2009 Irons Buyer's Guide

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Ping G10
Key Feature: A tungsten weight placed in the back of the club’s toe that creates a higher MOI and increases the blade-style club’s forgiveness.
What We Like: A thermoplastic urethane insert in its tuning pocket helps dampen vibration. Its small stainless-steel head is engineered to function as a forgiving players’ club.
Who It’s For: Golfers searching for a Tour-inspired design and an ideal blend of feel, forgiveness and distance control.
Specs: Comes in 2-PW with a number of shaft options available. pinggolf.com | $700

Scratch EZ-1
Key Feature: Forged in Japan out of soft steel, the EZ-1 irons are one of a few midsized, cavity-back options available. Extra weight low and behind the ball promotes a higher ballflight.
What We Like: Whoa. These irons are gorgeous. They perform exceptionally compared to several of the best forged irons we’ve tried. The three grind options are a clever way to cater to virtually any type of player.
Who It’s For: Golfers who want a set of irons made with some serious TLC.
Specs: 3-PW with custom steel shafts scratchgolf.com | $1,199

Srixon i-701
Key Feature: A 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 two-piece design that has a slightly softer face than body for a very soft and buttery feel.
Who It’s For: Virtually any type of player. High handicappers will dig having the option to play forged irons that are considered game- improvement sticks. (Better players will like ‘em, too.)
Specs: 2-PW with True Temper Dynamic Gold steel shafts. srixon.com | $799


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Taylormade Burner 09
Key Feature: The long, mid- and short irons were each designed separately to create a consistent distance gap. Progressive COR, MOI and shaft lengths (the 4-iron is about an inch longer than standard) make the Burner 09 forgiving, long and consistent.
What We Like: Tests show that the 4-iron goes 15 yards past the competition. Long, light shafts and a superthin clubface for high COR are a big plus.
Who It’s For: Golfers of all handicaps.
Specs: 4-AW w/ steel or graphite shafts; 3-iron, LW and SW also available. taylormadegolf.com | $840-1,080
Taylormade Tour Preferred
Key Feature: The undercut cavity, a sole designed specifically for shotmaking purposes and an Inverted Cone behind the face are just a few of the many features in each TP iron.
What We Like: The emphasis with these irons is on shotmaking and trajectory control, but with an undercut cavity. It’s hard to ignore how forgiving they are.
Who It’s For: Better players willing to play a forgiving cavity-back that offers incredible shotmaking capabilities.
Specs: Available in 2-SW in steel shafts; custom options are available. taylormadegolf.com | $900
Titleist AP2
Key Feature: A multimaterial construction and dual-cavity design that helps launch the ball high, straight and far.
What We Like: The AP2s are forged and provide a traditional feel, but if you prefer a more forgiving cast model with comparable looks, there’s the AP1.
Who It’s For: Low handicappers who dig the benefits and look of the AP2s’ dual-cavity design (especially the AP2s’ soft elastomer cushion that reduces face vibration and promotes a solid feel).
Specs: Range from 3- and 4-iron to W (LH and RH). Precision Project X shafts. titleist.com | $1,000



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