Sharp New Blades They’ve always had the looks. Now forged irons have new appeal: forgiveness – Brief Article
MacGregor is back with two new VIP forgings, a muscle-back for better players and a cavity-back for those in need of more forgiveness. Both feature a V-shape weighting system designed to put more mass behind the sweet spot while lowering the center of gravity. Both can be custom-fitted and ground. (Muscle-back: $900 for 3-PW; cavity-back: $700, 3-PW; www.macgregorgolf. com; 800-841-4358.)
Pixl’s forged iron is a classic muscle-back. Precept’s Tour Premium forged iron features a progressive cavity-back design through the set ($864 for 3-PW, steel shafts; www.preceptgolf.com; 800-358-6319).
Ben Hogan’s Apex Edge Pro offers the perimeter weighting of the Apex Edge with the pro-style looks of the Apex blade ($925 for 3-PW, steel shafts; www.spalding.com; 800-772-5346). Nike forged iron has scoring lines that are a blend of U- and V-shape grooves. The irons will be available in March, with a cavity-back model to come later.
Mizuno adds game-improvement attributes to its MX-11 forging by creating a hollow cavity behind the sweet spot, which widens weight distribution and moves the center of gravity back from the face. The MX-20 model is similarly weighted and features a specially cambered sole. (Both irons are $922 for 3-PW, steel shafts; www.mizunousa.com; 800-333-7888.)
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