Originally Posted by dennbb
Feel is a funny thing. I tried a new Ping 2 iron a couple or years ago at the range/golf store, It felt like I was hitting a bowling ball but the ball took off like a rocket. I have an Old ADXII Graphite driver that feels like that too. I think a big part of feel is how you hit it.
That's true, and I find a big part of the feel in irons and especially wedges is how the sole interacts with the turf. Even on equivalent good strikes, different clubs will sound and feel different and some players prefer a different feel. I like my irons to feel soft and not be loud like, for example, taylormade irons. For woods I'm all about performance though.
Also, to answer your related question in http://thesandtrap.com/t/15359/very-old-irons#post_960719 this thread, the AC108 were some of the first cavity back irons, and also the first I know of that featured tungsten inserts and heel/toe weighting. Those features are common now, but they are implemented a bit better since the manufacturers have learned to measure the performance of clubs rather than going on theory and feel. Of course, they did this by studying the design of the best clubs and copying what features they did right.
Here are my 3 different 6 irons; on the left is the mizuno MP68 I use for practice at times which is a true blade. Though it has no cavity or weights in it, the majority of the steel is low near the sole and behind the sweet spot, which means it feels and sounds great and the ball gets some added launch. In the middle is the Maltby TE which is the set I play, this one has a touch of lead tape to get the head weight right and it is considered a players design in terms of appearance but the distribution of weight in the head and the location of the cavity is based on more modern designs since we understand the physics behind clubs so much better than in years past. On the right is the AC108 which you know. That raised bar across the cavity between the two weights is distinctive but it would be better off as low on the head as possible, as would the tungsten weights. When the weight of the clubhead is concentrated too high it causes very low shots and the sweet spot can be above the center of the ball which isn't ideal because it leaves less margin for error.