Irons Run the Gamut at PGA Show

By George WhiteJanuary 28, 2005, 5:00 pm
2005 PGA Merchandise ShowORLANDO, Fla. -- The new irons which were previewed at the PGA Merchandise Show went from one extreme to the other, but all are touted to get the ball up in the air quickly and to hit it great distances. Here are a few of the merchants who showed off their wares this week:
SRIXON ' The I-403 irons are made from extremely soft SUS 255 stainless steel, incorporating several features to make the club easy to hit.
The tungsten-nickel sole weights move the center of gravity to the lowest level providing ideal launch conditions. Variable hosel lengths and varied back-weighting position optimize the center of gravity point so that long irons are easier to hit squarely and get up if the air. Short irons have the ideal scoring trajectory.
CALLAWAY ' Big Bertha Fusion Irons is the name of Callaways lead brand. The clubhead is shaped radically different with a more traditional look. Three metals comprise the clubheads ' tunite, a material composed of nickel and tungsten, allows for 77 percent of the mass to be positioned around the perimeter of the clubhead; the face insert is composed of titanium; and a chemically engineered polymer interacts with the titanium face, reducing vibration at impact.
Callaway also offers the X-18 irons, which feature a deeper 360-degree undercut channel and notch weighting; and the Big Bertha irons for the average golfer ' they are Big Bertha 2002s with a lot of the newer technology, featuring a rounded heel-to-toe sole to get more loft from lies of all kinds.
YONEX ' The Cyberstar VX irons are Yonexs new offering, featuring a UL-titanium composite shaft technology used exclusively by Yonex.
It features the new dual core head technology which allows the clubface to compress and release at impact, resulting in a longer ball carry and more forgiveness on mis-hits. An Ultra Thin SUS 60 Stainless Steel clubface is only 1.2 millimeters thick, which reduces the head weight by 10 grams. Tungsten Balanced weighting in the clubhead is designed to provide additional head stability and less twisting at impact.
Yonex has a decided advantage over other clubs because they make their own shafts, says endorser Scott Hoch.
MacGREGOR ' MacGregor has a new concept in the new V-FOIL M675 irons ' it features a flexible high rebound face technology while combining a clubface metal that is harder in the center and softer in the perimeter. On-center shots thus come off the face faster, which produce greater distance, while off-center shots come off nearly as fast with little distance lost.
Two forged metals are used ' a harder 1045 carbon steel in the long irons for greater distance and forgiveness, and a softer 1025 carbon steel in the short irons for more spin and control. And all M675 irons deliver the forged advantage ' shot consistency, distance control and an unbelievable feel.
CLEVELAND ' The CG2 irons are ideal for the low- to mid-handicapper, utilizing the forgiveness of a cavity-back and the workability of a blade. These perimeter-weighted irons, made from Carbon Metal Matrix, have a small cavity-back design which offers increased control along with added forgiveness. The design of the CG2s combined with low-density properties of Carbon Metal Matrix have helped engineers at Cleveland Golf create irons with both increased moment of inertia for extra stability at impact, as well as a lower and deeper center of gravity which helps promote a higher ball flight.
The density-relieving spheres within the Carbon Metal Matrix also help dramatically dampen vibration.
MIZUNO ' The MX-17 is Mizunos prime new offering for the mid- to high-handicapper. Long- and mid-irons in this set offer extreme pocket cavity design for high launch, short irons emphasize a deep undercut cavity for better feel and maximum control and accuracy. All irons feature something called Multi-Piece Wax Technology, which accounts for the lowest center of gravity of any Mizuno iron.
More proficient players use the MP-32 with Cut Muscle technology. This refers to the positioning of weight that is cut from the muscle area of a traditional muscleback iron into strategic locations in the lower back and surrounding portions of the club. This movement of mass around the clubhead ideally positions the center of gravity and creates a consistent sweet spot location throughout the set.
NIKE ' Nikes Slingshot irons feature a bar across the width of the back of the club. The club features progressive offset, which helps position the hands in front of the ball. A wide constant sole width increases effective bounce of the club, and the lightweight speed steel shaft means more clubhead speed for increased distance.
The Slingshot iron features cold-rolled Custom 455 Stainless Steel in the clubface.
TOUR EDGE ' Tour Edge introduces the JMAX Iron-Woods, designed to greatly help golfers inability to hit long irons. Its construction optimizes weight distribution to produce a higher launch and spin, plus superior forgiveness on off-center hits. Extra clubhead weight delivers a higher moment of inertia, allowing the club to resist twisting and produce more accurate shots. With a higher trajectory than the equivalent irons, these clubs can consistently reduce scores by several strokes per round.
Tour Edge touts these clubs as ideal for players of all skill levels. While better players may only replace their longer irons, based on performance benefits, mid- to high-handicappers can go with an entire set of JMAX Iron-Woods.
WILSON ' Wilson Golf presents a new generation of Wilson Staff irons with the Wilson Staff Pi5 (performance irons) for the accomplished golfer and Wilson Staff Di5 (distance irons) for the golfer seeking maximum distance and the ultimate in forgiveness. Both feature a progressive design for optimal weight placement in the head and matched shaft performance throughout each set.
The Pi5 irons feature a soft, compact 431 Stainless Steel cast head with thin top-lines and progressive sole widths from the short to long irons. A carbon insert in the cavity absorbs vibration for smoother feel at impact, and the True Temper Dynamic Gold steel shaft features a .355-inch taper tip to promote stability and reduce torque. The Di5 Irons feature an oversize stainless steel cast head. A deep cavity undercut and heel notch work together to progressively move the weight from the heel in the short irons to a lower position toward the toe in long irons for higher trajectories.
TIGER SHARK - The Great White irons feature Tiger Shark's patented Impact Cavity that is undercut along the lower portion of the cavity to optimize the center of gravity for playability. This also expands the effective hitting area across a greater portion of the club face.
Tiger Sharks designers have utilized a special heat treatment process to create a 'new concept' steel for a Fluid Face, promoting increased stability and feel. Each iron features exacting specifications in loft, lie, bounce, weight and center of gravity to ensure set to set and iron to iron consistency.
LPGA Hall of Famer Juli Inkster is an endorser for the club company.
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    Glover trails Straka at Tour Championship

    By Associated PressSeptember 23, 2018, 12:19 am

    ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. – Sepp Straka moved into position Saturday to earn a PGA Tour card in the Tour Championship, shooting a 7-under 64 to take the third-round lead.

    With the top 25 earners in the four-event Tour Finals getting PGA Tour cards Sunday, Straka birdied the final three holes to reach 18-under 195 - a stroke ahead of Curtis Luck, Lucas Glover and Denny McCarthy at Atlantic Beach Country Club.

    ''It's always good to get an extra birdie in late. I got three of them to finish, which was nice,'' Straka said. ''It's very bunched up there, so you can't really take off, you've got to keep the pedal down and see where you end up at the end.''

    Straka entered the week tied for 80th in the card race with $2,744. The 25-year-old former Georgia player from Austria won the KC Golf Classic in August for his first Tour title. He finished 31st on the money list to advance to the four-tournament series.

    ''My ball-striking is really good,'' Straka said. ''It's been good all week. It's been really solid. I really haven't gotten in a whole lot of trouble and have been able to capitalize on a good number of chances with the putter. Hit a couple of bad putts today, but some really good ones to make up for it.''

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    Luck also shot 64. The 22-year-old Australian went into the week 16th with $41,587.

    ''Obviously, it just comes down to keeping that momentum going and trying not to change anything,'' Luck said. ''That's the really important thing and I felt like I did that really well. I played really aggressive on the back nine, still went after a lot of shots and I hit it close a lot out there.''

    Glover had a 68. The 2009 U.S. Open champion entered the week 40th with $17,212.

    McCarthy shot 67. He already has wrapped up a card, earning $75,793 in the first three events to get to 11th in the standings.

    The series features the top 75 players from the regular-season money list, Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup standings, and non-members with enough money to have placed in the top 200. The top-25 finishers on the regular-season money list are competing against each other for tour priority, with regular-season earnings counting in their totals. The other players are fighting for the 25 cards based on series earnings.

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    Woods, McIlroy in Sunday super group in finale

    By Mercer BaggsSeptember 23, 2018, 12:12 am

    ATLANTA – Rory McIlroy has made known his disdain for “super groups” in early tournament rounds.

    Well, he’s now got one on Sunday at the Tour Championship. And it doesn’t get more super than this.

    McIlroy will play alongside Tiger Woods in the final pairing, in the final round at East Lake Golf Club. Woods leads McIlroy – and Justin Rose – by three shots.

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    “All I can do is worry about myself,” McIlroy said. “It doesn't matter who it is I'm playing with. It's obviously exciting for the golf tournament. It's exciting for golf, in general, that he's up there. But for me, all I can do is concentrate on myself. The game is hard enough without having to – without looking at other people. Go out there, take care of my business, and hopefully that's good enough.”

    This is the fifth time that McIlroy and Woods have been grouped this year. They were alongside one another in the first two rounds of the Genesis Open and the first two rounds of the PGA Championship.

    In the four previous rounds, McIlroy finished better twice, Woods once, and they tied once.

    “It's going to be fun. We haven't done that much of late, because I've not been there,” Woods said of going head-to-head with McIlroy for a title. “He has been there, and he's won a bunch of tournaments. So it's nice for us to go back out and play against one another, be in the mix.”

    We know Woods will be wearing his traditional red in the final round. As for McIlroy?

    "I think I'll wear red," McIlroy joked. "No, geez, I've regretted wearing black out here today. It was hot."

    They go out at 2:05 p.m. ET.

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    Stricker, Jobe share lead in Sioux Falls

    By Associated PressSeptember 22, 2018, 11:57 pm

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Steve Stricker and Brandt Jobe topped the Sanford International leaderboard again Saturday after another cool and breezy day in the inaugural PGA Tour Champions event.

    After matching Jerry Smith and David McKenzie with first-round 7-under 63s, Striker and Jobe each shot 67 to get to 10-under 130 at Minnehaha Country Club.

    ''It was a challenge out there today,'' Stricker said. ''It was gusty, the wind came out of the south, where we played yesterday it was out of the north, so it was a totally different golf course.''

    Jobe made an 18-foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th, and Stricker missed a 6-footer to leave them tied.

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    ''It's pretty straightforward off the tee and the greens are what make it difficult at times and you've just got to be in the right spot to have good birdie putts at it,'' Stricker said. ''If not, then you've got to play pretty defensive at times. ... It's a simple game plan, but try to stay out of trouble and keep trying to put pressure on everybody.''

    Stricker won in Arizona and Mississippi in consecutive starts in May for his first senior victories. Next week in France, he will be one of U.S. Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk's assistants.

    Jobe birdied four of the last five holes. He won last year in Iowa for his lone senior title

    ''I think we kind of got used to what the wind was,'' Jobe said. ''Of course, there's some scoring holes on the back. The front played very difficult. It was just kind of try not to screw up for a while there.''

    Smith was a stroke back after a 68.

    Scott McCarron also had a 68 to get to 8 under. Woody Austin was 7 under after a 64.

    McKenzie had a 77 to drop into a tie for 43rd at even par.

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    Final-round tee times: Tiger, Rory in last pairing

    By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 22, 2018, 11:40 pm

    It's Tiger Woods. It's Rory McIlroy. It's the final pairing in the final round of the Tour Championship.

    Here's a look at tee times for Sunday at East Lake Golf Club.

    (All times ET)

    11:45AM: Patrick Reed (+8), Phil Mickelson (+11)

    11:55AM: Keegan Bradley (+5), Bubba Watson (+5)

    12:05PM: Brooks Koepka (+4), Francesco Molinari (+4)

    12:15PM: Kevin Na (+2), Patrick Cantlay (+2)

    12:25PM: Bryson DeChambeau (+2), Cameron Smith (+2)

    12:35PM: Jason Day (E), Rickie Fowler (E)

    12:45PM: Marc Leishman (E), Patton Kizzire (E)

    12:55PM: Tommy Fleetwood (-2), Hideki Matsuyama (-1)

    1:05PM: Justin Thomas (-4), Webb Simpson (-3)

    1:15PM: Gary Woodland (-4), Xander Schauffele (-4)

    1:25PM: Aaron Wise (-4), Dustin Johnson (-4)

    1:35PM: Tony Finau (-5), Billy Horschel (-5)

    1:45PM: Jon Rahm (-6), Paul Casey (-5)

    1:55PM: Justin Rose (-9), Kyle Stanley (-6)

    2:05PM: Tiger Woods (-12), Rory McIlroy (-9)