2012 Buyer's Guide Irons
These new sticks will help you hit the green
So you want to integrate hybrids into a set without succumbing to game-improvement irons? The Redline incorporates up to three hybrids (you decide how many) with what Adams says are its longest irons yet. Each Redline iron has Velocity Slot Tech for a low and deep CG, resulting in higher, farther shots.
Boccieri GolfKey Feature: Heavier by about 8 grams in the head, each iron also features a backweighting system underneath the grip and a shorter overall club length. The result? A set of irons that are super easy to swing and that help smoothen even the jerkiest of swing tempos.
H-11 Heavy Irons
Who It's For: Those who may wish to play shorter-length irons and who like the feel of a more balanced, heavier iron to swing with.
Specs: Available in 3-PW in Dynamic Gold steel or Aldila NV graphite shafts. (We prefer the feel of graphite).
boccierigolf.com | $749/$1,049
BridgestoneKey Feature: Shhh...Bridgestone is quietly making some of the most beautiful forged irons on the market. The J40s have all the markings of a Tour player's club, with a high-face-progression design (The face is taller in shorter clubs), and a compact design that's ripe for shotmaking.
J40 Cavity Backs
Who It's For: Better players will love how good these irons look and feel. And surprise! They're actually quite long and forgiving! Shhh, that's our little secret...
Specs: Comes in 5-PW with Project X steel shafts, custom options are available. (3- to 4-irons also available)
bridgestonegolf.com | $699
BridgestoneKey Feature: The J40 Dual Pocket Cavity irons have as the name implies: two pocket cavities behind the face to amplify the perimeter weighting. This means more forgiveness in an iron that retains its Tour-player-friendly good looks. Frankly, these look great, feel even better and perform exceptionally. 'Nuff said!
J40 Dual Pocket
Who It's For: Mid- to low-handicappers who want a player's iron with loads of forgiveness. Yes, you can have both.
Specs: Comes in 5-PW with Project X steel shafts, custom options available. (3- and 4-irons also available)
bridgestonegolf.com | $699
CallawayKey Feature: The remarkably low CG in the RAZR X Black irons means Callaway could make a traditional-looking iron function more like an iron with a wide-sole design. This means there's a ton of forgiveness in this game-improvement set, even though it has a conventional shape. It's all the forgiveness and versatility you'll need.
RAZR X Black
Who It's For: Golfers who want big distance and forgiveness in a set that looks like it belongs in a Tour bag.
Specs: Available in 3-LW in True Temper M-10 XP steel or RAZR X Black graphite shafts. LH available.
callawaygolf.com | $799/$999
CallawayKey Feature: The RAZR back-cavity design means the CG can be placed lower and deeper than in a traditional iron, making the HL irons extremely forgiving. These irons also favor shots hit low on the face (where most golfers hit) and produces a high-launching trajectory. Again, Callaway has an iron set that's ridiculously easy to wield.
RAZR X HL
Who It's For: Golfers who want ample forgiveness and boost in trajectory in their irons. There are hybrids, too.
Specs: Comes in 3-LW in True Temper M-10 XP steel or RAZR X Black graphite shafts. Hybrids and LH available.
callawaygolf.com | $699/$799
CallawayKey Feature: For the golfer who wants it all, here you go. These forged, multimaterial, game-improvement irons are designed with all the tech Callaway can put in a single iron. They're forgiving, long and, well, we'd be afraid to get them dirty, they look so good! We like the hybrids, too.
Who It's For: Golfers who want an extremely forgiving set of forged irons that exude sports-car-like masculinity. Any easier to hit and they wouldn't be fair for everyone else.
Specs: Comes in 3H-SW with True Temper steel or RAZR XF graphite shafts.
callawaygolf.com | $1,299/$1,399
ClevelandKey Feature: The stealthy CG Blacks employ a titanium face, a deep, undercut cavity, a Miyazaki C. Kua 59 graphite shaft and Lamkin Lite grip. Combined, you have a lightweight powerhouse of an iron that increases swing speed for greater distance. "Kaboom!"is how we prefer to put it. These babies are monstrously long and forgiving.
Who It's For: Those who want instant power from lightweight irons, which happen to be very accurate, as well.
Specs: Comes in 3-PW with aforementioned graphite; also in steel shafts. (LH available)
clevelandgolf.com | $899/$999
ClevelandKey Feature: The best-looking irons we've ever seen from Cleveland! Featuring soft, forged carbon steel and a shape that better players will salivate over, these irons are primed for shotmaking. The CBs (cavity-backs) have a more progressive design than the MBs (muscle-backs), but both feel like absolute butter in our hands. Wow. Superb.
588 Forged CB/MB Irons
Who It's For: Better players who really want to get a gist of what forged irons are supposed to look, feel and perform like.
Specs: Available in 2-PW in steel shafts. (LH available)
clevelandgolf.com | $249