Best New Super Game-Improvement Irons

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

Released on 2/2/2016

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The visual aspect is a big problem
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in Super Game Improvement Irons because
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more people should be using Super Game Improvement Irons,
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but they won't use them because
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they're worried about the look down here
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when they should be focused on the look out there.
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Or the look on the score card.
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I mean, you know,
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I actually played Super Game Improvement Irons
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for about a year and a half because
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I simply found they made the game easier.
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You know, I'm a single digit player and
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most people wouldn't think that,
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and they're lookin' at me going,
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Why do you have these in your bag?
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And I'm just like,
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You're not trying to make the game harder,
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you're trying to make it easier.
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But, still, most of the designs of these things
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are targeted for slower swingers,
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you know, beginning golfers who need a lot of help,
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Grandma and Grandpa who can't quite haul the mail
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like they used to with their swing speed.
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You know, and they've done a great job,
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and part of the way they do that is, I mean,
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look at the size of this thing.
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That's like Shaquille O'Neal's shoe on the bottom of this,
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it's so wide.
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But what it does is
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it brings all the weight down to the bottom
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and it accomplishes two things by having the wide sole.
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All the weights down so it's gonna help them
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get the ball in the air, and then as you know,
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the tendency of those less skilled,
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is they're gonna hit it fat a lot of the times.
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This helps them plow through the turf and get through there,
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and get a reasonable result out of it.
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Yeah, and there are lots of other subtle things
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that they do to help this type of player, right?
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The shafts routinely are lighter weight,
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whether they're steel or graphite.
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I mean super light weight shafts that maybe better,
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higher swing-speed players wouldn't wanna play.
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Yeah, and some are even more flexible in the tip
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to help get that little extra kick.
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Yeah, gettin' a little extra kick.
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And we don't have good players in our process
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hit Super Game Improvement Iron.
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But I will tell you that every time
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we have a 10, 11, 12 handicap with a
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Super Game Improvement Iron, they take two swings
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and they say, This is un-frickin' believable
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how easy it is to hit these clubs.
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Which is why a lot of them, including some tour players,
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have them in their bag for their long irons, right?
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I mean, long irons are hard to hit
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for literally every skill level.
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These make them almost foolproof,
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but, like you're saying, people need to get over them.
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What you're playing there, that's not a hybrid.
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Well, it is a hybrid, but it's a 6 Iron.
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Yeah, and again, you're talking about larger head size.
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When you make the head size larger,
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you make that trampoline a little bit more effective,
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especially off center.
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All right?
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I need help.
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I don't generate a lot of club head speed.
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I need help because I need more distance
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from those center hits, but I need more help on
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those miss hits.
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And that's what a Super Game Improvement Iron is gonna do.
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It's gonna make the game better than
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your ability level would lead you to believe.
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Yeah, and I know that first hand.
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Professionally we know that.
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But personally, my 18 year old son,
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big strapping guy, 6' 3,
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you'd think would never.
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I put a set of these in his hands,
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he started gettin' the ball up in the air.
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The eyes widened.
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And you know what?
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Now he can't wait to play golf.
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And when someone can't wait to play golf,
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then a club's served its purpose.
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