2014 Buyer's Guide Irons

Be a shotmaker in 2014

Labels: Buyers GuideIrons
Nike
VR Forged Pro Combo
Key Features: Its long irons have a polymer-filled pocket cavity that strives to yield a high trajectory with forgiveness and enhanced feel. Short irons have a forged split cavity that delivers a penetrating flight.
Wow Factor: We achieved nice distance and control with these. The look is a little vanilla, but who cares when the ball is going where you want?
Specs: Available in 3-PW, with a True Temper Dynamic Gold steel shaft.
nikegolf.com | $1,000/steel
Orlimar
Tour3
Key Features: Each clubhead has a forged face and cast cavity for a pure feel with playability and forgiveness. Long irons feature an undercut cavity that boosts MOI and lowers CG; mid-irons have a mid-muscle back for workability; short irons are blades.
Wow Factor: We're pleasantly surprised by how nice these irons look and perform. And they're a really good value, as well.
Specs: Available in 3-PW, with a True Temper Dynamic Gold shaft.
orlimar.com | $699
Taylormade
SpeedBlade
Key Features: A game-improvement iron that combines a Speed Pocket that's wider and longer than last year's RocketBladez, a low CG, proprietary Inverted Cone sweet spot and thin face—all for fast ball speed and a high launch. The thin topline and sole in the shorter irons promote workability, feel and control.
Wow Factor: We're utterly blown away by how long and forgiving these are—even compared with its two predecessor models that were both outstanding. You can't go wrong with these.
Specs: Available in 4-AW, with a stock 85-gram steel or VELOX-T 75-gram graphite shaft.
taylormadegolf.com | $899/graphite, $799/steel
Ping
i25
Key Features: The progressive set design—larger long irons with wider soles, more compact short irons with narrower soles—means that long irons are forgiving, short irons offer shot control. Dual-stabilizing bars are narrow in the long irons for a high trajectory and distance, and wider in the short irons for lower trajectory and more control. A high-density tungsten toe weight helps stabilize the clubhead on mis-hits. PING has a knack for leading the pack in iron design for the last billion years. This one? It's arguably our most favorite yet.
Wow Factor: We dig the custom tuning port near the sole in each clubhead that helps shots launch effortlessly—just as you would expect from PING irons. They feel remarkable, durable, forgivable, maneuverable and all-around unbelievable. Yes, they're that good.
Specs: Available in 3-LW, with a PING-branded CFS steel or TFC189i graphite shaft.
ping.com | $137/club with graphite shaft, $110/steel



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