Having a good Set of Golf Irons that you can trust is very comforting. Sure, driving the ball is fun, but in a round of golf it’s the irons you count on to get you on the green and in position to do well. The good news is that modern technology has made irons easier to hit than ever. This buyers’ guide will help you learn the basics of golf irons design, how they’ve improved, and which clubs are best suited for your game. More below…
Pinemeadow Golf ZR 3.0 Irons
The ZR3.0 irons feature a combination of forgiveness and workability that is rarely seen. These irons are perfect for golfers who are improving and would like to have irons that they can begin shaping shots with, without giving up distance on poor shots. High quality stainless heads provide the durability that you expect and contribute to performance as well.
Command W7G Irons
The Command W7 irons are the ultimate game improvement irons. The wide sole and cavity back iron provide the forgivenesss your looking for in your irons. All the irons feature a deep cavity, lower center of gravity and lower back weight.
Command Factor Irons
The Command Factor irons feature a cavity back which moves the weight of the iron to the perimeter of the club-face for a lower center of gravity and larger sweet spot, helping you generate the optimal launch.
Yukon Ranger Irons
To help you create solid contact from a wide variety of lies, the soles on these irons have centered weighting system that brings the center of gravity lower. This helps you cut through the rough and get the ball in the air faster from anywhere on the course. From the fairway, you’ll find the balance that Yukons are known for.
Golf Iron Essentials
Most iron sets consist of a 3-iron through pitching wedge (listed as 3-PW). This accounts for 8 of the 14 clubs you can carry according to the Rules of Golf, leaving room for a putter and three woods. Some players substitute a high-lofted wood for the 3-iron because they find it easier to hit. This is a good strategy. However, stronger players who don’t have a problem getting the ball up may still prefer to use the more accurate long irons.
Here’s a guide to the key features of today’s golf irons:
• Blade versus cavity-back
A blade iron offers a smaller hitting surface and a thin top-line (portion of the clubhead viewed at address). It also has more mass behind the middle of the clubhead, sometimes called a “muscle-back,” that gives a very soft feeling when hit properly. In contrast, a cavity-back or perimeter-weighted club has more weight around the outside edges of the clubhead to produce a larger sweetspot. The easiest-hitting irons of all generally have a large cavity-back, thick top-line, and oversize clubface. But increasingly, clubmakers are offering designs that incorporate the forgiving benefits of cavity-back in a blade style with a thinner top-line. For many traditionalist golfers, this is the answer.
• Casting versus forging
Up until the early 1970s, forged steel clubheads accounted for more than 90% of all irons made. This model involves hammering and shaping the clubhead. Now, investment casting has taken over as the primary manufacturing method. Casting, in which the metal is poured into a mold, costs less and makes it easier to produce the complex shapes of today’s perimeter-weighted, cavity-back designs within tight specifications. However, forging is not likely to disappear because many golfers believe it offers better feel and ball “workability.” It also offers a cleaner look for the tradition-minded golfer.
• Hosel offset
This is measured from the leading edge of the hosel (where the shaft enters the clubhead) to the farthest front portion of the clubface. Why is it important? A club with offset contacts the ball later than a club without offset. This helps “square” the clubface at impact and reduces the tendency to slice (ball going right for right-handed golfers).
• Progressive weighting
This involves placing a heavier material, such as copper or tungsten, in the sole of lower-lofted irons. This helps lower the center of gravity and get the ball in the air. Progressive weighting is generally eliminated in the shorter irons to help produce a lower, flatter trajectory.
Other Iron Features
Grooves or scoring lines
Grooves add spin and control to the ball’s flight. An iron with no grooves causes the ball to “squirt” off the face. Backspin may decrease distance slightly but greatly enhances control. Karsten Solheim, legendary founder of Ping, brought attention to the value of grooves when players of his clubs with larger, sharper grooves began showing superior control–especially out of rough lies. The USGA strictly controls the depth and distance between scoring lines on the clubface to ensure fairness.
This is the angle of the sole (bottom) of the club as it relates to the shaft. Too “flat” a lie places the heel of the club in the air, while too upright a lie angle causes the toe to be in the air at address. Lie angle for all our custom clubs is tailored to your body.
This is the clubface angle relative to the shaft, and determines the trajectory of your shots. It varies from about 22 degrees in a 3-iron for a lower, longer trajectory to 64 degrees in a wedge for short, high shots.
Satin finish vs. polish or chrome
This is merely a cosmetic question. A satin finish can be very attractive, but in general has a duller appearance than polished or chrome-finish clubheads.
This is the very bottom part of the clubhead. If you look closely at the sole of your club, you’ll notice it has a slight curvature from toe to heel and from leading edge to trailing edge. This “camber” or “radius sole” makes it easier to hit consistent shots. Sole width is another factor. A narrower sole works better from fairway and tight lie conditions while a wider sole is better for plush lies.
Modern Improvements in Golf Irons
Low Center of Gravity
Golf Irons from most companies now claim to have a much lower center of gravity than their older counterparts. This lower center of gravity allows for the ball to get airborne on a higher trajectory more easily.
In the last few years new steels and dense inserts have been used to provide easy-hitting advantages. These materials allow the designer to maintain the strength and integrity of the clubhead while placing more weight on the sole, and in different parts of the iron head where it’s most efficient.
Karsten Solheim (Ping founder) revolutionized and set a standard for the industry years ago with his perimeter-weighted designs. This concept has lately been taken to another level, making golf irons more forgiving than ever.
In an effort to claim greater distances, clubmakers have decreased the standard lofts on their irons. Thus, what used to be a 6-iron is now a 7-iron. They’ve also incrementally increased the length of shafts to give more clubhead speed. Fortunately, head design advancements have allowed for this without sacrificing consistency and accuracy. Also, the low center of gravity in today’s clubs allows manufacturers to use stronger lofts without compromising trajectory. What this all means to you is added distance, and that’s a good thing.