I hope you’ll agree with me when I say:
It’s not possible to reach your maximum potential without a set of good golf irons…. Or is it?
There’s only ONE problem. Finding those “Good” irons isn’t an easy job.
That’s why I have created a list of Best Golf Irons 2017. After researching online and spending hours in testing these sticks, I have shortlisted the top 10 irons which you can buy right now.
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So lets dive straight in!
Best Golf Irons 2017
The main features that these new 2017 Taylormade M2s brag about are greater distance, greater height, and maximum forgiveness. These irons give the golfer the whole performance package with the speed technology, lowered center of gravity, and Face slots to help the player reach peak trajectory, distance and speed. These irons also come equipped with Geocoutic engineering that helps enhance the sound quality of the irons when they come in contact with the ball. These M2s are designed with a black, silver and yellow print that makes them look sophisticated and chic. They also have bragging rights of being the strongest lofted irons of this year.Other improvements to these M2-25 irons are a thin, wide hosel with six sides and dimensions. These improvements allow for a Discretionary weight offset in the club head of about 2grams. Let us review the three of the irons in this set: the 7 iron; the 5 iron; and the Pitching Wedge.
7 iron: These clubs have a lot of 28.5 and have weight in the hosel, toe, and back of the head stripped off for a lighter feel. These irons have a classic look behind the ball and are not too chunky which adds to their aesthetic appeal. They have a shimmering chrome finishing which makes them look like very high-end clubs. They are 37 inches in length and offer the golfer: an average carry of 190 yards; an average ball speed of 129.6 mph; an average back spin of 4901 rpm; an average side spin of 106 rpm banking towards the left; a launch angle of 14.6; and a peak height of 31 yards. These irons are aimed at higher handicappers. Some might say that they hit more like a 5.5 iron rather than a standard 7 iron and has some give and feedback with each hit.
5 iron: These 5 iron Taylormade M2s have a loft of 23.5which is quite strong for a 5 iron. The hosel on these irons has a slot that allows the golfer to easily custom fit the iron, opening up more options for customization. They offer large offset and ball speed. Just like the 7 iron in this set, these 5 irons hit more like a 4 iron than what is expected of a standard 5 iron. These irons offer the golfer: an average carry of 213 yards; an overall length of 38.25 inches; an average ball speed of 136.1 mph; an average back spin of 3480 rpm; an average side spin of 578 rpm towards the left; a launch angle of 11; and a ball height peak of 26 yards.
Pitching Wedge: These PWs come in at a lot of 23.5. They feel good to the hit and are not too harsh with each strike. They are simple and easy to hit. The loft compared to the height of the ball isn’t too high compared to a standard Pitching Wedge and there is a significant softness to each strike. These Taylormade M2 Pitching Wedge irons offer the golfer: an average carry of 141 yards; an average ball speed of 106.3 mph; an average length of 35.50 inches; an average back spin of 7863 rpm; an average side spin 1184 rpm banking to the left; a launch angle of 22.6; and a peak height of 32 yards.
Taylormade AeroBurner Irons
- Powerful iron (7 iron) Strong Loft of 29.5 degrees, offers a matte finish with a shiny base. Adopts speed slots at the base but lacks face slots but overall good solid feel
- Weight pulled down to the back and bottom of the club to ensure high launch of ball; Big chunky top line offers confidence for sure hit
- Offers bit of an offset that hinders ball from steering to the right
- Designed for golfers focused on distance
- Average ball speed: 134 mph, backspin 5865 rpm, carry distance 193yards
This Titleist AP2 716 iron set has Tour-Proven distance technology that comes from its consistent ball speed. These irons have an extreme high-density tungsten weight that lowers their center of gravity for increased moment of inertia and lower center of gravity. It also has alignment technology for maximum impact to give it more ball speed. These irons have a solid feeling for maximum forgiveness. They have co-forged construction for increased moments of inertia for increased speed on off center hits. These clubs help the golfer with increased speed from its tungsten weight and low center of gravity, a wider sole with trailing edge relief and extra precision due to its center of gravity progression. So not only are these irons aesthetically pleasing and classy looking, they also have the appropriate technology to give them maximum efficiency and usability.
6 Iron: The 6 iron Titleist AP2 716s have a tungsten weight at the base of the toe in the head of the club. This weight increases the speed of the ball due to its lower center of gravity and prolonged moment of inertia. These 716, 6 iron clubs give great forgiveness but not too much forgiveness making it suitable and not limiting for higher handicaps. They are therefore very versatile. These irons come in silver and black, forged iron design that is pleasing to the eye. It has a medium-sized head and offers a bit of offset that is great for golfers whose hit leans over to the right. These irons offer you: a loft of 30 degrees; an average carry of 180 yards; an average ball speed of 128 mph; an average side speed of 226 rpm; an average back spin of 6388 rpm; a ball peak height of 32 yards; and a launch angle of 14.3 degrees.
8 Iron: These Titleist AP2 716 irons are designed with less tungsten in the toe than the other Titleist Ap2 716 irons in this set. They have a classic, high-end look behind the ball because of the medium size of its head. This iron has a loft of 38 degrees and its forged head technology is just the right amount to give it a feel that is not too soft and gives some aggression on the ball during a hit. The Titleist AP2 716, 8 irons offer the golfer: an average carry of 155 yards; an average ball speed of 115 mph; a peak ball height of 34 yards; an average back spin of 8351 rpm; an average side spin of 226 rpm; and a launch angle of 19.5 degrees.
4 Iron: The tungsten weight on the head of these clubs makes a comeback with these irons aimed at lowering the clubs center of gravity for that extra speed. The 4 iron Titleist AP2 716s have a thin, slender head and have a smooth classy look behind the ball with a loft of 24 degrees. Aside from offering a significantly improved and noticeable flight to the ball, these irons also offer the golfer: an average carry of 199 yards; an average ball speed of 134 mph; a ball peak height of 31 yards; an average back spin of 4710 rpm; an average side spin of 244 rpm; and a launch angle of 13 degrees. These irons perform well for a 4 iron club and offer such comfort and guide.
Titleist AP1 716 Irons
- Offers a shiny chrome with 50% more tungsten weight than previous Ap1’s.
- Very inviting design with big chunky head that remains close to its classic look.
- Only difference is that this is a supercharged ap1.
- Bridge underneath is hollow and offers an increased launch angle and strengthened loft.
- Designed for the high handicapper who will enjoy hitting it.
- Sturdy design offers confidence with each hit.
- Stronger loft and more weight in toes.
- Delivers an Average: Carry yards 180, ball speed 128.9 mph, backspin of 5385 rpm
8 iron with 25 degrees of loft
- chunky head, tungsten weight is eliminated
- also offers a hollow undercarriage.
- Design makes it very easy to hit the ball. Provides the following average: carry yards 165, ball speed 121.4 mph, 7460 rpm
4 iron, with 22 degrees loft, gives a welcoming design and massive, chunky head offers a solid hit and good flight
– Average: Carry yards, 215, ball speed, 130.4 mph and backspin of 4399
Callaway Golf Big Bertha Irons
These irons are equipped with new light and strong Exo-cage, 360 Face Cup technology designs whereby the head of the club is stripped in the middle and reinforced with bars across the entire head. This allows the weight to be distributed to strategic parts of the head between the toe to the heel. This 360 Face Cup technology also helps increase the speed of the ball and the distance it travels. The Callaway Big Bertha OS is designed to improve performance, give maximum forgiveness and plenty of offsets.
The 7 Iron: The Callaway Big Bertha OS 7 iron has a carbon element at the back of the head which not only gives it an attractive decoration design but also keeps the club stable. The club head is silver with a black nickel finish that gives it a high-end iron appearance. This 7 iron has a tungsten weight at the bottom of the club to drag the Center of Gravity down to allow a long hitting capacity despite the low and strong 30 degree loft. On a good hit, this iron can give you: an average ball height of 34 yards; a carry of 182 yards; a spin of 6000 rpm; and launches at an angle of 16 degrees.
The 4 Iron: This iron has a similar design to the 7 iron with a tungsten weight at the bottom which gives a significant amount of offset on the iron. This weight, however, makes the head look very large and chunky which might be a little overwhelming and intimidating for some golfers in terms of design. It has a loft of 20.5 degrees and comes in a silver and black nickel color for aesthetic appeal. The handle of the Callaway Big Bertha OS 4 iron is significantly longer than most 4 irons out there. It offers you: fantastic direction; a low flight; an average carry of 210 yards; a spin of 4000rpm; and launches at the angle of 14.3 degree on average.
Pitching Wedge: The design and the color of this iron are identical to the Callaway Big Bertha OS 7 & 4 irons. It has a chunky head with the same 360 Face Cup technology and tungsten weight for that extra stability. This iron has a loft of 44 degrees although the sheer chunky nature of the head makes the loft look a little more than it is. This Pitching Wedge offers an average carry of 198 yards; spin action of an average of 8000 rpm; a peak height of 34 yards; and launches from an angle of 24.9 degrees.
Callaway Steelhead XR
These irons take after the Callaway X 14 iron series which takes the golfer back in time. They have a classic Callaway appearance and look with a mid-sized topline, long head, and relatively small offset to offer some error margin but which does not alienate too many lower handicappers. The Callaway Steelhead XRs have a shiny sleek finish and are made purely from fortified stainless steel. The shorter hosel technology gives lower weight distribution for increased Moment of Inertia and shifts the center of gravity to the center of the clubhead for a better feel and maximum performance. The general design of these irons is sleek silver and blue themed and the word ‘Steelhead’ branded on it. These clubs also have progressive centers of gravity to gradually increase the ball speed as you go up the scale of each of the irons. This set has three irons in the series i.e. the 7 iron; the 4 iron; and the Pitching Wedge all of which is unique and offer distinct benefits to golfers who opt to use these clubs.
7 Iron: These Callaway Steelhead XR irons have a loft of 30 degrees, are 37 inches in length and give 0.15 inches of offset. The head of these irons has a classic round shape, wide grooves on the head for a better more sophisticated design and a shiny chrome finish that give them a high-end club appearance. These irons are very loud when in contact with the ball because they do not have to pad like the above-mentioned Ping Iron series. These 7-iron Callaway Steelhead XRs have a low total back and side spin compared to the standard 7 irons. They have a lovely appearance and are comfortable to the grip. These irons offer an average carry of 187 yards; an average back spin of 4900 rpm; an average side spin of 828 to the left; an average ball speed of 127.5 mph; a launch angle of 14.6 degrees; and a peak ball height of 32 yards.
4 Iron: These Callaway Steelhead 4 iron XRs have a loft of 20.5 degrees. Each of these irons has a length of 38.875 inches and an offset of 0.20 inches. These irons have a classy high-end look and a shiny finish. The length offers great comfort and ease with the swing. These irons offer the golfer: an average carry of 200 yards; an average ball speed of 128.6 mph; an average back spin of 4388 rpm; an average side spin of 804 rpm to the left; a launch angle of 15.1 degrees; and a peak ball height of 31 yards.
Pitching Wedge: This Callaway Steelhead XR Pitching Wedge has a loft of 44 degrees. These irons have a rounded big head that offers a higher center of gravity for increased speed and distance. They offer great ball height and longer carry capabilities and are more suitable for higher handicappers. Each club has a length 35.75 inches and an offset of 0.12 inches. These Pitching Wedges offers golfers: an average carry of 188 yards; an average back spin of 4485 rpm; an average side spin of 899 rpm to the left; an average ball speed of 126.7 mph; a launch angle of 14.8 degrees; and a ball peak height of 27 yards.
Cobra King Oversized Graphite Irons
These irons are designed with a hollow body and high-density tungsten positioned low and towards the toe of the head aimed at offering maximum forgiveness. They are large and covered in a nickel chrome finish that is clean and classy. The set comes in silver and black color with a streak of red and the word “Oversized” confidently branded across the head. It is a light and stable feel that gives the golfer a cushioned sensation on the grip. These irons have grooves that highlight the sweet spot which is fantastic for making it stand out. The Cobra King Oversize Irons are targeted at higher handicap golfers who want to maximize on distance.
The 7 iron: The 7 iron Cobra King Oversize iron has a huge head and offers maximum forgiveness. It has a loft of 30 degrees similar to the 6 iron Cobra King iron. This iron offers you: an average carry of 176 yards; an average span of 6000 rpm; and launches from an angle of 16.9 degrees. This iron is ideal for speed and travels like a rocket which makes up for the high spin and flight height. The 7 iron launches the ball at a speed of 136.1 mph. The 7 iron Cobra King Oversize iron is very loud when it makes contact with the golf ball which may not be gentle on the ears. Its grooves are unique places to highlight the sweet spot and also are places in a certain design that reduce the spin to increase the distance a little.
The 5 iron: The Cobra King Oversize 5 iron has a massive head. Its design and color are similar to the 7 iron only that the head has a little more girth than the latter. This iron has a loft of 23 degrees although this looks like an understatement at a glance because of the size and thickness of the head. This iron offers you: an average carry of 210 yards; an average speed 4000 rpm; launches the ball at a speed of 136.1 mph; and has a launch angle of 13 degrees. Like its sister 7 iron, the Cobra King Oversize 5 iron is very loud probably as a result of its hollow head. The golfer using this iron should be careful because this 5 iron has excellent distance and may cause the ball to fly off the green by 20 yards.
The Pitching Wedge: This iron is identical in design and has the same high-density tungsten, hollow head technology that the above Cobra King Oversize irons have. The border around the sweet spot that is created by the grooves is so important essential for a pitching wedge. It has a chunky head and a strong loft of 45 degrees. This Cobra King Oversize PW iron offers you: an average carry of 125 yards; an average span of 8670 rpm; and a launch angle of 23.5 degrees. This PW launches a ball at a speed of 97.1 mph on a good solid strike from the middle of the club’s head.
Ping G400 Irons
These irons have come to replace the hugely successful predecessors: the G 30 set. The new Ping G400 irons come with a flexible adjustable hosel design that increases the iron’s aerodynamic capabilities. These irons have a more streamlined club head and improved tabulators on the crown, which together, help to reduce the drag by an average of 15% for increased speed and distance. The thin crown of these irons helps to lower the center of gravity of the club for more forgiveness, speed, and distance. Finally, this set also has a heavy high-density tungsten weight at its base that creates a deep center of gravity and the highest moment of inertia of any of the other Ping Iron sets. They have a lush and modern brushed chrome finish and a sophisticated twist. This set comprises of three irons: the 7 iron; 5 iron; and pitching wedge clubs.
7 Iron: These irons have a cut out in the head of the club which has an extra padding that allows the clubs give the golfer more forgiveness. These irons have a black and silver feature in the head that resembles an eye which is responsible for noise reduction when in contact with the ball during each hit. These7 iron Ping clubs have the renowned and iconic Ping grip that is comfortable and non-slip resistance. They have a classic simple look and have a medium-sized head to avoid intimidating the golfer while boosting their confidence. These 7 iron Ping G400 clubs also offer you: a loft of 30 degrees; an average carry of 182 yards; an average ball speed of 123.6 mph; an average back spin of 5234 rpm; an average side spin of 319 rpm to the left; a launch angle of 16.1 degrees; and a peak ball height of 31 yards.
5 Iron: These 5 iron clubs look more aesthetically pleasing and sleeker than the predecessor G30 irons. They have a thick sole that boosts the confidence of the golfer, although some might argue that they are too chunky for their tastes.The 5 irons offer excellent direction and trajectory, great forgiveness and a little spring to the ball off the bat with each hit which drives the ball over greater distances with greater speeds. These irons also offer an average carry of 211 yards; an average ball speed of 138 mph; an average back spin of 4429 rpm; an average side spin of 139 rpm to the left; a launch angle of 11 degrees; and a loft of 23.5 degrees.
Pitching Wedge: These clubs have a loft of 44.5 degrees and a minimum amount of offset. These irons sound better, quieter and more buffered when they come in contact with the ball compared to the other irons in this set. This is as a result of the padding around the hollow club head which acts as a buffer. This is beneficial to the golfer because each hit is silent and less strenuous on the ears. The Ping G400 Pitching Wedge head has a clean blade that has the thinner appearance and looks classy behind the ball. These irons also offer the golfer: an average carry of 134 yards; an average ball speed of 103 mph; an average back spin of 9784 rpm; an average side spin of 324 rpm to the right; a launch angle of 23.1 degrees.
Mizuno Golf Mp-25 Steel Irons
This set of irons borrowed from the benefits and the successful nature of the Boron technology that was applied to the predecessor irons in the Mizuno JPX850 Forged iron sets. They have to be made of a boron steel technology encased in a hollow head for a more compact head that is guaranteed to give better ball speeds and precise trajectory. This set has three clubs ranging from the 7 iron, the 5 iron to the Pitching Wedge and is progressive across the board in terms of CoG placement which is lowered from the 7 iron all the way to the Pitching Wedge. They have a solid sophisticated design, the largest MP irons in the range, with silver being the common theme of these irons.Unlike the other irons in the MP-25 series, the 7 iron to the Pitching Wedge come without Micro-Slot cavity. This cavity is filled in these irons to offer a lower sweet spot than previous MP irons in a bid to bridge the performance gap. Let’s look at the performance of each of these irons.
7 iron: The 7 iron Mizuno Mp-25 irons have a medium-sized head which offers a great deal of offset, a comfortable fit and excellent ball speed. These irons have a loft of 34and are comfortable: they are not too soft, give the golfer a solid hit and the most forgiveness of all these three irons in this series. Aside from this, these 7 irons offer the golfer: an average carry of 165 yards; an average ball speed of 120 mph; an average back spin of 7278 rpm; and average side spin of 113 rpm towards the left; a launch angle of 16.4; and a peak ball height of 31 yards.
4 iron: These 4 iron clubs have a hollowed bottom edge than the 7 irons in this set. They have a lot of 22, a pure silver color with a shiny polished finish for that high-quality, top end appearance. Not only are these irons appealing to look at, they are also more confidence boosting to the golfer because there is some element of the head that makes it feel like it is helping the player with his hit. These 4 iron Mizuno MP-25s offer you: an average carry of 197 yards; an average ball speed of 136 mph; an average back spin of 5571 rpm; an average side spin of 194 rpm banking to the left; a launch angle of 12.6; and a ball peak height of 32 yards.
Pitching Wedge: This 46 loft, forged steel clubs are beautiful looking a with a clean crisp silver finishing. They are ideal for middle to lower handicappers and are very versatile for both lower to greater ball height, depending on the aggression behind the strike. This PW works as expected and offers the golfer: an average carry of 131 yards; an average back spin of 9639 rpm; an average side spin of 454 rpm banking to the left hand side; an average ball speed of 106 mph; a launch angle of 24.4; and a peak ball height of 35 yards.
These Mizuno JPX 900 iron sets are beautiful clubs. They come in a beautiful and aesthetic blue and silver design that is just so pleasing to the eye. These JPX900 sets offer maximum forgiveness and each of the irons in his series has distinctive performance attributes of their unique base materials. There are three 7 iron clubs in this set these are the Mizuno JPX 900 Hot Metal; Forged; and Tour Irons.
1. Hot Metal: The Mizuno JPX 900 Hot Metal irons have a loft of 31 degrees. These irons offer maximum forgiveness and are manufactured with unique chomoly technology in the head that is thinner, softer, bendable for custom fitting. This technology is great because it enables the golfer to increase faster ball speed. These irons have a big cup face; a brushed finished with aggressive chrome features and can be bent to adjust the iron to the desired loft. These Hot Metal irons offer you: an average carry of 178 yards; an average ball speed of 122.6 mph; an average back spin of 5558 rpm; an average side spin of 750 rpm to the left; a launch angle of 17.2 degrees; and a ball peak height of 33 yards.The Mizuno’s 1st generation of Boron steel irons used a uniform, thinner face to generate more distance. These JPX900 Forged irons improve the technology with a multi-thickness head. The JPX900 Forged also has a milled pocket, which increases the energy transfer over a wider area while preserving the renowned feel of the Mizuno.
2. Forged: These irons are made of boron-infused steel technology that gives a softer feel while increasing ball speed. They are beautiful and a full silver in color. These Forged irons have a loft of 31 degrees which is strong for a 7 iron. The heads are smaller than the Hotel Metal sister irons. These irons offer an average carry of 181 yards; an average ball speed of 124.5 mph; an average back spin of 5080 rpm; an average side spin of 956 rpm to the left; a launch angle of 16.1 degrees; and a peak ball height of 31 yards.
3. Tour Iron: Made of rain Flow Forged using 1025E Pure Select mild carbon steel, the JPX900 Tour combines authentic Mizuno feedback with advanced stability. The weight of these irons has their weight pushed to the Power Frame’s extreme points for the lower center of gravity. These Mizuno JPX 900 Tour Irons are made of pure select mild carbon steel with a smooth satin finish. They are hands down the best-looking irons in this series with a rustic finishing. They are simple and classy looking with an all silver color with the branding “900” fixed on the surface of the head in blue. The head is slim at a glance and improves the trajectory of the ball. These irons have tungsten weights in the back of the head which helps increase the center of gravity of the iron for an increased moment of inertia for increased speed and distance. These irons offer a loft of 34 degrees; an average carry of 176 yards; an average back spin of 5520 rpm; an average side spin of 804 rpm to the left; an average ball speed of 122.5 mph; a launch angle of 17.1 degrees; and a ball peak height of 31 yards.