OLD IRONS: Forged cavity-back, 3-PW, regular flex, steel shaft, standard length, lie and grip size
NEW IRONS: Callaway X-24 Hot, 4-GW, uniflex steel shaft, 1° flat lie, standard length and grip size
FITTER: Tom Sialiano, Director of Instruction, GolfTEC White Plains: "Kevin is a developing player who needs irons that optimize his launch angles and spin rates. His old, off-the-rack clubs simply didn't allow him to perform up to his potential."
FIX: Kevin hits the ball solidly because he's working to improve his swing. However, his old clubs launch shots too high and don't produce enough spin so he hits high knuckleballs, which isn't ideal. The clubs aren't particularly forgiving, either, so ball speed off the clubface suffers. By contrast, the new iron has a seriously hot face plus a lighter shaft. A slightly flatter lie angle leads to improved accuracy.
RESULT: The new irons help in just about every way. Kevin's head speed and ball speed increase significantly. He's swinging faster and making better contact. In addition, his launch angle came down 4°, while spin rate increased by 600 rpm. The result is 10 yards more carry (6-iron) plus a much tighter dispersion pattern.
READER Kevin Kehoe: "The confidence in knowing that I have clubs fit to my body and swing has been a major benefit. It really helps on short-iron approach shots, since I can swing more under control and still get all the distance I need."