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Equipment Irons that Adams Golf Blue line irons SHINE New technologies enhance performance, giving golfers a variety of choices to fit and improve their game | by SCOTT KRAMER GOLFERS TEND TO UPGRADE THEIR IRONS every five to 10 years, on average. But the latest models may well have you buck that traditional timeline. With plenty of feel and forgiveness, recent introductions offer a potential upgrade for every caliber of player. ADAMS GOLF Blue line irons CLEVELAND GOLF CG Black CB irons If you like working the ball, but also prefer some forgiveness on off-center shots, then Cleveland Golf’s CG Black CB irons may be the perfect fit. These cavity backs were primarily designed for better golfers with swing speeds between 85 and 105 mph. The long and mid-irons use a thin, high-strength steel face that creates a large area of maximum ball speed output. Moreover, the design of the clubface allows for more perimeter weighting to ultimately boost consistency, forgiveness and distance. The impact sound and feel is satisfyingly solid, offering the kind of feedback better players seek. Sporting a rich-looking, all-black finish, the effect reduces glare and makes for one of the company’s most eye-catching irons to date ($799 for graphite shafts and $699 for steel shafts; clevelandgolf.com). Adams Golf has long been a leader in the hybrid market. Over the past few years, the company’s irons have impressed as well. Its latest introduction of irons, coined the Blue line, are sold as a combination set that includes a 3- and 4-hybrid plus a 5-iron through pitching wedge. Like the brand’s hybrids, the irons are designed to help shots get airborne with ease and consistency. The clubs feature an Easy Launch System that’s comprised of Velocity Slot Technology on the sole. The design promotes a high, draw-biased ball flight and helps the entire clubface flex at impact for distance and accuracy. A low-back center of gravity allows for a higher launch angle, more spin and plenty of carry. A slight offset benefits players who want to move the ball from right to left ($799 for graphite shafts and $699 for steel shafts; adamsgolf.com). Cleveland Golf CG Black CB irons Callaway’s two new iron models are both designed to generate ball speed. The XR is touted as a high-speed and cup-faced cavity back iron. The irons adapt Callaway’s fairway wood 360 Face Cup Technology, which springs on shots hit low on the club to increase ball speed across the entire face for distance. A forgiving iron that features a low center of gravity and high moment of inertia, the XR will appeal to most golfers. Better players may want to consider the XR Pro, which sports the Cup 360 face and lower center of gravity complemented by a compact clubhead with a thin topline and narrow sole width. It’s an aesthetically pleasing player’s iron (XR irons: $799$999, depending on the shaft; XR Pro irons: $899-$999, depending callawaygolf.com). on the shaft; callawaygolf.com Callaway Golf XR irons 36 Callaway Golf XR Pro irons PHOTOS BY THE MANUFACTURERS (16) CALLAWAY GOLF XR and XR Pro irons V I R G I N I A G O L F E R | M AY / J U N E 2 0 1 5 36_VSGA_MayJune15.indd 36 5/8/15 11:51 AM