There are lots of good irons being played on courses across the country, but deciding which of them is best is an extremely personal decision. Many of the big manufacturers design irons with certain types of players in mind. Naturally, the irons best for you will change as your game matures and hopefully improves. Depending on where you are in your game, you’ll benefit from different features available in the best irons in golf.
Players who head out on the weekends for a relaxing round of golf when they can get away tend to have slower, less consistent swings. To have a truly fun game, these players should be looking for game improvement irons that have features meant to correct for their swing defects. Larger sweet spots and lighter irons are all the rage right now, and for good reason — bigger sweet spots increase club forgiveness and the lighter weight allows for faster swing speeds for the average player.
TaylorMade has championed game improvement clubs of every type and they’ve not forgotten about your irons. Both the TaylorMade Rocketballz irons and TaylorMade Rocketbladez irons were built from the ground up with casual golfers in mind. They produce more ball speed, launch the ball higher, and have a sweet spot that reaches into the lowest part of the face, where many golfers actually strike the ball.
Dedicated golfers who are improving their games need different clubs to push them to swing straighter and faster. Game improvement clubs aren’t all bad at this stage, but by choosing clubs with smaller sweet spots and less forgiveness, these players are forced to tighten up their game. Many transitional irons are available to players looking to achieve a low handicap.
Cleveland CG Black irons didn’t rate exceptionally well with the casual golfer because they had smaller sweet spots and less workability than other game improvement irons in the year they debuted, but these same faults force the improving golfer to work harder while still having some forgiveness to keep the game fun. Titleist AP1 712 irons and Titleist AP2 712 irons are other excellent choices for improving golfers. Like the Cleveland irons, they look more like professional players’ clubs, but forgive some faults.
Semi-Pro and Professional Golfers
At the semi-professional level of play, most players already have a favorite set of irons, but everybody needs a recommendation sometimes. Titleist irons are the most popular on Tour, with the Titleist MB 712 irons just beating out the Titleist CB 712 irons. The MBs feature muscle backs, where the CBs have a shallow cavity back. The CBs are slightly more forgiving, but if you’re looking for a real challenge, try the MBs – these strictly traditional irons won’t forgive you for a single mis-stroke.