Best Distance Irons 2020

Here, Joel Tadman runs through the best distance irons on the market in 2020 and beyond.

These are the models featured in the video with the 7-iron lofts:

Cobra King Speedzone – 27.5°
Cleveland Launcher UHX – 30°
Callaway Mavrik – 27°
Honma XP-1 – 30°
Mizuno JPX921 Hot Metal – 29°
Ping G710 – 29.5°
TaylorMade SIM Max OS – 28.5°
Titleist T400 – 26°
Yonex Ezone GS – 29°
Wilson Staff Launch Pad – 30°

Looks
This is of course subjective but if, like us, you like a more traditional head shape and size to look down on then the Yonex Ezone GS and Honma XP-1 will tick the boxes for you. The Ping G710 is very long and inspires a lot of confidence with the lighter hitting area framing the ball really nicely. If you prefer to see more real estate behind the ball, the more hybrid-like Titleist T400 and Wilson Staff Launchpad irons will fit the bill.

Performance
Unsurprisingly it was the Titleist T400, lofted way down at 26° in the 7-iron, that produced the longest average carries but also with a healthy peak height to maintain some stopping power into greens. The performance of the Honma XP-1 really stood out because of distance it generated with relatively weak lofts. The feel of the Cobra King Speedzone stood out from the rest, coming off like an absolute rocket and producing some impressive distance with accuracy, as did the TaylorMade SIM Max OS and the Callaway Mavrik.

Verdict
While the Titleist T400 was the longest iron on test, we felt like the Ping G710 iron provided the best of everything. We really like the darker finish, it makes the iron look smaller than it is, the forgiveness levels were through the roof and it sounds and feels much softer than the prior generation.

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