Many of the major golf manufacturers have released their new line of irons for 2016. These are the clubs that will go longer, fly higher, go straighter… well you know, the usual advertising hype.
What was of special interest to me were the lofts of these new weapons. A few months ago I wrote a post about how the lofts of irons have been inching downward in an attempt to convince golfers that a particular brand of clubs goes further. What becomes readily apparent is that there is no longer a ‘standard’ loft. I’ve listed the lofts for 6 irons and pitching wedges. Some of the manufacturers are really pushing the envelope on lofts with 6 irons as low as 25 degrees. In the 1970’s 3 irons were 24 degrees.
With a variance of six degrees (the equivalent to a club and a half) it is a no brainer that the Taylor made M2 6 iron with a loft of 25 degrees will go further than the Wilson FG Tour 6 iron with a loft of 31 degrees simply based on loft.
Manufacturer/model 6 iron Cast/Forged PW Price
Tour Exotics CB Pro 26.5 C 45 $700
Ping G Max 27 C 45 $800
Cobra F6 26 C 45 $700
Wilson C200 28 C 44 $800
Wilson FG Tour 31 F 47 $800
Callaway Apex 27 F 45 $1200
Mizuno JPX EZ 28 C 45 $800
Taylormade M2 25 C 43.5 $800
Titleist 716 AP1 28 C 43 $900