Best New Super Game-Improvement Irons
Helping golfers find added launch and confidence: Golf Digest editors E. Michael Johnson and Ashley Mayo review the super game-improvement irons on the 2017 Hot List.
Released on 1/30/2017
Mike, I know that these clubs are designed for
people who maybe aren't as skilled.
But do they really need such wide soles and thick toplines?
You bet they do.
In order to achieve what they're truing to do
which is mainly, you need help getting the ball in the air
if you're looking at irons in this category.
So what the wide sole does, it allows a lot of weight
to get down there, it improves your launch angle.
As for the thick toplines, the other thing the less
skilled player needs is confidence.
You need as much confidence as you can.
When you put that down behind the ball and you frame it
and you see this big hunk of metal up top
you get a feeling that you're gonna have some oomph,
you're gonna be able to hit the ball.
Maybe not hit it on center
and still get an acceptable result.
I mean that sounds fantastic but I play a lot of golf
at public tracks with a lot of different golfers,
I rarely see these bigger super game improvement irons
in peoples bags.
Yeah I don't either and it's really a shame
and I think the primary reason for that is
unfortunately they do look big, they do look different
in design and a lot of golfers don't want that stigma
that say's, I'm maybe not as good as everybody else.
But those people need to get over that
and they need to kind of check their personal integrity
at the door if you will because these clubs
are all about helping you play better golf.
And particularly if you don't generate a lot of swing
speed, a lot of them have lighter graphite shafts,
which are gonna help give you some of that speed back.
As we mentioned before they have lots of things in them
that help you get the ball high.
A number of them have hybrids, there's one set,
Tour Edge Hot Launch Two for example,
that's all hybrids right down to the pitching wedge.
So you want to talk about clubs that help eliminate
operator error, these are those clubs.
It's almost ironic because these clubs, while they might
make you look like a worse golfer on the tee,
on the first tee, they're gonna help you improve
and they're gonna help you appear better then you are
when you actually play.
Absolutely and I would say that they're not just reserved
even for that player set.
You know better players, even some on the PGA Tour
use some of these super game improvement irons for say
their three iron or four iron.
'Cause even they realize that they can use some help
on those harder to hit clubs.
So better players should even look at maybe a mix set,
you know a four and five iron with a super game improvement
iron type of club and then maybe a more traditional
set the rest of the way.