2013 Buyer's Guide Irons

Labels: EquipmentIrons
Callaway
X Hot
Key Feature: Variable face thickness and the company's "Hyperbolic Face Technology" create a large sweet spot and increased ball speed across the face. A deep clubface with undercut cavity enables each individual iron to maximize ball speed. A dual-material medallion fine-tunes sound and promotes a crisp, dynamic feel.
Who It's For: Folks who want distance in their iron set.
Wow Factor: Their great look and long hitting. Nuff said.
Specs: Available (3-LW) for righties and lefties (except LW), with Speed Step steel and graphite shafts.
callawaygolf.com | $699/899
Callaway
X Hot Pro
Key Feature: The company's "J-Face" technology allows for power and solid feel. The clubface has very precise grooves. A dual-material medallion fine-tunes sound and promotes a crisp, dynamic feel at high ball speeds.
Who It's For: Better players.
Wow Factor: They're like the Tom Brady of irons. Great looks and performance to boot. (Did we just say that?)
Specs: Available (3-AW) for righties and lefties (except AW), with Project X 95 Flighted steel or custom Aldila VS Proto or Callaway custom graphite shafts.
callawaygolf.com | $799/$999
Callaway
X Forged
Key Feature: Designed with direct input from the com-pany's Tour pros, these are pure forgings with more aggressive grooves and extreme precision, for solid feel, ballflight and turf interaction. The chrome finish appeals to good golfers, while tightly spaced grooves promote more aggressive shot shaping.
Who It's For: Better players who love that forged feelin'.
Wow Factor: Feel free to curve the ball any way you want.
Specs: Available (2-PW) for righties and lefties, with Project X PXI steel shaft.
callawaygolf.com | $999

Cleveland
588 Altitude
Key Feature: This hybrid-iron set features full hollow construction for distance and forgiveness. Seamless set transition eases playability. Face Forged Technology enhances ball speed, distance and feel.
Who It's For: Those who want serious game improvement.
Wow Factor: Easiest irons we've tried when it comes to getting the ball airborne. It's almost like cheating. But it's not. They're insanely easy to play with.
Specs: Available (3-SW) for righties, lefties and women, with Traction 85 steel or Actionlite 55 graphite shafts.
clevelandgolf.com | $699/$799
Cleveland
588 MT
Key Feature: MT stands for Mid Trajectory. A constant blade length throughout the set, the blade height gets taller in the shorter irons. Full Hollow Construction and internal weighting promote a low and deep CG to enhance distance and forgiveness. A progressive set profile improves playability. A vibration dampener in the back softens impact.
Who It's For: All players who want to look like players.
Wow Factor: All-around, our favorite irons from Cleveland.
Specs: Available (3-SW) for righties, lefties and women, with Traction 85 steel or Actionlite 55 graphite shafts.
clevelandgolf.com | $699/$799
Cleveland
588 TT
Key Feature: T stands for Tour Trajectory. Constant blade height with progressively longer blade length throughout the set promotes more forgiveness in the longer irons and more penetrating trajectory on shots struck with the short irons. A cavity undercut generates more ball speed and accuracy on mis-hits. Forgiveness is in the house!
Who It's For: Forged-iron fans who want everything.
Wow Factor: Loads of forgiveness, power and...see above.
Specs: Available (3-SW) for righties and lefties, with Traction 85 steel or Actionlite 55 graphite shafts.
clevelandgolf.com | $699/$799

Cobra
AMP Cell
Key Feature: Metalwood face-weld construction with the company's E9 Face Technology creates a light and strong clubface with a huge sweet spot—yielding distance and forgiveness. Perimeter weighting helps position the CG behind the face, while the sculpted V-Skid sole improves turf interaction. This means straighter hits.
Who It's For: All player types. Especially ones who like color.
Wow Factor: Cool colors and solid performance. Nice...
Specs: Available (3-LW), with Cobra AMP Cell Iron steel or True Temper Dynalite 90 graphite shafts. (LH available)
cobragolf.com | $699
Cobra
AMP Forged
Key Feature: The forged clubheads have a uniform and aligned grain structure, for precision, smooth-sounding impact and solid feel. The 3- through 7–irons feature high-MOI tungsten inserts, while the 3- through 9-irons have progressively larger CNC-milled pockets that redistribute weight for higher launch and more consistent distance.
Who It's For: Better sticks who want maneuverability.
Wow Factor: They're more forgiving than they appear!
Specs: Available (3-GW) for righties and lefties, with FST KBS Tour Plus steel shafts.
cobragolf.com | $899/$999
Cobra
Baffler
Key Feature: The high-MOI, progressive oversized face means forgiveness and a low CG to help the ball get airborne. A wide, railed sole reduces turf drag from all lies. A cavity medallion tunes vibration and sound at impact.
Who It's For: Mid- to higher-handicappers.
Wow Factor: We were baffled by how easy these are to hit (with some slice reduction for us). On no, we didn't just say that did we? We did. They're also available in a mixed set with hybrids.
Specs: Available (4-SW) for righties and lefties, with Cobra Baffler Hybrid iron graphite shafts.
cobragolf.com | $499



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