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ClubTest 2015: Srixon Z 545 Irons

Photo: Michael Chini

Srixon Z 545 Irons

Srixon Z 545 Irons

 

Category: Game-Improvement Irons
Price: $1,000, steel
WE TESTED:
3–PW with True Temper Dynamic Gold steel shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: Srixon welds a high-strength steel face to a soft, forged-carbon-steel body to boost distance.

PROS

 

PLAYABILITY: Driving, obedient mid-trajectory flight that can deliver most shots on command; the beveled sole chops through rough like a buzzsaw, while the low weighting pops the ball out of all sorts of tough spots.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: To many guys, the Z 545 offers a nice combination of accuracy and ease-of-use, with emphasis on precision; well-struck shots lock onto the line; thin hits gets up and go—catch any groove and you’ll be just fine.
DISTANCE CONTROL: More pop than you’d think given its look—average at worst, and a handful of testers pick up a few yards over their current sets; overall, the Z 545 is consistent and easy to calibrate.
FEEL: The sturdy clubhead seems to get the ball going quickly at impact; the Z 545 has good heft, which makes it easy to track throughout the entire swing.
LOOK: A knockout—arguably the best-looking iron in the game-improvement category; a medium-thin topline disguises its reassuring, weighty sole; a nice progression throughout the set, with fine-tuned scoring clubs giving way to comforting long irons; beautiful interplay between chrome and satin finish—this one shows up to work in a suit and tie.

CONS

 

Disappointing feel for many testers—indistinct impact sensation is a letdown for a forged club; the Z 545 lacks the overall forgiveness that some guys would expect; others want a bit more length, particularly on misses.

BOTTOM LINE: The Z 545 iron offers model-good looks with satisfactory performance. Even if the substance doesn’t quite match its style, this one’s worth a look for mid-handicappers looking to transition toward a players’ iron without totally taking off the training wheels.

BUY THE CLUB: Get your own Srixon Z 545 irons

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MORE INFO ON THE SRIXON Z 545 IRONS

From Golf.com, Septmber 18, 2014

The Z 545 is a game-improvement iron that's built for distance, with a thin, high-strength steel face that provides added rebound for faster ball speeds. A forged carbon-steel body combines with the steel face to enhance feel. The face undergoes a double laser milling process, which adds roughness and contributes to spin and trajectory control. Tungsten toe weights in the 3-6 irons move the club's CG away from the hosel, which provides more forgiveness on shots struck near the toe. Besides that, a new sole design improves turf interaction for cleaner, more precise contact.

On The Range: Srixon Z 545 Driver
ClubTester Peter Kraus talks about one of his favorite drivers at ClubTest 2015, the Srixon Z 545.

NEXT REVIEW: TaylorMade RSi1 Irons

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