Tuesday, February 23, 2010
2010 Buyer's Guide Irons
This year, it seems every type of iron is billed as a forgiving one.
|Powerbilt Air Force One Air Foil
Key Feature: The hollow body design of the AFOAF irons are nitrogen-filled and, when combined with a razor-thin face, yield some big-time distance.
What We Like: The nitrogen idea seems pretty cool, and we like that the sole width gets thicker toward the longer irons, and the shorter irons have thinner toplines. And, oh yeah, they have nitrogen in them! How cool is that?
Who It’s For: Folks who want distance that comes from nitrogen!
Specs: Available in 4-PW, in steel or graphite shafts.
powerbilt.com | $599 (steel)
Key Feature: Tungsten-nickel plugs in the heel and toe sections of this forged iron lend an amazingly soft and stable feel through impact.
What We Like: They’re bigger in overall size, which considering their forged metal, makes them among the most forgiving forged models we’ve hit. And man, do they feel great. Just pick a target and watch the ball fly there.
Who It’s For: Better players who want a bigger, more forgiving forged iron.
Specs: Available in 3-PW, with Nippon steel shafts.
srixon.com | $899
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 forgiving, long and consistent.
What We Like: Tests show the 4-iron goes 15 yards longer than the competition. Long, light shafts and a thin clubface for a high COR are a big plus.
Who It’s For: All golfers.
Specs: Available in 3-SW, in steel or graphite shaft options.
taylormadegolf.com | $840 (steel)
Key Feature: Reconfigured with even more forgiveness and feel, the AP1 have a tungsten-nickel sole, a stainless-steel body and a Tuned Feel System insert in the cavity.
What We Like: Titleist took a great iron and made it even better in ‘10. The AP1s feel better and are considerably more forgiving on off-center hits.
Who It’s For: Consummate golfers who want a lively iron that’s both forgiving and feels fantastic.
Specs: Available in 3-PW, with Nippon steel or Aldila graphite shafts.
titleist.com | $699
|Tour Edge Exotics XCG-3
Key Feature: The dual-density dampening system, which absorbs shock in the shorter irons and adds power and forgiveness in the longer irons.
What We Like: Great looks in a traditional shape and a really soft, buttery feel. Also, the long irons produce a high, boring ballflight. (In golf, boring is a good thing.) Nice price, too.
Who It’s For: Golfers who want forgiveness in longer irons and enhanced feel in the shorter ones.
Specs: Available in 3-PW, in a variety of steel and graphite shaft options.
exoticsgolf.com | $599
Key Feature: Two hybrids mix with ultra-game-improvement irons. Also of note is the Half-and-Half shaft that sports steel on the bottom half and graphite on the upper half to add speed without compromising the accuracy that comes from steel.
What We Like: The hybrids are exceptional at getting the ball airborne. Also, even with a steel bottom section, they still feel like all-graphite shafts.
Who It’s For: Distance gluttons.
Specs: Available in 3-PW, with Half-and-Half graphite/steel shafts.
wilsonstaff.com | $799
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