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.


Nike Slingshot 4D Irons
Key Feature: The latest Slingshot iteration is the sleekest. This time it’s got a beveled sole, thinner topline and more compact shape.
Game improvement has never looked better.
What We Like: Nike’s attention to detail. They treat the Slingshot irons like individual clubs, not as a set. They’re the best Slingshots to date.
Who It’s For: Mid-handicappers, but don’t be surprised to see Tour players try ‘em in ’08.
Clubhead: Stainless steel • Clubface: Same Design: Slingback cavity-back • Custom Options: Yes • Clubs: 2-SW • Shafts: True Temper Speed Step SL steel (S, R, A); UST Slingshot 4D graphite (S, R, A)
nikegolf.com | $599
Ping G10
Key Feature: A Custom Tuning Port adds to the stability of the club on off-center hits. Also, an elastomer CTP insert improves the club’s sound.
What We Like: Extremely low toe weighting that increases its MOI. Another cool feature is its wide sole, which makes for less digging.
Who It’s For: Mid- to high-handicappers looking for a “game-improvement” club from the company who invented the genre.
Clubhead: Stainless steel • Clubface: Stainless steel • Design: Cast cavity back • Custom Options: Yes • Clubs: 2-UW, SW LW • Shafts: PING AWT steel shaft (X, S, R, A); PING TFC 129i graphite (S, R, A)
pinggolf.com | $700
Ping i10
Key Feature: A Custom Tuning Port featuring a rib-like shape that stabilizes the face.
What We Like: More weight in the toe to increase the club’s MOI (a move that makes the i10 more forgiving than typical blade-style irons). The cambered sole adds forgiveness too.
Who It’s For: Better players who like a blade-style club that appears smaller at address, but still provides plenty of forgiveness.
Clubhead: Stainless steel • Clubface: Same Design: Cast cavity-back • Custom Options: Yes • Clubs: 2-UW, SW LW • Shafts: PING AWT steel shaft (X, S, R, A); PING TFC 129i graphite (S, R, A)
pinggolf.com | $699

Srixon i701
Key Feature: Pocket cavity structure that lowers and deepens the CG, making it easier to get the ball airborne for a higher, longer ballflight.
What We Like: The clubhead’s unique two-piece design with a forged 1025 carbon steel body and a soft, forged 1020 carbon steel face. (All adding up to a large and high COR.)
Who It’s For: Mid- to high-handicappers who want a forged feel in what can be considered a game-improvement set of irons.
Clubhead: Carbon steel • Clubface: Same Design: Forged cavity-back • Custom Options: Yes • Clubs: 2-PW • Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Shaft (X, S, R)
srixon.com | $799
Taylormade Burner XD
Key Feature: A thin and flexible titanium face that promotes high COR for faster ball speed.
What We Like: The combination of materials, oversized, forgiving clubhead and SuperFast Technology that promotes faster ball speeds and greater forgiveness.
Who It’s For: Mid- to high-handicappers who lack distance and struggle hitting the center of the clubface. (This club does the work for you.)
Clubhead: Stainless steel • Clubface: Titanium • Design: Cavity-back • Custom Options: Yes • Clubs: 3-LW • Shafts: RE*AX Superfast 65 (X, S, R, M); RE*AX Superfast Black Steel 90 (S, R, M)
taylormadegolf.com | $900
Taylormade r7 CGB Max
Key Feature: A hollow topline that helps move the club’s CG down and back for a higher MOI.
What We Like: Inverted Cone Technology, the same featured on TaylorMade drivers, increases ball speed. Its tungsten weights positioned low and deep help stabilize the clubhead.
Who It’s For: Mid- to high-handicappers who need a club that will help them hit the ball higher, farther and with added accuracy.
Clubhead: Stainless steel • Clubface: Same Design: Cast cavity-back • Custom Options: Yes • Clubs: 3-LW • Shafts: RE*AX Superfast 55 graphite (S, R, A); RE*AX Superfast Black steel 90 (S, R, A)
taylormadegolf.com | $1300



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