ClubTest 2015: Bridgestone J15 Cast Irons
Bridgestone J15 Cast Irons
Category: Max Game-Improvement Irons
Price: $700, steel
WE TESTED: 5–8, PW, AW with Nippon N.S. Pro 950GH steel shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The oversize head has a 360-degree undercut channel to boost face flex and ball speed.
PLAYABILITY: One of the highest-rated clubs in this category; easy to play shots from tight and sidehill lies; no problem moving shots in either direction if you make a good swing; some of our stronger testers can hit them high or low when necessary.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Center shots with the J15 Cast go right where you want them; the clubs keep slight misses relatively online; distance loss on iffy contact won’t kill you.
DISTANCE CONTROL: Similar to most testers’ own clubs on solidly struck shots; reliable, predictable distances on medium and short shots into greens.
FEEL: Not quite as sweet as soft forged but impressive for the category; tons of feedback lets you know when and where you missed it; good weight and balance make them easy to swing.
LOOK: One of the favorites; traditional appearance, almost like a players’ iron at address despite its thicker topline; better looking than you’d expect from a pretty forgiving iron.
The J15 doesn’t provide as much help on misses as many others in the test; not as long as some testers would like; mis-hits can feel harsh.
BOTTOM LINE: The J15 Cast offers a top-tier combination of feel, look, and playability for the max game-improvement category.
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