REVIEW: Srixon ZX4 Mk II Irons

I recently moved into the Srixon ZX4 Mk II Irons. Although these irons are typically meant for a mid-to-high handicap golfer, which I am not, the forgiveness the ZX4s offered was something I needed to take advantage of.

As a PGA Professional, I have been on staff with Srixon and Cleveland for many years, even before Srixon purchased and merged with Cleveland in 2007.

With my almost 20 years of loyalty, respect and appreciation for what Srixon and Cleveland produce, I rarely, if ever, look to purchase elsewhere.

The game improvement features, including forgiveness and distance enhancement, drew me to the new ZX4 Mk II Irons.

I feel that it is very much a misconception that game improvement equipment is meant more for middle to higher-handicap players.

With the combination of injuries over the years and my 50th birthday approaching, I have found that I am losing speed in my swing. With that in mind, I feel it would be foolish not to take advantage of technology that could improve my performance.

Srixon’s MainFrame technology, which is milled into the backside of ZX4 Mk II irons, helps boost COR, which I need as I get slower.

This tech also repositions mass away from the face and more towards the toe and the sole, offering a lower center of gravity. Again, an aspect that I very much benefit from as my swing speed has decreased. That lower center of gravity helps me launch my irons higher.

The one downside I have found with the ZX4s is that it is harder to work the ball if needed. I can hit a cut or draw; however, as with most game improvement irons, the idea is to try and keep the ball straight, even on mishits. Game improvement irons are meant to do this.

That said, I am willing to sacrifice the workability aspect to take advantage of the positives I get from playing the ZX4s.

Being on professional staff with Srixon and Cleveland is definitely a price benefit for me. With that said, however, and as I often point out to my students, the cost of this generation of Srixon irons is well worth the investment.

In my opinion, the Mk IIs in the 4, 5, or 7 series perform as good or better than TaylorMade’s Stealth or Callaway’s Paradym X.