By Jamie Boudreaux
Last Update August 2, 2022

Srixon ZX5 Irons Review

Srixon ZX5 Irons 4 - Pitching Wedge

This is Golfer Geeks' review of the Srixon ZX5 Irons.

I'm an avid golfer, a 9.2 7 handicap on my way to a 2 (been a 5.6) and frequent tester of golf clubs and equipment since 2015.

I played one round of golf and had two range session with the ZX5s. I tested the Srixon ZX7s at the same time. (Same range sessions and a round of golf with them)

Summary: Srixon ZX5 irons are long, accurate, forgiving, workable, flightable, and easily hitable. They are player irons for aspiring players - or - players looking for more distance and forgiveness. Seriously, they perform exactly how you want low handicap irons to perform, but with perks. 

Golfer Geeks Approved
Srixon ZX5 Iron Set
4.9

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Pros:
  • Excellent Distance & Forgiveness
  • Great Sound & Feel
  • Highly Accurate & Consistent
  • Candy for the eye
Cons:
  • Nada
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In this Srixon ZX5 irons review, I discuss my experience with the clubs, unique features and benefits, as well as customer reviews and potential alternatives. 

Srixon ZX5 Pitching Wedge

Srixon ZX5 Irons Overview

Srixon ZX5s are the more forgiving and longer little brothers of the ZX7 irons (the one Brookes Koepka uses). They are forged cavity back performance player irons. The last part just means they have strong lofts for extra distance and are more forgiving. 

They are made to have outstanding feel with all the player characteristics you want in a low handicap iron. 

Why Consider the ZX5s

You get every benefit you expect/demand from a low handicap iron, plus more forgiveness than any other in the category.

  • Great sound and feel
  • Stable at impact for better accuracy
  • Distance control
  • Powerful ball flight and green holding.

They're not automatic, but they're closer to it than most.

Srixon ZX5 Iron Set

Features & Benefits

1) Mainframe

  • Higher COR thanks to the milled pattern on the backside of the face 

2) Progressive Grooves

  • The 8-iron through pitching wedge have more aggressive grooves for more spin and stopping power for green holding 

3) Tour V.T. Sole

  • Designed to cut through the turf smoothly for better results with imperfect contact. ( I can attest to this)

4) Multi-piece Construction

  • They've added tungsten in the toe section of the 3-iron through 7-iron to increase the MOI (think forgiveness) for added stability through impact. And, they use 1020 carbon steel in the body to absorb vibrations for softer feel. (All things I experienced during play) 
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Testing the ZX5 Irons

I got the ZX5s out on the range twice and on the course once. With great irons, it doesn't take long to figure out they're good to go. Mishits tell me more than center strikes. I hit a high tight draw with pretty much any iron when I flush it. The ZX5s shine with slight mishits, slightly fat and towards the toe, in my case. 

My shots flew toward my target for my entire round. I was on the green or around the pin with good contact, and just short of the green or short of the pin when I hit it fat. 

My Experience with the Srixon ZX5s

I wasn't quite as sharp during my round with the ZX5s, but I was all around the green if I wasn't on it and I scored well.

They felt and performed pretty much exactly like the ZX7s. They are longer because there lofts are 2-3 degrees stronger per club, except the gap wedge - which is 1 degree stronger.

They're stable through impact and give you more from slight mishits than any other player iron besides the ZX7s.

  • They're easy to hit and elevate 
  • Easy to work
  • Easy to flight
  • Easy to take off distance

Anything you want, they can do. 

The only drawback isn't related to performance. The clubheads are big for player irons, but nothing crazy. This is called nit-picking. 

To be clear...

They're not big...they're not gaudy...just a little bigger than I'm used to seeing from the player irons I've tested before. 

Review of the Srixon ZX5 Irons

Srixon ZX5 Irons w: a Splash of Patriotism

Looks (A) 

They're beautiful clubs; among the best looking in golf. It's hard to tell these apart from the ZX7s from more than a few feet away. I guess that was intentional. The heads are on the larger side for legit player irons, but not large. I love the minimal design and clean lines. They set up beautifully behind the ball at address. 

Sound/ Feel (A)

Superb, just like the ZX7s. Soft click and muted sound at impact. My strong preference

Distance (A+)

These irons are long, but still fly plenty high to hold any green. 

Forgiveness (A+)

What sets the ZX5s apart. They're awesome with center-contact, but plenty good with slight mishits.

Flight / Playability (A+)

Just like the ZX7s. You can play any shot in your arsenal or just hit them high and straight.  

Customer Reviews

98% of buyers would recommend the ZX5s to a friend. 52 reviews total on the Srixon website with and average of 4.9. 

Who are the ZX5s for?

The Srixon ZX5 Irons & Equalizer II Wedges

Low handicaps (Yes) They do everything you want, but easier. 
Mid handicaps (Yes) I think 12s and below could handle them. 
High handicaps (Maybe) I say start with the ZX4s.

As always - TEST so you know. No need to guess.

Potential Alternatives

2022's Editor's Pick
Editor's Pick
5.0
4.9
Pros:
  • Easy launch & Explosive distance
  • Superbe Sound & Feel w/ Tons of Forgiveness
  • Flight & Work the ball easily
Pros:
  • Excellent Distance & Forgiveness
  • Highly Stable w/ Great Sound & Feel
  • Highly Accurate & Consistent
Cons:
  • Nada
Cons:
  • Heads on the larger side for player blades
Description:

Same performance characteristics of the ZX5s, but with compact clubheads

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Description:

These are ZX5s but for - weaker lofts, smaller sole, less offset, and shorter blade

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2022's Editor's Pick
5.0
Pros:
  • Easy launch & Explosive distance
  • Superbe Sound & Feel w/ Tons of Forgiveness
  • Flight & Work the ball easily
Cons:
  • Nada
Description:

Same performance characteristics of the ZX5s, but with compact clubheads

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Editor's Pick
4.9
Pros:
  • Excellent Distance & Forgiveness
  • Highly Stable w/ Great Sound & Feel
  • Highly Accurate & Consistent
Cons:
  • Heads on the larger side for player blades
Description:

These are ZX5s but for - weaker lofts, smaller sole, less offset, and shorter blade

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Our Verdict

I loved playing with the ZX5s and I could put them in play tomorrow and be confident I would score well. They're all you could ask from a player iron with added forgiveness and distance - exactly what Srixon designed them to be. 

My #1 suggestion is to test before you buy. Either at your local golf store or take advantage of Global Golf's Utry trial program. I use it and recommend it. 

Thanks for checking out our Srixon ZX5 irons review and let us know how they work for you

Golfer Geeks Approved
Srixon ZX5 Iron Set
4.9

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Pros:
  • Excellent Distance & Forgiveness
  • Great Sound & Feel
  • Highly Accurate & Consistent
  • Candy for the eye
Cons:
  • Nada
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FAQs

What handicap is ZX5?
I think ZX5 irons best serve mid handicappers - from an 8 handicap to a 11 handicap or so. 

Are ZX5 irons any good?
ZX5 irons are outstanding game improvement irons. Superior performance and great feel.

Are ZX5 players distance irons?
Srixon doesn't specify them that way, but I think it's fair to say they are player distance irons. 

What type of iron is srixon ZX5?
ZX5s are forged cavity back blades. 

Which Srixon iron is most forgiving?
The ZX4s are the most forgiving Srixon iron. 

About the author 

Jamie Boudreaux

Okayist golfer I know. On a quest to get down to a 2 and take you along for the ride. 

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