With the golf season underway, players are sure to be looking for anything that will give them an edge. Irons are among the most important clubs in the bag, and having a set you feel comfortable with is absolutely vital. Check out the sets below for guidance on some of the most promising of 2008.
Callaway 2008 Big Bertha
Callaway essentially replaced the hard-to-hit long irons with i-brids which blend the control and accuracy of irons with the distance and versatility of hybrids in this innovative set. The secret behind the wide-soled i-brid clubs is a the low, deep center of gravity (CG) which helps get the ball in the air quickly and easily. Each iron employs an oversized design, leading to an increased effective hitting area, as well as extreme perimeter weighting that creates a high moment of inertia (MOI) for less club head twisting and more forgiveness.
These irons are the first in Mizunos distinguished MP line to feature a full-cavity back design for increased sweet-spot size and incredible forgiveness. The face of each iron is lined with enhanced U-grooves which help produce the ideal spin rate for playability in all conditions. A mild carbon-steel material ensures every shot feels buttery soft.
NIKE SQ SUMO
The Sumo irons are fitted with the same top-flight technology that made the drivers and hybrids in this series such a hit. They deliver exceptional forgiveness on mis-hits, thanks to their large sweet spots and high MOI. Also, the gel inserts help maintain a solid feel and reduce unwanted vibrations. The long irons are designed to add distance and power, thanks to the lightweight Hot Cryo Steel Face that makes them ultra-responsive.
TaylorMade Tour Burner
The standout features of the Tour Burner irons are their attractive medium top-line and intermediate offset which give them a classic appearance at address. Each club combines a low center of gravity for ideal launch with a thin club face design to help deliver faster ball speeds and longer shots. This set is great for players with faster swings who prefer a mid-to-high launch.
The tungsten nickel box inserted into the back of each iron creates a low center of gravity and helps reduce vibrations. This is why the AP1 series offers great launch and an outstanding feel. The dual cavity design helps push weight to the perimeter, creating more margin for error on mis-hits and better overall performance. Another cool feature of the clubs is the cambered soles, designed to be highly forgiving and, thus, playable on all surfaces.
Editor's note: Bill Kliewer is Senior Equipment Advisor of The Golf Warehouse (TGW.com), the worlds largest online golf store.