Irons Buyer's Guide 2007

Today's irons run the gamut from forged blades and multi-material game-improvement designs to entire sets of hollow-body hybrids


Mizuno MP-67
mizunousa.com
(800) 966-1211 | $849


Mizuno MP67 Look for the new MP-67 to make a big impact this season.
Features: The next generation of irons with Cut Muscle technology, the MP-67 irons use a more slender Cut Muscle design, which is slightly adjusted for each club to optimize that club’s CG. Nice.
Advantages: A slender cavity means more trajectory control, enhanced feel and better ball control. The rolled leading edge and trailing edge, as well as the cambered sole, make hitting a variety of shots from different lies an easier task.
Benefits: Low-handicappers and professionals will reap the rewards of Mizuno’s sexiest iron.
What We Like: The slenderized MX-67 looks so good, golfers might be afraid to actually use them.
Lineup: MX-17, 19, 23, 25, 900; MP-30, 32, 60, 67
Clubhead: Carbon steel
Clubface: Same
Design: Forged muscle-back
Size: Standard
Clubs: 2-PW
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold steel (X, S, R); Exsar IS2 Tour Spec graphite (X, S, R)
MacGregor NVG2 Mid
macgregorgolf.com

(800) 841-4358 | $699


MacGregor NVG2 MacGregor’s newest iron is ready to win.
Features: Where to begin on this one! Cup Face 360 design, Hollow-Body Structure and a variable face thickness are just a few of the advantages in the NVG2 Mid. This is MacGregor's most forgiving and playable iron ever.
Advantages: The Hollow-Body Structure moves the CG away from the face and the Cup Face 360 design creates a bigger and hotter hitting area across the clubface. The Triple Action shaft adds significant yardage.
Benefits: All golfers who want ultimate forgiveness.
What We Like: It looks powerful and is among the easiest to hit and longest irons we’ve tried this year.
Lineup: NVG2, NVG2 Mid, M685, M675
Clubhead: Stainless steel
Clubface: Maraging steel
Design: Cast cavity-back
Size: Oversized
Clubs: 3-GW
Shafts: Micro-Step steel (S, R); Fujikura Triple Action graphite (S, R, A)
Mizuno MX-25
mizunousa.com
(800) 966-1211 | $749


Mizuno MX25 The MX-25 is poised to do what the MX-23 did for the game-improvement category: become the best-selling Mizuno iron.
Features: The wide and deep CNC-milled cavity of each MX-25 iron affords what Mizuno calls H.E.M.I. (High Energy Mass Impact) COG, otherwise known as an iron with a very low CG and ample perimeter weighting.
Advantages: By the way, this forgiving iron is Grain Flow Forged, resulting in one of the best-feeling irons ever made by Mizuno—cavity-back or not.
Benefits: Even though these babies are designed for mid- to high-handicappers, don’t be surprised to see the MX-25 irons in a Tour pro’s bag.
What We Like: The cambered sole and rolled edges are shaped to perfection.
Lineup: MX-17, 19, 23, 25, 900; MP-30, 32, 60, 67
Clubhead: Carbon steel
Clubface: Same
Design: Forged cavity-back
Size: Midsized
Clubs: 3-PW (available LH)
Shafts: True Temper Dynalite Gold Superlite steel (S, R); Exsar IS2 graphite (S, R, A, L)
Nickent 3DX Hybrid
nickentgolf.com
(888) NICKENT | $599

Nickent 3DX Hybrid Are these the longest irons ever? Give them a whack and see.
Features: The most innovative iron ever from Nickent, the 3DX Hybrid irons combine a hollow-clubhead construction, a composite cap and two heavy steel plugs at the rear heel and toe regions for an iron that yields awesome power.
Advantages: The hollow body shares COR and flight characteristics with fairway woods, and there are no traditional irons in the set.
Benefits: Virtually all abilities who want significantly more distance from the fairway with not just long irons, but mid- and short irons as well.
What We Like: The 3DX irons look great at address, and they’re easily the most forgiving irons from Nickent.
Lineup: 3DX Hybrid, 3DX, 3DX Pro, GENEX ARC Blades
Clubhead: Stainless steel, carbon composite
Clubface: Stainless steel
Design: Cast hollow-body
Size: Oversized
Clubs: 3-4 Hybrid, 5-GW (available LH)
Shafts: Nippon 850 steel (Uniflex); UST Speedrated 2 (S, R, A)
Nike CCi
nikegolf.com
(888) 799-6453| $700


Nike CCi These irons sound and feel awesome.
Features: The CCi irons feature a composite insert in the cavity, a Tungsten plug in the sole and two polymer-filled ports, resulting in an iron that yields a soft feel.
Advantages: The CNC-milled face ensures consistency and the polymer-filled ports do wonders for vibration dampening.
Benefits: We think virtually all players can benefit from the CCi, even though Nike considers them to be clubs for the low- to mid-handicapper.
What We Like: It’s nice to see such classic looks and shapes in a high-tech iron.
Lineup: Slingshot OSS and Tour, NDS, Ignite, Pro Combo OS and Tour, Forged
Clubhead: Stainless steel
Clubface: Same (milled)
Design: Cast cavity-back
Size: Standard
Clubs: 2-SW (available LH)
Shafts: True Temper Dynalite Gold steel (X, S, R); CCi Constant Weight Graphite by Mitsubishi Rayon (X, S, R, A)
PING G5
pinggolf.com
(800) 4-PING-FIT | $749


PING G5 The 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 deep cavity, wide sole and a large, thin Custom Tuning Port (CTP). Plenty of fitting options are available.
Advantages: The inherent shape and design of the G5 irons promote higher-launching, straighter shots from a variety of lies, while the feel of the G5 is improved through the use of the CTP.
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: S58, S59, i5, G5, G2, Rapture
Clubhead: Stainless steel
Clubface: Same
Design: Cast cavity-back
Size: Oversized
Clubs: 2-PW, GW, SW, LW (available LH)
Shaft(s): PING CS Lite (S, R); PING TFC100i graphite (S, R, A)



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