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The Srixon Z 355 irons are easy to hit long, high, and straight. Fantastic sole design. Heavy head.
Just like the Z 355 driver, the Srixon Z 355 irons are bringing a unique story to the market: heavier is better. Through heavier heads and counter balancing, these irons promise greater distance and more consistency. Additionally, they have one of the best soles you’ll find on a game improvement iron.
From address, the Srixon Z 355 irons give you exactly what you’d expect from a game improvement iron. The head is average in size, and the top line is neither thick nor razor thin. There is quite a bit of offset, particularly in the longer irons.
In the bag, the Z 355 is a sharp looking club. The head is primarily chrome, but there’s a ribbon of sparkly matte finish that creates a unique look. The limited branding makes it cleaner looking than many GI clubs, but the splash of red in the cavity keeps it from being dull.
Sound & Feel
Like the other Z 355 clubs, the first thing you notice when you pick up the Srixon Z 355 irons is the weight of the head – it’s heavy. This gives you a great sense of where the club is during the swing.
When you get to impact, the Z 355s feel firm with a great, crisp sound. Mishits don’t feel drastically different than pure shots, but they do lack a certain sweetness that you get from flushing one.
From the first ball I hit, the Srixon Z 355 irons made a clear statement: we are long. From the wedges through the long irons, the Z 355s are easily 10 yards longer than my current gamers. Some of this distance is the result of strong lofts, but part of it has to be attributed to the Action Mass technology. As with the other clubs in the Z 355 line up, the heads of these irons are heavier, and they’re paired with a light, counter balanced shaft. The result is a club that feels easy to swing but hits like a sledge hammer.
While the eye-popping distance is what will get most golfers to open their wallets, the sole design is what really impressed me. Srixon calls it the Tour V.T. Sole. In short, though the sole is large to provide stability and lower the center of gravity, only a small portion of it comes into contact with the turf. You can easily see the dramatic toe and heel relief in the picture below, and the trailing edge is similarly ground. What this means for you is that these irons have the versatility to handle any lie but with the forgiveness of a game improvement iron.
This fall, the OEMs have released an avalanche of new gear, and there’s no shortage of hype around the “industry leaders.” Though they aren’t setting the forums on fire with chatter, the Srixon Z 355 irons are likely to drop a few jaws when golfers get them on the launch monitor or the range. If you want to hit your irons longer, the Z 355 is a must try.
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