Srixon Z-Forged Irons Review

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The Srixon Z-Forged irons offer better players all the things they want without surprises.  Good looks, solid feel, and strong performance for high end ball strikers.

Introduction

Over the last few years, Srixon has established itself as one of the top OEMs for better players.  There’s no better way to enhance that image than to drop a beautiful blade, and that’s just what they did with the Srixon Z-Forged irons.

Looks

From the moment you see them in the bag to the instant that you pull the trigger on your back swing, the Srixon Z-Forged iron looks like a players club.  At address, you get a thin top line, modest offset, and a heel-toe length that’s average for a forged blade.

What sets the Z-Forged apart is the look in the bag.  Where so many muscle backs have sharp, angular appearances, the Z-Forged has a curved, wavy muscle unlike anything else you’ll see.  It’s a nice reminder to keep things smooth.

Sound & Feel

From the first swing, what stood out to me about the Z-Forged irons is that the ball felt heavy on the face.  I found that I really liked this sensation, if only for its novelty in a world of crisp, click-y, hot iron faces.  The sound that accompanied this feeling was a quiet “thud.”

Because the feel is so muted and soft, the feedback can be hard to discern.  When I was tuned in to the club, I could pick up on impact location precisely.  However, if I was distracted at all, I found it a bit hard to distinguish the quality of the strike.

Performance

For better or worse, the Srixon Z-Forged irons did not surprise me one bit.  On pure strikes, the ball went the expected distance on a strong trajectory.  When I mishit it, I paid a reasonable price.  The distance that this set produces is in line with its fairly traditional lofts.  Stronger players will get plenty of yardage from these irons, but slower swings will probably want to opt for something else.

As one expects from a blade, the spin is higher than average.  This spin is what allows the skilled player to put more cut or draw on their shots.  It’s also what causes the higher handicap player to potentially hit bigger slices or hooks with blades.

The one feature that is unique to the Z-Forged is Srixon’s V-Sole.  As several Plugged In Golf writers have noted in the past, this is a great sole design that provides resistance to digging without making the sole wide and unplayable.  In a segment with little differentiation, this sole is worth a lot.

Conclusion

If you’re in the market for blades, the Srixon Z-Forged irons are absolutely worth a swing.  They have a great look, very soft feel, and the V-Sole is a legitimate performance advantage over other designs.

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Matt Saternus
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7 Comments

  1. gustav Frelin

    Hey Matt! Good review and really liking the site. Greetings from Sweden!
    I have a very minor feedback and that is to include an straight photo from the the address postion if possible in club reviews. Of course I can Google the image but still. Anyway keep up the good work and good luck out there.

  2. Hi Matt, thanks for the review! How do these compare to the Bridgestone XCB irons you reviewed a while back? Cheers for the great reviews

  3. William Emery

    What would u recommend somebody looking to buy there 1st blades . Witch ones would be best do u reckon?

    • Matt Saternus

      William,

      I play the PING Blueprints, so that tells you what my favorite blades are. I also really like the Wilson Staff Blades.

      Best,

      Matt

  4. How about a review of the v.t. Sole design on the srixon irons I really confused about it thank you great reviews the all the clubs

  5. Short Game Guru

    Srixon z forged are irons for the discerning golfer. If you like blades, you’ll love these. It has a great forged blade feel and a vt sole the interacts with turf in such a relieving aense

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