A classy clean-looking club at address, yet not an excessively small blade to my eye. I hit the 5-iron well on a nice trajectory, and felt it had a subtly different feel to its three Titleist stablemates. There did seem to be a welcome hint of forgiveness too, although I felt it prudent not to hit too many deliberate (!) thins on a cold test morning. Very nice club for the better-than-average ball-striker.
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This new tour-inspired chrome muscleback is forged from soft 1025 carbon steel. It has a classic profile, minimal progressive offset, a shorter hosel length in the long irons to realign weight bias for improved launch, and a slightly narrower sole than its ZB Forged stablemate with one degree more sole bounce. The distinctive Z-Muscle design in the back helps ensure the centre of gravity is precisely located for a solid feel off the centre of the blade.
Jeremy Ellwood has worked in the golf industry since 1993 and for Golf Monthly since 2002 when he started out as equipment editor. He is now a freelance journalist writing mainly for Golf Monthly across the whole spectrum from courses and Rules to equipment and instruction. He also edits The Golf Club Secretary Newsletter, a highly regarded trade publication for golf club secretaries and managers, and has authored or co-authored three books and written for a number of national papers including The Telegraph and The Independent. He is a senior panelist for Golf Monthly's Top 100 UK & Ireland Course Rankings and has played all of the Top 100 plus 91 of the Next 100, making him well-qualified when it comes to assessing and comparing our premier golf courses. He has now played well over 950 golf courses worldwide in 35 countries, right across the spectrum from the humblest of nine-holers in the Scottish Highlands to the very grandest of international golf resorts, but put him on a links course anywhere and he will be blissfully content.
Jezz can be contacted via Twitter - @JezzEllwoodGolf
Jeremy is currently playing...
Driver: Ping G425 LST 10.5˚ (draw setting), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 55 S shaft
3 wood: Ping G425 Max 15˚ (set to flat +1), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 65 S shaft
Hybrid: Ping G425 17˚, Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Orange 80 S shaft
Irons 3-PW: Ping i525, True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 R300 shafts
Wedges: Ping Glide 4.0 50˚ and 54˚, 12˚ bounce, True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 R300 shafts
Putter: Ping Fetch 2021 model, 33in shaft (set flat 2)
Ball: Varies but mostly now TaylorMade Tour Response
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