Srixon Z65 Irons
One of the unique things about Srixon’s new Z Series irons is that no matter what a golfer needs from an iron in terms of performance, they’re going to get it in a sleek and elegant players club package.
More specifically, the blade sizes of the Z 565, 765, and 965 remain fairly constant, that being on the compact side, and each model is forged with 1020 Carbon Steel for incredible sound and feel at impact.
Also a staple in each model is the new Tour V.T. Sole, which enables tremendous turf interaction and has been highly popular with Srixon touring professionals.
“We are really excited to bring back the Tour V.T. Sole, which we do have featured in all three of these new Z Series irons,” said Eli Miller, Srixon Golf Product Manager “What we’ve done with the Tour V.T. Sole for this generation is make it even better. How did we make it better?”
“We removed a little bit of material from the trailing edge and we rounded out the heel and toe portions to make it move even more efficiently through the turf.”
There are, however, distinct differences between each model, and it’s how those clubs were engineered that deliver the performance that players of different ability levels are looking for.
Here’s a closer look at each of the three new models and some insight into the players they were designed for:
Srixon Z 565 Irons Review
While upon first inspection the Z 565 might not look the part of a game-improvement iron, that’s exactly what it delivers in terms of playability.
“This is a forged cavity back model,” said Miller. “They’re going to be the most forgiving of the three options. This is for players that need a little bit more forgiveness, but you still get great feel from (a) 1020 Carbon Steel forged body. And the face is a SUP10 face insert, so it’s going to be a little bit higher strength for more ball speed.”
The 565s are the only irons in the new lineup that feature face inserts, which enable the explosive distance that’s produced. They also have thicker toplines and slightly wider soles as well, in an effort to deliver more playability for the mid- and high-handicap golfer.
Players can also expect higher launch angles from the 565s than would be found in the other two models and that along with the distance they provide is what would land this iron squarely in the game-improvement category despite its aesthetic beauty.
Additionally, one other difference when it comes to the Z 565 irons is the stock shafts that are utilized. Offered are a lightweight Miyazaki Kaula 8 graphite shaft and the Nippon N.S. Pro 980 steel shaft.
It is definitely worth pointing out, however, that with its new Z Series irons Srixon is offering all of its custom steel shaft options, as well as premium grips, at no upcharge.
Srixon Z 765 Irons Review
In moving to the Z 765, the jump into a players iron is unmistakable. While the overall size of the blade is only slightly smaller than the 565, the thinner toplines and soles make it apparent that this is an iron for a better player.
That said, the muscle cavity design that’s utilized in the 765 irons will still provide players with ample forgiveness on mis-hits, which is why it’s a favorite among Srixon Tour players.
“This is a little bit more of a compact design featuring a muscle-cavity shape,” added Miller. “that offers some forgiveness. That’s what a lot of our Tour pros use. They like the compact design and workability that it affords but still with that little bit of forgiveness.”
The 765s do not feature face inserts but the clubfaces have been heat treated to make them more durable and consistent, and the 1020 Carbon Steel that’s used in the design is even softer than the 1025 steel used in many forged irons, which makes for incredible feel and acoustics.
In terms of a stock shaft, the 765s come standard with True Temper Gold S300 or X100 shafts, which are designed for a lower ball flight and ultimate control, or the Nippon Modus3 Tour 120, an increasingly popular shaft on Tour that offers a smooth feel and slightly higher yet stable ball flight.
Of course, as mentioned, players can choose any steel shaft offered by Srixon for their 765s at no upcharge if they’re looking for a different shaft profile.
Srixon Z 965 Irons Review
There are players irons and then there are the ultimate in players irons, and the Z 965 falls into the latter category.
With a classic muscleback, blade design, there will be no mistaking upon first glance that this is an iron that was designed for accomplished golfers.
“The Z 965, that’s going to be for the ultimate ball-striking, for the most advanced players that want the most compact profile, the most workability and control,” Miller said. “The Z 965 is for guys that really need that workability. We do have a lot of Tour pros use that as well, and it’s a good option for guys who love that pure blade design.”
Making the 965s so workable are narrower soles, which makes shot-shaping much easier but will take away from the iron’s overall forgiveness.
That said, while this is an iron that was built for control as opposed to forgiveness, it’s not as demanding to hit as one might expect.
“The 965 was much more forgiving than I would have anticipated for an iron in this category,” said TGW staff writer Chris Wallace. “I was also impressed at how easy it was to get the ball in the air.”
In terms of shaft options, like the 765 irons, the True Temper Dynamic Gold and Modus 120 are the stock options, with all of Srixon’s other steel offerings available at no upcharge.