Hot List Gold 2023

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WHAT IT DOES: By leaning on artificial intelligence, Srixon was able to produce numerous potential face designs. The company eventually landed on one consistent with its previous “MainFrame” design. That includes a forged SUP10 steel featuring a variable-thickness pattern of grooves, channels and cavities milled into the back of the iron face to maximize flex at impact. Far from just a computer spitting out design parameters, Srixon engineers helped things along by studying impacts in nine areas of the face and weighting the importance of those areas based on the number of impacts in each area. 

WHY WE LIKE IT: This club should appeal to those who tend to get turned off by irons that have too many game-improvement qualities. Though many will be tempted to look at this set as a small incremental improvement over its predecessor, several enhancements combine to create a truly different product. In shaping alone the 8-iron through pitching wedge have a shorter blade height to flow better with the rest of the set. A slimmed hosel and less offset helps the visual at address. The KBS Tour Lite shaft (95 grams in regular flex and 100 grams in stiff) will help you speed through the impact zone. Read more>>

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Price: ZX5 Mk II $171 (per iron)
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Look / Sound / Feel


* Percentage of total score

Player Comments
"I really like the compact head. The proportions of the length, thickness of the topline go together really well. Terrific softness to the feel. No harshness at all at impact. The middle iron especially seemed to just go forever."
Handicap, 15
“Sharp lines give it a bold look at address. The ball flight is penetrating in the wind. It is also easy to flight the ball effectively.”
Handicap, 14
"Nice to look at, good topline. Sits well at address. Cut through the turf. A smooth but powerful club. Ball flight was high, but surprisingly long. Turf interaction was good, took just the right amount of divot every time."
Handicap, +4
Club Specs
Models Dexterity Price
ZX5 Mk II $171


Name Loft Length
5I 24.00 38.00
7I 31.00 37.00
PW 44.00 35.50

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