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COBRA LAUNCHES AMP IRONS

CARLSBAD, CA (January 1, 2012) – COBRA’s new AMP Irons feature Advanced
Material Placement , a progressive face and cavity design and v-skid sole that provides
customized distance and accuracy. The AMP Irons are available in an iron set and
combo set.

“Our AMP Irons are perfect for any type of golfer looking for improved distance and
accuracy,” said Tom Preece, Vice President of Research and Development at COBRA
PUMA GOLF.

“We studied golfers’ shots to develop our E9 Face Technology and now
we’ve improved upon that with our multi-alloy design. The two features work together
to provide increased distance in long irons, consistent short irons as well as improved
feel and forgiveness.

E9 Face TechnologyTM and a progressive face and cavity design which optimize the
performance of each individual iron to improve distance, feel and forgiveness. The
Advanced Material Placement (AMP) improves the performance of E9 Face Technology.
AMP Irons #3-7 have a 2-piece multi-alloy, 17-4 High Strength Steel face plasma welded
to a 431 stainless steel body for a thinner face and hotter long and mid irons.
The V-Skid sole design in the new AMP Irons drastically relieves heel-toe sections to
reduce turf drag and add to the sole’s versatility. The higher bounce front section
provides forgiving sole interaction, a lower bounce middle section keeps the leading
edge at a proper height and the rear sole relief has the weight benefits of a wider sole
but cleaner turf contact. The sole design is complemented by the ability to bend for
correct lie.

COBRA AMP Irons

Advanced Material Placement- Multi-alloy design strategically positions weight to provide explosive long irons and consistent short irons. Full cavity TPU layer dampens vibration and provides exceptional feel.
E9 Face Technology- A progressive face and cavity design optimizing distance, feel and forgiveness in each individual iron.
V-Skid Sole Design- Promotes consistent distance and accuracy with a versatile mid-width sole that narrows in the toe and heel.

The COBRA AMP Irons are available in 3-LW in a Steel or Graphite shaft and S or R flex.
AMP Steel 8 piece set (MAP $699), AMP Graphite 8 piece set (MAP $799), AMP Steel Combo 8 piece set ($799) and AMP Graphite Combo 8 piece set ($899). Individual AMP Irons with Steel shafts (MAP $88) and individual AMP Irons with graphite shafts (MAP$99). 8 piece sets feature 4-GW and combo sets feature 3/H, 4/H and 5-PW. The graphite irons feature the AMP by Aldila and steel irons feature a True Temper Dynalite 90 Steel shaft. All irons feature the Lamkin® N-DUR 3GEN® grip.

Click here to see more images and discussion in the forums… http://www.golfwrx.com/forums/topic/562885-2012-cobra-amp-irons-and-wood-line/

The AMP Irons will be available in the United States on February 10th, 2012.


COBRA’S AMP DRIVER DELIVERS CUSTOMIZED DISTANCE AND
ACCURACY

COBRA’s AMP Driver packs technology, style and flair into one must-have club

CARLSBAD, CA (January 1, 2012) – COBRA is excited to announce the new AMP
Driver featuring E9 Face Technology with dual roll and AMP Speed Tuning, delivering
customized distance and accuracy to golfers around the world. The AMP Driver also
brings color and attitude to the golf course with black PVD and vibrant orange details on
the shaft, club head and grip.

“The AMP Driver features technology focused on delivering superior distance and
accuracy,” said Tom Preece, Vice President of Research and Development at COBRA
PUMA GOLF. “The titanium 6-4 head with a semi-forged, milled Ti face features E9 Face
Technology with dual roll to provide more distance to shots above and below the
centerline.”

The AMP Driver also features Adjustable Flight Technology (AFT)TM, providing golfers
with the option to set the face angle as Open, Neutral or Closed to optimize ball flight
for better distance and accuracy. The Aldila RIP® Speed Tuned shafts have a
progressive weight design and El flex profiles that customize performance for various
swing speeds. AMP Speed Tuning works in conjunction with the shaft to optimize each
loft differently to deliver the best performance for a given club head speed. The
premium Lamkin® R.E.L. 3Gen® Grip is vibrant orange to match the cub head design,
packing the AMP Driver with style, flair and technology to help improve a golfer’s game.
The AMP Driver is also available in an offset design to reduce the effects of a slice as
well as provide improved distance and accuracy. The AMP Offset Driver squares the
head more quickly through impact to reduce the effects of a slice. The unique crown
alignment feature also helps golfers aim the driver on target.

E9 Face Technology with dual roll

COBRA’s E9 Face Technology with dual roll utilizes an elliptical shape face that gives the
AMP Driver a 30% larger Sweet Zone, resulting in more distance, accuracy and
forgiveness in shots hit from the low heel to high toe. COBRA tested golfers hitting more
than 25,000 shots and discovered that the majority of golfers hit shots across the face in
this canted, elliptical pattern. We redesigned our clubface to use this phenomenon to
the golfers’ advantage. We’ve added a new canted bulge with dual roll to now provide
added distance and accuracy to the shots hit above and below the centerline.

COBRA AMP Driver

E9 Face Technology with dual roll- An elliptical face featuring a new canted bulge with dual roll design providing more distance to shots hit above and below the centerline.
Adjustable Flight Technology (AFT)- Three simple face-angle settings (Open, Neutral and Closed) optimize ball flight for increased distance and improved accuracy.
AMP Speed Tuning- Each loft optimizes the amount of dual roll, head weight, shaft weight and length differently to deliver the best performance for a given club head speed.

The COBRA AMP Driver (MAP $299) is available in lofts of 8.5°, 9.5°,10.5° and 11.5° in men’s right-handed, and 9.5° and 10.5° in men’s left-handed. The 8.5° loft is available in X or S flex, the 9.5° and 10.5° in S or R Flex and the 11.5° in R or Lite Flex. All lofts feature the Aldila RIP® Speed Tuned shaft.

The COBRA AMP Offset Driver (MAP $249) is available in a men’s right handed or lefthanded 10.5° in S or R flex and a men’s right handed 11.5° in a R or Lite flex. The AMP Offset Driver features an Aldila RIP® Speed Tuned shaft.
The AMP Driver and AMP Offset Driver will be available in the United States on February 10th.

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COBRA LAUNCHES AMPTM FAIRWAYS AND HYBRIDS, DELIVERING CUSTOMIZED DISTANCE AND ACCURACY

CARLSBAD, CA (January 1, 2012) – COBRA has launched AMP Fairways and
Hybrids designed for customized distance and accuracy. Similar to the AMP Driver, the
Fairways and Hybrids are packed with technology to improve your game and feature
black PVD and vibrant orange details on the club head, shaft and grip for added style.

“The AMP Fairways and Hybrids were designed with for all golfers seeking distance and
accuracy,” said Tom Preece, Vice President of Research and Development at COBRA
PUMA GOLF. “We’ve improved the construction with a 455 high strength steel face that
has over 1.5 times the yield strength of the 17-4 stainless steel body, resulting in a
lighter, hotter face.

The AMP Fairways were designed with a larger profile for increased MOI to provide
added forgiveness. A new, larger high strength steel face with E9 Face Technology TM
with dual roll provides a 5% thinner face for a larger Sweet Zone and added distance.
The AMP Fairways also feature Adjustable Flight Technology (AFT) , providing golfers
with three simple face angle settings, Open, Neutral or Closed, to optimize ball flight for
increased distance and improved accuracy. The Aldila RIP® Speed Tuned Fairway shaft
features a progressive weight design and El flex profiles for customized performance in
various swing speeds.

AMP Hybrids have a smaller, pear like shape for a more workable hybrid, a 455 high
strength steel face to promote long, penetrating ball flight and Adjustable Flight
Technology that promotes improved distance and accuracy. The premium Aldila RIP®
Hybrid shaft provides tip stability and control.

E9 Face Technology with dual roll

COBRA’s E9 Face Technology with dual roll utilizes an elliptical shape face that gives the
AMP Fairway a 30% larger Sweet Zone, resulting in more distance, accuracy and
forgiveness in shots hit from the low heel to high toe. COBRA tested golfers hitting more
than 25,000 shots and discovered that the majority of golfers hit shots across the face in
this canted, elliptical pattern. We redesigned our clubface to use this phenomenon to
the golfers’ advantage. We’ve added a new canted bulge with dual roll to now provide
added distance and accuracy to the shots hit above and below the centerline.

COBRA AMP Fairway
E9 Face Technology with dual roll- An elliptical face featuring a new canted bulge with dual roll design providing more distance to shots hit above and below the centerline.
Adjustable Flight Technology (AFT)- Three simple face-angle settings (Open, Neutral and Closed) optimize ball flight for increased distance and improved accuracy.

COBRA AMP Hybrid
Adjustable Flight Technology (AFT)- Three simple face-angle settings (Open, Neutral and Closed) optimize ball flight for increased distance and improved accuracy.
Deeper, High Strength Steel Face- The 455 Maraging High Strength Steel face promotes long, penetrating ball flight.

The COBRA AMP Fairway (MAP $199) is available in men’s right-handed and left-handed 3 (15°), 4 (16.5°) or 5 (18°) in X, S, R or Lite flex.
The COBRA AMP Hybrid (MAP $189) is available in men’s right-handed 2/H, 3/H and 4/H in S or R flex, the 3H is also available in men’s left-handed.
The AMP Hybrid will be available in the United States on February 10th, 2012 and the AMP Fairway will be available in the United States on March 16th, 2012.

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  1. Carl

    May 13, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Love this baby … I don’t do reviews hate thinking that someone might sell my email, but this driver is worth a look. Spent time on the launch monitor getting the right loft and lie. I’m an 11.7, ended up with a 10.5, Stiff flex. Guys I play with said it felt like a Firm, which is a perfect fit for my swing speed, low 90’s.

    This thing will help you hit fairways, definitely worth trying, but make sure to get on a launch monitor and get fitted, don’t throw your money away, which you’re doing if you don’t get fitted.

  2. michael

    Jan 4, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    I just got a Demo set of AMP Irons 4-PW with a dynalite 90 shaft and its awsome. i hit my 7iron 168yds carry and my 4 iron 190yds carry, got the hybrid in 17° and hit it 245yds, i will get a 3iron in march(hope earlier) and the 3wood 13° next week!
    The are stunning, slightly forgiving, but you can shape the ball.
    Its fun to hit them with no big effort and if the hit the sweetspot you feel nothing but buttery smooth klick! I can recommend them. I took the hybrid out of the thick rough for about 200yds shot onto the green and 7ft away from the flagstick. My flight partners were impressed the same way i was. and if you misshit it slightly you immediately feel and hear it, but then the clubs take out their forgivness! I was trying 2 Months club to club, but i went back to the amp! Everyone i gave a club for a few test shots was suprised about the feel of that club.
    So try them the are worth the money. In my opinion better than an AP2.

  3. g-train

    Jan 2, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    these thinks are making ping and nikes look good,does the orange have anything to do with ricky fowler??, could he be bagging cobra this yr

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Golf club history: woods and irons

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If you’re going to play golf, you’re going to need some clubs. The game dates back to the 1400s in Scotland, so naturally, golf club history does too. We’ve come a long way from wooden clubs and feather-filled balls. For the sake of this piece were going to stick with the modern evolution of the game’s equipment starting off with the invention of the steel shaft in the early 1900s.

Some of the first steel shafts came from a fishing rod producer in Britain by the name of Apollo and we’re developed in the early 1920s. The shafts were much more consistent than the wooden shafts they were attempting to replace but they were still considered inconsistent by many players. Steel shaft also didn’t catch on until a number of years after their conception because until 1924 the USGA considered them nonconforming equipment. It took 5 more years for the R&A to make them legal in 1929.

It was that same year in 1929 when True Temper advanced the steel shaft and developed the process to taper shafts down or create “steps”—something we are all familiar with now. These steps could be moved around the shaft and change the flex which created more options for golfers to find the right equipment and be fit.

Since that time, the biggest steps (no pun intended) we have seen taken in steel shafts have come from stronger, lighter materials to create more flex and bend profile options for golfers.

If you are curious about graphite shafts, check out my piece “The real firsts of the golf industry” for the history behind their development as well as some other technological firsts.

Here’s a broad survey of recent golf club history.

Golf club history: woods

best driver 2020

Now to the “big stick.” The term “driver” comes from the idea that the longest club was meant to be driven as far as possible from the teeing area and hence the name stuck. The club heads were made of persimmon, because of the strong dense nature of the wood. To get these wooden heads to where they needed to be for weight, they would be fitted internally with lead weights.

The video below profiles one of the last persimmon wood manufacturers in the world.

With persimmon becoming more expensive and golf growing in popularity, many manufactures shifted from using solid persimmon to laminate—that change also made the clubs more durable, and also a change in golf club history. Those companies included Wilson, Spalding, MacGregor, even Ping with the introduction of the Karsten driver and woods.

As technology continued to move forward, other companies used various materials like graphite composites to make woods, and as much as they worked well for increasing durability they never quite caught on.

The next jump came in 1979 when Gary Adams had an idea to make wood a thing of the past. He took out a $24,000 loan against his house to found TaylorMade Golf. The first product to market was a 12-degree metal driver; the very first of it’s kind in golf club history.

Since then, metal wood technology has continued to move forward leaps and bounds; shifting from steel to titanium, and titanium to multi-material heads featuring aerodynamic designs built for speed. The rules of golf have limited size and spring-like effect of drivers but manufacturers continue to innovate and make drivers faster and more forgiving.

golf club history: Irons

Until Karsten Solheim and Ping arrived on the scene (see Greatest Ping irons of all time), iron design remained mostly the same—thin, forged blades that weren’t very forgiving. It’s not to say that everything was exactly the same, quite the contrary, but from an evolution standpoint, these were just baby steps.

To see the blade evolution here are a couple of great reads:

Then, just like with putters, Karsten Solheim designed an iron that would help reduce the severity of shots hit away from the sweet spot and the modern cavity back was born: the Ping 69. It was then only a few years later in 1982 that the most popular iron of all time, the Ping Eye 2, was set free into the world and this is where iron technology went from baby steps to full-blown Olympic sprinting.

Cavity back irons make the game more enjoyable and easier because their design reduces the severity of mishit shots and get the ball in the air easier, something that benefits all level of golfers, even professionals. Just like drivers, over the last decade, we have seen the introduction of faster, longer more forgiving multi-material designs enter the market. As CAD design and manufacturing techniques go well beyond was would have been imaginable only a decade ago.

Golf club history: beyond cavity backs

New 2020 PXG Gen 3 Irons

The next leap forward was thin-faced irons so fast they needed to be reinforced with polymer materials to prevent them from caving in. The idea wasn’t new, with the introduction of clubs like the PXG 0311 or Taylormade P790, but they perfected the ability to build ultra-thin faced irons that not only performed but felt good too. The title of the first thin or slot-soled irons belongs to Wilson golf and their Reflex irons.

Conclusion

Technology will continue to push the boundaries of design, and golfers will benefit from these breakthroughs. The question of “how much further can we really go?” is up to engineers and advancements in materials and manufacturing, but however far it is, we should be excited about what they will think of next!

 

 

 

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The most popular golf clubs on Amazon right now (Summer 2020 edition)

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The most popular golf clubs on Amazon right now (Summer 2020 edition)

What are the most popular golf clubs on Amazon right now? From time to time, we like to get out of our little bubble of OEM releases and what’s being played on tour to look at what golf consumers are buying on one of the largest online retail marketplaces: Amazon.

Here are the best-selling golf clubs on Amazon as of July 2020.

1. Callaway Golf Men’s Strata Complete


The best-selling golf club on Amazon is actually a collection of clubs: a starter set from Callaway’s Strata line. 

From the listing: “The Strata 12 piece set is designed for maximum performance right out of the box; The set includes: driver, 3 Wood, 5 Hybrid, 6 to 9 Iron, PW, Putter, stand bag and 2 head covers.

Price: $249.99.

Buy here.

2. Pinemeadow Wedge

The most popular golf clubs on Amazon right now pinemeadow wedge.jpg

A decent-looking wedge for under 30 bucks…plus, it comes in 68 degrees!  

From the listing: “Built standard with high quality Pinemeadow steel from Apollo(R), a 125 gram shaft with a low to mid kick point for the same $19.95 value, perfect for the beginning to average golfer.”

Price: $29.19

Buy here.

3. Wilson Harmonized Wedge

Tidy-looking wedge with a sole grind that affords you some versatility for under $40. 

From the listing: “Blade shape with modified bounce angles for dead stop spin and versatility from the sand, rough, or fairway”

Price: $36.94

Buy here.

4. PreciseGolf Co. Precise X7 Junior

The top-selling junior set on Amazon, here. 

From the listing: “Right handed, designed for age 9-12, Boys, junior set includes: 15 driver, 22 Hybrid, #6/7 iron (1 piece), #9/P iron (1 piece), putter, 2 head covers and stand bag (rain Hood included)”

Price: $128.67

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5. Callaway Women’s Strata Complete Golf Set

Just like the men’s version, Callaway’s Women Strata golf set is the most popular golf set in its category on Amazon

From the listing: “The Strata Plus Women’s Package Set is designed with distance and forgiveness technologies for women who want to easily hit accurate shots that go a long way. The complete set includes: Driver, 5 Wood, 5 hybrid, 6-9 Iron, Pitching Wedge & Sand Wedge, Stand Bag and 3 Headcovers.”

Price: $249.99 – $499.99

Buy here.

6. Pinemeadow Excel EGI Hybrids

Replace any of your irons with Pinemeadow’s Excel EGI hybrids

From the listing: “3 Hybrid/19°, 4 Hybrid/22°, 5 Hybrid/25°, 6 Hybrid/28°, 7 Hybrid/32°, 8 Hybrid/36°, 9 Hybrid/40° & PW Hybrid/45°. More and more players are trading in their traditional irons and replacing them with hybrids. The EGI hybrids allow you to do this for every iron in your bag. Join the movement and expect an improvement in your game”

Price: $43.26 – $69.63

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7. PGX Offset Golf Driver

An affordable driver option with plenty of offset designed to help players hit more fairways

From the listing: “Offset anti-slice Technology. 460Cc clubhead. Headcover included ; The matte black finish and white and green gives the driver a clean and sleek look.  The offset of the driver helps you square the ball at impact.”

Price: $49.31 – $119.20

Buy here.

8. TaylorMade Men’s RBZ Black Driver, Black

TMs RBZ black driver is a great option for those looking for greater launch off the tee and comes in a sleek satin black finish

From the listing: “A large, 460cc Titanium head with an adjustable loft sleeve allows for optimized launch and trajectory. Ultralite Titanium core strategically positions mass for higher launch and trajectory control. Premium matrix White tie 55 shaft for maximum distance and smooth feel. Legendary speed pocket performance for high launch and low spin, resulting in more distance. New satin black finish with elegant detailing to improve alignment”

Price: $199.99

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9. Square Strike Wedge

The extra wide sole of the Square Strike Wedge aims to do away with fat shots. The wedge is fully legal for tournament play and costs under $100

From the listing: “The Square Strike Wedge pitching wedge has an extra-wide sole and beveled leading edge prevent digging; No more chunked pitch and chip shots reduces wasted strokes; Heavy, solid feel promotes greater confidence vs thin-faced wedges that dig and rotate; Less rotation with the Square Strike Wedge golf wedge for men and women makes clean contact easier and much more consistent”

Price: $99.00

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10. Wilson Golf Profile JGI Junior Set

The perfect set for kids learning the game, with each club in the set offering lots of forgiveness

From the listing: “Engineered with Super Game Improvement technology to enhance new Junior golfer experience. Weight is positioned very low in this oversized junior driver to help launch the ball for a better ball flight off the tee”

Price: $127.88 – $325.99

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11. Pinemeadow Golf PGX SL Putter

One of the best-reviewed putters on Amazon. A great plumbers neck option for those on a budget

From the listing: “Perfect Balance. Alignment Tool. Headcover Included”

Price: $42.49

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12. Cleveland Golf Men’s RTX 4 Wedge

Cleveland’s RTX 4 Wedge remains a very popular option amongst golfers and comes in several different finishes (Black Satin, Tour Satin, Raw)

From the listing: “4th Generation Rotex Face Technology with our sharpest Tour Zip Grooves yet, the most aggressive face milling we’ve developed, and even more precise laser milling, Rotex 4 generates more spin.”

Price: $99.99

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13. Acstar Two Way Junior Golf Putter

A junior putter designed with both right and left-handers in mind

From the listing: “Zinc alloy putter head + 100% carbon putter shaft + anti-slip rubber putter grip construction, shaft flex: regular. Two way putter–Perfect for any golfer,whether you are right-handed, left-handed,advanced or a beginner, this double way putter performs at a high level ”

Price: $28.99

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14. C3i Wedge

Featuring a wide auto-glide sole, the high-loft C3i wedge is a popular option for golfers looking for an effective wedge under $100

From the listing: “The C3i lob wedge is extra-wide. Its auto-glide sole cuts through the sand without skipping or digging; This sand wedge is a high loft golf club for men and women that gets the ball up easily to clear the lip and stop it quickly on the green; 12 degrees of bounce make sand wedge for men and women perfect for any type of sand, fluffy to firm; Get out in one more often and reduce wasted strokes; Makes bunker play a breeze with this sand wedge golf club.”

Price: $99.00

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15. Odyssey White Hot Pro 2.0 Putter, Black

The evergreen Odyssey White Hot Pro 2.0 Putter remains one of the best-selling putters on Amazon

From the listing: “Designed to meet the meticulous performance demands of the world’s best golfers. Re-engineered White hot insert generates improved sound, feel and overall performance. Laser milling insert cutting process achieves tight tolerances for consistent performance.”

Price: $109.99 – $299.99

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16. Wilson Golf Women’s Ultra Package Set

Designed for women picking up the sport, Wilson offers a complete set for just $219.99

From the listing: “Super game improvement design focuses on generating more distance for beginner golfers. Designed for Women’s swing speeds with low center of gravity for improved launch characteristics.”

Price: $219.99

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17. TaylorMade Men’s RBZ Rescue, Black

TM’s RBZ Rescue is a massively popular club amongst golfers and it comfortably cracks the top-20 list on Amazon

From the listing: “Legendary speed pocket for high launch and increased carry distance. New satin black finish with elegant detailing to improve alignment. Shallow profile and improved sole geometry for optimized turf interaction.”

Price: $129.99

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18. Wilson Golf Profile SGI Men’s Complete Golf Set

The super game improvement characteristics of this set from Wilson makes it one of the most popular sets on Amazon for teenage golfers

From the listing: “Designed for Teen swing characteristics to produce maximum distance and a rewarding experience for beginners. Large 460cc Driver Engineered with Super Game Improvement technology to enhance new golfer experience
Deep, perimeter weighted 431 stainless steel irons with very low center of gravity for improved accuracy and distance.”

Price: $319.95 – $349.99

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19. Callaway Golf 2020 Mavrik Max Individual Iron

Loaded with technology designed to take your iron play to the next level, Callaway’s Mavrik iron cracks the top-20 list

From the listing: “With MAVRIK, we’re using Artificial Intelligence for the first time in an iron. Ball speed is further enhanced by our 360 Face Cup that flexes and releases at impact. We’ve created a sophisticated face architecture that’s unique to every loft, so we can create a significant boost in ball speed and increased spin robustness off of every iron.”

Price: $128.58

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20. Wilson Golf Ultra Plus Package Set

Another Wilson golf set that has proved popular amongst buyers and offers an entire set including a 360cc forged titanium driver for under $300

From the listing: “Includes 9 clubs: Driver, 3 Wood, 5 Hybrid, 6-PW, Putter. Oversize 460cc forged titanium composite driver features advanced weight distribution to create an enormous sweet spot. Unique driver head design provides stability and improved launch conditions at impact for straighter ball flight for greater distance.”

Price: $299.99

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What GolfWRXers are saying about accuracy vs distance with the driver

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In our forums, our members have been discussing whether accuracy or distance off the tee is more important. WRXer ‘ShortSticks’ poses the scenario:

“Driver A (Accuracy): Hits most fairways and is a very straight hitter just not as long. Usually 10 to 15 yards shorter than Driver B, but not in near as much trouble. Not very workable, but can be coaxed into a slight fade or draw.

Driver B (Distance): Is long but can be wild off the tee. Can hit to places you have never been, but can also put you in some bad spots that make recovery more difficult. Is workable, but at times can get away from you.”

And our members are having their say on which element of the game is more important these days.

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.

  • juststeve: “I would say in general, as long as you can hit in play, longer is better. Keeping it in play means no O.B, no water balls, no balls deep in the woods and having an unobstructed next shot from a reasonable lie.”
  • mattavery727: “For me definitely driver A. I have 118 SS, and sure I can try to step on it and carry it over 300, but I also find trouble way too often. If I take a smooth swing and give up 15-20 but still in a fairway I like my chances at hitting the green or being close. My 7 goes 185 so as long as I am 185 in or less I have a pretty short club in my hand.”
  • gambit: “10-15 yards I’ll take driver A for accuracy. 30 yards and I’ll take my chances of going in the rough and bunkers.”
  • Tasals: “For 10 yards? Driver A. IIRC the tour average is ~30 yards for the benefit of being wild compared to be straight. So a gap wadge from 120 in the rough has equivalent distance from hole stats as a fairway shot from 150. Then you start seeing the major benefits when you hit a fairway or get a first cut lie, the proximity to the hole decreases pretty rapidly. The longer players over a season make more birdies than the shorter hitters, they make more bogeys, but the long guys tend to place better, and win more tournaments as well when they can get away with a few bad shots. I just don’t think the 10 yards is enough of an advantage.”

Entire Thread: “Accuracy vs Distance with the driver”

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