2014 Hot List: Utility Irons
Approaches from 200 yards and out are difficult, but the reappearance of utility irons makes the task easier
CALLAWAY X UTILITY PROTOTYPE
LOFTS: 18, 21, 24
TECH TALK: Forged from 1020 carbon steel with a hollow construction. The use of tungsten places more weight at the bottom for a lower CG to assist launch. Designer Roger Cleveland fashioned the heel and toe areas on the sole so they move through grass more easily.
"It's a little hard to find the sweet spot, but when you do, it feels great." ... "The 'beef' on the bottom inspires confidence."
HOT: There's a fine line between utility iron and super game-improvement iron. This resides on the purist side of that line, giving enough help without sacrificing aesthetics.
NOT: The longish shafts and smallish face make this more for scratch players than single-digit handicappers.