Taylormade P790 Vs Srixon ZX4 Irons Comparison

Taylormade P790 Vs Srixon ZX4 Irons

You wouldn’t normally associate Srixon with game improvement irons.

But the ZX4’s were built to give brands like Taylormade a run for the money. See how the Srixon ZX4 irons stack up against the Taylormade P790’s in the following comparison.

Taylormade P790 Irons Overview

“The Taylormade P790’s feature a forged hollow-body design.”

And the internal structure of each iron in the set is different to optimize weight distribution. The CG starts low in the long irons and gets a bit higher in the short irons.

Compared to the ZX4’s the Taylormade P790’s have slightly narrower soles but the top lines are about the same width.

They also have similar offset. But the Taylormade P790’s have weaker lofts so I was actually losing a few yards to the launch that I had difficulty working down.

Srixon ZX4 Irons Overview


“The ZX4’s also have a forged hollow body display with variable face thickness.”

The soles are wider than the Taylormade P790’s and have a V-shape to help them glide through the turf.

I found the ZX4’s to be extremely forgiving. Thin shots were still getting reasonable lift and toe-side mis-hits lost almost no ball speed.

I was getting better distance with the stronger lofts of these irons as well. On average, I gained about 4 yards with the ZX4 7-iron compared to the 7-iron in the Taylormade P790 set.

I also felt like the spin control in the ZX4 short irons was tighter.

“Srixon hit it out of the park with the ZX4’s in my opinion. Not only did they play longer for me, they were also more forgiving than the Taylormade P790 irons.

But if you are naturally a low hitter I can see that you would actually get more distance with the Taylormade P790’s. Still, I think Srixon did a really great job combining distance and forgiveness in the ZX4’s.”

Taylormade P790 – First Impressions

The first thing to notice about the P790 irons is the compact, forged heads that come in a shape and style that will suit the better players.

Despite the players feel of the irons, they also come packed with technology that will add distance and forgiveness like the Thru Slot speed pocket, speed foam and inverted cone technology which allows more flex on impact.

The forged irons are actually a hollow construction, filled with speed foam which allows much greater distances to be achieved than the original P790’s and the tungsten weighting keeps the CG low for an easy launch for an iron of this type.

The original P790 irons, released in 2017, were definitely for the players but with the remodelling in 2019, these can also be used for mid handicappers looking to test the waters of players irons.

All in all, definitely not for the high handicappers.

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.

P790 Irons – Selling Points

  • 2 Tungsten Weights For Low COG
  • Co Molded Cavity Badge For No Vibrations
  • Lots Of Loft In The Clubs
  • Flexible Hinge And Variable Face Thickness
  • Forgiving And Consistent

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

Who Are The P790 Irons For

The P790 irons will be most effective for the better players and certain mid handicappers who want to work the ball a bit more.

If you are looking for a blend of feel and distance, these are going to be the perfect irons for you.

If you are just starting out in the game, you would be better off with a game improvement iron.

Taylormade P Family Of Irons

The P790 UDI is a driving iron with minimal offset and a straighter top line for incredible distance.

The P790 TI range has more distance and forgiveness built in, so worth a look for those more on the mid handicapper side of the scale.

Distance: 92/100

Accuracy: 95/100

Forgiveness: 89/100

Feel And Control: 96/100

Overall Score: 94/100

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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.

Distance: 95/100

Accuracy: 92/100

Forgiveness: 95/100

Feel & Control: 87/100

Overall Score: 92.25/100

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