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Nike SQ Sumo

The thick yellow vibration dampener lining the bottom of the cavity is an eye-catching feature, but the Sumo irons look fairly conventional at address, if a bit on the boxy side. As an extension of the high-MOI concept behind Nike’s Sumo drivers, these irons have a wide sole and thick topline. In the mid-irons, an ultra-thin plate boosts trampoline effect (COR) across the entire clubface for improved ball speed. $999/graphite, $799/steel. Call 888-799-6453 or visit nikegolf.com.

Hot Stix Stats

Center Ball Speed (mph): 112; Launch Angle (degrees): 18.6; Spin Rate (rpm): 5,409

Toe Ball Speed (mph): 105; Launch Angle (degrees): 18.1; Spin Rate (rpm): 5,594

Cleveland CG Gold

These also have a yellow cavity insert, but with its thinner sole and topline, the CG Gold is geared a bit more to mid-handicaps than the Sumo is. A traditionally shaped clubhead and progressive offset make setup a breeze. Along with a standard lie angle, they’re also available in flat and upright versions—a handy feature for those who never fit into off-the-rack gear. $699/graphite, $599/steel. Call 800-999-6263 or visit clevelandgolf.com.

Hot Stix Stats

Center Ball Speed (mph): 112; Launch Angle (degrees): 18; Spin Rate (rpm): 5,028

Toe Ball Speed (mph): 109; Launch Angle (degrees): 17.7; Spin Rate (rpm): 5,215

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