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2017 Golf Irons

Golf irons make up the majority of clubs in a players’ bag, which makes choosing the right set one of the most vital decisions prior to heading onto the greens. With so many types of iron on the market, each offering different specifications, it can be a tough trying to find out which products are best. This buying guide to 2017 golf irons will reveal the best brands and offer useful advice on getting the golf iron that’s best for your particular game.


Among some of the best golf irons available on the market today, the Callaway Golf GBB Epic Steel Irons offer players best in launch, forgiveness, distance and a more controllable flight. Callaway's engineering team had been given the freedom to give the full iron set every performance advantage, by using the most ultra-premium materials and advancing some of the most revolutionary technologies in the industry. Epic Pro Irons are precision-milled and robotically welded, and every iron in this set is uniquely constructed for maximum integrity and optimum performance.

The TaylorMade M2 Steel Irons 2017 are another top-of-the-range iron which offers golfers maximum distance, height and forgiveness. The advanced multi-materials and technologies used in the M2 irons enable the ball to not only go far, but high as well. This advanced iron incorporates face slot and speed pocket technology giving golfers more control and distance and flexibility to protect ball speed for more consistent shot making.


Mizuno JPX golf irons

Super Game-Improvement irons

Most golfer who play exclusively at high handicap are often told to use super game-improvement irons as these offer greater forgiveness, and have the highest available offset--they’re easier to hit for golfers who struggle to get the golf ball higher.

Handicaps of 21-28 will find these clubs offering the lowest COG to help with higher golf ball flight, and they also come with the largest club head perimeter for a greatly improved forgiveness.

The Cobra King F7 ONE Steel Irons, Mizuno Golf JPX900 Irons Graphite 4-PW and Wilson Staff D-100 Irons Steel 5-SW gives a taste of the irons that will help with gaining proper feedback and excellent feel when playing a round at high handicap.


Game-Improvement irons

There’s more forgiveness to take advantage of if playing at mid-high handicap. Game-improvement irons, though easy to use, do tend to have a slight bias towards mid-handicap, but their low COG will get the golf ball higher at steeper angles.

The best irons for game-improvement players include the TaylorMade M2 Steel Irons 2017, Cobra King F7 Steel Irons, Wilson Staff D-250 Steel Irons, Mizuno Golf JPX900 Irons Steel 4-PW, PING i200 Steel Irons, Callaway Golf Steelhead XR Steel Irons and Cobra King Oversize Steel Irons.

, and each of these irons will help improve your game while working towards the next level.
Cobra King F7 golf irons

Intermediate irons

Intermediate golf irons are all about dual performance and forgiveness. A mid to low handicap (8-17) is imperative for getting the most from these clubs, as putting one into the bag means a much less forgiving iron will be in play, meaning you must possess more skill when playing at this level. COG is slightly different from its game-improvement counterparts, too, utilising a steeper angle and less height carried onto the green.

The Mizuno Golf JPX900 Tour Irons Steel 4-PW, Cobra King Forged ONE Steel Irons, Cleveland Golf 588 TT Irons Steel 5-PW, Benross HTX Type R Irons Steel 5-SW and TaylorMade PSi Irons Graphite 4-PW offer the best possible performance for intermediate irons players.


Player’s Irons

Player’s irons are for the most experienced golfers only, for those who have mastered their own game and feel confident in their shot-shaping and feel. Golfers playing off a handicap of 0-10 (low) will benefit from these irons ten-fold. They can also enjoy the lowest, deepest COG available by using these irons.

Some of the best low handicap irons include the PING iBlade Irons Steel 4-PW, Mizuno Golf MP-5 Steel Irons and Titleist MB 716 Irons Steel 4-PW.


Choosing the right iron head

This section will show you which irons heads should be considered for golfers of all levels and stages in their development.


Over-sized cavity back

Oversized cavity back heads are the easiest to hit as its surface area is bigger and the vast majority of its weight is stored around the perimeter. The club head is generally more forgiving than its smaller counterparts, and off-centre hits generally fly straighter and farther.


Cavity back

Still forgiving, cavity back irons have hollow heads to remove weight from behind the centre of the club face. This helps more of the club head’s mass around the perimeter. With the change to the physical appearance and weighting characteristics, the physics of impact between club face and golf ball are also adjusted, resulting in a golf iron that’s easier to hit, and achieves a wider range of forgiveness for golfers.


Muscle back

Muscle back irons have a full back of the club head as opposed to the hollowed out cavity back iron. Muscle back irons provide golfers with greater feedback, but also demand the golfer contact the golf ball with the centre of the club face with much greater consistency. By Using muscle back irons, players run the risk of losing a little distance and worse feel on off-centre hits. Muscle backs have higher centre of gravity location, which produces lower trajectory that’s preferred by many golfers. The cavity backs perimeter weighting and lower moment of inertia allows for more forgiveness.


Blade

Blade head irons have more weight positioned behind the middle of the golf club but are very unforgiving and any badly struck shot will be punished. Blades are preferred by most top golfers because it allows them to more easily work the golf ball; plus, it feels softer at impact. Blades have a much smaller sweet spot, but the rewards for mastering this golf club head is well worth the practice.


Forged head

Forged clubs are made by taking a piece of soft steel and beating it into shape. Many golfers claim that forged clubs offer better feel because the steel used in the forging process is softer due to the higher carbon content. Players who use forged clubs get softer feel with shots as well as greater control. The forged head is generally preferred by lower handicap golfers and costs a bit more, but better players will revel in its ability to help them save shots.


Cast head

The vast majority of golfers, probably around 90% - purchase golf clubs made by casting – which involves pouring molten metal into a mould to produce a golf club head. This is a cheaper alternative to forged irons and many more golfers will find it easier to handle than they might with the forged. Many companies will also tell about how soft cast heads are, but always remember that the harder the face of the club, the faster the golf ball will come off of it.


Steel shafts

Steel shafts weigh more than their graphite counterparts and increase consistency at higher speeds. Golfers whose swing speeds is between average to quick will benefit the most from using steel shafts.


Graphite shafts

Female and senior golfers might fare slightly better with a graphite shaft, which weights less and encourages quicker swing speeds for greater distance in each shot, and ideally they are suited to player’s with slower swings.


Shaft ‘flex’

It’s important to consider shaft flex as it refers to the ability of a golf shaft to bend as more force is applied during golf swing. The force is determined by the kind of golf swing you possess; be it fast, slow, jerky or smooth, and there are 5 generally used ratings for shaft flex: Extra stiff, stiff, regular, Senior (or light) and ladies. As the shaft flexes throughout the swing, the position of the golf club head changes. The face of the golf club must be perfectly straight (squared) at impact to get the most out of every shot. There is less chance that you will make contact with the golf ball using a square club face if you have the wrong flex for your swing, so making sure this is correct should take prominence.