What it does: Unlike the company’s ZX5 Mk II and ZX7 Mk II irons, the body of the ZX4 Mk II is not forged. It’s a cast, multi-piece hollow-body iron that uses a forged, high-strength steel face insert supported by a cast 431-stainless-steel body and a hosel with tungsten in the toe of the long and middle irons. This is similar to the previous version, but the shape has been significantly nipped and tucked. The sole width is slimmer to better resemble that of the ZX5, and the topline mirrors other irons in the ZX family. Why the fuss? Blended sets are becoming more common, and these changes made for a more consistent look when doing so within the ZX iron line.

Why we like it: The face design is a technological leap. Srixon uses an artificial-intelligence process that simulates numerous impacts, evaluates the performance and automatically updates the design. The result is a variable-thickness pattern milled into the backside of the high-strength steel face insert to maximise ball speed. The groove story is a good one. The long and middle irons – to the 7-iron – have wider and shallower grooves, and the short irons have narrower and deeper grooves to optimise spin for each iron.

7-iron loft 28.5 degrees; pw loft 43 degrees

Reviewer profile

“Some game-improvement irons can look a bit extreme, but this one looks sleek. Very playable clubs that will give you extra distance and are easy to get in the air.”

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