Srixon ZX4 Iron Review

Our verdict on the Srixon ZX4 irons aimed at the higher handicapper

Srixon ZX4 Iron Review
Golf Monthly Verdict

For golfers seeking distance and forgiveness from an iron that boasts a traditional look, the ZX4 is certainly worth considering, especially given how tight the dispersion was and how consistent the carries were.

Reasons to buy
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    Feels fast off the face

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    Forgiving and high launching

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    Makes longer carries with control easier to come by

Reasons to avoid
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    Expensive given it's a 6-piece set

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Srixon ZX4 Iron Review

Up until recently, the Srixon ZX iron range, comprising the soft-feeling ZX7 and more powerful ZX5 iron, has been targeting the stronger player through compact head sizes and feel-oriented models. This was less the case with the ZX5 but now golfers have a truly out-and-out distance option in the form of the ZX4.

The 7-iron loft here is 28.5° (the ZX5 is 31°) so clearly this is a club designed to produce long carries and better forgiveness off-centre for the higher handicapper, or someone who wants to look down on a classic shape that is more inviting to hit.


The ZX4 certainly delivers on that front. Visually, there’s a lot more meat behind the ball - a thicker topline and wider sole versus the ZX5 - as well as additional offset that slicers will appreciate. The ZX4 is a hollow head, so it has infinitely more fizz off the face than the ZX7 and the ZX5 too. It doesn’t feel especially firm but if you like a soft feel you might want to look elsewhere using our guide on the best irons for low handicappers.


It’s noticeably more stable too. We found it to be very efficient at rescuing a poor strike and the consistency of the distance was the evidence of this. Testing on the FlightScope X3 launch monitor, the 7-iron was regularly just exceeding 180 yards of carry, only dropping just below very occasionally and topping out at 184 yards.


The other notable feature of the 7-iron is the high trajectory despite the relatively strong loft. Like the best golf irons this club had no problem getting the ball in the air, even on slightly thin shots, and it was generally very user friendly, bolstering confidence in the process. The low spin, well under 5,000 rpm, keeps the ball moving forwards when hitting into the wind rather than stalling, but it isn’t excessively low where golfers need to worry about shots falling out of the sky.

The Tour VT sole is pronounced but not enough to feel cumbersome through the turf - in fact it helped on slightly heavy contact - although don’t expect to take big divots with this club. The performance on offer here makes it an ideal solution for the longer clubs within an iron set for the average golfers looking for a straighter ball flight, possibly combined with ZX5 in the short irons where distance is less of a factor.

Joel Tadman
Technical Editor

Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 12 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all product content here at Golf Monthly, managing a team of talented and passionate writers and presenters in delivering the most thorough and accurate reviews, buying advice, comparisons and deals to help the reader find exactly what they are looking for. So whether it's the latest driver, irons, putter or laser rangefinder, Joel has his finger on the pulse keeping up to date with the latest releases in golf. He is also responsible for all content on irons and golf tech, including distance measuring devices and launch monitors.

One of his career highlights came when covering the 2012 Masters he got to play the sacred Augusta National course on the Monday after the tournament concluded, shooting a respectable 86 with just one par and four birdies. To date, his best ever round of golf is a 5-under 67 back in 2011. He currently plays his golf at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincs, with a handicap index of 3.2.

Joel's current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: Titleist TSR3, 9° 

Fairway wood: Titleist TSR3, 15° 

Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18° 

Irons: Ping i230 4-UW

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 54°. Titleist Vokey SM9 60° lob wedge, K Grind

Putter: Evnroll ER2V 

Ball: 2023 Titleist Pro V1x