One of the somewhat surprising successes for Srixon in recent years was the Z U65 utility iron which very nicely blended the distance and versatility of a hybrid with the added control of an iron.
Check them out and see if one is right for you but keep in mind the TS2 is aimed at those who want high launch low spin distance and forgiveness while the TS3 is aimed at those who want mid launch low spin and enhanced workability.
Like the fairway woods the Z-series hybrids are not adjustable but come in a selection of lofts including 16° 19° and 22° models. Project X HZRDUS Black 85 shafts and Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360 grips come standard.
As is the case with the drivers the TS2 fairway features a fixed CG location that’s low and deep for high launching mid-spin shots while the TS3’s CG can be customized via Titleist’s SureFit CG technology. In general the TS3 will produce a slightly lower trajectory than the TS2 and offers more shot shaping versatility.
However I’d say it’s unlikely that a new iteration of the Mini is coming any time soon. Modern fairway wood designs like TaylorMade’s M3 and M4 for example are so good and so long that former Mini players can simply find the right fit and most likely get the same or even better performance.
In addition both models feature an improved version of Titleist’s Active Recoil Channel technology in the sole creating more face flex particularly on low hits yielding higher launching lower spinning longer shots.
For players who demand more workability in a driver and more specific tuning the TS3 is the choice. Both the TS2 and TS3 are available with Kuro Kage Black Dual Core 50 Tensei AV Series Blue 55 HZRDUS Smoke Black 60 and Even Flow T1100 White 65 shafts as well as other custom shaft options.
Aimed at low-handicappers and pros the 919 Tour model replaces the 900 Tour a.k.a. the Brooks Koepka model and features an improved shape with a bit thinner topline that the many Tour players who game the iron prefer. A new more durable Pearl Brush finish reduces glare while providing a bit more refined look than the previous matte finish.
Since Mizuno irons were number one on Tour back in the 90’s anchored by Nick Faldo Tiger Woods and numerous others who appreciated the buttery forged feel of the MP-14 and MP-29 models purists have held the brand in exceptionally high esteem.
As one would expect from a Mizuno blade the 919 Tour features a Grain Flow Forged HD (high density) construction from1025 Elite carbon steel for the soft responsive feel aficionados demand.
A slightly rounded toe shape and wider area in the front of the shoe improve traction and comfort while foam sockliners mold to your feet for improved fit. The Sport BOOST 3 is also built with an “Energy Sling” design that helps direct energy transfer more efficiently.
And for those fans of the sneaky good Z U65 utility irons there’s a new and improved Z U85 version that functions equally well from both the fairway and the tee. So check out the new Z Series from Srixon – maybe one will find a place in your bag sooner than later.