Titleist have always produced really nice clubs regardless of your Handicap and standard. But they always excel in their blades they have out done themselves with these. I have had a few sets of the Taylormade MB irons tour prefered but i felt these had a far better workability. This of course means that they are harder to hit you need a strong consistent swing to really get the most out of these irons, but i found it effortless to work the ball each way.
In terms of the face, there is a strong solid feel but it is not the usual soft feel it is without doubt a 'hit' anything but center on this face will cause a few vibrations down the shaft and therefore you need to have that consistant swing.
Like any club i would always recommend you try them out as there are so many different shaft options now you really can find the perfect match for your swing and needs but the head is incredible some of titleists best work. Check them out!!!
The first major thing i think to explain here is what forged irons actually are in comparison to your normal casted irons, as i find that not many people know the difference!
Casting always involves turning the metal from which the ironhead is made into its molten (liquid) state, after which it is poured into a mold to form the ironhead design.
Forging involves literally pounding or compressing the metal, in its solid form, from which the ironhead is made into the designed shape of the ironhead, after which a number of other machining and drilling steps are necessary to complete the production of the ironhead.
Some people like to think there is a difference in performance with the finished product, however extensive research has shown that there is no noticable difference.
Ok technical stuff over, onto the Titleist ZB forged irons. These are an extremely top of the range set of irons that luckerly for me my dad owns, so i have had the luxury of using them from time to time! When they are brand new, they look absolutely stunning.
Titleist is probably the most world renound and respected golf equipment manufacturer. Therefore as one of their best ranges of irons, they don't come cheap! They cost around £500, and thats if you find them on offer, otherwise you can pay up to £700 for these. So you either need to be very serious about golf and be playing off 8 or below, or have lots of spare cash. They have a forged carbon club-head and steel shafts.
One of the main features of the ZB Forged are three different head types with blade lengths becoming longer in the long irons, with the aim being appropriate levels of playability and forgiveness at either end of the set.
The most noticable factor, which i believe sets these clubs above any other cheaper range, is their "forgiveness". When on the driving range i have noticed that on those slightly mis-hit shots, more often than not the flight of the ball is just as good as when you catch it in the sweetspot. With my lesser RAM irons, mis-hits are much more noticable and more frequent. When you do make a perfect or near perfect contact, without trying to sound too over the top, the flight of the ball of the club face is really something to behold! I play off of 9 so am a competant player, and i can honestly say i have never hit the ball so well. I was consistantly hitting 10-20 yards further, much sweeter and with higher ball flight than normal. They feel excellent in the backlift and are well weighted. I personally have RAM irons, which cost about £140, they are ok for playing every now and then, but these Titleist forged irons truely are in a league of their own!
These clubs lookstunning when brand new, however, be aware that the softer alloys used in the manufacturing process makes them easily susceptible to nicks and minor damages. So be prepared for your new babies to lose their perfect appearance quite fast! Saying that your mainly buying them for their excellent performance, not soley their look i guess.
Another thing to point out is that the wedge and 9 iron are excellent for backspin. I don't normally get any back spin and was amazed when with these i was actually getting a metre or two! I imagine this is mostly due to the higher ball flight i was achieving.
They are deffinately not for beginners as you will not appreciate the difference. If you are a competant golfer, looking to take your game to the next level, deffinately go to your nearest shop where you can try them out, and just like i was, you will be amazed at their quality!