Srixon Z 765 Irons Review

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The Srixon Z 765 irons are some of the best irons available for better players.  Great looks and feel.  Plenty of distance.  Good forgiveness compared to similar irons.

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Introduction

How often have you heard, or said yourself, “This club was great, why did (insert name of OEM) ever change it?”  Lately, I’ve been hearing it a lot, but it’s something that no one will be saying about the new Srixon Z 765 irons.

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Looks

The Srixon Z765 irons are some of the best looking irons – in the bag and in play – that are currently available.  At address, they hit the notes that better players want: thin top lines, thin soles, modest size, and very minimal offset (you can see a comparison of the Z 965, Z 765, and Z 565 in the slideshow at the bottom).  My favorite thing that Srixon does with their irons is mirroring the back edge to camouflage any part of the sole that wants to peek out from behind the top line.

In the bag, the Z 765 irons look even better.  There are no garish colors, just chrome and black, and the branding is simple and clean.  Unlike louder designs that will look dated in a month, these timeless beauties will still look great years down the road.

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Sound & Feel

Srixon has used a super soft 1020 carbon steel and a new heat-treating process to create an iron with the soft feel that better players expect.  In fact, the 1020 carbon steel is softer than the material used in similar irons from Titleist and Mizuno.

As you would expect, the feedback from the Z 765 irons is excellent.  Pure strikes are rewarded with a buttery soft feeling.  Small mishits feel a little firmer, and big misses offer a sharp reminder to play better.

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Performance

The main difference between the Z 765 irons and their predecessor, the Z 745, is the new Tour V.T. Sole.  Srixon has removed more material from the heel, toe, and trailing edge of the sole to allow it to enter and exit the turf with less resistance.

It’s been a soggy fall in Chicago which has provided the opportunity to test this sole under very demanding conditions.  With little in the way of practice, I took the Z 765s to the course and was very pleased with the results.  Even on mushy turf, these irons never stuck in the mud.  When I did hit it a little fat, the club skated through the turf and lost minimal distance.

The performance characteristics that carry forward from the Z 745 irons are good forgiveness, strong ball flight, distance, and excellent shot control.  The Z 765s are about one club longer than my current gamers which puts them in the upper echelon of better player’s irons.  Equally important, I found myself losing only about 5 yards on most mishits when other similar irons can lose 10.  This distance and forgiveness comes without a loss of shot control: you can easily change trajectory and curvature of your shots.

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Conclusion

The Srixon Z 765 irons are not a radical departure from the Z 745s, and that’s a good thing.  It gives the golf community a chance to catch up and realize the quality of the equipment that Srixon is putting out.  For the high end player who still wants a little forgiveness, the Z 765 irons are hard to beat.

Buy the Srixon Z 765 Irons HERE

Srixon Z 765 Irons Price & Specs

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16 Comments

  1. Thanks for the review.

    That’s a PERFECT looking set of irons.

    I play the CMBs and don’t really need an ‘upgrade’, but these make me want to look for an excuse to.

  2. Great review!

    Could you compare forgiveness to IBlades and Apex Pro 16?

    Thanks!

  3. Matt, thanks and well done. Can you please compare to Players CB like Mizuno mP-64 / MP-15?

    When are you planning to review Mizuno JPX 900 Tours? Like to see a comparison?

    Where do you see the difference between Modus 105 and Modus 120 shafts, both in stiff?

  4. I’m 61 and just got a set of Z765 with custom KBS R 90 gram shafts. Had KZG forged II irons for 6 years. After first two rounds, plenty of feed back with +5 yards on dead center hits. Pretty good forgiveness. Light feel makes them easier to control. Everyone needs to remember the shaft is 90% of the club performance. You’ve got to be fitted by a REAL custom club maker, like I did, to get the right set for you.

  5. I’m 2 years late but I’m considering these irons. I currently play Mizuno Mph5 3i-4i Mp25’s 5i-pw, do you know if these are longer than the Mp25’s? I know that’s a strange question for a Players iron but I lost about 10 yards when I went from the Callaway X22 Tours to the Mizunos but I love everything about the Mp25’s except the distance. I WANT MY 10 YARDS BACK! but with the feel and workability I’ve come to enjoy with the Mizunos. I think the Srixon look as good or better than the mp25’s and that’s saying a lot. Thanks!

    • Matt Saternus

      Joeg,

      I can’t say definitively if the Srixons will be longer or shorter for you than the Miznuos. Loft is a major factor as is your swing. For example, if you’re a high spin player, a low spin iron may be longer for you.

      Best,

      Matt

  6. Christopher Leal

    Guys I’m an 18 handicap. Irons are the stronger facet of my game. Found a great deal for these irons. Just trying to make sure it’s not too much for my game. I’m 34, 6 ft 215lbs. Usually shoot high 80 low 90.

    • Matt Saternus

      Christopher,

      I always suggest trying them before you buy them. Any price is too much if you’re unhappy with the clubs.

      Best,

      Matt

  7. John Rodriguez

    Do you know the shaft diameter? I really like these clubs. I’m wanting to switch to regular shafts.

  8. Hi Matt.

    I’m a 7 handicap playing AP 2 714s for 2 years now. I can get a great deal on these Srixons and they will be brand new in the same shafts I currently use (s300).

    I’d like to change things up a bit, not only to stick to my old Titleists for many years to come and also to see what it’s like to play with brand new irons since it’s apparently amazing.

    What is your take on it?

    Thanks

    • Matt Saternus

      Dillon,

      I’m not sure what you’re asking for. If you want to buy new clubs, go for it. New clubs are fun. If you want a new set that’s going to perform optimally, get a fitting first. If you like your Titleists, there’s nothing wrong with sticking with them.

      -Matt

  9. Darren Mcelligott

    Love my Z765 . Have had them for a couple of years now , I play off 7 . They feel so soft off the face and control with a fade or draw can be done .

  10. Matt
    Dillon could be my twin lol. I’m a 7 handicap and have AP2 714 with DG S300, and I have a set of S765 with KBS C-taper lite 110.Stiff. I think I could help answer Dillon’s question. I’ve mostly used my AP2s I found both clubs fly and go about the same hight and distance (I have a very high ball flight and over 7000 spin,) Z-765 are very workable and feel very soft and smooth on good strikes but, off center hits are not so forgiving. The club is bigger that I like as well as the top line being thinker than I prefer (probably should have gone with the Z-565) but, Great overall preforming iron IMO (if you mostly hit the center face square). I wouldn’t recommend for mid to high handicapper’s. Hope that helps.

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