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2014 Hot List: Blade Irons

Technology has allowed even muscle-back irons to have a hint of forgiveness to go with classic looks

February 3, 2014
Editor's Note: For the first time in 2014, Golf World has produced a Players Hot List for lower-handicap players. This is a separate process than the Golf Digest Hot List, although in some instances, the same clubs were recognized.

Hot List: blade irons: adams XTD forged
LISTED ALPHABETICALLY

adams XTD forged

STREET PRICE: $1,100 (set of eight, steel)
LOFTS: 30 degrees, PW: 46 degrees

TECH TALK: A pair of the company's DHy driving hybrids serve as the 3- and 4-irons. The rest of the set uses five different materials, including tungsten in the toe to place the center of gravity (CG) in an optimal position in each club.

PLAYER COMMENTS:
"The word 'crisp' is a cliché, but I haven't had an iron feel like this in some time." . . . "You see the technology in the bag, but at address it has a no-nonsense look. That's the best of both worlds."

HOT: The traditional look belies the technology in this set. A thin, high-strength face insert combines with slots that allow the face to flex, producing an iron with plenty of punch.
NOT: The scratch player will want long irons instead of hybrids.

INFO: adamsgolf.com
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