The Srixon ZX7 irons offer the more accomplished golfer a beautiful, compact head as well as great playability across the set. While we think the new Tour VT sole is perhaps too pronounced, the ZX7 is an excellent option for golfers seeking a soft-feeling iron that won't break the bank.
Soft, solid feel
More distance than most other forged clubs on the market
Updated Tour V.T. Sole design is arguably too aggressive
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Srixon ZX7 Iron Review
Srixon has launched the new ZX7 iron (opens in new tab) aimed at more accomplished golfers who are looking for control and manoeuvrability in a compact iron head. The ZX7 has been launched alongside the ZX5 iron, a cavity back iron that provides a little more distance and forgiveness.
Watch Joel Tadman test out the Srixon ZX7 iron and driver
We tested ZX7 6-iron on the Flightscope X3 launch monitor in the stock Nippon NS Pro Modus3 120 shaft and also on the course with premium balls to properly assess turf interaction and ball flight. This iron looks stunning from pretty much every angle. The ZX7 has a neat compact head with a pleasing topline that will appeal to the eye of a more accomplished golfer who wants to see a smaller head at address with a narrow sole.
Another significant feature on the ZX7 is the new Tour VT sole. It is very pronounced on the bottom of the ZX7, with a significant ridge running along the middle of the sole helping to stop the club digging excessively. The ZX7 feels very soft when striking the ball, giving you lots of feedback when you strike the ball off centre. They also have a quiet impact sound, another desirable feature in an iron aimed at lower handicappers.
The lofts of the ZX7 aren’t especially traditional (32° in the 7-iron) so these irons will likely go further than most other forged irons on the market. The ZX7 launched relatively low but had a decent peak height for a 6-iron with a healthy amount of spin to keep the ball in the air and stop it when it lands, a crucial attribute among the best golf irons.
Off centre hits saw some loss in performance, but this is expected from a one-piece forged iron like this, and the soft feel off the face gives immediate feedback when there is a poor strike. When testing, we found the new Tour VT sole quite prominent when interacting with the turf. It could be argued it has gone a little too far on the ZX7, more camber would potentially make the interaction with the ground smoother, although it undoubtedly helps on those slightly heavy contacts.
It felt easy and responsive when trying to shape the ball with the ZX7, which was a very enjoyable experience when attacking tight pins. There is certainly scope to create a mixed set with the ZX5 model in the longer irons for forgiveness, given the precision and consistency the ZX7 irons provide on well-struck shots more commonly associated with mid and short iron shots.
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.
During these enjoyable years he has had some money-can't-buy experiences, like interviewing Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy one-on-one and covering the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor.
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 87 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 4.7.
Joel's current What's In The Bag?
Driver: TaylorMade SIM2, 9°
Fairway wood: Titleist TSi3, 15°
Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18°
Irons: TaylorMade P770, 4-PW
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 50°, 54° and 58°
Putter: Evnroll ER2V
Ball: 2021 Titleist Pro V1x
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