Launch Mon­i­tor­ing

In search of the ideal tra­jec­tory

Golf Digest Middle East - - Play Your Best Equipment By Mike Stachura -

ost play­ers pre­fer irons that make it easy to get the ball in the air. A high ball flight lets you carry those bunkers, and a steep land­ing an­gle keeps the ball on the green. Us­ing a Fore­sight Sports GC2 launch mon­i­tor, we found a cor­re­la­tion be­tween an iron’s sole width and the max­i­mum height of its shots: Wider equals higher. For some golfers, a 6-iron that’s an inch or more wide in the cen­ter of the sole flew up to 25 feet higher than irons with soles three-quar­ters of an inch wide or less. To launch it high without a wide sole, look for irons with low in­ter­nal weight­ing (like tung­sten) and a flex­i­ble face that’s a sep­a­rate piece from the body. Don’t need more height? Try one-piece irons with thicker faces—the com­pact, mus­cle-back, nar­row-sole de­signs found in PGA Tour bags. Here are four new irons. Choose your tra­jec­tory wisely.

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