2008 Iron Buyer's Guide

When it comes to buying a new set of irons, be sure to pick a set that?s made for your game and swing. The right set of irons will always perform better than a set that?s not properly fitted to your needs.

Better players know that the secret to scoring well comes from being a better iron player. Better iron shots mean shorter putts, and shorter putts lead to more pars and birdies. What irons you put in your bag are important to your golfing success, and although we say it every year, there’s more to choose from this year than there was last year! Better yet, custom-fitting has proliferated, and we urge everyone to get fitted with the proper specifications before you plop down a few hundred dollars on a new set of sticks. It can make a huge difference in maximizing the performance and technological features of each club.

In this issue, you’ll also see irons becoming more differentiated on both ends of the spectrum. Some are clearly for game improvement, others for better players who want shotmaking control, thus leaving the chasm between game improvement and players’ clubs bigger than ever. It’s also more crowded, with a host of new irons dubbed as “mixed sets,” which feature game-improvement long irons, blade short irons and everything in between.

Understanding Our Charts
Key Features: What distinguishes this iron from the rest.
What We Like: We have our preferences, too. Basically, what impressed us in our review.
Who It’s For: The type of player these irons were made for.
Clubhead: The material used for head construction.
Clubface: Indicates the material used for the strike area.
Design: Indicates the club’s general shape. Generally, irons fall into two shape categories—
blades or cavity-backs.
Custom Options: Whether or not custom options are available.
Clubs: Lists the clubs available in the line.
Shafts: The stock graphite and steel shaft offerings from the manufacturer.


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