Showcase: The Anti-Irons

The latest game-improvement offerings

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PING Rapture V2
The Rapture V2 irons have an oversized stainless-steel body, a titanium clubface, tungsten sole weights and a soft elastomer medallion. In plain English, that means these irons are incredibly easy to hit, exceptionally long, promote a higher ballflight and have a soft, vibration-free feel. Bottom line—it might be time to replace your Eye2s.

TaylorMade Burner ’09
The new Burner irons have TM’s Inverted Cone and SuperFast technologies for consistently better distance and enhanced overall playability. Other cool features include a versatile sole that can cut through a variety of lies and a big multi-material badge for vibration absorption. Just be ready to hit these irons at least a club farther and a lot straighter than your current set, and you’ll be ready to go.

Callaway X-22
The perimeter weighting of the X-22s has been maximized to beef up the MOI by more than 10 percent of previous models. That means big-time forgiveness and more straight shots. Other notable features include a modified Tru-Bore design that greatly reduces vibration and a 360-degree Undercut Channel that, you guessed it, makes this iron even more forgiving. With all this technology, one might expect the X-22s to be chunky and too big to handle. Quite the contrary, as these irons are smooth, streamlined and very easy on the eyes.


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