Fast Think­ing

To­day’s irons are a club and a half longer

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Play Your Best -

ure, the new­est hightech irons are thought to be bet­ter, but we wanted to put them to the test. For ex­am­ple: Could a cur­rent 6-iron beat a 5-iron from a decade ago? Our re­search says yes. Although the loft of a new 6-iron is slightly weaker than the loft of yes­ter­day’s 5-iron, our player test showed that shots hit with the 6-iron flew fur­ther and higher. That means those shots that hit the green will land softer. In raw num­bers, the new 6-iron was seven me­tres longer than the old 5-iron and flew four me­tres higher with a steeper de­scent.The eight new irons shown here are more than hot faces.They pro­vide con­sis­tent dis­tances for your mis-hits, too.That means fewer bunkers and wa­ter haz­ards, and more greens, es­pe­cially the kind you find in your buddy’s wal­let.

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