Driving Iron reviews, golf clubs reviews, utility irons

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Adams Idea Super DHy $200, graphite This "driving hybrid" bridges the gap between big-hitting hybrids and mid- to long irons. Its compact, hollow stainless steel body has a "Velocity Slot" on the sole [not the crown], plus a maraging steel face with bulge and roll for longer, more consistent distances than irons. The DHy also has a lower CG than many driving irons to get shots up easily. This versatile club -- in 18°, 21°, 24°, 27° lofts -- can serve as a high-lofted hybrid for good players or as a 4- or 5-iron for mid-handicappers.
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Callaway X Utility Prototype $200, steel; $230, graphite The hollow, forged carbon steel body and high-strength carbon steel face combine for faster ball speeds, a pleasing feel, and a higher launch than typical long irons. A "C-shape" sole -- originally designed by Roger Cleveland for wedges -- has heel and toe relief to handle light rough. Callaway says the iron-like face [no bulge and roll] makes it simple to work the ball. While there's some forgiveness, Callaway made the X Utility Prototype [18°, 21° and 24°] with better players in mind.
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Cleveland 588 MT $87, steel; $100, graphite This game-improvement-style club is popular as a long-iron replacement among Cleveland's Tour staff. The hollow head has internal weights to push the center of gravity lower and deeper, while a forged face insert produces fast ball speeds and a sweet feel. Lower-lofted irons have a low-profile design to promote a consistent mid-trajectory flight. The 588 MT can be matched easily in a combo set with the 588 TT [Tour Trajectory] for better players, or the 588 Altitude for high handicappers.
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Fourteen Hi-610 T.S. $230, graphite The small, shallow clubface looks a lot like an iron but hides fairway-wood technology under the hood. A chrome molybdenum-steel face is welded to a SU S630 stainless steel body. The hollow-clubhead design positions the center of gravity low and away from the face to maximize control and stability at impact, while a cambered sole is built to cruise through lies that often eat up standard long irons. The Hi-610 T.S. is available in 19° [2], 21° [3] or 24° [4] lofts.
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Mizuno MP-H4 $137, steel; $162, graphite Though a full set on its own, the MP-H4's hollow-headed long irons pair well with stingier blades. In fact, the MP-H4 plays more like a true iron than some other utility clubs because of a shorter shaft length, but the thin "grain flow" forged face delivers more pop than a standard long iron. The face is plasma-welded to a stainless steel back shell to move the center of gravity lower and deeper for added forgiveness and a higher launch. The package is reminiscent of a slimmer, sleeker Mizuno Fli-Hi.
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Titleist 712U $209, steel; $229, graphite Made for traditional blade lovers, the custom-order 712U features a hollow body forged out of 1025 carbon steel with a 455 stainless steel insert for amped-up ball speeds. The 712U has a deeper CG and higher MOI than standard long irons for added stability and control. Available as an 18° [2], 21° [3], or 24° [4], this utility club is built to fly slightly farther than true long-iron counterparts and be easier for low-handicappers [and Tour pros such as Masters champ Adam Scott] to manipulate.
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Yonex i-EZONE Forged $300, graphite The i-EZONE Forged driving iron combines a hollow, forged clubhead with a stainless steel face for better-player feel in a game-improvement package. With the stock Nanopreme 85 shaft, these clubs launch higher than a conventional long iron, but lower and with less spin than a hybrid of the same loft. This user-friendly alternative to low-lofted irons maintains some playability and won't get lost in the wind. The i-EZONE comes in 16° [0], 18° [0], 20° [3], or 23° [4] lofts.