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.
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.