Re: Tiger's Irons
Originally Posted by zebrasinamerica
Zebra, if I gave you a set of clubs that were all one club longer than your current set, would you want to buy them? After all, they're longer and yet probably just as accurate...
Many equipment companies do this by marking their 44° club "PW" even though, in reality, it's a 9-iron. There's that "club longer."
A lot of the pros play de-lofted clubs because they are looking to hit long par threes, reach par fives with irons, and so forth. So that 4-iron that plays as a 3-iron is good. On the top end, they add a sand and a lob wedge to fill the gaps between their PW and whatever short-game shots they need.
They rarely leave themselves an awkward distance on a layup, so they really don't need too much height (with a true PW, for example).
Tiger plays pretty standard lofts. His PW isn't 51, last I heard - but more the "old" industry standard of 48 or 49. Titleist still sticks to pretty standard lofts, but look at this review
and you'll note I talk about the decreased lofts for a few paragraphs.