Here at OnlineGolf we provide a collection of single irons ranging from some of golf’s leading brands including TaylorMade, Titleist, Ping and Mizuno. The single irons section can be a useful location for a golfer to either add a traditional shaped driving iron instead of opting to have a hybrid or higher lofted fairway wood further down the bag. This can also be the place to find one-off replacement irons to either supplement a lost, stolen or broken club and can also be the opportunity to try a new model with just purchasing one iron to try.
Single irons can be found in a range of lofts from anything between 18 to 58 degrees. Although Titleist’s latest utility range consists of a U500 and U510 model, the U510 model does deliver a 16 degree 1 driving iron but this would normally be found in a custom order and not stocked as a single iron. Aside from that extremely unusual and difficult piece of equipment to use, the lowest lofted and longest driving iron would therefore start at around 17 and 18 degrees equating to a 2 iron. A 3 iron would follow at around 21 degrees, then a 4 iron at around 24 degrees, a 5 iron at around 27 degrees, a 6 iron at around 30 degrees, a 7 iron at around 34 degrees, an 8 iron at around 38 degrees, a 9 iron at around 42 degrees and typically a pitching wedge between 46 to 48 degrees. Although wedges can be found in a different section, replacement/spare wedges in the form of an iron set can also be found in the single iron department. Therefore the additional lofted clubs that can also be available are a gap/A wedge set at around 50 degrees, a sand wedge at around 54 degrees and a lob wedge at around 58 degrees.
Within the single irons section, both graphite and steel can be the available shaft option depending on the club’s make and model. While the modern game is edging towards prioritising graphite as the most ideal and sole shaft component situated in a driving iron, the more traditional option of a steel shafted driving iron is still very much alive. The same goes for single irons away from the driving iron style, as all replacement irons depending on the stock available come in both graphite and steel options. Graphite is a slightly more expensive component to steel, but is now massively more favourable in the longer irons as its lightweight and increased forgiving feel allows a golfer to increase their swing speed and thus maximise distance. The more elite player may still favour venturing down the steel route, especially if their ball striking ability is well on point and therefore the player may feel in more control with a sturdier steel shafted single iron.
Single irons can also be found in all flex options including Extra Stiff, Stiff, Regular, Soft Regular, Lady Flex and Junior Flex. The most suitable flex option is dependent on a golfer’s club head speed, the two should correspond with each other in order to match the club’s ability to bend parallel to the speed of the golfer’s swing. This allows the golfer to feel in complete control of the club head’s path and thus prompting a more confident delivery towards impact. Choosing the correct shaft is critical in order to ensure the golfer receives the full benefit of using these excellent pieces of modern day golfing equipment.
This can depend on how much of a keen golfer you are. Typically, you should look to replace your golf irons every 3 to 5 years, or every 300 rounds of golf – whichever comes first. This is to compensate for wear and tear, so if you’ve bought single golf irons before outside of a set then this should be easy to judge. This also ensures you can keep your golf bag up to date with the latest changes in the club world, because just as your game is always improving, modern golf clubs are too.
Golf irons tend to range between 18 degrees and 43 degrees of loft. Specifically: a standard 2 iron is 18 degrees of loft, 3 irons come in at around 21 degrees 4 irons around 24 degrees, a 5 iron around 27 degrees, and 6 iron at 31 degrees of loft, a 7 iron at 35 degrees, an 8 iron between 37 to 39 degrees, and finally the 9 iron at the highest in the family at 41 to 43 degrees of loft. Higher launching and more forgiving golf irons tend to come with stronger lofts, and a lower loft tends to signify greater distance covered on your shot.
This depends on how you play your game. The lower the loft of your iron, then the less forgiveness you receive. But what the lower loft, between 2 to 4 irons, lacks in forgiveness they make up for in distance. If you’re an avid golfer and are confident in your accuracy and strike control, then lower loft single golf irons might be attractive to you. If you’re a recreational golfer who enjoys the support and comfort of a simplistic shot, then a higher loft golf iron would suit your game better.