By: Dylan Thaemert
50 Words or Less
The Z U85 is Srixon’s update of the Z U65, the most popular utility iron on tour. With a clean look and a variety of lofts available, this club could find its way into a wide variety of players’ bags.
For players who want a little bit of help in their longer irons but don’t love the look of a hybrid, the Z U85 checks all of the boxes. It has the look of an iron at address while its forged steel construction and hollow body provide an excellent combination of performance, feel, and forgiveness.
The Z U85 is a sharp, classic-looking club. Most of the club has a shiny chrome finish, while the laser milled face and the top line have a matte look. This is helpful in minimizing glare at address.
Down by the ball, the Z U85 has a fairly compact blade length that is comparable to the company’s other irons. The top line is considerably thicker and there is some help visible behind the ball. Visually, all of these aspects combine to give confidence in the shot you are about to execute.
One difference from last year’s model is the color of the shaft. While the previous iteration of this club came with an orange shaft, the Mamiya UST Recoil 95 is a platinum-grey that could pass for steel. I find it a lot less distracting to look at.
Sound & Feel
The sound and feel that this club provides are excellent. The sound is a solid and definitive thwack. It does not come off muffled or tinny.
On a mishit you will notice a slightly less pronounced noise and more feeling in the hands, but you’ll have to stray pretty far from the center of the club face to see a drastic downturn in performance.
Hitting this club is a lot of fun. Whether you need a reliable 200 yard club off the tee or something that will help you feel confident in getting the ball up in the air in a long approach situation, the Z U85 is going to get the job done.
While it’s not as easy to hit a low punch as with a traditional iron, that’s really the only area that this club isn’t going to be the ideal performer. When it comes to consistently high-launching shots that are going to max out your personal distance capabilities and still come down with a chance of stopping on the green, this club answers the call.
This is the third club I have reviewed from the 2018 Srixon lineup, and I have to say I am a convert. As an average player striving to get better at this game, I want to rely on equipment that dispenses with gimmicks and instead relies on quality design, materials, and construction. That’s exactly what Srixon does with the Z U85 and its other 2018 irons. If you are in the market for a new utility club, I recommend you give this one a try.