In Part 1, we discussed how the exciting new Dynacraft Prophet Tour CNC forged iron was constructed. In this segment we will talk about the playability and fitting aspects of the iron. As I said in Part 1, forging is only a process – plain and simple. What makes an iron perform is not exactly how it is constructed (forged versus investment cast), as much as it is about other things like weight distribution, hosel configuration and the like.
When you mention a “forged” iron, for many it conjures up the image of a compact, player’s club with a limited audience. Traditional forging techniques have not allow the same deep undercut cavity designs that are found in modern game improvement and super game improvement irons. Thus the knock against forged irons they are reserved for golfers with good ball striking skills. The reason being is the weight is more centrally located in the head rather than spread out around the perimeter. The average golfer that tends to miss the “sweet spot” will be more penalized with regards to distance and direction than they would be with investment cast game improvement models.
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By tradition, the majority of forged irons possesses a thinner topline and for some golfers may look a little intimidating to hit. Plus most forging irons have reduced offset so they are not well suited to golfers who routinely fade the ball or are they? The great thing about a compact blade length is the center of gravity is closer to the centerline axis of the shaft and allows the head to rotate closed easily. Therefore they don’t need a ton of offset that most game improvement club requires to help square up the face at impact. For some who don’t like the look of a lot of offset will find this to be an added bonus.
This is not your father’s forged iron
Remember the Dynacraft Prophet Tour CNC forged iron doesn’t utilize tradition construction techniques as we were able to add some game improvement elements to target a larger audience with this design. Don’t get me wrong, I would not put this iron in the hands of a beginner or high handicapper, as we offer many more models that would be better suited to their skill level. However this iron could be used successfully by not just professional golfers but mid handicappers too who do not need to be intimidated about using a forged iron.
The Dynacraft Prophet Tour CNC milled cavity allows for a significant amount of heel and toe weighting, while the addition of the milled slot or undercut helps to push the weight further behind the face for even greater stability. On top of that many players’ blades today still have a heel biased, not to mention higher, center of gravity location due to the long hosel incorporated into their design. This requires a player to hunt for the sweet spot. By shortening the hosel length in the Dynacraft Prophet Tour CNC forged iron, the player is actually rewarded for hitting in the center of the face instead of penalizing them. Instead, we put that extra hosel weight to much better use.
Why are forgings coveted? Is it the ability to “work” the ball when needed? Perhaps it is the softer or pure feel at impact associated with the softer material required in the forging process? Or maybe it is that distinctive shiny chrome plated appearance? The Dynacraft Prophet Tour CNC forged iron has these attributes as well, plus each groove is CNC milled to conform to the Rules of Golf. For those of you who want have your cake and eat it too, here is an iron for you.
Most forged irons on the market run $900 and up for a set of 8 equipped with Dynamic Gold shafts and Golf Pride Tour Velvet grips. To say the Dynacraft Prophet Tour CNC forged iron is a bargain (custom assembled @$500) with the same shafts and grip is the understatement of the year. Plus these are available with many other custom shafts and grips amongst all your popular brands. Whether you are making them for yourself, a customer or buying them custom assembled you know you will look and play great with quality components.