Sub 70 659 CB Irons Review

2023

Sub 70 659 CB Irons Review

80 overall

The Bottom Line

Overall performance for Sub 70 659 CB is underwhelming by finishing 12th overall. Sub 70 has a track record of performing well in our testing, so this certainly comes as a surprise. At its price point, 659 CB will gain attraction, especially for golfers looking for some extra distance in the player's iron category. Accuracy and forgiveness hurt Sub 70 659 CB's overall performance. If it is on your radar, make sure you go through a fitting to dial in this player's iron.

Pros

Sub 70 659 CB excels with distance in a category that doesn't traditional boast about distance. Overall, it ranks 2nd for distance in the player's iron category. If you are looking for more distance out of a player's iron, Sub 70 659 CB should be on your priority list.

Cons

Unfortunately, Sub 70 659 CB lacks forgiveness and accuracy compared to the rest of the player's irons. It finishes towards the bottom in each scoring category. From a subjective feedback standpoint, it is below average for feel, looks, and sound.

About the Sub 70 659 CB Irons

The Sub 70 659 CB (Cavity Back) is a set of irons designed as a player’s cavity back. This iron sits at the tail end of the more player-focused Sub 70 659 MB (Muscle Back) and Sub 70 659 TC (Tour Cavity) irons. These irons are intended for golfers who seek a combination of distance, accuracy, and forgiveness in a cavity back design. They are meant to elevate one’s ball-striking and shot-making abilities while offering an affordable alternative to other high-end golf brands.

Sub 70 659 CB Irons Technology and Features

The Sub 70 659 CB irons are forged and milled from a single billet of DT-4 steel, providing a soft and responsive feel on contact. This material choice offers feedback for low to mid-handicappers to improve their consistency in swing and strike. The irons also utilize sole design and weighting to enhance forgiveness without sacrificing precision.

Sub 70 659 CB Irons Performance

The Sub 70 659 CB irons provide a mid to high launch angle, allowing golfers to achieve optimal carry distance and stopping power on the greens. The spin rate is also moderate, ensuring a stable flight and control over shot shaping.

These irons offer an impressive level of workability, granting skilled players the ability to shape shots and control trajectory as needed. The 659 CB irons allow for the execution of all nine shots on demand, making them a versatile option for various situations on the course.

While the Sub 70 659 CB irons demand some precision from their users, they do not require perfection. The cavity back design and strategic weighting provide a level of forgiveness that helps golfers maintain distance and accuracy on off-center strikes.

Insights from Most Wanted testing

The Sub 70 659 CB irons have undergone rigorous testing at MyGolfSpy’s Most Wanted facility, where they were compared to other leading iron sets in the market. The results showcased the 659 CB’s competitive performance in distance, but also highlighted its poor performance with accuracy and forgiveness.

MyGolfSpy Test Scores

The Sub 70 659 CB irons ranked highly in distance performance, demonstrating their ability to compete with other top player’s irons on the market. Golfers prioritizing distance in their iron selection should consider giving the 659 CB a closer look.

Accuracy is not Sub 70 659 CB’s strong suit. It places 12th overall for this scoring category. 

Forgiveness and consistency is another struggle of 659 CB. By finishing 13th overall for forgiveness, it warrants questions to the consistency of Sub 70 659 CB.

The ball speed generated by the Sub 70 659 CB irons is competitive with other iron sets in the market. This attribute contributes to the irons’ overall distance performance, ensuring golfers can achieve their desired distance with iron shots.

Looks, Sound, and Feel

The Sub 70 659 CB irons offer a visually appealing design with a clean, classic look. The irons are available in raw, black, and satin. Each finish has unique aesthetic and performance characteristics, allowing golfers to choose the one that best suits their preferences.

Our testing pool did rate Sub 70 659 CB towards the bottom for all of the subjective metrics – sound, feel, and looks. Again, looks, sound, and feel are strictly subjective and shouldn’t influence your buying decision. 

Sub 70 659 CB Irons Who it’s For?

The Sub 70 659 CB irons are best suited for low to mid-handicap golfers who seek a combination of distance, accuracy, and forgiveness in their irons. Golfers who appreciate a classic cavity back design and prioritize feel and workability will also benefit from using the 659 CB irons.

There may be better choices for high handicappers or beginners who require maximum forgiveness and assistance in their iron game. Players in this category might find the Sub 70 659 TC irons more suitable.

Specs & Pricing

The Sub 70 659 CB irons are available in a standard 3-iron through pitching wedge set, with additional gap and sand wedges available for customization. Golfers can choose between .355″ taper and .370″ parallel shaft tip diameters, allowing for a broader range of shaft options to suit individual preferences.

The Sub 70 659 CB irons are priced competitively compared to other high-end iron sets. The affordability of these irons is one of their most appealing features, as they offer an impressive performance at a more accessible price point for many golfers.

FAQs

Q: Are custom shaft options available for the Sub 70 659 CB irons?

Yes, custom shaft options are available. Contact Sub 70 directly or visit their website for available shafts and pricing information.

Q: Do the Sub 70 659 CB irons come with a warranty?

Sub 70 offers a 1-year warranty on their irons, covering any defects in materials or workmanship. They also offer a 30-day money-back guarantee, allowing golfers to try the irons risk-free.

Q: Can I purchase individual irons or create a mixed set?

Yes, Sub 70 allows golfers to create custom combo sets by mixing and matching different models from their 659 iron lineup. Contact Sub 70 directly or visit their website for more custom set options and pricing information.

The Sub 70 659 CB irons offer an impressive combination of performance, feel, and affordability in a classic cavity back design. With their competitive distance, accuracy, and forgiveness, these irons are a fantastic option for low to mid-handicappers seeking to elevate their iron game.

Best Player’s Irons 2023

Sub 70 659 Irons (MB, TC and CB)

img Distance

  • rank
    2nd

How is distance measured?

Taking into account total distance and carry distance, our distance scoring is a metric ultimately telling you the total yards achieved by the club.

Testing Pool

Details to come...

Notes from the MGS Testing Team

 

Rankings

img Accuracy

  • rank
    12th

What is accuracy?

Accuracy evaluates if a player’s shots with each club are above or below what’s expected based on that player’s skill level. By eliminating variables in player ability, accuracy determines how well the club improves a player’s overall score.

Testing Pool

Details to come...

Notes from the MGS Testing Team

 

Rankings

img Forgiveness

  • rank
    13th

How is forgiveness tested?

Forgiveness measures how well a club corrects for hits that are center or off center off the face of the club. A high forgiveness rating tells you that a club does well at maintaining consistency in performance when your swing fluctuates.

Testing Pool

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Notes from the MGS Testing Team

 

Rankings

img Ball Speed

  • rank
    7th

How is ball speed tested?

Ball speed measures how fast the ball is traveling off the face of the club. We eliminate variables like player swing speed or ability, so you can compare ball speeds off the face as affected by the club, not the player.

Testing Pool

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Notes from the MGS Testing Team

 

Rankings

img Fairways Hit

  • rank
    9th

What is fairways hit?

We evaluate the percentage of shots that hit the fairway compared to shots in the rough. This shows the accuracy of a club, with a higher percentage earning a higher accuracy rating.

Testing Pool

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Notes from the MGS Testing Team

 

Rankings

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specs & details

122.4

Ball Speed

The speed at which the golf ball travels after being struck by the golf club. It is usually measured in miles per hour (mph).

1375.9

Shot Area

Shot Area is a measure of downrage dispersion. The displayed value is the area of an ellipse (measured in yards2) in which 90% of future shots would be expected to fall.

192.3

Total Distance

The total distance the golf ball travels from the point of impact with the clubface to the point where it stops, including both carry distance and any additional roll after the ball lands.

183.8

Carry

The distance the golf ball travels through the air from the point of impact with the clubface to the point where it first touches the ground. Carry distance does not include any additional roll after the ball lands.

3894.4

Spin

The amount of backspin or topspin on the golf ball after the club strikes it. Spin can affect how the ball travels through the air and how it behaves when it lands.

14.9

Launch Angle

The angle at which the golf ball leaves the clubface after being struck. This is typically measured in degrees.

26.4

Apex

The highest point in the golf ball's trajectory after the club strikes it. This is typically measured in feet above the ground.

40.3

Descent

The angle at which the golf ball descends from the apex of its trajectory to the ground. This is typically measured in degrees.

9.4

Yards From Center

This refers to the distance that a golf shot travels from the center of the fairway. It is often used to measure accuracy, with shots closer to the center considered more accurate.

89.9

Fairway

Refers to the percentage of times a golfer successfully lands their tee shot on the fairway. It is often used as a measure of accuracy.

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      Phil Pfeiffer

      8 months ago

      I completely acknowledge that there is an emotional component to my comment as I have been playing Sub-70 for a couple of years now. However, I just want to say that I’ve been playing the 659 CB for a couple months now and I could not be happier with them. I just qualified for my State Am yesterday using these irons and I can tell you, there are NO issues with accuracy. Usually of course, I accept MGS’s scientific and data-driven approach to testing and evaluation, but in this particular case, the testing just does not square with what I’ve seen on the course. Thus, I feel obliged to come to Sub-70’s defense after MGS flamed them with this test. The part of the MGS test I do agree with is that these irons are indeed a shade longer than the previous generation (639). If you’re looking for a great looking, great feeling, and great performing forged cavity-back iron, the 659 CB are definitely worth consideration.

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