Best New Players Irons

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

Released on 2/2/2016

Transcript

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You know what I was thinking the other day,
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I was thinking, you know, five, ten years ago
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I could not even imagine using a player's iron.
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Well, I don't know if you can imagine doing it now either.
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But it's a lot closer, right?
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But I can imagine it now, okay,
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because they've clearly embraced the idea
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that the object is to make the game easier.
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That's what equipment is supposed to do.
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Even if you're an elite player
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who doesn't necessarily need any help.
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Player's irons, forgiveness is a word
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that they talk about now.
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Well, it's not just forgiveness,
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I mean, I remember they used to just be muscleback blade,
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butter knife, that was what made everybody Tour Pro cool,
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and what a lot of people don't realize now
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is those guys that still want to play those clubs,
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about 40 percent of the PGA Tour is using cavity back irons
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with some sort of forgiveness to them.
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Yeah, and what you're seeing with that category
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now for us, is there are almost clubs
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that could be called game improvement.
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There are full-on cavity backs,
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I mean, we don't really recommend pure blades.
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We just don't think that's...
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If you need our help...
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Why make the game harder, right?
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Exactly, but you talk about they're using
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multiple materials, in some cases they're using
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much thinner faces or some kind of technology
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in the sole to sort of accentuate the face.
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You don't think about it, but distance
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is part of the equation with a player's iron.
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Well sure, like when we were talking about Hank Haney.
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The best way to maximize your potential
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is to maximize your distance.
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The shorter a club you have in,
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the better off you're going to be.
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But I think what they're doing is,
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they're doing it without sacrificing a, the look
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that's going to fit to the guy's eye,
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and also, yeah, they're improving
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on the long iron end of the set, little beefier bottoms,
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using things like tungsten, like you mentioned.
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But in the short irons, they're making sure
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that they can still keep that ball flight down,
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which is what that better player wants.
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Not exactly, I think across the board
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in our player's iron category,
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you're going to see thinner top lines,
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you're going to see narrower soles,
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you're going to see the ability
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to fade shots in, or draw them in.
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They're still going to be workable clubs.
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But what you're going to see is a lot more consistency
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as you move across the face, heel and toe.
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Up and down the face, in terms of that distance,
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that you need an iron to carry,
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it's going to be greater than it used to be.
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See, though, those feet on the table
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when the boss comes in.
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Hey, if he tells me to stop, I'll stop.
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But right now...
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(phone rings)
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I need to stretch my legs.
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(ringing continues)
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Speak of the boss! That is the boss right now.
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