It’s crazy to know you’re still cleaning up after that Labor Day weekend party, but the TOUR has already started the 2022-23 golf season. And with this turn of the page, something interests us more: the 2023 product line.
Titleist just launched their new TSR drivers and fairways, and we know both TaylorMade and Callaway will be keeping their new offerings under wraps until the Hawaii swing, but that’s not stopping other OEMs like Ping, Srixon, Mizuno, Wilson or Cobra to debut. their stuff.
Srixon is coming in strong with no fewer than ten new gear teasers on the USGA roster. The Japanese brand places great importance on its precision forged irons, but has developed a range of solid metal woods with its current generations ZX5 and ZX7. For 2023, it looks like Srixon is gearing up to launch a whole new catalog for both.
Beginning with the metallic woods, Srixon recorded seven new pilot heads: the (1) ZX5 MKII; (2) ZX5 MKII LS; (3) ZX5 MKII T219; (4) ZX5 MKII T220; (5) ZX7 MKII; (6) ZX7 MKII (Diamond); and (7) ZX7 MKII T217.
Unfortunately, the USGA listing gives us no indication of what new technologies Srixon will incorporate into its new metal woods, but the model naming indicates Low-Spin (the ZX5 MKII LS) and Fade-biased (ZX7 MKII (Diamond) ) could be part of the programming. Likewise, the images indicate that Srixon will be sticking with the single adjustable weight that can be used to help dial in flight and head weight.
Although Srixon has become better known since Hideki Matsuyama (Masters 2021) and Shane Lowry (Open 2019) both secured Majors and the brand signed Brooks Koepka, the fact remains that Srixon secretly manufactures some of the irons forged of the highest quality for several years now.
But after years of renaming models, it looks like Srixon will be sticking with the ZX5 (Player’s Distance), ZX7 (Better Player), Z Forged (TOUR Blade) and ZX Utility names for its line of irons. But after being in the market for 2 years, the ZX series needs an update. Styling changes to the MKII generation seem more subtle, but note the labeling on each of the irons.
Specifically, while the fully forged ZX7 is branded “PUREFRAME” in the rear cavity, the ZX5 forged body/forged steel face and ZX Utility iron are both labeled “MAINFRAME”. The distinction may be as simple as fully forged or forged body, but it would be reasonable to assume that both technologies refer to Srixon’s goal of redistributing weight around the perimeter of the clubhead to improve forgiveness and improve performance.
Despite Gary Woodland’s victory at the 2019 US Open, it seems the brand has never received the praise it deserves. But Wilson has made a conscious effort in recent years to regain market share, both in the golf ball market with its STAFF Model, STAFF Model R, Triad and DUO offerings and its equipment with its irons. Wilson has also tried to develop a more competitive rider over the years with the new DYNAPWR.
While we’d hope the performance complements the name, the DYNAPWR and DYNAPWR Carbon are nearly identical except for the toe side featuring what appears to be high-gloss carbon with the Wilson Sporting Goods logo. Otherwise, both clubheads feature what appears to be a rear-positioned weight cartridge.
But it looks like Wilson is wasting no time with the new metal, as GolfWRX was actually able to capture several shots of the DYNAPWR Carbon, which staff member Kevin Tawy is already putting into play. Although the design is very simple, dark carbon with red accents looks very sharp.
The facial images indicate that Wilson’s PKR (Peak Kinetic Response) will receive an update to help maximize ball speed across the face. The topline, however, seems very similar to the TaylorMade Stealth with the shiny crown section that connects the clubface and the carbon crown.
PING is also gearing up to launch their G430 line and even with Mizuno and their next-gen JPX 923 line. But the most important thing to remember is that new gear with new tech is coming soon, so be sure to try to hold out a bit longer if you’re on the hunt for new gear.
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