The iron market can be a little confusing with most brands offering a number of different styles from cavity-backs to blades. We explain the differences

Once you’ve been playing a while, it will dawn on you that not all irons looks the same. The days of every iron being a pure blade are long gone, and though a number of top brands do still offer them as an option, cavity-backs of varying depth and style are where most of the iron market is at, even out on tour. But why the change? All is explained here from cavity-backs to blades and shallow cavities in between…

Mid to deep cavity irons

90% of irons made in the past 20 years fall into this category. The basic principle is that weight from the club’s centre is moved to the perimeters to place more mass behind the impact point on off-centre strikes. The heads are bigger too, to further enhance these benefits. Their large sweetspots deliver greater forgiveness, which is why they have proved so massively popular. Most of us have an innate ability to use every part of the clubface but the middle, and cavity-backs have helped limit the damaging effects of some of our poorer efforts. The other big advantage is that with much of the extra weight in the sole, even the notoriously difficult long irons are easier to get airborne.

Ping's G30 - the latest in long line of popular cavity-backs from the brand

Ping’s G30 – the latest in a long line of popular deep cavity-backs from the brand