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TaylorMade R11 Irons is a Beauty and the Beast

You know what its like when you’re in the pro shop or one of the many discount golf stores: you pick up an iron and you just love the way it feels and looks and although you haven’t hit a ball in anger, you just know when you do, this club will deliver. Well that’s how I felt when I took delivery of TaylorMade R11 Irons for sale.

When I first heard that TaylorMade was making the R11 irons I must admit I was thinking they would continue the white theme and carry this into the irons. I wasn’t sure how they would do this, but the design of the irons are quite traditional and are an improvement. The weight port is in the middle of the back of the iron held in place by a triangular piece of metal, and a screw which is used to hold it in place. For the longer irons their is a gap between the head port and the actual face, in the lower irons there is no gap and the weight port appears to be touching directly to the face.

There is nothing like the feel when the ball compresses against a well-struck iron. You can keep all your leather-on-willow cricket talk, nothing beats the sound of steel on thermoset urethane. It’s what we spend hours on the practice ground to achieve. The little glint from their perfectly-formed face felt like the R11s driver for sale were calling to me, willing me to take them out with the promise (and technology) that they can make me feel those shots, hear that sound.

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On the other hand, I had plans for these babies. You can tease me with that little glint, but let’s see how you perform on the links of Ireland, in the cold and wet, in the early morning due and mist; or a late-night commando raid round Old Toms links at Roseapenna, the bubble-wrap undulations of The Old Links at Ballyliffin and the tight cropped fairways in the heat at Sligo GC.

Well they coped with them all: low punch shots into the wind, high lobs to make the most of a downwind, left to right, right to left, high fade, low draw, these beauties made shot-making feel easy. I didn’t have the sand-wedge, but the 45-degree wedge coped with all the bunkers I got in. But most of all they were fun: the sound, the feel, was all I was expecting from them and more.

It was very noticeable that the launch of the longer irons was higher than I am traditionally used too. This was a very pleasant surprise as it allowed the ball to sit on the green whereas before I had trouble stopping the longer irons on the green. The ball lands on the green with plenty of spin, I found them to spin even more than my current irons. The longer irons also have a noticeably thin face and give the best price SLDR Driver a tingy feel that you can sometimes get with fairway woods.

I believe this is due to the ultra thin face but the performance of the iron, in terms ball flight, was not in anyway reduced. The long r11  irons in this set are truly a pleasure to hit, they really put my muscle-back irons to shame. I was not able to try the 3-iron, but I believe it would be easy to hit as well.

JPX825 irons are Mizuno newest game improvement irons

The engineers at Mizuno had one goal in mind when creating the Mizuno JPX825 Irons, to make they the longest and most forgiving iron that Mizuno has ever created.

The MAX COR is what gives these irons the largest sweet spot ever designed into a Mizuno iron. The MAX COR Ultra Pocket design is what gives the four thru seven iron a thin multi-thickness face to achieve the highest allowable ball speed for maximum distance. The MAX COR technology also provides a solid feel and easy effortless distance. The four thru seven are designed to have what Mizuno calls a Massive Sweet Spot Area for maximum forgiveness.

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I think the feel of these clubs is really solid. Mizuno of course has a great reputation there and these do not disappoint. When I am talking feel here I am referring to more to how solid the club feels when it hits the ball. They are not really great for giving a golfer feedback on where they hit the ball on the face of the club, but that seems to be standard for most all of the game improvement irons I have tried in the past.

The irons also have a triple cut sole design which is found on all of the Mizuno irons, including the cheap Mizuno MP-64 Irons, which is designed to have ideal turf interaction from any lie on the golf course. Mizuno is also on the cutting edge with their high performance fitting system which can help you identify the right shaft for your golf swing.

Looks aside the performance of the JPX825 iron is just as good as the previous version. They are very forgiving and send the ball on a good trajectory with good feel for a cast iron. The lofts are stronger than most with a 45 degree picthing wedge so you will need to get the gaps covered with a few gap and sand wedges to your putter.

When I look though at the lofts of the clubs it is not a huge surprise that they are so long. Take the seven iron for example, it has thirty-two degrees of loft, that is the standard loft for a six iron. To be fair to Mizuno there has be a trend amongst all the club manufacturers to reduce the loft of the clubs, so there is less of a standard than ever before, but they are consistently lower than cheap Mizuno MP-68 Irons on the market.

Without question, these are the longest irons that I have ever played. I can easily confirm that there is no contest, these are definitely the longest. These JPX-825 irons do a really nice job of marrying those three ingredients to provide a very high performance set of irons.

I feel more excited about playing Mizuno JPX825 Irons

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I am glad I picked the Mizuno JPX825 Irons.I love that these irons have a clean, small cavity back look from above and weight to them. Also believe the key to success is getting fitting proper and Mizuno has a simple process at various golf retailers. I am a 14 handicap and play a long and narrow private golf club. These clubs are helping gain a whole club longer and have a greater sweet spot to cut down on the dispersion of shots. Happy with my Mizuno choice.

Mizuno has steadily been wooing, and winning over, those players who want a sleeker, smarter-looking iron like a blade, but also want forgiveness. Mizuno’s Autumn 2012 release of the JPX-825 cheap golf clubs came at a time when the company, which has been better-known for its forged “players irons,” is making a stronger case in the game-improvement area.

From the solid looks to the solid feel, there is little to hold back the thought of “Wow!” when putting the JPX-825 irons into play. The clubhead is a satin finish and the face a darker color to provide contrast, which nicely frames the ball. Shots fly accurately, and with a standard Dynalite Gold XP shaft, the feel is soft but sound. Mizuno’s triple cut sole design allows flexibility from a variety of lies.

Uniquely within a high forgiveness design,Mizuno JPX825 Irons also addresses the need for playable, versatile short irons. The 8-iron through pitching wedge utilize a more compact, solid design to balance the need for distance with a greater level of precision. The JPX-825’s greatest trick is to produce all this without a loss of feel. A re-enforced cavity frame discovered through Mizuno’s Harmonic Impact Technology (H.I.T) project makes sure that the JPX-825’s retain enough feedback to keep the ball striker informed without being punished from off center strikes.

They are serious looking irons packing both extreme ball speeds and high levels of forgiveness. In line with Mizuno’s Balanced Performance concept, the JPX825’s deliver exceptional ball speed and distance, while at the same time producing a more solid feel than their predecessors. All packed within a playing profile that never becomes too bulky or overly offset. In the longer irons (4 to 7) a pocket cavity design helps to achieve an incredible level of forgiveness within a manageable head size. A thin, responsive Hot Metal face also delivers incredible ball speeds and high, soft landing flights.

In a word,I really enjoy these clubs. More distance than my old cheap Titleist MB 712 Irons, bigger sweet spot and the contact feels great.Couldn’t be more happy, love the feel and playability. Highly recommend these irons.

2013’s Popular Ping G15 & G25 irons

PING’s popular G series Ping G15 irons

Honestly, I believe PING almost took pride in that statement claiming that they chose brains over beauty. However, the G15s are not ugly. As if the engineers collaborated with an artist to design the club’s cavity, the new red, black, and silver color scheme highlights the new Custom Tuning Port. The colors are both subtle and attractive.

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You can call me skeptical but rather than blindly follow PING’s claims that the new Custom Tuning Port creates a better sound and feel, increases distance, and maximizes forgiveness. When I went to the range, I was expecting to gain approximately three to five yards of distance with every club. I was pretty satisfied with myself when I literally hit almost every club in my bag three to five yards farther with the G15.

I hit the clubs using a launch monitor later on in the day and found out that I was hitting the ball about three to five yards farther but was completely wrong about why. If the distance could be attributed purely to the loft decrease, I should have seen a slight decrease in trajectory as well.

Cheap Ping G25 Irons

While previous G series irons were among the widest soled, clunkiest looking, and most offset irons on the market, the G25’s feature a thinner top line, progressive sole widths, and less offset than their predecessors. These new features, in addition to a smoky black finish, make the G25’s stand out as irons that provide the benefits of game improvement without an extreme appearance.

Ping didn’t necessarily go too far with its Ping G20 irons, but that model came dangerously close to super game-improvement territory. A return to a sleeker head size will appeal to a wider audience, and the progressive sole widths will continue to aid less skilled players on long- and middle-iron shots. The elastomer insert in the cavity does appear to mute the sound/feel a bit, but center strikes were still very pleasing.

PING is particularly proud of the progressive sole widths that the G25’s offer. As the iron number gets higher, the sole widths decrease, which is intended to improve versatility in the scoring irons. At the same time, the wider soles on the longer irons are designed to make them more forgiving and easier to elevate. I felt like off-center shots were masked by the insert, though I was still able to discern where I’d missed most of the time.

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PING claims the G25’s heel and toe support bars enhance their ability to maintain consistent gaps between irons and provide distance control. I did feel that this was an area where the G25’s excelled. The G15 irons are comically forgiving. I tried hitting the ball out of the center of the fairway, the rough, fairway bunkers, pine straw, and mud. I found this to be very useful on the golf course.

Ko your average teen despite new pro status

NAPLES, Fla. – Lydia Ko seems old for her age.

Sometimes, she appears to be 16 going on 30, but her mother knows better.

Tina, Ko’s mother, reminded us on the eve of her daughter’s debut as a professional at the CME Group Titleholders that Lydia really is still a teenager.

While Tina says Lydia isn’t very materialistic, she has been peppering her mother with a particular wish.

“She wants a puppy,” Tina said Wednesday after Ko’s news conference at Tiburon.

3Before just about every tournament, Tina says, Lydia tries to strike a deal with her. If Lydia wins, she wants the puppy. Now, as a pro, she could buy XXIO MP-700 Irons herself with the prize money.

“I say no,” Tina says.

Tina reminds Lydia that it wouldn’t be fair to the dog because they travel so much, and they’ll be traveling even more when Lydia begins her rookie season as a full LPGA member next year. And they can’t leave the dog with Lydia’s father, Hong, or older sister, Sura, back at their Auckland home in New Zealand.

“They have allergies to the hair,” Tina said.

It says something about Ko that with all the things she might have purchased with the $934,000 she left on the table as an amateur in 11 LPGA starts this year, she only pines for a puppy. As is Lydia’s nature, however, she doesn’t get upset about her mother’s veto.

Masson attempting to win ROY despite broken thumb

NAPLES, Fla. – Caroline Masson will try to wrap up the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year award this week with a broken right thumb.

Masson, who leads an extremely tight points race for the award, fractured her right thumb playing table tennis three days before the Mizuno Classic in Japan two weeks ago. She smashed her hand against the table. She struggled playing with the injury in Japan, tying for 60th. She’s playing the CME Group Titleholders this week with her thumb wrapped in a splint.

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“I can play with cheap Titleist AP1 712 Irons,” Masson said while chipping balls at Tiburon Wednesday. “I have less control, because I can’t grip it like I normally do, but it’s fine.”

Masson leads the Rookie of the Year points list with 474. Moriya Jutanugarn is right behind her with 463 and Ayako Uehara is third with 384. All three are in this week’s field. With 150 points up for grabs to the winner, all three have a chance to win the award.

“Obviously, it would mean a lot to win it,” said Masson, a German who this summer helped Europe win the Solheim Cup for the first time on American soil. “It would be great to join the great list of players who have won the award.”

JoAnne Carner, Amy Alcott, Nancy Lopez, Patty Sheehan, Beth Daniel, Annika Sorenstam, Karrie Webb, Se Ri Pak, Paula Creamer and Yani Tseng are among players who have won the award.

Scott’s course-record 62 good for Aussie lead

SYDNEY — Adam Scott birdied his first six holes en route to a course-record 10-under 62 at Royal Sydney on Thursday to take a three-stroke lead after the first round of the Australian Open.

Scott is attempting to join Robert Allenby as the only golfers to win all three Australian majors in the same year. Allenby won the Australian PGA, Australian Masters and Australian Open in 2005.

Scott broke the previous Royal Sydney mark of 65, set by five players at the 2008 Australian Open. After Scott’s opening birdie run, he made par on the next eight holes before birdieing his final four.

“The longest putt I had on those opening birdies was about 5 feet,” Scott said. “I hit a lot of quality shots right out of the blocks this morning.”

Canadian Ryan Yip and American John Young Kim each shot 65 and were tied for second. David McKenzie had a 66 while two-time champion Aaron Baddeley was in a group with 67s.

“I like to see the ball running, and that’s what this course offers me,” said Yip, a regular on the Canadian Tour.

Rory McIlroy opened with a 69 in his bid for his first win of the year. He made the turn at 2 under, bogeyed Nos. 11 and 12, and had three birdies in his final seven holes, including on No. 18.

American Kevin Streelman, who played Titleist AP1 714 Irons with Matt Kuchar on the runner-up American team in last week’s World Cup at Royal Melbourne, shot 70 playing in the same group as Scott and Jason Day.

Day, who won the individual stroke play at the World Cup, also shot 70.

Scott could not recall starting any round with six birdies, thinking that he once had five in a row to start a round in Qatar. He finished his round Thursday with an approach to nearly tap-in range on the ninth.

Related items: Titleist AP1 712 Irons  Titleist AP2 714 Irons

Callaway Diablo Edge Irons are Most Affordable Clubs in year

Callaway seems to have truly turned the corner as of late. The Callaway Diablo Edge irons are engineered for distance and accuracy.

Designed with a lower, deeper center of gravity, Diablo Edge Irons feature a more accessible sweet spot that is in line with where most amateurs commonly hit the ball on the clubface. The result is longer, consistent distance and improved accuracy. The Solid Impact Sole delivers smooth turf interaction and is designed to mitigate the effects of heavy and thin shots. It also improves the impact location on the face for greater distance.

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One thing that the iron makers have realized this year is that distance really does matter, but you can’t just get it by over juicing the lofts so that this year’s 7 Iron now packs the same loft as last year’s 6 Iron.  The splashes of deep red sparkle in the sun as the bag is on the course and the tiny little diablo emblems in the cavity add to the depth even more. The sole is slightly thick, but no more than Callaway RAZR X Irons for sale and has a large number for identifying purposes on it.

Key Technologies: A deeper, lower center of gravity provides an effective hitting area that’s lower on the face, where most amateurs tend to hit the ball. Features variable face thickness, S2H2, 360° undercut cavity, and modified Tru-Bore hosel design.

PROS: Highly rated for distance control; a great anti-slice iron; solid distance output, and mis-hits go longer than expected; long irons are easier to hit than some hybrids; the big sole goes through rough easily and gets the ball in the air quickly; at address, the cavity masks the overt game-improvement design.

CONS: Lacks precise feedback throughout the set; testers want better short-game performance; thick topline can be distracting.

It is filled with the deep red color that will make it “pop” in the sun. The crown of the hybrid is two tone, with the face being a different color and coming up on the top of the club. The overall shape is definitely more hybrid than Ping G25 Fairway Wood and we were glad that they went that way in the design process. Though, it comes down to personal preference of course. The headcover of the hybrid is more old school, than new school and will get polarizing opinions.

More than just the distance, what I found was a nice high ball flight that was slightly penetrating and the ball just soar in the air. The forgiveness that the Callaway Diablo Edge irons offer is flat out fantastic. When missing the ball off the toe, you notice almost no difference in the ball flight and very little distance loss either. Something we rarely see, and was quite exciting.

Overall the players really liked the looks of the Diablo Edge irons. The golfers were almost astonished at the distances they were achieving with the irons.

What a beautiful TaylorMade R1 Black Driver!

I had been looking for a Taylormade R11s driver for several weeks to replace my Burner 2.0 when I found this R1 on the site. The face is super alive and I have easily added 10-15 yds.

This club greatly reduces sidespin and backspin The ability to dial in settings until you achieve the proper ball flight for your game is priceless. The fit and finish of the Black R1 is fantastic too. I didn’t care for the look of the white R1 with racing stripes, so I was glad to see if come out in black.

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TaylorMade R1 Black Driver is the one driver model that can be tuned to fit Tour pros and amateurs alike. Shot-shaping movable weights promote a neutral/straight flight or a distance-enhancing draw, and improved aerodynamics reduce drag over the head to promote faster clubhead speed. The thick-thin crown provides a lower and more-forward center of gravity location, thus promoting a higher launch, faster ball speed, and lower spin.

I hit the R1 at a demo-day at a local store a few months ago and loved it, but wasn’t going to pay a bunch of money for it. I saw a pre-owned R1 on TGW for a great price and jumped on it. I’ve since played 4 rounds with it and I give it an 80+% grade. I have hit more fairways with it which has enabled me to shoot lower scores. The distance is about the same, but my driving accuracy has improved.

I went to GS and tested the R1 and the TaylorMade SLDR Driver both with original stiff shafts. I seemed to hit the R1 better, so I figured I would give it a try. I am sorry to all the R1 lovers out there, but this thing feels like you are hitting an empty beer can on a stick. It is a horrible feeling and sound that I just couldn’t deal with. I was hitting the ball better than my old one, but the spin I was getting was just as bad.

The tech set it to 10 degrees with a slightly closed face. I’ve been to the range twice since last weekend and 90-95% of my drives ended up where I wanted them to go. I played my first round this morning and I cant believe how straight I can hit the driver. Best drive might be 265 yds (so I’m not gaining a lot of distance) but the shape of the drive (with the rollout) and my ability to put it where I want it is what has sold me on the club.

In short, this is a great driver and I would recommend to anyone looking to hit more fairways.  I am extremely happy with the purchase.

Ping G25 Hybrid will undoubtedly help your game

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The part of the G25 hybrid that I’m most impressed with is the consistency.  I was absolutely serious when I said earlier that my entire first testing experience with the club resulted in upwards of 20 balls all of which fell between a distance gap of about 10 yards.  I would be happy with that kind of consistency out of an 8 iron, let alone a hybrid.  The consistency is what stands out, but don’t overlook the performance of this club either. It is a flat-out performer and will certainly make a lot of people very happy with it in their bag.

 

The new G25 australia golf online resembles the shape and color of the i20 more than the previous G20 hybrid.  In fact, the change in design offers a desirable upgrade in aesthetics.The simple design with flat black color scheme and white grooves looks awesome.It is modeled with a more traditional shape and made from 17-4 stainless steel.  An external weight is visible on the sole positioning the CG low and back on the club head.

 

The updated appearance inspires more confidence in comparison to the off-set and deep face of the G20 hybrid.  Considering the huge improvement from the previous G20 hybrid, the Ping G25 appearance is a very attractive club.  In fact, the G25 hybrid was my favorite looking club in the G25 line up.

 

Firstly the look at address of the G25 hybrid is much better. We miss the quirkiness of the G20 look, but the G25 is much easier on the eye and the matt black finish looks classy.Like the Anser, the G25 hybrid features a generous face that is a little more square in shape to widen the hitting area in the heel and toe. Right across the face, the G25 is very forgiving and feels excellent.

 

With the Ping G25 Hybrid, the center of gravity (CG) position is lower and farther back in the lower-lofted hybrids and progresses slightly forward in the higher lofts to help minimize spin and prevent ballooning. Custom engineering of the CG helps to achieve proper trajectories and creates functional distance gaps between clubs.

 

The forgiveness is such that it is quite hard to shape the ball left and right. The G25 just loves to go straight and the flight was a little lower than the G20 hybrid with a much stronger, more penetrating trajectory.The head of the it is fractionally longer and deeper back to front than the Anser hybrid and the sole weight is blended in a little more. However apart from that and the cheaper price it is very hard to separate them apart from the price. The Anser hybrid is excellent and for us the G25 hybrid is just as good for less money and definitely the pick of the G25 woods.

 

It was a joy to hit and whilst it is aimed at mid handicappers, the performance and flight would also suit everyone down to low single figure players too. A great club.With a large hitting surface and thin face perimeter provide forgiveness and high ball speeds. A squared-up toe and heel improves consistency and makes alignment easy while it also features a new dark charcoal finish to the head. It comes fitted with the new forgiving TFC 189F shaft available in standard and Tour spec.

 

I find G25 much more visually pleasing than Titleist 913 HD Hybrid I had previously and much easier to hit than any Fairway Wood I’ve ever owned.Great clubs in all aspects and are highly recommended. Quality of these hybrids is excellent as are the appearance and performance. I feel as though I am playing the best in this category.  If you are looking for something you can hit consistently then I highly recommend these clubs.

 

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