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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.

Specs and Pricing

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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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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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SPOTTED: 2019 Mitsubishi shafts

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The Diamana shaft line from Mitsubishi Chemical is probably one of the most iconic in the sport. Released in 2005, Blueboard, Whiteboard, and Redboard, were the first generation of shafts.

Photos of the full fourth generation Diamana lineup, offering new materials and technology, along with new names, have surfaced in the GolfWRX forums. Like previous generations, each color shaft offers different ball flight and spin characteristics.

“RF” is the highest launching and spinning in the Diamana line, offering high launch and mid spin, while the “BF” is the mid-launch and mid/low-spin model. Finally, the “DF” is mid/low-launching and the lowest-spinning shaft in the lineup.

All of the fourth generation Diamana shafts use updated technologies and materials that you would expect from a premium lineup. DIALEAD pitch fiber is helps reduce shaft deformation, while still producing exceptional energy transfer.

Each shaft contains MR70 carbon fiber that is 20 percent stronger than conventional materials and Boron fiber for its compression strength and shaft reinforcement. ION plating has been done before in the Diamana line, in vacuum chambers — silver alloy ions are bonded to the shaft to give it a chrome-like finish that can’t be replicated by paint.

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SPOTTED: 2019 Aldila shafts

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With the beginning of the PGA Tour’s West Coast swing on now, we are really starting to see more 2019 gear work it way onto tour trucks, and onto the range for player testing…and into our forums (in picture format, at least).

Some of the most recently spotted pieces are the 2019 Aldila ATX shafts, including what appears to be an 85g hybrid shaft and a 120g iron shaft.

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We can only speculate that the hybrid is a low launch shaft — based on the PGA  Tour testing being done, but this could be a shaft more suited for the growing popularity of the driving iron category vs. wood-like hybrids in the previous couple of seasons.

The 120g iron shaft has a lot of people talking, since Aldila has leaked some information in our picture thread

“It utilizes a custom prepreg made at our facility in Poway that features a “Metal Mesh” material that is combined with Carbon Fiber to help add stability and weight in the irons.”

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By using this custom material, Aldila could be solving the common problem that a lot of people have with graphite, and that is the club total weight — although in this case 120g is similar to a lot of steel iron shafts already being used on Tour. As prototyping goes, this material could be put to use in lighter versions of the shaft and have a greater benefit in the sub-100g category — if they plan on going that route.

For the drivers, if previous versions and colorways are any indication, it looks like we will have some new technology packed into popular bend profiles like the NV (Green) and the VS (Blue).  As some members on the forums have already discussed, these shafts will be utilizing graphene (an extremely strong carbon material) for additional stability. 

We also have new Rogue 130 MSI models following along similar lines with both a black and silver.

Here’s some additional information from Aldila

“Building off of the success of the ROGUE® Limited Edition – which featured 125 M.S.I. Graphitic Carbon Fiber, we have taken ROGUE® to performance to another level by incorporating even stronger 130 M.S.I. Graphitic Carbon Fiber. The ROGUE® Silver 130 M.S.I. is a low-launch, low-spin shaft with a low torque tip-section fortified with 130 M.S.I. Graphitic Carbon Fiber, a higher balance point, and a premium ion plated finish.”

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Brooks Koepka with Mizuno JPX 919 irons, TaylorMade M5 driver in the bag at Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

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Brooks Koepka is in action this week at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship equipped with a new driver and set of irons.

Golf.com’s Jonathan Wall broke the news, via Twitter, that Kopeka has TaylorMade’s new M5 Driver in his bag this week, as well as Mizuno’s JPX 919 Tour Irons.

The three-time major champ used TaylorMade’s M3 460 Driver and Mizuno’s JPX 900 Tour irons throughout 2018, and it appears as if Koepka is happy to make the transition to both manufacturers latest additions of those series of clubs right from the get-go in 2019.

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Koepka is currently T13 after two rounds of play at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and sits five shots off the lead.

 

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