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
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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 Srixon Z 965 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 919 Hot Metal. 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 2019 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.
“Callaway wanted a powerful iron with a more palatable look. The first step was adding a cupface through the 7-iron to help boost distance. The low and middle irons have internal tungsten encased in urethane with microscopic air bubbles for a lower center of gravity (CG) and just the right sound. About 25 grams of tungsten were positioned high on the 9-iron through gap wedge to bring the CG up for a more controlled flight.. ” – Callaway Golf
“This set has forgiving cavity-backs through the 6-iron and traditional muscle-backs the rest of the way. To concentrate more weight in the center and less on the periphery, tungsten weights are used in the toe and sole to lower the center of gravity and improve ball speed. Other nice touches are the milled face and grooves—the same grooves Cobra uses on its wedges. At address and in the bag, the Diamonized Black Metal finish is bad-ass cool.” – Cobra Golf
“This forged iron is sure to appeal to the traditionalist ready to graduate from muscle-back blades. The split-cavity design features a low muscle-back with an upper cavity through the set, but with a topline and head shape that easily let you mix and match with the MP-18 muscle-back blade. The trailing and leading edges of the sole—slightly wider than the MP-18—help the club power through the turf with the ease of a bulldozer. ” – Mizuno Golf
” There’s a sign at Ping that states: “Undocumented knowledge does not exist.” The company applied that mantra by taking what it learned from producing 10 previous G series irons and improving upon a time-tested winner. The top-rail-undercut design and “cascading sole” combine with the removal of the tuning port in the back cavity to create a more flexible face. The offset has been reduced 10 percent from the G400 for a more appealing look.” Ping Golf
“Titleist strikes a nice balance between offering help and letting the golfer do the work. The forged design—played by most PGA Tour players on the Titleist staff—focuses on forgiveness and consistency in the low and middle irons with the use of two densities of tungsten in the heel and toe (an average of 57 grams) to provide stability. Those clubs also feature a speedy face insert made from high-strength steel at only 2.1 millimeters thick.” Titleist Golf
“It’s called GEN2, but these irons are more than a sequel to the original 0311—it’s a significant advancement. A new polymer material is used inside the clubhead to increase distance and deliver a pleasing sound and feel. The company’s hallmark weights in the back remain, but there are two fewer in the toe area than in the previous version, the result of a design change that moved more mass to the toe, allowing for the elimination of those weights..” – PXG