REVIEW: Srixon ZX5 Irons

Making Player Improvement Irons Even Better Looking
Everyone drools over the look of blades, but know that in reality they need to play a much more forgiving club. While I don’t always agree with that theory, for a large majority of golfers, distance and forgiveness is the best thing for their game. If you dive into any stat tracking information you will learn most golfers come up short and most golfers need more forgiveness. While many golfers know this, they still prefer great looking clubs. The Srixon ZX5 irons are the best looking player improvement irons. Srixon took their excellent 5 series irons and made them look and feel even better. These pretty much offer the best of all worlds, great looks, awesome forged feel, plenty of distance and lots of forgiveness.
Typically I review entire sets of irons or at least a combo set of irons to get the best results on-course.  How do they score, how do they transition, how do the long irons compare to the short irons, etc?  Unfortunately COVID-19 impact on Srixon means only a 5-iron arrived for testing.  So I can only offer a review of that single club and its results.  I put in in my Srixon bag with a Z-585 4-iron, ZX7 6 and 7 iron and ZForged 8 and 9 iron.
The first thing that really sets the ZX5 irons in a new class is the improved looks.  It is still and deep undercut cavity back which offers extreme forgiveness and easy launch.  The cavity however is filled with new badge that makes it look almost identical to the ZX7.  The badge also serves to dampen some vibrations making it feel even better than the Z-585 series.
The Srixon ZX5 irons have the smooth V-sole for amazing turf interaction.  Srixon has stuck with this over the years as well they should.  It is still my favorite sole of any irons I’ve played because it enters and exits the turf so cleanly.  In all my rounds over the years, Srixon irons offer the best turf interaction of any iron on the market.  While there are minor tweaks to the exact angles and how sharp it is, the overall design idea remains intact model after model.
The Srixon ZX5 irons still hit the ball plenty long, I don’t think that has changed, the ZX5 5-iron hits it just as far as the Z-585 iron went.  Launch is still high with a soft landing.  I have the Nippon Pro Modus 3 120 stiff flex shafts in both which has quickly become my gamer shaft of choice.  The smooth feel of the shaft paired with the awesome forged feel of the head makes for a super soft launch and feel on every shot.  They also like to go straight so you don’t need to over think golf shots, just point and launch.

Srixon ZX5 irons check off all the boxes for player improvement irons: great looks, awesome forged feel, easy to launch, forgiving and long.  They really improved the looks category with the new badge while adding just a touch of softness along with maintaining all the other benefits of a deep undercut cavity back iron.    I’m pretty impressed even though I’ve only hit the 5-iron.  You might want to consider a whole set of these great look player improvement irons.

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Quick Hits:
+Clean looks
+Soft feel
+Easy to launch
+Very straight hitting

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