Srixon ZX7 Mk II Irons Review

Srixon ZX7 Mk II irons

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The Srixon ZX7 Mk II irons are good but do nothing to surpass the originals.  Feel is significantly worse.  Strong combo set possibilities with Srixon’s other iron offerings.

Introduction

The original Srixon ZX7 irons [review HERE] wasted no time in becoming a favorite among better players.  With a lot of speed and forgiveness packed into a players shape, they were one of the most playable Tour-style irons on the market.  The problem with making such an excellent club is creating a follow up.  Can the Srixon ZX7 Mk II irons surpass the original?  Let’s find out.

Srixon ZX7 Mk II irons address

Looks

At address, you’d be hard pressed to differentiate the Srixon ZX7 Mk II irons from the original ZX7 irons, and there’s nothing wrong with that.  The top line is thin (the photo above makes it look a bit bulkier than it is), there’s modest offset, and the blade is fairly compact.

In the bag, you’ll notice that the paint fill on the “7” has changed from the eye-catching red to a subdued white.  Also, the cavity has been given a new shape.  The block of weight behind the hitting area has been reshaped, and the cavity has more levels and angles.  Overall, it’s a busier look than the original ZX7, but the absence of colors and branding keeps it looking player-ish.

Srixon ZX7 Mk II irons face

Sound & Feel

One of my biggest equipment disappointments of 2023 is the feel of the Srixon ZX7 Mk II irons.  The original ZX7 irons were outstanding, living up to the reputation carried by Endo forgings.  This sequel misses the mark.  On center, they feel fine, but they’re not soft or rewarding.  Off center, the feel becomes extremely thin and harsh.

This harder feel is exacerbated by the sound.  Impact isn’t very loud, but it’s clicky, not the premium “thud” or “thump” I’d expect from a quality forged iron.

To the good, there is strong feedback through the ears and hands.  You don’t need to be paying strict attention to differentiate a miss from a quality strike or to locate impact with precision.

Performance

One of the things that helped the original ZX7 to stand out from other players irons was its distance.  While the Srixon ZX7 Mk II irons are not short, they don’t stand out from the pack anymore.  On center, the ball speed is strong.  It’s among the faster players irons, but the rest of the field has caught up, and in some cases passed, the ZX7.

Similarly, the forgiveness is good for a players iron but not exceptional.  As more OEMs pack more tungsten into their players irons, the bar for stability in a compact iron has risen.  The ZX7 Mk II irons do a fair job retaining ball speed on mishits, but a bigger miss is likely to leave you well short of the green.

Where the new ZX7 irons still retain all their appeal is in control and workability.  Skilled ball strikers will enjoy these irons for their ability to flight the ball up and down with ease.  I found these irons to be mid spin, which allows for a balance of workability, distance, and stopping power.

Another hallmark feature that I’m glad has carried forward is the Tour V.T. Sole.  Srixon highlights the relief in the heel, toe, and trailing edge by leaving the angles sharp.  The benefit of this design is that there’s higher bounce in the leading edge to prevent digging, but less bounce elsewhere.  This relief helps the club to pass through all types of lies more easily.

Finally, Srixon is putting a heavy focus on combo sets with their Mk II irons.  While each set is distinct visually and in terms of performance, there are not sharp differences between any two “neighboring” sets.  You could easily pair the ZX7 short irons with the ZX5 long irons [review HERE] and not be bothered by the change in address looks.  Even jumping from the ZX7 to the ZX4 Mk II [review HERE] isn’t too jarring.  That said, it’s always important to work with a fitter to make sure that the distance gaps make sense when you change models as each Srixon Mk II iron set has its own loft structure.

Srixon ZX7 Mk II irons

Conclusion

The Srixon ZX7 Mk II irons are quality players irons, but they fail to better the originals.  This set has solid distance and good forgiveness for their size, but they’re no longer class leading.  If you can find a set of original ZX7s at a good price, that will deliver the best bang for your buck.

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Matt is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Plugged In Golf. He's worked in nearly every job in the golf industry from club fitting to instruction to writing and speaking. Matt lives in the northwest suburbs of Chicago with his wife and two daughters.

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21 Comments

  1. I found the same results with the ZX7 MKII’s and ultimately decided to keep my current ZX combo set. I found absolutely no difference in performance with the MKII’s, if anything I saw the forgiveness and ball speeds drop and the feel is definitely clicker. Great honest review as always!

  2. David Lewis

    Thanks for review. Keeping my original combo set of ZX5/ZX7.

  3. Would would you compare the ZX7s (original version) to the Miz 223s. And maybe for for matter the Ping 230s and T100s. Currently play the miz 223 but they have a little bit of a sharp edge, so kinda dig a bit if your not on your game. Thanks!!

    • Matt Saternus

      Jon,

      I have full reviews of each of those sets that you can easily find with the search function on the site.

      Best,

      Matt

  4. It really seems like Srixon made a big effort to improve the ZX4 and some tweaks to the ZX5. But didn’t put any work into the 7’s. It’s a real shame

  5. Spot on review (as usual) and glad it’s now published. Had same experience demo’ing these in course. Couldn’t put finger on it but it’s the feel. They’re not significantly better than old, if not worse. Yes, there is a cult following to these irons and they look nice in bag. Personally, my PXG 0317 CB/0311 Gen 6 performs and feels 100 times better than these. I’d also say that the new Cobra line is even better. Great honest review. Spot on. 👍🏻

  6. Dave young

    I have both the mk I and mk II zx7 irons and I have to say i don’t agree with your assessment of the feel on center strikes. I find them just as buttery but at the same time powerful-feeling. The spin is a little up for me with the mk IIs which is good for me. I agree that they are very similar in performance so may not need an upgrade if you’re in the earlier set. Maybe you never actually hit the center? Jk lol.

  7. I hope you will be reviewing the Z Forged II compared to ZX7 in the future.

  8. So, I appreciate the review. It’s interesting to me, because I don’t find anything worse about the feel in these compared to the original ZX7’s, which I also played. I would agree, though, that there’s not anything leaping out in terms of performance that’s better than the originals.

  9. Thank you for the review. I was looking to move down from my Z- Forged blades (2019) and the ZX7 MKII were on my list to hit. Enjoy your reviews.

    • You can find the original ZX7 really cheap right now. Brand New for under 800 bucks. Even less if you feel like bidding on eBay.

  10. the forgiveness is good for a players iron but not exceptional Is what you said. What players iron do you think has exceptional forgiveness?

  11. My fitting last week came down to these and the JPX923 forged. I ended up going with the ZX7 MKII’s. My overall numbers were just better and I’m eager to see how the V sole performs on course. I’m moving to these from the JPX921 HMP’s as I needed more control and my ball striking has improved.

    In terms of feel, I found both the ZX7 and 923 forged felt soft. I’m probably not as picky coming from a cast club though.

    Worst case scenario is that I don’t get along with the ZX7’s and I take advantage of the 90 day playability guarantee.

  12. Have to totally disagree with this review. The feel on these irons is amazing. The performance is amazing. I owned PING i230s and sold them after one range session with the ZX7 MKII’s. The srixons look better, feel better and perform pretty much exactly the same as the i230s. Please do not read this review and discount the Srixons. Matt must have woken up on the wrong side of the bed that day.

  13. It’s seems like you should start your review by stating what the Mk is. I still don’t even know what it is or what it means and how it’s different than the normal zx7.

  14. Kan Katsumi

    Great review!
    My questions is are the ball speeds for Zx7 and Zx7 MK2. Comparable to TM p770?

    In terms of feel, can I assume that Zx7 has a softer feel?
    Thanks.

    • Matt Saternus

      Kan,

      Yes, I found the original ZX7 softer than the Mk II.
      Regarding ball speed, I don’t have head to head data, but I think they would be comparable to the P770.

      Best,

      Matt

  15. Hi Matt

    I’ve got to disagree with your assessment of the MkII’s over the originals. I’ve got both sets and I honestly think the MkII’s are far superior feeling. For what it’s worth, as a Mizuno fan for over 30 years, I am very disappointed with the current crop of Mizunos forged offerings, but, I suppose, it’s horses for courses as they say this side of the pond!

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