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Bridgestone Unveils New J15 Irons

ClubTest 2014: Irons Roundtable
Golf Magazine's Rob Sauerhaft talks to three 2014 ClubTesters about the hottest trends in irons, their favorite sticks and how iron technology is changing across the board.

Bridgestone's club business has been relatively dormant in recent years while the company promoted its ball business. Might 2015 be a coming out party? Four J15 forged iron models could very well signal the start of a new era for Bridgestone Golf. 

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Bridgestone J15 MB iron

J15MB irons

$789 (for 7), steel

Made from soft, forged 1025-carbon steel, these sticks are built for highly-skilled ball strikers. A narrow, relatively flat sole is tailored to more aggressive swings. True Temper DG Pro steel shafts come standard in the J15MB, J15CB, J15DF and J15DPF irons. DG Pro shafts are engineered to produce higher-flying long-iron shots than with True Temper's venerable Dynamic Gold shaft, while mid-iron and short-iron shots with DG Pro have a lower trajectory than Dynamic Gold. 

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Bridgestone J15 CB iron

J15CB irons

$789 (for 7), steel

Played by Bridgestone staffers Brandt Snedeker and Matt Kuchar, the J15CB is a traditional, compact, forged players’ iron. The 1020-carbon steel heads have a wider sole than previous models to improve turf interaction, while its compact profile and thin topline provide the look the world’s best ball-strikers desire. 

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Bridgestone J15 DF iron

J15DF irons

$879 (for 7), steel

A two-piece iron made from forged 1025-carbon steel, the J15DF has a compact design and a hidden cavity behind the high-strength face to increase ball speed. A subtly rounded sole is designed to enhance control and forgiveness. The J15DF, which targets 0 to 15 handicappers, combines the look of a players’ iron with the power and forgiveness of a game-improvement club.

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Bridgestone J15 DPF iron

J15DPF irons

$789 (for 7), steel

The company considers the J15DPF to be the largest forged iron on the market. Included behind the heel and toe is a rubber insert to dampen vibration and soften feel. The rubber weighs less than metal so the company moved extra mass to the perimeter for additional forgiveness. The midsize head is meant for 8 to 18 handicappers.

The new Bridgestone J15 irons are available Feb. 1.

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