“Precious metal at bargain prices” – Caiman Irons Reviewed by Worldgolf.com

the following is a review by Kiel Christianson, Senior Writer for Worldgolf.com

Hireko Golf has been offering components and assembled golf clubs since 1980. Hireko’s quality and affordable prices have built a strong following in Asia and North America.

Over the past several years, Hireko has added well-known brands like Acer and Pal Joey, and recently added the highly-respected Dynacraft line to their stable.

Another one of Hireko Golf’s brand names is Power Play, and the new Power Play Caiman irons offer a passel of game-improvement features for a mere pittance.

How Hireko Golf’s Power Play Caiman irons play
I recently tested the Caimans against my current favorite big-name, mid-handicap irons, the Cleveland CG Gold, on the excellent practice range at Stone Creek Golf Club in Urbana, Illinois.

The game-improvement features of the Caimans are a bit more pronounced than in the Cleveland sticks, with a thicker top-line and slightly larger offset. However, after the first couple of swings – which produced lovely shots the likes of which I can rarely hit on an actual course – these features completely faded from view.

During the several hours of testing, in which I was trying to eradicate the chronic hook that bedevils my game, I began to hit too strong of a fade with the Cleveland irons. The Caimans, with their anti-slice design features, produced shots with a straight to soft-fade ball-flight without changing my swing at all.

Importantly, the height and distance of shots didn’t change a bit when switching back and forth between iron sets. And if anything, the Caimans were a tad more forgiving on off-center contact.

The verdict on Power Play Caiman irons by Hireko Golf
New irons might be a tough sell in this economy, but the Caimans are worth a serious look as alternatives to higher-priced, higher-profile sets. The clubs can be ordered directly from Hireko’s website already assembled with Apollo shaft and Golf Pride grip for $30 each – that’s 3-PW for under $250.

Read the review on Worldgolf.com here.

Power Play Caiman Irons Assembled Price (comes with Free! Headcover!) $29.95

Power Play Caiman Irons Component Clubhead Price $13.95

4 comments

  1. Leon Vanderwell says:

    Is there any kind of a fitting process to go through and how do you know what shaft and do you ship to Canada and what taxes and shipping costs are on there. Thanks

  2. Jeff Summitt says:

    Leon:

    There are many ways at fitting for the right shaft. The best way is to seek a qualified local clubfitter who has various demo club. But if you are looking in a general range of shafts to use, you can look at our shaft fitting module shown here: http://info.hirekogolf.com/modules/modDSFI.html. Just make sure to answer the questions honestly.

    We do ship to Canada. Taxes (duty) are based on dollar content of the merchandise and shipping varies greatly too because box dimensions, weight, your address as well as the carrier all factor into the shipping rate.

    You can also shop at one of our Canadian distributors: http://www.hirekogolf.com/hireko/webpages/info_pages/distributor.html

  3. richard siles says:

    I want the price with a decent priced graphite shaft. too many ooferings confuse me. i am a 20 hndcpper-we do exist- who wants a straight talk no b.s. answer.

  4. Rick Hays says:

    I purchased the new Caiman Irons. First, to be honest with you, the profile of the head took some getting use to. The shape of the head seems like the head ate one too many donuts, but after I got past the appearance, I like the feel. Good balance, better control…….at least for me.

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