-The company is honored to tap the Golf Digest “Hot List” for its third consecutive year-

ORANGE COUNTY, CA. – FEBRUARY 23, 2024 – PROTOCONCEPT GOLF, a high-profile luxury Japanese golf club manufacturer, is proud to announce the esteemed panel of Golf Digest’s “Hot List” judges recognized the innovation and technologies that TOUR driven C05TP forged irons possess and awarded them “Best Players – Distance Irons of 2024.”

“We are honored to be included on this highly regarded list. Our team considers the Golf Digest “Hot List” as the foremost guide to golf equipment,” said Yasufumi Kawasaki, Founder of PROTOCONCEPT GOLF.

According to Golf Digest, “Players-Distance irons no longer waffle between blade or cavity back. They are so much more than that. Innovative thinking and smart design have led to shapes that say better player – narrow sole and thin-ish toplines with a look that flows. The technological golf, however, is to help better players retain or extend their yardages.”

The TOUR driven C05TP forged irons were perfectly positioned within the Players-Distance category. They are engineered precisely for the TOUR professional or the better player to produce greater distances with maneuverability, forgiveness, and feeling. A power cavity behind the face combined with a chrome molybdenum steel face insert which varies in thickness, provides the ideal trajectory, and caught the attention of the judges.

I can feel the power and stability in this club. Pleasantly surprised how the ball comes off the face. Shots get up quick and maintain a high ball flight.” Alejandra, 25, Handicap 5

I like the clean topline and compact head. Muted sound off the face and feels soft and velvety at impact. Low-spin trajectory that keeps flying after reaching its apex.” Wei, 53, Handicap 13

Looks unassuming but is a performer. It makes a pleasing snappy sound as it penetrates the turf and has a feel to match. Forgiveness is apparent on misses. Tight shot dispersion.” Ryan, 48, Handicap 10

“In addition to obtaining great testimonials, and the respected “Hot List” silver award, the CO5TP forged irons received a TOP-5 for the best looking – players irons and TOP-5 for the highest flying – players irons, for low handicaps,” said Marcy Kamoda, CEO of PROTOCONCEPT GOLF.

For more details on the PROTOCONCEPT CO5TP and 2024 Golf Digest “Hot List” testing, please use this link. 

Proto-Concept C05TP | 2024 Hot List | Golf Digest | Best New Irons 2024 |

The C05TP forged irons are offered 4-PW or GAP and can be purchased individually. These 2024 Golf Digest “Hot List” award-winning irons will be available on May 21st and can be purchased at an exclusive PROTOCONCEPT GOLF dealer. PROTOCONCEPT Golf – Store Locator

PROTOCONCEPT GOLF produces golf equipment that feature classic, artistic, and timeless designs which feature premium materials and are finished with the highest level of craftsmanship possible. Their TOUR inspired line of golf equipment helps golfers to improve at any level.


Golf manufacturers design and develop golf equipment specifically for golf professionals. These highly specialized golf clubs and concepts are offered as a prototype exclusively for the golf professional and never for the amateur golfer. This was the genesis for PROTOCONCEPT GOLF.

The “PROTO” in PROTOCONCEPT is an abbreviation for “PROTOTYPE.” NOW, amateurs of all levels can play and enjoy the same equipment or prototypes that were once only available for golf professionals.

PROTOCONCEPT GOLF, launched in 2019, is a high-profile luxury Japanese golf club manufacturer that has transitioned its resources and management to North America. The highly sought-after brand will be managed by Smiling Ducks, Inc.

PROTOCONCEPT GOLF forged irons have received the coveted Golf Digest “Hot List” award every year since the company’s inception. The PROTOCONCEPT GOLF professional staff include Lydia Ko, Haeji Kang, Ryuji Imada, and Chia Cheng. Their handcrafted line of forged golf clubs is available at exclusive dealers which include Cool Clubs, Urban Golf Performance, and online at Fairway Jockey.

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