Bridgestone is certainly a major name in the golf
equipment business, but the first thing you're likely
to relate to their brand is their golf balls, which are
endorsed by the likes of David Feherty and Lee
Trevino in some of the most fun commercials on golf
tournament TV. In the equipment realm, Bridgestone
is more of a niche player. But make no mistake,
they make a high quality product.
Here we examine
family of forged irons.
Bridgestone has introduced forged irons in
the past, but this line of irons are designed to
appeal to a wide range of players. This
demographic includes everyone from
professional tour players to the weekend high
Josh Kinchen, Golf Clubs and Accessories
Marketing Manager at Bridgestone Golf, is
confident this line of irons will have a large
appeal. "Bridgestone has had a cult following
since we first introduced the J33 forged irons a
decade ago, largely because of our clean, classic
designs and Japanese precision engineering. We
have maintained that heritage and incorporated
some really innovative new technologies that will
make this our best performing and deepest
offering of premium forged irons ever."
The J15 forged iron family consists of 4
models including the J15 MB (Muscle Backs), J15
CB (Cavity Backs), J15 DF (Driving Forged) and
J15 DPF (Dual Pocket Forged). Each club is
designed for very different players, but all clubs
feature Bridgestone's new Sure Contact Sole.
This design feature is meant to improve turf
interaction allowing the desired turf interaction
players want. Bridgestone has engineered each
of the four J15 forged models with a heel sole
that is unique to each club within each set.
J15MB Muscle Backs
These irons are constructed of premium
Carbon Steel and have the smallest heads and
narrowest soles of the J15 forged iron family.
They might be less forgiving but offer shot
shaping workability and versatility. Aggressive
swingers will be rewarded by the flat sole
design. Retail price for 4-PW is $789.
J15CB Cavity Backs
If you feel your game is up to par with
Brandt Snedeker, the J15CB might be the right
clubs for you. Constructed from premium forged
Carbon Steel, the compact head design provides
tour-level control and shot shaping capability.
Retail price for 4-PW is $790.
J15DF Driving Forged Irons
These clubs feature a compact two-piece
premium forged Carbon Steel design and have
less weight in the center. A hollow cavity exists
between the front and rear of the clubhead
offering balance and forgiveness. The sole offers
better control and a thinner face allows for more
distance. Retail price for 4-PW is $880.
J15DPF Dual Pocket Forged
Clubs are constructed from premium forged
Carbon Steel and feature a rubber pocket within
the back of the face. The rubber backing helps to
decrease vibrations upon impact and weight is
shifted to the perimeter of the club offering
stability on off-center hits. A wide, rounded Sure
Contact Sole allows for consistent contact as
well. Retail price for 4-PW is $790.