No secret that golf clubs play a very important role when it comes to increasing your game’s performance and overall improvement. That’s why choosing the right ones is so important, and, to be honest, quite tricky as well. So today we will talk about the best irons of 2018 — clubs, that can be simply called your golf bag’s core, covering not only the long, but the short game as well.
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“Today I will play a round using just my irons!“ — this is the sentence that many golf players with handicaps from 0 to 36 have used in their life at least once, we are sure. And such rounds usually turn out to be pretty interesting and maybe even feature less mistakes. Having irons that fit your swing and game style perfectly can help you reach success, but the trick is to actually choose the right ones, especially when there are so many different options and so many different sets. So what are the most important things you should pay attention to? We are about to find out!
Choose your performance category
Start with determining your playing level, as that is the first step to choosing the best irons just for you. Based on handicap, three main performance categories of the irons can be named: Better Player irons, Game Improvement irons and Super Game Improvement irons.
If your handicap is 10 and lower, you should be orientated to choosing Better Player’s irons. Generally such irons tend to have smaller heads, less offset, as well as narrower soles and top edges. Weight’s perimeter is usually closer to gravity center, but they are less forgiving. These irons tend to give softer feeling, better sound and more feedback on each shot.
If your handicap range is 10 to 15, you should choose from Game Improvement irons class. As this category is the most popular one, manufacturers work really hard on improving the clubs. Such irons have larger heads with more offset and the gravity center is positioned a bit more back. Featuring more forgiveness, these irons usually help players hit further shots, at the same time increasing the ball speed, even when shots aren’t hit with the centre of the face.
And if your handicap is 15 and more, you should consider playing with Super Game Improvement irons, which actually feature numbers of technologies and innovations in reach of helping golfers hit better shots. The goal of such irons is to provide maximum distance and complete forgiveness, not taking looks or control into the consideration. (Todaysgolfer)
Cavity back construction or Blades?
Once the performance category is chosen, another important feature to decide on is the design. Here you have two options: cavity back irons or blade irons. How do they differ?
Cavity back irons are designed mostly for mid to higher handicap players, and they deliver a more forgiving off-center shots. This means that cavity back irons will give you great results even if you will not hit the ball with the exact center of the club face. (Golf-info-guide) The weight is concentrated more to the perimeter and the cavity itself is positioned to the back of the head. This helps to increase the moment of inertia and adds more forgiveness.
Blade irons are often preferred by single handicap players. They feature a thin face, thin top line and a compact hitting area. Blade irons will let you control your shots better, but the forgiveness level is significantly lower, as the sweet spot in the center of the head is rather small and the weight is distributed evenly throughout the entire club head. (Golfalot)
Choosing the right shaft
Many golfers still tend to play with clubs that are not entirely suitable for them, meaning the shaft. But how to know if your irons actually have shafts that are suitable for you? Important factor to take into consideration before choosing the right shaft is your swing’s speed. Also, analyze your ball’s flight trajectory: if it’s too low or too high, having the right shaft could help you reach that perfect trajectory that you are looking for.
There are three types of shafts for you to choose from — steel, graphite and multi-material. Steel shafts are heavier and feature lower torque ratings, which also means that they produce less flex, but are more consistent and accurate, as well as more durable.
Graphite shafts are lighter and more flexible than steel shafts. They will allow you to increase your swing’s speed and reach more distance as well. Graphite shafts’ torque ratings are more extensive, which also means that they provide more possibilities for the golfers to choose from. However, keep in mind that graphite shafts’ making process is more expensive.
Multi-material shafts is a less common option, but it can actually give you some good results as such shafts combine both steel and graphite. The steel part will deliver more control of the ball flight, while the graphite tip will help in producing more distance, as well as reduce any unwanted vibrations at contact. (Golfalot)
In the process of choosing between shafts’ material, you should also keep in mind the torque rating which we’ve just mentioned above. Torque is responsible for the overall feel of the shaft: the higher rating of the torque will accordingly result in a softer feel. Basically, this rating describes how the shaft will twist during your swing. (Thoughtco)
If you want to know more about how to choose the best iron set just for you, check out this video. There you will find some valuable information and the most important factors to consider before making your decision.
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Best Irons Reviewed: Buying Guide
Taylormade M2 Irons Review
Belonging to Game Improvement category, new Taylormade M2 irons will deliver a solid and high ball flight, higher than other irons, along with the longer distance. Featuring strong lofts, M2 irons are complemented by amazing FST Reax HL 88 steel shafts, which are famous for bringing light and stable feeling when hitting the ball. New model of M2 brings more forgiveness and speed, as new Face Slots create a thinner overall top line and gravity center is lowered now. Speed Pocket of this set is much deeper than before, featuring a 33 percent thinner front wall which is great as it guarantees flexibility when you most need it, and basically allows maximum ball speed even when you mis-hit. M2 irons also have vertical slots on the club face and painted bottom grooves, which are very helpful when aiming. M2 irons are famous for forgiveness and accuracy, as they feature a large sweet spot which is actually considerably larger than previous model. Available in both steel and graphite shafts, M2 have really comfortable grips and will not hurt your wrists as they are light and easy to swing. Besides, the set conveniently includes long irons that can be used as hybrids and useful wedges. (Golfalot, Golf-Monthly, Golf, Lasergolfrangefinder)
Titleist 718 AP2 Irons Review
If you are a low handicap player looking to renew your irons, Titleist 718 AP2 irons might be a really great option, as new model bring improved ball speed and launch angle on the long irons, as well as the raised moment of inertia, while still keeping the compact blade length. 718 model is more forgiving than the previous 716, as stainless steel caps were replaced with improved nickel infused caps, that also allow to move more weight to the heads. 718 have a SUP 10 stainless steel face plate, which lets to create more ball speed, increases launch and adds more distance. Besides, if you are an aggressive player that tends to do a lot of digging, you will like the improved leading edge of 718, as with adding more pre-wear it also softens the edge and makes sliding easier. New irons feature an increased resistance to twisting and although being a bit longer than other blades, can still deliver a bit more forgiveness to single handicap player’s game. (Golfweek, Golfalot, Golfwrx)
Ping G30 Irons Review
Being one of the most player-friendly irons in its class, Ping G30 let’s you experience an incredible level of forgiveness, as thin shots somehow tend to fly almost the same distance as the square contact shots. In other words, better distance control comes from an improved Custom Tuning port, which, by sitting very low, helps to support a thin face and generates bigger ball speed. This also means that G30 irons feature the lower gravity center that is responsible for ensuring a solid feel and forgiveness, which, by the way, they are famous for. The new COR-Eye technology of G30 irons activate the sole, top line and face to create about 4 times the amount of face flex than the previous model, which also means significantly faster ball speed and longer distance.
G30 irons also have longer blades from heel to toe, which, along with a more rounded sole, help to improve turf interaction. These irons might be a good choice for players that are looking to add 3 to 7 yards to their distance, which is promised by a bigger perimeter weighting and stronger lofts. (Todaysgolfer, Golf, Golf)
Callaway Apex Irons Review
Featuring a really great balance and stability, Callaway Apex irons can be a great option for players who want to boost their confidence in the game, as they are informative on mis-hits and perform forgivingly. Besides, Apex irons tend to go half-club further than other irons, so those in search of additional distance might like them as well. Callaway Apex irons is made from Forged Carbon Steel body and Stainless steel face, which is supported by various TPU, TPE and aluminum parts in order to improve sound and feel. Featuring progressively smaller head sizes as you go down the set, it’s a compact choice for single handicap players. These irons look really classy, as they hold the matte satin chrome finish, which might be relevant for players that want great looking set as well. Available in steel and graphite shaft options, these irons are made to hit ball further in distance, hence the length, and if you are not looking for this feature, then there might be better options. (Golf, Golfalot, Golfwrx)
Mizuno JPX-EZ Irons Review
One of the top-rated models in the Max Game Improvement category, Mizuno JPX-EZ irons are accurate and deliver solid feel at impact. If you want to experience higher ball flight combined with distance, these oversized forgiving irons might be a good choice, as they feature a new dual-pocket cavity and multi-thickness face that are responsible for ball speed. Besides, trajectories with these irons tend to be really high, and no distance is sacrificed as well. Virtually eliminating serious mistakes, these irons also know how to make your golf balls fly incredibly straight, and it’s really hard to miss the sweet spot, as it is quite large. Besides, the matte gray finish on them creates a really premium look. Even though looking chunky with the thick top line and quite large heads, these irons are still very playable. Featuring a True Temper Dynamic Golf XP95 shaft, which is light and responsive, these irons come in a standard set, and more available options can be found at Mizuno fitting center. (Golf, Golfalot, Golf-monthly, Golfmagic)
Choosing golf clubs for your swing is quite a job, which requires attention to details and analyzing different factors, which all — somehow — can strongly affect your game’s quality. We have a simple yet effective rule for you: try before you buy. The possibility of trying clubs before actually purchasing them is the greatest benefit that you can hope for, and this way you will also be able to find irons that don’t just fit you, but are absolutely perfect for your swing and game.
The roundup of this year’s best irons revealed that players mostly want improved distance and better ball control, while maintaining a decent forgiveness level. Well, this basically sounds like each golfer wants to hit their best shot every time they have a club in their hands.
And so, considering the most wanted and top rated features in golf clubs, this year’s title for the best irons goes to Taylormade M2. A great option for all handicap levels, these irons are widely known for being forgiving, accurate and easy to play with. With significantly longer distance shots, M2 irons deliver great results even when you mis-hit the ball. The balance between delivering distance and forgiveness is great, and that is a huge plus as usually longer irons are not so forgiving. But this is definitely not the case with M2, as being pretty much the longest irons in the market, they are also the most forgiving. You will love the control and ability to stop the ball whenever you want.
Taylormade M2 irons mean “Distance + Height + Forgiveness“, also known as a promise of great shot each time you have one of them in your hands.