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BIG BERTHA OS
VERDICT Last year’s XR OS
was a super game-
improvement iron hidden in
a smaller shape. This year, no
such subtlety was attempted.
The Big Bertha OS is, well, big,
and it’s highly suitable for those
needing help with launch, dis-
tance and direction. The irons
use what Callaway calls an “exo-
cage” that alters the stiffness of
the club’s body in certain areas
and allows weight to be placed
where it’s most effective. It also
lets the revamped cupface
(where the face wraps around
part of the topline and sole to
increase face flex) to function
COMMENTS (M) Colossal
distance. Ball goes a mile in
the air. (H) Long irons are so
easy to hit, it eliminates the
need for hybrids.
VERDICT It’s difficult to believe
it was roughly 25 years ago that
Cobra embarked down the path
of oversize irons, placing an
emphasis on distance instead of
precision. Cobra continues that
pursuit by taking a more multi-
faceted approach to increasing
distance. The King Oversize
irons combine a thinner,
L-shape face with a hollow
frame and multiple materials to
lower the centre of gravity. The
result is Cobra’s most flexible
iron face ever, nearly at the R&A/
USGA limit. A lightweight True
Temper XP 85 shaft gives slower
swingers more speed, too.
COMMENTS (M) The align-
ment marks on the face frame
the ball well. (H) Its size induces
confidence. The offset makes
you feel like you can’t slice it.
VERDICT Ping has a penchant
for making irons that are easy
to hit, and this is one of its best.
A heat-treating process pro-
duces a face that’s 40-percent
stronger (than the Karsten,
Ping’s previous model in this
categor y) in the 4 through
8-irons for extra ball speed.
Lighter swingweights in the 4
through 6-irons also make it
easier to square at impact. The
clubface is thinner than the
Karsten model and, in con-
junction with the topline and
sole, creates a diving-board-
like effect to generate more ball
speed. Cosmetically, there’s an
addition of a ferrule for the first
time on a G-Series iron. These
irons won’t eliminate all your
mistakes, but they’re about as
close as you’re going to get.
COMMENTS (M) A club that
will make any golfer better.
(H) The look at address is as
comfor ting as you will find.
VERDICT The urethane-filled
holes on the topline and toe
– first used in the company’s
model – might be less of a
visual hurdle at address in
this category. It’s also easier
to take when an iron provides
such a powerful alternative
to what’s already in your bag.
The holes, which ex tend into
the cavity, provide extra room
behind the impact area so the
face can flex and boost ball
speed. Plus, the weight that’s
saved is redistributed to the
heel and toe for additional
stability and forgiveness.
COMMENTS (M) I can
still get my mis-hits up in the
air. (H) The feel is much im-
proved over last year’s model.
VERDICT Tour Edge clubs
are known for their value, but
the company’s technological
prowess is overshadowed
as a result. Here, plenty of
tech has been crammed
into a conventional-looking
clubhead, including a pair of
tungsten weights in the heel
and toe areas to enhance
performance on mis-hits and
lower the centre of gravity.
That’s especially impor tant to
assist launch in the 3 through
6-irons, as those feature
Still not sure? The company
offers a custom-fitted (lie
angle, length, shaft and flex)
6-iron for just $50 to try.
COMMENTS (M) A well-bal-
anced club with help where
you need it. (H) Slightly lower
flight than most others.
HOT LAUNCH 2
VERDICT One of the first
companies to adopt the
concept of an all-hybrid
set, Tour Edge continues its
work in that area with the
second iteration of its Hot
Launch. The company has
long believed the game is too
difficult and expensive. This
club addresses both issues.
The seven-piece set is about
$500 and comprises all hy-
brids. (All-iron or combo sets
also are available.) The heads
are slightly larger than the
previous version for extra for-
giveness, and the thin, forged
maraging-steel face produces
more than enough ball speed.
The bulk of the club’s weight is
in the sole, which helps assist
in getting the ball airborne.
COMMENTS (M) Swallow
your pride. These do make
the game easier. High flight is
automatic. (H) The wide soles
make it almost impossible
to hit fat.
VERDICT Designed for the
super-chopper but playable
by almost anyone, this iron
disguises its technological
horsepower in an appealing
shape. The octagon-shape in-
ternal depressions behind the
face create the additional face
flex desired by those drawn to
this category of clubs. Perhaps
the most intriguing aspect,
however, is the attention to the
centre of gravity. Weight in the
heel of the long irons makes
them easier to square at im-
pact. Weight towards the toe
on shor t irons provides stability
where it’s needed. It adds up to
a reassuring club in your hands
when the pressure is on.
COMMENTS (M) The shafts
were light and easy to swing.
(H) These have a huge sweet
spot. Consistent trajector y, too.
HERE’S a stigma attached to
super game-improvement irons
that only 25-handicappers
should be using them. Certainly, the
player who comes over the top like a
lumberjack and has no desire to practise
can use all the help these clubs provide, but
what about better players?
There’s a place for them, too. Just as
many tour players opt for utility irons
or even clubs found in this category to
replace their long irons, you should, too,
Mr Single Digit golfer. We ran a test using
Foresight Sports’ GC2 launch monitor
with a 4-handicap player pitting a game-
improvement 4-iron against a super game-
improvement 4-iron. The results were
The game-improvement 4-iron carried
155 metres, reaching its peak height at 14
metres. Its landing angle was shallow at 27.3
degrees, leading to 27 metres of rollout after
landing. The super game-improvement
club carry was identical (155m) but had a
peak height of 18m and a 36-degree angle
of descent, resulting in a softer landing and
cutting the rollout nearly in half at 14m.
That’s the difference between being over
the back of the green and being on the back
of the green. And there’s no stigma when
marking down a 4 instead of a 5 or 6.
The average distance (in metres)
golfers hit their 7-iron.
source: game golf
(m) middle-handicapper | (h) high-handicapper
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