Bobby Jones By Jesse Ortiz Irons
Category: Max Game-Improvement Irons
Price: $695, graphite
WE TESTED: 5-PW with Graphite Design G-Series graphite shaft.
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: A heavy tungsten sole pad and deep cavity move weight away from the face to aid launch and carry. The cast heads have a thin, light maraging steel face insert -- 1.9 mm in the center, 2.4 mm at the perimeter -- to boost ball speeds across the face.
PLAYABILITY: Shots fly high and land softly; wide, heavy sole makes them fairly nimble from a variety of lies.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Roomy clubface forgives slight mis-hits without too much of a penalty -- ball wants to go high and straight and nothing else.
DISTANCE CONTROL: For the most part, distances are fairly consistent throughout the set; heavy and thin shots lose an acceptable amount of distance.
FEEL: Clubhead is heavy and noticeable throughout the swing and stable at impact.
LOOK: It has the look of a blade in the address position, hiding the fact that it’s a max game-improvement club; very soft-looking to the eye -- clean, simple lines, rounded edges -- although a nickel-chrome finish and red shaft add some glitz.
Some testers experience a harder, harsher feel on many shots -- the head slaps the ball more than it compresses it; a few guys struggle to hit repeatable distances.
BOTTOM LINE: A user-friendly, easy-to-launch set of irons. It’s more traditional looking than many in its class.
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