Best New Players Irons

Golf Digest editors E. Michael Johnson and Ashley Mayo discuss the strengths of the modern players iron.

Released on 1/30/2017

Transcript

00:00
It seems Players irons really have to walk
00:02
a design tightrope, don't they?
00:04
You know, they really do.
00:06
They're no longer just the muscle back
00:08
blades of years gone by.
00:10
Back then, it was easy.
00:11
You just kinda put a hunk of metal
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on a stick and you were done.
00:14
But, nowadays, what they want is
00:16
a little bit of a hint of forgiveness,
00:18
but in a package that's still pleasing to the eye.
00:21
And, with that, what you're seeing now is
00:23
the modern Players iron, which is a bit
00:26
of a cavity back, and it's not just
00:28
for players like you and me, single digit handicaps,
00:31
who're trying to get a little bit extra boost in their game.
00:34
I mean, on the PGA tour, 40% of those players
00:37
are using an iron with some form of a cavity back now.
00:40
And, so what do you say to guys who are so traditional,
00:44
and so stuck in their ways that they don't wanna
00:46
let go of their blades and their muscle backs.
00:48
I say five words.
00:50
Why make the game harder?
00:51
Yeah (drowned out). I mean, it's just crazy
00:54
to kind of have that in your mind
00:56
that this is what I want, this is what I want to look at.
01:00
It's not like these things are not pleasing to the eye.
01:03
They are, they still have thin top lines.
01:05
A lot of the manufacturers now are employing
01:07
even different types of irons within the set.
01:10
Kind of more of a game improvement type long irons,
01:14
and then, more traditional mid and short irons.
01:16
So, you're still getting that look,
01:19
but you're just getting a bunch more performance out of it.
01:22
So, you get more performance.
01:24
What, exactly or specifically do you get
01:27
with a Players iron cavity back style.
01:30
Today's Players iron versus that
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muscle back, older Players iron.
01:34
I think what you're getting is between the three,
01:36
although I don't recommend anybody
01:38
use a three iron (laughing) anymore,
01:40
but, say, the four through seven irons, you're getting
01:43
a little bit more on the bottom to assist launch,
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you're getting faster faces.
01:47
They're able to thin the faces out in these type of designs
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to give ya a little bit more distance.
01:52
And, then when you get to the short irons,
01:54
they're really much more traditional,
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'cause a lot of better players like to flight that ball
01:58
a little lower with their eight, nine, pitching wedge.
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They're still allowing you to do that.
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So, you get more forgiveness and more distance
02:05
with your longer irons, and that precision
02:07
that you've always wanted with the shorter irons.
02:09
[Mike] Best of all worlds.
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