October 12, 2015
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
- The Srixon Z945 iron set retails for $1,000 and is available in 3-PW.
When Srixon launched its Z-Series irons last year, only two models (Z545 and Z745) were available to North American consumers. The third model in the lineup, the Z945 muscle back, remained an Asia-only offering — until last week.
Starting this month, the muscle back design will be available in limited quantities for the first time in North America. Forged from 1020 carbon steel, the Z945 has been used by a number of high-profile TOUR players this season, including Hideki Matsuyama and Kevin Stadler.
The iron features a traditional muscle back design with a thinner top line and sole width than the cavity-back Z745. A redesigned Tour V.T. sole was also added and improves turf interaction at impact.
"Through feedback, players relayed to us that they wanted a sole that produced a crisp feel at impact," said Eli Miller, Cleveland/Srixon Golf's product manager. "The Tour V.T. sole has a sharp heel in the middle of the sole that decreases drag through the turf. It was tested extensively by our TOUR players and we saw much tighter shot dispersions and more consistent head speed through impact."
To help lower the center of gravity and give the long- and mid-irons added forgiveness and a higher launch angle, a 3-gram tungsten weight was inserted into the toe of each iron.
Srixon's Z945 irons retail for $1,000 and are currently available in 3-PW with a choice of three different shafts at no upcharge: True Temper's Dynamic Gold, KBS's Tour and Nippon's NS Pro 950.