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Fourteen Golf’s new FH-900 Forged irons have mass appeal

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Fourteen Golf’s new FH-900 irons have a compact head shape inspired by feedback from Tour players, but they’re loaded with distance-enhancing technologies to reach a wide range of golfers and ball-striking abilities. Everyone from PGA Tour players (John Rollins currently has them in the bag) to mid-handicappers can play them.

The irons are said to be 7 yards longer than the TC-888 irons (of the same lofts), the irons that they replace in Fourteen’s lineup. They’re forged from S20C carbon steel for a soft feel, and they have a nickel-chrome plating and a back face mirror for a “wow factor” in the bag.

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For forgiveness, the cavity of the FH-900 irons is designed to provide stability at impact on off-center hits. For higher ball speeds across the face, the irons have a radial speed channel by way of a thin, 360-degree section surrounding the cavity that increases COR by moving weight to the perimeter of the club head. Like all of Fourteen’s forged iron offerings, the center of gravity in each of the FH-900 irons is individually developed for optimal placement. That means the longer irons have a lower CG to promote higher launch and lower spin, while the short irons have a higher CG to promote trajectory control.

Rusty Estes, the Director of Tour Operations at Fourteen Golf who also does the wedge/iron grinding on Tour for the company, says there is a “vast interest among Tour players, but [the irons] provide enough forgiveness for any mid-capper to play.”

“These are the best irons we’ve ever made, both aesthetically and performance-wise,” Estes says.

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The soles of the FH-900 irons are built with high camber, or what Estes calls “bull nosing,” a southern term that describes how the club goes into the turf; big and slow, like a bull. These bull-nosed soles support a more downward angle of attack and won’t dig as much as Fourteen’s irons with sharper leading edges.

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The stock shaft offering in the FH-900 irons is the Nippon Pro Modus3 105, but custom shafts are also available. Full sets of the irons (4-PW) sell for $1,349.99.

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about the FH-900 irons

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Andrew Tursky is the Editor-in-Chief of GolfWRX. 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. golfraven

    Jul 2, 2017 at 4:23 am

    The FH-900 irons don’t have as much meet (compared to Bridgestone TourB X-CB) in the back but still sexy appearance. I will add those to the list of contenders for an upgrade. The Modus3 105 is certainly a shaft I am looking at right now.

  2. Grits

    Jul 1, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    so rad —- so wicked —- so pretty

  3. Paul

    Jul 1, 2017 at 8:03 am

    Hit these a few weeks ago. They really are lovely irons; setup and looks are top notch. The feel is very soft, yet solid. I hit them against the 888 and 770. The shaft wasn’t the shaft for me, but the distance over the 888 is easily seen from the range. Would have loved some on course time with them too. In the end, my 745s performed very similarly but if I were hunting for a new iron, I would put a lot of weight behind the 900.

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Mizuno JPX 919 Tour Forged, 919 Forged, and 919 Hot Metal hit USGA’s conforming list

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As alerted by our always investigative GolfWRX Forum Members, three new Mizuno JPX irons have shown up recently on the USGA Conforming Clubs list; JPX 919 Forged (there is no image of the RH version, but there is of the LH), JPX 919 Hot Metal (and LH), and a JPX 919 Tour Forged iron.

Although still unannounced and unreleased by Mizuno, it’s likely these JPX 919 irons will be the replacements for the previous JPX 900 series. If you remember, Brooks Koepka won back-to-back U.S. Opens using JPX 900 Tour irons; now, it seems there may be a replacement for that iron on the way, judging by the USGA Conforming List.

Check out the Mizuno JPX 919 irons below, as listed on the USGA Confirming list.

Mizuno JPX 919 Forged

Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal

Mizuno JPX 919 Tour Forged

See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the USGA photos.

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SPOTTED: Srixon “Z785” and “Z585” irons

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Photos have recently popped up in our GolfWRX Forums of Srixon “Z785” and “Z585” irons. It’s been nearly two years since the company released it’s previous Z565, Z765 and Z965 irons, so it’s possible (if not likely), based on nomenclature, these could be the replacements for that series.

The photos in our forums show Z785 short irons (5-PW) and Z785 long irons (4 and 3), but it does not appear that the Z785 irons shown in the photos are driving irons, so it’s likely these photos come from a mixed set.

We do not have any official tech or release information about new irons from Srixon at this time, so we’re left to speculate for the time being. What do you think about the photos of these Srixon “Z785” and “Z585” irons?

Check out the photos of each below, and click here for more photos and discussion.

Srixon “Z785” irons

 

Srixon “Z585” irons

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Michael Kim on why he switched to a Titleist TS2 driver, and the change he’s making for The Open

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Michael Kim set a tournament scoring record at the John Deere Classic last week, so, needless to say, the UC Berkeley alum was firing on all cylinders.

With respect to one of those cylinders, Kim, historically not a great driver of the golf ball, was 34th in Strokes Gained off the tee and tied for second in driving accuracy with a new Titleist TS2 driver in his bag last week. For reference, he’s 192nd in Strokes Gained off the tee and 183rd in driving accuracy for the season. In other words, while Kim’s incredible putting (+13.51 strokes gained: putting) helped, the Titleist TS2 driver he began experimenting with at the FedEx St. Jude Classic also played a role.

We caught up with Kim by phone from Carnoustie and asked him about the decision to put the new TS2 in play.

“When I hit it, I liked it right away. I noticed the biggest difference on mishits. On my old driver, the ball speed would drop a little bit on a toe or heel hit, but with the new one, you barely saw any [drop in ball speed]. And it was definitely going straighter off the mishits. Straighter and longer, honestly.”

“Generally, I don’t make a switch, especially with the driver mid-year, but I put it right in play. And I’m working on some new things with my swing…I kind of turned the corner at the Quicken Loans…obviously hit it great at the Deere.”

“I tried the TS3, but it was a little too low spin for me. So we kept the same shaft [Aldila Rogue Black 60X] and I think it’s the same setting.”

Kim also mentioned he’s putting a steel-shafted driving iron in play for The Open this week–on the recommendation of a guy who knows a thing or two about playing well at the British Open.

“Zach Johnson told me on the plane ride here that I should maybe try a driving iron. So…I got out here and I asked to try a couple of different driving irons…On Tuesday, I tried out a couple of different T-MBs…2-iron, 3-iron. The 2-iron was going way too far, so I tried the 3-iron on the golf course. The way the course is set up, it’s just so firm…It’ll be great if there’s some wind. Exactly what I’m looking for. I’ll put it in play and I’ll probably use it a decent amount throughout the week.”

With respect to Kim’s wedge setup, Vokey Wedge rep, Aaron Dill, offered this comment

“Michael Kim has a really good short game that shows tremendous confidence. Michael uses a great system with his gap wedge having higher bounce, this help with flight and consistency, his 56 is high bounce for bunker and all shots needing extra bounce, and his 60 is a low bounce L for all tighter conditions and shots that need easy and fast lift. The beauty of this setup is it covers multiple shot window and types.”

We’ll see how it works out for him. Kim is competing in his first Open Championship. He tees off at 9:04 a.m. local time with Ryuko Tokimatsu and Chez Reavie.

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