What we say...
Building upon the success of Srixon's previous generation irons, the new Z Series irons offer tour-validated designs with a soft forged feel. Cutting-edge technologies help enhance distance, workability and feel, and the new Z Series irons are built to perform.
“The Z 785 irons are yet another step forward for Srixon as we continue to produce some of the highest-performing irons designed for better players,” said Jeff Brunski, Vice President of Research and Development.
The Z 785 irons feature a tour cavity, providing additional mass behind the impact location for increased shot-shaping ability and versatility. The Z 585 irons feature an added speed groove which allows for more face-flex, enhancing ball speed and distance.
Both irons offer an updated Tour V.T. Sole for smoother turf interaction and more consistent ball striking while the forged construction from the soft 1020 carbon steel provides a better feel through impact.
“The forged carbon steel Z 785 muscle-backs are the best feeling irons we’ve ever made, featuring best-in-class turf interaction from the Tour V.T. Sole and enhanced control from deeper, sharper grooves.” said Brunski.
“Meanwhile, the Z 585s are similarly forged, featuring a high-strength steel face for more ball speed and now with an added speed groove for even more consistent distance control. Outstanding feel, control and distance from two lines which can be seamlessly blended together into a mixed set.”
Key Z Series iron innovations:
- Forged Construction – Forged from soft 1020 carbon steel, Srixon’s Z Series irons offer a better feel and less vibration through impact.
- Tour V.T. Sole - Provides more consistent ball striking with smoother turf interaction.
- Speed Groove – A new internal channel on the SUP10 face insert within the Z 585 Irons allows for more face-flex, enhancing ball speed and distance.
- Tour Cavity – Available solely in the Z 785 Irons, this extra mass behind your impact location allows for powerful shot shaping with increased versatility.
“When I’m putting the club behind the ball I have to be full of confidence and this club looks unbelievable,” said Russell Knox. “The new Srixon Z 785 iron is exactly how I want an iron to look. It’s very easy to hit and I know I’m going to hit a very good shot even before I hit it. The sweet spot’s massive.”
The Srixon Z Series irons launch in UK on September 14th, 2018 and have an RRP of £799 for a 6-piece steel set (£899 for a 6-piece graphite set) for both Z 585 and Z 785 sets.
There's new utility long irons too
Building on the success of the Z U65 Utility iron, which is currently the most played utility iron on the PGA Tour, the new Z U85 Utility iron features a hollow, forged construction for a high-launch trajectory, soft feel and unmatched distance. The utility irons offer an iron-like address profile making them perfect to create the ideal combo set with the Z 785 or Z 585 irons, depending on player preference.
You need to know: Srixon Z 785 iron review
A compact players shape gives a blade-like appearance at address. Srixon keep MOI lower to improve workability (with more mass directly behind the impact zone), a request from their tour staff. Forged from a single piece of 1020 carbon steel 785s have laser milling between each face groove to maximise consistency and stopping power, particularly from the rough.
We say: Srixon Z 785 iron review
Srixon have refocused their attention to the tour and better player market, and the new Z 785s are everything a decent player wants. They sit beautifully behind the ball, look simple and unfussy and feel every bit as good as any forged iron we’ve hit. It should be no surprise then Srixon were the fastest growing iron brand in the UK last year. From all the irons with a Forgiveness rating of 2, the Z 785’s produced our test pro’s longest average carry distance (179 yards) without being the strongest loft, which is seriously impressive.
Our verdict: Srixon Z 785 iron review
It wasn't that long ago Japanese forged irons were only really available from Mizuno in the UK, but Srixon, and now Honma, are well in that mix. Srixon have refocused their attention to the tour and better player market and the new Z785 encompasses everything a decent player wants.
It doesn't have fast-face tech like the Z585, and the type of player who'll buy them shouldn't be worried about distance. Our data shows (with the exception of hollow body models) they're among the longest irons in this category, yet retain a fantastic forged feel and sound. A lovely, traditional forging with some modern sole shaping and laser groove tech, which comes in for sensible money compared to the competition. If you're a good player, take a good look at Srixon.
RRP: £799 (s) £899 (g)
Availability: 3 - PW, AW, SW
Seven iron loft: 32°
RRP: Z U85 £169
Lofts: Z U85 #2 - 18° / #3 - 20° / #4 - 23° / #5 - 26° / #6 - 29°
Available from: 14th September 2018