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

Tech Talk
Material Advantage
By John K. Solheim

Simply put, new materials and processes give us more options, while advancements in technology give us the ability to design irons that weren't possible to build before. Improved materials and processes increase our ability to distribute weight throughout the head of an iron. This allows us to keep the overall weight of the iron the same, while increasing the weight around the perimeter. The result is increased forgiveness and consistency.

There have been tremendous advancements in game-improvement irons in recent years largely because of technological advancement. These irons go farther, go straighter, are easier to hit and are more consistent than their predecessors. However, to truly tap into all of these improvements the clubs must fit each specific golfer. Custom fitting is the key to unlocking today’s technological advancements. Every player is unique, and while it’s likely that some may benefit from more hybrids and fewer irons in their bag this is certainly not the case for all. What everybody will benefit from is having the ability to find out which clubs best suit their game.

Srixon I-506
(888) 4-SRIXON | $699

Srixon I-506 The I-506 irons are poised to make Srixon a household name.
Features: Great craftsmanship and shape augmented by Srixon’s Digital Impact Technology.
Advantages: The Digital Impact Technology carefully adjusts the CG of each iron to produce the desired launch characteristics in accordance with today’s golf balls—high trajectory and a penetrating ballflight preferred by better players.
Benefits: The classic blade profile with a thin topline and minimal offset will please more skilled players who desire a more traditional look at address and feel through impact.
What We Like: The Srixon iron offerings are diverse, but the I-506 irons fit right in the middle, making them a great choice for a wide variety of golfers.
Lineup: I-506, I-403AD, Pro 100
Clubhead: Carbon steel
Clubface: Same
Design: Forged cavity-back
Size: Midsized
Clubs: 2-PW
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold steel (S, R)
PING Rapture Irons
(800) 4-PING-FIT | $125/each

PING Rapture Series Looks like another winner from PING!
Features: The Rapture Irons are loaded with new stuff, including a stainless-steel body, a titanium face insert, a tungsten toe weight and a Tuning port. What’s it all mean? More forgiveness, distance and vibration-dampening effects.
Advantages: All this technology makes the Rapture not only easy to hit, but surprisingly versatile too.
Benefits: The Rapture irons will make a difference for everybody, especially players who want added forgiveness and can use a few extra yards.
What We Like: PING took several new technologies and wrapped them up in a clean, sharp-looking iron.
Lineup: S58, S59, i5, G5, G2, Rapture
Clubhead: Stainless steel
Clubface: Titanium (milled)
Design: Cast cavity-back
Size: Standard
Clubs: 2-LW (yes LH)
Shafts: PING CS Lite steel (S, R); True Temper Dynamic Gold steel (X, S); PING Z-Z65 (S); PING TFC100i, TFC909i graphite (S, R, A)
TaylorMade r7
(800) 888-CLUB | $699

TaylorMade r7 The r7 is ready to conquer all.
Features: TM’s Inverted Cone Face Technology is implemented in the cavity on each iron to bolster the iron’s COR and overall distance. Other innovations include a distinctive aluminum shock-absorption web.
Advantages: The oversized shape, wide sole, deep cavity and moderate offset scream forgiveness!
Benefits: Mid- to high-handicappers will appreciate how high and far the ball skyrockets off the face. A more compact r7 TP option with less offset and more Tour-like features is also available.
What We Like: The r7 looks like an easy club to hit that’s simple to use for occasional shotmaking.
Lineup: r7, r7 TP, r7 XD, r7 CGB MAX, r7 Draw, rac OS, rac LT, rac MB
Clubhead: Stainless steel • Clubface: Same  Design: Cast cavity-back • Size: Oversized • Clubs: 3-LW (available LH) • Shafts: TaylorMade T-Step steel (X, S, R, A); TaylorMade RE*AX graphite (X, S, R, A, L)
Tour Edge Bazooka JMAX QL
(800) 515-3343 | $360

TourEdge Bazooka JMAX QL Low-CG game-improvement irons that can be seamlessly blended with matching hybrids.
Features: Super-wide sole and low CG placement, oversized clubhead with deep-channeled undercut cavity, super-thin clubface and extreme perimeter weighting, and the ability to mix and match with companion hybrids is a plus.
Advantages: Extreme game-improvement design provides the utmost in forgiveness, distance and a high-trajectory ballflight.
Benefits: Distance and forgiveness for players of all skill levels.
What We Like: The iron-hybrid mixed set could soon become the standard.
Lineup: Exotics EX-1 and EX-3, JMAX QL, V-Blade
Clubhead: Stainless steel
Clubface: Same
Design: Cast cavity-back, hybrid
Size: Oversized
Clubs: 2-PW, GW, SW, LW (available LH)
Shafts: Precision MTR Ultra Light steel (X, S, R, A, L); JMAX graphite (X, S, R, A, L)


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