Whether new to golf or an all-out expert there’s always room for improvement, and our in-depth guide to golf irons will give you the information to choose which is best for you throughout this season and beyond.
Super game-improvement irons
Suitable for high handicap golfers looking to get their ball airborne quicker, super game improvement irons offer the highest possible offset and will help the golf ball rise as high as possible. Super game improvement irons offer lowest C.O.G (centre of gravity) to help with golf ball flight and also come with the largest golf club head perimeter for excellent, forgiving performances.
The Nike Golf Vapor Fly Steel Irons, TaylorMade M2 Steel Irons, Mizuno Golf JPX EZ Forged Irons Steel 4-PW, PING G25 Irons Steel 5-SW and Wilson Staff Di11 Irons Steel 5-SW all offer a proper feel and feedback on almost every shot. Ideal if you’re a high-handicapper looking to improve gradually.
Game improvement irons are very forgiving and easy to use but not as large as the super oversized head. Ideal for 15-23 or mid-high handicap golfers, these irons have lower COG with plenty of launch on steeper angles that carry more height while still landing softly on the golfing greens.
Players who fall into the mid-to-high handicap bracket should consider an iron such as the Cleveland Golf CG16 Black Pearl Irons Steel 4-PW.
An improving golfer might find intermediate irons beneficial to their game as they offer dual forgiveness married to core performance, resulting in an 8-17 handicapper finding COG slightly different from game improvement irons with a steeper angle and less height carried onto the green.
The most experienced golfers who have mastered most aspects of their game should use player’s irons, which work primarily to shape shots and enhance feel. A golfer with a handicap of 0-10 (low) will find these irons ideal and can take advantage of lowest and deepest COG.
Choosing golf club heads
Very forgiving, cavity back irons are where the back of the golf club head has been hollowed out to remove weight from behind the centre of the club face. More of the golf club’s head mass is around the perimeter and with the change to the physical appearance and weighting characteristics, the physics of impact between club face and golf ball are also adjusted. Cavity backs are easier to hit and achieve wider ranges of forgiveness for every golfer.
Over-sized Cavity Back
Over-sized cavity back golf club heads are the easiest to hit with as the head surface area is much bigger and majority of its weight is stored around the perimeter. Generally speaking the golf club head is more forgiving than its smaller counterparts and off-center hits fly straighter for longer.
Muscle back irons show the full back of the golf club as opposed to the hollowed out cavity back irons. Muscles offer the golfer more feedback from their shots while also demanding contact with the centre of the clubface for greater consistency. If you use a muscle back iron in 2014, then you do run the risk of losing significant distance and also possibly getting a worse feel on off-center hits. Muscles also have higher COG which is able to produce lower trajectory that’s often preferred.
Blade irons have more weight positioned behind the middle of the golf club and are very unforgiving; they will punish any strike that is badly hit, so be careful! Blades are preferred by most golfers due to their feel and workability on the golf ball. They also feel softer at impact. Blades have similar sweet spots on every shot which makes it harder to achieve absolute perfection, although the rewards for mastering this golf club head is well worth the extra effort.
Cast and Forged Golf Club Heads
Around 90% of golfers purchase clubs made by casting, which involves the process of pouring molten metal into a mould to produce a golf club head. Cast golf club heads are cheaper than the forged variety and are easier to handle as well. Some brands will explain that cast golf club heads are softer so be sure to consider this before buying as the harder the face of the golf club, the faster the golf ball will travel.
Forged golf club heads are made by taking a piece of soft metal and vigorously beating it into shape. Golfers, though not all of them, claim that dorged golf clubs offer enhanced feel because the steel that’s used in the forging process is softer due to the higher level of carbon content. Any golfers who like to play using forged golf clubs get softer feel with shots as well as greater control. Forged golf club heads are preferred by golfers of a lower handicap and cost more than a cast head but will certainly do the trick for you in 2015.
Steel shafts are weightier when compared to graphite and therefore increase the accuracy in each shot. A golfer with an average swing speed that is quick can really benefit from using steel shafts.
Senior and lady golfers might fare better with a graphite shaft as the weight is lesser and quicker swing speeds are encouraged for achieving greater distance. They are ideally suited to golfers with slower swing speeds.
The ‘flex’ in a shaft should also be considered as it refers to the ability of a golf shaft to bend as more force is applied during swing. This force is determined by the kind of golf swing you currently possess, whether it’s fast, slow, smooth or abrupt and jerky, and also the 5 generally used ratings for shaft flex, which is extra stiff, stiff, regular, senior (light) and ladies. As the shaft flexes throughout the swing, the position of the golf club head changes. It must be perfectly straight or squared at impact to get the most from each shot. There’s less chance of you making contact with the golf ball using a square golf club face if you have the wrong flex for your swing so make sure this is corrected before starting out.