A few months ago I had the privilege of piecing together a set of irons that didn't carry a household name. My friends at KBS golf shafts supplied the build with their C-Taper Tour S+ shafts and the good folks at Pure grips hooked me up with their P2 Wrap grips. The irons are from a small club builder out of Utah in the good ole USA. The name is Scott Golf and his super sexy SG-02 irons are forged from 1020 carbon steel and milled to perfection. My experience as well as my followers intrigue with the SG-02 irons / KBS shafts and Pure grips were overwhelming. I wanted to do another build pronto but wanted to go another direction with it. I went with Scotts CBI-II Cavity Back irons as I felt they suited many of our followers. Rounding up this new build were some familiar faces. I went with the KBS C-Taper Tour XS shafts (5 grams heavier) and stuck with the super tacky P2 Wrap grips from Pure grips.
In the last 4 years of testing at GolfBalled, I have hit the best equipment all the major OEM brands had to offer. With what seemed like unlimited R&D dollars many of these brands exceeded my expectations while some failed to impress. For this particular review however, I wanted to think outside the box and piece together a club combo from a smaller less known club maker. In order to meet my criteria for this review the irons must be hand forged from the best 1020 carbon steel. Detail to design and aesthetics must blow my mind, performance and playability must be legendary and they must be forged in the USA. Just a small must checklist I know, but I'm happy to say that my search for the finest forged iron crafted in the US lead me to Utah for the SG-02 by ScottGolf.
Staff Writer: Rafael Padilla
Padraig Harrinton, Kevin Streelman, Ricky Barnes, Patricia Sanz, Sebastian Tinning, Virginia Espejo. The list goes on a little but these are all PGA and LPGA players who use and trust Wilson Staff and Wilson Golf equipment and I sure believe after I tried out the Wilson FG Tour V4 Utility Iron.
The first set of Cobra Irons I had the pleasure to test were in my opinion groundbreaking. They were the Amp Forged irons. A multi material, tungsten weighted, orange forged technological advancement in club making. They felt amazing and played amazing. They had me captivated for Cobra's next release which were the Bio Cell + irons. Unfortunately, they lacked everywhere the Amp Forged excelled. Back in January while visiting the team at Cobra for the PGA show I was secretly praying for them to bring back all the goodness that was the Amp Forged in their new Fly Z+ irons. After our in depth meeting with Director of Product Marketing, Jose Miraflor (and special guest Blair O'Neal) I was more than excited to see that Cobra brought back the technology that was right with the Amp Forged but had questions in my mind that only could be answered by getting them in my hands and swinging away.
Mizuno has brought to market a great set of clubs this year, the JPX-850 Forged irons. Typically Mizuno uses 1025E steel in their forging process but this year they incorporated 1025 Boron, which is a stronger metal allowing the iron face to be forged thinner for more distance and forgiveness. The JPX-850 Forged features the “Power Frame Technology,” creating a larger sweet spot without making the club head any bigger.
With another stellar edition of ClubWars in the books I can finally settle down a bit and hand out my awards to the clubs I feel are deserving. Up first is for irons. My criteria is very simple. They don't have to be the longest or most forgiving and they don't have to be the best of the best. All they have to do is perform above and beyond in my 3 important categories. Feel, Distance and Playability. Perform exceptional in all those categories and there you have it. So with that being said my Iron of the Year goes to the RSi2 from TaylorMade.
There are times in life when an opportunity arises that you have no hesitation to say yes to. I was asked if I would like to test and review a set of Miura Irons for the website. I thought to myself is this even a question that I need to think about? Heck no, it’s not! Miura Irons have been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember. Of course I said yes, and I started the pain staking waiting process to begin. Days turn into weeks, weeks turn into months, and 4 weeks ago my dream came true. I got an email message from Corey saying they have confirmed the fitting and order of my new Miura Irons. If anyone is wondering yes I did run around my home screaming with excitement, and yes I scared my family and dog. But honestly who blames me, being a left handed golfer and having the chance to test one of the rarest and sought after set of irons on the market. Once the appoint was set up with Miura golf to accept this deal, I contact Rob Stumpf from Club Champion Golf in Orlando, Florida for my custom professional fitting.
Last year I had an opportunity to test any set of Mizuno MP iron. With so many sexy and buttery smooth irons to choose from, I found myself drawn to the MP H4 irons. Why? Well, if there was one thing I wanted to get across to my readers was that easier is better. It doesn't matter if you are a scratch golfer or a 20 handicap trying to break 80. If there is new technology out there geared to helping us as golfers swing the club more efficiently, I want to try it and let you know about it. Sometimes OEMs hit home runs and sometimes little things are missing that can make a good idea great. For 2015, I found myself in the same position and grabbed a set of MP H5 irons. If there is one thing I enjoy doing its testing new versions of old irons to see if the OEM listened to improve upon their good ideas.