Lynx Prowler VT Irons – Official MGS Forum Review by JudgeSmails
Thank you to Lynx and MyGolfSpy for letting me put these irons through the ringer. I had a great time testing, as I always do checking out new equipment. 20 years ago when I started playing golf, I always wanted a set of Lynx irons, as time went by, they kind of fell off the map here in the U.S. They are trying to make a comeback and I welcome it. I’m a 9 handicapper, who considers my iron play the strength of my game. Get me within 150yds and I’m pretty decent (I think). Check out my Stage1 if you want to read up more about my game and golf history, I don’t want to get too repetitive here. My testing was done in 3 phases. An initial range session, a Trackman session and finally being used in play. On to the REVIEW
Looks (10 out of 10 points)
I like the simple, clean, classic look of these irons. The finish I chose is very shiny in the sun, but there is no glare at address. The Lynx logo is prominently displayed, I think they have a very cool logo, so I was happy to see it on these irons. They definitely have a classic blade look to them, but looking at address, gives you a little confidence that there may be some forgiveness there. Honestly, I’m not sure what could be improved upon here, they look great, and my score represents that.
Sound & Feel (7 out of 10 points)
Sound wise, the Lynx have a much more “clicky” sound than I’m used to. It’s not a bad sound but I can definitely tell the difference between them and the duller “thud” of my Mizuno Hot Metals. The video below should give you a pretty good idea, I got as close as I could to try and capture it. Feel wise, for me, comes down to 3 words; YOU WILL KNOW. When you hit a good one, YOU WILL KNOW, when you hit a bad one, YOU WILL KNOW. Immediately I could tell whether I hit the sweet spot or not swinging the Lynx Prowler VT’s. When you pure it, it’s a really great feeling. But when you don’t, you will be able to feel it in your hands/forearms. I will give them a decent score here for the feeling of a well struck shot, but take some points off for the slight mishits.
Basic Characteristics (14 out of 20 points)
RANGE: I was pretty excited when I peeled the plastic off and took these babies out to the range for the first time. I started out hitting the 7 iron. Again, as I mentioned in the feel, the good ones were good, the off center strikes were bad, some of them REAL bad. Had a little trouble getting them up in the air at first, but after a while got more comfortable. I switched to the PW, and had much better success with it. I was able to hit them high and straight, the mis hits were bad, but not as punishing as the 7 iron. I went through the rest of the irons, switching back and forth with similar results. The higher numbers I had much more trouble with, but had pretty good results w/ the lower numbers. I did get a 3 iron with this set, my Mizuno set actually stops at the 5 iron. So I spent some time trying to hit the almighty STINGER with it on the range, using it like a driving iron. Oddly enough, I had some pretty good success doing that, consider how I struggled with a few of the lower lofted irons. I was hitting a fairly consistent low draw from teeing the ball up just above the grass, and putting it a touch back in my stance.
TRACKMAN: Here is a pic of the data from my Trackman testing. To avoid wearing myself out, I only compared my current 7iron & PW to the Lynx VT equivalent on the trackman. I also spent a little time w/ the 3 iron at the end. I’m also showing the Spec (including loft) comparison from the 2 sets in the first picture for reference.
First off, on the results. EVERYTHING I hit, the Trackman was showing offline to the right. I must have not been setup in the correct spot, or aiming wrong. I am not generally that far offline, especially with a PW. These were not slices, the ball started in that direction. So I will not put a huge emphasis on those numbers, although it does show the Lynx as being further to the right, again, something was up there. The PW comparison is pretty close, had the Lynx at just a yard longer. Take out that terrible first shot w/ the Mizuno, and I imagine they are almost identical. A good showing for sure. The 7i was a little different story, although only 1* stronger, I was getting about 15 yards more distance. I believe this is mainly due to the forgiveness on the off center strikes the Mizuno provides, as opposed to the off center hits w/ the Lynx. To be fair, my first 7i w/ the Lynx was TERRIBLE, as you can see in the graph. If you take that out, the Lynx avg carry would come in at 151, only 7 yards behind the Hot Metals. With both the 7i and the PW, the Lynx was significantly further right offline, but again, everything was going right. The 3iron was as I expected, from my results at the range. Some good ones I’d love to have on a tight par 4, and some mishits that I’d like to forget. (I did remove one shot from the averages on the 3i that was a complete shank, my fault, not the clubs)
On-Course Performance (15 out of 30 points)
I was able to get several rounds in, using the Lynx Prowler VT irons alongside my Mizunos. Hitting extra balls with the same club in each set. A 7i approach w/ the Lynx, then the same with the Mizuno. I found the results to be pretty similar to the numbers you see above. With the shorter irons, I didn’t see much difference in performance. Maybe not as well on target, but that’s part of getting used to a new set. The biggest difference was with the longer irons. Usually coming up a little shorter, even on the good strikes, of where the Mizzy’s landed, and usually right of target. The bad strikes again, were punished much more severely. It became more evident, that as much as I think I’m a decent ball striker, I still have a lot of room for improvement. That being said, I did hit some beauties with these irons, and when you do hit that sweet spot, you are rewarded. At this point, though, on the course, my shots were longer and more on target w/ the Hot Metals.
Miscellaneous (9 out of 10 points)
For Misc, I will touch on customer service. Even though these irons were coming from overseas, they got them to us in a timely manner, and exactly as ordered. Also, a couple of us found an odd bored hole in the side of the 7 iron only, customer service jumped in w/ the GolfSpy staff and explained what was going on, and sent a replacement 7 iron (although mine still had the same exact hole, not sure why they didn’t check that). I don’t think it’s anything wrong with the iron, just odd it’s the only one that has it. Also, the fact that they joined the forum and jumped in this thread says a lot about them. That they care about the people using their clubs and want to be involved. I would like to see Lynx put up more shaft options (even as upgrades) than the single KBS shaft. Being able to use the same shaft as in my current set (that I was fit for), could have possibly helped.
Play it or Trade it? (10 out of 20 points)
TRADE. Don’t take that the wrong way, these are fine irons, but they are not for me. In the hands of a better better ball-striker, these could be fantastic weapons. I am not ready for a players iron, I still need that forgiveness of something in-between SGI and Players. My current irons fit that bill and will stay in the bag. I do love the look, and the feel when you catch one is great, I just couldn’t catch enough of them. I’m going to give it 10 points here though, because much of the fall back of these irons are due to the man swinging them, not the clubheads themselves. The 3 Iron I will probably keep around, if I can get more consistent with that, it will be a real asset on short/tight par 4's.
These are good players irons, but just not for me. I might be beyond needing Super Game Improvement irons, but I still need forgiveness. That would be where these lack. To be fair, they are probably not meant for me, and in hindsight, I would have been a better fit to test the Black Cats. But I have done my best to put these through the ringer. If you guys have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. Thanks for reading.
Final Score: 65/100