact, these feel like player’s performance irons. The forged face offers an excellent feel and feedback.
When combined with the forged carbon steel though, the Srixon ZX5’s give the flex of a metal-wood. In the long irons, the Srixon ZX5’s sport a tungsten toe weight. This really helped keep the ball straight when we hit out towards the toe.
At address, the Srixon ZX5 have moderate offset and thicker soles compared to the ZX7 irons. Launch is good and distance is comparable to the JPX 921 hot metal irons.
Mizuno JPX 921 Hot Metal Irons Overview
The JPX 921 Hot Metal irons are the more forgiving entries into the JPX 921 family of irons.
The great thing about them is that even though they were meant for lower handicap players, they still have the chromoly construction that the other JPX 921 irons have. This material adds great consistency – reminiscent of player’s performance irons – to these clubs.
The Hot Metal irons also employ a seamless cup face design that allows for very thin milling. The ball speed on these irons are great. In fact, the 7-iron in this set went longer than the Srixon ZX5 7-iron by an average of 3 yards. However, the Hot Metal irons were much less forgiving.
The added forgiveness in the Srixon ZX5 irons is something we really liked – especially because they were made for mid to high handicappers. The Mizuno JPX 921 Hot Metal irons play long and have a great feel; but they would probably be less helpful in the hands of high handicappers.