Srixon Z U65 Utility Iron Review

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The Srixon Z U65 utility or driving iron is the latest of its kind from the Japanese brand. It is packed with improved technology over the previous generation and as such is a popular replacement for long irons and higher lofted woods on professional tours worldwide.

While many other utility irons currently on the market are geared towards better golfers, the Z U65 is one of the more forgiving and easier to hit utilities and caters for any golfer seeking better performance in their long game.

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Srixon Z U65 Utility Iron Review

9 Total Score
Excellent (A)

The Srixon ZU65 utility iron ticks all of the boxes when it comes to trajectory control, distance and low spin, the attributes most important to better players. However, thanks to its larger clubhead, low and deep centre of gravity and the hollow construction, this utility iron is also incredibly stable and forgiving and with its stock lightweight graphite shaft very easy to hit for higher handicapped players. Designed to fit seamlessly into a set to replace the traditional long irons in the Z565, Z765 and Z965 iron sets, the ZU65 most closely resembles the game improvement Z565 irons in look at address with slightly less offset. The 18-degree model plays like a traditional 2-iron or can replace a higher launching and spinning 5-wood, while the 20, 23 and 26-degree models are designed to be easier to hit than a traditional 3, 4 and 5-iron.

Build Quality
9
Control and Performance
9
Design and Appearance
9.5
Value for Money
8.5
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Pros and Cons

PROS:
  • Great distance. The stock lightweight graphite shaft promotes higher swingspeeds and ensures more distance for all golfers.
  • The hollow design and oversize clubhead produces a higher MOI and more stability at impact ensuring even mishits don’t suffer as bad in distance and accuracy.
  • The weight of the clubhead can be adjusted thanks to a small port on the toe and this allows a more precise custom fitment if necessary.
  • Great price. The ZU65 is one of the more affordable utility irons on the market despite the high quality design and materials used.
CONS:
  • The chunkier clubhead with a thicker topline and increased offset makes it harder to shape shots through the air, something better golfers often seek.
  • The forged construction features a cast high-strength steel face that produces a slightly harsher feel and more of a click at impact, but what you lose in feel you gain in distance.

Key Facts

Product Details Srixon Z U65 Utility Iron
Launch RRP $199.00 – $209.00 Check Price: GlobalGolf.com | WorldwideGolfShops.com | Amazon
Gender Men’s
Handicap Range Low – Mid
Hand Availability Right & Left Hand
Lofts 18°, 20°, 23°, 26°
Length 38.75”, 39.25”, 39.75”, 40.25” depending on loft
Shaft Type and Name Graphite – Miyazaki Kuala 7
Manufacturers Website Srixon

Detailed Review

Replacing difficult-to-hit long irons has become an easy thing to do these days with the various options available.

Fairway woods and hybrids seem to be the most popular options, however most better players tend to prefer utility irons due to these clubs offering more workability in shot shaping and trajectory control. These utility irons have advanced in their design and are now a viable option for all golfers, especially those utility irons that offer more distance and control without sacrificing forgiveness achieved from fairway woods and long irons.

The Srixon Z U65 utility iron is one of the more forgiving utilities on the market, yet is very popular with Srixon tour staff on professional tours. It caters for a much greater range of golfers than the more workable Titleist 718 TMB or TaylorMade P790 UDI, and is more affordable than the similarly performing Callaway Apex UT.

Designed to look and feel much like the Z565, Z765 and Z965 irons, it fits into a set of these irons and offers plenty of distance and forgiveness thanks to the stock graphite shaft.

Build Quality

With Srixon being a subsidiary of a Japanese rubber company you are assured that the quality of the Z U65 utility iron is incredibly high. It features many technological improvements over the previous model, the Z U45, with some changes to the look of the club too.

The forged body of the clubhead is combined with a high strength, ultrathin face insert that improves the ballspeed at impact regardless of where on the face you strike the ball. The grooves on the face are also slightly larger than before and are double milled to offer better spin control. This means you are able to manipulate the spin and launch more effectively to either run out more off the tee, or land softly on a green from further out.

The hollow clubhead design with more weight concentrated towards the toe and further from the face ensures a lower and deeper CG and also a higher MOI. The result is a slightly higher launch angle and plenty of forgiveness on mishits, with minimal loss in distance and accuracy.

Control & Performance

As mentioned before the improvement in the size of the grooves on the face has made it easier to control the spin on each shot. This combines with the increased offset to promote a straighter flight when trying to hit higher launching and spinning shots. The stock graphite shaft helps to promote the higher launch and spin too.

Those golfers looking for more workability and lower spin will likely need to fit a stouter and heavier shaft, which is available as a custom order in the Z U65.

Design & Appearance

The Z U65 utility is one of the larger utility irons when it comes to clubhead size and the amount of offset.

The topline is much thicker too and you can see some of the muscle pad in the rear at address. This can be distracting to some golfers. While these design attributes may sound negative they are the reason why the club is so forgiving and easy to hit. The bright orange shaft adds some extra style to the club.

Value for Money

The Srixon Z U65 utility iron is one of the most affordable utilities on the market especially considering the stock shaft is graphite, which normally increases the price. You will battle to find a cheaper utility iron that performs as well as the Z U65 does.

Been hooked on golf since I was 12 and lived on a golf estate while at school. Began to work in Golf Industry during university and spent a year on the Sunshine Tour as a media operator. Subsequently became deputy editor of Compleat Golfer in South Africa for 5 years, specializing in equipment and travel reviews. After that I became a consultant to a major golf chain, testing and reviewing all equipment. Also a Callaway custom fitter and play off a 2 handicap when actually getting the chance to play!

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