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.
Titleist AP 1Key Feature: The multi-material, dual-cavity, progressive offset and elastomer insert produce a Titleist iron that has a low CG & raised MOI.
What We Like: Judging by the feel, we would never have guessed they weren’t forged.
Who It’s For: Good players who want to be great players.
Clubhead: Stainless steel, Nickel (sole box), elastomer, aluminum • Clubface: Stainless steel • Design: Dual cavity-back • Custom Options: Yes • Clubs: 3-PW, W • Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold HL steel (X, S, R, A); Aldila VS Proto designed for Titleist graphite (X, S, R)
titleist.com | $900
Tour Edge Exotics BladeKey Feature: A weight bar in its muscle cavity that lowers the center of gravity.
What We Like: With a CNC milled face, the Exotics Blades feature the largest grooves allowed by the USGA. They call ’em blades, but forgiveness like this can only mean these irons are actually a cavity-back.
Who It’s For: Low Handicappers who want a healthy dose of forgiveness to go with a sweet, forged feel.
Clubhead: Carbon steel • Clubface: Same Design: Forged cavity-back • Custom Options: Yes • Clubs: 2-SW • Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Taper Tip steel (X, S, R)
exoticsgolf.com | $799
Tour Edge GeoMaxKey Feature: Two 15-gram tungsten screw weights in the heel and toe ramp up the club’s MOI, turning the entire face into a sweet spot.
What We Like: A sole that’s up to 1.5 inches wide for a low, deep CG and high MOI. Also its huge hollow perimeter weighted cavity features a Thermal Plastic Elastomer coating for a soft feeling at contact.
Who It’s For: Mid- to high-handicappers.
Clubhead: Stainless steel • Clubface: Same Design: Cast undercut cavity-back • Custom Options: Yes • Clubs: 2-LW • Shafts: Proprietary Graphite by Grafalloy (X, S, R, A, L); Precision Microtaper Steel (X, S, R, A, L)
touredge.com | $550
Wilson Pi7Key Feature: Heel and toe weighting and a thin topline increase the club’s MOI.
What We Like: The cavity-back/blade design appeals to better players who like to take advantage of perimeter weighting. Also, to improve playability, its sole widens and head size increases the longer the irons get.
Who It’s For: Low-handicappers who like to shape shots.
Clubhead: Stainless steel • Clubface: Same • Design: Cavity-back blade • Custom Options: Yes • Clubs: 3-PW, GW • Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold
steel (X, S, R)
wilsonstaff.com | $599
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