Strike while the iron is hot

Plenty of great new irons have hit the market for all skill levels. But if you’re an average Joe looking to get the ball up a little easier with a bit more forgiveness and distance on your mis-hits, then you’ve scored. This is the year to cash in on new irons, thanks to the latest models that feature the likes of innovative weighting schemes, materials, pocket cavities and variable face thickness – all to help you zero in on the pin.

TaylorMade Rocketbladez: Each TaylorMade Rocketbladez has a bulked-up toe that lowers the CG to yield a high ball flight with a steep landing angle. A speed pocket behind the clubface enhances feel and distance on both nutted shots and mis-hits. ($899/set with graphite shafts, $799/steel)

Cleveland Golf 588 Altitude: Cleveland Golf’s 588 Altitude hybrid-iron set is weighted and shaped to encourage high and long shots. The set features forged clubfaces. ($799/set with graphite shafts, $699/steel)

Cobras AMP Cell: Cobra’s AMP Cell irons feature four clubhead color choices, metalwood face-weld construction with a large sweet spot, perimeter weighting, and a shaped sole that improves turf interaction. ($1,125/graphite, $875/steel)

Callaway X Hot: Callaway’s X Hot has a large sweet spot for increased ball speed across the face. A deep clubface with undercut cavity maxes out ball speed, while a dual-material medallion fine-tunes sound and promotes a crisp, dynamic feel at high ball speeds. ($899/set with graphite shafts, $699/steel)

Ping G25: Ping’s G25 features a Custom Tuning Port in the sole that lowers mass and positions the CG for high-launching, forgiving shots. Cavity support bars enhance feel and distance control. ($125/club with graphite shaft, $97.50/steel)

Adams Golf Idea SUPER S: Adams Golf’s Idea SUPER S hybrid irons sport a half hollow undercut that enhances feel and performance. A thin clubface helps increase ball speed. They get shots up quickly. ($599-$699, depending on set make-up)

Cobra Baffler: Each of Cobra’s Baffler Hybrid irons has a progressive, oversized face, low CG and high MOI. A wide, railed sole helps the ball get up from all lies. ($750/graphite, $625/steel)

Mizuno JPX-825: Mizuno calls the JPX-825 its most-forgiving iron ever, thanks to a pocket cavity and extreme heel-toe weighting. Each club is scientifically tuned to make impact sound solid. ($899/graphite, $699/steel)

Nike VR_S Covert: Nike’s cavity back VR_S Covert has weight at the corners to help mis-hit forgiveness and distance. The sweet spot stretches from the center of the face to the lower toe, where most golfers make impact. ($800/graphite, $700/steel)

By SCOTT KRAMER

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