Cost: $199.95 per iron (steel). Tested by: Jimmy Emanuel, Golf Aus­tralia Writer (GA Hand­i­cap 9.4)

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Srixon has bet­ter iden­ti­fied each tar­get player with its lat­est se­ries of irons, writes Jimmy Emanuel.

MODEL PLAYED: Z 585, fit­ted with Nip­pon N.S. Pro Mo­dus3 Tour 105 R shafts and Z 785, with Nip­pon N.S. Pro Mo­dus3 Tour 120 S shafts. FIRST IM­PRES­SIONS: Srixon al­ways does a good job of pro­duc­ing forged play­ers irons that look clean and sim­ple, with a slightly unique twist. And the Z 785 fol­lows the for­mula. Sim­i­larly, the 585 does as its pre­ced­ing ver­sions have, of­fer­ing a look in­stantly recog­nis­able as Srixon, in a slightly larger, con­fi­dence in­spir­ing pro­file.

Although fol­low­ing the lead of the pre­vi­ous mod­els in looks, both struck me as hav­ing been slightly im­proved for each tar­get player, the 785 slightly more com­pact be­hind the ball, while the 585 seemed to hide its for­give­ness well for the player want­ing a forged iron but still need­ing a lit­tle as­sis­tance.

Off the face the Z 785 im­pressed im­me­di­ately. A soft but solid im­pact sen­sa­tion was a plea­sure on ev­ery strike and, as Srixon sug­gests, is its soft­est iron in my me­mory, while the 585 pos­sesses a pow­er­ful but ob­vi­ously forged feel that is slightly ‘click­ier’ than its sta­ble­mate. HOW THEY PER­FORMED: The var­ied ap­pear­ance and feel were the stand­out dif­fer­ences be­tween the two mod­els early in my time with Srixon’s lat­est irons. But as time pro­gressed the ball flights and work­a­bil­ity of the two mod­els re­vealed them­selves more and more, with the two mod­els clearly de­signed for play­ers of dif­fer­ent abil­i­ties, while also be­ing ex­tremely ca­pa­ble of form­ing a blended set of 585 long and 785 short irons for play­ers look­ing for a com­bi­na­tion of for­give­ness and flight con­trol.

With its pen­e­trat­ing flight, the Z 785 seemed to travel a lit­tle fur­ther than my own equiv­a­lent irons in most con­di­tions, in­clud­ing up to a club when the wind was up. The bet­ter player iron pos­sesses a ball flight stronger golfers will in­stantly en­joy, with the low to mid tra­jec­tory fall­ing slightly to the right as it came down ev­ery time for me un­less I was turn­ing the ball over, which is achieved with­out ex­ces­sive swing ma­nip­u­la­tion.

Where the 785 pro­duces a strong and pow­er­ful flight, the 585 launches sig­nif­i­cantly higher with a slight draw al­most ev­ery time and takes some work to keep down or move left-to-right for a right handed player. This fur­ther and higher tra­jec­tory was a ball flight I found in­cred­i­bly hard to fault when watch­ing shot af­ter shot find the putting sur­face from fur­ther away than with my own equiv­a­lent iron.

The look of the 585 is a lit­tle big be­hind the ball to my eye, but is not over­sized by any stretch of the imag­i­na­tion and was ex­tremely playable. And although the feel was not as pure as that of the 785 as a whole, I was im­pressed by its com­bi­na­tion of dis­tance and for­give­ness.

Com­par­ing the two mod­els side-by-side, the Z 785 was well and truly the pick for me due to its feel off the face, work­a­bil­ity and com­pact yet slightly bulked-up ap­pear­ance when com­pared to other play­ers irons that grew on me with ev­ery shot I hit. The Z 585 did ev­ery­thing Srixon says of the new model. And although not the style of iron I typ­i­cally opt for, it was ex­tremely con­sis­tent, long and easy to hit – mak­ing it a wor­thy op­tion for golfers want­ing forged feel but not ready for the 785, or as a long iron op­tion in a combo set with 785s, with the Tour V.T. sole of both mod­els blend­ing well and of­fer­ing im­prove­ment in turf in­ter­ac­tion on its pre­de­ces­sor.

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