Sub 70 699 Vs Sub 70 699 Pro Irons Comparison Overview

The Sub 70 699 irons have premium looks and game improvement features that you find in much more expensive irons.

I’ve always compared them to the Taylormade P790 irons the way they straddle the line between distance and game improvement.

But the Sub 70 699 Pro irons make a stronger case as a player’s performance iron. The design of the Sub 70 699 and the Sub 70 699 Pro irons is very similar which made me wonder if there really is that much of a difference between them. I tested them against one another to find out.

Sub 70 699 Irons Overview

“The standard Sub 70 699 irons feature a hollow body design with thermoplastic urethane inserts to smooth out the feel.”

Behind the ball, the Sub 70 699’s look sweet. They have a slightly compact shape with a shallow blade height. They also have a milled, 455 Carpenter Steel face. I really liked the consistency of the face.

Despite the compact shaping, the sweet spot feels expansive. In reality, it’s probably just the strength of the Carpenter Steel working to make more of the face consistent. On slight mis-hits my ball wasn’t veering off-line. It was only on the most heinous mis-hits that I was getting 15+ yards of divergence.

And the Sub 70 699 irons play long. The hollow body design launches the ball quick and high. My longest carry distance with the 7-iron was 155.7 yards.

Sub 70 699 Pro Irons Overview

“The Sub 70 699 has all the same features as the standard 699’s – just in a more compact package.”

The first thing I noticed was that the Sub 70 699 Pro irons had less offset and a thinner top line than the standard 699’s. Overall, the Sub 70 699 Pro irons weren’t as forgiving as the standard version.

But the distance was similar. The Sub 70 699 Pro’s aren’t unforgiving by any stretch. As long as you are moderately precise with your swing, you’ll have no problem nailing the sweet spot. There is also more workability in the Sub 70 699 Pro irons.

“When you add something, you have to subtract from somewhere. That’s definitely the case with the Sub 70 699 and Sub 70 699 Pro irons. The Sub 70 699’s add forgiveness at the detriment of workability and the Sub 70 699 Pro’s are just the opposite.”

Sub 70 699 Irons

Category – Player’s Distance

Sub 70 699 – First Impressions

“We liked the clean, sleek satin finish of these irons right away.”

The Sub 70 699 irons look very good behind the ball. The feel at impact is solid yet soft, active yet stable. We also really liked the fact that you can actually feel the ball compress against the face.

Sub 70 699 Selling Points

  • Thermoplastic elastomer-injected head
  • Hollow-body design
  • Milled, 455 Carpenter Steel face construction
  • Muscle back design
  • Progressive offset
  • Multiple shaft options (graphite, steel, brands)

Who Are the Sub 70 699 Irons for?

In our estimation, having tested the Sub 70 699’s for ourselves, we would say that the ideal handicap range for these irons is 12-19….maybe stretching all the way up to a 20 handicap.

But we feel more comfortable in the 12-19 range because it’s mid handicappers that are really going to gain the most distance from these irons.

The Sub 70 699 irons reward a fast, sweeping swing with near-effortless distance. It was also very easy for all of our testers to get the ball up in the air and to produce strong carries.

Sub 70 699 Specs

Club Loft (degrees) Lie (degrees) Length (inches)
4-iron 21.5 61 38.5
5-iron 24 61.5 38
6-iron 27 62 37.5
7-iron 31 62.5 37
8-iron 35 63 36.5
9-iron 40 63.5 36

Distance: 98/100

Forgiveness: 95/100

Accuracy: 96/100

Feel & Control: 97/100

Overall Score: 95/100

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