YONEX EZONE XPG
www.yonex.com Availability: 5-SW
Stock shaft: KBS C-Taper 90+ (s) Yonex EX310 (g)
7i loft/length: 29.5° / 37”
TECH: The XPG features a double undercut cavity behind an ultra-thin chromoly spring steel clubface to maximise ball speeds even on mishits. A “Dual Tungsten Power” system adds 4g to the headweight, meaning you swing at the same speed but the head travels quicker.
WE SAY: The head’s quite large from toe to heel, there’s not much offset and a slimmed down top-edge gives a sleek look. For us it’s much more a club for those after a good looking but forgiving iron, instead of golfers wanting out and out distance and forgiveness. Loft-wise the XPGs are pretty strong so it’s natural they gave us powerful carry numbers. Interestingly Chris Ryan’s two longest shots came from toe (10mm) and heel (9mm) strikes, suggesting Yonex’s “chromoly” steel faces are doing exactly what they should and maximising face flex.
VERDICT: A really solid iron. We particularly like how the lightweight KBS C-Taper 90 comes as the standard steel shaft, which thanks to its lower weight has the ability to improve club speed.