New irons from Nike, Cobra, Mizuno, TaylorMade, Wilson and Titleist

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That Loving Feeling These six irons forgive your wandering ways while keeping your touch intact. Nike Slingshot 4D These Slingshots display a gradual change in terms of four design parameters, to help you hit higher-launching long-iron shots and more controlled short irons. A horizontal Slingback bar along the rear shifts from low and far back in long irons to higher and more forward (toward the clubface) in short irons. Other variables include progressive sole width (narrower short irons), offset (less in short irons) and head size (midsize short irons to oversize long). The changes are subtle, though, so it's not jarring to your eye. $599, steel; $699, graphite;
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Cobra UFi UFi, short for "ultimate forgiveness iron," features a clubface made of nine alloys, including aluminum and scandium. The combination of metals elicits a buttery impact feel. The face is 65 percent lighter than steel and 35 percent lighter than titanium, so discretionary mass can be positioned lower and closer to the perimeter. In this case, a total of 50 grams is squeezed into two tungsten inserts along the heel and toe. A light urethane insert in the sole further dampens feel and spreads weight. $899, steel; $999, graphite;
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Mizuno MX-950 MX-950 integrates three mini sets to max out performance for clubhead speeds of 80 mph or less. Hollow hybrids (replacing 3- and 4-irons) have a 25-gram tungsten sole insert for easy lift and carry, are bendable to non-standard lie angles and feature standard-length iron shafts. Hollow-headed 5- to 7-irons (above) have internal tungsten weight. It positions each club's center of gravity 30 percent deeper than MX-900 mid-irons, for a higher, more draw-oriented flight. The 8-iron to lob wedge are onepiece forgings (for sweet feel); an undercut cavity increases perimeter weighting. $899, steel; $999, graphite; Tell us what you think and see what other readers said about this club.
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TaylorMade Burner XD Built for the average player, Burner XD provides improved distance forgiveness and more draw bias than its predecessor, the r7 XD. A bigger body with livelier 'inverted cone' clubface technology (0.79 COR vs. 0.76 COR) means more of the face produces "faster" ball speeds. Company testing shows you'll get five yards more on center and mis-hits. Its thinner, lighter face (than the r7 XD) contributes to higher inertia (by 11 percent) and more directional help on misses. Lastly, a metal badge in the cavity manages impact sound. $899, steel; $1,099, graphite; Tell us what you think and see what other readers said about this club.
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Wilson Ci7 These sticks offer a nice blend of sporty good looks, feel, forgiveness and playability. When you set them in the playing position, they take on the appearance of a traditional blade. Yet the midsize heads offer the kind of help that's synonymous with maximum game-improvement clubs. Notch weighting along the sole pushes mass to the club's perimeter, while the undercut further enhances head stability. A subtle amount of offset gives you the freedom to maneuver shots, if desired. $499, steel; $599, graphite;
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Titleist AP1 Titleist irons are generally for "better players," but we can see 15-handicappers swinging the AP1 with success. The firm's first cast stainless steel iron in five years has an 80-gram tungsten-nickel slug that's welded to the soleplate. This contributes to a ball flight that's in line with game-improvement clubs. The tungsten also filters unwanted low frequency vibration. A horizontal central bar provides rigid structural support, for shot-to-shot consistency. Wedged between the bar and clubface is a dampener, made of elastomer. Compared with AP2 irons, the AP1 has a longer, wider blade, stronger lofts, and softer tip — and butt — shafts for higher ball flight. $699, steel; $899, graphite;