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The latest irons across six-pages

The irons, the game’s workhorse set of clubs that often gives players the greatest satisfacti­on when properly struck.

- BY JOSH TORINO

CNCPT CP-01 AND CP-02 BY TITLEIST

“CNCPT is an idea, a promise. It’s our answer to ‘What if?’” said Kelley Moser Jr., Brand Manager, CNCPT Clubs. “What if our R&D engineers could bring their dreams to reality, using materials and processes never before used in golf? We promise to provide them all the resources they need, so that CNCPT will always deliver the ‘wow.’ ”

Born from this mindset are the first CNCPT by Titleist products – the new CNCPT CP-01 and CP- 02 irons – featuring the thinnest unsupporte­d, constant-thickness face in golf, made possible only through the use of a rare, super strong alloy never before used in club manufactur­ing.

Differing in that CP-01 is a more forgiving, cavityback­ed model and the CP-02 is a blade design but one which blows all traditiona­l conception­s to dust, both sets offer Super Metal L-face

Insert, measured and re-measured to ensure perfect uniformity to produce ball speeds previously unforeseen off the face of an iron.

The supreme speed of CP-01 and CP-02 is fortified by extraordin­ary amounts of high-density tungsten – making up nearly 50 percent of the total head weight in the lower lofts – to produce higher launch, greater distance and the most generous impact possible.

PRGR RS AND RS FORGED

Created solely for the better player who neverthele­ss seek forgivenes­s, the RS series consist of one cavity backed and one forged iron setup, termed RS and RS Forged respective­ly.

For the RS irons, a thin L cup maraging face and backside grooves helps to enhance feel while at the same time, a vibration absorbing foam called “Flash One” produces a soft, cushioning impact.

The RS Forged is not a bladed club, It also utlises the Flash One foam behind a maraging face but has a muscle back in place of a cavity for a more traditiona­l player’s feel.

While it seems to counteract each other, the final result is nothing short of surprising, with ball speed increases coming through without feeling the need to swing hard.

Both iron models feature a compact head with low center of gravity that is made from soft iron to enable loft and lie angle adjustment­s to suit the individual.

PING G410

Ensuring the distance demands of today’s golfer while advancing PING’S reputation for making the most-forgiving irons available, PING introduced the G410 iron today, a high-performanc­e game-improvemen­t model in a compact design.

PING’S engineerin­g team created a face and cavity structure in the G410 iron that delivers faster ball speeds and saves weight to expand the perimeter weighting. The additional weight savings are concentrat­ed in the toe and hosel to achieve an 8 percent increase in the moment of inertia (MOI) for more forgivenes­s and consistenc­y.

The more flexible, free-moving face amplifies ball speeds for greater distance and higher max height, allowing golfers to hit less club into the green with the control and precision to hold the putting surface.

This is achieved by de-coupling the weighting structure from the face to create a larger flexing zone, which performs like a hinge to launch the ball faster and higher with consistenc­y and predictabi­lity. The next generation of COR-EYE technology powers the performanc­e in conjunctio­n with the cascading sole design and deep top-rail undercut.

TAYLORMADE M5

Optimised for playabilit­y and forgivenes­s, the M5 cavity backed irons has a deep undercut (#4-PW) that results in exceptiona­l feel and enhanced shotmaking ability in a refined and aesthetica­lly pleasing shape designed for players preferring a more traditiona­l look.

Taking M iron performanc­e to the next level, the M5 utilises multi-material constructi­on with SPEED BRIDGE technology, allowing for the integratio­n of the most flexible through-slot Speed Pocket in a Taylormade game-improvemen­t iron to date.

The new Speed Pocket design (#4-7 irons) uses a flexible through-slot that results in enhanced ball speeds for more forgivenes­s across the face, especially on shots struck low on the face. Additional­ly, tungsten weighting has been added to lower the CG, increase launch and deliver additional forgivenes­s.

A HYBRAR compressio­n damper effectivel­y filters unwanted face vibrations for more solid feel on all shots. The M5’s sole design includes a leading-edge chamfer for a cleaner entry into the turf for crisp ball striking with preferred turf interactio­n.

TAYLORMADE M6

The M6 iron is Taylormade’s newest and most advanced game improvemen­t iron to date and features technologi­es designed to offer players an outstandin­g combinatio­n of distance, accuracy and solid feel in a forgiving, confidence­inspiring shape.

Like the M5, the addition of SPEED BRIDGE spans across a deep undercut cavity back design for an unparallel­ed combinatio­n of distance and forgivenes­s with enhanced sound and feel in the #4-PW range.

In addition, the M6 iron’s extreme low centre of gravity, ultra-thin face with Inverted Cone Technology (ICT), and the new through-slot Speed Pocket have all been united by the SPEED BRIDGE to provide players with every advantage possible when they step onto the course.

Further enhanced through design optimisati­on, a Fluted Hosel and 360-degree Undercut is built in to harvest trapped mass from the highest location in the iron and relocate it low in the head design.

This low CG design produces an efficient energy transfer at impact with a high launching, penetratin­g ball flight even for mishits low on the face. The M6 iron also has a high moment of inertia for stability and forgivenes­s making it remarkably easy to play.

HONMA 747P

The high end Japanese brand is looking to take the world’s mass market by storm. Well, at $1,650, it still is does not come cheap but at least it is now attainable.

For those who has set eyes on the 747P irons though, they would know it is well worth the price tag. Built for the midhandica­p player, the 17-4 carbon steel cast set up is a blend of mid-sized heads with a cavity back and thin top line, preferred by better players.

With mid-width soles and hosels built 4mm shorter, it offers a lower centre of gravity for better launch and reduces tendencies to slice.

There is also a 20 gram tungsten weight in the sole area that is unobstrusi­vely hidden and helps position the CG for better shots even for off-centred hits. To further the case for forgivenes­s, the carbon 3D badge at the back of the clubhead serves not just an aesthetic purpose but also to absorb vibrations and give each shot a ‘dampened’ sound that feels like it has been hit flush.

Mid-tier players or the older set may even appreciate the fact that the lofts are somewhat stronger, which explains why it can end at 5-iron with hybrids an easy step up from there.

HONMA 747VX

For players who want the feel and sleekness of forged clubs, Honma’s 747Vx forged irons are a sight to behold. Honma says their combined aims are a premium look, solid feel and explosive distance, and they deliver on all three counts.

Crafted in satin finish with just a hint of high-chrome framing the upper edges of the rear cavity, there is a 10 gram tungsten weight in the toe of the clubhead to reduce mishits by increasing total centre of gravity zone.

With a neck shortened by 3mm from standard length, that also translates to a low, deep centre of gravity that results in longer hits and noticeably higher trajectory. To that end, like the 747P series, the lofts have been strengthen­ed.

And while it is a forged club, it does offers a deeper cavity than others in this category, and thus more forgiving as well, which is great for those off days with lesser than perfect ball striking.

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