As my journey to find the best golf equipment for my game continues, I revisited a set of irons I reviewed last year to see if a specification adjustment would make a difference. After playing two rounds and multiple driving range sessions, the Srixon Z 765 irons might be the easiest clubs to hit that I’ve ever played.
Before Lie Adjustment
Back in September I reviewed the Srixon Z 765 irons and was surprised at how great they felt. I gained an average of five yards per club without having to change anything about my swing. However, controlling the ball flight was difficult as I watched many shots hook left. Fades were possible, but my “stock” swing has a draw bias that wasn’t cooperating with the Z 765’s.
Two weeks prior, however, I underwent a full club fitting at Club Champion in Willowbrook, IL. I learned that I required a lie angle 1-degree flat from standard. If left alone, a standard lie angle would cause the toe of my club to be “higher” off the ground than the heel, which can cause a nasty hook.
The Srixon Z 765’s I tested were at standard specs. Clearly, a visit to my friendly neighborhood golf shop was needed.
After Lie Adjustment
Adjusting the lie angles of forged irons is a cinch. Well, it’s simple for trained professionals; idiots like me would find a way to mess things up.
Luckily my local PGA Superstore charges $25 to bend a full iron set. Not a bad price to pay when you consider the benefits of finally having the specifications I needed.
I picked up the freshly-adjusted Z 765’s and headed immediately to the driving range.
Wow. What a difference a degree makes.
The Srixon Z 765’s performed beautifully. My impressions from the initial review were amplified ten-fold. Any hooks were purely due to bad swings, but the majority of my range session featured tight draws and considerable distance gains.
A Quick Note on Distance
A major element of my game that remained unanswered was whether or not I was leaving distance on the table with my blades. Obviously I’m aware that game improvement irons would fly further, but I don’t want to play a “chunky” set of irons with jacked-up lofts. Friends don’t let friends hit sledgehammers.
I also want to know how far my iron shots will fly every time without a wide variance. I don’t need to hit a 7-iron 200 yards, but I also don’t want to hit it “somewhere between 150 – 170 yards.”
The Srixon Z 765 irons were extremely consistent in distance. Like, within 1-2 yards every single shot. It didn’t matter where I made contact, either. I don’t think I’ve ever hit a set of irons that performed that consistently.
Now that I finally have them bent to my specifications, the Srixon Z 765 irons are clearly the better option for my game at this time. I’d be interested in trying out different shafts to see if the graphite Miyazaki build is right for me, but overall I’m extremely pleased with their performance.