Nickent 4DX Pro Irons Review

New irons come out every single year and most of the time they come and go. This year was a little different. As many readers know I grew up playing blades. They were hand me downs and I learned to appreciate them. As I got older I wanted more forgiveness and have played game improvement irons for five straight seasons. In January I switched to the Adams A3 irons and enjoyed them for almost an entire season. I loved the forgiveness that I got from a game improvement iron, it helped my game where it counted, in CONFIDENCE. But as my game improved to where it is today, I felt I wanted something a little more. I wanted to be able to have my cake and eat it too. I wanted players’ irons that were forgiving.

It was not until I spoke with some of the great club makers in the industry that I learned that my wish was not a pipe dream and that many iron sets would give me exactly what I wanted. When Nickent Golf’s John Hoeflich told me about this set of irons that he had designed, I was very much looking forward to trying them. As most readers remember, we had a chance to interview this amazing club maker last month. For those that did not get to read it, it can be found here John Hoeflich Interview.

Here is what Nickent has to say about them.

We set out to make golf’s most playable player’s iron. The 4DX Pro is the result of that quest. The chrome-plated 4DX Pro combines the classic look of a blade iron with the forgiving features of a perimeter-weighted iron. Its thin top line, minimal offset, and straight leading edge gives the better player shotmaking control. The XW Insert in the 4DX CB is placed in the center rather than at the heel and toe to help preserve the playability better players require while still creating a stable and forgiving iron on off center hits. The forged design of the 4DX Pro combines the extremely soft feel and workability that highly skilled players prefer with the forgiveness and stability of a perimeter weighted iron. Its traditional shape looks like a blade to provide looks that better players look for but is perimeter weighted to provide stabililty and forgiveness on off center hits.

The 4DX line has both the pro and cavity back pictured above. For this review we will focus on the 4DX Pro.

The irons came a few days after speaking with Nickent. We received the entire set of 3-PW. Our initial thoughts were just how nice these clubs looked. To me they were almost a throwback of sorts to the great clubs I grew up playing. Here are some technical specs.

The hosel adds a nice touch where it says Forged and has JBH for John Hoeflich.
The standard Lampkin grips were quite nice for stock grips that are normally so bad.
The steel shafts are Nippon NS Pro 1180GH.

Once armed with the new set to review we headed to the range with myself and three other golfers. Out of the four of us two played blades and two played cavity backs. We hit a large bucket each (about 85 balls) with the iron set and all had very similar feelings about them. Here are some of the thoughts.

1. The club head is a thing of beauty at address. Maybe the best we have seen.
2. They are some of the softest irons we have ever tried. Like butter.
3. Extremely workable and at the same time quite forgiving although much more of a players’ iron, than a game improvement club.
4. Two loved the Nippon shafts and two thought they were not “strong” enough.
5. Good solid feedback on mishits.

Coming away we were just as impressed with them as we were with the appearance. The next day we took them out on the course. It was myself and a local pro and we each played out of the same bag. After the round we sat down and discussed a little more in detail about our thoughts. While we both love the irons and think the heads are some of the finest we have ever played, we differ slightly on the shaft. He considers the shaft more of a game improvement shaft and it got the ball up in the air a little too fast for him. I liked the ball flight a lot and would want to keep these shafts in it. But overall the clubs are some of the best we have played all season.

Two things that we want to make sure people know. At setup (pictured to the left) these are maybe the nicest we have ever seen. It was a pleasure looking down and having the confidence to know that the 4DX Pros will work for you. The feel of these clubs is something we reviewers have never felt outside of a couple of sets. Mainly some of the earlier Mizuno sets of irons and Nickent’s Arc Blades. They are so soft you feel as though you can do anything with them as far as shaping shots.

Overall, this set is a must try for anyone looking for a new set of irons. If you are a player looking for a set to “grow into”, this must be on your list to check out. This is the 2nd set of irons that THP has reviewed for Nickent this year and both of them have received glowing remarks. We hope that they continue this trend in the upcoming years, and with legendary club designer John Hoeflich behind them, we are sure they will.

Till Next Time

Josh B.

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  • I am playing these irons and they are as described. I was not really happy with the shafts either and had them redone. I was playing MP-57 of until these and these have that same soft feather feel. Great review.

  • I was in the same boat and am looking at these and the Nike Split Backs that you reviewed last month. Both look great and I will demo them soon. Thanks.

  • Very interested in seeing if they have womens stuff coming up that you are reviewing? So far the mens stuff has been well liked and I am in the market for new clubs.

  • These irons look great. I am going to try and find a local store that has them and try them out. I love the blades but these might suit my game more.

  • This is a great review. Next year I will be also upgrading from the Adams A3 and will look at these.

  • How would these irons compare to the Nike Split Cavitys that you reviewed last month?

  • Kevin,
    They are very different irons. Both are forgiving players’ irons and in that aspect deserve the same attention if that is what you are looking for. Both are forgiving and workable. The Nike irons were very much liked by me as you remember and are currently in my bag. But as for “feel”, there is no comparison. These irons are very soft. Moreso than the Nikes. I felt as though I got more distance out of the Nikes, but in the end it is all about preference. I recommend hitting them both. And promise you, if it is about FEEL, you have found your iron.

  • I searched the internet for three days trying to find a review on these and then today I was lucky enough to have found this site when this review was posted. Thanks for the info, these look great.

  • After reading this review I decided that I wanted to hit these clubs very badly. But I could not find a place in South FL thta has them available in a store.

  • Nicest looking set I have ever seen. Hands down. I wish I had not just bought my Callaways. But these look impressive. Thanks for another solid review.

  • Ordered a set directly from Nickent based on solely on this review. They were routed through a distributor who mistakenly sent me a set of Cleveland Hibore irons. Corrected mistake by overnighting the Nickent irons. Set arrived with 4 loose ferrules and a lack of paint for numbers and brand name on sole. Owning and really liking a 5DX hybrid, the quality control of both the distribution process and the irons themselves was a huge disappointment. Working with company to get an acceptable set and will post later on customer service and the actual performance of the clubs.

  • B Hawley, I am looking at these to get my dad for xmas possibly. It is between these and MX-200 mizunos. How did your experience with the customer service turn out?

  • The price for these irons has dropped to the point that they are a huge bargain. I know the 3dx pro is stainless steel, but do the forged 4dx play any better? Why did Nickent change materials?

  • Steve,
    They changed materials to give them a softer feel at contact. It worked as the 4DX pro are super soft.

  • Tried my new Nickent 4 dx cb irons Saturday. Won comp A grade. Some clubs were still in plastic wraps.
    One under par on the par 3’s. Bye Bye Rac OS’

  • I didn’t order these, but I bought the non-pro version based on this review. they should arrive within the week. and thanks!

  • After playing with 7 sets of clubs over the past 6 years. Played all 2009 with these and they are great. No more club buying for me, except maybe a back up set. They really are the best looking club ever. The only bad thing i can say is the grips are not very good in humid conditions.

  • Hey JB, I just won a new set of these on the bay for $100! Really stoked, you mentioned above that you lost distance, would you say that was because of the shaft or because of the loft? Just curious… Do you think these have a better feel than the new R9 irons? Also did you ever try these with the UST graphite or hear anything about those shafts? Thanks!

  • Jason,
    They have a different feel than that of the R9s. Softer on good contact, but still great feedback. Not as forgiving obviously though. I have not tried them with graphite shafts sorry.

  • Wow, that was fast! Any thoughts on the distance?

  • Distance is similar to most players clubs.

  • Love them! Stock graphite shafts are great. Do you know if John is still designing clubs? He is an artist, and the industry needs him.

  • I just ordered a set of cb irons today. Best deal I have seen on irons

  • I have been looking for CB irons all over… Does any store in Canada carry them? I know Golf Town carries the drivers. Any info on how can I order them will be very much appreciated. Thanks!

  • Just received my set of 4dx pro irons, fantastic feel, hitting the ball so much straighter with ease.
    If you are looking for a top of the line set this is it. incredible pricing now !

  • Where is JBH working now?

  • Check ou tthe home page of this site and you will see a new interview with him.

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