Golf News for Tuesday, January 29, 2013 | Equipment

PowerBilt's Air Force One irons make Golf Digest's "Hot List"

PALM DESERT, Calif. -- When you're hot, you're hot. And PowerBilt's nitrogen-charged Air Force One irons certainly meet Golf Digest's definition of hot by making the magazine's prestigious "Hot List" two of the past three years.

The Air Force One's new model, the AF2, is on the short list of Super Game-Improvement Irons honored in Golf Digest's upcoming March 2013 issue. The AF2 irons are a winner in the Silver category, the same category in which its predecessor won accolades in 2011.

The technology uses nitrogen gas inside a hollow-back iron supported by 50 pounds of pressure. This allows PowerBilt to create a super-thin face with no internal bracing.

"This is the ultimate game-improvement iron," says PowerBilt President Ross Kvinge. "There's not a thinner face on an iron anywhere, and this has huge benefits. First, it has an enormous sweet spot with no hot or dead spots. The technology creates incredibly consistent ball flights from club to club. And while it's labeled 'game improvement,' it's a club many better golfers should try because it just might push their handicap lower."

The clubs are available in 3-4 hybrid with nitrogen, 4-8 hollow with nitrogen, 7-PW cavity back, plus GW and SW. A set can be configured using any combination of these clubs.

The standard shaft plays a big role in the AF2's performance. The lightweight steel shaft is 85 grams, (20 grams lighter than a standard steel shaft). Made exclusively for PowerBilt by Apollo, the shaft is designed specifically for the AF2 and features VKP technology (Variable Kick Points). In the longer clubs, the kick point is lower to promote easy lift.

The kick point graduates to higher spots on the shorter irons to promote accuracy and back spin on approach shots. Apollo's proprietary graphite shaft has the same characteristics, but is only 75 grams, which promotes greater clubhead speed.

Depending on the set makeup, the street price ranges from $499.99 to $699.99.

"Having some of the best clubs on the market has been a PowerBilt tradition for generations, and making the Golf Digest 'Hot List' again only confirms that," adds Kvinge. "While some people may not think of PowerBilt the same way they do megabrands that spend millions on slick ads and high-profile tour pros, there's one thing about PowerBilt that has never changed. We know how to make great clubs."

About PowerBilt
PowerBilt is licensed in the U.S. by Plus One Sports, Inc. PowerBilt is a division of the Hillerich & Bradsby Co., a family-owned company which has been making golf clubs since 1916. Based in Louisville, Ky., H&B is also the maker of world-famous Louisville Slugger bats and Bionic gloves.

PowerBilt Golf • 77-725 Enfield Lane, Suite 100• Palm Desert, CA 92211• (888) 488-4653 •

Media contact • Ross Kvinge • • (760) 772-7300 office • (760) 772-5858 fax