Last Friday, an epic battle was waged to determine the rightful heir to Hogan as Rowlff Dogg’s new set of irons. The day started out with Titleist vs Mizuno. But it quickly became a one-horse race.
Early on, Rowlff was a Titleist lean. They are his golf ball company of choice and the AP2s put on a stunning display at Penn State’s Community Days. The short list of irons whittled down quickly after a trip to a local golf store a few weekends ago, with a new threat emerging in Mizuno’s MP-53s.
Rowlff’s initial instinct was that the Mizunos felt a little better, but the Titleists produced a better ball flight and trajectory. The only thing he needed to do was to hit them back-to-back.
Golf By Design in the King of Prussia Mall was the site of the showdown. They are a Top 100 Clubfitter, and rightfully so with their state-of-the-art Callaway Performance Center. After warming up a bit, Rowlff was presented with his four finalists, each set to his specifications.
The AP2 was the first up and Rowlff remembered why he liked it so much. All the read-outs were positive and he averaged a 92% Efficiency Rating.
Next was the MP-53. Only a few hits in and it was clear that a set of Mizunos was going to occupy Rowlff’s Ping bag. But which one?
The MP-63s were next and Rowlff could tell that the 53s were more to his liking. One more club to go and a decision would be forthcoming.
As soon as the MP-59 was in his hands (paws?), Rowlff knew he was going to have a tough choice. The beautiful forged head made the ball’s impact feel like butter.
Then the fitter offered a suggestion. “Let’s take it up another 1/2 inch.” 94%, 95%, 94%, 93%, 95% were racking up on the Efficiency Rating. The screen displayed 6-iron distances of 189, 193, and as high as 195 all of which brought smiles and laughter from Rowlff.
After trading blows with the MP-53s, it felt like Rowlff had finally made up his mind.
The winner of Iron Decision 2012 is:
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