The Tests 2014

  • TaylorMade SpeedBlade

    Friday, 25 April 2014

     << VIEW PREVIOUS IRON Better Player Irons >> Irons Test 2014: TaylorMade SpeedBlade - GOLD AWARD Cost: £599 steel £699 graphite Tech: Visually striking and incorporating Speed Pocket, a handle-bar shaped slot in the sole of the 3 to 7-irons that enables a large area of the face to flex and rebound at impact, resulting in faster ball speed, higher launch...

  • Cleveland 588 Tour-Trajectory

    Friday, 25 April 2014

     << Back to the start VIEW NEXT IRON >> Irons Test 2014: Cleveland 588 Tour-Trajectory Cost: £449 steel £499 graphite Tech: Tour-calibre flight and feel. Constant blade height and progressive blade length promote more forgiveness in long irons and controlled trajectory in short irons. What we said... James Ridyard: “A little hard work. Looked like an upright lie angle, which meant I...

  • Benross RIP SPEED 2

    Friday, 25 April 2014

     << VIEW PREVIOUS IRON VIEW NEXT IRON >> Irons Test 2014: Benross RIP SPEED 2 Cost: £399.99 steel £429.99 graphite Tech: The compact profile, smaller offset and narrow sole and top-edge all suit the eye of the accomplished golfer. True Temper Dynamic Gold and Golf Pride Multi-Compound Grips as standard. What we said... James Ridyard: “Little chunky for a better player, especially...

  • Mizuno JPX EZ Forged

    Friday, 25 April 2014

     << VIEW PREVIOUS IRON VIEW NEXT IRON >> Irons Test 2014: Mizuno JPX EZ Forged Cost: £80 steel £120 graphite, per club Tech: Delivers the distance of the JPX EZ series with the soft, solid feel of Mizuno’s exclusive Grain Flow Forging process. What we said... James Ridyard: “I like the darker finish. It  feels soft for a GI iron which helped...

  • Cobra BiO CELL

    Friday, 25 April 2014

     << VIEW PREVIOUS IRON VIEW NEXT IRON >> Irons Test 2014: Cobra BiO CELL - BRONZE AWARD Cost: £549 steel £649 graphite Tech: Featuring four pockets or ‘cells’ in the back cavity. The long irons use tungsten weights in the heel and toe pockets to raise MOI and performance on mishits. The 8-iron to PW has the tungsten in the two...

  • Nike VRS Covert Tour Forged

    Friday, 25 April 2014

     << VIEW PREVIOUS IRON VIEW NEXT IRON >> Irons Test 2014: Nike VRS Covert Tour Forged - SILVER AWARD Cost: £549 steel £649 graphite Tech: Features a deep, undercut cavity for longer, higher and straighter shots while the S20c carbon steel body generates superior feel. The NexCOR face, made from SAE 8655 steel, delivers faster ball speeds on a variety of...

  • Orka GS5 SC Tour

    Friday, 25 April 2014

     << VIEW PREVIOUS IRON VIEW NEXT IRON >> Irons Test 2014: Orka GS5 SC Tour Cost: £85 steel, per club Tech: Cast in 1025 steel, predominantly used in forged irons, offers a premium iron which is precision milled. What we said... James Ridyard: “Boasts arguably the most curved leading edge on test making it tough to align. Trajectory was fine, it was...

  • Wilson C100

    Friday, 25 April 2014

     << VIEW PREVIOUS IRON VIEW NEXT IRON >> Irons Test 2014: Wilson C100 Cost: £449 steel £549 graphite Tech: Powerful and easy to hit thanks to innovative exoskeleton technology. Black PVD finish reduces glare. What we said... James Ridyard: “Loads of offset which help slicers but reduces workability. The head shape is pretty standard, the flight wasn’t as high as expected given the...

  • Ping G25

    Friday, 25 April 2014

     << VIEW PREVIOUS IRON VIEW NEXT IRON >> Irons Test 2014: Ping G25 Cost: £80 steel £100 graphite, per club Tech: Designed to give long-iron forgiveness and short-iron control. Progressive sole widths and stabilising bars for distance control and are made in 17-4 stainless steel. What we said... James Ridyard: “A large appearance makes it hard to shape and control flight. But...

  • Yonex Ezone XP

    Friday, 25 April 2014

     << VIEW PREVIOUS IRON VIEW NEXT IRON >> Irons Test 2014: Yonex Ezone XP Cost: £569 steel £699 graphite Tech: A double undercut cavity works with the Dual Tungsten Power System and 4g heavier head to create a larger sweetspot. What we said... James Ridyard: “Standard shape but very long from heel to toe. Centre strikes felt noticeably good but there’s too...

  • Aston Martin Maraging Face

    Friday, 25 April 2014

     << VIEW PREVIOUS IRON VIEW NEXT IRON >> Irons Test 2014: Aston Martin Maraging Face Cost: £799.99 steel £999.99 graphite Tech: Maraging steel is durable yet thinner than cast stainless steel or forged steel, that creates a high repulsion face with very high ball speeds. Project X shafts as standard. What we said... James Ridyard: “I like the black chrome finish and...

  • Benross HOT SPEED 2

    Friday, 25 April 2014

     << VIEW PREVIOUS IRON VIEW NEXT IRON >> Irons Test 2014: Benross HOT SPEED 2 Cost: £329.99 steel £379.99 graphite Tech: Benross’ Ultimate Players Game Improvement iron with Tour lofts and a black pearl finish. What we said... James Ridyard: “A lot of offset, really nice contrast between face and rest of head. Two white scorelines make it easy to align, hot...

  • MD Golf STR10

    Friday, 25 April 2014

     << VIEW PREVIOUS IRON VIEW NEXT IRON >> Irons Test 2014: MD Golf STR10 Cost: £299.99 steel £399.99 graphite Tech: Made from the finest 403 Stainless Steel, the club features an undercut cavity and thick sole. Comes in black PVD finish. What we said... James Ridyard: “Nice-looking head for the size, nothing off-putting but no wow factor either. Has one of the...

  • John Letters TR47

    Friday, 25 April 2014

     << VIEW PREVIOUS IRON VIEW NEXT IRON >> Irons Test 2014: John Letters TR47 Cost: £499 steel £549 graphite Tech: This set combines hybrids, cavity-back irons and a bladed SW. A thin face adds power; a rubber cell behind it enhances feel. What we said... James Ridyard: “A lot of offset and a rounded leading edge. Sat nicely behind the ball, came...

  • Progen Chromo

    Friday, 25 April 2014

     << VIEW PREVIOUS IRON VIEW NEXT IRON >> Irons Test 2014: Progen Chromo Cost: £349 steel £399 graphite Tech: High performance 17-4 steel irons and hyper steel hybrids boast Hi-tack grips and stepless steel shafts to aid performance. What we said... James Ridyard: “Feels shorter in the shaft but the trajectory was strong and distance was decent.” Joel Tadman: “Thick top edge...

  • Lynx Boom Boom

    Friday, 25 April 2014

     << VIEW PREVIOUS IRON VIEW NEXT IRON >> Irons Test 2014: Lynx Boom Boom Cost: £549 steel £599 graphite Tech: A muscle-back cutout distributes weight around the clubhead for forgiveness, while a second, narrower deep ‘power channel’ behind the face boosts distance. What we said... James Ridyard: “Lynx have taken a traditional blade shape and made it bigger. The whistly noise through...

  • Mizuno JPX EZ

    Friday, 25 April 2014

     << VIEW PREVIOUS IRON VIEW NEXT IRON >> Irons Test 2014: Mizuno JPX EZ - SILVER AWARD Cost: £499 steel £679 graphite Tech: Combining Mizuno’s HOT METAL face design and ultra-pocket cavity the JPX EZ irons fly higher and longer with a predictable tight dispersion. The Harmonic Impact Technology (H.I.T) engineered cavity frame means the JPX EZ still feels like every...

  • Callaway X2 HOT

    Friday, 25 April 2014

     << VIEW PREVIOUS IRON Game Improver Irons >> Irons Test 2014: Callaway X2 HOT - GOLD AWARD Cost: £549 steel £699 graphite Tech: The X2 Hot irons have more ball speed and forgiveness making them Callaway’s longest irons ever. The exceptional sound and feel at high ball speeds come from the stabilising arch that reinforces the face. A deep central undercut...

  • Cleveland 588 MT

    Friday, 25 April 2014

     << Back to the start VIEW NEXT IRON >> Irons Test 2014: Cleveland 588 MT Cost: £449 steel £499 graphite Tech: Unparalleled combination of forgiveness and feel and fully inter-changeable with 588 TT and Altitude irons. What we said... James Ridyard: “You can see the back of long irons, which is off-putting. The heads are some of the biggest in the category,...

  • Nike VRS Covert 2.0

    Friday, 25 April 2014

     << VIEW PREVIOUS IRON VIEW NEXT IRON >> Irons Test 2014: Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Cost: £449.99 steel Tech: A deeper undercut cavity-back design that generates higher, straighter shots. A thinner NexCOR face and no-weld sole delivers faster ball speeds across the face. What we said... James Ridyard: “Overall shape is solid. Long, straight, flat leading edge helps alignment. Small amount of...

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