Martin Hopley

The Srixon Z 785 irons replace one of the most underrated irons of the last two years in the Z 765, so it has a lot of live up to.

Srixon Z 785 Irons

Thankfully Srixon has improved things further by making the Z 785 feel a little better and offer a touch more forgiveness.

The Tour Cavity has been modified with more weight moved towards the toe and a little more mass put behind the centre.

Srixon Z 785 Irons

The MOI is slightly lower than before but there was not a noticeable increase in launch, just the same consistent flight. The Z 785 almost looks like a blend of the previous 765 and 745 models and the clean looks give it a better players’ feel.

Srixon Z 785 Irons

The top line is a little thinner and this gives it a slightly sleeker look than the 765.

Srixon Z 785 Irons

The sole seems a little narrower on the Z 785 too and the camber on the Tour V.T. Sole has been modified to be greater on the leading edge with a standard bounce of 19 degrees instead of a variable one.

Srixon Z 785 Irons

The trailing edge bounce has been reduced a little so the effect is to change the angle at which the sole enters the ground and through the turf the Z 785 is as efficient as it was before.

Srixon Z 785 Irons

The lofts are the same as before and a degree or so weaker in the 6 to 8 irons than the Z 585 which is where most people would break the set if they were blending the two models.

Testing the Z 785 against the previous Z 765 on GC2 with Titleist Pro V1x balls you could see that the new model was a few yards longer because it was a little faster off the face and had slightly less spin.

Srixon Z 785 Irons

This could be because of the difference in shafts, but I would not rule out the new muscle back design changing the spin to improve the performance.

The Z 785 are forged from a single billet of 1020 Carbon steel so the feel is there but what makes this stand out for me is the mid-sized head shape that combines feel, performance and forgiveness for single figure handicappers.

Srixon Z 785 Irons

The mid to short irons are excellent and even low single figure players could benefit from having some of the larger cavity back Z 585 irons at 4, 5 and maybe 6 iron for greater distance consistency.

The sets are made to be blended so check out on a launch monitor to see where you break point should be as you might be surprised.

The Z 785 are towards the top end of the iron market by price, but pretty good value when compared to the other forged cavity back irons, so this is one of the irons that should definitely be on your shortlist.

Golfalot Rating: 5 stars
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Srixon Z 785 Iron

Srixon Z 785 Irons - Product Details

UK Launch18 September 2014
UK Launch RRP£799
USA Launch18 September 2014
USA Launch RRP$999.95
Handicap Range
Hand AvailabilityLeft, Right
Swing WeightD3
Shaft NameN.S. Pro Modus Tour 120
Shaft TypesSteel
Shaft FlexRegular, Stiff
GripGolf Pride Tour Velvet
DesignCavity Back
Set Makeup5, 6, 7, 8, 9, PW
Additional Clubs3, 4, GW, SW
Manufacturer's WebsiteSrixon Website

User Reviews

September 2018

Martin. I would love to see you do a video review of the 785 irons. I find that your reviews are very critical, in a needed way. For example, you told it like it is regarding the 919 Tour irons from Mizuno still being on the firmer side even though they have softened them, allegedly. I also felt the 900 and still the 919 were firm. Everyone else says MP soft but they really aren't. Also, when you reviewed the M3 fairways you put in a shaft that was more suitable for your speed in order to offer a better review. Give us a 5 minute rate session with the 785 iron. Thank you

GOLFALOT: Video is on the way - glad you like them :>

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