Srixon Z U85 Utility Iron Review

The Ultimate Driving Iron

Srixon Z U85 Utility Iron

This is my official review of the Srixon Z U85 Utility Iron.

The Srixon Z U85 utility iron found its first play out of my bag as a driving iron.

This was my experience and my thoughts on it!

Srixon Z U85 Utility Iron
Srixon Z U85 Utility Iron – Overview
Since the 1970s BMW has used the phrase, “The Ultimate Driving Machine” to describe their cars.  They have been proud of the joy that comes while driving one of their cars.  They’ve retained that expression for years as each new generation comes out.  I found that phrase stuck in my head as I was playing the new Srixon Z U85 Utility Iron; “The Ultimate Driving Iron”.  Srixon has carved out a little niche on the pro tour by having the most popular utility iron.  After having the Srixon Z U85 in my bag, I can see why.  It really is “The Ultimate Driving Iron”
Driving irons or utility irons have kind of come and gone over the last 10 seasons.  Companies make a version of them, but then don’t the next season only to bring them back a  season or two later.  I’m sure it has to do with sales.  I’ve seen them in amatuers’ bags while pros seem to throw them in for certain courses, but not necessarily are they mainstays in their bags.  I guess even personally, I’ve gone back and forth between a utility iron and a hybrid.  Srixon offers both in the Z 85 series.  H85 or U85.   I opted to try the Z U85 since it is popular on tour and looks great.

The Srixon Z U85 looks very similar to the Z785/Z585 irons.  Obviously that is on purpose to compliment those clubs in the bag.  I think Srixon really nailed the looks on this utility iron.  The bulk is well hidden and the top like looks thin at address.  It does have some expected offset, but still fairly clean looking at address.  It looks great from all the other angles with its clean lines and thick hollow body.  Aesthetically speaking, this is probably the best looking utility iron on the market.

The Srixon Z U85 utility iron found its first play out of my bag as a driving iron.  There are a handful of courses I play that have holes that require less than driver or 3-wood.  I put the ball on a short tee and swung away.  This is when I gave it the name “The Ultimate Driving Iron”.  I was blown away by the off the tee performance.  It hits laser straight shots that have amazingly flat flight, with just the right amount of height.  The ball hits the ground and just chases out.  I also used it on some longer par 3 tees and teed  it just a tad higher and was able to hit high long shots that landed softly.  I was impressed by its versatility off the tee for lower chasing shots, or higher soft shots.  It served as an awesome long iron replacement.

The Srixon Z U85 is no slouch from other lies either.  I really enjoyed it off the fairway.  I could step up with confidence and rip it down the fairway or attack greens with this club.  Out of the rough, it has a slight tendency to catch the heel and turn the ball over.  It takes just a little more effort and concentration out of the rough to make sure it didn’t make a left turn.  But since it has an hollow iron body, I felt like I could go after a ball even in some thicker rough.

The Srixon Z U85 is a hollow body forged iron which translated into a solid feel at impact, but yet you can feel the pop off the club.  You won’t think you just hit a Z785 iron, but it won’t feel like a hybrid either, kind of in between.  The stock Recoil shaft comes in at 95 grams and offers a really smooth stable feel.  It is just a little lighter than steel iron shafts, but yet not too light to lose control.  

Srixon Z U85 Utility Iron Stats

Data from FlightScope Xi Tour Launch Monitor
  • Spin: 3133 rpms
  • Launch Angle: 17.0*
  • Dispersion: 3.2 yds
  • Club Head Speed: 98.2 mph
  • Ball Speed: 137.7 mph
  • Total Distance:  239.4 yds
  • Carry Distance:  220.1 yds


Srixon created “The Ultimate Driving Iron” with the Z U85.  While not everyone wants a driving iron, you might just want to check this club out as your hybrid and/or long iron replacement.  Off the tee it is a monster, and from other lies it can really move the ball.  If you want something that looks like an iron instead of a hybrid, this is the club for you.  Its popularity on tour shows how good it is, and once you hit one, you will see how well it can perform in your bag.  Check out Srixon’s “Ultimate Driving Iron”.

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Quick Hits

➕ Stunning looks
➕ Solid feel
➕ Straight hitting
➕ Launch high or low
➕ Good distance
➕ Great club off the tee


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