Monday, March 29, 2010

From Golf Magazine (ClubTest, March 2010)

Category: Max Game-Improvement Irons
We tested: 4-AW with SQ ProForce AXIVCore by UST Mamiya graphite shaft

Company line: "This is our fastest ball speed iron due to a new face-weld construction and hot, thin stainless steel alloy. The construction method expands the effective hitting area lower on the face, where a lot of players tend to make contact."

Our Testers say:
PROS: The long irons are forgiving and easy to hit; high, straight ball flight is pretty consistent throughout the set; stable through the ball on most shots; very wide sole gets through the rough easily; angled white lines on the clubface are unusual but provide a helpful visual at address.

CONS: Doesn't stand out in any area; decent distance but not overwhelming; head-heavy feel doesn't appeal to some testers; square-ish look isn't for everyone.

$699, steel; $799, graphite

Tell us what you think of the Nike SQ Machspeed Irons in the comments area at the bottom of this page.

From Sports Illustrated Golf+ Equipment Issue (February 8, 2010)
Tom Stites, director of club creation at Nike Golf, talks Machspeed Irons: "The Machspeed is the embodiment of doing everything possible to make a club forgiving and easy to hit. We've moved the center of gravity as far from the face as ­possible—toward the back of the club—to help the player get the ball in the air. For that kind of golfer, to play the ball in the air is the most difficult thing. It's still nice to have a set of irons in your bag. Basically we've made a set of irons that play like a set of hybrids."

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