Irons Buyer's Guide 2006
If you've been delaying your purchase of new irons, we have but five words: "What are you waiting for?"
Royal Precision Rifle Project X HL
The Project X line of steel shafts found favor with many Tour players last year, thanks to its new taper pattern that more effectively transfers energy to the golf ball. The new Project X HL is tuned for the less-elite golfer and with characteristics that promote a higher ballflight.
True Temper Black Gold
True Temper continues to push the steel shaft envelope with the new Black Gold, which carefully manages frequency, weight and balance point from the wedge to 3-iron. Also new from True Temper is the ultra-lightweight Dynamic Gold SL. www.truetemper.com
UST iROD Long Iron
Having trouble hitting your 3- and 4-irons? The UST iROD shaft might help, with a high-performance design that includes a softer tip section to help you launch the ball high and straight, even with a 2-iron. The iROD shafts also are made specifically for drivers, hybrid woods and the mid-irons. www.ustgolfshaft.com
| PING G5|
(800) 4-PING-FIT | $749 ($949 graphite)
The new G5 irons feature a deeper, parallel cavity that widens the sole and increases the perimeter weighting to make PING’s most forgiving iron yet.
Features: A large clubhead, deep cavity, wide sole and a larger, thinner Custom Tuning Port.
Advantages: The inherent shape and design of the G5 promote higher-launching, straighter shots from a variety of lies, while the feel of the G5 is improved through the use of the CTP (which is positioned closer to the clubface to ensure consistency).
Benefits: PING has always been about game improvement, yet has always attracted the gamut of skill levels. Same goes for the G5.
What We Like: The lead-edge radius of the G5 is specifically designed to provide improved ground impact for even greater playability.
Lineup: S59, i5, G5, G2
Clubhead: Stainless steel
Design: Cast cavity-back
Clubs: 2-PW, GW, SW, LW (available LH)
Shaft(s): PING CS Lite (S, R); PING TFC100i graphite (S, R, A)
| Srixon I-506|
(888) 4-SRIXON | $999
They look like surgical instruments and perform with as much precision.
Features: Great craftsmanship and shape augmented by Srixon’s Digital Impact Technology.
Advantages: The Digital Impact Technology matches the CG and weighting in each iron to produce the desired launch characteristics in accordance with today’s golf ball designs—high trajectory and penetrating ballflight.
Benefits: The classic blade profile with a thin topline and minimal offset will please players who desire a traditional look at address.
What We Like: The low and deep CG (which adds forgiveness on off-center hits) and the double-radius sole with unique heel and toe cuts (to ensure solid contact from a variety of turf conditions).
Lineup: I-506, I-403AD
Clubhead: Carbon steel
Design: Forged cavity-back
Clubs: 2-PW (no LH)
Shaft(s): True Temper Dynamic Gold steel (S, R)
| TaylorMade r7 CGB MAX|
(800) 888-CLUB $1,099 ($1,299 graphite)
One of the top game-improvement irons.
Features: The “r7” comes from the company’s use of its driver-born Inverted Cone Technology, which drastically increases the size of the sweet spot. The “CGB” stands for “center-of-gravity back,” which refers to the iron’s low and deep CG position (with the help of two tungsten cartridges) that’s designed to provide optimum launch conditions. The “MAX” refers to the irons’ maximum COR.
Advantages: Ultra-game improvement.
Benefits: Everyone—there’s a ton of technology, but TaylorMade did well to disguise it.
What We Like: The ultra-thin face—it feels great and really makes for a “hot” trajectory.
Lineup: rac TP, rac LT, rac OS, r7 XD, r7 CGB MAX
Clubhead: Stainless steel
Clubface: Same Design: Cast cavity-back
Clubs: 3-PW, GW, SW, LW (available LH)
Shaft(s): TaylorMade r7 T-Step Ascending Mass steel (S, R, A, L); TaylorMade Hyper-Light graphite (S, R, A, L)
TaylorMade r7 XD