4-PW, steel shaft, stiff flex, +1/4-inch shaft length*, standard lie $1,080 for 8 (steel), $1,200 for 8 (graphite); 888-TITLEIST, titleist.com
Hometown: Huntington, N.Y.
Weight: 190 lbs.
Occupation: Commercial real estate executive
Old Irons: Titleist DCI 962 3-PW, steel shaft, stiff flex, +3/4-inch shaft length, standard lie.
Jim Smoot, head pro, Huntington CountryClub, Huntington, N.Y.
"Dave has a simple, repeatable swing and makes solid contact with tight dispersion. He hits the ball high, but his bad shots go too high. The 695CB produced a higher launch angle, but this stronger-lofted set produces a flatter, straighter ball flight, rather than a rising, spinny flight. He hit it farther than with the DCI 962 without sacrificing much accuracy"
|Clubhead Speed||91.9 MPH||90 MPH|
|Ball Speed||119.3 MPH||120.9 MPH|
|Backspin||6,510 RPM||5,703 RPM|
|Sidespin||44 RPM (Left-Right)||113 RPM (Left-Right)|
|Carry||168.6 Yards||177.3 Yards|
|Dispersion||6.8 Yards||8.6 Yards|
Know your limis:
If your ball flight is too high—and if you can handle them—heavier, stiffer shafts can help you lower your trajectory and hit more accurate shots.
*THE STANDARD-LENGTH SHAFT IN 695CB AND 735CM IS 1/4-INCH LONGER THAN THE "OLD" DCI STANDARD
4-PW, steel shaft, regular flex, +1/4-inch shaft length, 3º upright $896 for 8 (steel), $1,032 for 8 (graphite); 888-TITLEIST, titleist.com
Hometown: New York, N.Y.
Weight: 160 lbs.
Occupation: Business school student
Old Irons: Titleist DCI 981 3-PW, steel shaft, regular flex, +3/4 inch shaft length, standard lie.
"Rob's lie angle is a bit flat, which leads to contact on the toe and shots that hang out to the right. When he switched to a more upright club, he started to see more centered contact. His dispersion is erratic, so we moved him into the 775s, which offer a larger, more forgiving clubface. I thought he hit these clubs the best. But since Rob wants more of a player's set, the 735CM's progressive offset will help with shotmaking in the short irons."
|Clubhead Speed||82 MPH||85.8 MPH|
|Ball Speed||106.8 MPH||112.1 MPH|
|Backspin||5,600 RPM||6,021 RPM|
|Sidespin||580 RPM (Left-Right)||273 RPM (Right-Left)|
|Carry||144.9 Yards||155 Yards|
|Dispersion||22 Yards||15.1 Yards|
Know your limits:
Losing iron shots to the right could be the result of too flat a lie angle. This same recipe applies to woods—a more-upright lie may cut down on the number of banana balls you hit.