Friday, March 18, 2011
2011 Buyer's Guide Irons
If you want to score your best, start with the right set of irons
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Nike GolfKey Feature: A forged Tour-level, three-head-styles-in-one set with a pocket cavity in the long irons, split cavity in the mid-irons, and blade-style short irons.
VR Pro Combo
What We Like: The CG moves gradually and consistently higher through the set, optimizing launch and distance control.
Who It’s For: Better players wanting more forgiveness and distance than with a blade, but still with that soft, forged feel.
Specs: Available in 2-PW, with True Temper Dynamic Gold steel or Nike Project X graphite shafts.
Nike GolfKey Feature: Opti-Mass weighting system targets a progressive and linear CG position via high-density tungsten-resin insert.
VR Pro Cavity
What We Like: Ballflight is lively; launch angle is nice and high. And distance control is happily predictable. We also like iron innovation, and using three-, two- and single-piece clubheads in one set is a great idea to max out performance.
Who It’s For: Golfers wanting enhanced distance and forgiveness, and increased feel.
Specs: Available in 3-LW, with the True Temper Dynalite 110 steel or Nike Project X graphite shafts.
$839 s/959 g
Nike GolfKey Feature: They undergo a precise forging process to help shotshaping performance. Each face features two more grooves, resulting in cleaner, more consistent ballstriking and more spin off the face.
VR Pro Blade
What We Like: Simply put, they’re gorgeous. And the feel is absolutely pure. As for shotmaking, these are straightforward blades, meaning there isn’t a shot you can’t hit with them.
Who It’s For: Better players who aren’t afraid to still wield a sharp set of blades.
Specs: Available in 2-PW, with True Temper Dynamic Gold steel shafts.
PingKey Feature: Narrow stabilizing bars in the long iron cavities help generate distance. The bars get wider through the short irons for lower, more-controlled trajectories.
What We Like: The variable tungsten toe weighting positions the CG for higher-launching long irons and lower-trajectory short irons. We also contend that these are the best-feeling, nonforged irons from PING. Ever.
Who It’s For: Players who put a premium on shot control.
Specs: Available in 2-PW, with Dynamic Gold and KBS Tour shafts.
PingKey Feature: The company’s first forged iron in 40+ years, with performance benefits not previously associated with forged irons.
What We Like: Even though they’re forged, they combine a steel body with a tungsten sole and machined grooves for a great, soft feel. And by the way, they pack plenty of distance, too.
Who It’s For: Moderate to better players who want the standard of quality expected from PING, albeit this time in a beautiful, forged iron design.
Specs: Available in 3-PW, with steel True Temper Project X shafts.
PingKey Feature: A blended set of multimetal irons and higher-launching hybrids.
What We Like: The irons are oversized, have a titanium face and wide sole—all great game-improvement features. The hybrids also are exceptionally easy to use, launching the ball higher and farther than long irons do.
Who It’s For: Golfers who benefit from a maximum-forgiveness design, and those with slower swing speeds who want more distance.
Specs: Irons available in 5-LW, hybrids in 3H-6H, with PING AWT steel or PING TFC 149i/149h graphite shafts.
$1,092 s/$1,240 g
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