For the past couple years I've had the pleasure of meeting and working with Scott Peterson of Scott Golf. A small club builder from Utah but not a newcomer to club making. This year Scott introduced 2 new irons to his stellar line. I was able to get my hands on a set of his new SG-04 irons and from my friends at KBS, their Tour Custom Black XStiff shafts. Read Review: ScottGolf SG-04 Irons / KBS Custom Tour Shafts
I've been testing Wilsons new V6 irons for a few months and have been nothing but impressed with them. MB looks with CB forgiveness. Compact head and thin top line but easy to hit and extremely playable. Forged out of 8620 carbon steel and 20 grams of Tungsten throughout the set for optimal forgiveness across the set of irons. Read Review: Wilson Staff FG Tour V6 Irons Review
For the last couple years, I have had the pleasure of seeking out and getting to know the people behind some of the best lesser known clubs being manufactured today. What I have found is that their attention to detail, craftsmanship, history and performance are as good if not better than the large OEM brands. When you put your name on a product you created it better be great. That was the case for my first two indy club builders Scott Golf and Miura and like Miura, my third club builder is based in Japan as well. Vega Golf, the first to produce forged cavity back irons was born in Ichikawa Japan when Samurai sword craftsmen realized they can use their forging skills to produce exquisite golf equipment.
In today's race to stay relevant and new in the golf club manufacturing realm, OEM's have been in labs testing new materials and elements that would give their line an edge over the rest. While some new concepts have fallen short in the delivery department, some have managed to succeed my expectations and have made the game of golf fun, easy and enjoyable. That's what golf should be for us hackers right? Mizuno, known for their proven Mizuno Players or Pro (MP) line, introduced the element Boron to their easier to hit JPX EZ Forged line last year to rave reviews.
Nowadays it can be an exhausting challenge to stay in the know from the major OEM golf equipment releases from year to year. Now try to add in the lesser known golf companies out there trying to make a splash in the game and that feat becomes non-existent. Well fortunately for me, I was introduced to one of those lesser known companies with my review of the Air Force One Game Improvement Irons from AFO.
Titleist, whose motto reads "unwavering commitment to continuous improvement, performance and quality excellence", for 2016 released the 716 AP1 and AP2 irons. The AP1 was designed to be the longest, most forgiving Titleist iron ever made while the AP2 attempts to continue being Titleist's most advanced players' iron. For this test I was able to do some extensive testing on our FlightScope Xi Tour.
Game improvement. That's what Srixon was really focused on this season for their upcoming Z355 iron and fairway wood line. Their main goal is to be as expendable as possible and touch basis with every level of the golf world as possible, this year focusing on the players who are looking forward to improve their game.