What to Expect from the Gx7 Golf Club

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As far as we can tell, poor drives have been the source of undue consternation for golfers since shortly after the first group of Scots began shaping the fairways at St. Andrew's. A litany of potential solutions have come and gone since then, but rest assured: the golf world is getting closer and closer to finding a comprehensive solution. This progress is evidenced by products like the Gx7 golf club, an alternative to unpredictable drivers that provides a sense of security off the tee without sacrificing undue distance.

​What Is the Gx7 Golf Club?

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The Gx7 golf club has elements of a three wood and a driver combined in one, easy-to-hit wood. It is intended to be used off the tee and from the fairway by golfers who struggle to hit their longer clubs with accuracy and substantial clubhead speed. 

Over the course of our review, we found the club has been widely lauded for having the power one expects from a driver, the accuracy one expects from a fairway wood, and the ease of use one typically finds from a shorter iron.

Product Specs

With a loft of 14 degrees and a shaft length of 43 inches, the Gx7 lies somewhere between a fairway wood and a driver. The product's key feature is a high density wrap-around bar, which brings the club's center of gravity down and the subsequent drive high above the fairway. The same bar extends to the club face, where it creates a large, shank-resistant sweet spot.

Pricing

​The Gx7 can be found on amazon.com or directly on gx7golf.com for roughly $200.

How It Compares

We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare. These products include:

  • Mizuno JPX-900 Forged Iron Set
  • Callaway Big Bertha OS Iron
  • Wilson Staff C300 Forged Iron
GX-7 golf club "X-Metal"

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The Gx7 golf club's unique design features a 43" shaft which is the same as a standard three wood and a club face with 14 degrees of loft, more than one would expect from a driver but less than one would expect from a three wood. The high-density tungsten bar that wraps around the bottom edge of the club brings the center of gravity down, creating more lift and extends to the club face, where the increased momentum of inertia increases forgiveness and leads to straighter drives and long fairway shots.

The Gx7 golf club is specifically engineered with a lighter clubhead so that golfers who struggle to generate clubhead speed can drive the ball farther without sacrificing accuracy.

Ease of Use

The most appealing feature of the Gx7 golf club is its usability. For high-handicap golfers who frequently make holes more difficult for themselves with inconsistent drives, the Gx7 golf club is a great tool based on its forgiveness which allows for straighter drives even when slight mis-hits occur. The club goes a long way in mitigating disaster.

Assembly Time​

There is no need to assemble the Gx7 golf club: it is ready to use when purchased. For golfers who prefer a specific shaft length or grip, the club can be altered as needed if the relevant retailer does not offer those services.

Durability​

Some golfers complained about the durability of the Gx7's clubhead, but these reviews came largely from golfers who boasted clubhead speeds well beyond those of golfers for whom the Gx7 golf club would be an enticing option.

Warranty​

The Gx7 golf club comes with a 60-day money-back guarantee. Any golfer who has a problem with the club can return it in within the aforementioned period for a new club or a full refund.

Pros

  • Provides golfers who struggle off the tee with a consistent, forgiving alternative to the driver
  • Comes at a very reasonable price for budget-conscious amateur players
  • Helps drive up clubhead speed without sacrificing accuracy

Cons

  • Not a good option for low-handicap players
  • Does not compliment a high clubhead speed
 Mizuno Golf JPX 900 Hot Metal Iron Set

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Of all the products we reviewed for this article, the Mizuno JPX-900 Forged Iron Set is best suited to an experienced golfer who hits the sweet spot with impeccable consistency. The forged clubheads, manufactured with trace amounts of Boron, offer accuracy and distance that ranks among the best in readily available equipment for the amateur player.

Unfortunately, Mizuno's forged irons offer little forgiveness for mis-hits; as an option off the tee for golfers who struggle to hit fairways, the Gx7 is a stronger and more affordable option, whereas the Mizuno Forged Irons offer a great tactical option off the tee for excellent ball strikers.

Ease of Use

In contrast to the Gx7, the Mizuno JPX-900 Forged Irons are not easy to use. Golfers who manage to hit the sweet spot on most every swing should have no problem maximizing the accuracy and distance offered by Mizuno's forged irons off the tee and from every corner of the course; but for the casual golfer, hitting the fairway is more readily accomplished with the Gx7 golf club.

Assembly Time​

The only reason to modify the Mizuno JPX-900 forged irons would be to customize the length of the shaft or change the standard grip to meet an individual golfer's preferences. Outside of specific preferences of this variety, the clubs will be ready to use the moment one acquires them.

Durability​

As we mentioned earlier in this article, the one-piece club heads used by Mizuno in this iteration of their forged irons include Boron, which lends extra strength to each club. Furthermore, the caliber of golfer for whom these irons would be best suited likely generates a high clubhead speed and; therefore, will prefer steel shafts to the more flexible graphite alternative, making this product an intensely durable option for serious amateur golfers.

Warranty

Mizuno offers a one-year warranty on all golf clubs, but this is largely irrelevant as the JPX-900 forged irons have been discontinued by almost all relevant retailers in favor of the new JPX-919 model.

To find a set of Mizuno's JPX-900 forged irons, it is best to look through the inventories of used golf equipment retail outlets. These companies allow golfers to purchase these high-quality clubs at prices much lower than the original retail price, but often include a limited warranty or no warranty at all.

Pros

  • Provides incredible feel and control of the golf ball when well-struck
  • Carries the ball on par with the best irons on the market
  • Can be used effectively off the tee, from the fairway, deep in the woods, or wherever else a golf may land

Cons

  • Requires superior ball-striking ability
  • Rarely accompanied by a comprehensive warranty
 Callaway Men's Big Bertha

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Callaway's Big Bertha OS Irons use a unique cage technology within the head of each club to maximize the sweet spot of each iron and differentiate between irons. For instance the sweet spot on a higher iron will allow for greater distance, while the shorter irons are optimized for control of the golf ball. This effect is achieved in tandem with a particularly light club head, which can be paired with either steel or graphite shafts. This allows golfers with a lower head speed to add power to their game off the tee and from the fairway.

By prioritizing forgiveness and distance, Callaway has created a product more akin to the Gx7 golf club in that both products allow amateurs with relatively high handicaps to minimize their woes off the tee and create more chances to reach greens and make par.


Ease of Use

This is the only product we reviewed for this article that can compare to the Gx7 golf club in terms of accessibility for the casual golfer. The longer irons in Callaway's Big Bertha OS Iron collection were specifically designed to help golfers generate sufficient distance off the tee without spraying the ball all over the course and sending a pleasant round of golf off the rails.

Assembly Time​

Similar to the other clubs we reviewed for this article, there would be no reason to alter the original state of these irons unless it was imperative for the clubs to meet the specifications of a peculiar golfer.

For example, slightly longer or shorter shafts are appropriate for particularly tall or short golfers. Other golfers may find a certain grip is conducive to their best game, but baring extreme circumstances, no assembly is required.

Durability​

While it would be reasonable to expect clubs with partially hollow heads to be lacking in durability, no source we reviewed for this article had anything less than a fantastic rating for the durability of Callaway's all-around game-improvement irons. This is credited in large part to the tungsten used to create the large sweet spot within each club head.

Warranty

Golfers who are dissatisfied with the Callaway Big Bertha OS Irons may return them within 30 days for a full refund. Callaway will cover all shipping costs throughout the return process and reimburse the buyer upon the receipt of the product, provided no clubs or accessories are missing and everything is in like-new condition.

Pros

  • Gives high-handicap golfers a forgiving option that doesn't sacrifice distance
  • Allows golfers to increase club head speed without disrupting their natural tempo
  • Highly rated for all-around game-improvement

Cons

  • Not ideal for finesse shots
  • Relatively expensive
Wilson Staff C300 Driver

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The C300 Forged Irons manufactured by Wilson reflect a synthesis of the Mizuno JPX-900 irons, with their forged ball-striking precision and the Evo-Cave backed Big Bertha OS Irons made by Callaway. Wilson's longer irons in the C300 set have a semi-cavity behind the club face, which allows for greater speed and a larger sweet spot. In contrast to the Big Bertha OS Irons, Wilson's shorter irons do not have a semi-cavity, which facilitates greater feel closer to the green.

For golfers considering the C300 Irons as a potential solution off the tee, keep in mind these irons require greater ball-striking consistency than the Gx7 golf club. The Wilson Staff C300 Forged Irons may be an excellent option for mid-handicap golfers who want to drop scores by increasing accuracy from the tee box, but for the high-handicap golfer intent on spending more time in the fairway, the Gx7 golf club and the Big Bertha OS Irons are stronger options.


Ease of Use

As we mentioned above, Wilson Staff's C300 Forged Irons are a middling product in terms of ease of use. The irons offer far more forgiveness than other forged clubs, but they cannot rival the forgiveness of club heads with larger cavities. On a positive note, the shorter irons are much more workable for delicate approach shots than similar products.

Assembly Time​

Like the other clubs we reviewed for this article, there is no need to meddle with the product in any way unless the golfer in question has specifications that are outside the purview of the options offered by Wilson Staff in the first place. Expect these circumstances to be rare.

Durability​

Much like the Big Bertha OS Irons, the ostensible threat to durability posed by a cavity in the clubhead is not reflected in any research we conducted while compiling this review. Golfers can expect their Wilson Staff C300 Forged Irons to hold up well for years.

Warranty​

The money-back guarantee used by Wilson Staff is nearly identical to the agreement used by Callaway. If a golfer wishes to return a set of clubs they are dissatisfied with, he or she may do so within 30 days of the original purchase; provided every club and accessory is in like-new condition.

As we mentioned above, Wilson Staff's C300 Forged Irons are a middling product in terms of ease of use. The irons offer far more forgiveness than other forged clubs, but they cannot rival the forgiveness of club heads with larger cavities. On a positive note, the shorter irons are much more workable for delicate approach shots than similar products.

Pros

  • Larger sweet spot than most forged irons
  • Shorter irons don't sacrifice feel
  • Lighter clubhead than most forged irons

Cons

  • Requires strong ball-striking skills
  • Not a great overall game improvement set of clubs

Conclusion

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Our review gives the Gx7 golf club earned four stars out of five. The club is not something you can expect to appear amongst the upper-echelons of equipment used by tour players and club champions, but it is exceptionally good at fulfilling its purpose: to provide amateurs with an effective tool for finding more fairways.

Low clubhead speeds and small sweet spots bedevil amateurs and make a pleasant afternoons on the golf course an exercise in anger management. This is the problem the Gx7 golf club solves; it allows anyone to find the fairway on any given hole without the need to a put a perfect swing on a driver or an expensive long iron.

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