The Equipment Insider

Working with a mixed bag

Srixon Tour staffer Shane Lowry is among a growing number of players carrying a combination of iron sets

The evolution of what is in a Tour player’s bag has come light years from the days when he carried 1-irons and 4-woods. Hybrids came along to replace long irons and more players began to play cavity-back irons.

Slowly, companies introduced more forgiving game-improvement longer irons because Tour players hate long irons just as much as we do. Now, a number of companies have developed more forgiving “driving irons” to replace hybrids.

Today, a growing number of the best players in the world have combination sets in their bags, even the major champions. For example, Shane Lowry, who won the British Open, is a Srixon man and there are a variety of clubs in his staff bag.

Lowry won the Open with Srixon Z U85 2 and 3 driving irons, Z 585 forged, cavity-back game improvement models for his 4- and 5-irons, and Z 785 cavity-back forged irons for 6-iron through pitching wedge.

Lowry has been playing Srixon combo sets for six years, according to company officials. The decision-making was quite simple and officials said Lowry likes to keep things uncomplicated. “The performance, look, and feel of the Z 585 long irons and the Z 785’s sealed the deal for him,” Srixon marketing officials said.

“Shane is a very visual and feel orientated player, if it looks appealing to him and the feel and ball flight are where he likes it to be he has no problem making a change. Sometimes he knows (a club) is going in (his bag) after hitting as few as 10 balls on the range. His great feel is one of the reasons he excelled at the Open on a weekend where demanding conditions dictated you feel your way around the course and not rely on mechanics.”

Usually combo sets are strictly the domain of the Tour player, but Srixon decided to make the same versatility available to the public.

“So many golfers are seeking extra forgiveness in their long irons, but still want compact, very controllable short irons,” officials said. “We see it in Tour players’ bags, and in the bags of many of our employees. We wanted all golfers to have the same options as our Tour staff to create the perfect set of irons for their game.”

So far, Srixon officials are pleased with the way regular golfers have responded to the availability of combo iron sets.

“A key to that is that our Srixon iron sets are built to be combined very easily from a loft, length, and offset standpoint,” officials said. “You do not see huge yardage gaps when you create your own combination.”

Srixon offers a number of combo sets, not just limited to the Z 585-Z 785 combination. And the company takes customization even deeper with many popular shafts offered at no upcharge, along with 41 grip options, also at no upcharge.

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