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I'm feeling that the biggest standout, without getting more launch numbers, is the loft and the spin.  The ball. Just. Stops.  Dead. 

Unless I catch one thin, I have confidence in going for greens and often just shoot for exact flag yardage.  

 

Lately though Ive been having a bit too much heel bias, moreso with woods and hybrids.  I need a range session or 2.  

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Had a really good practice session today. Took a page from Patrick Reeds practice book and stuck an glove under my right arm pit to keep my elbow glued to my ribs and force better back swing rotation. Worked wonders for disbursement and distance control.

I'm playing Ocatillo lakes tomorrow and as you can see, this course is not for the avid sprayer unless you are sporting scuba gear.. so gotta make sure my game is in check.



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the more I practice, the luckier I seem to get..

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I’m hoping to get out tomorrow and Monday for some rounds on my home course. I wanted to play today as well but a sinus infection has my equilibrium off kilter so hopefully tomorrow will be better. I’m still on the fence about these irons and need a few more rounds, range sessions, and possibly a shaft change to make an informed decision.


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Play a quick 18 today and have to say that the Prowler VT’s are definitely consistent. When struck well the ball did exactly what I expected it to. However with that said, I am still a full club shorter with these compared to the A Tours. I am also a little over 2 clubs shorter into the wind. I’m playing again tomorrow morning but after the round I’m gonna reshaft a couple irons and see how much difference it makes.


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I played another 18 holes this morning and today my swing was back. There was hardly any wind and the irons we're straight and true as expected. I only had 1 shot that was different than expected. I caught a flier and managed to hit a 6 iron just shy of 200. The only problem with that was I was looking for 185 to a back pin location.

Today just verifies what I was thinking that the shafts may be hindering the performance in windy conditions. I'm hoping to reshaft a couple irons this week and then get out for a few rounds next weekend.

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Last Friday I couldn't get anything going and shoot 52.  Today, I settled in and shot my record low 40 for this front 9 🙂

The driver was working awesome, the putter was working, the sand wedge was ok but my chipping sucked.  The irons mishit mostly into good spots. 

I thinned a PW going for a 118 pin, it hit the back edge of the green and stopped on the fringe 2' away.  I made the birdie putt.  I'm stoked how the ball just stops 🙂

Hole 9 was trouble the whole way to a bogey 5, blowing my "39 watch" haha.  But Im super stoked.  The game came together.  I'm hoping the trend continues. 

The black cats are doing just fine.  I had a few rounds that were a bit yippy but I'm finding the face again.  

I'm gonna clean these things up and start thinking about stage 2 🙂

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So it still feels like I have a lot of room for improvement, but this past week I definitely shot below my handicap.  

Following Wednesday's 40, on Friday I played 18 with my wife.  I shot 83 🙂

Yesterday I played the back 9 at Pinch Brook, a shorter county course, par 65.  There are 5 par 3 and 1 par 5 on the back 9.  I shot 39 there, which I suppose is 1-2 shots better than my handicap :). 

My USGA handicap at Basking ridge is now 18.0 🙂

The irons are great.  When struck "well", the feel is amazing.  The ball stops dead.  The flight lately has been straight or a fade of a couple feet, with an occasional knuckleball flight out of the rough.  Even those stop quickly because they're flying high and landing on a steep descent.  🙂

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So as we're winding things down and getting ready to post our stage 2's I'll drop one final teaser. I finally got my gamers back from by dad this evening and took them to PGATSS to rekindle that old flame.. actually I purposely gave them to my pops to keep locked up.. or in his case use.. and to stay fully engaged and to not have any temptations to muttle my testing. Additionally I wanted to have some fully developed opinions about the Lynx clubs before I hit another shot with my Maltbys. OOOOHHHHH boy was the result interesting! I'll also add that my dad is placing his order for Maltby DBM's tomorrow.. 😆

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6 hours ago, azstu324 said:

So as we're winding things down and getting ready to post our stage 2's I'll drop one final teaser. I finally got my gamers back from by dad this evening and took them to PGATSS to rekindle that old flame.. actually I purposely gave them to my pops to keep locked up.. or in his case use.. and to stay fully engaged and to not have any temptations to muttle my testing. Additionally I wanted to have some fully developed opinions about the Lynx clubs before I hit another shot with my Maltbys. OOOOHHHHH boy was the result interesting! I'll also add that my dad is placing his order for Maltby DBM's tomorrow.. 😆

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My Stage 2 Is up!

Thanks to all my fellow testers, readers, and MGS administrators.

This has been a great learning experience and an honor.

I look forward to any questions and inquiries.

 

 

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On 7/26/2019 at 8:53 AM, knightsofnii said:
 

Lynx Black Cat Irons– Stage 2 Review by knightsofnii

9/12/19

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It’s fall of 2011, right around this time.  I’m a mechanical-engineer for a large organization.  I help design new products and modernize old products.  My personal focus is on safety.  I do a lot of 3D modeling with CAD systems.  An invite went out to the branch for a golf outing.  I’ve hit the range a few times in my 20’s and played a par-3 course once.  I have old Spalding clubs with Persimmon woods.  But, it’s been 15 plus years.  “Don’t worry, you’ll be fine!”  My division manager is partnered with me in a 2 person scramble.  He lent me a metal driver, and helped me with my swing.  I played poorly, but I did have a few nice shots!  I was hooked.  

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I bought a new starter-set from Dick’s Sporting Goods.  I got a discount card to Crystal Springs Golf Resorts: 7 courses in my area of northern NJ.  I’d play their cheaper courses as often as I could.  By the following year, I acquired a new Taylormade Burner driver and Mizuno JPX 825 irons.  During that time, I met my wife, Michelle, who also golfs.  Our first date (7 years ago today, 9/12!) was at a range.  Our five year anniversary is tomorrow.

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She loves skiing, and I love snowboarding.  I—love—snowboarding.  A friend and I own a small snowboard brand.  We build the boards ourselves.  We sell a handful of production decks, and a couple customs per year.  It’s difficult, but very rewarding work. 

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In 2011, Lynx was cheap discount balls, and starter-sets at Dick’s or Golfsmith.  I never gave Lynx much thought.  I had seen photos and videos of Tour pros hitting shots, wearing Lynx hats.  “If only Fred Couples had good equipment!” I thought.  Little did I know, Lynx was a top notch brand.  I feel they’re on their way back—definitely trending upward. 

For testing I did some range sessions at my course to see if there was any tangible difference that I could find between these, my Wilsons, Mizunos, and Cobras.  I could not detect any distance differences.  If anything, these fly a few feet higher and have a pinch more hang-time. I was able to achieve this with all my clubs given enough shots; but, the Cats seem to repeat this high-hanging shot more.

I needed numbers.  I spent an hour on PGA Tour Superstore's practice bay in Paramus, NJ.  To save the shot data, I took a video while toggling through each shot recorded.  At home, I entered all the shots into Excel for comparisons.  I purchased Arccos for my birthday, to help track shots on the course, and see if there are any trends. 

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I also played the back 9 of my course with just irons and wedges.  This got me some more shot data and also familiarized me with my 5i.

 

Looks (9 of 10 points)

General Shape:

The top-line is thick. They’re definitely GI clubs dimensionally. But, the hollow-body blade-like-shape looks nice when in the bag.  Standing over them at address, the thick topline is noticeable, but the face shape seems slightly compact vs. GI irons. They definitely look the part of a hollow-body club designed for forgiveness. The offset is noticeable, but not overbearing like some other GI clubs I've tried. The offset gets more pronounced on the long-iron end. The 5i definitely has more offset than I'd like. But, it did not seem to affect my shots.

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After some swings with each, I was comfortable with the shapes. After hitting consistently good and acceptable shots with them, I had forgotten all about offset and topline.  I want to subtract a point for top line and offset but I really can't. I was expecting a more forgiving, GI version of the Prowler-VT, and I think GI shaping is just a rule-of-thumb for that.  However, I don't think it's overdone.

The lofts are higher per club, to the point where the 7i to 5i are probably one club weaker than most clubs available except for players clubs (my Cobra AMP Cell Pro MB’s have comparable lofts).  But, even Players-Distance clubs have stronger lofts. Though it puts the Cats at a disadvantage in comparison, I think their goal was to use the technology itself, not the loft, to improve distance, while retaining spin rates, and—an added bonus—turf interaction. They also have greater bounce angles that coincide with the lofts.

The face has less rounding and chamfering about the edge compared to my other irons, giving it a sharper, but slightly chunkier look. The grooves appear thinner, and the paint-fill within them is inconsistent.  The rest of the shape is consistent with other hollow-body GI and Players-Distance irons.

 

Graphics:

The black face and body with overlays is quite nice. They definitely look different in the bag.  The black head, logo down all black grip, and bare chrome shaft (also logo down) is a stunning look. They are definitely flashy, though nobody has asked me about them. The green Arccos sensors installed perfectly match the green graphics on the heads.

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I would subtract a point for inconsistent paint fill in the grooves; but, over time the paint fill irregularities seem to be blended out from wear.  The black PVD finish scratches easily, and about the leading edge on my short irons, it is wearing off.  Ignore the vertical scratches on the PW, I scrubbed the head with a dirty brush; however, that shows its susceptibility to scratches. 

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Bag chatter or something else has created a tiny dent in the top edge of my PW.  I don’t think it’s affecting performance in any way.  All in all, I put these clubs through the ringer.  I did not clean them, they chattered all over the place, I probably hit tree roots and stones under the turf.  I think they are mostly victims of “normal wear and tear”.   The finish still looks really good, albeit scratched up.  A perfect-ten would come if they figure out a way to apply black in a wear-resistant form.  If you dig black and you’re also a nerd about keeping your clubs fancy, get head covers. 

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Sound & Feel (10 of 10 points)

The sound is smooth.  I notice no real difference in sound between solid strikes and mishits. I don't really know how to describe that middle-road between a cracking and a thumping sound, it has a good blend of both.  There are no sonic quirks.  Looking back, a sound that is "nothing to write home about" is a positive:  it isn’t annoying nor troubling.   My new driver’s metallic crack on every swing is ear-piercing.

The feel is one aspect that stands out.  I have some forged MB’s and CB’s. When you hit those dead-center, you know and feel it. The Black Cats feel better.  That that "damn I nailed that!" feeling happens often.  I feel the ball compress, the face flex, the shaft deflect, and the grip dampen all at once for that split second. Verification comes when I look up and see the ball traveling up and away.  I hit a few tee-shots directly into the sun.  Based on feel and the first foot of trajectory, I could tell I nailed it, and walked up the fairway, finding the ball dead-center. 

My Wilsons, though very forgiving, feel quite opposite. They are often that harsh, stinger feel, even when just barely mishit.  Only perfectly struck shots replicate any type of positive feel.

I can say without hesitation, the Cats are the best feeling iron I have hit.  Mishits are pronounced when mis-hit: like that "oh I thinned it!" shot that goes low and rockets away.  Off the toe the feel is muted a little as well as off the heel.  The thin shots are definite stingers if they come off near the blade.  Fat shots are muted similarly to toes and heels.  Anything within probably 1cm to dead-center has a nice butter feeling.  This photo shows 3 consecutive toe-bias shots. All 3 felt awesome.  Any shot inside of those marks felt incredible.

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I’d give 11 for sound and feel, because the sound is normal but the feel is amazing.

 

Basic Characteristics (18 out of 20 points)

Dispersion on the range seemed better with the Cats vs. the Wilsons and Cobras.  Launch data shows less side spin, more backspin, and less roll vs the Wilsons.   I believe due to these aspects, and on-course verification of witnessing the incredible ball-stoppage, I am confident the Cats will show a tighter dispersion. 

Distance is less than Wilsons but better than the MB Cobras, which makes sense due to the lofts. The distance still feels good. They seem consistent.  The Wilsons are long.   Distance gapping of the Cats is consistent.  Arccos does not really reflect this, as it is taking into consideration some of the fat and thin shots, shots into wind, uphill, etc.  I can aim at a 145yd pin with the 8i, take my standard shot, and have confidence it will be somewhere pin-high.  If it’s a 150-155 yd pin, I can choke down on the 7i, or adjust my 8i swing for a slight draw, giving it a few more feet of travel and 2-3 more feet of roll. 

Trajectory is very high. Stingers are mid to low, but slight thinned shots are still mid-high.  Shots into the wind do get punished, and I definitely have to club up.  Shots uphill work nicely, and still land soft.   I am not used to having the ball stop so easily. 

 

Forgiveness:

Toe and heel are not punished if hit inside the sweet spot. They do penalize me when more toward the perimeter.  Occasionally I'll get a toed or slight pull that ends up left and probably 10yds further than intended.  The blocked shot usually falls short.  These are the extreme of the mishits though. I think the most punishing of them is the thin shot, which usually just rockets and then rolls.  I hit my 9i 165 the other day when I thinned it.  Only the fattest of fat shots really hurt.  Slight fat shots fall short but not too bad.

 

Control:

I don't think there’s a club that is point-and-shoot.  I think these get the ball up into the air and can go far, but you still need to put a good swing on them.  I think they do a better job at hitting straight high shots than a players club, while maintaining some of that players club positive characteristics like being able to stop the ball.  Players-Forgiveness or Players-Game-Restoration are two new category titles that come to mind.

The control aspect that I love is seeing the ball stop. The steep descent angles and high spin really applies the brakes.  I can hit my Vice Drive logo balls, Tour B300-RX, Tour-BX, Pro-V1, Warbirds... they all stop, dead.  Applying a solid swing, and nailing the distance, is my main focus.  6i hits and stops inside 7-8'. I've gotten the 5i to stop.  This was a 6i from the rough.

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Workability:

Stock shot-shape is high and drops near the target.  I can aim at flags when there are trees down-range in the way.  On the range, I’m able to hit straight, fade, and draw. The draw for me is tougher and can be more of a mid-high penetrating straight flight. The fade is high but comes short.  To fade the ball around something, I would club up.  Mainly, as a high handicap, I'm focused on the straight ball, and accept a 1-2yd fade or draw when they come.

To hit a lower shot, I'm better off clubbing up, choking down, and hitting my "Bryson shot" (stiff arms, all body). Yesterday I kept a 55yd pitch shot below tree branches by choking down and hooding the PW, with a half-swing.  These things just want to go high. 

 

On-Course Performance (25 out of 30 points)

On high-pressure shots, these definitely are not holding me back!  I feel confident with these clubs and know under most circumstances, it's going down-range.  “It’s not the arrows…” has never been truer.  I feel I’m experiencing a reduced occurrence of mishits punishing me.  Mishits seem to end up leaving me favorable recovery shots, like not going half distance but ending up near the green. My 9-6 irons are hitting and holding greens.  I can hit the 5i and get it up and away.   They are performing well on sand shots.  When struck well out of a fairway bunker, they produce a similar flight to my fairway shots.  Fliers out of the rough have been minimal.  I did have one 6i from the rough that knuckle-balled and wobbled; but, it went the intended distance, and parked hole-high. 

Due to the high trajectory I had better luck when attempting to go over obstacles.  But, as I’ve said, my swing produces high shots with all of my clubs, and all irons.  I just haven’t worked out the punch-shots just yet, and it’s possible that my old swing may now be my punch-shot. 

I don’t have enough data to know if the KBS Tour 90R shafts are contributing to the height and trajectory.  I hope Lynx creates a 7i demo club hosel so people can try other shafts.  I do like the high, soft landing shots; and I feel that for me, the increase in GIR will balance out positively vs. any loss in lowering the ball-flight. 

Final Performance Comments:

I’m hitting greens and holding them.  I can aim at pins with short-irons.  I can aim at the center and hit greens with long-irons.  Everything stops.  I can hit center-green with the 5i and get it to stop before going off the back.  That’s what happens when real technology is applied to proper lofts, I suppose.  There’s no gimmicky jargon as a masquerade for jacked lofts.

I didn’t know the Lynx of old, I knew the cheap value-brand version of the early 2010’s.  Today’s Lynx clubs seem to be a much better effort and prove that they can hang with known commercial alternatives. They’re using current tech such as attaching a forged face to a hollow body, filling with dampening material, and altering face thicknesses to maximize COR and MOI. This allows them to have a super-hot and very forgiving face, and rather than strengthen lofts and say "they launch high", they use the hot face as the advantage and keep the lofts high, thus retaining high spin.  I think, in this way, they can carve a niche.  I bet there are 1-handicappers out there that will fall off and become 6's, and will want to retain the blade/mb properties as much as possible, but will want help with mishits.  These clubs will do that.  I bet there are high handicappers like myself, who are improving, but want their irons to stop the ball.  Distance isn't everything, I know how far these clubs will carry, and stop or roll a couple feet.  My GIRs are increasing and I still have GI properties in the club.

To improve this model:  Figure out another way to get black finish, maybe anodizing or heat treatment.  Make the grooves larger, they don’t inspire confidence visually, though they seem to work!  Try to thin and round the top-line more.  Figure out the paint issues with the grooves.  Offer more shaft options for personalizing flight.  Add X, Sr, A, and L flexes.  Add a 50 degree gap wedge.  Provide a distinct description of characteristics vs. who the target golfer is—it’s still vague.  Are they really for everyone?  Can a low handicap get over the clunkiness when they see the "Cat Claws ™” technology take hold and stop the ball?  Can they accept they can’t hook or slice them as much as blades, but retain loft characteristics as an alternative to Players-Distance clubs?  I think some can.  I think Lynx needs to include this; but also state why they are good for mid and high handicappers.

The traditional lofts and bounce characteristics are standouts. Turf interaction is great. Fat shots still hit the ball out moderately, whereas a more digging club would penalize fats far more.  A distance and shot helping iron that spins the ball is not common, if at all offered anywhere else.  I do love the black, I just want it to resist wear.

 

Miscellaneous (9 out of 10 points)

Packaging was an issue, but I lucked out.  As I said in stage 1, the box was opened, poorly re-taped, and damaged.  Nobody knows the cause.  Did the courier do it? Did the USA Lynx reps do it? We know Lynx HQ is investigating that issue. I appreciate that they have interest in us and are addressing feedback. In the end my clubs were not damaged, so I'm not worried and I'm confident they’ll solve the case.

Add a point back for their customer service. They responded to my emails promptly (i didn’t tell them who I was) with info I requested. The owners sent us statements apologizing for the packaging issue, they seem to have great interest in this review; and, to offer up 8 full iron-sets to amateurs is characteristic of a top-notch company willing to take the proper steps to take it to the next level.

My grip/shaft logo-down option looks awesome. They will do what you ask.  I bet an actual buyer could request shafts and they would accommodate (based on price difference of course).

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Play it or Trade it? (18 out of 20 points)

Play it! They fly high, and they hold greens!  The other day I hit the 7i, downhill, 175, over trees, and it hit a back-sloping green and stopped dead, from the rough.  I can't tell you any other GI club I'd be confident taking that shot with. You will see photos all over this thread of bomb-holes in the green, and the ball inside 4 feet of it.  It happens all-the-time.  I need to figure out a low flying shot, but like I said, I believe that to be me and not the clubs.  Basically: club up, choke down, hit with less power.  Looks do matter, and they do have a bit of the chunky GI type shape.  But based on experience, now when I stand over the ball and look down at the club-head, I have confidence in my ability. 

 

Conclusion

Game-improvement irons today focus on distance, straightness, and launch-angle; but, it seems to be at the expense of what happens when the landing-gear is deployed.  Your 8i can fly 155 and you're using it for a 160-170 pin. That's rad. This 8i will fly 145-150, and stop.  Dead.  Aim directly at the flag. Look at the number on your scope, it will do it--no math.  Just pick the right club.  Spend a few days getting your carry distances, and watch your scores drop.  Is it really that simple?  No, but I'm sure the GIR percentage will increase.

Lynx claims these are for everyone. I would say every golfer can find potential in these clubs.  A low handicapper may find solace knowing these can stick greens because they don’t give up spin.  A high handicapper may enjoy the high launch, easy to get airborne characteristics, and confidence in 1-3 more GIR per round.  The feel is amazing and on slight mishits is also excellent. I think these would score lower on distance if they were in a MGS Most wanted.  I think they would get a "most forgiving" or some other "mini-award" within the contest for things like feel, spin, or value.  They would score low on finish wear and people might find issue with the thin grooves, even if they don't seem to negatively affect flight.

Final Score: (90 out of 100)

 

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I wish to show my gratitude to MGS Staff, Lynx, donors, and message board members.  This all started with a donation, a lot of “pick me” posts, and settling in and getting engaged in some of the content.  Getting the chance to review equipment is an honor.  It is also very fun; and, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t doing a little showboating... haha.  Two product reviews for 2019… thanks so much! 

 

Yikes... I am not liking that poor wear characteristic.  That would drive me batstuff.  While the black finish on these and some other clubs I've recently seen look pretty cool, if this is indicative of their poor cosmetic wear, I'm staying clear.  Perhaps no one will ever match the Kryptonite alloy PING used on the PE series clubs, and that has undoubtedly set a high standard for me, but clubs should not wear this quickly IMHO.

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On 7/26/2019 at 9:09 AM, daviddvm said:

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Black Cat Irons Official MGS Forum Review

By Daviddvm                                           Sept. 14, 2019

Started playing the Black Cat irons 5-PW exclusively July 18, 2019 which has included several range sessions and 10 full rounds including one single round handicap tournament which I finished second in my flight.  Prior to testing, I was playing with Titleist AP1, 5-PW for 14 rounds tracked by Arccos Caddie.  I have played this iron set for 3 years.  I started tracking and analyzing my game utilizing Arccos Caddie in April 2019.  Comparing my approach stats for 14 rounds with AP1’s vs Black Cats (10 rounds) gives me data to draw conclusions.

 

Looks: 8 out of 10 points

The black finish on the club head with the white grooves that really stand out, I find very appealing!  The graphics on the back with the glittery green and silver effect is not particularly appealing to me, but it does draw your attention because it is different from most clubs.  The club shape is a little thick, but consistent with the look of player improvement irons.  At address, I really like the look of the club.

 

Sound & Feel: 9 out of 10 points

 The sound of these clubs when struck well is very pleasing and is only a slightly softer sound when hit a little off center.  I would compare the sound to opening a bottle of champagne!  I find that very pleasing!  With the oversized grips, lightweight graphite shafts, and foam filled hollow club head, these irons have an excellent feel in my hands.  Even on slightly off-center hits, the club is very stable at contact and the springboard effort of these irons is evident on most shots with little loss of distance.

 

Basic Characteristics: 18 out of 20 points

Accuracy with these irons is no problem.  They are very straight, even on off center strikes.  The distances are consistent with my AP1 clubs, even though the lofts are weaker.  Trajectory is very high.  These are the most forgiving clubs I have ever played.  The Black Cat irons are workable when needing to play a low shot or punch is not problem.  Turning the ball left or right is a little difficult, but that is not one of my strong suits.  I work to try and hit straight shots most of the time and these clubs are very good for that.

 

On Course Performance: 27 out of 30 points

The transition from my AP1’s to the Black Cat irons was seamless.  I played my first round with them cold turkey on July 18, 2019 and shot one of my best rounds of the summer.  Two days later, I played in a tournament and finished second in my handicap flight.  The straight high trajectory of these club really gave me confidence in their performance from day one.  Plus, the forgiving nature of these clubs on off center hits is a great benefit.image.png.ff86b56f8a5833bbead504e6a53a71e2.png

 I absolutely love the 8 iron.  I now try to lay up between 130-140 yards so I can swing a nice smooth 8 iron.-aC1KOY_QGKWHqahNzDK8g?viewBox=514%2C685&ownerId=A39NQ53IKRI2THimage.png.4ce60208f71cc17b8b2de47ac49fe443.pngimage.png.9cd9a94de2cbc8143f9f7457fd46e891.png  I used the PW for most of my shots close to the green, anything 110 yards and shorter, unless in a bunker or needing to play a lob shot.  In playing the PW, I feel it is a little difficult to get the spin I need to stop the ball on any shots with less than a full swing.  The grooves on these clubs are shallow, and I would be intrigued to play a next generation model with deeper grooves.EqiMT2ElR3avCVay_yRPQg?viewBox=514%2C685&ownerId=A39NQ53IKRI2TH

The ball really seems to jump off these clubs, and I love the dark club head with white grooves.  My handicap overall has dropped from 14 to 12.  More importantly to this evaluation, my handicap dropped from 17.2 to 14.9. 

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Increased GIR, tighter dispersion, and little loss of yardage on off center hits have been the key elements to improved scoring.68beeyUxSi2VHlmx6_s_cw?viewBox=514%2C685&ownerId=A39NQ53IKRI2TH

This is a 5 iron 168 yard par 3.

 Miscellaneous: 7 out of 10 points

Like most of our testers, my clubs arrived after a lengthy wait in a beaten-up cardboard box with plastic wrap, brown paper, and very little protection.  However, the clubs were in good shape and came to my specifications.  The Lynx golf website Europe leaves a little to be desired, but they have recently launched the Lynx USA website.  This old company with new owners and new leadership are back in the US market.  It maybe an uphill battle for them, but I’m a fan, and I will be rooting for them.

 

Play It or Trade It: 20 out of 20 points

The Black Cat irons are player improvement clubs for Mid–High handicap players.  The price for 5-PW is $699.00 with graphite shafts or $639.00 with steel shafts.  These clubs are well worth the price.  My Arccos Caddie tracking stats have proven to me that these irons help me play better golf.  I have 3 more tournaments including the year end Club Championship, and the Black Cats will be in my bag! 

 

Conclusion:

Lynx Golf is coming back to the US market.

The Black Cat irons are a player improvement iron.  I have found these irons to be high launching, very straight, and very forgiving.  Playing these irons has improved my approach statistics being tracked by Arccos Caddie.  I will continue to play these Black Cats for the rest of this season.  Mid to High handicap players should consider these clubs when looking for a new set, as they are now available in the US market.

 

Final Score: 89 out of 100 points

Many thanks for this honor and opportunity provided by Lynx Golf and MSG.

I have had a great time!  This is my home for Golf!

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lynxgolfusa.com for more information.

Hey David, I may have missed it in your stage 2 photos (not all showing) but what are your thoughts/impressions concerning their "wearability" ?  Do you and the other testers feel this is a weak point in the design and something Lynx should address?

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Hey David, I may have missed it in your stage 2 photos (not all showing) but what are your thoughts/impressions concerning their "wearability" ?  Do you and the other testers feel this is a weak point in the design and something Lynx should address?

I have the Gunmetal finish VT’s and wear is an issue, especially the white paint in the grooves. Obviously this isn’t the same finish as the blackcats but the Gunmetal seems to wear better than the black. I would say from my own experience as well as the pics of the blackcats, if wear bothers you I wouldn’t get either of these 2 finishes.


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22 minutes ago, fixyurdivot said:

Yikes... I am not liking that poor wear characteristic.  That would drive me batstuff.  While the black finish on these and some other clubs I've recently seen look pretty cool, if this is indicative of their poor cosmetic wear, I'm staying clear.  Perhaps no one will ever match the Kryptonite alloy PING used on the PE series clubs, and that has undoubtedly set a high standard for me, but clubs should not wear this quickly IMHO.

Www.lynxgolfusa.com does not.have black as an option to purchase online.  

I think it's just characteristic of PVD, not their fault, PVD is just susceptible to wear

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Great, candid reviews so far guys... good job.  Hopefully the folks at Lynx are getting to see the reviews and can use the information to make improvements.

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