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


GT Tech Award Frontrunner
MacGregor NVG2 Mid
Yes, it’s true, when you think of MacGregor irons the first thing that comes to mind are traditional forged blades with the VIP moniker stamped on the muscleback. But for the vast majority of golfers, the days of forged blades are long gone and the designers at MacGregor have not only changed their philosophy with the times, they’ve embraced the new era. For proof of this new approach, all you have to do is take a good look at the new NVG2 Mid irons that are chock full of technology that’s geared toward providing enhanced performance for the full range of players. Featuring a Cup Face 360 design and variable face thickness, the NVG2 Mid transfers more energy to the ball than traditional iron designs, and basically performs more like a wood than an iron in terms of distance and trajectory. The Hollow-Body Structure effectively moves the CG away from the clubface and into a lower and deeper part of the clubhead, making it significantly easier to get the ball airborne from all different types of lies. In addition, the NVG2 Mid irons feature a specially designed Triple Action composite shaft that helps produce added clubhead speed and longer overall shots. So while it’s sad that the days of beautiful forged VIPs are behind us, we’re betting anyone who hits MacGregor’s new breed of irons won’t feel too bad in the end.

Tour Edge Exotics EX-3
touredge.com
(800) 515-3343 | $799

TourEdge Exotics EX3 The latest from Tour Edge proves one thing: An iron isn’t just an iron anymore.
Features: The Exotics EX-3 irons have a steel body that houses a titanium-cupped face that’s chemically bonded—no welding necessary. A lightweight Thermal Plastic Elastomer insert is placed over the cavity to create a hollow body and a whopping 0.830 COR.
Advantages: The wide sole, low CG and high MOI produce very forgiving attributes, as well as unprecedented distance among all Tour Edge irons.
Benefits: All players can reap the rewards of Tour Edge’s best iron to date. By the way, did we mention this iron is unbelievably long and extremely easy to hit from just about anywhere?
Lineup: Exotics EX-1 and EX-3, JMAX QL, V-Blade
Clubhead: Stainless-steel housing
Clubface: Titanium
Design: Cast hollow-body design
Size: Oversized
Clubs: 3-LW (available LH)
Shafts: Nippon steel (X, S, R, A); Fujikura graphite (X, S, R, A)
TaylorMade r7 Draw
taylormadegolf.com
(800) 888-CLUB | $599

 
TaylorMade r7 Draw The r7 Draw does what the name implies: It kills slices.
Features: The r7 Draw has Inverted Cone Face Technology built into each iron to bolster the COR and overall distance. Only this time, the CG is closer to the shaft, thanks to more offset, a wider sole and more weight near the hosel.
Advantages: By moving weight more toward the shaft, the clubhead is easier to close through impact, resulting in not only fewer slices, but more ball speed and distance as well. Some players might even start to not only hit the ball straighter, but actually make it curve right-to-left.
Benefits: Mid- to high-handicappers who slice.
What We Like: The thin face and wide sole make these easy to hit.
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)
Titleist 755
titleist.com
(800) 225-8500 | $800


Titleist 755 Contemporary looks mesh with high-tech performance in Titleist’s most attractive iron to date.
Features: By using a thin-face design, weight has been removed and displaced to the peripheral region of the cavity, enhancing the heel-toe weighting.
Advantages: The cutout on the back of each iron enables Titleist to place a forged aluminum dampener chip behind the face for the utmost in vibration absorption and improved feel.
Benefits: Low- to mid-handicappers will like the ideal blend of playability and forgiveness of the 755s. Average players might like these irons too.
What We Like: Forged stainless steel has a look and feel all its own.
Lineup: 660, 695.MB, 695.CB, 735.CB, 755, 775.CB
Clubhead: Stainless steel
Clubface: Same
Design: Forged cavity-back
Size: Standard
Clubs: 2-PW
Shafts: Titleist Tri Spec steel (S, R)
Vulcan XP
vulcangolf.com
(800) 842-1836 | $499

Vulcan XP A mixed set that packs a lot of heat.
Features: The XP from Vulcan features hybrid clubs as long iron replacements, combined with middle and short irons that combine power and ample forgiveness into a single set.
Advantages: Having hybrids not only eliminates hard-to-hit long irons, but the oversized iron design with a deep undercut cavity makes the short irons even easier to hit.
Benefits: High- to mid-handicappers who appreciate distance, forgiveness and more distance within their iron set. Definitely designed for players who want to hit the ball long.
What We Like: The wide-soled irons are almost too easy to hit! The hybrids look great as well, making this not only a great set, but an affordable one too.
Lineup: XP
Clubhead: Stainless steel
Clubface: Same
Design: Cast combo-set
Size: Oversized
Clubs: 3-5 Hybrids, 6-PW Irons
Shafts: Vulcan Golf proprietary graphite (AUTO-FLEX)




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