Incredibly versatile, long and accurate the new new 2014 Dynacraft Driving Iron does it all!
• Low, Deep Center of Gravity
• High Performance, High C.O.R. Face For Explosive Distance
Review by Hireko Golf Technical Director Jeff Summitt (firstname.lastname@example.org)
In the fall of last year, you began to hear a lot of buzz about a new category of clubheads on the markets – driving irons. Well, they are not really new as driving irons existed a long time ago. A driving iron was the original name for what was once called a #1-iron or the lowest lofted iron in the set. Today, driving iron means something different. They are hollow-bodied with an iron face profile all with low lofts (could be considered hybrid or utility club as well).
The difference now even compared to the ones available just a few years ago is the technology behind them. The latest generation feature exotic face materials to achieve the same coefficient of restitution (OK, rebound effect) as a modern driver plus better weight distribution for optimizing launch conditions.
Enter the new Dynacraft Driving Iron
Hireko enters the driving iron arena with a single 18º loft model to test the waters. We have made several similar type clubheads in the past, but the difference is in the face material and construction. We chose a stronger 17-4 stainless steel for the Dynacraft driving iron face, but instead of casting it, we forged it. This way we could compact the molecules closer together and create a thinner and variable face thickness with more than adequate strength after going through a special vacuum heat treating process. The thinner face around the perimeter is what allows for the face to flex increasing the COR.
As a matter of fact, the first few samples we made, we wanted to be as cutting edge as we could. Well, they ended up exceeding the USGA limit and they didn’t pass our robot durability test anyway. So we had to modify the thickness a bit to combat both of those problems and still provide a finished product that would be hot.
Dynacraft Driving Iron Usage
For you out there reading this, the Dynacraft driving iron is new to you. But I had the privilege of testing out all the prototypes until we reached the final product back last summer and fall. The main purpose of the Dynacraft Driving iron is the ability to control the ball off of the tee and put yourself in an optimal position for your next shot. It is not to be confused with a driver that will be upwards of 5” longer, lighter designed to than the driving iron and hit the ball longer than any club in the bag, but not always as straight. In all fairness it would vie with the 5-wood or possibly a #4-wood for distance.
The course I normally play is very conducive to this club as I would later find out. The muni-track I frequent is not very long and there are a lot of tight driving holes. Wayward tee shots often get punished by thick mature pine trees which are unsurmountable obstacles to go through. Plus hitting driver on 3 particular holes leaves less than full swings on approach shots to the postage stamped par 4’s. On those holes, I could find the fairways with the Dynacraft driving iron and still have a full PW into the greens where it is easier (for me at least) to control distance, spin and go hole huntin’.
Hey, I dig the big stick as any male golfer does, but when you are trying to improve and lowering your golf score, often times that comes from better course management. Consider this a game management tool. No, you are not going to rely on it for every hole (what fun would that be), but on certain holes or in certain situations, it could be as valuable as that specialty wedge or hybrid you carry in your bag.
Off the grass, well most golfers will benefit from a 5 wood because the will get the extra spin and subsequent height. But there are times you may find the need to hit the ball a long way, but initially under something or out of the wind. It is not really different than modern game-improvement irons you already play; you just have a little less loft.
Find your niche
You have several choices for a tee club; driver, fairway, hybrid, one of our Thrivers or this specialty utility club. The Dynacraft driving iron gives golfers just one more option in their arsenal they feel more comfortable with. I can tell you from personal experience this club doesn’t look clunky or chunky as some driving irons or hybrids (iron-woods) as I have seen.
Future of design
What we learned from the project will likely be the foundation of some of our irons in the future so you can obtain more distance with the same amount of effort. I am very excited about the technology that went into this.
|Dynacraft Driving Iron
|Dynacraft Driving Iron –
|Model# IH435||Model# XIH435|
|$14.95 each||Base Price $36.00 each|