Srixon Z 585 Irons Review

Srixon Z 585 Irons Review
Srixon Z 585 Irons Review

Srixon Z 585 Irons Review

Srixon Z585 Irons
Grade: A
Teachers’ Comments: Powerful. Easier to hit than I expected from a forged iron.

Srixon recently sent 4-, 6- and 9-irons from their new Z 585 set for review. After a month of testing, I am in love with these clubs. If I had a complete set, they would replace the Callaway Apex irons currently in my bag. The Srixons are players’ clubs that an average duffer such as myself can both aspire to and benefit from.

My strongest impression is of the Srixon Z 585’s power. Every shot feels solid. Balls rocket off the face. Feedback is tremendous.

The Srixon 585s are longer than my Callaway Apexes, and slightly shorter than my venerable TaylorMade R7 XDs (which to date are still the longest irons I have wielded).  In spite of being slightly less long, I prefer the Srixon Z 585 irons for their feel and accuracy.

Feel is the key. I am willing to sacrifice a little bit of distance for the feedback forged irons provide with their feel. With a forged iron such as the Srixon Z 585, I have a sense of where the ball makes contact on the face, and that leads to continuous correction. Game improvement irons, such as the R7 XD, while providing immediate results, in the end don’t demand improvement.

I always am looking for ways to improve.

Srixon Z 585 Irons Review
Schematic showing the Srixon Z 585 Speed Groove.

I also was impressed with the accuracy of the Srixon Z 585. They are very straight and while playing them, I holed out for an Eagle three and also had several other near misses. That is not my usual game.

 

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The Srixon Z 585 irons feature:

  • 1020 Carbon Steel forged construction
  • A “Tour VT Sole” for more consistent ball striking and better turf interaction.
  • A “Speed Groove” Forged Construction –  An  internal channel on the SUP10 face insert within the Z 585 Irons that allows for more face-flex, enhancing ball speed and distance.

 

Srixon Z 585 Irons Review
Schematic showing the Tour VT Sole on the Srixon Z 585 irons. The schematic makes it seem more pronounced than it really is, though. It is not a sharp edge, but rather a subtle rise and fall.

For me, the most interesting feature of the Srixon 585s is the Tour VT “V” shaped sole. I can’t recall seeing another like it. From the leading edge, the sole rises slightly to a crest line at the center, then descends toward the back.

The design makes perfect sense, and I wonder why I haven’t seen it before. Just close your eyes for a moment and visualize a club with that sole striking the ground.

In play, the VT sole really seemed to help pick the ball off the ground. My home course is a muni, with some of the most varied conditions I have ever experienced on a course. Parts of the fairways are lush; others are hardpan. The “rough” can be jungle-like. Or swampy. Or simply bare dirt. We’ve got grass, and weeds masquerading as grass. The VT sole performed well in all of those conditions. There’s just something about that “V” that encourages good contact.

Srixon Z 585 Irons Review
A view of the Srixon Z 585 Irons at address.

Visually, the Srixon Z 585 are a beautiful set of irons. The backs have an intricate diamond pattern to go with a clean black-and-silver look. At address, the Srixon Z 585s hit a good middle ground for me. They’re big enough to inspire confidence, while retaining that player’s club look. I like a club that makes me think I’m going to carve the ball out of the grass, and the Srixon Z 585s have that look.

The Srizon Z 585 irons are available in 3 – AW with a wide variety of shafts.

Srixon Vice President of Research and Development Jeff Brunski says that “The Z 585 Irons are yet another step forward for Srixon as we continue to produce some of the highest-performing irons designed for better players.”

I am going to disagree with Srixon VP Jeff Brunski a little bit. The Srixon Z 585 irons are not just for “better players,” but also for those who aspire to be better players. If I had a full set, these would be my gamers.

Srixon Z 585 Irons Review
Specs for the Srixon Z 585 Irons

 

The Srixon Z 585 irons review was first published on October 17, 2018 and is based on playtesting with irons provided by Srixon.

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