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Favorite irons of all time? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing irons. WRXer ‘Connor_g9’ wants to hear everyone’s favorite irons of all time, and our members have been sharing their picks in our forum, with Ping receiving plenty of love.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • CUBuffaloes: “I think the longevity of the Ping i210 and the amount of tour bags that it could be found in speaks volumes.”
  • Radeon962: “Would have said Ping G25, but PXG 0311P may be my favorite iron I have played.”
  • Callawaylefty: “731 PM. No one has matched the perfection of that combo set in the 20 years since.”
  • buynagame: “Ping i210 have me scoring better than any other set that I have had, so that’s my vote. Although, J40 DPC is a close second for all time best.”
  • sadclevelandsports: “iBlades.”

Entire Thread: “Favorite irons of all time?

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TaylorMade Stealth Launch Day Report: Everything you need to know about TaylorMade’s new driver

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Yesterday was the official launch day of the all-new 2022 TaylorMade Stealth line of clubs, which includes drivers, fairways woods, hybrids, and irons. To summarize the newest release from the Carlsbad-based golf equipment company, for TaylorMade and the Stealth line, it’s all about innovative uses of carbon fiber to improve performance. With the driver, in particular, engineers have turned away from titanium and toward a 60X carbon fiber face.

Enter the Carbonwood.

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The successor to the SIM line, TaylorMade’s family of Carbonwood drivers includes the Stealth, Stealth Plus, and Stealth HD.

The show-stopping feature of the new 2022 TaylorMade Stealth driver is its centerpiece technology, and it’s likely one you’ve already seen in our in-hand shots of Tiger Woods’ Stealth Plus: a carbon fiber face. For TaylorMade engineers, the conversion to carbon was aimed at one thing: more ball speed.In a surprising departure from industry-standard titanium, TaylorMade engineers turned to another material to construct the face of the Stealth for better energy transfer: carbon. More specifically, 60 layers of strategically arranged carbon fiber sheets.

With the 60 layers of carbon, TaylorMade touts a thinner, lighter, larger face that features a higher COR (coefficient of restitution) and improved face geometry.

As a result of using a lighter material (carbon), the Stealth’s face is, not surprisingly, substantially lighter than the SIM2. 40 percent lighter than a titanium face of the same size, the carbon face is just 26 grams.

Read more in our launch piece.

GolfWRX’s resident equipment tester, Brian Knudson of the Club Junkie podcast, had this to say

“The first shot left me looking back at the TaylorMade folks in shock. TaylorMade somehow engineered this carbon fiber face to sound and feel like titanium. The Stealth and Stealth Plus were extremely forgiving and consistent on the range. My dispersion was very tight, and I felt like the Stealth launched a little flatter than my SIM2 Max.”

BK also spoke with Tomo Bystedt, TaylorMade’s Senior Director Product Creation.

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Check out our in-hand photos, here: 2022 TaylorMade Stealth, Stealth Plus, Stealth HD drivers

Here’s what the biggest YouTube testers and reviewers have to say on the new line

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XXIO unveils all-new XXIO 12 series

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XXIO has today introduced the all- new XXIO 12 and XXIO 12 Ladies family of clubs which officially launches in North America on February 11, 2022.

The XXIO 12 woods and irons are a super lightweight family of clubs featuring a specialized suite of technologies that are designed to amplify performance for the moderate swing speed golfer.

Speaking on the new XXIO 12 range, Chuck Thiry, Vice President at XXIO, said

“Having a 20-year head start in lightweight technology has been a real plus for us. It has allowed our engineers to focus on incremental improvements and on technologies that best accompany that performance. We are certain that our players will continue to see big advancements in performance and distance as soon as they hit XXIO 12.”

One of the new technologies featured across XXIO 12 is ActivWing, which stabilizes the clubhead and helps square up the face angle at impact in a bid to provide players with a clubhead that consistently hits the sweet spot to increase ball speed for maximum distance. ActivWing is featured on the driver, fairway woods and hybrids.

Per XXIO, in-house testing data showed that XXIO 12 with ActivWing delivered a 17% tighter impact pattern on average than previous generations without it. The new XXIO 12 driver also features a 28% higher COR area than the previous generation.

The new clubs also feature Rebound Frame, a new technology that delivers a four-layer structure (on the woods) that alternates between stiff and flexible zones, enhancing overall COR, putting more energy into the golf ball in design for increased ball speed and distance.

On the irons, a thinner face allows the entire face to flex more extensively while grooves etched deep into the interior of the iron body further aim to enhance flexibility.

A new Super-TIX 51AF Flat Cup Face allows for a strong, flexible face in a bid to increase ball speed, especially on off-center strikes on the new clubs, while the latest additions also include Weight Plus – a counterbalancing technology that is designed to allow for an easier takeaway and a more consistent club path to help square the face at impact.

Ladies XXIO 12 Driver

In addition, the new XXIO blade putter features tungsten weights for increased MOI and stability. 

Availability & Pricing

XXIO 12 

  • Pricing: $649.99 for XXIO 12 Driver, $399.99 for XXIO 12 Fairway Woods, $299.99 for XXIO 12 Hybrids, $199.99 for individual XXIO 12 Irons, $999.99 for five-piece iron set, $299.99 for the XXIO Blade Putter.
  • U.S. Retail Launch Date: February 11, 2022

XXIO 12 Ladies

  • Pricing: $649.99 for XXIO 12 Ladies Driver, $399.99 for XXIO 12 Ladies Fairway Woods, $299.99 for XXIO 12 Ladies Hybrids, $199.99 for individual XXIO 12 Ladies Irons, $999.99 for five-piece iron set, $299.99 for the XXIO Ladies Blade Putter. $2,999.99 for XXIO 12 Ladies Package Set
  • U.S. Retail Launch Date: February 11, 2022
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Tested some irons nobody talks about, but damn they’re impressive! – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been reacting to a review post on Tour Edge’s C522 irons. WRXer ‘BrainCramp52’ recently got the chance to try out the clubs and was mightily impressed with the irons, saying:

“I’m talking about the Tour Edge C522 irons. Went to the local Golf Shack the other day while waiting for my wife to get out of a doctors appt. They have basically had nothing to hit in the iron department for the last year and a half for lefties. I was wandering around, and here tucked away in the corner was 2 sets of the C522 irons in regular and stiff flex LH! I play AP2’s, so these look pretty massive, but when I set a 7 iron down I didn’t find myself wanting to puke.

I’ve hit some demo GI irons like the Callaway DCB and Ping G425’s in 2021 so since I had time to kill and they weren’t busy I decided to hit some balls with them. The conclusion I came away with was that for $559 for 5 – AW wedge, I’d buy these in a heartbeat. Forgiveness and feel were off the charts for an iron in this category. They felt very soft for a cast club. In fact, they felt every bit as good as the forged Callaway DCB. I

even warmed up to the looks of the things. After a few swings, the topline didn’t look that big. What I’m trying to say is they are definitely worth looking at if you’re in the market for that style of iron. They are every bit as good as the Pings and Callaway’s, and that kind of surprised me.”

And our members have been reacting to BrainCramp52’s review in our forum.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • firedad: “I went from PXG 0211s to TE E721, couldn’t be happier.”
  • Itsjustagam: “Not sure why this would surprise you. Tour Edge is an established company with an impressive group of Champions Tour members playing their stuff. There really are not any secrets to making good clubs that are only known to the big-name manufacturers. Tour Edge, Sub 70 etc., all make equipment that matches what the others sell.”
  • LukeDonaldsTiger: “I was surprised to see that John Daly had a full bag of TEE at the PNC tourney. He came from Ping i200‘s; that’s quite an accomplishment to get him to play their irons. I’m curious how the C 721 irons feel and play. I had the EXS 220 driver (loved looks and sound, my new Cally Epic Max LS is just longer) and still have two EXS 220 hybrids that I love. Plus a CBX 119 2H that’s an absolute rocket launcher. TEE makes great stuff, but the irons are kind of unknown.”

Entire Thread: “Tested some Irons nobody talks about, but damn they’re impressive!

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