By Rob Sauerhaft
Monday, February 26, 2007

GOLF MAGAZINE ClubTesters spent a full day with each of sets of irons you will read about in this test.

They pounded balls on the range in the morning at Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando, using clubs with the appropriate flex and loft for their swing speed and ability. Our testers then wrapped up their evaluations on the course.


Adams Idea a2 OS
$599, graphite
adamsgolf.com

WE TESTED

THE COMPANY LINE
"Our set combines iron-woods, hybrids and hollow-back irons. This takes the guesswork out of putting hybrids in your bag by replacing hard-to-hit long and mid-irons with easy-to-hit hybrids."

OUR TESTERS SAID
PROS:

CONS:

Additional comments
"The 5 and 6 hybrids are lively and the heavy heads have more feel than other hybrids." -Michael Kaye (14)

Nike Slingshot OSS
$799, steel; $899, grpahite
nikegolf.com

WE TESTED

THE COMPANY LINE

OUR TESTERS SAID
PROS:
CONS:

Additional comments
"Great out of rough and sand -- really cuts through these obstacles." -Eric English

Callaway Big Bertha

callawaygolf.com

WE TESTED

THE COMPANY LINE

OUR TESTERS SAID
PROS:

Additional comments
"Nothing goes to the right so they are a slicers' dream." -Don Wilson (15).
"You'll love the distance control and consistent carry. Pitching wedge handles tight lies, too." -Don Skeahan (20).

Taylormade r7 CGB MAX
$1,376, steel; $1,560, graphite
taylormadegolf.com

WE TESTED

THE COMPANY LINE

OUR TESTERS SAID

Additional comments
"Longer than mine by one club on solid hits." -Don Skeahan (20)
"Heavy shots don't dig, resulting in similar distance to good shots." -Robert Record (16)
"The muscular clubhead corrects mis-hits both in terms of distance and direction." -Dave Lucarelli (15)



How they stack up

Club Adams
a2 OS
Nike
Slingshot OSS
Callaway
Big Bertha
TaylorMade
r7 CGB Max
Look 3 stars 3 stars 4 stars 5 stars
Feel 4 stars 3 stars 5 stars 4 stars
Playability 4 stars 4 stars 4 stars 4 stars
Forgiveness 5 stars 5 stars 5 stars 5 stars
Distance 4 stars 4 stars 4 stars 5 stars
Total Performance 4 stars 4 stars 4.5 stars 4.5 stars

*Ratings 5 Stars
Excellet
4 Stars
Very Good
3 Stars
Good
2 Stars
Average
1 Star
Poor

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