>Can someone explain the difference between forged and cast irons.
>My father recently won a set of Spalding permiter weighted, forged
>irons worth about $425 (cdn.). He is thinking about trading them
>in on a set of Armour 845s or Hogan Edge irons.
>Thanks in advance.
The difference is in the way they are made. I don't know the exact process,
but forged is a softer club. This type of club is the standard used mostly
on the pro tour. It gives the player the feel and control not found in a cast
iron. It will damage more easily and is not recommended for the high
handicapper. Off center shots will travel with less velocity and control.
Most forged clubs come in muscle back configuration which in general are a lot
harder to hit.
Cast irons are more durable and is usually found in the clubs made for the
high handicapper. Heal and toe shots are not affected as badly but the control
and feel the pro's like is usually not there. Many touring pros use the cast
iron Ping, Tommy Armour, Spalding. etc.... because they are usaully made in
the cavity back configuration which gives a straighter shot.
The Hogan Edge are a forged club with a cavity back configuration. This club
gives the feel of forged with the control of a cavity back. It can be used by
either the low or high handicapper. A set of 3-PW retails for about
$600 dollars. The Hogans are considered by many to be the finist clubs made.
The Hogan Apex, is the number one played forged club on the pro tour.
The Tommy Armour 845 irons would be my choice. They are cast with a cavity
back configuration. I play Ping Eye 2 irons which are considered to be the
finest club of there type. The 845s emulate these clubs as close as possible.
I have hit both sets prior to purchasing my clubs, and believe these will give
your father the control and consistancy he is looking for. Mark Calcaveccia
used to play these clubs prior to switching back to Ping irons.