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WRX Spotlight: Epon AF-Tour MC irons

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Product: Epon AF-Tour MC irons

Pitch: From Epon: “A first from ENDO manufacturing. This fully hollow-body forged design utilizing stronger lofts screams maximum ball speeds and distance! A super low and deep CG combined with a super wide sole makes this the most forgiving iron in the EPON line up. A progressive body design lends itself to more traditional looking short irons. This particular model is a Limited Edition for 2019 (2000 sets worldwide).”

Our take on Epon AF-Tour MC irons

When you think of Epon you think of premium forged blades, players irons, and wedges. I don’t think many people think of super game improvement irons, but Epon might be changing a few minds with the new AF-Tour MC. The AF-Tour MC is a limited-edition model that is aimed for the higher handicap player who demands great feel and very high end-craftsmanship.

These irons provide tons of forgiveness and ball speed while still offering a soft forged feel. Now the look and loft of the irons are not going to appeal to the low handicap player or purist, but that is not who they are aimed at. These are meant to launch it high, straight, and very long!

Right out of the box, you notice the large sole and long, heel-to-toe shape of the AF-Tour MC. You can only see the sole from address on the long irons. The lofts are so strong (39-degree pitching wedge) that the set is 6-AW.

With those lofts, and the really hot faces, these irons scream distance. I am always nervous about the sound and feel of these hollow body irons, but the AF-Tour MC really have a solid feel and sound that I didn’t expect. If you didn’t know they were hollow body, the sound and feel would fool you.

The AF-Tour MC give a great sounding thud when you make contact that you rarely get from super game improvement irons. The height and distance of these irons is really where they shine. The ball just flies off the face and goes high and straight. Working the ball right and left isn’t easy to do, but again that isn’t what this set of irons is made for.

Shots hit off center still carry a ton of ball speed and the distance loss is very minimal. I think the only miss that didn’t come out how I expected was contact low on the face. Thin shots just didn’t get up as high and carry as far as I expected, seeing how well the other misses go. The extra-wide sole helps keep the club from digging on shots hit fat, allowing it to flow more freely through the turf. The bevel on the sole’s leading edge also offers steeper swings less digging in softer conditions.

Overall, the Epon AF-Tour MC is a really great set of irons. Players who require forgiveness and distance now can have that soft Japanese forged feel that was only for players irons. The AF-Tour MC should be on your list of irons to try if you need longer, higher, and straighter iron shots!

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Maverick McNealy’s custom Odyssey/Toulon putter cover”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day showcases Maverick McNealy’s custom Odyssey/Toulon putter cover. The eye-catching cover has got our members talking in our forums, and the reaction to the cover has been very positive.

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.

  • Fritzer: “Sick cover, love the SJ logo considering he played for the Jr sharks.”
  • chafita: “Awesome cover.”
  • tdk8180: “You better win with a cover like that…ballsy putting a San Jose logo on there….jeez”

Entire Thread: “Maverick McNealy’s custom Odyssey/Toulon cover”

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New 2020 Cleveland Launcher UHX irons feature a combination of hollow and cavity back irons

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Cleveland Golf has introduced Cleveland Launcher UHX irons, which incorporate hollow back long irons with cavity back short irons.

The unique approach looks to provide maximum distance and forgiveness in the long irons (4- 7-irons) through lower and deeper weighting in the hollow back construction while focusing on precision and control from the 8-iron to PW with a cavity back design in this addition to the 2020 Cleveland iron lineup.

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2020 Cleveland Launcher UHX irons: Details

The new additions also contain a high-strength, HT1770M variable steel face insert in each long iron. According to the company, improved mass distribution in the face insert is designed to deliver higher ball speeds and more distance on each shot.

Speaking on the new Launcher UHX irons, Director of Engineering, Research and Development at Cleveland, Dustin Brekke stated

“This combination of cavity back and utility irons into one set offers the perfect blend of distance and accuracy. A new variable face pattern delivers more distance due to hotter faces with better mass distribution.”

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Both the hollow and cavity back irons feature a V-Shaped Sole which is designed to offer both improved speed retention and forgiveness through improved turf interaction. The company’s Tour Zip Grooves and enhanced Laser Milling aim to provide maximum spin on each Launcher UHX short iron.

Arriving in both left and right-handed options, Cleveland’s Launcher UHX Irons officially launch on October 4 and are priced at $799.99 MAP for a seven-piece steel set and $899.99 MAP for a seven-piece graphite set.

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2020 Cleveland Launcher HB Turbo irons feature “turbocharged” face insert

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Cleveland Golf has unveiled new game improvement Cleveland Launcher HB Turbo irons which feature a new “thinner, hotter” turbocharged face insert designed for more speed and forgiveness.

Along with the turbocharged face insert, the new additions also contain a fully hollow construction. The design of the fully hollow construction allows for optimized sole weighting and bids to offer players both a higher launch and maximum forgiveness.

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Cleveland Launcher HB Turbo irons: Details

Speaking on the new Launcher HB Turbo Irons, Dustin Brekke, Director of Engineering, Research and Development at Cleveland stated

“These irons allow game improvement players the ability to get the ball into the air better than any iron on the market. Now with a thinner, hotter face, the Launcher HB Turbo Irons give you a half club more distance over the previous generation.”

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The irons feature a redesigned HiBore Crown, which pushes the center of gravity low and deep within the base, a placement which is designed to allow golfers to launch their ball higher.

The clubs also contain progressive shaping throughout, as the brand seeks to provide players with a smooth transition by offering maximum forgiveness on long irons to optimal control on short irons.

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Cleveland’s Launcher HB Turbo irons hit retail on October 4, and are available in both right and left-handed options. The new additions are priced at $799.99 MAP for a seven-piece steel set and $899.99 MAP for a seven-piece graphite set.

 

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