The Srixon ZX range of irons and drivers replaces the Srixon Z range that launched two years ago. We examine what’s on offer and the type of player that should consider putting Srixon ZX golf clubs in the bag.
Srixon have been making fantastic golf clubs for years, without ever really getting the recognition they deserve. While golf aficionados love Srixon for their consistent quality, particularly in their Japanese forged irons, they have never really established themselves as an obvious choice alongside the likes of Callaway, Ping and TaylorMade.
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Marketing budgets probably have a lot to do with that, because Srixon products tend to more than match bigger name brands when it comes to performance and feel.
Will the Srixon ZX irons and drivers be the range that helps Srixon go mainstream? Only time will tell, but in the meantime, here is what’s on offer.
Srixon ZX drivers
One of Srixon’s aims is to get their drivers played by more tour pros because they know that, rightly or wrongly, amateur golfers pay attention to what the tour pros use.
And they’ve had some success with that mission, most notably with Shane Lowry winning The Open in 2019 with a full bag of Srixon clubs, including a Z585 driver. Keegan Bradley and Graeme McDowell, meanwhile, have both used the Srixon Z785 driver to good success.
To get even more use on tour, Srixon consulted with tour pros when designing the ZX drivers. The result is a crown that is 15% larger than previous models, enabling more mass to be placed lower and deeper in the head, as well as around the perimeter, which increases MOI and forgiveness.
Srixon have also introduced a completely new construction method to their drivers, fairway woods and hybrids. It’s called ‘Rebound Frame’ and is designed to generate greater transfer of energy, leading to higher ball speeds and more distance.
Srixon ZX5 driver
The Srixon ZX5 has a larger, flatter shape than the ZX7, which should inspire confidence. The positioning of the single weight in the sole increases MOI and forgiveness.
The Srixon ZX5 will launch higher than the ZX7 and is ideal for golfers who like to see a straight ball flight.
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Srixon ZX7 driver
The Srixon ZX7 has a rounder head shape and is designed to produce a lower, more penetrating ball flight than the ZX5.
The Srixon ZX7 features two swappable weights in the sole and an adjustable hosel, allowing golfers to tweak the settings to create their preferred shot shape.
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Srixon ZX irons
Srixon irons have always had their devoted fans, golfers who appreciate the quality of design and craftmanship that goes into producing forged irons of the highest caliber.
Srixon irons have repeatedly performed excellently in Today’s Golfer tests and won numerous awards.
The two new models – the Srixon ZX5 and ZX7 – replace the Srixon Z585 and Z785, which were launched two years ago. Here’s what they bring to the table.
Srixon ZX5 irons
The Srixon ZX5 fits into what has become a hugely popular category in recent years – a players’ distance iron.
The Srixon ZX5 set is designed to offer forgiveness in the long and mid-irons, with more focus on control in the short irons.
There’s also a progressive groove shape, designed to help each iron serve its individual purpose perfectly.
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Srixon ZX7 irons
The Srixon ZX7 iron is aimed at skilled players who expect their irons to look a certain way, but would still like some help packed into the design.
Srixon say the ZX7’s new Tour Cavity subtly shifts mass to the perimeter of the head whilst also concentrating mass behind the sweet spot, resulting in some forgiveness on off-centre strikes, the soft feel you expect from a forged iron, and the workability desired by the world’s best players.
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