Now that we finally received our first shipment of the Dynacraft Prophet MB and CB irons, it might be the time to explain what ties together (aside from the low toe weighting) these two very distinct irons.
But first, let’s briefly state how these are different. The Dynacraft Prophet MB is what I would call a player’s game improvement iron, while the Prophet CB would be in the super-game improvement category so they are for two different groups of golfer. The Prophet MB is all about feel and aesthetics and the CB is geared for maximum distance / forgiveness. However, both of the irons shaft one common quality – they are forged. Say what?
Forged in the traditional sense
This is where the term “forged” can be blurred. Most people that think of a forged iron think of it the way our dad, granddad and great-granddad did. The initial step involved in forging an iron involves taking a solid, tubular billet of soft steel (normal carbon steel), heating it then pressing into the rough shape using a huge mechanical press exerting several tons of force. This allows the rough shape to be stamped out and allows only for a basic shaped plain back or cavity shapes. Through each successive step, it begins to look more like a finished iron. Some forged irons and wedges will have a separate hosel piece that will be welded to the face and turn down with a lathe to ensure consistent diameter and finally the hosel drilled to accept a shaft.
The next steps all involve many hand operations as the faces are stamped or machined flat, stampings pressed in (or engraved) and the weight is reduced by grinding and sanding. Special care needs to be performed to make certain the radius of the sole or the general shape is replicated from one club to the next as all the hand operation can lead to greater inconsistencies than investment casting. Afterwards, the heads go through additional polishing steps to ensure a smooth surface to which chrome, nickel and/or copper are electroplated to the surface to prevent rusting and lastly paint filled. Yes, it is labor-intensive!
Add CNC milling into the mix
The Dynacraft Prophet MB uses a relatively new forging method which now involves CNC milling machines. The raw forgings will start out as a basic shape that possesses a plain, flat back and is left intentionally overweight. The heads are placed face down in a special fixture to hold them securely in place underneath a CNC machine to remove material in an exact manner that is programmed into the computer. This allows for virtually any intricate cavity shape that can be made through investment casting, even an undercut channel that traditional forging techniques are incapable of achieving. Depending upon the complexity of the cavity, the milling machine may take 10 to 20 minutes to mill out a single cavity. Therefore the CNC shop will be equipped with 10 or more milling machines and running at multiple shifts to produce any type of quantity. Upon completion, the heads go through the same finishing processes as a traditional forging.
“Forged” face irons
The Dynacraft Prophet CB irons as well as the Dynacraft Driving Irons that came before it utilize a different forging technique. The club will start out as two pieces; a cast body welded to a forged face. The face material is made of a harder and stronger material (in this case 17-4 stainless steel).
The face plate is a flat piece and then subject to the same huge mechanical press exerting several tons of force to compact the material into a thinner dimension. This helps to create a face that springs like a higher COR driver or hollow-body fairway wood or hybrid to promote higher ball speeds. By reducing thickness, it frees up weight that can be utilized better elsewhere. Finally, because it is forged rather than stamped or cast, the face has improved strength even before it is subject to additional heat-treatment.
So there you have it – both of the two new Dynacraft Prophet irons are “forged”, but created differently than your typical forged iron. We elected on the Prophet CB to leave out the forged part out of the name or engraved on the head anywhere to avoid any confusion you or your customers may have. However, if you see
another company label a club as forged, you will have a better understanding of the various forging techniques that are employed by today’s golf equipment manufacturers.