Product cycles are always slightly longer for Srixon Blade irons than for the rest of the range. Therefore, Srixon Z-Forged will most likely not be replaced before 2022. There is currently no real reason for this, as the Z-Forged is a legendary blade that is known by experts as one of the best blades. This is mainly due to the fact that although it is a real blade in the strict sense, it plays much easier than blade irons from competitors.
If you compare the Z-Forged with a Miura MB-101 or a Mizuno MP20 for example, you will notice one thing in particular: the clubface is significantly longer and larger overall. But not only that. The topline is also much thicker and the Z-Forged offers more offset. But the sole is similarly narrow on all blades. In this respect, the Srixon Z-Forged is also quite aggressive, but this is relativized by the "V-sole". In short: The Z-Forged is a comparatively friendly blade as we were able to show in our test.
Srixon offers a whole range of different shaft options from all leading manufacturers such as Nippon, KBS, Dynamic Gold and Project X. But even shafts like the Steelfiber are indeed an option with the Z-Forged. This is because the club head combines beautifully with light but hard graphite shafts like the Steelfiber. When it comes to shafts, Srixon leaves nothing to be desired and you can configure your set as you wish.
There is also the possibility of a blended set, for example with the ZX7 in the long irons and the Z-Forged in the short irons. Or even consisting of ZX5, ZX7 and Z-Forged. As a blade, the Z-Forged fits much better with an iron like the ZX7 than comparable combinations from other manufacturers. This is because the Z-Forged fits extremely well with such a cavity back iron in terms of length of the clubface, topline and offset. This is why a Srixon combo set would currently be the first choice for players who want to use a blade as a scoring iron, but need more support with the longer irons.
The Srixon Z-Forged is traditionally forged from one piece of soft steel. This is not only noticeable in the feel of the stroke, but also on the bending machine. Because with the Z-Forged we can easily adjust the loft and lie as often as we like. This is especially important if you want to optimise the gaps between the clubs, e.g. the gaps to the woods or wedges. But also if something has changed in your swing.
The standard set is 4-PW for the Z-Forged, but you can extend it to 3-PW or create a combination set with the Srixon ZX5, ZX7 and Utility.
Our Srixon Z-Forged Review
At ExactGolf we believe in traditional clubs like forged blades and cavity back irons. If you have the playing skills to game a blade, we believe that you should not be afraid of it. Especially not if the blade actually leaves some room for errors. And this is exactly what the Z-Forged does. From a purely playing point of view, you can hardly call it a blade: The clubface is relatively large, especially long, which makes it easier to handle hits with horizontal deviation. The topline is relatively thick and gives a lot of self-confidence. The Z-Forged has a relatively large offset for a blade, which means that it is even more supportive. These are three important points that make the Z-Forged far more harmless than comparable blades on the market. And if you compare it directly e.g. with the Miura MB-101 the difference becomes obvious. In short, the Z-Forged blade looks and feels like a blade, but it plays friendlier than classic blades and provides more confidence.
Now you can argue about whether this is good or bad. For some it is an advantage, for others it is not. We would say that players who are torn between a blade and a cavity back iron have certainly found the Z-Forged a good alternative. And there are many of these players. Only very few of them still dare to play a classic blade. Let's take a look at the performance of the Srixon Z-Forged:
Constant ball speeds
The slightly longer clubface benefits the Z-Forged here and we notice that ball speeds fluctuate less with suboptimal hits. Especially balls that are hit slightly at the toe still feel good and hardly lose any ball speed. Whoever produces his misses mainly at this point will find a suitable companion in the Z-Forged.
The advantages of the V-Sole
The V-sole is definitely a peculiarity of Srixon and enables one thing above all: a relatively narrow sole that is quite forgiving of mistakes. On the one hand, the more forgiving ZX5 and ZX7 irons get by with a narrower sole, and on the other hand, it means more room for manoeuvre even with the narrow Z-Forged sole. For example, the Miura MB-101 sole is very similar, so if you need a little more forgiveness in the vertical direction and don't dip into the ground consistently, you should benefit from the V-sole.
Feeling at Impact
The Z-Forged is forged from soft steel and basically feels very soft. The "problem", however, is that the clubface is relatively large and the mass is distributed over a larger area. This also affects the feeling at impact. Especially absolute sweetspot hits feel less buttery than e.g. the Mizuno MP-20 and especially the Miura MB-101. This is no criticism of the Srixon Blade but simply due to its construction and a comparison with the absolute gold standard in this respect, the Miura Blade.
The Srixon Z-Forged is a very friendly blade that gives you more confidence, but also forgives a little more mistakes due to the larger clubface and the V-sole. It is ideal for players who want a little more forgiveness but still prefer the feel and look of a blade.
Srixon Z-Forged Lofts and Specs
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