Irons for mid- and high-handicap golfers, golf irons

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Sole Mates Learn more about six new irons that will help mid- and high-handicap players hit straighter, higher shots. Callaway X-22 $699, steel; $899, graphite callawaygolf.com It's for: All skill levels Just think — the X-Series irons first appeared in 1998. The sixth iteration, X-22, starts off with a thinner top line and narrower sole than X-20. A bigger, wider cavity "notch" pushes more mass to the heel or toe. This creates a 10 percent higher moment of inertia (MOI) and greater head stability. An "undercut channel" behind the entire face pulls weight rearward, to increase overall forgiveness and promote repeatable flight. Lastly, the face varies in thickness to bolster ball speed on mis-hits. • Video: Callaway's X-22 Irons • Rate and review this club
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Cleveland CG7 $599, steel; $699, graphite clevelandgolf.com It's for: All skill levels A molded one-piece viscoelastic insert around the cavity perimeter and base of the head (called Gelback technology) absorbs shock at impact for more consistent feel across the face. Progressive "micro cavity" technology (decreases in size from long to short irons) fosters control throughout the set. The CG7 has a 5 percent higher MOI, and a 10 percent deeper center of gravity location, than CG Gold irons. This could lead to greater ball speed and overall distance. A sister product, the CG7 Tour, features a smaller blade, thinner topline and less offset than the CG7. • Rate and review this club
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Mizuno MX-2oo $699, steel; $899, graphite mizunousa.com It's for: Average Joes Take note of this forged one-piece iron that combines sweet feel with loads of help on errant shots. A Y-shaped cavity pad and triangular weight bar expand the club's effective hitting area toward the toe (where most mid-handicappers hit it). Removing weight from the cavity—30 grams are milled from long irons and 20 grams from mid irons—contributes to higher launching shots. Company testing indicates that center hits fly, on average, 4 yards farther than MX-25 irons. The MX-200 "sweet spot" is also 5 percent larger, for 25 percent tighter shot dispersion. • Rate and review this club
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Nike Victory Red Full Cavity $699, steel; $899, graphite nikegolf.com It's for: Avid players who want help, a traditional look The VR Full Cavity is part of a new iron series (includes VR Blade and VR Split Cavity). Bottom line: This one offers the most assistance on mis-hits due to its large cavity. VR Full Cavity has more mass low in the head, a wider sole and added bounce angle, so it should be eminently playable in different turf conditions. Its clubface varies in thickness—thinnest near the topline, thickest toward the sole—to lower the club's center of gravity and create desired trajectories. Rate and review this club
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Tour Edge Exotics XCG $599 to $699, steel; $699, graphite touredge.com It's for: Low to mid-handicappers XCG appears to be a slim blade, but it offers forgiveness associated with standard cavity-backs. The thin topline and heavy sole combine for a low CG to help you get shots airborne easily. It also features an intriguing dual density dampening system—long irons have a firmer insert and mid- and short irons have a softer insert for added feel and control. The heel and toe areas along the sole are shaved down to reduce digging, limit turf drag and promote workability.
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Wilson Di9 $549, steel; $699, graphite wilsonstaff.com It's for: Players who seek maximum forgiveness Wilson's highest-MOI iron has plenty of head stability due to a fancy cavity design (the sweet spot extends toward the toe) and a lightweight (99 gram), wide-tip shaft. The shaft, in fact, is the firm's lightest wide-tip shaft. Di9 has a low-profile design and meaty sole to lower the CG, so shots get up with improved carry. The thin, hot face delivers extra ball speed, while a soft urethane cavity medallion (thickest in the heel) tempers vibration.