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I had the opportunity to get fitted for a set of the Callaway Apex 21 irons.  They are really impressive, nice high and penetrating ball flight, felt solid and sounded great. They are definitely on my buy list.

Another on my try list are the Srixon ZX5s. Has anyone had the chance to compare the two?

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I dont think Gs are super appealing, they have a great personality though. 

You found the Srixons ugly but you play Ping G410s?

I'm super interested in the ZX5 too. A bigger GI/SGI that is forged and has a clean look will always appeal to MtlJeff   The Srixons are ~300$ cheaper than the Callaways in Canada  

I'm super interested in the ZX5 too. A bigger GI/SGI that is forged and has a clean look will always appeal to MtlJeff

 

The Srixons are ~300$ cheaper than the Callaways in Canada

 

Srixon also has a sweet selection of shafts, Ctaper and Tour Issue S400 no upcharge for example

 

Def want to see them

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10 minutes ago, MtlJeff said:

I'm super interested in the ZX5 too. A bigger GI/SGI that is forged and has a clean look will always appeal to MtlJeff

 

The Srixons are ~300$ cheaper than the Callaways in Canada

 

Srixon also has a sweet selection of shafts, Ctaper and Tour Issue S400 no upcharge for example

 

Def want to see them


What do you play now? I would say the ZX5 soles are pretty narrow compared to traditional GI/SGI. 

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What do you play now? I would say the ZX5 soles are pretty narrow compared to traditional GI/SGI. 

 

I play G410's but i'm fairly flexible. I just like forgiving clubs ...the Srixon "5" series has always been appealing to me but i always found them ugly

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4 hours ago, MtlJeff said:

 

I play G410's but i'm fairly flexible. I just like forgiving clubs ...the Srixon "5" series has always been appealing to me but i always found them ugly

You found the Srixons ugly but you play Ping G410s?

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6 minutes ago, kiwihacker said:

You found the Srixons ugly but you play Ping G410s?

 

I dont think Gs are super appealing, they have a great personality though. 

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5 hours ago, MtlJeff said:

 

I play G410's but i'm fairly flexible. I just like forgiving clubs ...the Srixon "5" series has always been appealing to me but i always found them ugly

you need to go check out the ZX5 irons. much cleaner top line look with all the forgiveness of the older 5 models.  The ZX5 are GI irons not SGI.  Those may be released later this year ZX4.

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53 minutes ago, tbone18 said:

you need to go check out the ZX5 irons. much cleaner top line look with all the forgiveness of the older 5 models.  The ZX5 are GI irons not SGI.  Those may be released later this year ZX4.

 

Cool thanks, yeah for sure I will. I haven't found too many forged GI clubs that I really loved . Either they are too small or I just didn't like them for whatever reason. 

 

The set that best describes one I DID like was the JPX850 forged. If the ZX5 is like that I would really be interested 

 

I moved from the Mizuno to 2016 Apex Pros which were probably a tad smaller than I prefer

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1 minute ago, MtlJeff said:

 

Cool thanks, yeah for sure I will. I haven't found too many forged GI clubs that I really loved . Either they are too small or I just didn't like them for whatever reason. 

 

The set that best describes one I DID like was the JPX850 forged. If the ZX5 is like that I would really be interested 

 

I moved from the Mizuno to 2016 Apex Pros which were probably a tad smaller than I prefer

jpx921 forged are another one to look at.

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I'm looking for feedback as well.  I love my 565s, but the ZX5s look SOOOO good in the pictures.   

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5 hours ago, jol said:

I'm waiting for my club to get the new Srixon fitting heads. They hope to have them in a week or so. Then I'll really be able to compare the Apex 21 to ZX5's with Trackman and hitting them off real turf.

 

I'm in the same boat on waiting on the fitting heads. We were supposed to get this week, but shipment was delayed. Hopefully will have them this week. My luck is that they will get them and it will start raining for a week straight.

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12 hours ago, MtlJeff said:

 

I dont think Gs are super appealing, they have a great personality though. 


I would imagine that’s how my wife would describe me......if she was in a good mood. 

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4 hours ago, bombs said:

 

The ZX5's aren't big... 

 

How do they compare in size to the Apex and previous 5's like the Z585?

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On 1/18/2021 at 11:57 PM, MtlJeff said:

 

How do they compare in size to the Apex and previous 5's like the Z585?

 

I prefer the ZX5 shaping over the old Apex. A little less rounded on the edge and a bit more squat looking.

 

From memory the ZX5 sole width is a shade wider. Blade length similar. Top lines similar too. 

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On 1/17/2021 at 3:31 PM, MtlJeff said:

 

Cool thanks, yeah for sure I will. I haven't found too many forged GI clubs that I really loved . Either they are too small or I just didn't like them for whatever reason. 

 

The set that best describes one I DID like was the JPX850 forged. If the ZX5 is like that I would really be interested 

 

I moved from the Mizuno to 2016 Apex Pros which were probably a tad smaller than I prefer

 

On 1/17/2021 at 3:31 PM, MtlJeff said:

 

Cool thanks, yeah for sure I will. I haven't found too many forged GI clubs that I really loved . Either they are too small or I just didn't like them for whatever reason. 

 

The set that best describes one I DID like was the JPX850 forged. If the ZX5 is like that I would really be interested 

 

I moved from the Mizuno to 2016 Apex Pros which were probably a tad smaller than I prefer

The zX series is super clean.  Just hit the 5 and 7... probably will get a progressive set due to how clean the top line is on the 5 series.  The amount of shaft options for no upcharge is also a great selling point for srixon 

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I was fitted into ZX5's.  I had played Titleist 714 AP1's for quite a while.  These are exactly what I wanted.  More of a better players look with really solid forgiveness.  I have played one round, and it was in the middle 50's, and I honestly faced a lot of headwind throughout the round.  The flight I am seeing is a penetrating launch, and a relatively sharp decent angle.  I feel like the flight will take some getting used to, as I will have to club up a bit more in colder weather and headwinds.  I had no problems working the ball.  I played 4 really good cut shots, and I have a natural draw.  I could not play cut shots with the AP1's, and I fell in love with that.  I was able to flight the ball relatively low, when needed, for what the club is.  No tiger stingers, but you can definitely get under the wind.  

 

Look great, thinner looking topline that way I am used too, workable, soft feel, and forgiving.  Really love the fact that there isn't a ton of offset either, as I feel that increased my chances of a big miss left.  I had 0 hooks in my round, and that had typically been standard for my previous long irons.  Probably the straightest irons I have ever hit.  I don't love the flight, but as long as I can adjust, I will manage for all the other Pro's for these irons.  

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I tested the Apex, ZX5, and G425 a week ago. At address I think the Srixon is the best looking of them. I felt like the new 

Apex felt the best. It feels much better than the 2016. I didn't hit the last model. Performance wise the G425 won handily for me. The G425 is definitely more forgiving. They are all long, but the G was a few yards longer than the other 2. The biggest issue I'd have with the ZX5 & the apex is the spin rates. Really low spin. So spin, launch and yardage was nearly identical on those two. The G had spin rates fairly close to what a players club would be. 6000 range on a 7 iron which is playable. 

I enjoyed hitting them all. I'm considering a GI experiment. I will likely order a set of G425 with the PX shaft. I wish they had a touch less offset and a little better feel, but I'll sacrifice that to get the best performance. 

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