|Nike CCi Cast irons|
I got a somewhat cool reception from Nike in December when I compared their SasQuatch Sumo 2 square driver to a clone at less than half the price. However, Nike still sent me more equipment to review so hopefully, they still have respect for my opinions.
I've been using these irons as alternating half sets - odds then evens - during the last few weeks which helps to test each club's versatility, especially when you don't need to be lugging a full set of clubs around in inclement weather.
And by judicial use of hands and arms for those shots you need to muscle and others that require a delicate touch, I found that both the 3- and 4-iron proved surplus to requirements, thanks to the introduction of rescue club technology.
Without doubt the CCi is a good looking club, probably the most sylish that Nike has so far created.
I liked it's medium-thickness top line at address and slight offset and wider sole compared to the CCi Forged irons with their thin topline, minimal offset, that lower single figure players tend to prefer.
These CCi cast irons also incorporate two polymer -filled ports in the sole - like two consecutive black hyphens, inserted to dampen vibration and achieve a softer feel than a conventional cast clubhead. But not only did they dampen but they deadened the feel and forgiveness, which tended to rob me of that tingle you get when you know you've flushed your approach.
Too often, while the result was acceptable, the feedback lacked the satisfaction of a well-struck shot, even with the Mitsubishi Rayon shaft exclusively designed for the clubs.
In damp winter conditions in the UK it's tough to judge any perceived added distance compared to other irons I've tried during a similar period but I liked the control I got through the air and when the ball pitched, even though the feedback I got through my hands and fingers didn't always register when I hit a good shot.
The 5-, 6- and 7-iron delivered a higher ball flight than I'd anticipated and this was due to the extra weight in the sole from the tungsten weight plugs, while the 8- and 9-iron proved crisp scoring clubs from 100-120 yards.
Used for full shots the pitching wedge proved accurate and spin-inducing but I couldn't quite re-produce the same control from the fringes.
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