Members Choice: The Best Super Game-Improvement Irons of 2017
Posted 05 June 2017 - 01:32 AM
Cobra King Ltd (14.5)
Bridgestone J15 H (21)
Bridgestone JGR H (25)
Bridgestone J15 DF (5-P)
Bridgestone J15 (50)
Callaway MD2 (56,60)
Odyssey O-Works 1W
Posted 06 June 2017 - 08:41 AM
Posted 19 June 2017 - 12:40 AM
HM 6 iron weights 408g, SH XR 407g _ because Mizuno shaft is heavier I suspect that SH iron head is heavier.
HM blade is a bit (2 - 3 mm) longer.
SH head has more offset.
SH shaft is 1/4 inch longer.
Shaft: Personally I prefer feel of the Nippon shaft but this is a very subjective. I believe that at my level there is nothing wrong with XP95.
Hot Metal has flatter lie than Steelhead XR, I suspect that SH is at least 1 degree upright as a standard.
Hot Metal top edge is thinner and iron looks less bulky at the address position - winner HM.
Looks: Both irons are very good looking - no winner, however Mizuno HM looks like a much better quality iron i.e. grips, shafts, heads finish etc.
Feel: Hot Metal is much softer and more pleasant to use - winner HM.
Sound: Hot Metal much more muted, SH high piercing sound - winner HM.
Ball flight: SH appear higher on average than HM. - winner SH.
SH struck ball stops quicker - winner SH
Distance: SH longer on average about 2 to 3 yards, it could be because the SH shaft is a bit longer - winner SH.
Dispersion: no winner, appears the same.
Last comment, Mizuno JPX 900 Hot Metal 4 iron - I have never struck better any other 4 iron than HM!!!!!!!!
Would I buy Mizuno JPX 900 Hot Metal irons? Yes, if they were at the same price as Steelheads XR I would buy them just to have this HM 4 iron.
Shelf appeal for both irons is the same for me and I believe it is down to the personal choice.
Posted 19 June 2017 - 09:10 AM
I came from 714 CB and when fitted this time I demo'd TM M2, Ping G, Steelhead XR, and Steelhead XR Pro.
It came down to forgiveness for me. All of the SGI were more forgiving than the 714 CB, but the dispersion and consistent distance from the XR Pro, along with the stealth looks are what ultimately sold me.
Edited by Skhacker, 19 June 2017 - 09:26 AM.
Posted 19 June 2017 - 09:40 AM
Edited by Nessism, 19 June 2017 - 09:53 AM.
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Posted 26 June 2017 - 05:53 PM
Discovered that my current irons (RocketBladez Tour) are not forgiving enough for my game, also the shafts are too heavy (KBS Tour 110)
After trying a few shafts discovered that the best shaft would be the True Temper XP95 or the Nippon N.S. Pro 950GH in standard length/lie, so I am happy from the shaft perspective
I tried the M2 and M1, the P770 and the Cobra Forged Tec
Basically found the M2 by far was the best performing giving me at least 15 yards on my current 7 iron and far more forgiving...
Only problem is I really cannot stand the look of them! Also I am aware that they mainly fly so far due to having extremely strong lofts/low spin with all the weight in the bottom of the club
So basically I want a club that offers similar performance but in a more classic look with more realistic lofts so my first choice is JPX 900 Hot Metal or Titleist AP1, leaning more towards the Mizuno
Can anyone offer any advice?
Thanks in advance!
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