Mizuno JPX 900 Hot
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Drool factor: Slightly oversized, but heads with Chromoly 4140 steel faces only 2 millimeters thick launch shots like an F-22 off a carrier deck.
Why: A set of bazookas conceived in a very traditional, refined look.
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Drool factor: Hollow 4- and 5-irons for greater spring in faces. Thin faces in rest of set for control and feel. A game improvement club but with lots of style.
Why: When you need more forgiveness in your irons. Not your typical game-improvement set.
TaylorMade M CBG
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Drool factor: Tungsten weights & sole slots bring higher launch, more consistency and distance, and yet you still get that “got-it-all” feel.
Why: Because you want all the high-tech features without looking like you’re swinging a beginner’s club.
Ping iBlade ($1,200)
Drool factor: Ping is so good at building modern features into classic looks. Here: thin soles, classic heads with elastomer in face for feel and distance.
Why: Colorado’s the high desert. Lots of wind. You want that boring trajectory into your target.
Mizuno MP-18 MMC
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Drool factor: It took three years for the famed company to get this high-tech design right: hot titanium face forged into carbon steel head for eye-popping distance.
Why: You want that classic size and look but you also want that added juice off the face.
Honma Beres IS-06 ($3,000)
Drool factor: This famous Japanese company turns out works of art disguised as clubs meant for slower swing speeds.
Why: Irons 4 thru 8 have three slits in sole for flex and distance, and 50-gram shaft means amazing pop. Slower swingers will see a difference.
The 2018 Gear Guide appeared in the April issue of Colorado AvidGolfer. View the complete gear guide below: