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Epon AF 303 Irons

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#31 golfer75

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Posted 19 March 2015 - 10:39 PM

thought i would share this review off of jdmclubhouse, by a active member:

Epon AF303  Aerotech i-95's  No1's

My Opinion

Should have indeed been labeled a "4" Series. For the Epon models
it fits right between the 3 and 5 series.  I'm going to say it's on the
larger end of the Players Cavity back.  Wouldn't go as far as to call it
a game Improvement Iron.

So keep in mind I'm trying to compare it with the larger Players Cavity
Backs but most of all the 302's. Heel to toe it's really not any larger, the
extra bulk is down low toward the sole where the extra meat lies. The sole
being slightly wider than the 302's.

Looks/Finish:  Typical Epon Quality.  The Satin finish is outstanding and
very tastefully done.  Holding and checking these out in hand compared
to the pictures when they were first released are absolutely night and day
different.  Tolerances, build and finish are as good as it gets. It's a great
feeling knowing you are holding an Iron that is unmatched in quality,
craftsmanship and materials.  Def gives off the warm fuzzy feeling new
Irons are supposed to exude.

Offset:  Compared to other Irons in this Class the offset is minimal. Without
measuring the difference I would say it's close to the same as the 302's
No goose neck in any way.

Distance:  1/2 club longer than the 302's.  Seemingly a full club longer than
a typical Blade Iron.  Distance is close to that of a GI or even a SGI Iron.
I found reasonable mishits to still came out well.  This club is absolutely
more forgiving than the 302's.  No contest.

Feel:  Solid.  They feel the way you would hope or expect them to. They
are not the 302 soft.  Is there such a thing as a soft, crisp very subdued
feel?  Off center hits still feel decent with very reasonable feed back.
"It's the kind of feel you have to stop and think about it" You keep
thinking how good that shot really felt. Did I mention Solid?

I played 4-PW+AW

1st time I've carried a 4 iron in years. I teed off with it on two holes and
almost hit them (tee shots) too far.  On the other end the AW is money.
They're an A+  For their target audience they are sensational.  I seriously
cannot think of a single negative.   Wait, just one. They need to shrink this
model down one notch... then it would be perfect... for me...  The only
way this club could disappoint is if you're expecting a blade type club.


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#32 golfer75

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Posted 19 March 2015 - 10:42 PM

sounds like the perfect club for those that are looking for a bit more forgiveness in a semi players cb

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Posted 20 March 2015 - 08:15 PM

Nice review. Would be even better with trackman #s and info on reviewer's swing speed and handicap

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Posted 21 March 2015 - 01:48 AM

The reviewer is one of the most respected and knowledgable JDM fanatics on the interwebz, so the review should carry pretty good weight
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Posted 21 March 2015 - 06:35 AM

AW huh?  That sounds interesting.  According to Epon website there is more offset with 303 than 302.  It's pretty clear to me one is meant to be more forgiving, the other slightly smaller than the 302's.  I'd like an AF CB AW but doesn't look like an option.

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Posted 28 March 2015 - 11:29 PM

Mine are on the way...shafting w Attas 10s

Edited by freehb, 19 April 2015 - 08:27 PM.

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Posted 29 March 2015 - 08:43 PM

Looking forward to more feedback...

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Posted 31 March 2015 - 04:43 PM

I'm playing the 503s but 303s definitely have my attention with less offset and thinner topline

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Posted 02 April 2015 - 07:26 AM

Can we please see some hi def pics from address?
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Posted 02 April 2015 - 07:59 AM

View Postfreehb, on 28 March 2015 - 11:29 PM, said:

Mine are on the way...shafting w Attas 10s....will compare to my 302 coppers w roddio i10...

Say...I'll trade you some magic beans for those coppers....

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Posted 02 April 2015 - 08:08 AM

Im still playing the 502's, the 303's look very temping though....
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Posted 07 April 2015 - 07:43 PM

how would these irons compare with the Miura CB's?  I'm a lefty, so my options for JDM irons is thin….

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Posted 07 April 2015 - 08:44 PM

View Postbenjaminahudson, on 07 April 2015 - 07:43 PM, said:

how would these irons compare with the Miura CB's?  I'm a lefty, so my options for JDM irons is thinů.

I have a good friend of mine who plays a combo set of the lefty Miura CBs & Blades .
The LH CBs are not what I would describe as forgiving at all !
You would need to be a decently consistent ball striker to game them !
If you can play confidently with blades then gaming them won't be a prob .
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Posted 09 April 2015 - 06:41 PM

Thanks for the comment!

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Posted 10 April 2015 - 10:03 PM

I love the 303s after 2 buckets, so soft and juicy.  Not ready to label them a 4 series, they have 3+ series feel and 3+ series forgiveness...put em at 372....great irons though, these are ones that will be played and enjoyed....

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Posted 10 April 2015 - 10:06 PM

View Postwmblake2000, on 02 April 2015 - 07:59 AM, said:

View Postfreehb, on 28 March 2015 - 11:29 PM, said:

Mine are on the way...shafting w Attas 10s....will compare to my 302 coppers w roddio i10...

Say...I'll trade you some magic beans for those coppers....

I may consider that...the coppers may not be getting that much play going forward....
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Posted 13 April 2015 - 07:31 AM

Currently gaming 503s and wonder how these would compare.  Have tried previous 301 and 302s and if these are improvement over previous models.

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Posted 14 April 2015 - 02:40 PM

What is a fair deal on these irons?  single and set of 8 clubs?
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Posted 15 April 2015 - 12:00 AM

imo.....225 for a single and 1600 for 8 is a good price !

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Posted 15 April 2015 - 10:21 AM

View Postpuresurfr, on 15 April 2015 - 12:00 AM, said:

imo.....225 for a single and 1600 for 8 is a good price !

Are those realistic prices?  I have no clue how much they cost.

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Posted 15 April 2015 - 10:06 PM

New without knowing anybody/connection, your looking at 260 per club plus.

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Posted 16 April 2015 - 09:46 PM

So I just got my 303's today!  They are way better looking in person.  They actually don't look any bigger than the 302's.  The only thing that looks slightly bigger is the sole.  But everything else looks the same.  Can't wait to hit them!  Here are some comparison pics of the 6i's.

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Posted 16 April 2015 - 11:14 PM

4i and pw

Edited by golfer75, 16 April 2015 - 11:17 PM.


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Posted 17 April 2015 - 06:32 AM

Awesome pictures.  Just a touch bigger with the CB being a little smaller.
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Posted 17 April 2015 - 08:20 AM

Anyone by any chance know how the sole is compared to the 502's?  It looks significantly bigger than the 302 in those shots.

Edited by NYCgolfer17, 17 April 2015 - 08:21 AM.

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Posted 17 April 2015 - 11:13 AM

i owned the 502's for a while too and from what i can remember they were slightly bigger overall....blade length, face, sole, topline compared to the 302's.  Where as to me..the 303's only look bigger on the sole...everything else looks so close i can't tell.

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Posted 17 April 2015 - 11:19 AM

View Postgolfer75, on 17 April 2015 - 11:13 AM, said:

i owned the 502's for a while too and from what i can remember they were slightly bigger overall....blade length, face, sole, topline compared to the 302's.  Where as to me..the 303's only look bigger on the sole...everything else looks so close i can't tell.

Get any trackman time in a fitting or since?  The 302's had such consistent high ball speed compared to every other iron at the time for me, curious if the new stuff is as good.  Sounds funny to talk about high ball speed with an iron but I've played them for 150 rounds now and it leads to consistent long shots.
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Posted 17 April 2015 - 11:37 AM

View Postswizbeatz, on 17 April 2015 - 11:19 AM, said:

View Postgolfer75, on 17 April 2015 - 11:13 AM, said:

i owned the 502's for a while too and from what i can remember they were slightly bigger overall....blade length, face, sole, topline compared to the 302's.  Where as to me..the 303's only look bigger on the sole...everything else looks so close i can't tell.

Get any trackman time in a fitting or since?  The 302's had such consistent high ball speed compared to every other iron at the time for me, curious if the new stuff is as good.  Sounds funny to talk about high ball speed with an iron but I've played them for 150 rounds now and it leads to consistent long shots.

no trackman time/fitting...i have not even tried the 303's yet :).  but from what i have read and what people have told me about the 303's...they feel just as solid...not quite as soft as the 302's but they are much more forgiving and longer.  but yes i do agree, that the 302's are easily one of the best irons ever!  the 502's were almost as soft and were about 1/2 club longer than the 302's.  the af tours were about 1/2-1 club shorter than the 302's.

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Posted 19 April 2015 - 06:32 PM

These are not the 503s, more 3 series.  They are playable...I had my b- swing all w/e and got by with them, actually they are very accurate, just a half club shorter than the 503s...sometimes a full club.  The 303s are more forgiving than the 302s but not by a a whole lot.  VERY good feeling irons.  These are definitely players cbs by U.S. Standards, use the sole is wider but that's what makes are doing now b/c it helps more golfers than it hurts....just look at the srixon 745...

Edited by freehb, 21 April 2015 - 06:37 PM.

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Posted 21 April 2015 - 12:58 PM

Just read golfer75s review.....agree for the most part.  Here's where I disagree....I'll preface this by saying I've only had a couple buckets and 27holes with 303 while I've had 3+ years with the 302s.  Also, the 302s have roddio i10s ss1x and the 303s have Attas 10s ss1x

I think the 303s are softer than the 302s.  The 302s are perfection on pure contact (you almost feel nothing...just a whisper...) while the 303s get softer the better you strike it, they feel nice on not so pure contact and softer all around the face except the dime in the center.  As golfer75 says, they are more forgiving.  What I found interesting is the 303s have a much stronger trajectory.  They also seem to produce more spin than the 302s.  303s are definitely longer although not by much loft per loft as my 302s are mostly 2* weaker than 303 and on good contact are about a club to 3/4 club shorter.

How much of the differences are due to shafts?  At least some...I would think...I really like the Attas 10s.  Very soft feeling and consistent shaft.  Not as smooth as the roddio but very good....perhaps some shuffling is in order.

So, which is better?  They are different and both great in their own way.  What I love about epon irons is that their gear is designed to accomplish specific objectives....only time will tell which set gets selected for play more....one thing is for sure, team 503 and team 302 have been put on notice...there's a new gang in the stable and they are fantastic...

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