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Bridgestone J15 Cast Irons

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Bridgestone has carved its niche among better golfers with its forged irons, but its latest model expands the company’s reach to golfers who need more forgiveness and distance from an iron. The company’s new J15 Cast irons are the longest, most-forgiving option in Bridgestone’s J15 iron family.

Remember F.A.S.T. (Flex Action Speed Technology) that was used in Bridgestone’s recently released J15 460 driver? The J15 Cast irons use the same technology.

[quote_box_center]”Through extensive testing, we’ve found that the same Flex Action Speed Technology that is used in our new driver and fairway woods also lends itself quite well to a game-enhancement iron,” says Josh Kinchen, Bridgestone’s golf clubs and accessories marketing manager. [/quote_box_center]

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The J15 Cast iron uses an undercut, full-face channel construction to boost ball speed across the face. The channel also increases moment of inertia (MOI), a measure of forgiveness, to produce more consistent ball speeds.

To minimize digging and turf resistance, the J15 Cast irons are designed with wide, round soles and a low center of gravity (CG) to help golfers launch their iron shots higher.

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In order from left-to-right: J15 MB, CB, DF, DPF and Cast. The Cast model has the widest, roundest sole.

The J15 Cast irons have a thicker top line and increased offset compared to Bridgestone’s four forged iron models, which helps golfers release the face and reduce their slice.

They’re offered in 4-PW and come stock with Nippon N.S. Pro 950GH shafts and custom yellow Golf Pride Tour Velvet grips.

The J15 Cast irons will sell for $699 (5-AW, RH only) and will be available on April 1, 2015.

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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  1. FTWPhil

    Jan 16, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    J36 pc for life, or lottery!

  2. Leon

    Jan 16, 2015 at 11:26 am

    I still prefer the J40 CB and DPC which offered the Project X flighted shaft as stock ones. They feel and performance really nice to me.

  3. Jeff B

    Jan 15, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Look a lot like the speedblades, not a bad thing necessarily.

    Who do i have to kill to get a satin version?

  4. gwillis7

    Jan 15, 2015 at 11:39 am

    I like the look of these…never thought about trying Bridgestone clubs out. I am ~16hcp and their irons were never in my radar for that reason. I would like to try my g20’s out against them.

    • marcel

      Jan 19, 2015 at 5:27 pm

      i came across Bridgestone by my budget restrictions. Forged clubs without premium price. Here in Australia they are not popular – mainly because no one knows the clubs. I tried my 1st J36 – then J38 DPC… you kinda feel like whats so special about them… and you try to experiment… so i tried Mizuno… only to get rid of them after few months to go back to J38 CB… next one will be again DPF as it best helps my game. I hit 4i 196yrds

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WITB GolfWRX Members Edition: “Brew4eagle”

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Recently we put out the call for our members to submit their WITBs in our forum to be featured on the GolfWRX front page. Since then, our members have been responding in numbers!

Now it’s time to take a look at the bag of one our longest standing members!

*Full details on the submission process can be found here, and you can submit your WITB in this forum thread.*

Member: ‘Brew4eagle’

Handicap (per profile): 8.2

Brew4eagle WITB

Driver: Ping i20 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Ping TFC707D R

2-hybrid: Adams a7 (19 degrees)
Shaft: Matrix Ozik Altus R

Irons: Titleist 718 AP2 (4-P)
Shafts: True Temper AMT Tour White S300

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (52.08F, 58.08M)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Wedge Flex

Putter: Ping BeCu Scottsdale Anser

Golf Ball: Srixon Q Star Tour

Putter grip: Ping spiral wrap

Grips: Ping ID8 (driver), Golf Pride MCC Plus 4 (hybrid), Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360 (irons, wedges)

Bag: Ping Hoofer Lite

GPS: Bushnell Phantom

Get submitting your WITB in our forum as we’ll be publishing more and more of them on our front page over the coming days and weeks.

Feel free to make it your own too by including some thoughts on your setup, your age, handicap, etc. Anything you feel is relevant!

Share your WITBs here.

 

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Is the R&A coming for drivers?

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R&A chief Martin Slumbers has issued a stark message which could bring an end to the likes of Bryson DeChambeau’s recent dismantling of golf courses – and it could also spell big changes for manufacturers.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Slumbers unveiled the areas which the game’s two governing bodies are focusing on to help prevent golf courses being overpowered by today’s professionals, and hinted that significant changes could be on the way for modern driver technology.

“It is too simple just to say change the ball. Way too simple. You can do things with the ball. But it’s the relationship between ball and club which is most important, to me.

 The fundamental change in the golf ball since 1999-2000, with the introduction of ProV1 technology, is the ball spins less. And drivers have been designed so it spins even less, which makes it go further.”

Bryson DeChambeau’s unprecedented length off the tee has been a hot topic of discussion since golf’s restart. While Slumbers hailed the 26-year-old’s “extraordinary” ability to combine that power with accuracy, the R&A chief declared that he would be coming back to the issue to address the current lack of balance between skill and power in the sport.

“Bryson, I’m fascinated by. I’m not sure I can remember another sportsman, in any sport, so fundamentally changing their physical shape. But what is extraordinary is that Bryson isn’t the first one to put on muscle in golf. How he’s able to control the ball, with that extra power, is extraordinary. All credit to him, he’s a true athlete.

But I still come back to the belief that golf is a game of skill. And we believe we need to get this balance of skill and technology right. Once we feel that the industry is stable again, which isn’t going to be tomorrow, because we don’t know what’s going to happen over autumn and winter, we will be coming back to that issue in great seriousness.”

Part one of the R&A and USGA’s Distance Report concluded that the increased gains from the bombers off the tee in the game was “detrimental to the sport”. Per his interview with the Mail, Slumbers reiterated that the desire for a balance between skill and technology would head stage two of the report.

“My view is very much that golf is a game of skill. It’s important to have a balance of skill and technology. We did intend to publish the next stage in March, sending out to manufacturers our specific areas of interest. Specific topics we wanted to evaluate before considering what equipment changes we would – or would not – put in place.

It’s all been put on hold because the world has a lot more to worry about. And we were conscious of the golf industry having the time to recover. But we will bring that topic back – because it does need to be discussed.”

 

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What GolfWRXers are saying about the optimal equipment strategy for a beginner

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the best equipment-strategies for beginners taking up the sport. WRXer ‘Used2PlayAlot’ asks members what their nuggets of advice would be, and WRXers have been sharing their top tips for beginners in our forums.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • MattGolfs: “Id try to find a used set locally with bag and everything included. As a beginner, you just need to get out and start playing to figure out what you like and dislike equipment-wise IMO.”
  • rkillian: “My brother in law more recently got into the game. I found him a used set on craigslist for $150. My dad is getting back into it as well. He has slowed down and needed some irons that are a little lighter and a newer more forgiving driver. Also found stuff for him on craigslist—$ 120 for irons and a driver. My wife and daughter wanted to have their own clubs when they come play a par 3 with me. Found my wife a used box set on craigslist for $50 and my daughter a little junior set for $20 on the Facebook market place. You should be able to find what someone new to the game needs on craigslist or Facebook.”
  • tomg1969: “I just did this for a friend. I went to eBay and found a nice set of Ping G5 irons for $100. I also picked up two nice, older Adams a12 hybrids for $50, and a Ping driver for $60. I gave him one of my older putters, and old stand bag and a sand wedge. For $210 (Plus the things that I gave him from my “junk pile”) he has a pretty nice and forgiving set up for a beginner.”
  • kmay_: “Yep look on local classifieds, Facebook marketplace etc. A buddy of mine at work wanted to get into playing, so I sold him an old set of irons I had, a stand bag, and an old 3 wood. Found him a driver on Kijiji, he picked up a 60* and a putter and now he’s playing more often than me the bugger. Has an exec course across the street from his house, so he bought a membership there and has been playing a ton. Cheap full set would be the way I would go, get the guy into it and then if he wants to continue playing, he can start putting together a better set with your guidance.”

Entire Thread: “Optimal equipment strategy for a beginner?”

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