Posted 09 April 2006 - 12:36 AM
Heads: First thing you notice is the size. These things are definitely on the large side as in Callaway shovel with some interesting architectural features - most notably the significant amount of mass concentrated on the sole. The long irons have tungsten inserts and a harder metal for the face. The shorter irons are more conventional with no tungsten and a softer grade of carbon steel. Offset is very much to my liking....LOW! Short irons even have a slight face progression. Topline is medium thick, thinner than fugly Cally shovels but thick enough to instill confidence. Shape is surprisingly graceful and classic at address. The size does not particularly bother me with the short irons. I feel these are much cleaner visually at address than the venerable MX23 whose frying pan short irons I find particularly distressful.
Shafts: Heads were received unshafted and take 0.370 parallel. It's nice having about 300 iron shafts to choose from but since I had a set of Tour Flighted 5.0's abandoned by a client, I decided to give them a proper burial.
Build: Standard length 38" 5i, bent heads 1* flat, 1* weak (45* PW is bit...ahem....strong), swingweighted to emulate MOI style with 0.5 pt increases from 4i through to PW. D2 in 4i to D5 in PW. This also softened the slope of the TFR's closer to 4cpm/inch than 5. All shafts were spined, NBP aligned to target then flat lined. Frequencies were in line with a cpm.
Performance: First few rounds were through January to February. In January, I was bundled and swinging pretty badly. Though the irons had little sweet feel (think popsicle hands), I was consistently impressed at how putrid swings were rewarded with results exceeding the level of skill applied. In February I had a couple of the best iron striking rounds in a long time. The Rifles afforded excellent control and despite the larger head size, the precision and accuracy of the Mac's were completely faultless. Both thin and toe hits are hardly penalized. Sole grind is nicely rounded and quite conventional. They exhibited both forgiveness in softer wet conditions and good playability off tighter drier (for Pac NW in winter anyways) lies. The only caveat is the rather clacky/hard feel of the longer irons. The shorter irons are passable but none of the heads exhibit the soft satisfying feeling of a top forging. Distance is average to good despite the strong lofts. I use the same irons for the same yardages like I always have.
Conclusion: I like shovels with low offset. These are definitely shovels that appeal to the eye at address and offer superior playability. Very underrated and very undervalued. Terrific irons. Overall I give them 8.5/10. Only issues are lack of true forged feeling and a slightly funky look from the cavity side. If these do not bother you, I think you'd be hard pressed to find an iron that combines this much forgiveness and precision in a classically shaped low offset package.
Edited by Dyno, 10 April 2006 - 10:55 PM.
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Posted 14 February 2007 - 03:25 PM
planing on keeping them for awile
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Posted 17 April 2009 - 02:31 PM
Ditto ! Ditto! Ditto! Let me add to alan802's comments. I found a set for about the same price on ebay. Looking to add for a back-up set to my SGI X-18s. After reading the reviews and comments here on g-wrx, I decided to pull the trigger. Was not expecting them to hit so sweet and be so forgiving. So they are going in my bag and the Callaways are the back-ups. IMO these are very unappreciated clubs. If you can find them - buy them. Great perfomance - great value.
P.S. Kenny Perry is still a champion, even if he did not win the green jacket. A true champion gives praise and takes joy - in victory and defeat.....
Edited by Baygolf, 17 April 2009 - 02:33 PM.
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