From Golf Magazine (April 2011)
Category: Max Game-Improvement Irons
We tested: 4 Hybrid- GW Hybrid with Mitsubishi Bassara graphite shaft; 4h, 5h, 6h, 7h, 8-GW with True Temper Performance Tech steel shaft
Key Technologies: The hybrids (4, 5, 6) feature a four-way cambered sole with recessed heel and toe areas for greater versatility. The transitional mid-iron (7) incorporates a vibration-dampening system for improved feel, while the hybrid short irons (8-GW) have a thin face design and perimeter weighting to increase launch angle and spin. Optional forged short irons (8-GW) have ample heel and toe weighting, too.
OUR TESTERS SAY: Among the top irons tested; solid across the board with very good forgiveness and distance control.
PLAYABILITY: The hybrids get very high marks for their ease of use; several testers experience excellent performance with forged short irons.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Outstanding consistency, even on off-center hits; majority of testers believe sidespin is effectively minimized.
DISTANCE CONTROL: Forged short irons yield predictable yardages.
FEEL: Hybrids are stable through impact; forged short irons provide a lively but soft sensation at impact.
LOOK: Testers praise the quality black finish and the hybrids' square setup.
Hybrid short irons don't stack up to the other V3 options; some testers have a lack of feel on short shots with hybrid short irons and loss of distance control as well.
From Sports Illustrated Golf+ (February 7, 2011)
Sporting a nickel-chrome-plated black finish and physical vapor deposition, this set is geared for the super game-improvement category. The Tech V3 set includes four-, five- and six- progressively sized hybrids, a seven mid-hybrid and four hybrid scoring irons (eight through gap wedge). The long hybrids feature strategically placed tungsten weighting in the stainless-steel head for enhanced forgiveness and spin, while a four-way cambered sole and recessed heel and toe areas reduce turf drag. The mid-iron includes a viscoelastic vibration dampening system for exceptional feel. The short irons have a thin-face design and a perimeter heel-toe weighting system to increase launch angle and spin. A tech badge in each club improves feel across the face.
From Golf Magazine (December 2010)
It's for: Max game-improvement players
The eight-piece hybrid set, with flashy black finish, includes three distinct designs. The progressively-sized, steel-headed hybrids (4h, 5h, and 6h) have heavy tungsten weights to boost forgiveness and spin, cambered soles, and recessed heel and toe areas for greater playability from a variety of lies. The company's transitional hybrid (7-iron) features a viscoelastic dampener for heightened feel. The hybrid scoring irons (8-iron to GW), meanwhile, have plenty of mass in the sole, heel and toe to promote high launch and spin. You can also swap Idea Tech V3 Hybrid short irons (top, right) with four Idea Tech V3 Forged oversize cavity-back irons (8-iron to GW) (top, left).
$799, steel; $899, graphite