Friday, May 2, 2008
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.
Macgregor MT Pro CKey Feature: Its computer numeric controlled (CNC) cavity-back. Not only does it make this blade more forgiving, it makes it handsome too.
What We Like: MacGregor’s recent commitment to good "sticks." In an era of high MOI, the company isn’t afraid to design clubs for the game’s better players.
Who It’s For: Better players who like the look and workability of a blade iron with the added forgiveness of a cavity-back.
Clubhead: 1025 Carbon steel • Clubface: Same Design: Forged cavity-back blades • Custom Options: Yes Â• Clubs: 3-PW • Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold; Nippon NS Pro 1150GH
macgregorgolf.com | $799
Mizuno MP-57Key Feature: The Cortech face has three
thicknesses for higher ball speed, uniform face deflection and distance control.
What We Like: Its three different head designs. (Wood shape for 3- and 4-irons, Forged 5-7 Hollow Technology hybrid irons and Forged 1025 E Pure Select carbon steel 8-LW.)
Who It’s For: Mid- to high-handicappers.
Clubhead: Carbon steel, Stainless steel Clubface: Stainless steel • Design: Hybrid woods, cavity-back irons • Custom Options: Yes • Clubs: 3-LW • Shafts: Dynalite Gold Superlite steel (S, R); Exsar IS2 Men’s graphite (S, R, A); Exsar IS2 Women’s (L)
mizunousa.com | $899 and up
Mizuno MX-950Key Feature: Cut Muscle design with a cavity-back shape. (This enhances the club’s sweet spot with optimal perimeter weighting.)
What We Like: How Mizuno incorporated fine craftsmanship into a cavity-back club, making it the ideal iron set for forgiveness and control.
Who It’s For: Better players who want the feel of a forged blade with the added playability of a cavity-back.
Clubhead: Carbon steel • Clubface: Same Design: Cut Muscle cavity-back • Custom Options: Yes • Clubs: 3-PW • Shafts: Dynamic Gold steel (S, R); Exsar Tour Spec graphite (X, S, R); Rifle Project X steel (X, S, R)
mizunousa.com | $849
Nickent 4DX CBKey Feature: A large perimeter weighted clubhead with 20 grams of weight redistributed into one tungsten-polymer fused XW Insert that absorbs vibration at impact.
What We Like: How Nickent keeps pushing the envelope to produce innovative products that make the game fun for all types of golfers.
Who It’s For: Consistent players who want a game-improvement iron.
Clubhead: Stainless Steel, tungsten-polymer Clubface: Stainless Steel • Design: Cavity Back Hybrid• Custom Fitting: Yes • Clubs: 4-PW with two hybrids Â• Shafts: True Temper steel, UST SR3 graphite
nickentgolf.com | $599
Nickent 4DX HybridKey Feature: Hollow clubhead with a titanium face, stainless steel body, carbon composite backing and tungsten/polymer inserts. More efficient loft spacing and longer carry distances result in an extremely versatile iron.
What We Like: Nickent engineers found a way to maximize iron carry distance without making a funky-looking clubhead.
Who It’s For: Any player who wants a high-tech iron that provides a lot of distance and feel.
Clubhead: Stainless steel • Clubface: Titanium • Design: Cavity-back hybrid
Custom Fitting: Yes • Clubs: 3-PW • Shafts: True Temper steel, UST SRT graphite.
nickentgolf.com | $799
Nike SQ SUMOKey Feature: The PowerBow provides extreme perimeter weighting, lowering the CG and raising the MOI and COR.
What We Like: The lightweight Cyro Steel Face Insert that enlarges the clubface’s sweet spot, and the vibration dampening TPU insert that makes mis-hits feel like winners.
Who It’s For: Mid- to high-handicappers who carry a hybrid and like wide-soled irons.
Clubhead: Stainless steel, TPU • Clubface: Cryo steel • Design: Cast cavity-back • Custom Options: Yes Â• Clubs: 4-AW • Shafts: True Temper Speed Step SL steel (S, R, A); iDiamana graphite by Mitsubishi Rayon (S, R, A)
nikegolf.com | $699 and up
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