Test: Hol­low-body irons

We find out with nine of the very lat­est mod­els

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We put nine of the lat­est sets head to head.

With the ex­cep­tion of all the new driv­ers, hol­low-body irons have been the hottest equip­ment launch of the last 12 months.

They weren’t new when PXG in­tro­duced their first model in 2015; Tay­lor­made made some in the 1990s. But PXG’S think­ing lit up a whole new prod­uct cat­e­gory – and now all the ma­jor brands bar Call­away and Mizuno are get­ting in on the hol­low-headed act.

The idea is sim­ple; a hol­low iron head (made in two pieces) gives club de­sign­ers new op­tions when it comes to looks, spin and for­give­ness, which can’t be done with tra­di­tional blades or cav­ity backs. It means golfers get sleeker heads, but with ex­tra

playa­bil­ity. and Lynx have Tay­lor­made, all jumped Ping, on the Titleist hol­low-body bus and come at hol­low heads in dif­fer­ent ways, so with their pop­u­lar­ity ris­ing faster than this sum­mer’s soar­ing tem­per­a­tures, we felt the time was right to find out how they all com­pare.

HOW WE DID IT

We asked each brand that makes hol­low-body irons to send us a sam­ple 7-iron matched to our test pro Ben Frost’s swing. He hit each in turn, while our launch mon­i­tor watched on gath­er­ing data. Mis­shits were re­moved be­fore we an­a­lysed the data to see how each iron com­pared.

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