Fred Vuich
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Bridgestone J33 Forged Cavity Back
bridgestonegolf.com

WE TESTED: 3-PW with True Temper Dynamic Gold steel shaft

THE COMPANY LINE

OUR TESTERS SAID
Pros
  • "Simple, no-frills design for guys who are more about playing than displaying."—Barry Fasenmyer (handicap 6)
  • "I didn't arrive at ClubTest thinking, 'Wow, I'm testing Bridgestones,' but I'm thrilled I played them."—Jon Kotraba (10)
  • "Feel, balance and weight is consistent." —Jim Perzan (9)
  • "They feel crisp and firm rather than soft and buttery." —Jim Hurley (9)
  • "I feathered delicate shots and stood on J33s knowing they'd give me what I wanted."—Mike Nastasi (7)
  • "They follow instructions to a tee."—Anthony Spikes (1)
  • "Not overly long, but you can count on them."—Randy Rochefort (2)
  • Cons
  • "Sidespin sensitive so you won't get away with murder." —Chad Johnson (8)
  • Callaway X-Tour
    callawaygolf.com

    WE TESTED 3-PW with True Temper Action Lite steel shaft

    THE COMPANY LINE "The face is laser welded to the body allowing us to incorporate patented 360-degree undercut channel technology to increase perimeter weighting in the club. The result is a pro-grade forged iron that delivers excellent workability, playability and control."

    OUR TESTERS SAID
    Pros
  • "I expected the cavity to limit my shot shaping. I was wrong: It's a players' cavity." —Randy Rochefort (handicap 2)
  • "In terms of forgiveness, there's very little drop-off from Callaway's game-improvement lines."—Hoai Hoang (8)
  • "They maneuver like Reggie Bush. You can hit draws, fades, knockdowns, high shots—they do it all."—Chad Johnson (8)
  • "Very responsive to a variety of lies."—Lee Neisler (2)
  • "They have a tremendous sweet spot, and better distance control than any Callaway iron I've hit."—Marshall Schattner (9)
  • Cons
  • "A dull, muted feel. Feedback was dampened by the cavity."—Charles Neivert (2)
  • Cleveland CG2
    cleveland.com

    WE TESTED 3-PW with True Temper Dynalite Gold steel shaft

    THE COMPANY LINE

    OUR TESTERS SAID
    Pros
  • "It communicates less-than-good shots, but so subtly, without jarring your hands. Even thin shots offered some softness."—Jon Kotraba (handicap 10)
  • "You can expand your bag of tricks with these shot-shaping weapons."—Randy Rochefort (2)
  • "On controlled swings around greens, they exhibit excellent distance and spin control."—Barry Fasenmyer (6)
  • "These are souped up. I'm pretty sure my 7-iron shouldn't go 175 yards."—Marshall Schattner (9)
  • "These clubs needed a warning label: these are long." —Dave Asaki (8)
  • Cons
  • "Whispers in your ear rather than screaming in your face. Not the flush feel of pure forged."—Jim Hurley (9)
  • MacGregor MacTec Forged M685
    macgregor.com

    WE TESTED 3-PW with Royal Precision Rifle Flighted Lite steel shaft

    THE COMPANY LINE

    OUR TESTERS SAID
    Pros
  • "Pure hits are like a good shot of espresso—immediate, with added power." —Dave Asaki (handicap 8)
  • "Acceptable forgiveness. I should've paid more for mis-hits."—Chad Johnson (8)
  • "Long irons are a snap to get up."—Jon Kotraba (10)
  • "Better-than-expected help from a forged design."—Hoai Hoang (8)
  • —Randy Rochefort (2)
  • "Long-iron lovers who eschew hybrids should look here."— Kirk Fischer (7)
  • Cons
  • "I prefer fewer graphics."—Mike Nastasi (7)
  • "Mis-hits are too firm. I expect softer feel from a forging."—Anthony Spikes (1)
  • Nickent 3DX Pro
    nickentgolf.com

    WE TESTED 3-PW with Nippon N.S. Pro 1180GH steel shaft

    THE COMPANY LINE

    OUR TESTERS SAID
    Pros
  • "Looks like a player's club in a game-improvement body."—Jim Hurley (handicap 9)
  • "It has an almost gameimprovement level of help."—Barry Fasenmyer (6)
  • "A subdued, soft feel."—Chad Johnson (8)
  • "The 3DX Pro is long and so easy to hit straight."—Lee Neisler (2)
  • "The distance loss is minimal on mis-hits."—Hoai Hoang (8)
  • Cons
  • "Good shots are not as rewarding feel-wise as they should be."—Randy Rochefort (2)
  • "Effortless to hit straight shots but working the ball is more difficult than with other irons tested."—Mike Nastasi (7)
  • Ping i5
    pinggolf.com

    WE TESTED 3-PW with CS Lite steel shaft

    THE COMPANY LINE

    OUR TESTERS SAID
    Pros
  • "An uncanny combination of workabaility and forgiveness."—Chad Johnson (handicap 8)
  • "The moderate offset promotes a draw, but I had no problem creating different shots."—Anthony Spikes (1)
  • "The i5 squeezes out distance on mis-hits. Heavy shots carry surprisingly well."—Jon Kotraba (10)
  • "Mis-hits aren't penalized as much as with comparable clubs."—Mike Nastasi (7)
  • "Output on slight misses is largely the same as center hits." —Lee Neisler (2)
  • Cons
  • "It set up a bit more closed than I'm accustomed to."—Hoai Hoang (8)
  • "Impact with the i5 is a little harsh on mis-hits."—Charles Neivert (2)
  • Mizuno MP-60
    mizunousa.com

    WE TESTED 3-PW with True Temper Dynamic Gold steel shaft

    THE COMPANY LINE

    OUR TESTERS SAID
    Pros
  • "The styling is pristine." —Dave Asaki (handicap 8)
  • "The ball seems to stay on the face for ages."—Jon Tate (4)
  • "The MP-60s enable you to hit shots that are not possible with others."—Jon Kotraba (10)
  • "When your swing is on, you could call your shots. They are money around greens, too." —Marshall Schattner (9)
  • "Not much sidespin correction, but more than I expect from a compact, bladelike design. Plus, the long irons get up quicker and easier than with MP-32s."—Hoai Hoang (8)
  • Cons
  • "Feedback is a touch sweeter in MP-32s."—Barry Fasenmyer (6)
  • "Not quite as forgiving as they look—no more helpful than MP-32s."—Lee Neisler (2)
  • How They Stacked Up
    Club MacGregor
    MacTec Forged M685
    Nickent
    3DX Pro
    Callaway
    X-Tour
    Ping
    i5
    Cleveland
    CG2
    Bridgestone
    J33 Forged Cavity Back
    Mizuno
    MP-60
    Look 3 stars 3 stars 4 stars 3 stars 4 stars 4 stars 5 stars
    Feel 3 stars 3 stars 3 stars 3 stars 4 stars 5 stars 5 stars
    Playability 4 stars 3 stars 4 stars 4 stars 4 stars 5 stars 5 stars
    Forgiveness 3 stars 5 stars 4 stars 5 stars 4 stars 4 stars 4 stars
    Distance 3 stars 3 stars 4 stars 5 stars 5 stars 4 stars 4 stars
    Total Performance 3 stars 3 stars 4 stars 4 stars 4 stars 4.5 stars 4.5 stars

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