I just wanted to let you guys know that the new Ping Anser forged irons with the KBS shafts are the best irons I have hit in a long, long time. They feel like butter! -Steve C. Boulder, CO
What Irons in the Set Should You Play?
There have been a lot of iron head design changes in the past five years that have made fitting a set of irons both easier but sometimes harder. First and foremost, lofts of irons have gotten lower which increases distance but may not be good for your game. Second, spin rates have gotten lower in the quest for more distance. Again, this may not be good for you if you are a low ball hitter with your irons. Finally, because of all of the new hybrids being offered, we rarely see anything longer than a 4 iron being offered in game improvement irons, and very few companies offering anything longer than a 3 iron in players clubs. For every golfer we fit, we spend a lot of time making sure we have the right style, loft and number of irons in his/her bag. In general, we like to make sure that you have the most forgiving set of irons that suit your style of play and capability.
What Style of Irons Should You Play?
Iron styles can be simply classified as blade or cavity back. There is also a hybrid/iron style that is more of a super game improvement iron for golfers that need a more forgiving club that will help get the ball in the air.
The image at the left is a Mizuno MP-4 iron which is a blade style iron. In some instances, manufacturers will only make a blade style in a right handed iron so lefties need to make sure there are some options for them. Blades, also known as muscle-back irons will have a higher loft, thinner top line and a much smaller face than a cavity back iron.
The image at the left is a cavity back style iron from Mizuno, the JPX-EZ Forged. This iron is larger, has a thicker top line, and lower loft than a blade-style iron. This provides a more forgiving look and more distance for a higher handicap player or a player that only plays a few rounds of golf a year.
Finally, the super game improvement or hybrid/iron styles are designed for maximum forgiveness on off-center hits and the ability to get the ball airborne! The Callaway 2014 Big Bertha irons fit this category.
Should you play forged irons?
If you are consistently breaking 90 and you are serious about improving your level of play you should consider moving to forged irons. Almost every manufacturer has developed a new “forged” style club that has a softer feel yet more forgiveness than the traditional blade style forged clubs. With the forgiveness of the new cavity back forged irons you will not suffer the dramatic loss of distance and accuracy you get from a miss-hit with a forged blade. The smaller sweet spot, however, will force you to produce a more consistent swing. With the new combination sets of cavity back irons in the longer irons (3 thru 6 iron) and modified muscle-back in the shorter irons (7 thru 9 and PW) you can have the forgiveness you need in the longer irons and the feel and accuracy you want in the shorter irons. And finally, there is the feel of forged. You will never forget the first time you hit an absolutely pure shot with a forged club. It is like the softest, smoothest feeling in the world. Read More…
Are your irons consistently hitting greens?
When we test a golfer’s irons during our high-tech fitting, we see a tremendous amount of inconsistency in shaft flexes. We also see golfers playing irons that are either too heavy or too light for their swing profiles. Whether you are a beginner or accomplished golfer, you have a unique swing profile that determines the equipment specs that will fit your swing. This is not based upon swing speed or tempo, but on how you bend or load the club during your swing. This can only be tested on the True Temper Shaft Lab. Then, we have you test a variety of clubs with the correct shaft on a launch monitor like the Golf Achiever or TrackMan to see which club gives you the best distance, launch angle and shot dispersion. The result will be clubs that fit your swing giving you greater accuracy, consistency and distance.
“The Steelhead XR Irons are where a signature shape meets breakthrough performance with our industry-leading, next generation 360 Face Cup. They deliver the finest combination ever of speed, forgiveness, distance and control in a Callaway iron.” – Callaway Golf
“The MB001 design is the result of years of study and careful consideration of iron performance by the Miura family. Yoshitaka Miura, elder son of founder Katsuhiro Miura and a club-grinding expert who learned under his father, led the project. He had the advice of his brother Shinei, who supervises forging operations at the company’s factory and forge in Himeji, Japan, and of course his father.” – Miura Golf
“With the JPX 900 Hot Metal Iron, we set out to Engineer the Longest, Hottest – broad appeal iron we’ve ever made. By utilizing new materials and new methods of construction, we were able to produce an iron with an unmatched level of ball speed. ” – Mizuno Golf
“Using 431 stainless steel for the first time in a PING iron, engineers relied on the material’s high strength-to-weight ratio and softer feel to create a head design that delivers workability and trajectory control with the right amount of forgiveness. Lengths and lofts are optimized to increase distance with proper gapping, resulting in a clean, players-style iron with a high MOI that offers wide appeal.” Ping Golf
“A thin, fast face provides speed and launch for more distance. High density tungsten is used to position the center of gravity low and deep, allowing for a stronger loft. The result is high launch, low spin and more carry distance..” Titleist Golf
“A game improvement iron that offers xtreme forgiveness and superior feel, while maintaining the sleek look of a blade. The larger profile helps build confidence at address.” – PXG