I just wanted to let you guys know that the new Ping Anser forged irons with the KBS shafts are the best irons I have hit in a long, long time. They feel like butter! -Steve C. Boulder, CO
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What Irons in the Set Should You Play?
There have been a lot of iron head design changes in the past five years that have made fitting a set of irons both easier but sometimes harder. First and foremost, lofts of irons have gotten lower which increases distance but may not be good for your game. Second, spin rates have gotten lower in the quest for more distance. Again, this may not be good for you if you are a low ball hitter with your irons. Finally, because of all of the new hybrids being offered, we rarely see anything longer than a 4 iron being offered in game improvement irons, and very few companies offering anything longer than a 3 iron in players clubs. For every golfer we fit, we spend a lot of time making sure we have the right style, loft and number of irons in his/her bag. In general, we like to make sure that you have the most forgiving set of irons that suit your style of play and capability.
What Style of Irons Should You Play?
Iron styles can be simply classified as blade or cavity back. There is also a hybrid/iron style that is more of a super game improvement iron for golfers that need a more forgiving club that will help get the ball in the air.
The image at the left is a Ping i500 which is a blade style iron. In some instances, manufacturers will only make a blade style in a right handed iron so lefties need to make sure there are some options for them. Blades, also known as muscle-back irons will have a higher loft, thinner top line and a much smaller face than a cavity back iron.
The image at the left is a cavity back style iron from PXG, 0311T Gen 3. This iron is larger, has a thicker top line, and lower loft than a blade-style iron. This provides a more forgiving look and more distance for a higher handicap player or a player that only plays a few rounds of golf a year.
Finally, the super game improvement or hybrid/iron styles are designed for maximum forgiveness on off-center hits and the ability to get the ball airborne! The Cobra F-Max Airspeed irons fit this category.
Should you play forged irons?
If you are consistently breaking 90 and you are serious about improving your level of play you should consider moving to forged irons. Almost every manufacturer has developed a new “forged” style club that has a softer feel yet more forgiveness than the traditional blade style forged clubs. With the forgiveness of the new cavity back forged irons you will not suffer the dramatic loss of distance and accuracy you get from a miss-hit with a forged blade. The smaller sweet spot, however, will force you to produce a more consistent swing. With the new combination sets of cavity back irons in the longer irons (3 thru 6 iron) and modified muscle-back in the shorter irons (7 thru 9 and PW) you can have the forgiveness you need in the longer irons and the feel and accuracy you want in the shorter irons. And finally, there is the feel of forged. You will never forget the first time you hit an absolutely pure shot with a forged club. It is like the softest, smoothest feeling in the world. Read More…
Are your irons consistently hitting greens?
When we test a golfer’s irons during our high-tech fitting, we see a tremendous amount of inconsistency in shaft flexes. We also see golfers playing irons that are either too heavy or too light for their swing profiles. Whether you are a beginner or accomplished golfer, you have a unique swing profile that determines the equipment specs that will fit your swing. This is not based upon swing speed or tempo, but on how you bend or load the club during your swing. This can only be tested on the True Temper Shaft Lab. Then, we have you test a variety of clubs with the correct shaft on a launch monitor like the Golf Achiever or TrackMan to see which club gives you the best distance, launch angle and shot dispersion. The result will be clubs that fit your swing giving you greater accuracy, consistency and distance.
“The Mavrik name goes to the heart of company founder Ely Callaway’s innovative thinking. This club brings a fresh approach to iron design, starting with the use of artificial intelligence to create a unique cupface for each iron throughout the set. The purpose is to bring the kind of distance golfers in this category want. Further helping that endeavor is the use of strong lofts, including a 43-degree pitching wedge ” – Callaway Golf
“The changes from its predecessor are subtle, yet noticeable. The muscle-back shape hides the fact the head has a hollow construction for extra ball speed. A metal-injected tungsten toe weight allows the center of gravity to be in line with the center of the face to boost distance. A One Length option and the Cobra Connect grip sensors that provide player analytics through the Arccos round-tracking system remain” – Cobra Golf
“The company’s “grain flow” forging process produces some of the best-feeling irons in the game. This model uses another Mizuno technology in which titanium is forged into the back cavity. In this case, two pieces provide a smooth center-of-gravity progression throughout the set. Also, a lighter titanium muscle in the long and middle irons combines with tungsten low and toward the toe to provide stability on off-center hits. ” – Mizuno Golf
” Ping used modal analysis to identify undesirable frequencies, then applied an epoxy behind the face to damp them. The maraging-steel face creates a metalwood-like face flex, and tungsten in the toe and shaft boosts the moment of inertia to mitigate the loss of speed on mis-hits by more than 5 percent compared to the G700. The Golf Pride grips come with Arccos shot-tracking sensors. The black color is modern-age cool.” Ping Golf
“Having a beautiful face design is, well, great. But it does little good if typical players can’t get results. The T300 iron zeroed in on that dilemma. That meant producing a high moment of inertia iron (which mitigates the loss of ball speed on mis-hits) with a face structure built for speed. To accomplish this, a larger cavity-back design was used with a silicone-polymer core backing the center of the face. That returns more energy to the ball on off-center shots.” Titleist Golf
“The company’s Gen2 irons were super cool, but the polymer inside the clubhead, although it produced a nice feel, dissipated energy at impact. PXG solved that issue with a new formulation that’s firmer on the outside and softer on the inside. The result is a face that deflects as much as two times more than the Gen2 model, and more flex means more yards. Those nifty weights in the back are still there to assist center-of-gravity location” – PXG