We take a look at some of the best game-improvement irons 2018 has to offer that could help you find more greens and attack more pins this season
Best Game-Improvement Irons 2018
Take a look at our list of the best game-improvement irons 2018 has to offer below.
Outside your annual sub, your irons are probably the most expensive golf purchase you are likely to make, so it’s worth spending a little bit of extra time researching some of these models to make sure you get the best set for your swing and budget.
Alongside the heads you decide to try, you’ll need to consider your shaft options. The shaft plays an important role in making sure you are maximising speed and delivering the club correctly, something your local pro will be able to check out for you.
Within this particular category of the best game-improvement irons 2018 has to offer, you’ll find clubs designed to get the ball up in the air quickly to give you longer carries. To stop this becoming an issue, stronger lofts are common to keep your trajectories on a piercing flight.
Game-improvement irons also tend to be larger to be more forgiving, which is why mid-to-high handicappers tend to favour them.
With all that in mind, below are some of the best game-improvement irons 2018 has to offer.
GM says: The Ping G400 irons are designed to provide more distance and stopping power thanks to a toprail undercut cavity that allows the clubface to flex 18 per cent more than the G iron for more ball speed. Updated COR-Eye Technology maintains this ball speed across the face, which is now 40 per cent thinner. A concealed Custom Tuning Port (CTP) weight also expands perimeter weighting, while an elastomer insert enables swing weight to be fine tuned during assembly.
Mizuno JPX919 Hot Metal
GM says: The JPX919 Hot Metal is made from high-strength Chromoly 4140M to promote accelerated ball speeds, while re-engineered Sound Ribs ensure a satisfying sensation through impact. The matching gap, sand and lob wedges are made from a softer X30 steel with precision-milled grooves and faces to boost spin control around the greens.
GM says: On the new M4 irons you’ll find Face Slots and Ribcor technology that reduce energy loss to help increase overall distance. A second generation Fluted Hosel design then saves further weight to aid forgiveness – in fact, the MOI is 24 per cent higher than in the M2 irons. Returning from the M2 irons are Speed Pockets that spring to help increase ball speed and distance across the face.
Cobra King F9 Speedback Irons
GM says: Cobra’s most forgiving to date thanks to added mass placed low and back using a belt of steel that wraps around the back of the iron.
The Speedback shaping has allowed more mass to be added low and wide on the heel and toe compared to a traditional iron. When combined with up to 33 grams of Tungsten in the 4-7 irons, the MOI has increased by up to 10 per cent in the long irons, creating more stability for improvements in ball speed, distance, forgiveness, and accuracy.
Titleist 718 AP1
GM says: The lofting and general size of this Callaway Rogue iron suggests it is designed to offer distance and forgiveness to the mid-to-high handicapper, and it certainly delivered on that during our testing. It has a large profile at address without looking too chunky, while the double white score lines at the bottom of the face assist with alignment. There is also a Rogue Pro version that is more compact in size to appeal to more confident ball strikers.
Wilson Staff C300
GM says: The C300 irons feature Power Holes around the entire club head to minimise contact between the body and face, providing maximum flex and expanding the sweet spot for greater ball speeds across the entire hitting surface. The low spin combined with a high launch and ball flight is a recipe for impressive yardages. That and the explosive feel and ample forgiveness, which comes from the overall size and flexible face.
GM says: These Lynx Predator irons are made from stainless steel and are designed to offer a high Moment of Inertia for added forgiveness. They also feature a progressive offset design to make the longer irons easier to square the face – preventing shots from being lost out to the right. Not only do they offer great value, but they also come in four different colour options – black, orange, green and yellow.
Cleveland Launcher CBX
GM says: These Cleveland Launcher CBX irons add Cleveland’s spin technologies to a forgiving cavity head design. They are progressive in shape, becoming larger and easier to hit as the irons get longer thanks to the Launcher Cup Face (4-7-irons), while the shorter irons are built more for precision. The V shaped sole also assists with turf interaction and forgiveness, again becoming more prominent in the higher lofts. Tour Zip Grooves and Laser Milling then produce high levels of spin from the fairway and rough for improved control.RRP: £570 steel, £648 graphite (5-PW)
Benross HTX Compressor irons
GM says: These iron features a Cavity Dampener to improve the feel at impact. A deep cavity and optimal heel/toe weighting results in a high launching, ultra-forgiving head. The HTX Compressor Type R iron then incorporates an innovative heat treated Cup Face that produces better ball speeds from its smaller and more workable head.
What else should you consider?
Set make up
Some of these game-improvement iron sets will include the option of switching out the 3, 4 and even 5-irons for easier-to-hit hybrids, which could help your game in the trickier end of your bag.
If you have the time and motivation to work on swing improvements, you may want to favour the more compact models that offer a little more feel and workability for longer term value.
Steel shafts are cheaper and generally more common, however graphite shafts are lighter, will tend to offer you more clubhead speed for extra distance and will usually make it easier to launch the ball.
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