Tuesday, March 5, 2013
2013 Buyer's Guide Irons
Tour Edge ExoticsKey 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.
CB Xtreme Forged
Who It's For: Good to better players.
Wow Factor: Incredibly suited for shotmaking.
Specs: Available in 3-SW and two steel shaft options, Dynamic Gold (R-300, S-300, X-100) and KBS Tour.
touredge.com | $799
Tour Edge ExoticsKey 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.
Who It's For: All players.
Wow Factor: Holy smoke, these irons are forgiving!
Specs: Ten different irons available and two stock shafts, Dynalite 90 steel and Fujikura Blur graphite.
touredge.com | $599/$899
Tour Edge ExoticsKey Feature: Features include advanced sole weighting and a deep undercut cavity. Four tungsten weights sit low and wide in the heel and toe, to enlarge the effective hitting area and lower the CG. An ultrathin clubface maxes out distance and forgiveness for more consistency.
Who It's For: All playing abilities can use these to score.
Wow Factor: Our favorite XCG iron yet. By a long shot.
Specs: Available (4-PW) with TT X-Lite 90 steel, Project X Flight steel, KBS Tour steel, Matrix Ozik HD or Graphite Design Tour AD graphite shafts.
touredge.com | $499/$599/$699
Wilson StaffKey Feature: A large, thin, unsupported clubface delivers fast ball speed and solid distance. Exoskeleton technology is coupled with an undercut cavity, yielding extreme perimeter weighting and forgiveness. Optimized clubhead proportions helps each iron play to its best potential.
Who It's For: Players wanting lightweight irons.
Wow Factor: These are the real deal for real distance.
Specs: Available (4-PW, GW, SW) with TT SL85 steel, Matrix Studio 6.1 65-gram graphite or Wilson Staff Half and Half shafts. Women's shafts also available.
wilsonstaff.com | $599/$899/$799
YonexKey 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 more forgiveness.
Wow Factor: The CBs are our favorite and feel great.
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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