I've recently had the pleasure of signing on with Piranha Golf to play their A-Blades via my position as Director of Instructor Accreditation with 5SK as well as my role here on The Sand Trap. I did so willingly. Many of you can attest to the number of sets of irons I have in my basement (I really should sell or donate some of them), so I assure you that I chose to play these Piranha A-Blades, and I'm receiving no incentives other than the chance to play them and share my experiences with others.
Piranha is an Aussie company with a home base in the U.S. out of Phoenix/Scottsdale, AZ. I met with Antonio, Steve, and a few other guys from Piranha during a recent commercial shoot in Florida following the PGA Merchandise Show, and had a chance to talk with them about their design philosophy and other things. They're a great group of guys and it was fun to talk shop with a guy who's worked with Miura and several other of the game's bigger names.
From the first ball hit onward, the quality of the design and the tremendous soft feel became apparent. Fast forward two+ months later and the clubs have arrived. I've measured them on a loft/lie machine, a swingweight machine, and more and the specs we ordered came through to a "t". I slid some PURE grips on them and took the irons out for a spin (after taking the photos below).
The first thing both Dave and I thought when we set the clubs down was how much loft they appear to have. Trackman testing and on-course play indicate otherwise, but it's nice to stare down at a 3-iron that looks like it has as much loft as a 4- or 5-iron! Mucho confidence! The clubs have very little offset (less than almost any club I've hit), and the club appears slightly open at setup (which I like).
The actual look of the clubs is sleek, small, compact, and svelte. Can't say much more about them that you can't see in the pictures below.
On the course, the performance stacks up as well. If I had to describe these clubs in a word, that word would be butter. I've never felt softer clubs in my life, and I'm coming off a full season of playing Miura Tournament Blades. As Dave said, the ball just "melts" on the face of these things (Dave, too, as a two-time PGA Professional National Championship contestant could play any clubs he wants, and has chosen Piranha).
Trajectory control is a snap and the clubs feel surprisingly good, even on mis-hits. The ball travels well, and the feedback exists, but without quite as much harshness as you get from other musclebacks.
I'm really excited to play these irons in 2012 and beyond.
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- Forged 1020 stainless steel
- .370 Parallel hosel diameter
- Thin top line permits easy visibility for exacting shot shaping
- Advanced head profile design for outstanding feel and control
- Reduced ball spin achieved through advanced head technology