The Yonex Ezone CB 701 Irons are one of the products featured in our Editor's Choice product list.

Yonex Ezone CB 701 Irons

Lofts in irons are always a hot topic, specifically because they seem to get stronger and stronger every year, leading golfers to question where gains in performance from generation to generation are actually coming from.

Editor’s Choice 2020

But Yonex believes it is more than justified to incorporate stronger lofts in its new Ezone CB 701 iron. The clubhead of this forged iron is crammed full of technology, including thin maraging steel face and tungsten weighting, to help increase the launch angle and forgiveness. The stronger lofts merely produce the optimum ball flight by counteracting this enhanced performance.

To help increase clubhead speed and improve the feel, Yonex’s own graphite shafts come as standard. They are made a new NAMD graphite material said to improve the interface adhesion of the graphite fibers and resin, resulting in high strength at a lighter weight, increased flex and greater snapback. It all sounds very technical, but Yonex are graphite specialists prolific in other sports like tennis and badminton.

The 7-iron loft is a lowly 26°, which is one of the strongest on the market and will be the same as a lot of golfers’ 5-irons, which is why we selected it for a 200-yard carry distance challenge. There’s no doubt the construction of this club is designed to help golfers achieve greater distance with their iron shots, especially those who are limited physically, and it unquestionably delivers that.

The lightweight graphite shaft feels easy to swing and should help golfers be able to practice for longer. Additionally, because it is high torque, it was surprisingly stable for our above average swing speed.

Yonex may not be a household name in the world of golf equipment but these irons have seriously impressed us. Yes they come in at a premium price, but there are certainly gains to be had, especially for golfers that have resisted switching to graphite shafts in the past.

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