ClubTest 2015: Bridgestone J15 DPF Irons
Bridgestone J15 DPF Irons
Category: Game-Improvement Irons
Price: $789, steel
WE TESTED: 4–PW with True Temper DG Pro steel shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: A rubber badge behind the heel and toe dampens vibration and softens feel.
PLAYABILITY: Easy to control trajectory—naturally a high-flier, but knockdowns are no problem; crisp leading edge chews through turf with a clean divot; manages most trouble, including rough and sand.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Dead-on accurate when you dial in, with well-struck shots tracking the pin from the moment of impact; enough forgiveness to help small misses rebound toward the line.
DISTANCE CONTROL: On the longer side, if you get hold of it; with square contact, some guys hit the back of the green; quite precise for a game-improvement iron—you can add or subtract yardage at will; scoring shots land like lawn darts and set up a lot of birdie looks.
FEEL: Dynamic, informative and (occasionally) intense feedback; forged head delivers more nuance than most of its peers, with an impact feel rich enough to keep testers coming back for more; sweet balance smooths out swing flaws and begs to be hit.
LOOK: A well-executed blend of styles; like a stretched-out blade: minimal offset with a slender topline, but long from heel to toe; accommodating size instills confidence, but it’s lithe enough to let you set up for the shot you want to play.
Not for the faint of heart (or high of handicap)—plays easier than you’d expect, but won’t come to your rescue like a typical game-improvement iron; elongated blades bother a few testers—can feel clumsy around the greens and twist through the rough; frank feedback, so prepare for some stingers.
BOTTOM LINE: One of the top irons in its class. Sleek and sneaky long, the J15 DPF is a do-it-all iron for the player with a well-honed swing who’s looking for additional height and slightly more help than he’d get from a better-player stick.
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