Taylormade P790 Vs. Srixon ZX5 Irons Comparison Overview
The Taylormade P790 and the Srixon ZX5 irons have a few key design elements in common which is why a lot of people bring them up in the same conversation about game improvement irons. While they are talked about in the same breath often, they have rarely been tested side-by-side.
We wanted to see exactly how these two iron sets differ and how they are similar so we went out and tested them both. Read on to find out how both of these iron sets performed relative to one another.
Taylormade P790 Irons Overview
The Taylormade P790 irons combine a carbon steel body with a forged steel face insert.
This combination makes for pretty good ball speed while the Speed Pocket ensures that you keep pretty good ball speed on mis-hits. The forged face insert will also help with low-face strikes. In this way the P790’s are similar to the Srixon ZX5’s because the ZX5’s were made to be forgiving.
But the heads of the P790’s are shaped more like player’s performance irons. They have thinner top lines and soles compared to the Srixon ZX5’s. There is also another very big difference: the P790 irons are hollow body irons.
Srixon ZX5 Irons Overview
The Srixon ZX5 irons also sport the tandem of a forged carbon steel body with a forged steel face insert.
So which irons felt better? In truth they were almost identical in terms of feel. The hollow body construction of the P790’s made them a bit longer in the short irons than the Srixon ZX5’s. However, the long irons in the Srixon ZX5 set provided significantly more carry distance.
The flight of the P790’s was kind of low which a lot of our testers didn’t like. Apex height was better throughout the Srixon ZX5 set. The Srixon ZX5’s also have a more congenial look for beginners and high handicappers at point of address.
Indeed, our slower swing speed testers were getting better use out of the Srixon ZX5 irons than the P790 irons. Furthermore, our lower handicap testers noticed better spin rates from the short irons in the Srixon ZX5 set.
The main difference in terms of performance is that the short irons in the P790 set play a bit longer than the Srixon ZX5’s. However, forgiveness and short-game spin were noticeably better with the Srixon ZX5 irons compared to the P790’s.