One of the important parts of a PGA Golf Professionals Job – away from the shop – is keeping an eye on what the manufacturers are doing with their design teams. I am looking to identify the products that are going to help you enjoy your game more than ever.
Over the next weeks I am going to be looking at the way that we can expect Irons to evolve over the next couple of years and how that is going to change the way you approach the game.
The last two years have seen the emergence of the hybrid / iron set. Manufacturers such as Tour Edge and Adams led the way but there are now many alternatives.
Other manufacturers (Mizuno, Titleist, Callaway, Wilson and Nike amongst them) created “blended technology” in their Iron sets. The design and manufacturing process was created to ‘change’ the way that the technology assists shot-making as you move up the set from the short-irons through to the longer irons. Longer Irons are easier to hit, shorter irons leave you with much more control to shape your shot.
But where to now? Early indications from releases in the 2nd half of 2006 and the 1st half of 2007 is that we are going to see a continuation of innovation in the design and manufacturing process to create ‘discretionary weight’. This weight, not needed in the structure, can then be strategically placed to have an impact on launch conditions and angles, ball flight, sweet spots and hitting zones.
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James Langmead PGA Qualified Golf Professional and former Callaway Club fitter of the year http://www.thegolfshoponline.co.uk