A lot of prior ratings were in 1000 but now most are only 700 and less
I don’t see anything extreme with the brands you mentioned, except the price. Generally, to get the extremely high MPF, the design will have a longer blade length and a lower profile with a low vertical cg. We have done them in the past and may do them in the future, but it is a select group of golfers that seems willing to look past the cosmetics and enjoy the performance. Cost is not a factor in developing them. In that I mean that we can develop an iron with High Ultra Game Improvement and it not cost more than to develop more traditional looks. We continue to develop models that we hope will appeal to a wide range of players and have the highest playability possible for the category of design they fall in.
There were a few that were 1000 points, but I would not say a lot. My quick assessment was that we had 9 models above 1000 MPF points from 2004 forward. If you will notice, all with the exception of the KE4 and KE4 U30 models, were what I would describe as “extreme” designs. Very long blade lengths, extremely low cg’s, wide soles on most, which are all great features to produce an ultra forgiving and easy to hit club. That is a limited market, however. Now, most of our designs we try to get the highest playability and still maintain a look that is not wildly extreme, making them more appealing to a broader range of players. We still have Ultra Game improvement irons in the mid to high 800’s on the MPF scale, which is still highly forgiving and very stable. We still strive to get the highest playability possible for whatever design we do within a category (blade, players cavity, game improvement cavity, etc.). All of our current “players” cavity irons or our “blade” irons fall in the Super Game Improvement category because of the way we design the mass and dimensional characteristics. No matter what the look is, it is all about he mas and dimensional characteristics – the vertical cg, the horizontal cg, the rearward cg, the MOI. Those determine the stability and ultimately the playability of the iron.