ClubTest 2007: MAX Game-Improvement Irons

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ClubTest 2007: MAX Game-Improvement Irons GOLF Magazine asked golfers with a handicap between 14 and 20 to hit the newest MAX Game-Improvement irons on the market. Here's what they had to say. Adams Idea Tech OS $799, steel; $899, graphite; adamsgolf.com • Go to Equipment Finder profile to tell us what you think and see what other GOLF.com readers said about this club. We tested: 3-PW in Graphite Design YS+ graphite shaft Company line: " We integrated hybrid iWoods, hybrid mid-irons and Tri Tech short irons. The 3 iWood and 4 iWood are our most forgiving hybrids. Steel short irons have titanium face for increased ball speed and more distance, plus tungsten weight for low CG." Our Test Panel says: The 3- and 4-hybrids are extremely forgiving from rough; iron face is hot — large sweet spot preserves distance on off-center hits; the 5- and 6-hybrids are not on par with rest of set; looks like three mini-sets; stable heads produce minimal feedback. Misses are not an issue from rough. These are so easy to hit. — Bud Adler
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Cobra S9 $599, steel; $799, graphite; cobragolf.com • Go to Equipment Finder profile to tell us what you think and see what other GOLF.com readers said about this club. We tested: 4-GW in Graphite Design YS-5.1 graphite shaft Company line: "The wide sole, low profile and undercut cavity produce high launch, greater distance and maximum forgiveness. Polymer topline dampens unwanted vibration. Urethane sole insert softens feel." Our Test Panel says: Does what it claims; forgives — and masks — all sorts of mis-hits; predominant shot is straight and high; oversize but not overdone; feels as soft as a pillow; predictable, effective results; a monster from rough; relative lack of feel from 30 yards and in limits distance control. Balls rocket off the face no matter how or where you hit it. — C.J. Bush
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Nike Ignite $399, steel; $499, graphite; nikegolf.com • Go to Equipment Finder profile to tell us what you think and see what other GOLF.com readers said about this club. We tested: 3-PW in UST Ignite graphite shaft Company line: "The 3-hybrid has a low, deep CG to increase forgiveness. The 4-iron to PW have a deep undercut cavity and wide sole to enhance stability and get the ball in the air. Oversize head and progressive offset facilitate squaring the face." Our Test Panel says: Nice look, has straight dialed in; shots get up quickly; forgiveness trumps feel, so not great on finesse shots; the 3-hybrid is a winner — no trouble in rough; distance outcome can be inconsistent; dull feel, like you hit the same shot each time. Dependable in terms of directional help. — Michael Kaye
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Mizuno MX-19 $550, steel; $650 graphite; mizunousa.com • Go to Equipment Finder profile to tell us what you think and see what other GOLF.com readers said about this club. We tested: 4-GW in True Temper Dynalite Gold SL steel shaft Company line: "The 4- to 6-iron have an extreme pocket cavity with low, deep CG for high launch and maximum forgiveness. The 7-iron to gap wedge (GW) have undercut cavity with solid 'power bar' for enhanced feel, maximum control and accuracy." Our Test Panel says: Sleek, modern profile without being too busy; short irons deliver from any lie; chip shots are maneuverable despite the wider sole; lack pure Mizuno forged feel but retain lovely balance; long irons are definite high-fliers. Combines soft feel with responsiveness around greens. — Stacey Fitts
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Wilson Di7 $449, steel; $549, graphite; wilsongolf.com • Go to Equipment Finder profile to tell us what you think and see what other GOLF.com readers said about this club. We tested: 4-GW in True Temper TX-105 steel shaft Company line: "The wide sole and shallow blade concentrate weight low and back, for higher flight and longer distance. The wide tip shaft has reduced torque, which means less twist on off-center hits." Our Test Panel says: Good balance; very responsive and comfortable to chip or pitch; handsome despite fat shaft; plenty ofmargin for error; misses with steel shaft can sting; acceptable distance; head is large enough to look forgiving but not too large. The fat shaft does help stabilize your misses. — Jim Esther
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WINNER TaylorMade r7 Draw $599, steel; $799, graphite; taylormadegolf.com • Go to Equipment Finder profile to tell us what you think and see what other GOLF.com readers said about this club. Video: ClubTesters on the TaylorMade r7 Draw irons We tested: 3-PW in Fujikura ReAx 55 graphite shaft Company line: "Draw-weighted technology promotes a straight shot for slicers. 'Inverted cone' technology in the face helps to maximize distance on mis-hits. A wide cambered sole makes it easy to play from a variety of lies." Our Test Panel says: So much fun to play; very attractive packaging; nice head feel and overall club balance; despite the name, doesn't overcook a draw; club cuts through rough, producing excellent results; very little distance difference between solid shots and slight misses; it simply does not slice. Handles shots from the fairway, rough, even sand, with ease. — Jeff McKinney
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WHAT THEY BOUGHT Testers tried all the latest and greatest sticks. Here are the clubs that they bought with their h a rd-earned cash. Cobra S9 Jim Esther (handicap 20) Mizuno MX-19 Roger Liau (18) Peter Kraus (20) TaylorMade r7 Draw Bud Adler (15)