The Srixon ZX5 contains a lot of technology. It is designed as a multi-piece construction. This also allows, for example, that the clubface can be manufactured in a separate production step. This is the first time Srixon is using the so-called "Main Frame". The optimal shape and weight distribution of the clufbace was determined with the help of artificial intelligence in countless tests. The basic idea is as follows: the hits of a player are simulated and the clubface is then optimised for maximum but also constant ball speed. So it is not only about getting the most out of your good strikes, but also about the typical hitting pattern of an amateur golfer - which unfortunately is usually anything but optimal. The same concept is also applied to the Srixon Utility iron.
Apart from the club face, a lot of technology is used in the other parts of the iron as well. For example, the tungsten insert in the toe of all long irons. This helps to optimise the MOI, i.e. to provide more stability when hitting outside the sweet spot. The use of tungsten in the back of the clubface is especially important for optimising ball speed. At this point you also notice that it is a "two piece construction". The balls develop more speed and the feeling at impact is less direct than, for example, with the Srixon ZX7, which is only made from one piece. This is the compromise you have to make when you choose an iron like the Srixon ZX5. But with the ZX5 you maximise forgiveness and ball speed.
The Srixon ZX5 is also equipped with progressive grooves. This means that the short irons from 8 to PW have significantly more and deeper grooves than the long irons. This not only allows for more spin, but also a lower variance in ball speed. The result is better length control, which is often crucial with short irons.
The sole of the Srixon ZX5 is comparatively wide, but has the typical Srixon V shape. This shape is especially helpful for clubs that are too "fat", but also gives a better feedback on optimal hits than irons with a traditional and wider sole shape.
The Srixon ZX5 can be ideally combined with the Srixon ZX7, e.g. as a combo set with Srixon ZX5 in irons 4 to 6 and Srixon ZX7 in irons 7 to PW. Srixon has recognized the trend of combo sets and has already matched both irons exactly to this trend. This means that ZX5 and ZX7 are practically the same size and have the same topline thickness. So you will not notice any difference from the setup position. Although the Srixon ZX5 is 1° stronger, this is put into perspective with a slightly higher launch. Both Srixon irons are made of soft steel, so that a subsequent change of loft and lie is easily possible. ExactGolf provides this service to our customers at no extra cost.
The Srixon ZX5 is available in countless shafts from leading manufacturers such as Nippon, Dynamic Gold, KBS, Project X, Mitsubishi and Steelfiber. Irons 5 to PW are also available for left-handed players.
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Srixon ZX5 Lofts and Specs
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ZX5 Club Test and Review
The ZX5 from Srixon is visually very similar to the ZX7, but much friendlier and more forgiving. Srixon's intention was to make both models so similar that they can be wonderfully combined in a mixed set. And to be honest, Srixon succeeds in doing this better than any other manufacturer currently. In our opinion, the concept of mixed sets is one for the future and will be appreciated by many players.
The look of the ZX5
From a purely visual point of view, the ZX5 is said to be very similar to the ZX7 in the setup position, and the differences here are also marginal. In the topline, the ZX5 is 0.4mm thicker and the clubface is about 1mm longer overall. There are therefore hardly any visible differences between these two irons, which is why they can also be combined very well in a set. By the way, this is also what Srixon's Tour Pros like Hideki Matsuyama do.
The main visual difference between the two irons is the sole, which is almost 4mm wider on the ZX5. This makes the ZX5 one of the widest soles and in this respect it clearly plays in the game improvement area. One advantage of the ZX5, however, is that the sole has the V-grind Srixon is known for and therefore the sole "plays narrower". Comparable irons like the Honma TR21 X or Mizuno JPX921 Forged have a similarly wide sole.
Srixon ZX5 Performance
You don't have to hit three balls to notice that the clubface of the ZX5 is very "hot". The ZX5 is designed for high launch, maximum ball speed and relatively low spin. This is immediately noticeable.
The launch is very easy with the ZX5 and you notice that compared to the ZX7, the centre of gravity is much lower and further away from the clubface.
Similar to the ZX7, the ZX5 also has a tungsten insert in the toe. Hits at this spot are therefore punished less harshly, the ball feels less of the "gear effect" which would normally cause a significant left turn.
The ZX5 iron basically performs exactly as you would expect from such an iron. Shaping balls, i.e. playing an intentional draw or fade, is made more difficult by the weight distribution. The ball stays on line more easily.
Feel with the ZX5
Although the ZX5 is a "Two-Piece Construction" - which makes the high ball speeds possible - it lacks the typical and for many players unpleasant "click noise". We have to give Srixon credit for this. Most players want the performance of a "two-piece construction" iron but they don't want it to sound and feel "clicky". They still want a rich impact moment.
It's certainly one of the great strengths that the Srixon ZX5 doesn't do exactly that. But it's also the case that really rich hits are not necessarily rewarded with overly soft feedback. The hits feel very similar across the face. The precise feedback is somewhat lacking. This is not a criticism of the ZX5 because it is basically due to the construction. Just don't expect a Miura-like feel.
Our conclusion on the ZX5
Together with the ZX7, the Srixon irons belong high on the list of recommended irons for 2021. The ZX5 shines in practically every respect. Our criticisms are not of the club itself, but are primarily construction-related. The feel of the ZX5 is among the best in its category. It feels amazingly good for a two-piece construction. However, if you are looking for an even softer feel, you would be better off with a Miura CB-301, for example. The feedback about the strike pattern will also be more direct. However, it should be noted that the Srixon ZX5 plays in a different price category. In terms of price-performance ratio, there is little competition for Srixon in 2021.
About Srixon Golf
Srixon is definitely one of the manufacturers who are clearly underestimated. If you would ask a golfer from Europe if the name Srixon means something to him and what he associates with it, the answer would probably be "balls". This is also where Srixon's core competence lies - precisely because they have been manufacturing balls for 90 years and hold over 800 patents. Srixon is without doubt one of the leading manufacturers of premium golf balls and offers a very wide range of products.
When it comes to golf clubs, however, the Japanese manufacturer does not have to hide and has made extreme progress in recent years. With the new ZX series at the latest, Srixon also makes use of innovations that ensure the best possible performance. For example, Srixon relies on artificial intelligence in the development of the ZX5's clubface. There is another major manufacturer that does this and is making a big deal about it. Srixon is stacking up and concentrating more on developing excellent clubs than on marketing.
This can be seen in the sponsored tour players. Although Srixon has some very good players under contract, such as Keegan Bradley, GMac and Shan Lowry, the Japanese manufacturer is far less aggressive than many of its competitors. Srixon is also more present on the Asian Tour than in Europe or the PGA Tour.