CATEGORY: Better Player Irons
PRICE: $1,000, steel; $1,100, graphite (for 7)
WE TESTED: 4-GW with KBS Tour FLT steel shafts.
KEY TECHNOLOGY: Each club is built to 7-iron length for a more consistent setup and swing.
Testers love the height of the long irons, which are easier than expected to get airborne; effective through the rough and good from trouble lies; easy to shape shots, particularly from right to left.
Longer-than-standard shafts in the short irons and wedges contribute to bigger gaps (players can hit these irons farther than normal); once the testers get accustomed to the yardages, the single-length shafts make dialing in distance simple; adequate carry in the long irons for some guys.
The longer irons don't produce the overall carry distance that some testers are used to; short irons can be challenging to control due to the longer shaft length; the value of the single-length iron approach seems lost on a few testers.
This high-quality forged set delivers respectable forgiveness and workability. Of course, the real headline? The unconventional, samelength shafts. While there's a learning curve for better players (who can be set in their ways), many testers can see the advantages, including club-to-club ballstriking consistency, of playing single-length irons.