Bridgestone Tour B JGR HF2 Irons Review

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The Bridgestone Tour B JGR HF2 irons are a very solid choice for the mid-handicap or better player.  Good looks, excellent feel.  Surprising distance with forgiveness.

Introduction

On a recent episode  of the Plugged In Gold Podcast, I discussed the new Tour B JGR line with Bridgestone’s Zack Kupperbusch (listen HERE).  When asked about his favorite club – in this line and ever – his answer came quickly: the HF2 irons.  With an endorsement like that, I was eager to see what these clubs brought to the table.

Looks

The Tour B JGR HF2 irons look sharp at address.  Every aspect of the design fits together well – a medium top line, modest offset, and average blade length.  The contrast between the matte finish on the face versus the chrome toe and heel makes the club look smaller and frames the ball well.

In the bag, the HF2 is almost entirely chrome and matte silver – there’s just a small stripe of black in the cavity.  Whether you have game or not, you’ll look like you do.

Sound & Feel

Given the sharp appearance, I had high expectations for the feel of the HF2 irons, and they delivered.  On center, they’re very soft, and they produce the quiet “thud” you expect from a forged iron.

These JGR HF2 irons also deliver when it comes to feedback.  There is a big difference between pure strikes and mishits in both sound and feel.  When you leave the center of the face, the feel firms up, encouraging you to do better next time.

Performance

When I looked at the JGR HF2 irons, I saw a set of forged players irons, and that created a clear set of expectations in my mind.  I expected to have workability, some forgiveness, and distance on par with the type of irons I usually game.  I was right on two out of three.

For players who have the ability to shape their shots, the HF2 is a wonderful partner.  The stock shot that these irons want to produce has a strong, mid-launch flight, but it’s easy to knock that down or boost it up.  Similarly, you can curve it both ways without difficulty.

The forgiveness in the HF2 is impressive, particularly on thin shots.  Bridgestone uses a Power Slit Face Design to give the bottom of the face a higher COR, and that shows in longer, higher shots from the bottom grooves.

Where the HF2 surprised me is with its distance.  As soon as I got them on the launch monitor, I saw that the mid irons were a full club longer than my gamers.  This is true despite lofts that are much weaker than the HF1 irons.  Among players forged irons, the HF2 is one of the longest I’ve tested.

Conclusion

If you like the look and feel of a forged players iron but want a distance boost, check out the Bridgestone Tour B JGR HF2 irons.  These have the look and feel that good players prefer with distances that far exceed most of their peers.

Bridgestone Tour B JGR HF2 Irons Price & Specs

Matt Saternus

63 Comments

  1. Great review Matt. If your were to put the HF2 up against the 919 Forged which club would be more forgiving? My handicap index fluctuates between 8 & 10 and feel I could use a little more help than my current games (Hogan PTx) give me.

  2. A stunning looking set of irons. I would love to game these, but so difficult to find one locally.
    Hit Bridgestone irons before and they felt sweet.
    Would love to win a set of HF2s.

    Ryan
    Palo Alto, CA

    • Matt howg do you think this compare with apex CF 19 iron, how do you think which club the best in distance + moee forgiving?

      • Matt Saternus

        Rory,

        Very interesting question. These are a bit bigger, especially in the sole, but the Apex CF 19 is one of the best in terms of forgiveness relative to size. I think the Bridgestone would be more forgiving on thin shots, but they might be equal in toe and heel misses. Distance will depend on fit.

        Best,

        Matt

  3. How would you compare the H2’s to the first generation, JGR CB irons?

  4. Would love to put these clubs in play. I Love the feel of forged clubs, and with more forgiveness, more length and workability, is an added plus for any club. Good looks too.

  5. Jeff Atkins

    Just love the HF2’s look, Nice and Sharp. Never own a set of New Clubs ⛳ WoW!!!

  6. How would these stack up against Srixon Z585? Thinking of forgiveness, feel and distance.

    Thank you!

    • Matt Saternus

      Chris,

      I haven’t hit the Z 585 irons, but we will have a full review from another writer coming in the next few weeks.

      Best,

      Matt

      • How about compared to the older Z565s? I having a difficult time choosing between that and the HF2.

        • Matt Saternus

          Eric,

          Both are excellent. It’s been a long time since I’ve hit the 565s, so I can’t give you any hard data. I don’t think one would significantly outperform the other unless there was a fit-related reason (meaning a player simply got along with one much better than the other).

          Best,

          Matt

  7. John Hulewicz

    HF2’s look like a can’t miss club! If the assessment is accurate then these should fly off the shelves and be in significant demand. I’d love to have a new set of clubs!

  8. Steve Brinkley

    both are probably going to be great sticks, the forged HF2 are more my style, love the feed back. +1/2″ long, 2* flat please stand loft specs will do just fine :)

  9. Peter Barnes

    These look awesome. Would love to try them , Bridgestone balls RXB are my go to and they would make a nice pair.

  10. Darryl Jones

    Great review. A very exciting looking iron – I would love to put the Bridgestone Tour B JGR HF2 irons in my bag !

  11. Chris Sloan

    I’ve been thinking of a new set of irons in the near future so the Bridgestone Tour B JGR HF1 irons sound like a dream come true.
    Greg Farnham
    Tecumseh Ontario Canada N8N 3Z9
    farnhamg@gmail.com
    I have been signed up for the PluggedInGolf newsletter.
    I really find your articles very educational, inspiring and motivating.

  12. These irons sound like the perfect match to my Tour B RX ball (which I have played all season and love). Sweet looking set with forgiveness and distance…sign me up! It’s too bad Bridgestone isn’t a bit more readily available to try out in my neck of the woods. Would love to win a set of these HF2s!

    Mike
    Oakdale, MN

  13. Looking forward to putting the JGR HF2 in my bag and showing them off around the 6 Championship Golf Courses I’m surrounded by!!
    Bryan Caves
    Bella Vista, AR.

  14. Matt,

    Thanks for this quick overview. You stated “…full club longer than my gamers….despite lofts that are much weaker..” What do you attribute the gains in distance to? I play Mizunos. The only thing I’d like is a bit more distance. Mizuno offers distance clubs but the package is not appealing. These H2s just might be the clubs for me!

    Thanks

    • Matt Saternus

      Paul,

      To be clear, the lofts are not weaker than my gamers, but weaker than some other distance irons. I think Bridgestone has done a great job with the HF2 in creating a hot face and maximizing the loft/CG pairing.

      Best,

      Matt

  15. Sounds great, I need all the forgiving I can get with the HF2’s!! Do they help with getting the wife to forgive when I play golf every Saturday??

  16. I am a senior golfer looking for more distance and accurate shots.

  17. sean brennan Avon Lake, Ohio

    Matt, how would you compare HF2 to Apex CF16, forgiveness and distance? Would love to win a set to compare myself

    • Matt Saternus

      Sean,

      It’s been a while since I had the Apex CF16 in hand, but I would say they’re similar in terms of distance and forgiveness. The CF16 was an outlier when it came out, but other irons have caught up over time.

      Best,

      Matt

  18. Chip Caldwell

    Chip Caldwell, Jacksonville FL, Bridgestone Tour B JGR HF2 would be a wonderful replacement for the clubs my brother in law borrowed but has never returned!

  19. Matthew Schairer

    Bridgestone Tour B JGR HF2 irons please

    Matt Schairer

    Trumbull CT

  20. George Pleschakow

    would love to try either set, but there arent any golf shops near me, most golf courses dont have bridgestone clubs in their pro shop, also im in need of a new set of irons. thanks

  21. John valiulis

    Plugged in is the review I trust. Hf2

  22. David J Sell

    David Sell, Waterford Wisconsin
    All I hear about is forged irons and how great they are. Would love to try the HF2 irons,, impressive review from Matt again. Had a difficult time deciding which set to consider, but give me the set with the 4 iron please. Your comment about the thin contact is what truly finalized the decision.
    Keep up the good work !

  23. Always enjoy the product reviews you do. These irons look great.

    I would love to start playing a set Bridgestone Tour B JGR HF2 irons.

  24. Sandro Pozzi

    Hi Matt,
    Ad usual an interesting review.
    Mi choise is Bridgestone Tour JGR HF2
    Waiting for the next review, best regards
    Sandro
    Valtournenche IT

  25. The HF2 seems like just perfect As a Senior it would be great to get that distance back without sacrificing control.

  26. Frank McCarthy

    Matt … Great review. At age 76 I’m still trying to improve and, at the same time, replace my Mizuno Pro Forged II (T-Zoid) irons which look like razor blades on the end of a rope. These Bridgestone Tour JGR HF2 irons sound like the real deal …. forged feel with more forgiveness than my current Mizuno’s. Thanks.

  27. I recently did a fitting at club champion. These irons are the real deal, the sound they create when you catch the ball pure is next to none. You WILL NOT FORGETthat sound. I was getting nice carry and some roll out. I typically hit a high ball but the track man had my height average around 90. I will be purchasing these, “No Question” Picked up a club in distance. People are going to love these irons, I guarantee it!!!

  28. Hello Matt – How do these compare to the Callaway Rogue PRO’s as far as forgiveness and distance?
    Thank you

    • Matt Saternus

      Landy,

      I haven’t tested them head to head, but my feeling is that they’re quite comparable in both of those aspects.

      Best,

      Matt

  29. Mark Pflager

    I have played the J Forged series for yrs. Currently play the JPX900 forged from Mizuno fitted with AMT S300.How would you compare the new HF2 against the JPX 900 forged. The HF2 irons look so good

    • Matt Saternus

      Mark,

      I prefer the Bridgestone HF2. I like the feel better and the combination of distance and strong ball flight is excellent.

      Best,

      Matt

  30. hello matt
    compared to the jpx900 forged, how is the top line, and also length of the blade?

  31. Mstt

    I currently play JGR DPF irons. How do the HF2 compare to the DPF? I am looking for a little more distance. I also have the JGR Hybid forged, but like the playability of the DPF better.

    • Matt Saternus

      Jim,

      I haven’t tested the DPF, so I can’t offer any comparison between the two sets.

      Best,

      Matt

  32. Thanks for the response. My mistake though, I play the J15 Dual Pocket Forged (DPF) irons. Have tested those?

  33. Matt,
    Whats your opinion on the HF1’s V.S. HF2’s I think I am sort of a mid to high handicap. Love your reviews. Thanks Matt.

  34. Hi.. I am thinking of getting new iron and just noticed about the this Tour B HP2.. With my golf handicaps about 23, is it suitable for me.. Thank you for ur assistance..

    • Matt Saternus

      Salomon,

      I think a 23 handicap might be at the very high end of what I would recommend for the HF2, but it always comes down to the individual fit. There’s no reason you shouldn’t try it and see how it works for you.

      Best,

      Matt

  35. How would you compare them tho the Callaway Diablo edges? I found a deal from a respectable dealer in my area for these clubs very cheap almost too good to be true … the sound a lot like those except those are a chunkier looking cavity back and much older but when it comes to play they sound a lot alike I sold my Diablos a while back because they had that terrible-looking tribal barbed wire artwork that looked like some crappy tribal tattoo that every football player I went to high school with had on them LOL but for game improvement clubs they were good… too bad they just came off the set of Jersey Shore….

    • Matt Saternus

      Ian,

      I don’t have any experience with the Diablo irons, so I can’t offer a comparison. I would always advise that you try the clubs before you buy them to make sure you like them.

      Best,

      Matt

  36. I was fitted and purchased the HF2, irons a couple of weeks ago. Bridgestone sent them to my club fitter, within two weeks of my purchase.. I’ve played three rounds, and I am so glad I purchased these. Matt’s review on these irons, is so accurate.( my local club fitter had me swing Mizuno, along with Ping and the Bridgestone irons worked the best for me). You can shape shots, the buttery feel at impact….is similar to putting with a Bettinardi putter. The sound at impact is amazing and yes, they are forgiving. I’m a 10-12 handicap, and I truly believe these will help me lower that number to single digits. Purchase with confidence, but I suggest being fitted by a professional. It’s worth every penny! BTW: they are a great looking irons too! Last thought, I purchased (5 iron-A wedge). My club fitter suggested the Ping G410-4 hybrid, 22 degree, instead of a 4iron. This Ping hybrid is unbelievable!

  37. I’m in the market to replace my nike pro combo OS and I’m down to this JGR HF2 or the Wilson C 300 forged, I’m a 10 HC senior , which would you pick ?

  38. Even though this is an older review, I enjoy your take on the clubs and subsequent responses. As for the HF2’s, I just ordered a set, 5-AW with the XP95 stiff shafts. I’ve tinkered with Bridgestone clubs for awhile now, a set of J15 MB irons and a cast J15 4 iron, so I thought I’d continue that trend by purchasing the HF2 without ever having hit them (not recommended btw) because I’ve really enjoyed the feel of the J15 MB’s. As a 51 year old 8 handicap, I think it’s time for a little more forgiveness.

    I was going to get the Mizuno MP20 HMB’s as I was fitted for a set and liked them, but didn’t love them….here’s to hoping I made the right choice HF2’s vs MP20 HMB’s.

  39. John Kornis

    Played my first round with my hf2 smacwrap shafts irons today . These will be in my bag for sometime I believe. Easy to hit long and the feel is Even better then the Nike OS forged they are replacing . Couldn’t be happier.

  40. John Kornis

    Up date on my hf2 irons I’ve now had over a month worth of play . They are reg recoil smacwrap shafted ( LOVE them) I’m 70 a 10 handicap. Replacing OS Nike forged combo graphite. At least a full club longer sweet feelings (so where the Nike’s ) and very forgiving. I’m so happy with them and my golf buddies notice the distance change

  41. Matt, you are my go to guy when it comes to decisions on golf equipment. When I was looking for a forgiving forged players iron I read your Bridgestone TOUR B JGR HF2 review. It was right on the money for what I was looking for and I found a really nice, what looked brand new, set on the bay with KBS $ Taper unbanded black shafts. They are everything you said they are. I immediately sold my brand new set of G425’s for practically what I paid for them due to the covid demand.

  42. Matt,
    I really appreciate your reviews. Plugged in Golf has made me focus a lot on shaft technology and proper fitting.
    I rarely buy the newest clubs since I like to try different options (getting to do what you do seems like a blast…with a lot of hard work as well).
    All that said I am strongly considering the JGR HF2 or the Tour X-CB https://pluggedingolf.com/bridgestone-tour-b-x-cb-irons-review/
    They look very similar. Am I missing something other than slightly stronger lofts in the HF2s?

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