Thursday, March 02, 2017

CATEGORY: Game Improvement Irons

PRICE: $800, steel; $900, graphite

WE TESTED: 4-GW with KBS Tour 90 steel and 4-GW with Aldila Rogue Pro graphite shafts.

KEY TECHNOLOGY: The holes surrounding the springy face are filled with urethane to spiff up sound and feel.

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Buy Them Now for $799.99

Playability

Exceptional cruising altitude; round, sure-footed sole works well from fairway bunkers; generous leading edge manhandles most intimidating lies and plays better from thick stuff than from thin; easier to work left than right.

Distance Control

Added elevation helps slower swingers; the high flight seems unfazed by most headwinds; poor contact yields almost as much distance as a center strike.

Cons

Many panelists don't care for the bulk and busy setup; the combination of the broad frame, damp feel and hearty punch makes partial and greenside shots tricky; distance falls a few ticks behind modern power irons; impact is often heard more than felt.

Bottom Line

The borderline max game-improvement C200 provides great height, decent versatility and rare-to-nonexistent misses. It's a meat-and-potatoes iron, ideal for slower swingers and guys who play only occasionally but want to hit more greens.

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