Srixon ZX7 Vs Ping G430 Irons Comparison Overview

With the new Ping G430 irons, players will be treated to a remarkable combination of workability and forgiveness.

We have tested them a few times now and know that they allow for a high degree of shot shaping…for better players.

They are certainly viable for high handicappers as well because the compact blades are still packed with modern forgiveness features. But we have tested the Ping G430’s against other game improvement irons already. Now it’s time to see how they fare against a legit set of player’s performance blades.

Srixon ZX7 Irons Overview

 

“Just one look at the Srixon ZX7 irons from point of address is all you need to see to know what kind of irons these are.”

The topline is narrow and the soles are all but invisible. The offset is almost non-existent, giving these irons a sharp look that better players will fall in love with. The Srixon ZX7 irons are single-piece forged.

This imparts a soft feel to every iron in the set and allows for incredible consistency. Our mid handicap testers were able to work these beauties like a dream and bend the ball almost at will.

They launch high enough to help better players attack long par 4’s and 5’s and actually stay on the green. There isn’t much forgiveness to speak of though – heel-toe mis-hits will be punished accordingly.

Ping G430 Irons Overview

“It’s important to note that the Ping G430 irons actually have a stronger loft profile than the Srixon ZX7’s.”

What’s even more important though is that the CG of these irons is kept low with a considerable undercut cavity and undoubtedly thicker soles than the ZX7’s. The combination of strong loft and low CG means that better players will be able to expertly control launch – at least, that’s what our testers experienced.

However, these are cast irons and as workable as they are (both laterally and vertically) they cannot match the greenside control of forged irons. The grooves in the Ping G430 irons are also less aggressive than those of the Srixon ZX7’s.

“Better players will likely prefer the greenside accuracy and soft feel of the Srixon ZX7 irons. The Ping G430’s have a chunkier look at address but a compact blade relative to other GI irons. While the Srixon ZX7 irons are better for low and mid handicappers, the Ping G430’s offer more forgiveness.”

Srixon ZX7 Irons – First Impressions

I think with Srixon changing their lineup so drastically, let’s chat about the technology they have put into the ZX7 irons before we get into our first impressions.

The Srixon ZX7 irons are what they call a Tour Cavity, they have repositioned the weight in the head to maximize the sweet spot, most of the weight has been moved towards the perimeter, this increases forgiveness and makes the sweet spot bigger. It also gives the ZX7 a soft feel at impact with increased workability.

Srixon have changed the groove pattern in the ZX7 irons, the grooves in the 8 irons through to the PW are sharper, narrower, and deeper, this will give you much more spin and stopping power on approach shots into the green, allowing you to attack the flags more than ever.

V-Shaped soles are an absolute game changer in the ZX7 irons, the specifically designed sole helps the club glide smoothly through the turf, even when you strike the ball poorly. This is one of the key technologies making the irons more forgiving.

To make this iron the ultimate player’s iron, Srixon have added a Tungsten in the toe of ZX7 irons in the long and mid irons (3 iron to 7 iron), the Tungsten will increases MOI giving you more stability, while the forged 1020 Carbon Steel body decreases vibrations for an incredibly soft feel.

From previous years we were a bit skeptical about testing these irons, as soon as we opened the box that all changed. The ZX7 irons look freshed, the sharp lines and small head shape looked incredible.

Srixon have done an unbelievable job here. The irons were incredibly soft off the face, and the ball flight was amazing, almost looking like they penetrated through the air.

Forgiveness wise, we were very surprised. Miss struck shots still flew well, and the clubs slid through the turf with ease.

We were most impressed with the workability and consistency of these irons, exactly what a low handicap player would be looking for. Rarely did we get a ‘flyer’ and the way we were able to hit shot shapes with ease was phenomenal.

All in all we will give Srixon an A+ with regards to the ZX7 irons.

Ping G430 Irons First Impressions

The first thing to notic about the G430’s is the size. These are large game improvement irons with thick soles, built for distance and forgivness.

The shorter hosel stands out too, with the offset of the club. It helps to lower CG and get the ball flying higher.

There’s a bit of color on the back too with the Purflex cavity badge. This dampens vibrations on mishits and it houses 7 striking zones which produce straight and high shots even when you don’t connect flush.

The visible screw in the toe stands out too. There is another weight in the hosel tip and this increases MOI across the face. These irons will fly high and straight even when you don’t connect flush.

The other thing that stands out is the lower lofts, the main reason for the distance. With that being said the CG is lower and there is an extra degree of bounce so you can still the ball in the air easily.

The 3% thinner face ensures a faster ball speed on impact and the Hydropearl 2.0 finish ensures you can game these irons effectively in any weather.

The G430’s are a serious contender overall in the game improvement market in 2023.

Srixon ZX7 Irons Selling Points

  • Multi forged construction, increasing workability and forgiveness
  • V-Shaped sole helps with turf interaction
  • It has a blade look, with cavity back performance
  • Sharper, narrower, and deeper grooves in the 8 iron to PW
  • 3 iron to 7 iron has Tungsten in the toe to help increase MOI

Ping G430 Iron Selling Points

  • Lower COG and Increased Bounce
  • PurFlex Cavity Badge
  • 3% Thinner Face
  • Stronger Lofts
  • 2 MPH More Ball Speed & 7 – 10 Yards Longer
  • 7 Hitting Zones Behind The Face
  • Hydropearl 2.0 Finish

Who Are the Srixon ZX7 Irons For?

The Srixon ZX7 irons are aimed at your low handicap golfers. These irons have incredible control and workability, however with that you lose some forgiveness, meaning mid to high handicap players should stay away from these irons.

A low handicap player looking for a clean simple look, with a small head shape and narrow top line, should consider giving the ZX7 a try.

Like we mentioned before, with Brooks Koepka joining their ranks, it means they mean business, and these irons sure do live up to the hype.

The Srixon ZX Family of Irons

The Srixon ZX range has an additional 3 models to their range, this gives the range massive scope to cater for all handicap levels, as well as the ability to build combo sets. We were really impressed by the wide range of the ZX family, not many manufacturers out there have such a versatile iron option that caters for all handicap levels, and look so good. Generally the game improvement models look thick and chunky, but the ZX range is far from that.

The ZX5 iron features the same DNA as the ZX7 irons however there are a few differences that give them a bit more forgiveness and distance. The ZX5 irons have a slightly longer blade, wider sole, and more offset, this will give the iron a bigger profile, which will appeal to the mid handicap player. Additionally low handicap players could use the 6 to 4 iron in their longer irons to help with forgiveness.

The ZX4 still offers a clean look at address, but is more of a game improvement iron, they are aimed at your high handicap player, the ZX4 iron has the the widest sole, longest blade, and most offset in ZX family, giving to the most forgiveness, perfect for the high handicap player or beginner.

ZX Utility isn’t really an iron set, but more of a driving iron. It is thinner and smaller than the previous generations. It falls perfectly into the ZX7 and ZX5 range for a replacement in the longer irons.

Distance: 90/100

Accuracy: 95/100

Forgiveness: 89/100

Feel & Control: 95/100

Overall Score: 92.25/100

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Who Are The Ping G430 Irons for?

The Ping G430 irons are certainly game improvement.

They are long, fast and forgiving but won’t be as good at shaping shots.

High handicappers are almost certainly going to need a game-improvement iron and the G430’s are right up there with the best.

Mid to Low Handicappers who struggle with consistency in their irons will also love the increased distance and forgiveness of the G430’s.

The Ping G430 Lofts

Ping G430 Club

Degree Of Loft

5i

22o

6i

25.5 o

7i

29 o

8i

33 o

9i

37 o

PW

41 o

UW1

45.5 o

UW2

50 o

SW

54 o

LW

58 o

Distance: 97/100

Forgiveness: 95/100

Accuracy: 95/100

Feel & Control: 93/100

Overall Score: 96/100

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