Best New Game-Improvement Irons

Golf Digest equipment editors Mike Stachura and E. Michael Johnson discuss the award-winning game-improvement irons on the 2016 Hot List.

Released on 2/2/2016

Transcript

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But I think, if there's one sort of overriding theme
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of the game improvement iron category, it's distance.
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Over the course of the last decade,
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the six iron of today
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goes farther— But higher!
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than the five iron of yesterday.
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And I think the other thing that we saw in the list
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of game improvement irons this year,
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in some regards was sort of designing the irons
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differently through the set,
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so you've got compact shorter irons,
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and maybe really helpful longer irons,
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and sometimes totally different constructions.
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Well in at least one case different grooves
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from the long iron to the short irons,
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so they're really trying to bring these better player
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features but in a package that's easier to hit.
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That's the beauty of what a game improvement
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category today is.
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They've designed your six iron to give you the six iron
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distance you think you have, or you want,
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and the sort of landing characteristics for that six iron,
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but then they said you need something different
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for your nine iron, and they've built that within the set,
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and you need something completely different
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in your four iron, or three iron,
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and not that we're going to tell you to get a three iron,
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we don't want anybody to get a three iron—
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We don't want you near a three iron!
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I don't have a three iron, because I don't believe in it,
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but I think sets designed today,
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the four is almost like a hybrid type of club,
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and I think that's what you're seeing
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in the game improvement category.
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Well it's like the old saying, right,
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a set of golf clubs should be like taking
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14 friends along on the round of golf,
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and each one of those friends has a specific job to do,
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and I think that's how they're approaching
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the design of these clubs now.
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I'm ready to find some new friends.
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I think I'll keep the ones I got for a little while.
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