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Long irons vs hybrids for the better player – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing whether long irons or hybrids are the optimal choice for the better player.

WRXer ‘MikeDeJong33’ plays off a 3 handicap and is considering switching out a long iron for a hybrid or crossover, and our members have been sharing their advice and experiences in our forum.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • Lumpy930: “I made the switch earlier this year and dropped a 4 iron. Hybrid is easier to launch high and provides more versatility for me. It takes some adjustment but getting better with high cuts for approach shots and a flatter shot for tee shots. One handicap for reference with 110mph driver swing speed, and I just didn’t feel like I had enough speed to properly hit 4 iron and the hybrid has been great. 27* 5 iron and a Titleist hybrid playing at 25*.”
  • jvincent: “I will offer the counter opinion. I still have a 4i in the bag. Am I less consistent with it than I would be with a 4H? Probably. But I have much better trajectory control with the 4i than I do with my 3H. If I need to hit a low one, especially when I have to go under tree branches (hey, it happens), I’m typically reaching for the 4i.”
  • outnumbered: “I made the switch to hybrids to replace 3&4 irons a couple of years ago and am in the search for 5 iron replacement this offseason. The yardage gaps have leveled back out and allow for a higher landing angle helping to hold greens. I am a 6 index, have similar yardages, and am old enough to feel no shame with a bouquet of head covers if they help me score better. I am scared that I will someday need to replace 6 iron as that is my low escape “elite punch out” club.”
  • jomatty: “It was a no-brainer for me. My handicap is similar to yours, and I’m just not fast enough to gap a 4 iron properly with my 5 iron (and that’s not even talking about the ones I clank)… It goes further but carries about the same, which makes it difficult to judge. Going to a 4 hybrid gave me much more consistent distance control and much more confidence that every 200ish shot will be reasonable. The misses are just much more consistent. The trick for me is finding one that doesn’t go left. Some just seem not to behave with my swing.”

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Amanda Balionis Renner WITB 2023 (February)

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Driver: Callaway Paradym (12 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Ascent 50 A

3-wood: Callaway Paradym HL (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Ascent 50 A

7-wood: Callaway Paradym (21 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Ascent 50 A

Hybrid: Callaway Apex UW (21 degrees)
Shaft: Project X Evenflow Riptide 50 A

Irons: Callaway Paradym (4-SW)
Shafts: Aldila Ascent 50 A

Putter: Odyssey Toulon Design San Diego
Shaft: LA Golf TPZ 105

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Club Junkie Review: Srixon ZX7 Mk II and ZX5 Mk II irons

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Srixon’s ZX7 and ZX5 irons were some of the most well loved and talked about irons over the past two years. When replacing an iron with that kind of resume, the first rule is to not screw it up! For a more detailed review, please take a listen to the Club Junkie below or on any podcast platform. Just search GolfWRX Radio.

When I first put my hands on the ZX7 Mk II and ZX5 Mk II irons, I was impressed with the look and they are instantly recognizable as Srixon irons. The ZX7 Mk II has a traditional design without any plastic or metal badge in the cavity, it is just painted matte silver. Srixon let the ZX5 Mk II go with a very small and simple badge that is a combination of matte silver and chrome.

I like the look of both irons from address as well since they look so similar. The ZX7 Mk II has a slightly longer blade length and minimal offset that the lower handicap player will enjoy. But the ZX5 Mk II got most of that DNA as well. While being a little larger than the 7, it has great proportions and just a hair more offset. Both irons have a little thicker topline that is a little more squared than I expected but by no means distracting. Both irons feature Srixon’s famous Tour VT sole for fantastic turf interaction through a variety of turf conditions and swings.

Srixon ZX7 Mk II

I played the original ZX7 irons and loved them, along with many golfers! First shots with the new ZX7 Mk II reward you with an extremely soft and solid feel. The new PureFrame design puts more mass behind the center of the face and even with less than quality range balls you get to feel that ball compress while leaving the laser etched face. I have no doubt that with a real golf ball you will get that solid thud when the ZX7 Mk II strikes it on the turf.

While this iron is a single piece forged cavity back, it does offer some forgiveness on less than perfect shots. The club is very responsive and gives you immediate feedback, but still helps keep some ball speed and launch. Shots hit low on the face came out flat but the iron was able to keep some of the launch you need to produce a shot that wouldn’t kill your round. Consistency is a big feature with these irons and the most precise players will love the fact they can depend on their yardages when it matters. Dispersion for me was also tight with the ZX7 Mk II offering me a straight to just a slight fade ball flight. I could still turn it over and hit a draw but normal swings didn’t really include the left side too much.

Launch was a little lower than the ZX5 Mk II, but about a 1* or so but still easy to elevate for a lower ball hitter like myself. I haven’t been able to test out the Tour VT sole yes since all my testing has been off mats, but I have no doubt it will perform really well in the soft Michigan conditions like the previous ZX7 did.

Srixon ZX5 Mk II

The last version of this iron impressed me for all that it does in an impressive package and the ZX5 Mk II still amazes. The looks are great and Srixon did a great job of putter a bunch of ball speed and forgiveness in such an attractive package. The feel is really good for a multi-piece head, soft and with just a small click at impact. While you might lack just a touch of that ball compressing off the face feel, you will gain the feel of the ball jumping into the horizon. The ZX5 Mk II just feels fast and you can tell that thin face, with MainFrame technology, is working hard to up the ball speed. The great thing about the MainFrame fast is that I have not found a hot spot yet and believe me I have hit it all over the face.

Distance control is good and mishits still will give you plenty of carry to get it on the front or close to the green. Ballspeed was about 2 mph faster than the ZX7 Mk II for me and it spun about 100-150 RPM less with a 6-iron. The sole is noticeably wider than the 7 but still glides through mats with the same speed and should offer a little extra forgiveness on shots hit just a little behind the ball.

Overall, I think Srixon did exactly what they needed to with the ZX7 Mk II and ZX5 Mk II irons. They made slight improvements and didn’t change the great attributes of each iron. Will players who were fit into ZX7 and ZX5 irons notice a big difference and be forced to change? I don’t think so. These will be for the player who is looking for new irons and has heard or read the great things about the previous generation; they will be impressed.

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What GolfWRXers are saying about PXG’s apparent new golf ball

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In our forums, our members have been discussing PXG’s apparent foray into the golf ball market. With the ball landing on the USGA Conforming List recently, WRXer ‘Scott406’ has reached out to fellow members for their thoughts on the new addition from PXG, who have been sharing their takes in our forum.

The Bob Parsons-founded company has provided no details on any upcoming launch or technical details of the ball or balls.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • snagy2000: “$49.99 is the rumor.”
  • golfinbrad: “Not sure why club companies want to get in the golf ball market. Way too many choices already. I look at Mizuno. Decent ball, but I’m not going to drop top dollar to try a ball when you know Pro V, TP5, etc., have already been proven. If PXG handles like the clubs, they will run some crazy low sales. Maybe it will work, and I’ll be wrong. Not the first time.”
  • Highlander24: “Alignment aid looks like Vice to me.”

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