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ClubTest 2015: Bridgestone J15 DF Irons

On the Range: Bridgestone J15 DF Irons
This year's testers talk about one of their favorite irons at ClubTest 2015, the Bridgestone J15 DF Irons

Bridgestone J15 DF Irons

 

Category: Better-Player Irons
Price: $879, steel
WE TESTED:
4–PW with True Temper DG Pro steel shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: A hidden cavity behind the high-strength face contributes to more ball speed.

PROS

 

PLAYABILITY: The J15 DF produces a high, beautiful flight time after time; rounded sole flows through the turf; maneuverable and responsive—short irons are an absolute flag-hunting pleasure to hit.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Consistent directionally on shots hit all over the clubface; absolute money on delicate touch shots.
DISTANCE CONTROL: Hitting controlled shots to very specific distances becomes second nature; many guys experience little to no distance loss on minor misses.
FEEL: Good balance and weighting make it easy to find the center of the face; smooth and silky on solid hits; clubhead feels heavier than average during the swing.
LOOK: Head sits beautifully behind the ball and inspires confidence; minimal offset, thin topline and understated graphics; all the forgiveness is well hidden—attractive cavity design isn’t overbearing at all.

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Bridgestone J15 DF Irons

CONS

 

Some testers notice definite distance loss on off-center contact; the mid- and long irons can be too demanding for a few guys.

BOTTOM LINE: One of the higher-ranked models tested. The J15 DF offers the versatility and look that better players want.

BUY THE CLUB: Get your own Bridgestone J15 DF irons

NEXT REVIEW: Callaway XR Pro Irons

MORE INFO ON THE BRIDGESTONE J15 DF IRONS

From Golf.com, January 7, 2015

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. -- Rob Sauerhaft

NEXT REVIEW: Callaway XR Pro Irons

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