By: Dylan Thaemert
50 Words or Less
The new Srixon Z785 irons are the latest update to the company’s cavity back offering in a better players shape. In terms of looks, feel, and performance, these irons deliver.
There’s a reason that top ball strikers such as Keegan Bradley and Hideki Matsuyama choose to game Srixon year after year. These irons have a clean and classic look with impressive, reliable results to match. If you’re one of those who have overlooked Srixon until now, read on to find out why now might be the right time to change that.
These are handsome looking clubs. They have a compact blade length with virtually no offset. In the bag, they look classic and clean, with just a slight twist. Just like the previous iterations of this club, the focus is on the classic shape and modest cavity back. The twist comes in the form of a two-tone look. The majority of the iron is shiny chrome, but the club face, top line, and forward part of the Tour V.T. Sole are a matte finish that looks great and performs well in the bright sun.
Down by the ball, the Z 785 inspires confidence. The top line is thin and has a squared shape. The lack of any discernible offset will give the better player confidence in their ability to hit the shot required in the moment.
Sound & Feel
The sound of a crisply struck iron from the sweet spot is a satisfying and concise ‘thwack.’ Off-center hits are less pronounced. You will get plenty of feedback through the hands. My miss is out of the toe and that was more readily apparent by way of sound and feel than I was used to with my gamers.
The feel delivers on what players have come to expect from a tour-caliber forged iron: buttery soft but in no way mushy or inarticulate. Hitting these clubs provides a lot of feedback by way of feel and also provides the ultimate reward for hitting the sweet spot.
This was my first experience with Srixon irons and I was impressed. The looks, sound, and feel are great but the performance I got out of them made it hard for me to want to go back to my old clubs. When I hit the sweet spot, not only did I get that incredibly satisfying combination of sound and feel, I also got a yard or two of extra distance.
For a forged club, off-center hits were not punished as much as I imagined they would be. Instead of spinning into oblivion and dropping off a full club short of the target, toe strikes flew relatively straight and only came up a yard or two short of their intended target. That was a pleasant surprise.
Working the ball right or left or knocking it down is easy with these clubs. This workability is what I value most about them. Getting great numbers in a hitting bay or blasting long, straight balls on a driving range is great, but I play golf on a golf course. If I need to be able to get a 7 iron up and over a tree quickly or hit a low punch-cut 4 iron out from under a tree, I want to be able to do that. That’s exactly what the Z 785 irons provide.
If Srixon is one of the OEMs you have been overlooking, now is the time to change that. If you already know about Srixon and you’re ready to get fit for your next set of clubs, I highly recommend you give the Z785 a try.