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On Spec: A deep dive into iron specs and “loft jacking”

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With so many new iron releases being announced, host Ryan Barath gets deep into the world of iron design and specs—most specifically loft.

The topic also revolves around trying to fit an iron-based on handicap and why that is a flawed model.

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  1. Timbo

    Jan 20, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    I have been playing a set of Ping Eye2 black dots since my dad handed them down to me in high school. This past season, I’ve been struggling with the gap between my 9 iron and PW. Just a month ago, I discovered two critical things 1) I have only been playing with 13 clubs the last 10 years or so, and 2) this delofting trend. I realized that I can purchase a “gap” wedge by buying a Ping i3 PW. So now I am 9 (45°), i3 PW (47°), PW (50.5°), SW (57.5°). Next season I’m hoping the i3 hits that sweet spot.

    It also totally makes sense now that I tend to outdrive all my friends, but just barely squeak by them with my irons.

  2. Rich Douglas

    Jan 18, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    It doesn’t matter. If you want to be fooled by lowered lofts, fine. But the key is being able to pull the right club for the right shot.

    Jacked lofts on their own are irrelevant. But when accompanied with longer shafts, they create an illusion: the number have simply shifted; the irons are the same.

    When combined with changes in launch angle, however, the player can get more distance from a higher-numbered club. But why? Is that really the reason? I’d much prefer knowing the distances than being worried about the number on the club.

    The very notion that distance matters in irons is ridiculous. Consistency matters. Accuracy matters. Gapping matters. But not distance. Want more distance from your 6-iron? Pull the 5 and hit it well.

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