I tried the Nike Slingshot OSS, Taylormade rac OS, and the Callaway Big Bertha 06 at the local store/range.
All three were great forgiving irons. You could miss hit and the ball still goes out there.
My choice was Callaway.
Can't wait to play a round with them.
I'm coming to this thread rather late. I tried the Hogans, Berthas, the Callaway X-16's, the Nike Slingshots and the Taylor rac-OS irons and chose the Taylors. The Hogan irons felt hard. The Slingshots and the Taylors felt the best, but the look of the Taylors was just better to me.
I've never regretted my choice. The Taylors feel powerful to me.
This 17 wedges in a bag business is making us learn a whole new vocabulary. I've seen ads for some who call it a gap wedge, which makes sense to me. Others call it an approach wedge or attack wedge...
All that matters is that you figure out how far you hit it consistantly and use it with a smile on your face.
When I first posted in this thread, I was using the TaylorMade rac-OS irons. I've since had a pretty unreal experience, having hit an inexpensive model Taylor iron, the R540XD set. They are a store line club, but they actually feel better to me than the rac set and I bought myself some. They have a different trajectory and I'm longer with them. It's just plain weird. The rac set was ebay'ed and I can't wait to get out after work one evening. If we could get rid of this bad weather in South Florida, I'd be playing right now.
When I first hit the Slingshots at an indoor range, (Edwin Watts store), they only had the style with the real fat backs on them. I didn't much care for the look because I'd see the back of the iron sometimes, but they really felt good.
Now, last weekend I took my clubs to be regripped at a different Watts store and saw one of the Slingshot sets that are a more traditional depth. NOW I'm impressed!
I also hit the Nike progressive irons and another iron they make that is a simple notch weighted design you could mistake for a Callaway if it didn't have a swoosh on it.
I have new clubs, but when the time comes to change, I have to think I'll look really closely at the Nike products. Everything in the line seems to be comfortable to me right off the bat.
I was playing a round with a buddy of mine one day and he let me hit his A wedge from about 115 yards out. We usually hit about the same length so he said it should be pretty close. I hit the thing thin and slice it to boot, it goes about 140 yards right into the parking lot. A loud crash, a sick feeling in my stomach and a hectic ride to see how much damage I had done are the only things I can think of when someone mentions an A wedge. Apparently it bounced in the bed of a truck or something because I couldn't find a caved in hood or fender or busted windshield anywhere. Almost enough to make me want to give up golf. Almost.
I have a friend in the glass business who hit his own truck one time and broke a piece of glass on the side rack. He was chipping in his own front yard, so not only did he break the glass, he had to clean it up himself too.