I was over at the Crazy Factory on Saturday for a customer fitting (which I will cover in a later post). I got the chance to take pictures of a bunch of new products that Crazy will be releasing. First up is the Air Iron Forged. I took pics of their prototype head which is pretty close to the actual retail model save that there are two different heads for the retail launch, a Dot One with standard sandblasted face and a Dot Two with micro milled face. The Retail models will also have a choice of a carbon insert in the back of the head or silver insert.
The new Air Iron which will be out late May/early June features a muscle back appearance but with a specially hollow forged muscle to provide cavity like forgiveness and distance. Because of this I call it a neo muscle. It' is forged from S25C in Japan and the back of the head is machined and the head plated satin. Besides having a hollow muscle to help increase spring and distance especially with the long irons, Crazy has also grinded each head to make the iron more versatile and forgiving in different lies. Trailing, Leading edge relief help clean entry and exit in all kinds of conditions as well as toe and heel relief for more uneven and challenging lies. We all know we can make better shots when we make better contact and this multi grind is made for that purpose.
Face on the Air Iron is very compact with a boxy toe and perfectly straight top line. This gives the iron a very sharp and all business kind of look to it. You can see a slight rounding in the leading edge, once again to add a bit of friendliness to this neo muscle.
They had this proto shafted up with a Target Tour 120 Stiff which is too heavy and certainly too stiff for me. Never the less I fiddled with the club while I took pictures. At address it is very blade like. It's not the thinnest topline but it is rather thin and the neck quite straight. Anytime you have a hollow head of some kind it is going to feel different. While most blades try and create the thickest muscle area for the most pure feel at impact (provided you strike it right in the sweet spot), the Air Iron and its hollow muscle do not create the same pure it felt like nothing feel. You can clearly feel the ball strike and spring off the face, which is actually a good thing. The hollow muscle increases the sweet spot and almost gives the club a hollow driving iron kind of feel but in forged blade package. It's really quite interesting.
The Air Iron Forged is a unique blade for any player who wants a muscle back with the forgiveness of a cavity back. For a blade the distance is rather good and the sweet spot probably larger than any other blade thanks to the hollow muscle. Admittedly coming from Crazy it is not cheap however we've come to learn we end up paying for quality and the coolness factory when it comes to their brand. The Air Iron Forged is already in the pro shop for pre order!