2014 Buyer's Guide Irons

Be a shotmaker in 2014

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Fourteen Golf
TC777
Key Features: Soft forged iron with a deep CG. Its wide sweet spot yields accuracy and distance control. A semi-gooseneck, slight offset and thick top blade help square each clubhead at address for visual confidence.
Wow Factor: The nickel-chrome satin finish and the plain shaping remind us of classic forged irons throughout history. We're impressed that each shaft's length perfectly matches the club loft for any given iron in the set.
Specs: Available in 4-AW, with a Nippon N.S. PRO 950GH HT steel shaft.
fourteengolf.com | $1,400
Miura
MB001
Key Features: Refinements to the sole's shape and size help the clubhead travel effortlessly through turf and help keep it square at impact. A cleanly shaped topline helps form the look better players prefer, as does an overall compactness. The clubhead has a slight offset to control trajectories.
Wow Factor: It resembles the old Maxfli Australian blade—an awesome thing. But we're really impressed with the solid feel at impact, and the fact that the ball flies lively off the clubface.
Specs: Available in 3-PW, with many shaft options.
miuragolf.com | $235-$250/club, depending on shaft
Mizuno
MP-4
Key Features: Pure forging, in every sense. A muscle bulge—more prominent in scoring irons—extends high on the clubface and thickens the impact area of the mild carbon-steel clubheads. The thin topline and reduced offset help manipulate ballflight.
Wow Factor: Absolutely gorgeous forged irons. They're what we dream a blade will look like. Long-iron shots get up with ease, and short-iron shots are pleasantly workable.
Specs: Available in 3-PW, with a True Temper Dynamic Gold S300 steel shaft.
mizunogolf.com | $1,000

Mizuno
MP-54
Key Features: A milled "STEP" muscle in the 3- through 7-irons repositions weight to the cavity frame for mis-hit stability. It also creates a deep CG for launch forgiveness while enhancing feel. The short irons' muscle design helps feel and workability.
Wow Factor: Sleek-looking irons that truly impress us with the perimeter grind that thins the topline and sole width appearance. We're confident that better players will love them.
Specs: Available in 3-PW, with a True Temper Dynamic Gold S300 steel shaft.
mizunogolf.com | $1,000
Nike
VRS Covert Forged
Key Features: A proprietary variable-thickness clubface delivers fast ball speed and distance. A high-speed cavity back with a low and deep CG yields long and straight shots, particularly for shots toward the toe, where company officials believe most players make contact with the ball. High-frequency grooves maximize spin to help ease long iron shot dispersion from difficult lies.
Wow Factor: We like the look of this iron. And, to be honest, Nike's more favorable irons the past few years have been those models for better players. So these are a nice option for low-handicappers in the market.
Specs: Available in 4-AW, with a Nippon 950 GH steel shaft.
nikegolf.com | $1,099
TaylorMade
Tour Preferred
Key Features: Comprised of three models. The Tour Preferred MB is a compact muscleback blade forged of soft carbon steel and bearing a thin topline, minimal offset and slight camber. The Tour Preferred MC has a shallow muscle cavity to boost MOI, and the 3- through 7-irons have the proprietary Speed Pocket for more ball speed. The Tour Preferred CB is a full-fledged cavity back that maintains the shape of a player's iron and elegant look of a blade when soled behind the ball. The Speed Pocket in the 3- through 7-iron features "micro-slots" to promote faster ball speed across the face and higher launch, which promotes more distance. The Tour Preferred CB has compact short irons with minimal offset; the other clubheads are slightly larger with progressive offset for more stability and easier launch.
Wow Factor: We love the hand-polished satin nickel-chrome finish—it's choice. And we're especially suckers for the MB model, which Dustin Johnson has been raving about on Tour this year. Or was he talking about Paulina? Both work.
Specs: Available in 3-PW (CB set also has AW), with a stock KBS Tour steel shaft.
taylormadegolf.com | $1,099/MB, $999/MC, $899/CB
Titleist
CB Forged
Key Features: Constant blade lengths with minimal progressive offset enhance workability. The clubheads are compact with precise CG locations and traditional lofts and have a shallow cavity back with an inner cavity muscle behind the impact area for solid feel.
Wow Factor: We love the clean, simple lines, especially for better players. They look great at address, which can boost your visual confidence right out of the chute. (Don't tell, but we found them to be surprisingly forgiving.)
Specs: Available in 3-PW, with a True Temper Dynamic Gold steel or graphite shaft.
titleist.com | $165/club with graphite, $140/steel
Titleist
MB Forged
Key Features: Constant blade lengths with minimal progressive offset enhance workability. Compact with precise CG locations and traditional lofts, the clubheads have a classic muscleback with weighting behind the sweet spot.
Wow Factor: We're going on a limb here and saying these are the best-looking forged blades on the market. Simple. Clean. Elegant. Like fine jewelry. By the way, they feel awesome, too.
Specs: Available in 3-PW, with a True Temper Dynamic Gold steel or graphite shaft.
titleist.com | $165/club with graphite, $140/steel
Wilson Staff
Staff FG Tour 100
Key Features: What better way to celebrate 100 years for Wilson? These forged irons are pure blades with the look and feel a century-young brand can deliver. With a compact profile and thin topline, this is the player's muscleback blade. Solid shots never felt or looked better.
Wow Factor: They're beautiful, and we love the old-school feel. Then again, we think most golfers, even newbies, can get away with blade-style short irons, at the very least. These irons may not be for everyone, but we think everyone should take a look, at the very least. Or, better yet, check the staff bags out on Tour. You just may see a few sets inside the ropes this year.
Specs: Available in 3-PW, with a True Temper Dynamic Gold steel shaft.
wilsonstaff.com | $999



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