Bridgestone’s new HF1 and HF2 irons offer all the forgiveness you could ever want

The new Bridgestone HF1 irons (bottom) and HF2 irons (top) offer different levels of forgiveness.
The new Bridgestone HF1 irons (bottom) and HF2 irons (top) offer different levels of forgiveness.
Jesse Reiter

Bridgestone irons have typically targeted better players, but the new Tour B JGR line offers playability for all skill levels. The new HF1 ($849) and HF2 ($899) models are perfect examples. According to marketing manager Zack Kupperbusch, they’re designed to provide “super-game-improvement” and “game-improvement” performance, respectively.

The HF1 model, which Kupperbusch calls a “game enjoyment” iron due to its ease of use, is made for higher-handicappers and features a 1030 forged construction with a deep, hollow cavity, variable face thickness, plentiful offset and a very low CG location for extra help getting the ball airborne, even on off-center hits.

Bridgestone's HF1 irons are made for higher-handicappers and features a 1030 forged construction.

Bridgestone’s HF1 irons are made for higher-handicappers and features a 1030 forged construction.

A wider, anti-dig sole rounds out the HF1 design, which comes standard in 6-PW with UST Mamiya Recoil graphite shafts. For anyone not sure if they’re a super-game-improvement player, Kupperbusch describes the HF1 golfer as one who “may not know exactly how far they hit their 7-iron, but who wants to hit the ball higher and longer more easily.”

Bridgestone's HF2 irons feature 1025 forged construction and will suit both mid- and low-handicappers.

Bridgestone’s HF2 irons feature 1025 forged construction and will suit both mid- and low-handicappers.

The HF2, which comes standard in 5-AW with True Temper XP95 steel shafts, features a 1025 forged construction and will suit both mid- and low-handicappers. With a very thin face for added ball speed and a polymer insert for reduced vibration and enhanced feel, the HF2 also has a thinner sole—a boon to shotmaking. A “power slit” designed to increase COR and speed on shots struck low on the face is also built into the club, but the clubhead retains a traditional profile at address.