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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TitleistKey Feature: Offers better feel and more control than the original, thanks to a new Tuned Feel System. The AP2s are forged (the AP1s are not), meaning they are designed for exceptional forgiveness and distance with amazing feel.
What We Like: In the aluminum/elastomer Tuned Feel System upper-cavity medallion, the materials are molded together to improve the feel. The bounce also has been slightly reduced on the short irons for better ground contact.
Who It’s For: Low- to mid-handicappers.
Specs: Available in 3-SW, with True Temper Dynamic Gold steel shafts.
WilsonKey Feature: Each club’s exoskeleton pulls weight low and back, for a deep CG that helps get the ball up. It also is designed to help golfers where they mis-hit the most: toward the toe.
What We Like: The effort on Wilson’s part to make this its marquee iron in 2011 has parlayed it into a great iron. The half-and-half shafts are quite innovative, using graphite on the upper half for power and steel on the lower half for stability.
Who It’s For: Distance and forgiveness gluttons.
Specs: Available in 4-SW, with graphite, steel or graphite/steel shafts.
$849 s/$999 g $1,099 half-and-half shafts
WilsonKey Feature: If you’ve been playing golf for a few years, you probably remember the coveted Wilson Staff blades from yesteryear. Well, they’re back. These muscle-back blades are molded from precision-forged mild carbon steel, and they deliver a soft-impact feel with awesome shotmaking capabilities.
What We Like: Nice balance of topline thickness, offset, blade length and blade shape. Could blades be on the comeback? 2011 sure seems to be trending that way.
Who It’s For: Better players who like blades.
Specs: Available in 3-PW, with steel shafts.
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