2014 Buyer's Guide Irons
Be a shotmaker in 2014
AcerKey Features: Forged and milled, the XS Forged irons are a shotmaker's iron for advanced shotmaking and maneuverability. Thanks to a CNC-milling process, these forged clubs have a cavity that's usually found in cast clubheads, meaning although they're better-playing clubs, they're still long and forgiving.
Wow Factor: These are silky-smooth and nicely balanced. What a great price, too.
Specs: Available in 3-PW, with stock options of more than 40 shafts and 100 grips to choose from.
hirekogolf.com | $49/each
Callaway GolfKey Features: A forged, game-improvement iron with distance-enhancing features. A thin, high-strength, forged-steel face insert helps achieve distance. The 3- through 5-irons feature a tungsten sole insert, translating to a low CG and high launch angle.
Wow Factor: We're sentimentally fond of the classic look. The long irons are distance machines that create nice, high flight. Thanks for bringing the Apex back!
Specs: Available in 3-SW, with a True Temper XP95 steel or UST Mamiya Recoil graphite shaft.
callawaygolf.com | $1,299/graphite, $1,099/steel
Callaway GolfKey Features: A new, deep, central undercut boosts the spring-like effect off the large sweet spot of the A-Frame face for distance. A wide groove produces more spin,
increasing carry distance.
Wow Factor: They're long and land softly, just the way we love.
Specs: Available in 3-LW and two steel shaft options, a Lightweight Speed Step 85 steel or an Aldila Tour Blue graphite.
callawaygolf.com | $900-$1,000/graphite, $800-$900/steel
Cleveland GolfKey Features: MT stands for Mid Trajectory. With 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, deep CG to enhance distance and forgiveness. A progressive set profile improves playability; a vibration dampener in the back softens impact.
Wow Factor: All-around, our favorite irons from Cleveland...ever.
Specs: Available in 3-PW for righties, lefties and women, with a Traction 85 steel or Actionite 55 graphite shaft.
clevelandgolf.com | $799/graphite, $699/steel
Cobra GolfKey Features: The long and mid-irons have heavy tungsten in the heel and toe, which lends forgiveness. Tungsten in the short irons is centered behind the clubface for added distance and control. It's the largest unsupported face of any Cobra iron, so the clubface flexes at impact for plenty of distance.
Wow Factor: They're designed to be long and forgiving. Mission accomplished!
Specs: Available in 3-LW, with a Cobra BiOCELL graphite or True Temper Dynalite 85 steel shaft.
cobragolf.com | $135/graphite-shafted club, $875/steel-shafted set
MizunoKey Features: For mid- to high handicaps, this has a hot face plus a pocket cavity in the 4- through 7-irons to help generate high, long and straight shots. In the 8-iron through gap wedge, a deep pocket cavity boosts accuracy and control. Proprietary "Harmonic Impact Technology" in the cavity frame enhances feel.
Wow Factor: We're blown away by how easy it is to get the ball airborne and flying right on target. Distance is deceptively aggressive, as well.
Specs: Available in 4-GW, with a True Temper XP steel or Fujikura Orochi graphite shaft.
mizunogolf.com | $$1,100/graphite, $800/steel
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