Sub 70 799 Irons Review – What Handicap Are They for? Are They Forgiving?
“The Sub 70 799’s are super game improvement irons with a very unique design.
“If you pull these irons out of your bag you are sure to draw some looks from your Sunday foursome.”
Sub 70 799 Irons Overview
“We suppose it’s safe to say that these are cavity back irons.”
There is certainly a cavity in the back and an undercut channel; but the cavity doesn’t stretch from heel to toe like most cavity back irons. Instead, the cavity has an hourglass shape and is focused more or less in the center of the club head. Then there is the sole.
Unlike most irons that have a straight sole profile running from heel to toe, the Sub 70 799 irons have a rounded profile. In all honesty, most of us in the testing party had never seen irons quite like these.
At address, you can see the sole and undercut cavity jut out from the back of the head. The sole seems to stretch out for a mile, giving the Sub 70 799’s a hybrid-iron look at address. Sub 70 categorizes the 799 irons as super game improvement irons and they look every bit the part.
At a glance, you can just see that these irons are going to be forgiving which should be a draw for high handicappers. Something else that is sure to please novice players is the price: a 4-PW set costs just $630.
Are the Sub 70 799 Irons Forgiving?
“First of all, the Sub 70 799 irons have a large profile.”
Meaning that the head and face are both pretty dang big. So players seeking forgiveness will be able to take advantage of the larger than usual sweet spot of these irons. The Sub 70 799 irons are also packed with forgiveness features like perimeter weighting and an ultra-wide sole. During our test session, we noticed that heel and toe-side shots weren’t diverging as much as normal.
While there is virtually no workability in these irons, high handicap players will love the naturally straight flight. The Sub 70 799 irons also get up into the air insanely quick. We had no problem getting the ball in the air but ballooning was a bit of an issue.
The Sub 70 799 irons are particularly forgiving in the rough. The wide, rounded sole cuts through cabbage like a weed wacker. We were still able to achieve clean contact (consistently too) with these irons when playing from the rough.
Are the Sub 70 799 Irons Good for Beginners & High Handicappers?
“The Sub 70 799 irons are tremendous for beginners and high handicappers.”
They also sport premium 455 Carpenter Steel faces with thermoplastic elastomer-injected heads. This combination gives the face a very active feel. At impact, it feels as though the ball is being launched off a trampoline. In fact, you can almost feel the ball compressing against the face.
All of this equates to fast ball speeds. Our average 7-iron ball speed after three swings apiece was 105.6 MPH. It was easy for all of our testers to increase distance with these irons and to get the ball up in the air quickly. Plus, thanks to the face profile, it’s actually difficult to mis-hit – and when you do, ball speed isn’t docked very much.
Should you Buy the Sub 70 799’s or the Sub 70 699’s?
“The Sub 70 699 irons have a much more traditional profile.”
The 699’s have a much slimmer topline and much narrower soles. Right off the bat, the 699’s are nowhere near as forgiving as the 799’s. So if forgiveness is your primary concern, the Sub 70 799 irons are the best way to go. The Sub 70 699’s are better for mid and low handicappers seeking a combination of workability and distance.
It should also be noted that both the 699 and 799 irons have the same 455 Carpenter Steel face construction and identical offset.
Aidan Lehane here, I’m a Mid-low handicap golfer who has made tremendous progress in breaking 90 in just over 1 year of playing golf seriously.
I get out to the course or range as often as possible and review all the equipment I’ve come across on this blog.