A tale of two clubs: Cast vs. forged

The traditional thinking has been that investment-cast clubs are more forgiving than the forged version, which is pounded into shape from a block of metal. We put this theory to the test by comparing an investment-cast 5-iron (Mizuno’s Sure iron) to a forged iron (Mizuno’s Comp-EZ). The clubs performed almost identically on center and heel hits. The lone difference was on toe hits: The investment-cast club was more forgiving (a slightly tighter dispersion pattern) but carried five yards shorter. “What this test tells me,” says Art Chou, a member of Golf Digest’s Technical Advisory Staff, “is not to look at whether a club is cast or forged, but to look at the design. If you have the exact same design and weighting, the clubs should perform similarly regardless of whether they are cast or forged.”

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