Golf irons comparison chart

Golf irons comparison chart DEFAULT

Hybrid Golf Club Comparison Chart

See How We Compare to Other Leaders in the Hybrid Golf Club Industry

Every hybrid golf club is different. Each manufacturer uses different technology to maximize their clubs’ performance. On the end of our shorter shafts is a specifically designed hybrid club head. We blend a deep center of gravity, contoured sole and flat milled face into our club heads to give you the most effective hybrid imaginable. See how our hybrids stack up against the biggest brands in golf.

ManufacturerClub StyleLow/Deep Center
of Gravity
Contoured Sole Forward
Leading Edge
Flat “Milled”
Full Line of
WedgewoodGold and Silver SeriesXXXXX
Adamsidea i-WoodsXXX
Ben HoganEdge CFTXXX
King CobraBafflerX
MacGregorMactec NVG2XX
NickentGenex 3DXX
The Perfect ClubXXX
TaylorMadeRescue DualXXX

Learn More About Our Hybrid Technology

Our Full Line of Hybrid Clubs

Wedgewood Golf is the leader in hybrid golf clubs. Our clubs specifically designed for golfers that have trouble hitting traditional clubs consistently. From tee to green you will start hitting higher, straighter and further shots.

Buy Hybrid IronsBuy Hybrid Woods

Following a number of advancements, the latest Golf Irons offer longer distances through the entire bag, but without the need to sacrifice any forgiveness


Head design

Match the head shape to your ball-striking ability. Bigger cavities are forgiving and tend the launch the ball higher (but also tend to have stronger lofts), while compact heads are more workable with less of a focus on distance alone.

Get custom fitted

There&#;s no industry standard for things like loft and lie, so while one manufacturer&#;s off-the-rack standard spec may be perfect for your swing, another&#;s will not. Make sure you hit some shots on a lie board using sole and impact tape under the supervision of a PGA Pro to ensure your set matches your swing, rather than trying to change your swing to suit your new irons!


Offset is the distance between the leading edge and the front of the hosel. Lrger, game improvement irons tend to have more offset as it encourages the golfer to position the hands more forward at address and also gives the clubface a little extra time to rotate around to square at impact, helping those that slice the ball.

Forged or cast?

The majority of irons on the market are cast and they tend to be larger in size and offer more distance as well as a firmer feel. Forged irons offer a softer feel and greater consistency. They also tend to be more expensive as they are more labour intensive to produce.

Steel or graphite?

The main difference between steel and graphite shafts is the weight. Graphite shafts are lighter, which can help golfers swing the club faster, but are more expensive and can be less durable than their steel counterparts.

  1. Uchiha clan members
  2. Disco jumpsuit costume
  3. Mp3 sounds downloads
  4. Batman spawn comic value

Hot List

About the Hot List

After a year in which we were forced to make the best out of having a lot less, the golf-equipment industry has a message for More is finally here. Exhibit 1A is this year’s Hot List.

Our 18th ranking of the game’s most intriguing golf clubs produced the most winning entries ever. Not only that, within our winners are dozens of permutations of models, settings and styles totaling more than options.

Like all the new golfers taking up the game, the clubs that will make you play your best golf ever—the clubs that will become your new best friends—are increasingly individualized. There is not one driver or iron or putter everyone must have. But the one driver, iron or putter that you must have is definitely here in our exhaustive review.

One thought resonated this year: Embrace the unknown. It’s so easy to try something different through the technology of a launch monitor and the expertise of a good fitter. New thinking energizes your old game. Be open to what you might find in this year’s Hot List. After surviving a year of less, get ready for your Year of More.

Ultimate TaylorMade Golf Irons Comparison of 2021

Best Golf Irons

What are the best golf irons available in ?

The best golf irons for you will depend on the individual strengths and weaknesses in your golf game, the kind of feel and sound you prefer from your irons, and what you like to look down on at address.

RYDER CUP The ultimate Whistling Straits preview

Golf irons test categories

To help simplify your selection process, we have split the best golf irons into five categories. Our forgiveness ratings are based on muscleback blades being 1 and hybrid irons being 5, with everything else fitting in-between. Click on the category to jump straight to it.

► Best Blades (Forgiveness category 1)

► Best Players Irons (Forgiveness category 2)

 Best Players Distance Irons (Forgiveness Category –3)

► Best Mid-Handicap Irons (Forgiveness Category 3–)

► Best High-Handicap Irons (Forgiveness Category –5)

What irons are included in the test?

This is the ONLY place you’ll find all the latest irons compared against each other, with published launch monitor data and recommendations of the top performers. Despite all our efforts, there were two clubs (Callaway’s Apex TCB and Srixon’s ZX4 irons) that we didn’t quite get to test, but based on what we know about them and how models from their matching families performed, we’ve included them to ensure you have a full picture of the market.

RELATED: Golf World's Top Resorts in the UK and Ireland

If you have a particular model already in mind, you can jump straight to its review in our full list of the best golf irons of


Ben Hogan Icon | Ben Hogan PTx Pro


Callaway Apex 21 | Callaway Apex 21 Pro | Callaway Apex DCB

Callaway Apex MB | Callaway Apex TCB


Cleveland Launcher HB


Cobra King Forged Tec | Cobra King RADSpeed


Honma T//World GS | Honma T//World TR20 P | Honma T//World TR20 V


Lynx Black Cat


Mizuno JPX Forged | Mizuno JPX Hot Metal Pro

Mizuno JPX Tour | Mizuno MP HMB

Mizuno MP MB | Mizuno MP MMC


Ping G | Ping G | Ping i


PXG  | PXG P Gen 3

PXG XP Gen 3 | PXG XP T Gen 3


Srixon ZX4 | Srixon ZX5 | Srixon ZX7


TaylorMade P7MB | TaylorMade P7MC

TaylorMade P | TaylorMade P

TaylorMade SIM 2 Max | TaylorMade SIM 2 Max OS


Titleist T S


Wilson D9 | Wilson Staff Model | Wilson Staff Model CB

For , the top performing models of each category receive a Best Golf Iron of Award. These are the cream of this year’s offerings; they highlight which clubs will perform for you, based on data from our launch monitor.

If you’re in the market for any new golf irons this year, use our recommendations to narrow your shortlist. Then get fitted, as that’s the only way to optimise new models for you.

RELATED: Today's Golfer Editor's Choice Awards winners revealed


RELATED: Love KBS iron shafts? Should you try the new KBS TD driver shaft?

How we performed our Best Golf Irons test

We asked all the major equipment manufacturers to submit their entire ranges for testing.

We created a controlled test environment indoors at Keele Golf Centre and used Callaway Chrome Soft X premium golf balls. We selected this ball because not only is it played by some of the world’s best players (Jon Rahm and Xander Schauffele included) but our test pro (Neil Wain) was a big fan of it when we hit it against his usual Titleist Pro V1 last year (see the results here), and he’s looking at switching to it in

RELATED: Best Golf Clubs for Beginners

We collected a ton of data from every iron shot hit, using a Foresight Sports GC Quad launch monitor.

BUY NOW: Callaway Chrome Soft and Chrome Soft X balls

We use the Callaway Chrome Soft X Triple Track golf ball for our club testing.

How we analysed our Best Golf Irons data

Before we came to any conclusions, we analysed the data for each club tested; on distance, spin rates, forgiveness. The latter we refer to as drop offs; the differences in ball speed, spin and carry between our test pro’s on- and off-centre hits.

This insight gives a reliable indication of how forgiving each model will be on the course, as we’ve argued for years that dispersion can be very misleading as it’s based on how you swing on a particular day. We analysed all that data before choosing winners.

RELATED: Tested – Best Drivers


Callaway Apex MB irons

RRP: £1, (s), £1, (g) |

Availability: 3-PW, AW  

Stock shaft: Project X 10 (s)

7-iron loft: 34°  Forgiveness category: 1

Callaway Apex MB iron.

TG Verdict: Give 10 players the opportunity to design their dream muscleback iron and eight or nine of them will come up with the new Apex MB. And we say that because so many top-level golfers love straight and true top lines and leading edges.

Blades are utterly subjective as one man’s pleasure is another man’s poison, but for us the Callaway Apex MB is the blade of the year as it’s absolutely gorgeous.

RELATED: Callaway Apex MB irons

The satin finish takes away the shiny plating that some players raise issue with. And the idea to locate a hefty weight behind the impact zone, means the model can be swing weighted for different shafts without putting mass inside the hosel, which draws the centre of gravity towards the heel.

If you’re completely brand agnostic you will not find a better looking blade than the Apex MB in

BUY IT NOW: Get the Callaway Apex MB irons from Scottsdale Golf

RELATED: Which Callaway iron is right for you?

WATCH: Best Blade video


TaylorMade P7MB iron

RRP: £1, |

Availability: 3-PW  

Stock shaft: KBS Tour

7-iron loft: 35°  Forgiveness rating: 1

TaylorMade P7MB iron.

TG verdict: If Callaway’s Apex is blade of the year, then the TaylorMade P7MB had to be blade of As soon as the model launched Rory McIlroy and Charley Hull put them in their bags, and there’s been some serious love amongst muscleback aficionados. 

We love the head shape and the CNC Milled face and grooves of the P7MB, and our test pro was impressed by the feel, we just wish we had the game to play a set.

FULL REVIEW: TaylorMade P7MB irons

RELATED: Best Ladies' Irons

WATCH: Which TaylorMade P-Series iron should I play?

In all fairness we reckon that thanks to TaylorMade’s new forged irons being available on a pick and mix basis, it’s highly likely lots of combo sets have been created with the P7MB PW, 9 and 8 irons teamed up with P7MC mid and long irons.

TaylorMade don’t launch musclebacks very often – since there’s only been the P, Tour Preferred and Tiger Woods’ very bespoke P7TW – so don’t leave it too long if you have any desire to pair a set of P7MBs with your own game.

BUY IT NOW: Get the TaylorMade P7MB irons from Scottsdale Golf

RELATED: Which TaylorMade iron is right for you?

Ben Hogan Icon iron

RRP: From £ |

Availability: 4-PW  

Stock shaft: Choose from four premium options

7-iron loft: 34°  Forgiveness rating: 1

Ben Hogan Icon iron.

TG verdict: In a perfect world we’d all have a set of Ben Hogan Icon irons tucked away in the garage just for when we hit a purple ball striking patch. We grew up when Hogan Medallion irons were all the rage and we love how Hogan have given the Icon a lovely modern makeover today. 

Realistically not too many people will buy a 4–PW set. But we love how Ben Hogan offer a great combo set which teams the Icon 8-PW with the more forgiving hollow body PTX Pro 5, 6 and 7 irons, and an option of either a degree forgiving utility UiHi iron or hybrid.

If you’ve got the game, the Icon irons are a very cool set of irons for very sensible amounts of money. Our data has them down as 2nd only to the Ping Blueprint when it comes to any sort of ball speed and carry distance protection.

FULL REVIEW: Ben Hogan Icon Irons

RELATED: Can you buy decent forged irons for £?

Wilson Staff Model iron

RRP: £ |

Availability: 3-PW  

Stock shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold

7-iron loft: 34°  Forgiveness rating: 1

Wilson Staff Model iron.

TG verdict: The iron that’s reignited the imagination of Wilson golf fans and put the brand back on the forged iron map. The Wilson Staff Model launched in and Gary Woodland used them to win his US Open at Pebble Beach. 

The irons are just pure classic musclebacks and they’re obviously hitting the spot with golfers as there’s now a Staff Model CB (cavity back) iron and matching tour level golf ball.

If you’re thinking the Wilson blades are right for your game just remember our consistent striking test pro saw 15–18 yard drop-offs in carry distance on some slight mishits with the Staff Model, and that makes them much more of a challenge to live with on the golf course.

RELATED: Which Wilson iron is right for you?

Mizuno MP MB iron

RRP: £ per club |

Availability: 3-PW  

Stock shaft: Choose from 18 premium options 

7-iron loft: 34°  Forgiveness rating: 1

Mizuno MP MB iron.

TG verdict: Mizuno muscleback irons are often put on a lofty pedestal by gear nuts. And it’s probably justified when you realise the likes of Brooks Koepka, Paul Casey, Justin Rose and Jason Day have all played their irons recently unpaid. In many elite golfers’ books Mizuno’s Japanese craftsmen are nothing short of forged iron gods.  

FULL REVIEW: Mizuno MP MB irons

WATCH: Which Mizuno MP iron should I play?

Thanks to being the brand's first blade in decades to have a micro-thin copper coating underneath the shiny plated finish, the Mizuno MP MBs are the best feeling blades the brand have made for ages.

If you’re wondering why we haven’t mentioned which blade was fastest or longest in our test, well anybody who plays them is much more focused on how they shape and work shots around the golf course than what that ability costs them in terms of speed or distance on a launch monitor.

BUY IT NOW: Get the Mizuno MP MB irons from Scottsdale Golf

RELATED: Which Mizuno iron is right for you?


Who are players irons for?

Handicap range: 10 and under

Better player irons are a thing of beauty that should only really be entertained by accomplished ball-strikers. Why? Because better player irons tend to have a smaller head size, a smaller cavity, a heavier shaft and weaker loft – all leading to a club that is less forgiving to hit.

Even if you are good enough to use players' irons, there's nothing to say you have to. But, as your game improves and confidence grows, many golfers feel the need to announce their arrival with a set of irons worthy of a decent player. For those blessed with a good degree of ball-striking, these irons tend to feel softer, sound crisper and give more feedback than game-improvement and super-game-improvement irons.

Plus, because of the smaller head, weight positioned around the perimeter is closer to the centre of gravity, making players' irons easier to shape (but also less forgiving).

Srixon ZX7 iron

RRP: 5-PW £ (s), £ (g) or from £ per club | 

Availability: 4-PW  

Stock shaft: Nippon NS Pro Modus3 Tour

7-iron loft: 32° Forgiveness category: 2

Srixon ZX7 iron.

TG verdict: Over the years Srixon have got nowhere near the credit they deserve when it comes to forged irons, but we think that’s starting to change since the brand have doubled down and repositioned themselves as a players’ equipment brand.

The ZX7, with its very Japanese high-toe shape, is a simple but classy beauty. And that’s usually what ‘players’ ask for.

There’s nothing to not like about this sleek but powerful model. Our pro really liked the feel and feedback from the ZX7 and the data it produced against its peers is really impressive. A 7-iron carry of yards was our third longest, but more impressively was how the Srixon ZX7 combined that power with only dropping seven yards (%) between on and off-centre hits (third best), which really helps consistency and scoring on the course.

Remember, this year you can buy the ZX7 iron individually and mix and match them with the more forgiving and more powerful Srixon ZX5 mid and long irons if you need to.

FULL REVIEW: Srixon ZX7 irons

BUY IT NOW: Get the Srixon ZX7 irons from Scottsdale Golf

RELATED: Is Srixon's Z-Star 's best ball? 

TaylorMade P7MC iron

RRP: £1, |

Availability: 3-PW

Stock shaft: KBS Tour 

7-iron loft: 34°  Forgiveness category: 2 

TaylorMade P7MC iron.

TG verdict: Judging by the level of interest on our social media and YouTube channels, the launch of TaylorMade’s new muscle cavity P7MC iron was a highlight of last year.

It’s really important to remember this is very much a tour-level iron though and it was designed in conjunction with TaylorMade’s tour staff so be very careful before deciding if it’s the perfect fit for your game.

FULL REVIEW: TaylorMade P7MC irons

WATCH: Which TaylorMade P-Series iron should I play?

As far as head shapes go, they just don’t come any better; the P7MC is an absolute cracker, with just the sort of simple styling that never looks old.

Because we were assessing players irons, where precision and consistency are key determining factors of making a purchase, we didn’t just analyse how the models in the category protected carry distance.

Instead, we looked at the differences in ball speed and backspin too and unbelievably the TaylorMade P7MC was the only iron to place among the top three for all three areas. That tells us if you’re a good ball striker you’ll see some very consistent results from the P7MC’s on the course. We just wish we were good enough to use a set.

BUY IT NOW: Get the TaylorMade P7MC irons from Scottsdale Golf

RELATED: Best Golf Stand Bags

Mizuno JPX Tour iron

RRP: £ per iron |

Availability: 4-GW 

Stock shaft: KBS S-Taper 

7-iron loft: 34°  Forgiveness category: 2 

Mizuno JPX Tour iron.

TG verdict: The Mizuno JPX Tour iron has a slightly longer blade length than Mizuno’s MP MB which means it’s often better positioned in the hands of point and shoot golfers, or players who see shots in straighter lines rather than those who try to work shots into flag positions.

The Tours are a classically shaped, great looking Mizuno tour cavity iron, and the model has big shoes to fill after the previous two (JPX and JPX Tour’s) were so successful. It’s really difficult to say one ‘players’ iron is better than another as we’re well aware personal preference and brand affiliation comes into a buying decision in a big way with above average golfers.

FULL REVIEW: Mizuno JPX Tour irons

Watch: Which Mizuno JPX iron is right for me?

Like the Wilson CBs if you’re positive your game will benefit from a true ‘players’ iron you simply cannot afford to ignore Mizuno JPX Tour irons; they’re proven masters of the category and this is the best tour-level cavity back they make.

For many the attraction of Mizuno is sealed by how the brand take a one-price stance and incorporate a whole array of great shaft options at zero upcharge, which is well worth remembering at this end of the market.

BUY IT NOW: Get the Mizuno JPX Tour irons from Scottsdale Golf

RELATED: Which Mizuno iron is right for you?

Wilson Staff Model CB iron

RRP: £ | 

Availability: 4-PW 

Stock shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold

7-iron loft: 34°  Forgiveness category: 2

Wilson Staff Model CB iron.

TG verdict: Wilson have a long history when it comes to forged irons, and the brand has had a real resurgence among ‘players’ over the last few.

If you truly are a very consistent ball striker who doesn’t need to keep an eye on distance, Wilson should be factored into your buying decision in

The CBs are a very traditional lofted, tour-level cavity back which thanks to the likes of TaylorMade’s P7MCs and Callaway’s Apex TCB are now the height of fashion. The glossy high polished plating will split opinion, but there simply isn’t a more traditional iron finish available, and it definitely doesn’t take anything away from the lovely head shape.

Don’t fall into the trap of thinking ‘players’ irons launch, spin, peak out and descend shots onto the green at better angles, just because they have more loft. Our data shows it’s simply not the case.

The CB comes with a heavier, lower launching Dynamic Gold shaft, and less offset which means shots have a more penetrating, lower trajectory.

Compared to the competition the CB was great at protecting ball speed (third best) and carry (fifth), which makes them a very solid choice this year.

FULL REVIEW: Wilson Staff Model CB irons

PXG T Gen 3 iron

RRP: From £ per iron |

Availability: 4-GW 

Stock shaft: True Temper Elevate Tour or 95 (s) Mitsubishi MMT 70 or 80g (g) 

7-iron loft: 32°  Forgiveness category: 2

PXG T Gen 3 iron.

RELATED: Everything you need to know about the PXG T Gen4 iron

TG verdict: We usually see ‘players’ models as having no fast face or hollow body tech, but PXG are the one brand who break our rule, as almost all their irons have hollow heads.

This is the first year we’ve had PXG’s full iron line-up included in our ‘Best Irons’ section, and if you glance across the different iron categories their results are nothing short of remarkable. PXG know how to make brilliant irons.

The T Gen 3 is a really good-looking head with a lovely straight, but not confidence-shatteringly thin topline. Thanks to the extra forgiveness of the perimeter tungsten weighting and DualCor material inside, the T (Tour) are actually reasonably forgiving and very powerful for this category.

The head filling ensures sound and feel are fantastic, but if you are a proper ‘player’ who really wants to work shots, we’ve seen how PXG irons are very straight, which comes down to incredibly efficient perimeter weighting.

Of course, not everyone has £1, to splurge on a new set, but if you do the PXG T Gen 3 irons are seriously impressive.  


BUY IT NOW: Get the PXG T Gen 3 irons from Scottsdale Golf

RELATED: How a chance meeting led to PXG's creation

WATCH: Best Players' Iron video


Callaway Apex TCB iron

RRP: £1, |

Availability: 4-AW  

Stock shaft: True Temper Project X 10 or X LS

7-iron loft: 34°  Forgiveness category: 2

Callaway Apex TCB iron.

To say we were devastated to hear we wouldn't have a Callaway Apex TCB sample in time for our Best Golf Irons test is a massive understatement.

FULL REVIEW: Callaway Apex TCB irons

Yes, we love testing all the latest equipment launches, but more importantly we pride ourselves on bringing golfers the most up to date and relevant buying information, and to miss this mammoth iron from our test sessions was a bitter pill to swallow.

But, let's face facts. Two of the top five players in the world, Jon Rahm and Xander Schauffele, are playing this new model – there’s no way it’s not going to be good. We can’t wait to find out how good when we finally get our hands on a set.

BUY IT NOW: Get the Callaway Apex TCB irons from Scottsdale Golf

RELATED: WITB Xander Schauffele

Mizuno MP MMC iron

RRP: £ per iron |

Availability: 4-PW  Stock shaft: KBS S-Taper 

7-iron loft: 32°  Forgiveness category:  

Mizuno MP MMC iron.

The Mizuno MP MMC is the ‘players’ iron for golfers who think with their head rather than their heart.

The MMC’s top line thickness is just 1mm wider than the MP MB which means you give up very little in terms of looks, yet get extra help with forgiveness thanks to the MMC’s multi-material construction.

WATCH: Which Mizuno MP iron should I play?

In terms of data the MP MMC flat-out performs. In a category where there’s less talk of technology MMC bagged top spot for protecting ball speed (there was mph / % between our test pro’s on and off-centre hits) and carry distance protection (four yards / %) which is seriously impressive for an iron that’s highly likely to be revamped by Mizuno later in

FULL REVIEW: Mizuno MP MMC irons

RELATED: Which Mizuno iron is right for you?

Ping i iron

RRP: £ (s) £ (g) per iron |

Availability: 3-UW  

Stock shaft: Choose from 10 options

7-iron loft: 33°  Forgiveness category:

Ping i iron.

The Ping i irons will be three years old come July, but they’re still going strong and are an excellent choice.

FULL REVIEW: Ping i irons

They’re Ping’s most played tour iron, and while our data shows they didn’t out-gun the stronger lofted competition, they are a very solid option that Ping will happily custom fit to you.

Our pro switched out of the iBlade to the Ping i a couple of years ago and he still swears it is one of the best ‘player’ models available; Tyrrell Hatton certainly wouldn’t argue with that.

BUY IT NOW: Get the Ping i irons from Scottsdale Golf

RELATED: Which Ping iron is right for you?

Honma T//World TR20 V iron

RRP: £1, |

Availability:  (PW), 11 (GW) 

Stock shaft: Nippon Modus3 / Nippon NSGH Neo / Honma Vizard IB-WF

7-iron loft: 32°  Forgiveness category: 2

Honma T//World TR20 V iron.

Honma forged irons have turned our heads over the last few years. Not only have they always been really attractive and offered great feel, but there’s lots of options to choose from, as Honma never take a one-size-fits-all approach to forged irons.

We love how golfers can mix and match between the three TR20 sets (B;  Blade, V; Player iron and P; Players Distance iron). It means a decent fitter can create your own perfect combo set.

WATCH: How Honma T/World TR20 irons performed against forged rivals

The T//World TR20 V iron is a really simple and attractive head, there’s no fluffy tech story, just a great shaped Japanese forging. So if you’re one to put Japanese forgings on a higher pedestal than their Chinese counterparts, you really should check them out.

FULL REVIEW: Honma T//World TR20 V

BUY IT NOW: Get the Honma T//World TR20 V irons from Scottsdale Golf

Titleist TS iron

RRP: £ (s) £ (g) per club |

Availability: 3-UW  Stock shaft: Choose from 10 options

7-iron loft: 32°  Forgiveness category: 2

Titleist T S iron.

Like it or loath it, golf has become a launch monitor game. Today, when golfers get fitted there’s always a launch monitor showing how each model compares to the next.

As good as the original T irons were, and they’re hugely successful on tour, Titleist realised golfers buy on numbers. And having weaker lofts than most, the T irons really struggled to compete in launch monitor wars. Titleist’s answer was the TS. The new model have stronger lofts (2° stronger in the 7-iron), and according to our data they now position Titleist right at the sharp end of the ‘players’ iron category.

Our pro saw a gain of seven yards of carry distance switching from the T to the TS. The S were also his second longest model ( yards).

There were significant drops in backspin and descent angle to get the extra power, but we like a lot of good players still rate this model.

RELATED: What's new in the Titleist Pro V1

BUY IT NOW: Get the Titleist TS irons from Scottsdale Golf


 players golf irons test data from on our launch monitor.


TaylorMade P iron

RRP: £1, – Hollow Body |

Availability: 3-PW, AW  Stock shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold (with VSS Pro) (s) UST Recoil (g)

7-iron loft: °  Forgiveness rating: 3

TaylorMade P iron.

TG verdict: The original P (launched in ) transformed TaylorMade’s iron business, it was the brand's biggest selling forged iron ever and its older brother the P () is every bit as good.

Tons of golfers swooned over TaylorMade’s beautiful new Ps that launched in but if your game dictates needing to keep an eye on distance, our data spells out loud and clear how much is on the line by opting for the more compact model. 

FULL REVIEW: TaylorMade P irons

Where the P was our test pro’s longest players iron of the year (joint 1st with the Srixon ZX5 at yards) the TaylorMade P, which has a 7-iron loft that is degrees weaker, was shortest at yards. Which, unless you’re a low single figure handicapper who’s not worried about distance, is a heck of a lot to give up.

What’s really interesting is both the P and P irons produced very good drop off numbers. The P ranked 2nd and 4th for backspin and carry distance difference, while the TaylorMade P recorded the lowest ball speed and backspin difference and posted the 2nd smallest carry distance drop off, so both come with a degree of forgiveness.

The choice between the two models comes down to how much premium you put either on a smaller more compact head shape or maximising distance.

BUY IT NOW: Get the TaylorMade P irons from Scottsdale Golf

RELATED: Which TaylorMade iron is right for you?

Srixon ZX5 iron

RRP: 5–PW £ (s) £ (g) or from £ per club |

Availability: 4-PW  

Stock shafts: Nippon NS Pro Modus3 Tour (s) Diamana ZX (g)

7-iron loft: 31°  Forgiveness rating:

Srixon ZX5 iron.

TG verdict: We’ve known for years that Srixon make really good forged irons, and this year, thanks to thier strong performance in this test and the fact four-time major champ Brooks Koepka has put a set in play (he won the Phoenix Open with the ZX7) unpaid, more golfers than ever will sit up and take notice of them. 

The ZX5 irons are absolute beauties. We’re massive fans of the straight line look of the top and leading edges, both combine to give a really simple, clean, unfussy and powerful appearance. The forged springy SUP10 face and 1° less loft than the ZX7 gave our test pro 4mph more ball speed and 10 yards extra 7-iron carry distance, which showcases brilliantly how much fast face players irons bring to the party.

We love the idea that it’s now possible to buy Srixon’s ZX7, ZX5 and ZX4 irons as individual clubs, so if you want a little more control in the short irons and more pop in the long sticks it’s entirely possible to get it.

FULL REVIEW: Srixon ZX5 irons

BUY IT NOW: Get the Srixon ZX5 irons from Scottsdale Golf

RELATED: WITB Brooks Koepka

Honma T//World TR20 P iron

RRP: From £1, |

Availability: (PW), 11 (AW)

Stock shaft: Nippon Modus 3 (s) Honma Vizard TR65 (g) 

7-iron loft: 30° Forgiveness rating:

Honma T//World TR20 P iron.

TG verdict: is the year forged iron fans are utterly spoilt for choice. The market is bubbling away like fine champagne, as high-profile launches appeared from all the major equipment brands since the end of summer It doesn’t matter if you want musclebacks, tour level cavity backs or forged distance irons, there’s not just solutions out here for everyone in , this year there’s beautiful solutions too. Credit where credit’s due Honma have preached this sort of multi-pronged forged iron story for years. 

The Honma T//World TR20 P irons are the latest in a long line of lovely forged models from the brand. And if you’re the sort who swears blind fast face irons are inconsistent, then they will blow that sort of thinking out of the water.

WATCH: How Honma T/World TR20 irons performed against forged rivals

The TR20 P dropped just % of ball speed (4th best), % of backspin (3rd best) and 10 yards of carry distance (6th best) between on and off-centre hits. And it does all that whilst managing to be a really desirable shape that was also our 5th longest player’s distance iron. That sort of across-the-board performance is award winning.

If you find yourself dilly dallying between the Honma TR20 P and the weaker lofted (with no fast face tech) TR20 V, our test pro carried the P 7-iron 7 yards further.

FULL REVIEW: Honma T//World TR20 P irons

BUY IT NOW: Get the Honma T//World TR20 P irons from Scottsdale Golf

Mizuno JPX Forged iron

RRP: £ per iron |

Availability: 4-GW

Stock shaft: Nippon Modus /

7-iron loft: 31°  Forgiveness rating: 3

Mizuno JPX Forged iron.

TG verdict: When your whole business is built on the success of forged irons and your craftsmen have been forging clubs for years, you challenge and push boundaries that others don’t dare touch. And that’s Mizuno’s thinking with the JPX Forged.

Taking chromoly steel which is well known for being springy and lively and stamping it into a top performing mass market Mizuno forged iron was a challenge Mizuno were happy to accept. And they’ve managed it because their experts reckon forged chromoly steel has a very bright future ahead. 

We’ve tested the JPX Forged before and they’re a brilliant blend of narrow top edges that lots of reasonable players like, along with a forgiving undercut cavity back. Mizuno reckon they suit 10–14 handicappers brilliantly.

FULL REVIEW: Mizuno JPX Forged

Watch: Which Mizuno JPX iron is right for me?

Lots of golfers have found themselves choosing between these and Mizuno’s hollow body MP HMB. Our data has the one-degree stronger (7-iron) Forged adding 1mph of ball speed and two yards of carry distance over the HMB.

With such a small performance difference, decisions should be focused around how Mizuno reckon the HMB (Hot Metal Blade) are often a better fit for slightly lower handicappers (5–9), and whether you’re a hollow body fan.

Just remember the face material in both irons is chromoly steel, and if you’re stuck between the Forged and the JPX Tour, our data suggests you’ll give up 8 yards of 7-iron carry distance by not opting for the Forged.

BUY IT NOW: Get the Mizuno JPX Forged irons from Scottsdale Golf

RELATED: Which Mizuno iron is right for you?

PXG P Gen3 iron

RRP: From £ per iron – Hollow body |

Availability: 3-PW, GW

Stock shaft: True Temper Elevate Tour or 95 (s) Mitsubishi MMT 70 or 80g (g) 

7-iron loft: 31°  Forgiveness rating: 3

PXG P Gen3 iron.

RELATED: Everything you need to know about the PXG P Gen4 iron

TG verdict: PXG often get a rough ride in online forums. As critics love hurling the ‘way to expensive’ grenade at whatever equipment they produce. One hardcore naysayer even recently suggested there’s zero evidence the brands perimeter weighting story actually does anything more than a traditional cavity back iron.

Well, thanks to looking at drop offs between our test pro’s on and off centre shots we can say PXG irons flat out perform. 

The P gave our test pro his smallest carry distance drop-off (six yards/%), which of course increases consistency and predictability on the golf course.

The Ps were amongst our top three irons for protecting ball speed and four for protecting backspin difference too, which largely comes down to the hollow body, DualCor filling and how the brands expensive tungsten weights all work in tandem.

We love the P head shapes through the set, they’re very attractive to a wide audience of players and PXG say their MOI is 13% higher than the T (Players’ iron).

In terms of data the P gave our test pro 3 yards extra carry distance (7-iron) to the T, but 11 yards less than the 3deg stronger PXG XP (Mid Handicap iron) whilst also posting yards in carry distance, which was joint fifthin our test,  which was against some stronger lofted models.


BUY IT NOW: Get the PXG P Gen3 irons from Scottsdale Golf

WATCH: Best Players' Distance Iron video


Cobra King Forged Tec iron

RRP: £ (s) £ (g) – Hollow Body |

Availabilty: 3-GW

Stock shaft: KBS $ Taper Lite (s) Project X Catalyst (g)

7-iron loft: °  Forgiveness rating:

Cobra King Forged Tec irons.

The Cobra Forged Tec were one of our best performing players distance irons in and they’re still very good this year.

The strongest 7-iron loft (deg) of the category ensures they’re fast and powerful, and if you’re going all guns blazing for distance the Forged Tec have to be on your shortlist in

Compared to the competition the Cobra King heads are a fraction chunkier, with a wider top line and a little more hosel offset, which helps flight shots from the strong lofts.

FULL REVIEW: Cobra King Forged Tec irons 

BUY IT NOW: Get the Cobra King Forged Tec irons from Scottsdale Golf

Ben Hogan PTx Pro iron

RRP: £ (5-PW) – Hollow Body |

Availability: 4-PW  

Stock shaft: Choose from four premium options

7-iron loft: 34°  Forgiveness rating:  

Ben Hogan PTx Pro iron.

In the launch monitor era Ben Hogan are one brand who staunchly defend traditional iron lofts. They say they want to ensure golfers have no issues launching, spinning or stopping approaches onto any green.

That sort of stance means Hogan irons are massive underdogs for golfers who insist on slug feasting it out on pure speed and distance alone.

For golfers who aren’t obsessed by every last yard though, the Ben Hogan PTx Pro irons are an extremely good blend of modern hollow body technology with a very attractive head shape and look. We’re big fans and not only because they’re the best value for money forged iron on the market this year.

FULL REVIEW: Ben Hogan PTx Pro irons

TaylorMade P iron

RRP: £1, – Hollow Body |

Availability: 3-PW, AW

Stock shaft: KBS Tour

7-iron loft: 33°  Forgiveness rating:

TaylorMade P iron.

The hollow body P caused a massive stir when they launched last summer. We heard from so many golfers hoping their game was just good enough to slide them into the model, without putting too much playability on the line.

The truth is the TaylorMade P golf irons are adorable, we’ve tested them a few times now and they look, feel and sound brilliant, but there’s no escaping they’ve cost our test pro 12–15 yards of 7-iron carry distance on each occasion he’s hit them.

FULL REVIEW: TaylorMade P irons

WATCH: Which TaylorMade P-Series iron should I play?

And if most club golfers think with their heads and not their hearts that’s way too much of a trade-off for a more compact head shape.

If you are looking however at the weaker lofted models within this category (degree – degree 7-iron lofts) the P was brilliant at protecting ball speed (mph difference - 1st), backspin ( RPM – 1st) and carry distance (8 yards difference – 2nd), which means it’s a great iron that’s likely to be most at home in the hands of low–to-mid single-figure handicappers.

BUY IT NOW: Get the TaylorMade P irons from Scottsdale Golf

RELATED: Which TaylorMade iron is right for you?

Callaway Apex 21 Pro iron

RRP: £1, (s), £1, (g) – Hollow Body |

Availability: 3- PW, AW

Stock shaft: True Temper Elevate ETS g (s) Mitsubishi MMT (g)

7-iron loft: 33°  Forgiveness rating:

Callaway Apex 21 Pro iron.

Hollow-body irons haven’t really been Callaway’s bag before, but in the new Apex 21 Pro is an absolute delight.

The muscleback appearance gives the impression of being a blade, whilst inside there’s up to 90g of low and deep tungsten weighting to maximise forgiveness from what is very much a players’ iron head shape and size.

FULL REVIEW: Callaway Apex 21 Pro irons

Callaway reckon the model suits scratch to high single figure handicappers, so we can see lots of players struggling to choosing between them and the TaylorMade P’s. Realistically the decision is likely to come down to price, and the Pro’s edge that battle by £

Our data shows the standard Apex 21 iron being seven yards longer if distance is more of a priority.

BUY IT NOW: Get the Callaway Apex 21 Pro irons from Scottsdale Golf

RELATED: Which Callaway iron is right for you?

Mizuno MP HMB iron

RRP: £ per club – Hollow Body |

Availability: 2-PW

Stock shaft: Nippon Modus

7-iron loft: 32°  Forgiveness rating:

Mizuno MP HMB iron.

The HMB iron will be two years' old this summer so they’re highly likely to be replaced at some point in , but that hasn’t stopped Jason Day being spotted with some in his bag recently.

As long as you’re a reasonable ball striker and your handicap falls somewhere close to the brand's 5–9 guide, you just can’t not like the Mizuno MP HMB iron.

FULL REVIEW: Mizuno MP HMB irons

WATCH: Which Mizuno MP iron should I play?

Purists will say the face is springy chromoly steel, but if that doesn’t float your boat Mizuno also have the MP MMC and JPX Tour that will. Our data suggests the HMB’s give up 9 yards to the brands JPX Hot Metal Pro irons, which will be a factor to some.

In our book anyone who already owns the MP HMB have a set of Mizuno irons that will stand the test of time.

BUY IT NOW: Get the Mizuno MP HMB irons from Scottsdale Golf

RELATED: Which Mizuno iron is right for you?


How the players distance irons compared in data on our launch monitor.


Who are mid-handicap irons for?

Handicap range: 10+

A mid-handicap iron (or game-improvement iron as it is often called) is designed to deliver if your game needs a little bit of help – and let's face it, that’s most of us. With a slighter larger profile, a lighter shaft, stronger lofts and a slightly thinner face, game-improvement irons are a more forgiving club that is designed to improve ball speeds and carry distance - even when shots aren't hit in the centre of the face.

Mid-handicap irons typically make up 80% of a brand’s sales and with the average UK handicap around 14, the market for them is huge. So it’s important for manufacturers to do game-improvement irons really well, with a design that blends good looks, excellent off-centre hit forgiveness and strong carry distance.

Typically they have a larger head with more offset (distance from the hosel to the leading edge), which positions the centre of gravity further back. The extra offset and wider sole positions more weight beneath and further back from the ball’s equator to help shots get airborne. A cavity or hollow head positions more mass around the perimeter to improve forgiveness.

PXG XP Gen 3 iron

RRP: From £ per iron |

Availability: 3-PW, GW

Stock shaft: True Temper Elevate Tour or 95 (s) Mitsubishi MMT 70 or 80g (g) 

7-iron loft: 28°  Forgiveness rating:  

PXG XP Gen 3 iron.

RELATED: Everything you need to know about the PXG XP Gen4 iron

TG verdict: The XP (Xtreme Performance) isn’t one of PXG’s new lower price models (though the price has come down from last year) but, leaving cost aside and just looking at the numbers, the XP Gen 3 is stunning. Yes, the lofts are strong (the 7-iron is 28°), but so is the competition.

The PXG was our longest mid-handicap iron (by three yards), but amazingly the XP also produced our smallest carry distance drop off (eight yards or %) of the whole category. That means great consistency on the course which is just what most club golfers need.

Our test pro was really impressed with the sound and feel, which are outstanding for the mid handicap iron category. What PXG have done for forged irons is incredible – game improver models just weren’t this good looking a decade ago.

We understand at £ a club they’re not for everyone and that’s why we’ve also selected the new iron (£ a club) among our Best Golf Irons , too.


BUY IT NOW: Get the PXG XP Gen 3 irons from Scottsdale Golf

TaylorMade SIM2 Max iron

RRP: £, £1, (g) |

Availability: 4-PW, AW, SW, LW

Stock shaft: KBS MAX MT (s) Fujikura Ventus 5/6/7 (g) 

7-iron loft: °  Forgiveness rating:  

TaylorMade SIM2 Max iron.

TG verdict: “Cap Back” isn’t a term used for irons before, but that’s how the TaylorMade SIM 2 iron's construction is described by the brand.

Essentially the SIM2 Max is a hollow head design, but rather than the head being entirely made from steel, like a traditional hollow body iron, there’s a lightweight polymer “cap” covering the back of the iron. TaylorMade say the idea helps secure the topline and increases rigidity for maximum ball speed.

This is a really attractive iron for the category. The head shape looks great sat behind the ball, and while our test pro didn’t feel they sounded or felt quite as good as the very best forged irons, they were really impressive.

FULL REVIEW: TaylorMade SIM2 Max irons

Watch: The tech behind TaylorMade's SIM2 Max irons

We particularly like the lightweight feel and flighting of the KBS Max shafts. They’re a key ingredient of how TaylorMade get strong lofted irons to launch, fly, spin and descend onto the green at manageable levels, which hasn’t always been the case in the past.

TaylorMade’s beautiful P-Series (player) irons garner lots of attention, but if you’re anywhere close to approaching a mid-handicap level and looking for a new set of irons in , we struggle to see past the SIM2 Max’s value for a whole host of club golfers.

BUY IT NOW: Get the TaylorMade SIM2 Max irons from Scottsdale Golf

RELATED: Which TaylorMade iron is right for you?

Ping G iron

RRP: £ (s), £ (g) per iron |

Availability: 4-LW

Stock shaft: Ping AWT (s) Ping Alta CB (g) with 7 after-market no charge upgrades 

7-iron loft: 30°  Forgiveness rating:

Ping G iron.

TG verdict: The G wasn’t our longest or fastest mid-handicap iron, which shouldn’t really be too surprising as the 7-iron loft is a couple of degrees weaker than the competition, but it is among the best mid-handicap golf irons for

Our data does show how Ping’s new mid-handicap iron is brilliant at protecting carry distance when shots don’t hit the centre of the face. Our pro saw a drop off of just eight yards (%), which was a very close second to the PXG XP (%). It means slight mishits with the Ping G iron will find their way over a bunker or water hazard on to the putting surface.

And our data completely ties in with how the brand say the G squeezes long and left and short and right misses much closer together.

FULL REVIEW: Ping G irons

WATCH: Everything you need to know about Ping G irons

We’re really big fans of the progressive nature of the irons. They’re much more compact and less offset in the short irons which is just the look a lot of golfers like. The longer irons have more offset and a slightly longer blade length to aid playability and offer more help where it’s needed in the longer clubs.

Ping G irons have been stalwarts of the mid-handicap iron category since the original back in Thanks to the G’s clever tweaks, and because they now come with Arccos shot trackers in the grips (along with a free day trial) we reckon there’s a decent chance they can shave a couple of shots a round from your scores.

BUY IT NOW: Get the Ping G irons from Scottsdale Golf

RELATED: Which Ping iron is right for you?

Callaway Apex DCB iron

RRP: £1, (s), £1, (g) |

Availability: 3-PW, AW

Stock shaft: True Temper Elevate ETS 85g (s) UST Recoil Dart 75g (g) 

7-iron loft: 30°  Forgiveness rating:

Callaway Apex DCB iron.

TG verdict: We had a real headache choosing between the Callaway Apex 21 and Apex 21 DCB within this category as both are very worthy winners.

We’ve come down just on the side of the DCB and our thinking goes something like this. Callaway say Apex irons are now the best they make, and very rarely are the best iron range from any brand squarely aimed at mid-higher handicap golfers.

FULL REVIEW: Callaway Apex DCB irons

The Apex 21 DCB (Deep Cavity Back) just gets our nod because we love the way they open up forged irons to mid/higher handicaps, and thanks to a lighter 85g True Temper Elevate shaft more average speed players, too.

Sat alongside the Apex 21 at address the DCB is very closely matched. The untrained eye will struggle to see much difference in head size, shape and hosel offset. The DCB does have a wider and more friendly cambered sole which will help less consistent strikers. Our test data somewhat masks how desirable the Apex and Apex DCB iron really are, as we’re all prone at times to just look at the longest and fastest models.

We have the DCB 12 yards back from our longest, and nine yards back from last year’s Callaway Mavrik iron (which was also % more forgiving), but without a doubt we’d prefer the DCB in our bag in We don’t get to say it often enough, but these are a great looking set of mid-handicap irons.

BUY IT NOW: Get the Callaway Apex DCB irons from Scottsdale Golf

RELATED: Which Callaway iron is right for you?

WATCH: Best Mid-Handicap Iron video


Cobra King RADSPEED iron

RRP: £ (s), £ (g) |

Availability: 4-SW

Stock shaft: KBS Tour (s) UST Recoil (g)

7-iron loft: °  Forgiveness rating:  

Cobra King RADSPEED iron.

If your game needs the forgiveness and power of a mid-handicap iron, but your fancy isn’t tickled by going forged, the Cobra King RADSPEED irons are a very solid choice.

The lofts are strong (°), but our data has the model down as being capable of launching, peaking out and dropping them on to the green at very sensible levels. The carbon-fibre topline insert is a different look, and it will divide opinion.

We love how Cobra’s engineers have built in an MOI-enhancing toe screw which draws the sweetspot towards the centre of the RADSPEED's face, which also improves feel in this cracking mid-handicap iron.


BUY IT NOW: Get the Cobra King RADSPEED irons from Scottsdale Golf

Srixon ZX4 iron

RRP: £ (s) £ (g) |

7-iron loft: °  Forgiveness rating: 3

Srixon ZX4 iron.

Sadly Srixon weren’t able to get us a sample of the ZX4 iron in time for our test deadline, but we wouldn’t be doing our job if we didn’t highlight how they’re scheduled to make an appearance very soon.

Based on the excellent performance of both Srixon’s lovely ZX7 and ZX5 irons we’re confident the ZX4s will be top performers, too. They combine a hollow-body construction with tungsten sole weighting in the mid and long irons, and a forged springy face along with powerful lofts. And that sounds like a potent Japanese iron combination to us.

FULL REVIEW: Srixon ZX4 irons

BUY IT NOW: Get the Srixon ZX4 irons from Scottsdale Golf

PXG iron

RRP: £80 per iron |

Availability: 4-LW

Shafts: Choose from four premium options

7-iron loft: 28°  Forgiveness rating:

PXG iron.

No, the price isn’t a typo, you really can buy a 5-SW set of PXG irons this year for £, and if PXG’s premium forged XP model hadn’t topped our distance and forgiveness charts the iron would definitely have been among our favourites.

Like the G the are a really good progressive set. There are smaller, more compact heads and less offset where golfers can handle them and longer blade lengths and extra offset to help flight the longer sticks. PXG have built their name on forged irons, but the have a cast construction.

Thanks to not having the brand’s familiar perimeter weighting set-up they can now hit these sorts of prices. PXG say thanks to forgoing the perimeter weighting you give up % MOI, but that’s the price you pay for PXG’s premium models.

The will attract the eyes of a wide audience of golfers. We see them as a cracking model which for many will find tough to resist at less than a £1k a set.

FULL REVIEW: PXG irons review

BUY IT NOW: Get the PXG irons from Scottsdale Golf

Callaway Apex 21 iron

RRP: £1, (s), £1, (g) |

7-iron loft: °  Forgiveness rating: 3

Callaway Apex 21 iron.

We wouldn’t put up much of a fight against anyone arguing that the Callaway Apex 21 iron should be among our top performers, rather than the Apex DCB. Both bring very solid benefits to their intended target audience. But in our view the DCB serves the mid-handicap category particularly well.

Just like its siblings the Apex is a great looking forged iron. Unlike some it’s also really good at protecting carry distance, as it gave up just eight yards between on and off-centre hits (ranking second, just % behind the PXG XPs).

FULL REVIEW: Callaway Apex 21

Compared to the previous Apex 19 the topline is a little narrower, which potentially makes them more attractive to reasonably solid ball strikers who don’t want to give up ° of 7-iron loft to play the hollow-body Apex Pro.

Our data shows that sort of decision is likely to cost seven yards of carry, which if we’re honest most club golfers will struggle to justify.

BUY IT NOW: Get the Callaway Apex 21 irons from Scottsdale Golf

RELATED: Which Callaway iron is right for you?

Lynx Black Cat iron

RRP: £ |

Availability: 3-PW

Stock shaft: KBS Tour 90 (s), UST Mamiya Recoil (g)

7-iron loft: 33°  Forgiveness rating:  

Lynx Black Cat iron.

With golf booming we’re well aware there’s plenty of players either returning to the game or taking it up for the first time and Lynx are an ideal brand to start with.

Taking the plunge on a new set of irons is expensive, and that’s where Lynx come in. If you have £ to spend on a new set of mid-handicap irons, the Black Cats will serve you really well.

The heads are hollow, the shafts are KBS Tour, and our pro was really impressed with how they felt.

A more traditional 33° 7-iron loft does mean that if you try them on a launch monitor they won’t be faster or longer than a lot of the competition but, thanks to that hollow head, our data has them among our five most forgiving models within the category. That’s great performance for half the price of many of the other irons we tested.

RELATED: How good is the Mid-Handicap Ben Hogan Edge EX iron?

Mizuno JPX Hot Metal Pro iron

RRP: £ per iron |

7-iron loft: 29° Forgiveness rating: 3

Availability: 4-GW

Stock shaft: Project X LZ Black

Mizuno JPX Hot Metal Pro Iron.

The JPX Hot Metal Pro iron is a really good option for golfers who struggle to live with big offset hosels within the mid-handicap iron category.

It could easily pass for a more players’ style iron, due to the lack of offset, but unlike Mizuno’s player models the heads are cast not forged.

FULL REVIEW: Mizuno JPX Hot Metal Pro irons

Watch: Which Mizuno JPX iron is right for me?

We love the head shape of the Hot Metal Pro iron and think they’re a really good fit for reasonable ball strikers. Thanks to good sized and efficient cavity back design they also protect carry distance on off centre hits too.

From a 7-iron loft that’s two-degrees weaker than the strongest (in this category) the Mizuno gave up just six yards of carry against the very longest, and by posting a drop-off of just 10 yards (%) of carry distance the Pro was comfortably among our top five for forgiveness this year.

BUY IT NOW: Get the Mizuno JPX Hot Metal Pro irons from Scottsdale Golf

RELATED: Which Mizuno iron is right for you?


 mid-handicap golf irons test data from our launch monitor.


Who are high handicap-irons for?

Handicap range: 15+ 

The high-handicap iron (or super game-improvement iron as it’s often known) might not be the prettiest of clubs, but these brutes are meant to make the game easier for all of us. With the largest profiles, strong lofts and a huge amount of face-tech, these irons are for those who need plenty of forgiveness.

A high-handicap iron will mean you hit fewer bad shots and shorter clubs into greens - a win-win in our book. If you are looking for the best irons for beginners or high handicappers, this is the place to start. 

Related: Best Drivers for Beginners and High Handicappers

High-handicap irons are often seen as the ugly ducklings, as their designs are never quite as sleek and appealing as other options. But they boast tonnes of tech to help anyone hit better shots. In a nutshell, these irons are aimed at the golfer looking for ultimate distance and forgiveness, without worrying too much about looks or control.

Wilson Staff D9 iron

RRP: £ (s), £ (g) |

Availability: 4-PW, GW, SW

Stock shafts: KBS Max Ultralite (s), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Silver (g)

7-iron loft: 27°  Forgiveness rating:

Wilson Staff D9 iron.

TG verdict The D9’s predecessors (D7) were a huge hit for Wilson. They combined strong lofts with oversized heads, plenty of hosel offset and lightweight, higher-launching shafts.

The combination worked really well in the hands of ordinary club golfers as they delivered strong, powerful ball flights, but they were also very playable, too. And, from what we can see, the Wilson Staff D9 iron has inherited all those superb traits.

Yes, the heads are big and the soles are wide, but that’s where the forgiveness comes from that the users of these clubs will enjoy so much. We’re big fans of the easy-to-launch KBS Max shafts and how Wilson manage to bring a set of D9s in for less than £

If you’re new to golf in , or you just want to make the game as easy as it can be without employing a set of hybrid irons, the D9s are an outstanding place to start your search and one of 's best high-handicap irons.

FULL REVIEW: Wilson Staff D9 irons

Honma T//World GS iron

RRP £1, |

Availability: 4-PW, GW, SW

Stock shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro GH Neo (s), Honma Speed Tuned 55 (g)

7-iron loft: 29º  Forgiveness rating: 4

Honma T//World GS iron.

TG verdict: The GS in Homan's new-for T//World iron stands for ‘Gain Speed’, which spells out loud and clear how this new model targets low and moderate swing speed players.

This year the GS family has come up trumps across the board in our Best Golf Clubs testing sessions, and the iron is no exception. Our data has the Honma down as our test pro’s second longest high-handicap iron, just two yards ( yards) behind TaylorMade’s SIM 2 Max OS (which has a 7-iron ° stronger in loft), and it was among our top five for protecting carry distance on off-centre hits, too.

But what’s really attractive about the T//World GS iron is Honma’s shaft choice. The Neo (steel shaft) by Nippon is lightweight, high launching and high spinning, and it means the brand get a strong lofted iron to launch, flight, spin and stop shots even at slower speeds. For club golfers, that means getting the best of both worlds – maximum distance and stopping power.

FULL REVIEW: Honma T//World GS irons

WATCH: Best High-Handicap Iron video

TaylorMade SIM 2 Max OS iron

RRP £ (s), £1, (g) |

Availability: 4-PW, GW, SW, LW

Stock shafts: KBS Max MT 85 (s), Fujikura Ventus Blue (g)

7-iron loft: °  Forgiveness rating: 4

TaylorMade SIM2 Max OS Iron.

TG verdict: The game’s biggest brands understand how the majority of golfers who get fitted on launch monitors find it almost impossible to turn down extra carry distance. Well, if you’re looking for the longest iron in , the TaylorMade SIM 2 Max OS is as good as it gets.

Yes, the OS is the strongest 7-iron (°) on the market and yes that’s just ° more than TaylorMade’s P7MC 5-iron. But the Cap Back design means that loft is still very playable – the data shows our test pro peaked shots out higher and got them descending towards the green at a steeper angle with the SIM2 OS than the P7MC 7-iron.

FULL REVIEW: TaylorMade SIM2 Max OS irons

Watch: The tech behind TaylorMade's SIM2 Max OS irons

So, if you’ve heard strong lofts hit low spin bullets that don’t stop on a green, think again. Yet for all that power and forgiveness, the OS has a really nice-looking head in the category. Our data has the TaylorMade SIM2 Max OS picking up 15 yards (7-iron) over the 2° weaker SIM 2 Max iron. Food for thought

BUY IT NOW: Get the TaylorMade SIM2 Max OS irons from Scottsdale Golf

RELATED: Which TaylorMade iron is right for you?

Ping G iron

RRP £ (s), £ (g) per iron |

Availability: 4-PW, GW, SW 

Stock shafts: Ping AWT (s), Ping Alta CB (g)

7-iron loft: °  Forgiveness rating: 4

Ping G iron.

TG Verdict: High-handicap irons never used to look this good, and the Ping Gs are testament to how far the category has come.

We love the hollow body and fast face construction, a design method that isn’t widely available within this category. It’s not too surprising it was the second-best iron for protecting carry distance drop-off.

FULL REVIEW: Ping G irons

We also like how the head covertly inspires confidence behind the ball, as the dark finish very cleverly hides the size. From a weaker loft than many, it’s unfair to expect the G iron to produce the very longest carry distances for our pro. However, from experience we know at more average speeds, any distance edge is likely to be tiny.

It’s also worth mentioning the Arccos shot trackers that come as standard in the G irons grips. As well as valuable data about your own game, Ping will use the stats to influence future club designs. Very clever stuff.

BUY IT NOW: Get the Ping G irons from Scottsdale Golf

RELATED: Which Ping iron is right for you?

Cleveland Launcher HB Turbo hybrid iron

RRP: £ (s), £ (g) |

Availability: 4-PW. GW, SW 

Stock shafts: Dynamic Gold DST 98 (s), Miyazaki C. Kua 60 (g)

7-iron loft: 30°  Forgiveness rating: 5

Cleveland Launcher HB iron.

TG verdict: If, like us, you reckon golf should be fun, then more of us should be taking the extra forgiveness hybrid irons deliver.

We’ve tested the Cleveland Launcher a number of times over the last few years and every session puts a big smile on our pro’s face, and leaves us trying to fathom why more of us don’t put hybrid irons into play (we think it’s ego).

Our forgiveness ratings are based on muscleback blades being 1 and hybrid irons being 5, with everything else fitting in-between. And it goes without saying you won’t find anything more forgiving in the iron arena than the Launcher HB Turbo.

By not having the strongest lofts and incorporating a lightweight shaft, the Launcher are very easy to flight, particularly at mid and slower speeds. It’s worth remembering is the Launcher’s two-year anniversary, so there could be a new model at some point – and that may mean there’s a bargain to be had.

FULL REVIEW: Cleveland Launcher HB hybrid irons

How the high-handicap irons compared in data on our launch monitor.

READ NEXT: Best Wedges

Simon Daddow

Equipment Editor

Simon Daddow

Comparison chart irons golf

Golf Iron ModelIron TypeIron ReviewAdams Golf Idea Tech Hybrid IronsCast Cavity BackAdams Golf New Idea Hybrid IronsCast Cavity BackAdams Golf XTD Forged IronsForged BladeAdams Golf XTD IronsCast Cavity BackAT Irons (Ladies: Left Handed)Cast Cavity BackAT Irons (Ladies: Right Handed)Cast Cavity BackAT Irons (Mens: Left Handed)Cast Cavity BackAT Irons (Mens: Right Handed)Cast Cavity BackBridgestone JGR Hybrid Forged IronForged CavityCallaway Apex Utility IronsForged BladeCallaway Big Bertha OS IronsCast Cavity BackCallaway Golf Apex IronsForged CavityCallaway Golf Apex Muscleback IronsForged BladeCallaway Golf Apex Pro IronsForged CavityCallaway Golf Big Bertha IronsCast Cavity BackCallaway Golf XR IronsCast Cavity BackCallaway Golf XR Pro IronsCast Cavity BackCallaway Rogue IronsCast Cavity BackCallaway Rogue Pro IronsCast Cavity BackCallaway Rogue X IronsCast Cavity BackCallaway Steelhead XR IronsCast Cavity BackCallaway Apex CF 16 IronsForged CavityCleveland Golf Altitude IronsHollow HeadCleveland Golf CB Forged IronsForged CavityCleveland Golf Forged MB IronsForged BladeCleveland Golf MT IronsHollow HeadCleveland Golf Black CB IronsCast Cavity BackCleveland Golf Black IronsHollow HeadCobra Amp Cell IronsCast Cavity BackCobra Baffler XL IronsCast Cavity BackCobra Fly-Z + Forged IronsForged CavityCobra Fly-Z IronsCast Cavity BackCobra Fly-Z Pro IronsForged BladeCobra Fly-Z XL IronsHollow HeadCobra King F6 Iron SetHollow HeadCobra King F7 One Length Iron SetCast Cavity BackCobra King F8 Irons SetHollow HeadCobra King F8 One Length IronsHollow HeadCobra King FORGED CB/MB Irons Forged BladeCobra King FORGED TEC IronsForged CavityMizuno JPX FLI-HI IronsCast Cavity BackMizuno JPX Forged IronsForged CavityMizuno JPX Power Frame IronsCast Cavity BackMizuno JPX-EZ Forged IronsForged CavityMizuno JPX-EZ IronsCast Cavity BackMizuno MP IronsCast Cavity BackMizuno MP-4 IronsForged BladeMizuno MP IronsCast Cavity BackMizuno MP IronsCast Cavity BackMizuno MP-H5 IronsHollow HeadNike Vapor Pro Combo IronsForged BladeNike Vapor Speed IronsCast Cavity BackPing G IronsCast Cavity BackPING G25 IronsCast Cavity BackPing G30 IronsCast Cavity BackPing G IronCast Cavity BackPing G IronHollow HeadPing GMax Iron Golf IronsCast Cavity BackPing i IronsCast Cavity BackPING i25 IronsCast Cavity BackPing iBlade IronsForged BladePing Karsten IronsCast Cavity BackPing Rhapsody IronsCast Cavity BackPing S55 IronsForged BladePXG P GEN2 IronsCast Cavity BackPXG SGI GEN2 IronsForged CavityPXG T GEN2 IronsForged CavityPXG X GEN2 Driving IronsForged BladePXG XF GEN2 IronsForged BladeSrixon Z Golf IronsCast Cavity BackSrixon Z Golf IronsForged CavitySrixon Z Golf IronsCast Cavity BackSrixon Z Golf IronsForged BladeSrixon Z IronsForged CavitySrixon Z IronsForged CavityTaylorMade AeroBurner IronsCast Cavity BackTaylorMade Golf RSI TP IRONSForged CavityTaylorMade KALEA LADIES Iron SetCast Cavity BackTaylorMade M CGB IronsCast Cavity BackTaylorMade M2 IRONSCast Cavity BackTaylorMade M3 IronsCast Cavity BackTaylorMade M4 IronsCast Cavity BackTaylorMade P IronsForged CavityTaylorMade P Tour Proto IronsCast Cavity BackTaylorMade P IronsHollow HeadTaylorMade P/UDI IronsForged CavityTaylorMade RSi 1 IronsForged BladeTaylorMade RSi 2 IronsForged BladeTaylorMade SLDR IronsCast Cavity BackTaylorMade SpeedBlade IronsCast Cavity BackTaylorMade TOUR PREFERRED MB IRONSForged BladeTaylorMade TOUR PREFERRED MC IRONSCast Cavity BackThomas Golf AT Alignment IronsCast Cavity BackTitleist AP1 Irons Golf IronsCast Cavity BackTitleist AP2 Irons Golf IronsForged CavityTitleist CB Irons Golf IronsForged CavityTitleist MB Irons Golf IronsForged BladeTitleist AP1 IronsCast Cavity BackTitleist AP2 IronsForged CavityTitleist AP3 IronsHollow HeadTitleist T-MB IronsHollow HeadTitleist C 16 IronsHollow HeadWilson Staff C IronsCast Cavity BackWILSON STAFF C IRONSCast Cavity BackWilson Staff D ES Hybrid/Iron SetCast Cavity BackWilson Staff D IronsCast Cavity BackWilson Staff FG Tour IronsForged BladeWILSON STAFF FG TOUR F5 IronsForged CavityWilson Staff FG Tour M3 IronsCast Cavity BackWilson Staff FG Tour V4 IronsCast Cavity Back
Best FORGIVING golf irons of 2021? - Ping G425 iron review

ClubTest 57 best iron models to take your game to the next level


Update: ClubTest is now available. Click here to see our picks for the best irons of

We put more than drivers, woods, hybrids and irons through rigorous robotic and player testing to create GOLF&#;s biggest—and best—gear review ever. With our help (and a little research on your part), building the perfect bag for your game has never been easier. Edited by Jonathan Wall & Andrew Tursky.

The days of &#;one iron fits all&#; are gone. For the first time we&#;ve arranged new irons in five different player categories (models are listed in alphabetical order). Crossovers notwithstanding, manufacturers have been busy engineering performance to individually suit your needs.

The five categories are Tour irons,Player irons, Player Distance irons,Game Improvement irons and Super Game Improvement irons, and all the iron models are organized and listed in that order below. So what are you waiting for? Your iron match made in heaven awaits.


Miura MB

Price: $/iron / BUY NOW
Clubs: 3-PW

Miura MB irons.

Our take: Miura&#;s first new blade iron since enhances workability and turf interaction via a refined sole that&#;s slightly thicker. Particular attention was also paid to the musclepad and the transition from hosel to topline. The discerning eye of a better player will certainly appreciate the new look.
ClubTester&#;s take (2-hdcp.): &#;Pure feel off the face. I wanted to switch to this after three balls.&#;
Robot&#;s take: Unique blend of high spin with one of the lower peak heights in the category.


Miura and are affiliates of 8AM Golf.

Miura MC

Price $/iron | BUY NOW
Clubs: 3-PW

Miura MC irons.

Our take: With a wider sole design and intricate cavity shaping compared to a traditional blade, Miura&#;s MC irons cater to more than just Tour players and low handicappers. Miura says the MC has a longer blade length than any of its previous blade models, providing golfers who need a bit more forgiveness the added room for mishits. Those who typically prefer true blade irons will appreciate the sleek shaping and added forgiveness, but cavity-back users will love the enhanced control and feel compared to other irons in the cavity-back class.
ClubTester&#;s take (2-hdcp): &#;I can work it both ways. Moving weight to perimeter helps me execute every shot in the book.&#;
Robot&#;s take: Among Tour irons, tested among the best for producing needed spin and height.


Miura and are affiliates of 8AM Golf.

Mizuno MP

Price: $1, | BUY NOW
Set: 3-PW

Mizuno MP irons.

Our take: Inspired by Mizuno&#;s TN87 from the s, the MP features an underlay of copper beneath the usual nickel-chrome plating for a softer feel. The irons are individually designed throughout the set to accentuate high launch in the long irons and control in the short irons.
ClubTester&#;s take (1-hdcp): &#;Tough to make a Mizuno blade any sexier, but they did it.&#;
Robot&#;s take: The data rates the MP a leader in ball speed, carry and forgiveness, among other traits.


PING Blueprint

Price: $/iron | BUY NOW
Clubs: 2-PW

Ping Blueprint irons.

Our take: Muscleback blades are supposed to be butter-knife thin and lack the forgiveness and distance typically found in a better-player cavity-back. You&#;re giving up all of the comforts that come with a larger profile for something that works the ball on command and hits a certain yardage with regularity. It&#;s a club built for a scratch golfer. Which brings us to PING&#;s Blueprint, a blade that certainly looks the part. Only this isn&#;t the version your dad grew up with. Forged from carbon steel, the iron boasts reduced offset and a shorter blade length than PING&#;s iBlade. A machined tungsten screw in the toe gives the head a slight bump in heel-toe forgiveness over the traditional version. And did we mention the intricate four-step, multistage process? The Blueprint may be a one-piece forging, but more than 50 steps are required during manufacturing, including machining the face and grooves.
The beauty of these irons is how effortlessly they blend the DNA of a muscleback with the power of a better-player iron. Even for a scratch golfer, getting a few more yards is a welcome sight when you&#;re going toe to toe with players who are using better-player products. The Blueprint is the definition of a modern-day blade.
ClubTester&#;s take (2-hdcp): “Small profile, but I watched the ball rocket off the face. Don&#;t usually see those two things together.”
Robot&#;s take: A ball speed and carry leader in the category, producing higher flight and negating unwanted spin.


Srixon Z-Forged

Price: $1, | BUY NOW
Set: 3-PW

Srixon Z-Forged irons.

Our take: Forged from a single billet of carbon steel, Z-Forged is a blade for the traditionalist, with a redesigned musclepad that delivers workability and feel. An updated Tour V.T. sole provides consistent turf interaction, regardless of the lie.
ClubTester&#;s take (0-hdcp): “Stunned by how quickly the ball rocketed off the face. Can work it both ways. Hell of a combo.”
Robot&#;s take: A top-3 iron in the category in consistency, ball speed, carry and forgiveness.


TaylorMade P7TW

Price: $2, | BUY NOW
Set: 3-PW

TaylorMade P7TW irons.

Our take: Designed to the exact specifications of Tiger Woods&#; set, the P7TW features TM&#;s highly detailed Milled Grind sole and tungsten slugs positioned in each head to produce a specific combination of flight, feel and control. Slightly longer blade lengths and traditional lofts make these a bit of a throwback.
ClubTester&#;s take (1-hdcp): “It&#;s Tiger&#;s iron! You&#;re crazy if you think I&#;m poking holes in this one.”
Robot&#;s take: A Tour iron that produces Tiger-like height and stopping power.


Titleist MB

Price: $1, | BUY NOW
Set: 3-PW

Titleist MB irons.

Our take: This classy, one-piece forging is highlighted by a compact blade length, minimal offset and brushed chrome finish. The script on the head was kept intentionally simple based on Tour feedback.
ClubTester&#;s take (5-hdcp): “Feels like what you&#;d expect from a Titleist blade.”
Robot&#;s take: One of the best in terms of consistency, forgiveness with ample spin.


Wilson Staff Model Blade irons.

Our take: Created with direct feedback from Wilson staffer Brendan Steele, the Staff Model incorporates a redesigned musclepad and bore-through hosel design that repositions discretionary weight while enhancing feel at the same time. A textured milling on the face delivers another level of control for the discerning player.
ClubTester&#;s take (5-hdcp): “Has to be the best-looking iron Wilson has ever made—and then I watched it cut through crosswinds. I&#;m in love.”
Robot&#;s take: Category leader in consistency and producing a Tour-like trajectory.



Callaway Apex Pro

Price: $1, | BUY NOW
Set: 3-PW

Callaway Apex Pro irons.

Our take: With a compact shape, Apex Pro is designed for ball-strikers. The bodies are forged from carbon steel, but they also have urethane microspheres behind the face for a softer feel. The long irons () offer tungsten weights to lower center of gravity and face cups for higher ball speeds.
ClubTester&#;s take (6-hdcp): “I want to buy this club right now. Can&#;t believe the Pro version does it all for me.”
Robot&#;s take: Testing confirmed that Apex delivers increased ball speed and one of the highest peak heights in the category.


Honma TR20 V

Price: $/iron | BUY NOW
Sets: , 10 and 11 irons

Honma TR20 V irons.

Our take: The solid construction TR20 V is forged from S20C carbon with a modern cavity back design, minimal offset, compact blade length and thin topline that should appeal to the low single-digit handicapper who puts a premium on workability and feel. The sole design was given enhanced camber to keep the club from unnecessarily digging into the turf at impact. With more golfers embracing blended sets, Honma also paid special attention to the cosmetics and profiles to ensure the T20 V and T20 P could be combined.
Clubtester’s take (5-hdcp): &#;Working this one both directions was no problem. Buttery feel is what you’d expect from something that looks this good.&#;
Honma Tr20 V irons unavailable for robot testing.


Mizuno JPX Tour

Price: $1, | BUY NOW
Set: 3-PW

Mizuno JPX Tour irons.

Our take: Designed to have a blade-like look and feel but with slightly more forgiveness, JPX Tour is Grain-Flow Forged from a single billet of E Pure Select mild carbon steel. Compared to the original JPX Tour irons, the has a slightly thinner topline and wider soles with more camber to enhance playability.
ClubTester&#;s take (3-hdcp): “If they&#;re good enough for Brooks Koepka, I&#;m pretty sure they&#;re good enough for me.”
Robot&#;s take: Delivers ball speed and a strong flight.


Miura TC

Price: $/iron | BUY NOW
Clubs: 3-PW

Miura TC irons.

Our take: The TC combines blade performance with the forgiveness of a cavity-back. Replacing the former CB, the head has progressive weighting to enhance the benefits of each iron. Long irons have a low center of gravity for added height, and short irons have a higher CG to help lower trajectory.
ClubTester&#;s take (3-hdcp): “Looks like a blade at address, but the forgiveness and ball speed I&#;m seeing are something else.”
Robot&#;s take: Struggle to generate spin? The TC is your iron.


Miura and are affiliates of 8AM Golf.

Miura CB

Price: $/iron | BUY NOW
Clubs: 4-GW

Miura CB irons.

Our take: Miura’s CB is packed with the kind of forgiveness and speed you’d expect to find in a game-improvement iron. But with a Tour-inspired profile (the shape is slightly larger than the MC), it’s able to remain firmly entrenched in the player category at the same time. Consider this Miura’s best-of-both-worlds design. The hand forged cavity-back features a variable sole and cavity thickness designed to optimize the center of gravity within each head. That means more distance and speed for better players without sacrificing quality and feel. Speaking of quality, each iron undergoes a step manufacturing process before it goes out the door. It’s the kind of meticulous craftsmanship that continues to keep Miura at the iron summit.
Even with Tour-esque shaping, CB is far from your traditional player product. On average, the iron was 1 mph faster and six yards longer than other clubs tested in the category on the robot. Those numbers will make anyone stand up and take notice, especially when it’s paired with forgiveness and a penetrating flight that should speak to those who struggle with too much spin.
ClubTester’s take (5-hdcp): “Feels like this could work for a single-digit or mid-handicapper. Great tweener iron with better-player qualities.”
Robot’s take: Near the top in speed, carry, low spin rate and forgiveness.


Miura and are affiliates of 8AM Golf.

TaylorMade P

Price: $1, | BUY NOW
Set: 3-PW

TaylorMade P irons.

Our take: Will please both Tour-level golfers and those who need a bit more forgiveness. The long irons feature a body forged from carbon steel with SpeedFoam injected in a cavity behind the face to increase speed. The shorter irons, on the other hand, are a one-piece forging.
ClubTester’s take (5-hdcp): “Player iron look with some forgiveness near the top of the set is ideal.”
Robot’s take: A category leader in no less than six performance areas, including speed.


Srixon Z irons

Price: $1, ($1, graphite) | BUY NOW
Set: 3-PW

Srixon Z irons.

Our take: Made for low handicappers who demand control, the Z achieves max workability by placing mass behind the sweet spot. Additionally, the blade-like irons have laser-milled grooves and a Tour V.T. dual-bounce sole design for clean hits from all lies.
ClubTester’s take (1-hdcp): “The club just flows through the turf. Poetry in motion.”
Robot’s take: Delivers impressive carry numbers with a more penetrating ballflight.


Titleist CB

Price: $1, | BUY NOW
Set: 3-PW

Titleist CB irons.

Our take: The CB irons have a shorter blade length in the short irons and a longer blade length in the long irons, just like the MB irons, if you want to create a blended set. What’s different, however, is that the CB 3- and 4-iron utilize tungsten in their constructions to add forgiveness.
ClubTester’s take (5-hdcp): “There’s a reason why Titleist has kept the same CB profile around. It works.”
Robot’s take: Generates plenty of spin with one of the higher peak heights.


Titleist T

Price: $/iron ($/iron graphite) | BUY NOW
Clubs: 3-PW

Titleist T irons.

Our take: No one played a bigger role in the development of Titleist’s T than Jordan Spieth, which is a good thing if you happen to be persnickety when it comes to how an iron looks and performs. The slimmed-down profile, thinner topline and reduced offset will catch the eye of a better player (or a multi-time major champion). Just don’t think reducing the overall size means a loss of forgiveness or playability—two things that its predecessor, AP2, was known for. A thinned-out face is paired with dual-density tungsten weights in the heel and toe—66 grams on average per head—to enhance ball speed and forgiveness. So you’re essentially getting more of everything good from a more compact head shape.
The beauty of dual-density tungsten is how it makes even small iron profiles uber-forgiving. Mishits off the toe still produced positive results with the robot, which tells you the multimaterial design is doing its job. Not only that, the overall dispersion pattern was one of the tightest captured during testing. It’s fair to say T hits the right notes.
ClubTester’s take (5-hdcp): “I’d say AP2 underwent a transformational makeover. Iron has sexy curves with game-improvement forgiveness.”
Robot’s take: Tested as one of the most forgiving and consistent irons in the Player Irons category.


Wilson FG Tour V6

Price: $1, | BUY NOW
Set: 4-GW

Wilson Staff FG Tour V6 irons.

Our take: Released back in , FG Tour V6 still remains in Tour players’ bags today. No surprise—they’re made to satisfy the needs of better players. The long irons have a tungsten weight in the toe and heel section for launch and stability purposes.
ClubTester’s take (hdcp): “Sole slides through the dirt, to the point where I no longer worry about hitting a clunker.”
Robot’s take: More spin and height
for the better player.



Bridgestone Tour B JGR HF2 Forged

Price: $ | BUY NOW
Set: 4-AW

Bridgestone Tour B JGR HF2 Forged irons.

Our take: These cavity-back irons are designed for forgiveness, but they’re forged rather than having the cast construction you’d typically see in this segment of the market. The heads have a thin face and a “Power Slit Face” design that works to increase distance on low strikes.
ClubTester’s take (hdcp): “Consistent with a great feel at impact. Surprised I liked this club as much as I did.”
Robot’s take: Lower spin and a more piercing trajectory throughout the set.


Callaway Apex

Price: $1, | BUY NOW
Set: 3-PW

Our take: It doesn’t get much better than Callaway’s Apex. Since the iron was introduced in , the player distance model has continued to build upon one of the strongest reputations in the industry. The latest version is no different, thanks in large part to a lively cup face and metal-injection-molded tungsten that yields a cornucopia of speed and forgiveness. Speaking of speed, with it being less of a priority in the short irons, designers incorporated a variable thickness design for more spin control and a tighter dispersion. A forged mild carbon steel construction gives the iron a buttery feel, while the addition of a urethane microsphere inside the head—the same used in the company’s other premium irons—absorbs unwanted vibrations without negatively affecting ball speed. It’s darn-near impossible to quibble with Callaway’s version of the kitchen sink.
One of the most popular irons with testers, Apex continues to bring the heat with a combination of ball speed (1 mph faster), consistency and a sky-high launch (2 degrees higher than the average tested). With a shape even a single-digit handicapper can embrace, it remains a total package in the category.
ClubTester’s take (hdcp): “This iron almost makes me want to stop testing. Shape, feel, performance is all off the charts. It’s scary-good.”
Robot’s take: A speed and consistency leader in the Players Distance group.


Callaway Mavrik Pro irons.

Our take: Designed to suit better players, the Mavrik Pro has a thinner topline, flatter lie angles (to reduce the left miss) and a more compact head. Additionally, Callaway implemented its urethane microsphere to reduce vibrations and increase ball speed.
ClubTester’s take (hdcp): “Almost never turn the ball over with my irons. This did it on command. I’m sold!”
Robot’s take: One of the more forgiving irons in the category.


Cobra King Forged Tec

Price: $1,/7 irons | BUY NOW
Clubs: 4-PW

Cobra King Forged Tec irons.

Our take: With nearly every major manufacturer now boasting a hollow-construction product featuring a material of some sort inside the cavity, Cobra became the latest to join the party with King Forged Tec in Designing the iron on a muscleback platform keeps the attention of better players while allowing mid-handicappers to reap the benefits of a forged PWRShell face and tungsten toe weights that expand the sweet spot and ramp up distance. The hollow cavity of the long and mid irons is infused with foam microspheres to fine-tune sound and soften feel at impact—a combo everyone from Rickie Fowler to your club champion will embrace. In addition to a traditional-length version, Forged Tec also comes in a One Length model, with each iron built at standard 7-iron length ( inches), if you’re feeling adventurous.
Cobra’s latest creation is a certified showstopper. With one of the fastest ball speeds recorded on the robot, King Forged Tec produced a carry that was five yards longer than the average for all clubs tested in the category. For fast swing speeds in search of more distance, this is a legitimate contender.
ClubTester’s take (hdcp): “Really strong trajectory. Feel is second to none, which is what impressed me the most.”
Robot’s take: A leader in ball speed retention, low spin and carry distance.


Honma TR20 P

Price: $/iron | BUY NOW
Sets: , 10 and 11 irons

Honma TR20 P irons.

Our take: The TR20 P presents a slightly more forgiving package in the form of a forged S35C steel body, L-cup face and tungsten-weighted pocket cavity. When combined, the lower center of gravity and responsive face design produce a higher launch angle with increased speed and forgiveness. Added distance can also be found in the form of strengthened lofts (degree 7-iron) across the board. And with a similar profile to the TR20 V, creating a blended set is no sweat.
Clubtester’s take (8-hdcp): “Couldn’t believe how quickly the ball rocketed off the face. It looks like a better player iron but has game-improvement forgiveness.&#;
Honma Tr20 V irons unavailable for robot testing.


Mizuno JPX Forged irons.

Our take: The JPX Forged irons are designed to fit a wide variety of players. Heads are Grain-Flow Forged, but they have boron infused into the steel to make the face thinner and faster. There’s also a micro-slot behind the face to expand the sweet spot.
ClubTester’s take (5-hdcp): “Sets up great and offers the benefits of a player iron with forgiveness. Clean look.”
Robot’s take: Emphasize consistency? If so, this is your iron.


Mizuno JPX Hot Metal Pro irons.

Our take: These beauties are made from Chromoly M and feature cup faces to increase ball speed, but with less offset, thinner toplines and soles. More compact short irons compared to the standard model.
ClubTester’s take (hdcp): “Feels and looks forgiving, but not overly large to where it’s clunky.”
Robot’s take: Impressive ball speed.


Mizuno MP HMB

Price: $1, | BUY NOW
Set: 3-PW

Mizuno MP HMB irons.

Our take: Take a peek under the hood of the blade-like profile and you’ll find a hollow-
bodied construction designed for more ball speed. Tungsten weights in the toe and heel areas increase forgiveness and create a lower and deeper CG. A layer of soft copper and nickel under the face provides better feel and feedback.
ClubTester’s take (1-hdc.): “Feels like cheating. It’s basically a slightly bigger MP packed with forgiveness.”
Robot’s take: Muscleback with extra spin for those who need it.


Mizuno MP MMC

Price: $1, | BUY NOW
Set: 4-PW

Mizuno MP MMC irons.

Our take: Aimed at low to mid handicappers who want long-iron performance and short-iron workability, the progressive set makeup has tungsten sole weights in the long irons () to help increase launch; the shorter irons deliver a higher CG for lower trajectories and more control. Titanium muscle plates and a copper underlay produce a luxurious feel.
ClubTester’s take (0-hdcp): “Sound and feel are superb. Sleek look for something that’s uber-forgiving.”
Robot’s take: Impressive, tight dispersion pattern.



Price: $/iron | BUY NOW
Clubs: 3-PW

Ping i irons.

Our take: Designed to satisfy the player who wants feel and control but with the added forgiveness of a cavity-back construction. The faces, grooves and back cavities of the irons are machine-milled for precision, and there’s an elastomer insert that sits behind the face to enhance feel.
ClubTester’s take (hdcp): “Impossible to miss your target line with this club. Just point and shoot.”
Robot’s take: High spin, launch and flight for players who need it.



Price: $1, | BUY NOW
Set: 3-PW

Ping i irons.

Our take: Tucked inside a sleek blade profile is a hollow-bodied construction comprised of a steel body and C steel face that provides what PING calls metalwood-like performance. A HydroPearl Chrome finish ensures control in wet or dry conditions.
ClubTester’s take (5-hdcp): “Just goes forever. Tough to tell when looking at the profile. Hides the forgiveness well.”
Robot’s take: A high-flying players distance iron compared to the group average.


Srixon Z

Price: $1, ($1, graphite) | BUY NOW
Set: 4-PW

Srixon Z irons.

Our take: With slightly more offset and stronger lofts than Z, the Z is built for length with SUP10 face inserts and a “speed groove” that allows for more face flex at impact.
ClubTester’s take (hdcp): “Feel and performance match up. I love everything about this iron.”
Robot’s take: One of the top performers in producing extra carry and deadening spin.


TaylorMade P

Price: $1, | BUY NOW
Set: 3-PW

TaylorMade P irons.

Our take: This iron offers a bevvy of technological innovations. SpeedFoam-injected cavity increases speed and feel, while a tungsten weight, positioned low in the club head behind the face, lowers CG for a towering launch. Responsive face forged from carbon steel brings the design together.
ClubTester’s take (hdcp): “Profile makes it look like I know what I’m doing.”
Robot’s take: A speed, carry and forgiveness winner.


Titleist T

Price: $/iron (and up) | BUY NOW
Clubs: 4-PW

Titleist T irons.

Our take: With a unique polymer core and more tungsten than any other T-series irons—averaging about 90 grams of tungsten in the mid and long irons—T aims to blend just enough distance without sacrificing workability. Tungsten weights positioned in the low heel and toe sections of the clubs increase forgiveness
on off-center hits.
ClubTester’s take (hdcp): “Love the way the ball comes off the face. Feels like it holds for another second and explodes.”
Robot’s take: Ample spin, peak height for those who struggle to get the ball airborne.


Wilson D7 Forged

Price: $1, | BUY NOW
Set: 4-PW

Wilson D7 Forged irons.

Our take: Minimal offset and a thinner topline get paired up with a forged carbon steel face and urethane-filled holes in the sole of each iron head. The result is an iron that not only looks but performs like a better-player offering.
ClubTester’s take (8-hdcp): “The best-looking iron I’ve seen from Wilson in some time.”
Robot’s take: Forgiving and consistent, with high spin and lower flight capabilities.


XXIO Forged irons

Price: $1, | BUY NOW
Set: 5-PW

XXIO Forged irons.

Our take: Placing a premium on soft feel and distance, XXIO Forged is constructed with large, thin faces to boost ball speeds, especially on off-center strikes. A similar V.T. Sole design to what’s found on Srixon’s irons helps enhance turf interaction.
ClubTester’s take (hdcp): “For whatever reason, I get throwback vibes when I see the shaping. I dig it.”
XXIO Forged unavailable for robot testing.



Bridgestone Tour B JGR HF1 irons

Price: $ | BUY NOW
Set: 6-PW

Bridgestone Tour B JGR HF1 irons.

Our take: Built for maximum distance and forgiveness (and true value) with a thick, hollow-cavity design and an extremely low CG. A Power Slit Face design raises ball speeds and launch on off-center hits.
ClubTester’s take (hdcp): “Back flange is on the wider side and gives me confidence at address.”
Robot’s take: Ranked top 3 in ball speed retention, low spin in the category.


Callaway Mavrik

Price: $ ($ graphite) | BUY NOW
Set: 4-PW

Callaway Mavrik irons.

Our take: Head profile fits a wide range of handicaps. With each face getting the AI treatment, launch, spin and performance is tailored for every iron in the lineup. Callaway’s urethane microspheres reduce unwanted vibrations.
ClubTester’s take (hdcp): “Damn, this club looks good. The fact that it performs is just a bonus.”
Robot’s take: Fear not the toe or heel hit. This is one of the most forgiving irons in the category.


Callaway Mavrik Max

Price: $/7 irons ($ graphite) | BUY NOW
Clubs: 4-PW

Our take: Callaway’s Mavrik irons are getting the Artificial Intelligence treatment this time around. With a supercomputer designing the face of all three models in the lineup, every loft now has its own unique trajectory, spin rate and peak height to bring out the best characteristics in each iron. Custom tungsten-infused weights—the location changes based on loft—and a face cup allow for extreme center-of-gravity precision and enhanced ball speeds. The moderately larger profile and deeper center of gravity location ensures maximum mishit protection and an easy launch. To pump up the overall feel at impact, Callaway’s patented urethane microspheres were added just behind the face cup to absorb unwanted vibrations and tune sound. What makes the spheres even more appealing is that they don’t negatively affect speed.
Excelled in accuracy and launch during robot testing—two areas mid to high handicappers struggle with on a regular basis. Important to note Mavrik Max’s lofts were made slightly weaker (compared to the standard version) to ensure the ball gets in the air with relative ease.
ClubTester’s take (hdcp): “The topline doesn’t look like a game improvement iron, which I really appreciate. Effortless launch and feel have me strongly contemplating if it’s time for an iron change.”
Robot’s take: At the top in the Game Improvement category in terms of accuracy throughout the set. If you struggle with launch, the Max is there to assist.


Cobra F-Max Airspeed irons.

Our take: Larger grips, lighter shafts (with an unpainted finish), airy swing weights and a deep undercut cavity design equate to increased clubhead speed and a higher launch—with more distance to boot.
ClubTester’s take (hdcp): “Look at address is confidence-inspiring. Felt lighter than I expected.”
Robot’s take: Spin isn’t a problem with F-Max.


Cobra King SpeedZone irons.

Our take: All-new topline made of carbon fiber allows more weight to be positioned low in the head to max out mishit protection. A forged PWRShell insert and undercut design enhance the trampoline effect on the responsive face.
ClubTester’s take (hdcp): “Carbon fiber on the crown is a nice touch. Was worried it might be too busy.”
Robot’s take: Strong speed and carry values. Cobra has a winner here.


Honma T//World XP-1

Price: $/iron | BUY NOW
Sets: , 10 and 11 irons

Honma T//World XP-1 irons.

Our take: Honma’s XP-1 irons are made for game-improvement golfers who want a traditional profile. Made from + stainless steel, the long and mid irons have a hollow cavity construction while the shorter irons have a deep cavity design. The irons have maraging steel faces and tungsten sole weights to boost launch and ball speed, while the short irons (8 through gap wedge) have deep undercuts, but without the added speed as seen in the long iron designs. Since they’re built for a high launch, the irons come with strong lofts.
ClubTester’s take (hdcp): “Launched high and felt extra forgiving when I missed it off the toe. Lean profile for something that’s designed for a mid-handicapper.&#;
Honma Tr20 V irons unavailable for robot testing.


Miura IC

Price: $/iron | BUY NOW
Clubs: 4-PW, GW

Miura IC irons.

Our take: Miura’s IC design cranks up the speed and forgiveness with an internal cavity design that allows for a wider sole and thus a lower CG. Also packed inside the head is an 8-gram back weight to improve launch.
ClubTester’s take (hdcp): “Looks like a blade, but it’s really a game-improvement iron.”
Robot’s take: Big on speed and launch numbers—this one flies high and goes.


Miura and are affiliates of 8AM Golf.

Mizuno JPX Hot Metal

Price: $1,/8 irons | BUY NOW
Clubs: 4-GW, 5-SW

Mizuno JPX Hot Metal irons.

Our take: To stand out from the pack in the equipment industry, you need a game-changing design, technology or both. Luckily for Mizuno, JPX Hot Metal is a combination of the two. The iron is anchored by a high-strength Chromoly M steel alloy that allowed for a degree undercut, multi-thickness face and re-engineered sound ribs in the topline developed to hit specific vibration patterns for feedback enhancement at impact. With a sweet spot that’s half a millimeter lower in the 4-iron through 9-iron, lofts were strengthened in the 4- through 7-iron to keep launch angle in line with the previous version while increasing distance at the same time. The set also has a steeper transition into more compact scoring irons and wedges, with set-matching wedges made from X30 steel for feel.
A worthy option for golfers who need hangtime and rpm in their life. Both spin and launch numbers were near the top end during robot trials, and those who tested reported seeing similar characteristics as well.
ClubTester’s take (hdcp): “Honestly doesn’t look like a typical game improvement iron to me. Launches high and goes forever, even when I only catch a piece.”
Robot’s take: Expect higher launch and higher spin—and approach shots that stop on a dime.



Price: $/iron ($ graphite) | BUY NOW
Clubs: 4-PW, GW

Ping G irons.

Our take: Think of G as a game improvement iron that’s inspired by a players iron profile. A larger “flexing zone” enhances ball speed and higher heights, while a next-generation COR-Eye helps with off-center strikes. Co-molded aluminum and elastomer badge dampens vibrations.
ClubTester’s take (hdcp): “Surprised by how much I like this look. Assumed it’d be too clunky, but it looks clean at address.”
Robot’s take: Top 3 in accuracy in the Game Improvement group.



Price: $/iron ($ graphite) | BUY NOW
Set: 4-PW, UW, SW

Ping G irons.

Our take: Generous tungsten weights positioned in the heel and toe of the stainless-
steel body deliver an abundance of forgiveness. Hollow-body design is paired with a maraging steel face to take ball speed to another level.
ClubTester’s take (hdcp): “Dark finish masks some of the beef. I could get used to looking down at an iron like this.”
Robot’s take: One of the most forgiving irons in the class.


TaylorMade SIM Max

Price: $/8 irons ($1, graphite) | BUY NOW
Clubs: 4-LW

Our take: The vast majority of high-handicap golfers don’t find the middle of the face with regularity. It’s a fact of life. TaylorMade’s SIM Max is designed to make things a bit easier with a package centered around mitigating mishits. The iron is highlighted by an ultrathin millimeter face, along with a undercut in the cavity that delivers ample horsepower. TaylorMade’s Inverted Cone Technology expands the sweet spot, but instead of continuing to place it in the center of the face for every iron, it was purposely placed closer to the toe in the long irons (historical club data contributed to the adjustment) to generate a draw bias. An Echo Dampening System in the lower portion of the cavity pairs with a mass-efficient beam spanning the back bar to remove unwanted vibrations around the perimeter. It also provides the multimaterial iron with the buttery feel of a forged-construction product.
The SIM Max checks all the boxes for a game improvement model. Robot testing revealed an iron that was, on average, three yards longer in the carry department than the competition. Mishits still produced favorable results. Positive feedback during player testing reinforced SIM Max’s spot near the top of the Game Improvement pecking order.
ClubTester’s take (hdcp): “Futuristic look with out-of-this-world technology. Feels like I can miss it anywhere and the ball still goes.”
Robot’s take: A top-3 Game Improvement in ball speed retention, carry and overall forgiveness.


TaylorMade SIM Max OS

Price: $ ($1, graphite) | BUY NOW
Set: 4-LW

TaylorMade SIM Max OS irons.

Our take: Oversized version includes a larger profile and taller faces. A through-slot in the sole and mass efficient beam across the cavity enhances speed and mitigates unwanted vibrations. A chambered sole geometry drives the CG lower for a towering launch.
ClubTester’s take (hdcp): “Aesthetics are a bit loud for my liking, but you can’t nitpick the stellar performance.”
Robot’s take: If you’re looking for a highly accurate game improvement model, start here.


TaylorMade P Ti

Price: $2, | BUY NOW
Set: 5-PW, AW

TaylorMade P Ti irons.

Our take: Hollow titanium head and SpeedFoam-injected cavity construction provides golfers with another level of distance. Up to grams of tungsten is crammed on the back side of each head for a high-launch and low-spin trajectory.
ClubTester’s take (5-hdcp): “Technology more than justifies the big price tag. One of the best I’ve hit in a while.”
Robot’s take: Ranked near the top in pure ball speed.


Titleist T

Price: $/iron steel ($/graphite) | BUY NOW
Set: 4-PW

Titleist T irons.

Our take: Upholds Titleist’s classic look but with a boost in speed. Longer blade lengths and tungsten toe weights take forgiveness and performance to another level. The offset isn’t significant.
ClubTester’s take (5-hdcp): “It’s like AP2 underwent a makeover and lost weight. Iron has curves and forgiveness.”
Robot’s take: Produced a high-peak ballflight.


Tour Edge Exotics EXS

Price: $/iron ($ graphite) | BUY NOW
Set: 4-PW, GW

Tour Edge Exotics EXS irons.

Our take: Split set features a hollow-body construction in the long irons and a solid construction with a deep undercut in the shorter irons and wedges. Each head also has a gram tungsten weight in the toe to effectively expand the sweet spot.
ClubTester’s take (hdcp): “Can feel the power going on inside the head. Strong launch, too.”
Robot’s take: Proved to control unwanted spin and deliver a more piercing trajectory.


Wilson D7

Price: $ | BUY NOW
Set: 5-PW, GW

Wilson D7 irons.

Our take: Wilson’s urethane-filled Power Holes, situated in the sole, exist to increase face deflection and speed. With more holes located in the long irons versus the short, golfers can expect to find extra distance at the top of the set.
ClubTester’s take (hdcp): “Has all the traits I want: forgiveness, distance and a reasonably sized profile.”
Robot’s take: A carry distance leader in the Game Improvement class.


XXIO Eleven

Price: $/iron | BUY NOW
Clubs: 6-PW, AW, SW

XXIO Eleven irons.

Our take: More distance and higher peak heights is the name of the game. The Elevens use what XXIO calls a double undercut cavity to increase face flex at impact and, therefore, increase ball speed.
ClubTester’s take (hdcp): “If I wanted to add a 6-iron, this is where I’d go. Launches the ball high and far.”
XXIO Eleven unavailable for robot testing.



Cleveland Launcher HB Turbo

Price: $/iron | BUY NOW
Clubs: 4-PW, DW, SW

Cleveland Launcher HB Turbo irons.

Our take: For the golfer who doesn’t mind veering away from traditional irons to max out distance, Cleveland’s Launcher HB Turbo offers a steel face, fully hollow construction, and Hi-Bore crowns to generate metalwood power.
ClubTester’s take (hdcp): “Hybrid-like shape makes me feel like I can’t miss, and a larger sole kept the club from digging.”
Robot’s take: Top speed and carry numbers in the SGI class.


Cleveland Launcher UHX

Price: $/iron | BUY NOW
Clubs: 4-GW

Cleveland Launcher UHX irons.

Our take: Blending hollow-cavity long irons with cavity-back short irons, Cleveland’s Launcher UHX captures ball speed and accuracy in a package that’ll appeal to mid to high handicappers. Although Launcher UHX is considered a super game improvement during ClubTest, there’s nothing to say it couldn’t fit a weekend golfer who’s a handicap in search of extra forgiveness. The iron is able to straddle two categories due to its playable profile and moderate topline and offset. Hollow long irons featuring a variable steel face insert transitions into short irons that place a premium on accuracy and control. A v-shaped sole keeps the iron from digging into the turf at impact, while Tour Zip grooves offer control and spin normally found in the company’s wedges.
Launcher UHX landed near the top in a number of key categories, including ball speed, carry distance, accuracy and forgiveness. And did we mention it was a popular option during player testing? The iron had one of the strongest across-the-board showings.
ClubTester’s take (hdcp): “Responsive off the club face and the ball goes forever. Don’t have to swing hard to get a positive result. Love the blade look.”
Robot’s take: One of the dominant performers in the Super Game Improvement category, with top-3 rankings in no less than five performance categories.


Cobra T-Rail

Price: $ | BUY NOW
Set: 4-PW

Cobra T-Rail irons.

Our take: Cobra’s hollow-body T-Rail takes the distance and forgiveness of a hybrid and puts those design philosophies into a set of irons. The familiar Baffler rail technology helps the clubhead glide better through the turf.
ClubTester’s take (hdcp): “Love the rail design. Easiest for me to hit and the ball hops off the face. This is a game changer.”
Robot’s take: Needed spin and height delivered as promised.


Tour Edge Exotics EXS h

Price: $/iron ($ graphite) | BUY NOW
Set: 4-GW

Tour Edge Exotics EXS h irons.

Our take: Each of the irons in the set offers a hollow-body construction with a low CG, wide sole, shallow face and perimeter weighting for stability. A cup face design delivers more speed on off-center strikes.
ClubTester’s take (hdcp): “The dark finish doesn’t make the head feel so big, even though it’s obviously on the larger side.”
Robot’s take: Impressive carry, forgiveness, accuracy and speed numbers.


Tour Edge Hot Launch 4 irons.

Our take: A triple combo set featuring hybrids, hollow-bodied mid-irons and solid-construction short irons to help golfers simplify the buying process and achieve maximum forgiveness and distance.
ClubTester’s take (hdcp): “Really like how they combined three different shapes. Rarely see brands release a blended set like this.”
Robot’s take: A forgiving iron that rarely balloons.


Wilson Launch Pad

Price: $ | BUY NOW
Set: 4-PW

Wilson Launch Pad irons.

Our take: The Launch Pad sole delivers a design that helps golfers launch the ball higher into the air for more carry distance and forgiveness. Each of the irons also has a hollow-bodied construction with a thin face for higher ball speed.
ClubTester’s take (hdcp): “Finding out a wide sole can be your friend. Even when I don’t deliver the head perfectly, I’m not getting a clunker.”
Robot’s take: A category leader in accuracy and forgiveness.


Miura and are affiliates of 8AM Golf.

The product(s) featured in this article has been independently selected by;s editorial team. If you make a purchase using the links included, we may earn a small commission.

To receive GOLF&#;s all-new newsletters, subscribe for free here.


You will also be interested:

ClubTest 53 hot new irons tested and reviewed

By: GOLF Editors

ClubTest iron review

With the help of GOLF’s research partner True Spec Golf, we asked 40 testers to hit more than different clubs over three days to deliver the most inclusive and in-depth review of new gear in the year history of our ClubTest franchise. Fact: The perfect drivers, fairway woods, hybrids, irons, wedges and putters for you are out there — and working with a custom fitter is the fastest way to find them.

For this installment of ClubTest , our testers tried out all the newest irons from the top manufacturers to help us put together a whopping 53 iron reviews. What did they find? Simply put, today&#;s tech-packed irons can meet the needs of any player, from newbie to discerning vet.

Check out all the new irons we reviewed below, then click through to read the test results and see photos and videos to help you learn everything you need to know to find the perfect set for your game.

Whichever irons you choose, you can purchase them with one click, or better yet, get custom fit for a new set of irons by GOLF&#;s sister company True Spec Golf.

Callaway Apex

Our take: Apex led the way as one of the most requested irons during testing. The new-look Apex Pro had testers gushing over the blade profile and game-improvement forgiveness while Apex and Apex DCB earned high marks for their clean aesthetics and solid feel.


Callaway Apex MB21

Our take: This should be where we offer our take on Callaway’s shiny Apex MB21, but one tester took the words right out of our mouth: “Best turf interaction of the bunch I tested,” he stated. “Sole slices through the ground with impressive precision, and the lack of offset is going to appeal to the guy who likes to work the ball.” Enough said.


Callaway Big Bertha B21

Our take: Owning an iron that keeps mishits on the map is critically important when you’re a plus handicapper because, well, you know bad shots are going to happen. The goal, then, becomes finding ways to mitigate the big miss and helping you even break into the 80s. For our mid- and high-handicapped testers, Big Bertha B21 fit the bill — a smart-looking iron that can help keep the ball in play. The pronounced offset allowed some testers to draw the ball on command (for the first time!) and generate comparable distances on off-center misses.


Callaway X Forged CB 21

Our take: Better players will nitpick the way an iron goes through the ground. If it sticks or impacts the turf in an inefficient manner, a hook is imminent. Based on tester feedback, golfers needn’t worry about this issue with X Forged CB. The subtle sole camber, in particular, received high marks from several eagle-eyed testers who claimed it produced the best turf interaction of any iron they tested. “It’s poetry when club meets golf ball,” said one tester.


Cleveland Launcher

Our take: The Launcher irons come in two forms: the ultra-forgiving, hollow-bodied Launcher HB Turbo irons and the versatile Launcher UHX that mix hollow and cavity-back forms in a single set. Said one of our testers about the HB Turbo irons, “You don’t have to do much to get the ball high in the air.” And of the HB UHX irons, “Even though they look like blades at address, they come with as much forgiveness as any golfer could want.”


Cobra King Forged Tec

Our take: Cobra’s King Forged Tec knows how to wow the masses. The compact profile is appealing to a wide range of handicaps but so is the feel. “Smooth as can be at impact,” a tester exclaimed. The otherworldly feel comes from the foam microspheres residing inside a hollow cavity designed to fine-tune sound and soften feel.


Cobra King Tour MIM

Our take: Knowing where the ball impacts the face can tell you a lot about the quality and consistency of your swing. Missing it off the heel or toe could be a sign that your clubs aren’t fit properly (or if a lesson is in your future). Our testers never once had to wonder where the ball was impacting the face on the King Tour MIM. “My favorite by far,” one tester proclaimed. “I’m getting a responsive feel that tells me exactly what’s going on at impact.” A new manufacturing process plays a role in the superior feel. So, too, does a thermoplastic polyurethane insert situated in the cavity that’s built to mitigate vibration.


Cobra King RF Proto

Our take: The RF stamped on the toe lets you know these irons were designed for a certain Cobra staffer. “I can see why Rickie Fowler likes these irons,” commented a tester. “They look so clean. For someone who plays a blade, it fits that handicap range. Easily the prettiest irons I’ve tested.” With sharper edges, a razor-thin topline and almost no offset, the MB RF is built for elite ball strikers, like Fowler, who want to work the ball both ways and demand precise turf interaction.


Cobra RadSpeed

Our take: It’s impossible to miss Cobra’s RadSpeed iron. The electric yellow markings situated in the cavity are meant to make it stand out, and more than a handful of testers confirmed they “absolutely loved the look.” Said one tester, “You can’t miss these irons. They certainly have a look my son and his buddies would embrace.” But looks will take you only so far. What many testers noticed was that the 3D-printed nylon medallion and detailed lattice structure served a dual purpose, enhancing feel and shedding unwanted weight at the same time while upping the iron’s street cred.


Haywood MB/CB

Our take: Haywood flies under the radar for some consumers, but none of the testers will forget the brand after their experience at ClubTest. “The ball flies forever, even when I’m missing it,” one tester said. “That’s freakin’ special.” The clean looks of both the MB and CB were also noted, and a crisp sound at impact is the cherry on top of these sticks.


Ben Hogan Icon

Our take: If you’ve seen Ben Hogan irons before, you won’t be surprised by the Icon’s look; if you’ve ever played Hogan irons, you’ll recognize that their design hasn’t changed much either over the years. “It’s classic Hogan through and through,” one tester said. “Old-school look with a validating feel at impact. Could play these all day.” These clean-cut muscle-backs are designed to bridge the gap between gorgeous design and top-tier performance — a better player’s iron for sure.


Honma TR20

Our take: Honma’s TR20 iron set can rightfully be thought of as one family with three different children. Each group (P, B, V) features a better player’s sleek profile but can be combined with the others for maximum feel throughout the bag. “As a scratch golfer, this makes it easier to find the best setup,” one tester opined. That means total freedom for you to choose what combo set works best for your game without sacrificing performance.


Honma T//World GS

Our take: The main purpose behind these clubs is right there in the name: GS. It stands for “Gain Speed,” or, in other words, the thing everyone is trying to do these days. From the L-cupface to the flexible pieces built into the sole, each part of this club is about creating extra ball speed.


Honma TR21X

Our take: Honma’s newest line of irons take various cues from past iterations and combine them into one. Tungsten weighting is tucked deep within the clubhead to aid those mis-hits. And to at least one tester, it really stood out. “Could totally see myself playing these,” they said. “Looks like the TR20 B I liked, but the forgiveness and speed is on another level. Almost feels like cheating on the mishits.” That’s a big-time endorsement.


Miura TC

Our take: For iron aficionados and connoisseurs of exquisite Japanese forgings, Miura’s TC irons prove that a muscular cavity-back design can have it all: world class feel and Tour caliber performance combined with a heaping of forgiveness where it’s needed. Said one of our testers, “This is the best-looking iron I’ve tested, and the shot dispersion is phenomenal. I’m throwing darts out here!”


Miura CB

Our take: Miura’s forging is legendary— the feel is there. But the CB is mostly crafted to deliver high performance for players who want total shotmaking control. The CB represents a new era, being that they’re the longest forged cavity-backs Miura has ever made. Said one tester, “The wider sole prevents it from digging too much, and even though it performs like a game-improvement iron, it oozes with the feel of a forged blade.”


Miura PI

Our take: When Miura develops a new iron design, it’s safe to assume they went all-in in terms of research, development and engineering to ensure they deliver the best possible version of what they have in mind. As is the case with the all-new dual-material PI irons, which are designed to be exceptionally long, forgiving and playable for all player types.


Miura MB

Our take: Better players demand clubs that perform precisely to their shotmaking specifications. They want irons that are controllable, predictable and that generate the trajectories they need to dial in their distances—not to the yard but sometimes to the foot. The MBs are engineered to do just that. They are forged and built with extreme craftsmanship unparalleled in the game today.


Mizuno JPX Tour

Our take: Exquisitely designed irons are not new to Mizuno. Neither is it uncommon to find our testers raving about how they look and perform. Case in point: One tester who we thought was literally going to steal them said, “Can I cuss? I can barely describe how beautiful these irons are. They speak to me. I’m in love.” We get the sentiment, having felt the same way about Mizuno’s legendary Grain Flow forging for a long time now.


Mizuno JPX Hot Metal

Our take: Made for players who want irons that pack distance and forgiveness in a traditional shape, the JPX Hot Metal irons are Mizuno’s answer to whether or not the company is serious about game improvement. As one of our tester’s raved, “The ball explodes off the face, and these irons are a club longer than my current set. That’s extra power is something I definitely need.”


Mizuno JPX Forged

Our take: Mizuno has a knack for shrouding forgiveness and added distance in what look like traditional iron designs, and the JPX Forged does that perfectly. They look like pure scoring clubs but come with a healthy dose of playability and added power hidden within, which according to one of our testers “made these irons feel more aggressive when setup behind the ball.” Feel, looks and tour-caliber performance—what more could a golfer want?


Mizuno MP MB

Our take: Purists who want a blade designed for maximum shotmaking performance, distance control and a responsive feel, the MP MB irons are among the crème de la crème. According to a tester, “The MPs are classic Mizuno irons, and the set checks all the look and feel boxes. And surprisingly, they weren’t as penal on off-center hits as I was expecting.”


Mizuno MP HMB

Our take: Mizuno completely hides its cutting-edge technology within the body of the MP 20 HMB irons, making them deceptively easy to hit and more playable that they appear. “I’ve been wanting to play a set of blades but wasn’t sure if I was ready to put them in the bag,” said a tester. “The irons changed my way of thinking in a heartbeat. They feature a blade shape but are loaded with forgiveness.”


Mizuno MP MMC

Our take: Mizuno has proven with the MP MMC irons that even difficult things can be accomplished when done with precision design and top-notch engineering. According to one our testers, these irons “feel amazing, even when shots are hit away from the center of the clubface. Can’t remember using an iron with a compact shape that was so forgiving and had such a flushed sensation — on good hits and even on some that were less than perfect.”


Ping Blueprint

Our take: Not all golfers have full command of their shots, but Ping’s Blueprint irons are for those who do. The blade-style, forged-head Blueprints represent Ping’s smallest iron offering, and the heads are designed specifically for better ball strikers. Due to their compact profiles and thin toplines, these irons provide Tour players and low- handicappers with the shot-shaping capabilities they crave. One low-handicap tester explained that the Blueprint irons “help work the ball both ways on command.”


Ping G

Our take: Before buying irons, you must first start by assessing your own game. What are your weaknesses and how do you fix them? Ping’s G irons fit the bill for those looking for higher launch and more distance. “The higher launch was a sight to behold,” one tester said. Sometimes, tech-packed irons sacrifice in sensory categories, but GOLF testers noted their soft feel and sound.


Ping G

Our take: GOLF testers found the G irons to be mean-looking distance machines. “The ball just goes forever,” said one of our slower-speed testers. The performance comes packaged in a stealthy black look too. As one tester said, “It’s a mean look that could also serve a purpose by reducing sun glare.” Ping offers a range of different iron designs, but if you’re a mid- to high-handicapper searching for the ultimate in distance, the Gs are designed for you.


Ping i

Our take: For our GOLF testers, the Ping i looks were deceiving but in the best way possible. While the irons have blade-style looks that might intimidate a mid- to high-handicapper, they’re actually made for towering trajectories and big distance. “These blew me away,” one tester said. “As a low-ball hitter, these helped me out so much. They just fly into the sky. That’ll certainly come in handy on a lot of approach shots.&#;



Our take: There’s a lot to love about the Irons, including some leading-edge tech to make the game easier and, frankly, more fun to play. Our testers seem to agree, with one noting, “These irons feel so good. I wouldn’t change a damn thing about them. No doubt as soon as these are in my bag, I’ll be taking money from my buddies.” Now that’s the kind of confidence we like to see an iron set provide.


PXG Gen3

Our take: PXG has a knack for being very discerning about the players it designs clubs for, but with the Gen3 series, the company welcomes a wider range of golfers into its fold. Said a satisfied tester, “Feel is always what gets me with PXG irons. They feel buttery smooth, even when I’m not at my best. What was surprising is how far they go — each iron is about a full club longer than my current set.”



Our take: Just as many of us can’t help picking up a set of butter-knife blades, PXG couldn’t resist making a Tour blade with the elite pro or amateur in mind. And by the looks of it, the ST (“Super Tour”) is as pure as it gets, with a bevy of design features that make it an ideal choice for shotmakers who want to work the ball on command and hit a variety of shots into the green. “This is my kind of blade,” said a tester. “It looks mean but certainly delivers in the feel department.”


Srixon ZX5/ZX7

Our take: When we see and try an iron that combines the soft feel of a forged iron with the added distance and forgiveness of a multi-material construction, we get all giddy inside. According to a club tester talking about the ZX, “I felt like I mishit a few, but you’d never know it by the ample amount of forgiveness. They aren’t far off from the set I normally play, but with a lot more give.”


Srixon ZX4

Our take: Hollow-body irons are gaining popularity, thanks to a slew of new innovations that have made them more streamlined, compact and attractive to better players. That’s exactly what the ZX4s represent — a hollow-body iron that comes with added forgiveness yet delivering the feel and versatility of a forged blade. “Srixon really nailed it with this one,” chimed one of our testers. “These irons have a consistent feel, performance and a great sound.” 


TaylorMade P

Our take: Lower-handicap golfers tend to gravitate toward irons with smaller shapes, while higher handicaps usually opt for larger game-improvement irons that provide more height, distance and forgiveness. Our GOLF testers found the TaylorMade P irons, though, to satisfy both needs. “These look sleek, and I love the towering launch. The ball is going even on misses.”


TaylorMade P

Our take: Looks can be deceiving, as our GOLF testers discovered after hitting the P irons. One tester called them “an ultra-forgiving iron trapped inside of a blade.” Essentially, that’s exactly what the P irons are all about: providing game-improvement-style performance in a shape that’s welcomed by even low-handicappers.


TaylorMade P7MB

Our take: Bag appeal. There’s just something about the way a shiny set of blade irons glisten in the sun, isn’t there? While TaylorMade’s P7MB irons have minimal badging and a classic blade design, there’s a raised triangular mass on the back cavity that gives them more of an “upscale look,” according to one of our low-handicap testers. Of course, looks aren’t everything. Testers also commented on the solid-but-soft feel off the face and ball-flight control. 


TaylorMade P7MC

Our take: Looking down at these irons from address, you might think that the P7MC irons are a traditional blade, thanks to the compact head shape and minimal offset. The P7MCs, however, offer a bit more leeway on shots hit across the face. “These have a traditional look with exceptional feel, even when I didn’t catch it dead center,” a GOLF tester explained. “If you’re a better player who still needs a touch of forgiveness to bail you out, these should do the trick.”


TaylorMade P7TW

Our take: “It’s Tiger’s iron!” one GOLF tester exclaimed. Surely, you can understand the excitement. Tiger Woods is one of the best iron players of all time, and while none of us can match his finesse with a blade, you can now hit the same P7TW club he does. For one low-handicap tester, the irons lived up to the hype: “Nothing else I hit came close to these from a feel perspective… the most pleasing feeling ever.”


TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Our take: The typical knock on game-improvement irons is that they look too big or feel too harsh. When it comes to the new SIM2 Max irons, though, one tester mentioned how they “look visually smaller” and “feel really good.” And they said, that’s “tough to do with a game-improvement iron.” Looks and feel aside, testers also highlighted the fast feel off the face and the power they produced. 


Titleist CB

Our take: We’ve come to expect top-tier player-oriented irons from Titleist. After many years making some of the best you can buy, the CB irons sport both an aesthetic feel and performance that are familiar but also completely new at the same time. “Paint me impressed,” said a happy tester. “They’re actually much more forgiving than they look, and speaking of that, the aesthetics are incredible.”


Titleist MB

Our take: Muscle-back irons are still popular among better players who want the utmost in workability, feel and distance control. Make no bones about it — they aren’t going to be as forgiving on off-center hits as a cavity-back, but if you’re the kind of player who hits the sweet spot more often than not, a muscle-back design like the MB may be just what you need to take your scoring from the fairway to the next level. “I never have to wonder about Titleist’s blades,” said a tester. “They’re always consistent, regardless of the iron I pick up. I don’t ever want to guess if I’m going to hit my number. These are perfect.”


Titleist CNCPT

Our take: All three CNCPT irons have cutting-edge tech, materials and construction that are so next level, Titleist has no qualms about slapping a $ price tag on each one. And it’s not all show. According to our testers, the CNCPTs deliver. “The ball explodes off the face with a towering launch. I now regret my last iron purchase!”


Titleist T-Series

Our take: If you’re a golfer who appreciates an iron with a classic look and feel but also wants to take advantage of new innovations and fresh technologies, the T-Series from Titleist may be precisely what you’re looking for. “Just looking at these irons you can see they’re loaded with new technology,” stated a club tester. “I love being able to see what I’m getting. It lets me know it’s worth the price of admission. And when you hit one on the screws, you’ll get the same joy I did. Boy, do these go.”


Titleist T

Our take: Catering to competitive players who want the best of everything, the T irons have quickly become popular for their stellar performance. They’re designed to be more forgiving in the long irons, but you wouldn’t know it by how compact and streamlined they look, and how easily maneuverable the short irons are.


Tour Edge Hot Launch

Our take: &#;Please forgive me, Golf Gods, for I have swung. The Tour Edge Hot Launch E and C irons have answered my prayers,” according to one tester during GOLF’s ClubTest. &#;As a high-handicap golfer, I’ll take all the heel-toe forgiveness I can get,” the tester said. “The sound was especially good for an iron at this size.” Amen.


Tour Edge Exotics EXS Pro

Our Take: If looks could kill. One tester during GOLF’s ClubTest was sold before they had even picked up the Tour Edge Exotics EXS Pro. “Sexy look,” a tester said. “As someone who weighs appearance heavily, I’d totally take these for a test spin.” And once they did? It was Goldilocks. “Overall feel was pleasing,” a tester said. “Not too hard, not too soft. Just right.” A club that looks good and you can bring home to Mom? Hard not to love. 


Wilson Staff D9

Our take: If you&#;re looking for higher ball speeds and distance gains in a super-game-improvement package, you&#;ll be thrilled with Wilson&#;s follow-up to the popular D7 iron line. The new D9s boast a straight, clean top line and ultra-thin face, giving the club a player&#;s-iron aesthetic. But mid-to-high handicappers should fear not, because Wilson&#;s lowest-ever center of gravity in an iron ensures ease of launch as well as a steeper angle of descent for increased greenside control. 


Wilson Staff CB

Our take: Better players will appreciate the power and consistency of Wilson&#;s top-tier irons. &#;Best turf interaction by far,&#; enthused one tester. &#;Club never caught during the swing. It&#;s a neat sensation.&#; Turns out, that&#;s by design. Twenty grams of tungsten weighting in the toe of the long and mid irons enhances head stability at impact and lowers the center of gravity for reliably consistent shots. Nickel-chrome plating and a high-end mirror finish completes the premium package.


Wilson Staff Blade

Our take: It&#;s hard to overstate the positive feedback these irons received from our testers. &#;Best set of blades Wilson has ever made,&#; said one. &#;It&#;s like they wrapped up all the best features and jammed them into one iron.&#; Those lauded features include supreme forgiveness, top-notch feel and a super-slick, modern look. Dozens of shaft options and 11 grips to choose from (in addition to personalization options) enable you to make your set your own in myriad ways.


Wilson Launch Pad

Our take: Wilson&#;s super-game-improvement irons &#;live up to the name,&#; says one tester. &#;These things launch into the stratosphere. They&#;re effortless.&#; If the sight of an extra-wide sole at address gives you some much-needed confidence, you&#;ll love the look of the Launch Pad, which boasts a sole design that gets progressively wider as the clubs get longer, enabling them to essentially &#;float&#; above the turf to help eliminate embarrassing chunks and unintentional divot-digging.


XXIO Eleven

Our take: We like XXIO’s clear messaging: The Eleven irons are designed simply to make the game easier. According to our testers, they do just that. “These irons are a breeze to hit. Just get it somewhere on the face and the ball is going.” Distance comes easier, too, especially for golfers with moderate swing speeds. Sounds exactly like the kind of stuff we all need.


XXIO Prime

Our take: Packing a lot of technology into an iron can be a tall order for club designers. But rest assured, XXIO’s Prime irons are able to heap on loads of tech without cluttering its looks. Our testers agreed. “I couldn’t put them down,” said one. “I nearly wore myself out.” These irons have the marks of a luxury product for sure, but they’re super-friendly for golfers who have moderate swing speeds and want to hit the ball farther, straighter and with more forgiveness on off-center hits.


XXIO X Black

Our take: Color one tester impressed: “These are definitely irons for a better player,” he said. “But they have just enough offset to help with mishits and still deliver that silky feel.” No wonder Ernie Els plays them—they’re as smooth as he is.


generic profile image

Related Articles


1023 1024 1025 1026 1027