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* High Trajectory, More Distance and Forgiveness in the 3-6 Irons

* Forgiveness and Performance by Design

* More Feel and Control in the 7 Iron-PW

 

Mid-sized heads, refined top lines, streamlined V-FOIL weighting and reduced offset characterize these forgiving, high-performance, game-improvement, forged irons. The new V-FOIL SPEED Technology in M565 will inspire mid-handicap golfers to play with greater aggressiveness and confidence.

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Me: 105-110 mph driver but smoother more controlled with irons. 7i 155 yards typical, small divot. 13 hcp....can shoot 37 or 47.....usually the same damn round :stop: I'm a PCS Class A clubmaker so have a ridiculous amount of tools to customize any set of irons any way I want.

 

Heads: First thing you notice is the size. These things are definitely on the large side as in Callaway shovel with some interesting architectural features - most notably the significant amount of mass concentrated on the sole. The long irons have tungsten inserts and a harder metal for the face. The shorter irons are more conventional with no tungsten and a softer grade of carbon steel. Offset is very much to my liking....LOW! Short irons even have a slight face progression. Topline is medium thick, thinner than fugly Cally shovels but thick enough to instill confidence. Shape is surprisingly graceful and classic at address. The size does not particularly bother me with the short irons. I feel these are much cleaner visually at address than the venerable MX23 whose frying pan short irons I find particularly distressful.

Shafts: Heads were received unshafted and take 0.370 parallel. It's nice having about 300 iron shafts to choose from but since I had a set of Tour Flighted 5.0's abandoned by a client, I decided to give them a proper burial.

 

Build: Standard length 38" 5i, bent heads 1* flat, 1* weak (45* PW is bit...ahem....strong), swingweighted to emulate MOI style with 0.5 pt increases from 4i through to PW. D2 in 4i to D5 in PW. This also softened the slope of the TFR's closer to 4cpm/inch than 5. All shafts were spined, NBP aligned to target then flat lined. Frequencies were in line with a cpm.

 

Performance: First few rounds were through January to February. In January, I was bundled and swinging pretty badly. Though the irons had little sweet feel (think popsicle hands), I was consistently impressed at how putrid swings were rewarded with results exceeding the level of skill applied. In February I had a couple of the best iron striking rounds in a long time. The Rifles afforded excellent control and despite the larger head size, the precision and accuracy of the Mac's were completely faultless. Both thin and toe hits are hardly penalized. Sole grind is nicely rounded and quite conventional. They exhibited both forgiveness in softer wet conditions and good playability off tighter drier (for Pac NW in winter anyways) lies. The only caveat is the rather clacky/hard feel of the longer irons. The shorter irons are passable but none of the heads exhibit the soft satisfying feeling of a top forging. Distance is average to good despite the strong lofts. I use the same irons for the same yardages like I always have.

 

Conclusion: I like shovels with low offset. These are definitely shovels that appeal to the eye at address and offer superior playability. Very underrated and very undervalued. Terrific irons. Overall I give them 8.5/10. Only issues are lack of true forged feeling and a slightly funky look from the cavity side. If these do not bother you, I think you'd be hard pressed to find an iron that combines this much forgiveness and precision in a classically shaped low offset package.

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Ok, I am sort of biased, because I like most MacGregor stuff, but I can say that I love these irons, even if they were not Mac's. I've had a few others in my time and before I bought these, I looked high and low for a good iron that would improve my game as I get older, but still look like irons and not a freakin' shovel with tons of off set. The m565's fit the bill. At address, they are perfect for me. Almost no off set in the PW-7, and very little in the 6-3. Yes, they do have a thicker top line, strong loft and meat on the bottom, but it all makes for a longer ball when hit! Even off hits go far. Now, I will say that even though these are forged, they are not as soft as most forged irons. But, it is still better than most cast irons. And you still know when you flush it.....it produces that wonderful "click" and puts that smile on your face. Great irons. It's just too bad they stopped making them.

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I have been researching irons for a friend of mine and came across this set at the edwin watts for $299. For about a month I tried to talk my buddy into buying them. Well, I looked at a bunch of reviews on these and said what the hell, I'll buy them and have a backup to my SGI rac cgb's. These irons were about $800 cheaper than my TM's were when I first got them so I wasn't expecting them to be better but I was wrong. They have to be one of the greatest clubs for the price in the history of golf. That is a bold statement but they are worth much more than I paid.

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I have been researching irons for a friend of mine and came across this set at the edwin watts for $299. For about a month I tried to talk my buddy into buying them. Well, I looked at a bunch of reviews on these and said what the hell, I'll buy them and have a backup to my SGI rac cgb's. These irons were about $800 cheaper than my TM's were when I first got them so I wasn't expecting them to be better but I was wrong. They have to be one of the greatest clubs for the price in the history of golf. That is a bold statement but they are worth much more than I paid.

 

Ditto ! Ditto! Ditto! Let me add to alan802's comments. I found a set for about the same price on ebay. Looking to add for a back-up set to my SGI X-18s. After reading the reviews and comments here on g-wrx, I decided to pull the trigger. Was not expecting them to hit so sweet and be so forgiving. So they are going in my bag and the Callaways are the back-ups. IMO these are very unappreciated clubs. If you can find them - buy them. Great perfomance - great value.

 

P.S. Kenny Perry is still a champion, even if he did not win the green jacket. A true champion gives praise and takes joy - in victory and defeat.....

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Anyone had any experience of removing the plastic(?) logo pad in the cavity of these irons? Easy to do? Does it have any weight to it that will effect the swingweight? I have removed other logo pads in cavities that are just a thin piece of tin and cause no issues (Mactec M685), this one looks bit sturdier.

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