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

Transcript

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