Q&A WITH THE DESIGNER
What was the thinking behind developing the GAPR family? It all started with seeing a trend on Tour. In looking to bridge the gap between their irons and metalwoods, many touring pros are choosing alternative clubs to hybrids or conventional long irons. They are opting for a more powerful option that still delivers control and workability, such as our P790 UDI. But there was also a second trend, this time among amateurs. Many have a large distance gap between their longest playable iron and their shortest metal wood, avoiding long irons because they can be difficult to hit, and metal woods because they can be difficult to control. GAPR helps all golfers to fill that gap with a club that delivers their desired trajectory and distance in a shape that promotes confidence and control.
How important is SpeedFoam in the design of these clubs? SpeedFoam allowed us to use a C300 face material for maximum distance (and some additional weight savings) without sacrificing sound or feel. The use of SpeedFoam in GAPR gives you that soft feel, and tour validated feedback all golfers can benefit from.
How much does the performance differ between the Lo, Mid and Hi? GAPR Hi is the largest size and has the lowest CG, making it very easy to hit high with added forgiveness and versatility. GAPR Mid takes on a more iron-like profile, blending precision with power... whether it is used off the deck or from the tee. GAPR Lo is the smallest shape with a more forward CG, providing a penetrating flight while still maintaining a high level of forgiveness.
How does the Hi model compare to a traditional hybrid like the M4? GAPR has a stronger ball flight, goes further and remains workable. A traditional Rescue can be seen as an “easy-to-hit iron replacement”, and this more one-dimensional performance narrative still leaves you with a gap that needs to be fixed. GAPR is all about fixing that gap while retaining attributes like workability, control, distance and forgiveness.
How should a player decide which GAPR clubs they need? Our self-diagnosis chart is not ready yet; we recommend getting fitted to make sure you are truly optimised.