Irons to help you fly it high

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Irons to help you fly it high Here are five new sets to consider if your shots are height-challenged. Tour Edge Exotics EX-3 It's for: Mid- and high-handicappers This three-piece head has a hollow construction like a wood. Its stainless-steel body anchors a thin (2.2 mm) titanium "cup-shaped" face insert to produce maximum, conforming rebound of 0.83 COR (the same COR limit set for woods a few years ago). An elastomer insert on its backside deadens vibrations. This sort of shock absorber is a must for thin-faced, oversize irons. Without it, heads would ring like a bell at impact. $799, steel; $899, graphite; touredge.com
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Cleveland CG Gold It's for: Mid- and high-handicappers Two indentations, dubbed "micro cavities," stiffen the topline while reducing weight. Cleveland believes that a rigid face (little to no distortion) at impact delivers consistent shot-to-shot performance. Making the topline lighter (by 10 grams) means extra mass lower and back from the face to enhance head stability. A viscoelastic material (yellow) behind the hitting area muffles vibration. Skilled players will take to CG Red, due to its compact head, thinner topline, less offset and firmer feel. $599, steel; $699, graphite; clevelandgolf.com • Go to Equipment Finder profile to tell us what you think and see what other GOLF.com readers said about this club.
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Srixon I-701 It's for: Low- and mid-handicappers I-701 marries a forged carbon-steel body with a softer-grade carbon-steel face insert. The intent is to achieve a smooth impact feel. A big hunk of weight hangs off the back to rein in mis-hits. This mass helps shots to launch 1 degree higher than its new better-player irons, the I-701 Tour. The thin-faced I-701 also generates faster ball speed (by 1.4 mph) and has a larger high-COR zone (face area that delivers max ball speed) than the Tour model. $999, steel; srixon.com • Go to Equipment Finder profile to tell us what you think and see what other GOLF.com readers said about this club.
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Ping G10 It's for: Mid-handicappers The reworked Custom Tuning Port is lighter, filters more vibration (softer tungsten-filled elastomer) and provides more face reinforcement than the G5. The weight savings (15 grams) is placed in the toe to shift the center of gravity (CG) nearer to the middle of the face. This raises inertia for added forgiveness. G10 has a lower, more rearward CG, due to its wider sole. The result is higher flight and similar spin to G5. Lastly, G10 long irons have more offset than G5s, short irons have less. $749, steel; $949, graphite; pinggolf.com • Go to Equipment Finder profile to tell us what you think and see what other GOLF.com readers said about this club.
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Nicklaus High CT It's for: Mid-handicappers The stainless-steel cast body supports a free-suspended, thin titanium face insert. The multilayered insert — a thick oval center with a thinner milled perimeter — increases face flexibility and creates faster ball velocity at impact to boost distance. A combination of more weight down low, progressive offset and progressive sole width should make it easier to lift those pesky long irons. $749, steel; $799, graphite; nicklaus-golf.com • Go to Equipment Finder profile to tell us what you think and see what other GOLF.com readers said about this club.