Wednesday, April 25, 2007
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
|Wilson Staff Di7|
(800) 469-4576 | $449
Well known for wedges and quality forged irons, the new Wilson Di7 is a step in the right direction.
Features: The Di7 appears thin and refined from the topline, but turn it over and see the thick rear flange that pulls the CG low and away from the clubface. Also, the CG is positioned to augment shots hit off the toe area.
Advantages: The elastomeric paint on the cavity enhances sound and aids in vibration control.
Benefits: Players who want control and distance in a great looking iron at address. By the way, the “D” in Di7 stands for distance, and it certainly shows with every iron in the set.
What We Like: Say what you will, the Fat Shaft design really gets the ball airborne in a hurry.
Lineup: Ci6, Di7, Fi5, Pi5
Clubhead: Stainless steel
Design: Cast cavity-back
Shafts: True Temper TX-105 steel (UNIFLEX); UST ProForce V2 graphite (UNIFLEX)
|Yonex Cyberstar Nanospeed|
(800) 44-YONEX | $1,260
Yonex has taken its graphite expertise to a whole new level.
Features: The Cyberstar Nanospeed irons are equipped with elastomer that’s sandwiched between two graphite plates behind a steel face, resulting in a spring-like face that doesn’t compromise feel or shotmaking versatility.
Advantages: The long irons feature a full cavity-back, the middle irons have a midsized cavity-back and the short irons have a half-cavity-back design, further enhancing forgiveness and versatility.
Benefits: Mid- to high-handicappers will revel in both the craftsmanship and performance.
What We Like: The Nanospeed shafts have the consistency of steel, but the power of graphite.
Lineup: Cyberstar Nanospeed, VX, VX FL, C280, C280 FL, Forged
Clubhead: Stainless steel, composite, elastomer
Clubface: Stainless steel
Design: Mixed cavity-back
Shafts: Cyberstar Nanospeed graphite (S, R, A)
The majority of new irons come stock with high-quality shafts, but they’re hardly the only option. If you’re up for a little experimentation, there are literally hundreds of exotic aftermarket iron shafts that can benefit your set of irons.
Accra i Series
The i Series from Accra employs high-modulus graphite for a very stable and aggressive shaft design. Like other Accra shafts, the i Series includes the company’s popular Active Tip Technology in every iron shaft.
Built on the heels of the very successful ICON graphite driver shafts, the ICON iron shafts feature the same proprietary A2 composite material that made the ICON a hit with woods.
As the NV Series (which includes the NVS and VS Proto shafts) continues to flourish, the NV iron line has seen its fair share of successes as well. Built with the same Micro Laminate Technology found in the NV shafts, the NV Iron shafts prove that graphite can officially be taken seriously in irons.
Fujikura continues to flood the aftermarket driver shaft category, but with the ROMBAX iron shaft, it’s a safe bet they’ll do the same for iron shaft replacements. Equipped with Fujikura’s Triax material, each ROMBAX shaft is fortified with Kevlar in the tip region for better performance.
The shaft that has done wonders for drivers, fairway woods and hybrids is becoming more popular in the graphite iron shaft category. Specific trajectories are attainable with the ProLaunch shafts, as is added distance and improved feel.
Graphite Design GAT
Graphite Design has just raised the standard with the new high-performance multi-metal GAT (Graphite/Alloy Technology) shafts. Each shaft is designed to produce a solid ball strike, not a dead feel.
Nippon N.S. Pro 750GH
This ultra-lightweight shaft from Nippon features carbon filaments in the grip region to add strength to what is Nippon’s lightest metal iron shaft. Weighing in at approximately 80 grams, this shaft is ideal for players who want more clubhead speed, but want to stick with using steel shafts.
Royal Precision Project X
The full line of Project X shafts continues to perform very well, thanks to a brilliant taper design that delivers more energy to the golf ball. The newer Project X XL is catered more for players who desire a higher ballflight despite having a slower swing speed.
True Temper GS75
The GS75 is a remarkably light (approx. 78 grams) steel shaft, designed for the player who wants a lightweight feel without compromising the strength and consistency of a steel shaft.
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