2013 Buyer's Guide Irons

Labels: EquipmentIrons
Key Feature: A dense tungsten weight located in the toe provides forgiveness across the face for accurate shots and a high-launch, low-spin trajectory. A stabilizer bar in the cavity helps you control distance and offers solid feel. These are forgiving and designed to be worked. We can safely say these are our favorite PING irons, to date!
Who It's For: The progressive set design makes this set a shotmaker's dream. They're quite long, as well. (Shhh!)
Wow Factor: Shotmaking has never been so darn easy.
Specs: Available in 3-LW with PING CFS steel or TFC 169i graphite shafts. (LH available)
ping.com | $880/$1,096
Key Feature: The Custom Tuning Port in the sole lowers the mass and positions the CG for high-launching, forgiving shots. Support bars in the cavity stabilize the clubface, for solid feel and distance control. A multi-material cavity badge enhances the buttery sound and feel at impact.
Who It's For: Golfers who want mega-game improvement.
Wow Factor: Dark finish looks stunning. You can never go wrong with PING irons. Seriously. Ever.
Specs: Available (3-LW) with PING CFS steel or TFC 189i graphite shafts. (LH available)
ping.com | $899
Power Play
Warp Speed
Key Feature: These irons were made to hit the ball faster and further thanks to a high COR and a MOI. The progressive design (longer irons have wider soles and hollow bodies) for better playability through the set.  
Who It's For: Mid- to higher-handicappers who want forgiveness in 3-4 irons and more shotmaking playability in the 5-SW variety.
Wow Factor: Again, a crazy low price for a set of irons as good as more, ahem, expensive irons we've tried.
Specs: 3-SW, in stock or a variety of custom options.
hirekogolf.com | $18/head only
R11 Irons
Key Feature: TaylorMade took everything they learned from the Burner and Tour Preferred lines and produced this set of killer irons. Look for thin faces in the long irons and thicker faces in the short irons for more control and playability. When we tested them, we liked their feel and performance—not to mention a noticeable distance boost.
Who It's For: All skill levels, really.
Wow Factor: Theyre just too good to leave in 2012. Nice price.
Specs: Comes in 3-SW with KBS 90 steel shafts or Fujikura Motore graphite shafts. (LH available)­­
taylormadegolf.com | $599
Key Feature: Its "Speed Pocket" in the 3- to 7-irons—a slot in the sole that flexes and rebounds at impact—promotes fast ball speed and a high launch angle, for long, high-flying, quick-stopping shots. Each clubhead is individually designed to maximize distance and control and feel.
Who It's For: All amateurs, especially those who tend to mishit low on the face. These can really, really, really help.
Wow Factor: Holy moly, these are fun to hit. Wowsa!
Specs: Available (3-LW) with RocketFuel 85 steel or RocketFuel 65 graphic shafts.
taylormadegolf.com | $799/$899
RocketBladez Tour
Key Feature: Its "Speed Pocket" in the 3- to 7-irons—a slot in the sole that flexes and rebounds at impact—promotes fast ball speed and a high launch angle, for long, high-flying, quick-stopping shots. Each clubhead is individually designed, sized and shaped to deliver consistent distance and speed due to the absence of "hot spots" on the clubface. And, oh yeah, they're all forged.
Who It's For: Better players. But hey, don't let that stop you.
Wow Factor: Very versatile for shotmaking. Thumbs way up.
Specs: Available (3-AW) with KBS Tour graphite shafts.
taylormadegolf.com | $899
RocketBladez Max
Key Feature: Like their RocketBladez counterparts, the Max version employs heads with game-improvement metalwood characteristics: fast faces, draw bias, low and deep CG and tungsten heel/toe weighting and hollow heads.
Who It's For: High-handicappers with shallower downswings who don't mind paying a premium for a set of irons.
Wow Factor: Sound and feel is incredible. They're long!
Specs: Stronger lofts in short irons, standard graphite shafts in 4- and 5-irons and optional graphite set (Matrix Ozik HD Program). Available in 4-iron through LW.
taylormadegolf.com | $1,299/$1,399
AP1 & AP2
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. Wow Factor: 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 | $699/$799
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...
Wow Factor: They look nice, eh? They feel even better.
Specs: Available in 3-PW with TT Dynamic Gold steel shafts.
titleist.com | $999


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