Surviving the Hot List: Season 2

What happens when you drop a golf-crazed Hollywood actor and a retired NFL player into the most grueling gig in golf? At the 2023 Hot List summit, Golf Digest's cameras followed Michael Peña and Danny Woodhead's quest to ace their new jobs as rookie club testers.

Game-Improvement Irons

The goal of game improvement irons is pretty straightforward: They aim to make you hit shots that are hotter, higher and farther. In other words, how to make you feel like a better player than you are without you even noticing. The best new game-improvement irons are for golfers who place a premium on distance but not at the complete sacrifice of everything else. Today’s game-improvement irons continue to provide new levels of versatility and performance. How do they seemingly arrive at the best of all worlds? By employing technologies such as thin, wraparound cupfaces for distance or tungsten weighting to boost forgiveness and launch. Slots in the sole or special kinds of heat-treated faces also rank among the technological attributes utilized by some. And since you are far from a hacker, they strive to do so in a package that doesn’t leave you recoiling in horror at address and putting the iron immediately back on the shelf before you strike a single ball with it.