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Members Choice: The Best Super Game-Improvement Irons of 2017


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Poll: Super Game-Improvement Irons (326 member(s) have cast votes)

What are the best Super Game-Improvement Irons of 2017?

  1. Bridgestone JGR Hybrid Forged (5 votes [1.01%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.01%

  2. Callaway Big Bertha OS (20 votes [4.04%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.04%

  3. Callaway Steelhead XR (61 votes [12.32%])

    Percentage of vote: 12.32%

  4. Callaway XR OS (14 votes [2.83%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.83%

  5. Cobra King Oversize (14 votes [2.83%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.83%

  6. Mizuno JPX-900 Hot Metal (92 votes [18.59%])

    Percentage of vote: 18.59%

  7. Ping G (110 votes [22.22%])

    Percentage of vote: 22.22%

  8. Ping G Max (38 votes [7.68%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.68%

  9. Srixon Z355 (19 votes [3.84%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.84%

  10. TaylorMade M2 (33 votes [6.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.67%

  11. Titleist 716 AP1 (46 votes [9.29%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.29%

  12. Tour Edge Exotics EXd (1 votes [0.20%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.20%

  13. Tour Edge Hot Launch 2 (3 votes [0.61%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.61%

  14. Wilson Staff D300 (16 votes [3.23%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.23%

  15. Epon AF-703 (5 votes [1.01%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.01%

  16. Fourteen Golf TC-544 (3 votes [0.61%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.61%

  17. Honma Be ZEAL 525 (1 votes [0.20%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.20%

  18. PXG 0311XF (10 votes [2.02%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.02%

  19. XXIO9 (2 votes [0.40%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.40%

  20. XXIO Prime (1 votes [0.20%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.20%

  21. Yonex EZone Elite (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  22. Yonex EZone Tri-G Composite (1 votes [0.20%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.20%

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#31 Regul8r

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Posted 04 June 2017 - 09:48 PM

I voted for Ping because I still hit I3 blades and they rock!


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Posted 05 June 2017 - 01:32 AM

I also voted for the Ping G, but they're not in the same category as GMax.......
Callaway XR 16 (11)
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)
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Posted 05 June 2017 - 08:54 AM

Ping G's hit the best for me

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#34 Kragster

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Posted 06 June 2017 - 08:41 AM

I got fitted into Mizuno JPX hot metal this year, and love them.  Can instantly tell if I hit pure or not.  Much more consistent ball flight then I was used to before.  They look great too.

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Posted 11 June 2017 - 02:28 PM

This year I decided to purchase a new set of irons. I've played GI or SGI irons for years, old guy with a moderate swing speed. I tested the Wilson D300 & C200; Steelhead XR; Mizuno JPX 900 Hot metal; Cobra F7; Ping G, Tour Edge EXd and finally to my surprise the Tour Edge Hot Launch2 irons. All were tested at the same local golf store using the same simulator and with the store's "fitter" not just a sales rep. The testing was over a period of a few weeks. In the end, based on the simulator data; feel; looks and performance it has come down to either the Steelheads or the Hot Launch2 irons. The Ping G irons were in the mix but I didn't care for the look. I'm leaning towards the TE Hot Launch2 irons, so I ordered from TE a 'risk free trial 6-iron' a couple of days ago. Expect to receive it in a week or so.


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#36 boggyman

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Posted 11 June 2017 - 09:44 PM

Several on the list are nowhere near a SGI iron!

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Posted 12 June 2017 - 08:08 AM

Epic irons- crazy good!!!

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 12:40 AM

I am 16 handicap and I had a chance to compare Callaway Steelheads XR 6 iron with XP 95 reg. shaft and Mizuno JPX 900 Hot Metal 6 with N.S.Pro Modus3 105 tour regular shaft, white markings iron, using standard Srixon golf range balls:
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.

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 09:10 AM

Coming from the players cb, I swallowed my pride and was fitted for Callaway Steelhead XR Pro and they've been great for my game. I only use the 6-pw as that covers 27 to 45. Very close to the compact cb look I like but much more user friendly for a guy that only gets out every other week now.
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.


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Posted 19 June 2017 - 09:40 AM

Hot Metal for the WIN!  

Pros: LONG, great no upcharge shaft options including Recoils, good looks (my opinion), chrome plating for excellent abrasion durability, conventional shaft lengths, and both good sound and feel.
Cons: ??  Could use a little more bounce I suppose.  If you keep the clubs for a long time and/or play in sandy soil a lot the chrome plating will eventually wear off and the heads will rust.

Ping G
Pros: Ping custom fitting options, good shaft options (but not as good as Mizuno), great turf interaction with a good bit of bounce, classic raw 17-4 stainless so the heads will last for a long time (like Eye2's).
Cons: raw stainless steel heads mark up easily, tons of offset, more tinny sounding on mishits than the HM, dorky 5/8" length steps in long irons

Callaway Steelhead XR
Pros: LONG, good shaft options, lower offset than the G and HM
Cons: polished stainless finish marks up really fast.  Some history of cracking faces due to uber thin "cup face" tech.

Honestly, you can't go wrong with either of these three options.  Gotta say though, I love the HM's best by far though.

Edited by Nessism, 19 June 2017 - 09:53 AM.

Ping G30 driver w/Adila Rogue Silver 60S
TEE XCG6 3 wood & E8 hybrids
Mizuno Hot Metal irons w/Recoil 95's
Glide 50/55/60 wedges w/Recoil 110's
Ping Anser putter - the "real deal!"

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Posted 26 June 2017 - 05:53 PM

I had a fitting with my pro this weekend, he has quite a limited range so mainly tried Taylormade

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?

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