Tuesday, February 23, 2010
2010 Buyer's Guide Irons
This year, it seems every type of iron is billed as a forgiving one.
|Adams Idea a7
Key Feature: This set comes with two hybrids (3-4) that have added playability; the lone 5-iron is a hollow-body model; and the 6-PW are tricked out with dual cavity-backs, thinner toplines and smaller sole widths.
What We Like: The hybrids. They’re super easy to hit. The 5-iron seems out of place. Why not make it a hybrid? The short irons feel great, as well.
Who It’s For: Good players who aren’t too proud to play a mixed set.
Specs: Available in both steel and graphite models.
adamsgolf.com | $499 (steel)
|Adams Idea a70S Max
Key Feature: Irons? What irons? This set marks Adams’ first all-hybrid set.
What We Like: Short irons take some getting used to, but each club lifts the ball in the air in a hurry. We guess most folks will hit these “irons” one to two clubs longer than with traditional sets. The draw bias in each club is a real slice-killer, too.
Who It’s For: Golfers with moderate to slow swing speeds who want more distance and forgiveness.
Specs: Available in 3-SW; Grafalloy ProLaunch graphite in longer clubs.
adamsgolf.com | $649
|Bridgestone J38 Cavity Back
Key Feature: A gorgeous forged cavity-back with magnesium composite infused in the rear heel and toe for enhanced perimeter weighting.
What We Like: All of it? No really, we do. Better players will appreciate the tapered sole design that’s crazy versatile. The chrome finish is a classic look.
Who It’s For: Better players who like to work the ball. These irons have forgiveness, but that’s a relative term. They’re still forged players’ clubs.
Specs: Available in 4-PW, with an optional 3-iron; Project X steel shafts.
bridgestonegolf.com | $799
|Cleveland CG7 Black Pearl
Key Feature: The CG7s get a black pearl finish that is so sweet, we can barely stand it. All the cool Gelback Tech and heel-toe weighting is still there, only it’s jet black.
What We Like: The great looks aside, these irons are remarkably forgiving. And with new groove rules, the Laser-Milled grooves seem to really help hold the greens. Nice soft feel, too.
Who It’s For: Every type of player. Better sticks will like the CG7 Tour version.
Specs: Available in 3-SW, in a variety of steel or graphite shaft options.
Key Feature: Multimaterial construction, using steel, polymer and urethane that combine to produce a soft feel with hard-hitting distance and forgiveness.
What We Like: The stepped sole offers the best of both worlds—playability and forgiveness. And who doesn’t love a high MOI in an iron?
Who It’s For: Those looking for more distance and accuracy. And, oh yeah, did we mention mega-forgiveness? You’ll find that in this set for sure.
Specs: Available in 3-LW, in Nippon steel or Aldila graphite.
cobragolf.com | $599
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