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Scratch Tour Department DW 1-Off Custom Muscle

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By: Pure745

So it’s almost been 2 years since this I got my first set of custom DW SB1’s.

There have been a lot of really great irons that have come out, and none of them have even come close to replacing my DW SB1’s. Since then, I’ve seen some really 100% custom sets of muscle backs, flat backs, and some really unique designs that have got me thinking of IF I could design something custom, what would it be?

Well.. the Mizuno TN87 is one of my favorite heads of all time, and the Flatbacks I’ve been seeing have just looked incredible. So, basically.. a Don White ground, Flatback/TN87 1-off prototype. I started kicking around the idea with Ari.. I didn’t know how well the JDM-ish look would go with a hybrid of their Flatbacks.. I told him to talk to Don and see what Don thought about my idea. Apparently DW liked it, and he and Ari thought it would turn out really nice and unique. It got the final blessing from Patrick.. and off we went.


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Here are the details:

  • TN87/Flatback proto muscle back
  • Progressive COG
  • Progressive sole grinds D/S to D/D in the shorter irons
  • Progressive toe grind-roundish square to square in short irons
  • As long as possible from toe to heel-similar to 2-iron
  • Straight top line transitions on all clubs as opposed to a rounded top line that they normally do
  • New 48,54,58 wedges with new grinds
  • Conforming grooves
  • NS Pro Super Peening Blue
  • Based of MP14 specs

My original sketch:

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I know.. at this point, this thread is LONG.. so for that, I appologize :)  But, for those that care or have been following this process and are considering ordering a set for themselves, I feel like it’s only appropriate to give my feedback of the whole process and most importantly, how do they actually perform?

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First – The “Scratch TD Experience

In a nutshell.. this entire thread can be summed up with two pictures..

This:  What I drew with a sharpie of what I would pick if I could pick any design for a muscle shape (a blend of Mizuno TN87’s and Scratch FlatBack’s)

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The results, are simply incredible.  The craftsmanship is unreal, the fit and finish are perfect.  The irons have a truly custom look to them, but are so sharp and perfect that they look like they could be an OTR offering, sort of. The sole grinds and the shapes of the muscles are as functional as they are good looking.  The end result, I am beyond happy with and I really can’t say enough about how good Scratch and DW are.

The process.. for the most part, it was perfect.  There were a few snags along the way, but it’s somewhat to be expected since Scratch is a small operation and what they were making were 100% custom handmade clubs.  I think they could have done a better job with the small non-Scratch related parts, like making sure they had the grips I ordered in stock and planning ahead to have the “small” things taken care of.  DW finished my irons faster than Iomic delivered the back ordered grips.. splitting hairs, I know, but this is a review and can’t be all praising and kool-aide.

The major part of the “Scratch TD” experience – fitting, grinds, designs, ideas, specs.. etc.  That part was perfect.  All of the small things – ordering grips, shafts, and other small details could be better.  It sucks when small things slow up your order when the main/hard part is already done.  Tightening up a few things could make a huge difference when it could mean delivering your set 1-2 weeks sooner.

Now to the most important part.. I will pre-apologize for the length of my review.

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Final Burn – The Playing Review!

So I’ll start this with some pictures.. because I feel that the shaping and muscle design is has the biggest influence on the playability of these.

Notice the CG placement and how it varies from short to long iron.  Also, look at the difference in the face thickness and the positioning of the muscles in the MB’s vs. the single muscle on the SB1.

Left: DW SB1’s – Right: DW Custom MB’s

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Looks:

The MB’s look better.  Basically the new design was improving upon what was close to perfection with my first set of DW’s.  Basically I wanted flat top lines – no curve, longer toe to heel, slightly rounder but still squared toes.  DW nailed it, literally look perfect to my eye.

Feel:

The MB’s feel WAY better.  They even sound different.  They basically feel much more solid than the SB1’s and still retain the soft feeling that I love about my SB1’s.  If I could try to put it into words, the SB1’s would be soft/crisp, the MB’s would be soft/crisp/solid.  There is more mass behind the sweetspot and more mass higher in the head if you catch one high on the face.  Since these heads were ground to swing weight, you can really feel the weight of the head, and the added mass behind it when you’re hitting out of various lies.  Basically everything I love about the SB1’s but look better and feel better.

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Performance:

Keep in mind these are shafted with Nippon Super Peening Blue X’s and all specs were the exact same as my SB1’s, except these have conforming grooves.  The thing I noticed most is how much more accurate these have been.  First round out, I could work the ball both ways on command but could not figure out the distances at all.  The ball seems to fly with less spin and much less sidespin and balooning.  The MB’s seem to grab their line and start tracking sooner, my SB1’s seem to hoover a little more and can tail off at the end a little more than these do.  The grinds are a touch different, and another thing I noticed is that not only are these longer toe to heel, but also taller than the SB1’s.  So with that, they are also more forgiving.  If I were to post in the “most forgiving blade thread” this would be my pick.  The long irons also go higher than the SB1’s and the short irons go a touch lower.  I’ve hit some really good shots with the wedges, and some really bad shots as well.. I’m still trying to figure out the conforming grooves around the green, but on 3/4-full shots, they’ve been much better for me.

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Final Burn?

The DW MB’s look better, feel better, and are easier to hit than my DW SB1’s

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Starting point: Here is a play by play storyline of the build I did with Scratch Golf Custom department.

 

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Starting to take shape!

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Before/After:

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In progress pics of irons:

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Straight top lines are looking really good – I was very nervous about how this idea would actually look. Wedges so far – The stamping and finish should make these look really cool when they are done.

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Don White at work!

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DW with the first one after being cut:

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Unreal!!

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The pics above were right after the muscles were cut, these pictures are of DW softening and doing some more shaping. More shaping, and grinding – You can see the paper printout of my order and the picture of the TN87 I emailed with their hand written notes for DW re: shaping, progressive COG and grind info.  If you were ever wondering what they do with all the notes you make and send to them during your custom TD order, there it is!

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Some stamped and closer to finished pictures, they still have to be tumbled and few final touches before plating and finishing.. needless to say, I’m really excited to see these!

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TUMBLED & WEDGES STAMPED (ready for finishing)

Toe shapes are EXACTLY what I ordered.. shaped perfectly.  The muscles and blending of the different “steps” look really nice.. next and final step is having them plated and finish applied.

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Address picture of 58 degree – the straight top line, pretty unique looking.. looks better than I thought!

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Toe shapes are EXACTLY what I ordered.. shaped  perfectly.  The muscles and blending of the different “steps” look  really nice.. next and final step is having them plated and finish applied.

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UPDATE: 5/16 – Irons chromed + paint.. Wedges still having finish applied.

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UPDATE: 5/24 – Wedges are done, just waiting on paint and assembly-should have in hand next week!

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6/13: FINALLY!  IN-HAND PICS!

The day is finally here.. after back and forth with FedEx and re-routing etc.. I finally was able to pick up my finished DW sticks.  My initial reactions are that these are just incredible.. and unlike anything I’ve seen in person before.  The fit and finish is just as I expect from Scratch, and they have truly outdone themselves with these.  The pics I just took don’t really do these justice, but here goes:

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Progressive sole grinds:

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11 Comments

  1. Randy Kennedy

    Jun 2, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Could i please receive info on these irons and prices and were i can purchase them.

    Thanks

  2. Danny

    Sep 14, 2012 at 11:43 am

    id play these if i sold everything i owned to buy them lol

  3. rex235

    Sep 5, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    It would be nice to know if Scratch/Don White could make a LH set like this, as I just happen to have a LH TN-87 2 iron. Had wanted a LH version of the Mac Tourney Custom 985 model.

  4. Paul

    Sep 3, 2012 at 6:31 am

    If I had the cash this is what I would be doing, getting a custom set made. Wow, what great looking irons. Good work Scratch!

  5. Jonny8

    Aug 30, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Thanks for the great insight.

    May I ask what the costs are?

    Cheers.

    Enjoy them

  6. Bernard Davidson

    Aug 27, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Where can I buy these

  7. Michael Crabb

    Aug 27, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    I have the SB-1’s but when I get ready to get the “next generation” Scratch irons, I know what to do.
    Great explanation and pictures. I’m geeked

  8. Rowan

    Aug 18, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    they NEED lefty!! please post some pics of the clubs finished from above view with grooves and such.

  9. Jacob

    Aug 16, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Those pictures almost brought tears to my eyes. Why won’t they do lefty? 🙁

  10. Solidstrike

    Aug 16, 2012 at 11:10 am

    That is by far one of the coolest things I’ve seen on this site to date. Thank you for sharing the experience and pictures!

  11. Brian Cass

    Aug 16, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Some very neat stuff there and great insight into the process.

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In this Testing Thread, we selected 75 members to test a TaylorMade M1 2017 7-iron and TaylorMade M2 7-iron. Each of the clubs were built with the stock lofts and shafts — M2 2017 (28.5 degrees) with a TaylorMade Reax shaft, and M1 2017 (30.5 degrees) with a True Temper Dynamic Gold S300 shaft — and the testers were instructed to post their review of the clubs here.

Below, we’ve selected what we’ve deemed the most in-depth and educated reviews out of the 75 testers. We have edited each of the posts for brevity, clarity and grammar.

Thanks to all of those involved in the testing!

Brock9007

To be honest, looking down on the TaylorMade M1 and M2 irons at address, there is really not much difference. I would have to pick one up to see which is which.

The first 10 balls I hit were with M1 and 6/10 felt great, while the other 4 were toe hits, which I felt and the distance reflected that. Kinda what I expected with a club design for lower-handicap players. Distance was about 1/2 longer than my Srixon iron and dispersion was close, as well. I will say they did not feel as good as the Srixon on center hits.

Next 10 (ok, 15) balls were with the M2. Wow, can you say “up, up and away? The ball really popped of the club face, but wasn’t a ballon flight. Waited for the ball to come down and WTH, with the roll out it was 5-8 yards longer than balls hit with M1, and that is with a few toe shots. I did some smooth swings and then very aggressive swings and was a little amazed at this iron. Just like the M1, it does not have the forged feeling and does have a clicky sound (which I hate).

Bottom line: M2 is the longest iron I have ever hit. I love my 545s, but I could see myself playing M2 very easily. Matter of fact, I will be taking this M2 7 iron in my bag and play it more head-to-head against my Srixon 545 on the course.

deathbymuffin

These are both beautiful clubs. What surprised me the most is how much alike the two clubs look at address. I was expecting a chunky topline and significant offset in the M2, but it’s footprint looked almost exactly the same as the M1, outside of the chrome finish on the M2 versus the frosted finish of the M1. The M2 could almost pass as a player’s iron to my eye at address. These clubs both get A’s from me in the looks department.

The M1 felt a tad thicker than most player’s irons I’m used to, but it seemed to come with a bit of added forgiveness too. Well-struck shots felt good, with a nice mid-trajectory and with the workability that I’ve come to expect from a player’s iron. But true to TaylorMade’s claims, the M1 seemed more forgiving than a traditional player’s iron. Had a nice soft feel at impact, mishits didn’t sting and left you with a more playable result. A really nice combination of the better attributes of both player’s and game improvement irons. I’ve been playing with an old set of Tommy Armour blades, but I’ve been recently wanting more forgiveness for when I’m stuck with my B or C swing. Based on the early returns, I could definitely see myself bagging these.

I’m not sure if it’s the shaft, the design of the clubhead, or a combination of both, but the M2 is definitely a different animal than the M1 at impact. This club launches the ball high, arguably ridiculously so. I was hitting Jason Day moonbombs with this bad boy. Didn’t seem to matter what kind of swing I put on it, the ball launched high, flat and dead straight. The club was super forgiving and if not for the insanely high ball flight, I would love to have a set of these for when my swing is out of sorts. I didn’t really try to flight it at all, so I’m not sure what it’s capable of at this point. One other note was that the M2 had a clicky feel at impact. It didn’t bother me since it still felt so sweet… so strange as it sounds, clicky, but smooth and sweet at the same time. I think these clubs will be big winners with the mid-to-high handicap set.

The M1 is a fine iron, but doesn’t really stand out in any way from other irons of its class.

The M2, on the other hand, is an iron on steroids. I’m really starting to love this thing. It’s super forgiving and just goes and goes. According to my laser, flush shots were going 195 yards (my usual blade 5 iron distance) and very high. I can’t help but think golf would be a whole lot easier, particularly longer courses with long par 3s, with a full set of these in my bag.

poppyhillsguy

M1 feels softer than the M2 and I felt the ball flight was more consistent and what I want in an iron. The M1 did have a harsher feeling in my hands than I typically like, but I’m going to credit a lot of that to the range balls.

M2 flies very high. It was a windy afternoon and about 100 degrees. I love the high ball flight on the range, but I have a concern what that ball flight would be like on the course. I like to hit the ball different heights for different shots and I don’t think I could do that confidently with the M2, but I could with the M1. I don’t like the sound of the M2. It sounded “clicky” to me.

Fourpar18

Initially on the range I was scared because the M1 had a regular flex in it, so I took it easy for my initial 10-15 swings with it. Ball SHOT off the face, loud crack (didn’t care for it, but not too bad) and ball just kept rising and rising but didn’t balloon. I thought, “whoa,” that’s not what I expected…did it again…another CRACK and the ball just flew. I set another down and I paid attention to how it looked behind the ball, not much offset for a game improvement and I thought…”I could actually play this club!”  The 5-7 were EASY swings, aimed at a target of 170 yards away (my normal 7 iron distance) and with a EASY swing I was flying it by 20 yards or so. The next 5-10 I really went after it, same CRACK and ball just flew but to my surprise it was a nice draw, harder draw than the first but it was a nice 10-yard draw. This time the balls were landing just short of the 200 yard marker. Damn, 200 yards with a 7 iron! I know they are jacked lofts but it feels good to say “my 7 irons just few 190-200 yards!”

P.S. LOVE the Lamkin UTX grip!

Now, this was interesting, the M2 was quieter then the M1… weird!  Now, there is more carbon fiber added to this one and there is a “Geocoustic” label on the back. I am sure that it has something to do with all that carbon fiber but it does have a better sound. Other than the sound, it played exactly like the M1: long and straight. The REAX shaft felt a little weaker than the True Temper shaft and it flew a little higher but nothing else I could pick up.

noahdavis_7

Finally got out to the range after getting these bad boys in on Friday. My first impression of them is that they look really sharp. The graphics and design really stand out and really give these clubs a cool, modern look.

They were both a little to big IMO, as I am currently bagging Mizuno MP-68s. The M2 isa definite “game improvement iron”, while the M1 was similar in size and shape to my previous irons, Titleist AP1s.

They both really launch it, high and far. Ridiculous for 7 irons. I don’t have access to a launch monitor, but it was about a 20-yard difference between my gamer 7 iron and these (stronger lofts, as well).

The M1 definitely was more suited for my eye, and produced more consistent ball flights. It felt much more smooth and solid as the M2 had a clicky, cheap feel.

The M2 just isn’t for me. I felt like it was launching too high and ballooning, which could be due to the shaft (the M1 had the S300, while the M2 just had a stock “Reax” shaft). The feel off the face of the M2 just turned me off, to be honest.

While I don’t think I’ll be putting either model in play, I can definitely see the appeal for mid-to-high handicaps. Both irons were super forgiving, and they should be a dream to the average weekend golfer who has trouble with ball striking consistently.

golfnut5438

Looks: As expected, I preferred the M1 with less offset, slightly smaller sole and a smoother finish. Less glare looking down on the iron. I must say the M2 did not look as bulky, or have as much offset as I thought it might have.

Feel: This was a close race, probably due to the shafts as much as the heads. The M1 was just a slight bit smoother feeling on solid shots. But the M2 was not bad at all, just not quite as smooth.

Distance and performance: Our range has a slight incline up the length of the range, so specific yardage gains or losses were difficult to measure. Both irons had a higher trajectory than my gamer 7 iron. Neither sole dug onto the turf either. The lofts for both irons are a degree or two stronger than mine, so I would think they probably flew a little further than my gamers. Neither iron flew “too” high, however. Might be a little harder to hit knock down shots, though.

Final thoughts: I had hit both the M1 and M2 irons last year during a fitting day, but did not like either. This year’s model were both better in my eyes. I asked a fellow member at our club to hit both and he felt the M1 was his preferred model, and he is a 20-index player. So coming from both a single digit, and a high double-digit, the M1 won this battle of wills. I will try and see if I can locate both a 5 iron and 9 iron to see if a full set might be a winner for me.

DblEgl

I was surprised that the M2 was the winner in this brief session. It felt better, flew higher, easier to hit and about 1/2 club longer that my gamer Apex CF16. The feel/sound was better than I thought it might be, but really not up to the CF16. I could, however, easily game the M2’s.

Bstein74

Feel: I hit the M2 first, and found it to be very solid when hit on the screws. There was almost no feel off the club face at all. When I mishit it, you knew it was, but it wasn’t harsh at all. Hit the M1 next, and same type of feel when hit solid. Much more harsh when mishit though, but I knew that was coming.

Distance and performance: This is was where I was curious to see how they would play. The M2 went out high in the air, and just kept going forever. Now granted my eyesight isn’t that great anymore, but it looked like I got about 10-15 yards more from the M2 compared to my Wilson D300. The only thing I didn’t like about the M2 was how much I was able to turn it over. Got a lot more hook compared to my D300. Don’t know if that was from the REAX shaft, but would love to find a less spinning shaft to correct that.

The M1 wasn’t a great performer for me. Same height as the M2, but much straighter off the club face. Didn’t get any great distance advantage as compared to my D300. Can’t game a player’s iron anymore, and testing this one just reaffirmed that.

Final thoughts: Was very happy with the distance I gained with the M2 compared to my current gamer. Very good-performing iron for me, and something I would definitely consider changing them out if I could reduce the spin off the face. If you’re looking for more distance, you need to try these out. The M1 just wasn’t for me, but as a player’s iron, I can see it as a great option.

Bobcat271

Like the other testers, I found the M2 to launch the ball much higher and is 10-to-15 yards longer than my Adams XTD forged 7 iron. Of the two 7 irons I prefer the M1. I like the design of the M1 and its visual appearance at address. I feel more confident in trying to work the ball with the M1. The M1 gave me more feedback as to where the club head was in relation to my swing plane. If I had my druthers I would put the M1 in the bag as it stands now. Will continue to test, what a treat to compare the two irons.

myurick2

Once I started making solid contact with a decent shoulder turn, the M2 really came alive in my hands. Towering flat height, for me, and very long. No more clacky hollow feel, just a very mild pleasant sensation… then zoom. Once I started making better swings, back to the M1, which was a very nice iron. Shorter than the M2 (though not short) and a little lower ball flight. Felt nice and substantial without being heavy. Very forgiving on slight mishits.

But the M2 was the star for me. High trajectory and very long. Club felt lively and fun. Frankly, unless a player wanted a lower trajectory, or likes to hit a lot of knock downs or feel shots, I don’t know why anyone wouldn’t choose the M2. They are very attractive and a very fun iron. I think folks who say that the M2 feels and/or sounds clicky, clacky or hollow may be mishitting the iron toward the toe. I am not judging — I mishit a lot of shots at first. I agree on toe mishits the iron did not feel great. It almost felt like plastic. The ball still flew pretty well, but it wasn’t a very enjoyable experience. Not painful, just felt very dead. But when hit nearer the center, the iron felt fantastic. Light, springy and very lively. 

hammergolf

They are both good-looking clubs. Not too long heel to toe and toplines were not that distracting. M1 is more what I like to see shape wise, but M2 was not bad at all. Personally, not a fan of seeing the face slots. But I could see how some people may like how they frame the ball. 

Ace2000

M1 

– Has a very odd sound on contact, almost sounds a tad like a fairway wood “ting. Not a fan
– Looks very good at address with the brushed finish
– Most shots I hit with it seemed to fall out of the sky (very likely a lack of spin). Ball flight was much lower than I would have expected (not super low, just not much different than my 7 iron)
– Inconsistent misses. Next to no distance gains vs RocketBladez Tour 7 iron

M2

– Doesn’t look as good at address as the M1. Chrome finish at address is not an issue in even direct sunlight for me
– Feels and sounds quite nice to my ears at impact. Not a classic sound but very good considering what type of club it is
– Ball flight is very strong (comes off hot). Ball stays high in the air for awhile. Very high and lands soft
– 10-12 yards longer on average vs my 7 iron, it even had the horsepower to hang with my 6 iron
– VERY forgiving on thin strikes. Couldn’t believe how a near-top still traveled to nearly the front edge in the air and still went as far as the M1 did on a good strike
– Shaft is too light

Even though I’m a 2-handicap and don’t fit the M2 “mold,” I could see myself playing this club from 4-6 iron (although gapping would be a major issue mixing these with almost anything else) if it had a heavier shaft in it (I can only imagine how far this 4 iron must go… yikes)

M1 = 2.5/5 stars
M2 = 4.5/5 stars

tpeterson

Visual first impressions: The M1 7-iron is visually appealing to me as far as the finish and overall look. Even though it is classified as a player’s iron, it doesn’t seem so tiny that it would be tough to hit. I am not a huge fan of the bright-yellow badging, but I probably could get over it. The iron inspires confidence with its topline and a little bit of offset. The “rubber” piece on the hosel is a little bit funky to me.

I thought the M2 7-iron would look clunkier than it really is. Besides the finish being a little bit different, the difference between the M1 and M2 is actually pretty small. The M2’s topline and sole are a touch wider, but not by much. Not a huge fan of the fluted hosel since it can be seen at address. The M1’s fluting is only on the rear of the club.

I did notice that the sole’s finish did scratch pretty easily. Overall, I thought the M1 and M2 are pretty good looking, but I would definitely give the edge to the M1. I also preferred the stock Lamkin grip on the M1 vs. the ribbed M2 grip.

On course action: They both feel solid. I tried hitting both irons in all different types of on-course situations over a two week period. Both clubs launch the ball high but I would not say they balloon. For me, the M2 was about 10 yards longer and higher than the M1. Compared to my Cleveland irons, they are 1 to 1.5 clubs longer.

M1 loft = 30.5
M2 loft = 28.5
Cleveland TA7 loft = 33.5

I know this accounts for the distance gain but the ball definitely comes off hot compared to my set. I was hoping I would hit the M1 better since I like the appearance better, but that was not the case. The M2 definitely felt better for me and I felt more confident with it in my hands.

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Members Choice: The Best Irons of 2017

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To help golfers find the best irons for them in 2017, we enlisted the services of GolfWRX Members, the most knowledgeable golfers on the internet. They not only understand the technology used in the latest golf equipment, but they also test new clubs extensively. Following their detailed experiences and words of wisdom about the latest products is the perfect starting point for anyone interested in purchasing new golf clubs.

To gather their votes and feedback, we as a company first needed to properly sort the irons into categories. We aimed to keep the categories as simple as possible with 2017’s crop of irons, and we broke them down into three general categories:

  • Players Irons: Basically, small-sized irons. These irons have sleek top lines and soles. They place workability and control over distance, and for that reason they’re irons you can expect to see in the bag of a professional golfer.
  • Game-Improvement Irons: Basically, medium-sized irons. This category includes a wide-range of clubs that blend distance, forgiveness, good looks and workability.
  • Super Game-Improvement Irons: Basically, large-sized irons. These irons are juiced with hot faces, wide soles, thick top lines, big offset and a low center of gravity, among other engineering feats, that are often unique to each company.

Note: Because of the abundance of Players Irons currently available, we divided that category into two categories: Players Irons and Exotics Players Irons. The Exotic Players Irons list included players irons from companies such as Epon, Fourteen, Miura, PXG, and Honma, which are not as widely available for testing in the U.S.

Below you can access the full results of our Members Choice 2017: Best Irons lists, as well as feedback about each iron from the GolfWRX Community. We’d like to sincerely thank all the GolfWRX Members who participated in the voting and provided feedback on the irons. We also want to thank those of you who provided feedback on the voting process itself. We assure you that we read and consider everything, and we’re going to continue to improve our process in order to provide the best and most useful information about the latest golf equipment.

Members Choice: The Best Players Irons

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Vote Leader: Mizuno JPX-900 Tour

“WOW! Great mix of buttery feel and forgiveness.”

Overall, the Mizuno JPX-900 Tour irons earned nearly 15 percent of votes on the Players iron category, giving them top billing for players irons. One GolfWRX member said he was “weak in the knees from first look at the satin finish and compact size,” and that the “feel is excellent, and there’s just enough forgiveness.” Another said the JPX-900 Tour irons are the “best irons out there right now in terms of blending feel, forgiveness, and the ability to shape shots.”

Full List: The Best Players Irons of 2017

Members Choice: The Best Exotic Players Irons

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Vote Leader: PXG 0311T

“I can’t say I have ever hit anything that feels as good as the PXG.”

With more 21 percent of votes for the Best Exotics Players Irons of 2017, PXG’s 0311T irons were described by GolfWRX members as “a great looking club,” and that they “felt unbelievable.” When comparing the irons to Titleist’s 716 MB irons, one member said, “The fact that you can barely tell if it has or doesn’t have more offset than the MB 7 iron just shows how little it has.”

Full List: The Best Exotic Players Irons of 2017

Members Choice: Best Game-Improvement Irons

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Vote Leader: Callaway Apex CF ’16 

“Apex CF is simply the most explosive, best feeling iron I’ve ever hit in this category.”

Acquiring nearly 20 percent of votes of all models in the Best Game-Improvement Iron category, GolfWRX Members described the Callaway Apex CF ’16 irons as “simply the most explosive,” and that they “perform very well on center hits and almost as good on mishits.”

Full List: The Best Game-Improvement Irons of 2017

The Best Super Game-Improvement Irons 

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Vote Leader: Ping G

“The Ping G takes what Ping has done for years and added in increased ball speed, improved feel and much better looks.”

An iron that “will appeal even to Ping haters.” GolfWRX Members described the Ping G as “stupid easy to hit,” providing a “high and straight ball flight,” and “an eye opener.” The irons also accumulated more than 22 percent of the total votes in the category.

Full List: The Best Super Game-Improvement irons of 2017

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