Wilson Staff CB Vs. Srixon ZX7 Irons Comparison Overview

The Wilson Staff line of irons are highly coveted by skilled players everywhere. With the Wilson Staff CB irons though, Wilson aimed to make this prestigious line more accessible to mid handicappers. The Srixon ZX7 irons also offer unique combination of players performance and game improvement features.

These two iron sets are comparable in a lot of ways but we wanted to see just how similar or different they were in a real-life round of testing. So let’s take a look at the details of these iron sets!

Wilson Staff CB Irons Overview

The Wilson Staff CB irons have the look of game-improvement irons but the feel of player’s performance irons.

First of all, they are forged from 8620 carbon steel so they have a soft, and very consistent feel to them. The feel is very reminiscent of more expensive player’s performance irons. But these are cavity back irons so MOI is greatly increased.

This is good news if you are a mid handicapper who still struggles to keep the ball straight from time to time. Helping to eliminate hooks as well is twenty grams of tungsten in the toes of the mid and long irons. The CB irons also offer a lot of stopping power thanks to very strong lofts.

Srixon ZX7 Irons Overview

The Srixon ZX7 irons are used by some of the best Tour pros in the world.

That’s because they offer a great combination of distance and greenside accuracy. They feature progressive grooves that get deeper as you work towards the wedges. Around the pin, the Srixon ZX7 irons spin like a dream and can hold onto very fast greens with no problem.

They are only slightly less lofted than the Wilson Staff CB irons as well so you get really nice, steep descent angles out of them as well. The Srixon ZX7 irons also feature tungsten toe weighting in the long irons to help straighten out errant strikes so they are moderately forgiving.

These irons are forged from a single billet of carbon steel so they naturally offer more consistency than the Wilson Stadd CB irons.

In the end, these iron sets performed very similarly. Ultimately the Srixon ZX7 irons won us over though. The greenside spin was much better with the Srixon ZX7 irons and they would appeal more to low handicap players seeking ultimate consistency.

Wilson Staff CB Irons First Impressions

What struck us first about the Wilson Staff CB Irons was the incredible feel.

You just can’t beat forged carbon steel in irons. Even though these are cavity back irons designed for mid to high handicappers, they still offer a feel that punches well above their weight class.

We also noticed very tight shot dispersion so the entire set would be good for anyone looking to replace all of their irons. Still, you will need at least a moderate swing speed if you want max distance from these irons.

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.

Wilson Staff CB Irons Selling Points

  • 20 grams of tungsten in the long and mid irons
  • Tri-point brace
  • Forged carbon steel faces
  • Cavity back design
  • Weak lofts

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

Who Are the Wilson Staff CB Irons for?

The Wilson Staff CB Irons would be best for mid handicappers. While high handicappers will benefit from the mis-hit correction that the tungsten toe weights offer, mid handicapper with faster swing speeds will be able to unlock the impressive distance of these irons.

The Wilson Irons Family

If you aren’t sold on the Wilson Staff CB Irons or D9 irons, you may be interested in the Wilson Launch Pad irons.

These babies were made for forgiveness and distance. They feature super-wide soles that help smooth out rough turf interaction and improve apex height.

In fact, most of our testers were getting some of the best apex height they ever achieved with the Launch pad irons. They have a hybrid iron look with very generous sweet spots.

The Wilson Launch Pad irons are definitely for beginners and high handicappers. They have very chunky heads and the CG feels incredibly low.

Be warned that workability is greatly compromised by the sheer size of these irons; but if you are looking for max distance and forgiveness, the Launch Pad irons may be the best choice for you.

Distance: 93/100

Forgiveness: 93/100

Accuracy: 94/100

Feel & Control: 97/100

Overall Score: 94/100

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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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