And in this corner we have the champion, the true lion of the links. But is his lineage cast or forged? That is the question!
Cast Irons versus Forged Irons has been the great debate raised in golfing circles for decades. It is akin to major league baseball's player's preference for hardy maple or ash bats. They both have star quality players who subscribe to their ability, the debate goes on.
Anyone who has made a living working in the steel industry or machine shops will tell you the difference in the processes of casting steel as opposed to forging is drastic while the differences in the finished product and performance of said product are largely reduced to nuance. In plain English the reasons a manufacturing site chooses one process over the other has more to do with the existing capabilities of the manufacturing site than any strategic benefits of one over the other.
Cast Irons versus Forged Irons will find their greatest protagonists coming from those who for whatever reason have a predisposition for one over the other. In other words they will give credit to the one of their favor or make excuses for its lack of performance based largely on a predisposition that has no scientific or metallurgy merit.
It would seem in the case of Cast Irons versus Forged Irons, it is largely mind over matter. And as has been proven many times over the mind is a very powerful tool capable of extraordinary feats. Those who like Cast Irons will conquer with Cast Irons. Those who prefer Forged Irons will wage their battles with Forged Irons. The debate goes on.