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