2012 Buyer's Guide Irons

These new sticks will help you hit the green

Labels: EquipmentIronsIron Woods
AP1 & AP2
Key Feature: Key Feature: Both new designs have sleeker contours for a better address position and improved internal weighting for higher MOI. (The AP2s were built for seriously skilled golfers, while the AP1s were built for the "aspiring to skilled golfer.")
Who It's For: The AP irons look, feel and work like players' clubs, but have the forgiveness even good players need. They're really the best of both worlds.
Specs: Available 3-PW with TT Dynalite Gold XP steel or Graphite Design Tour AD graphite shafts. (LH available)
titleist.com | $896/$1,080
MB Forged 712
Key Feature: This version has a narrower sole than the last iteration (710 series) and also sports a nonglare, brushed-chrome finish, unlike the 710's shinier appearance. Its smaller profile at address lets us know that the MB was built for the most serious stick. Forged from 1025 carbon steel, these muscle-backs are magical to hit.
Who It's For: Since its introduction in 2009, the MB has been the most-played iron on the PGA Tour. Hint, hint...
Specs: Available in 3-PW with TT Dynamic Gold steel shafts. Custom options available.
titleist.com | $1,120/$1,320
Tour Edge
Exotics XCG-5
Key Feature: Four tungsten sole weights sit lower and wider in both the heel and toe and increase the effective hitting area and lower the CG. These new sticks also have less offset and a thinner sole than the XCG-4. The big story here, however, is how the deep undercut cavity, split-level sole design, perimeter weighting and sole weights have all lowered the CG. Wow, these babies are forgiving.
Who It's For: All players.
Specs: Ten different irons available and two stock shafts, Dynalite 90 steel and Fujikura Blur graphite.
touredge.com | $499/$899
Tour Edge
Exotics CB Xtreme Forged
Key Feature: Forged from 1025 carbon steel, these new irons feature a milled face and head, extreme perimeter weighting and a deep muscle-back cavity that lowers the CG and creates a larger sweet spot for soft, crisp shots. With the bulk of weight moved to the sole, heel and toe, we felt like we could control our shots just as we wanted. They were easy to work, and that confidence led to better shots.
Who It's For: Good to better players.
Specs: Available in 3-SW and two steel shaft options, Dynamic Gold (R-300, S-300, X-100) and KBS Tour.
touredge.com | $799
Wilson Staff
Key Feature: The black PVD finish on these irons hide a lot of technology! The thin topline looks great and the exoskeleton weighting pulls weight away form the center and toward the perimeter for a ton of forgiveness on off -center hits. Add some progressive offset and you have a set that mid-handicappers will love. Great aesthetics!
Who It's For: Middle handicappers, although we suspect some better players will appreciate the performance here.
Specs: 4-PW with optional 3i, SW and LW in steel or graphite shafts. (LH available)
wilsonstaff.com | $599/$699
Ezone Forged
Key Feature: Forged from S25C carbon steel, the EZONE forged series features three different clubheads for players of varying abilities.
Who It's For: The MB blades and CB cavity-backs are for better players, while the PB's deep cavity with higher MOI is the perfect iron for folks looking for a little more forgiveness. There's something for everyone here.
Specs: The forged series comes in three different head types—MB, CB and PB—all with True Temper Dynamic Gold S200 steel shafts. Price listed above is per club.
yonexusa.com | $150-$175


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