Best New Game-Improvement Irons

Golf Digest editors E. Michael Johnson and Ashley Mayo discuss the award-winning game-improvement irons on the 2017 Hot List.

Released on 1/30/2017

Transcript

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Mike everyone's looking for distance even in their irons.
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How do game improvement irons offer that?
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Well for starters I think the easiest thing to say is
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realize that the six iron today goes about as far as
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the five iron of a decade ago except with the height
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and trajectory that you would expect out of the six iron.
00:21
[Ashley] How do they do that?
00:22
So what they've done is a lot of them are using
00:24
multiple materials and it's a weighting game.
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You want to put weight where you need it without
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increasing the overall weight of the club.
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So what a lot of companies are doing, they're using
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Tungsten primarily.
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They're putting weight slugs either in the bottom
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sole of the club, maybe out on the toe area to help
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increase the stability and better performance on the
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miss hit.
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Because again, someone in the game improvement category,
00:48
they're not striking the center all the time.
00:51
They have a fair number of miss hits.
00:53
So you want to mitigate the miss hits while
00:55
still keeping the ball going up in the air
00:57
an exceptable distance.
00:59
It seems like among irons this category
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has the widest range of look.
01:05
No doubt.
01:05
So how should a golfer approach buying one kind of
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game improvement iron over another, one with a
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thinner top line, thinner, smaller sole versus
01:17
a bigger game improvement iron.
01:18
Sure I mean you hit it right on the head.
01:20
The breadth of offerings is enormous.
01:23
There's kind of something for everybody here.
01:26
As far as the look goes, that's important.
01:28
As golfers we know how important look is.
01:30
You put something down.
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You kind of either go, Wow, I really like that.
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Or you go, Ah, maybe not for me.
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If it's the latter you kind of move on
01:39
until you find something.
01:40
Again, that confidence level that you want.
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So we have everything from something really bordering
01:46
on a players iron to something bordering on the
01:48
game improvement iron.
01:49
It's really personal choice.
01:52
But there may come a point where you're saying,
01:54
You know what, the height and the distance
01:56
I'm getting with something, I can get past that look.
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Right, right.
02:00
How do I know if I can graduate from a players iron
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to game improvement or if I should graduate
02:05
from a players iron to game improvement
02:07
or whether I can go from super game to game?
02:11
I think a lot of it has to do with trajectory
02:13
and distance.
02:15
If you're distance challenged even though the players
02:17
irons have gotten better in distance, they're not
02:19
delivering what they are in the game improvement iron.
02:22
The game improvement irons actually has started
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to benefit from some of the driver technology
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trickling down.
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You're seeing things such as a cup face which is where
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the face of the club wraps around the top line and
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around the sole a little bit.
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That provides a little better trampoline effect,
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so you're seeing that in some of the irons
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you get tremendous distance because of that.
02:43
If you need a little more height, you're looking for
02:45
something with that wider sole that you're not getting
02:48
in a players iron because more weight on the bottom,
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more height you're gonna get on the shot there.
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Those are two hints for you in terms of whether
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you belong in the game improvement or say the
02:58
players category.
03:00
The super game improvement category, you know
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you're gonna know.
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If you're a pretty good golfer you're probably
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gonna shy away from those clubs.
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So it seems like among the three iron
03:09
categories, game improvement irons really kind
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of offer that kind of best marriage of distance
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and control.
03:16
Exactly, they don't offer as much workability
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as say players irons and they don't offer as much
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forgiveness as super game improvement,
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but they give you a lot in between.
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