Srixon ZX MKII Utility Iron Review

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The Srixon ZX MKII utility iron is compact with minimal offset.  Forgiving features provide easy distance with a point and shoot attitude for a variety of players.

Introduction

In today’s modern game, we are seeing fewer and fewer players using long irons.  Instead, players are opting for utility irons.  This is both on tour and in the amateur ranks.  It’s not because long irons are lesser quality or not technologically advanced.  It’s because these utility irons have more forgiveness and create a huge advantage from long rage.  Srixon has been a major player in this segment for quite a few years.  This year, the ZX MKII utility iron has already seen Shane Lowry and Hideki Matsuyama put one in their bag.  Can it be as good for the regular amateur?  I put it to the test to find out.

Looks

The Srixon ZX MKII utility iron is a compact iron that has soft lines to blend well with almost any set of irons.  It has a hollow body instead of a traditional cavity.  It also sports a wide sole with both a numbered iron and degree of loft etched on the toe.

At address, the utility iron resembles a blade with a thinner top line and minimal offset.  The wide sole does slightly stick out the back of the club when looking down at the ball.

Sound & Feel

The sound from the Srixon ZX MKII utility iron is soft and generates a dull “snap” at impact.  Miss the center and you will know as the sound gets a pitch higher.  Contrary to a players iron, there is hardly any sting through the hands on thin or poor strikes, which was a welcomed surprise.

The quiet sound pairs well with an extremely explosive feel at impact like the original [review HERE].  Anytime I made a good move, I felt the ball rebound off the face.  Pairing this lively feel with that sound at impact gave me the confidence to swing easy and let the club do all the work.

Performance

The Srixon ZX MKII utility iron impressed me in almost every category.  It boasts a hollow body with a low center of gravity for maximum forgiveness.  It also has a thinner face for more flex and easy ball speeds.  The notches in the heel and toe help keep the club from dragging the turf which assists in forgiveness as well.  All of this in a simple, compact head shape that looks a lot less forgiving than it actually is.

In testing the Srixon utility iron, shots in the center of the face were exactly what I expect out of a club like this.  Effortless ball speeds and distance that fell right in between my hybrid and long irons.  I was most intrigued by shots that didn’t find the center as ball speeds stayed relatively high.  Distance was also fairly consistent despite less than perfect contact points.  Although these are designed for the better player, the forgiving characteristics will allow a larger segment of golfers to bag the Srixon ZX MKII utility iron.

The most impressive part of the ZX MKII utility iron was the directional control.  I always could feel the face through my swing, so it was hard to miss drastically left or right.  It was effortless to get the ball moving towards the target.  Dispersion is tight and predictable.  Combine this with the consistent distance control and it has all but cemented a place in my bag for this season.

Lastly, the Srixon utility is a mid spin, high launch iron.  Of course, part of this equation falls on the shaft and your own swing profile, so I recommend a fitting to fine tune your perfect utility setup.  Speaking of shafts, the stock shaft in the Srixon utility is a graphite UST Recoil DART 90.  This is what I used for this review.  There are several variations of the DART available as a no upcharge, and Srixon offers a variety of steel shafts at no additional cost.

Conclusion

The Srixon ZX MKII utility iron is more forgiving than I expected from a club with this profile.  It is easy to launch the ball high from the tee and off the turf which will fit a variety of different types of players.  Add these all together in a beautifully compact and minimally offset profile and it needs to be on every golfer’s testing list for the upcoming season.

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4 Comments

  1. What a great looking and sounding like a excellent offering from srixon .
    Just having the heal and toe relief makes me want to throw some cash around.
    Thanks for the great review Zack.

  2. thank you for the information

  3. Chris Holmberg

    Hi, in your opinion, is this the easiest UI to launch and hit from the fairway for a mid handicapper? If not, what are good options? Thx.

  4. Hi
    How does the dart compare to the original recoil?

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