Best Golf Irons Reviews 2019: Top 5+ Recommended

Welcome to our Best Golf Irons 2019 review!

In this comprehensive guide we have sifted through the absolute best golf irons currently available on the market. The guide separates irons by category, price and features to help you find the best golf irons for your game.

We have tried to keep our selection pretty broad in terms of handicap suitability, but admittedly, most of the irons featured below are for low single figure to mid-teen handicaps.

If you are just beginning golf or are a high handicapper we recommend you check out our review of the Best Golf Clubs for Beginners, or better still check out our selection of Best Irons For Beginners.

Let’s jump into our Best Golf Irons review and find out which is best for you and why!

Best Golf Irons: Detailed Reviews 2019

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1. TaylorMade M4 irons - Editor’s Choice

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TaylorMade M4 Irons Set (Set of 7 total clubs: 4-PW, Steel Shaft, Left Hand, Stiff Flex)
  • RIBCOR localizes face flexibility in the hitting area, transferring more energy to the ball to increase distance and accuracy.
  • RIBCOR stiffens the perimeter of the head creating a more rigid structure, enhancing sound and feel. RIBCOR mitigates toe flexibility for tighter dispersion.
  • Optimized heel & toe weighting provides an increase in MOI vs M2 17, resulting in more forgiveness. Ultra-thin leading edge works in conjunction w/the speed pocket to increase speed on low-face shots
  • More distance: fluted hostel and 360 Undercut allows for redistribution of mass low in the head to increase launch distance, and consistency
  • Aftermarket shafts: kbs max 85 and Fujikura atmos Red shafts are designed to deliver high launch and maximum ball speed

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The TaylorMade M2 irons from 2017 represented a pretty hard act to follow, but the M4 Irons has lived up to its billing. In spades, actually.


The visual differences are that the Speed Pocket in the sole is longer and slimmer, while the RIBCOR technology behind the face slots is there to enhance sound and feel. But the main acts here are undoubtedly distance and forgiveness. The aim is to mitigate the distance loss and deviation on bad strikes, and this is about as good as you’ll get in this respect.

And then, of course, they’re long. Very long. And it’s not just when you look at the distance numbers that you appreciate the length. The sound and feel at impact are immense – almost akin to a driver, rather than an iron.

And with excellent deals available on these irons online, you may just want to snap this up.

PROS

  • High, straight and long. Distance and consistency to the nth degree
  • Very forgiving, especially the long irons
  • Excellent sound and feel thanks to RIBCOR technology
  • Given all the technology involved, these irons are great value

CONS

  • None really, except that loft is lower than most game-improvement irons
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2. Mizuno Golf JPX EZ Club Iron Sets - Most Forgiving Game Improving Irons

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3. Callaway Men’s XR Iron Set - Best Irons For Mid Handicappers

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Callaway Golf Men's XR Irons Set (Set of 7 Total Clubs: 4-PW, Right Hand, Steel, Stiff Flex)
  • Revolutionary Ball Speed From Cup 360 Our improved face cup technology even acts like a spring on shots hit low on the face to increase ball speeds; The speed is higher at every other impact location on the face too
  • Lower CG, More MOI and Ball Speed The Internal Standing Wave is the ultimate team player; It's refined the way that we lower CG, increased MOI and gives the face cup the freedom to flex for more ball speed
  • New Construction And Shape An iron built for speed needs a different level of refinement and attention, in this case a 2-piece construction that includes a dual heat treatment; It's precise, meticulous craftsmanship that XR deserves

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Callaway sets usually offer more configuration and customization options than their competition and this XR set is no different. You can choose from a basic 4-PW to 6-PW and 4-PW,SW/6-PW,SW and even a 3-PW if you want a couple of true blue long irons in your set.

And for those with swing speed issues, there is also the graphite shaft option other than the regular steel ones. The irons can provide some serious distance and speeds with their lightweight steel handles and overall design.

PROS

  • Callaway has successfully incorporated design parameters from their driver and fairway woods line into their long irons, effectively providing a hybrid performance in traditional long irons
  • The head still has a cavity back design, meaning that there is a fair bit of forgiveness on offer for the average golfer. This set is ideal for those with handicaps in the 12-20 range.

CONS

  • The performance upgrade in terms of distance from these irons might require a little more time than usual to get used to
  • And they long, really long and that might cause a problem for some players.

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4. Callaway X Hot Iron Sets - Best Irons For Beginners & High Handicappers

Callaway Golf X Hot Irons Set (Set of 8 Total Clubs: 3-PW, Right Hand, Graphite, Regular Flex)
  • A combination of VFT and Hyperbolic Face Technology creates a larger sweet spot and increases ball speeds across the face for longer, more consistent distance
  • Deep clubface/undercut cavity system enables engineers to precisely position the CG, increase face compliance and engineer the face of each individual iron to maximize ball speed
  • Feel Management Technology; Produced through a dual material medallion that fine-tunes sound and promotes a crisp, dynamic feel at higher ball speeds
  • Speed Step 85 Lightweight Steel Shaft; Steel shaft is available in both regular and stiff flexes along with lightweight graphite options

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Callaway are rather well known for creating feature heavy catalog of club sets that tries to cater to every kind of golfer out there, in terms of configuration choices. So you get multiple shaft options and numerous iron and hybrid configurations in the X Hot Iron series.

As a dedicated beginner and high handicapper set, Callaway tries to distinguish themselves from the competition by focusing on the distance game, something which most beginners struggle with. The irons in this set have all been optimized for distance, especially the lower lofted hybrids.

PROS

  • A great mix of configuration options, in terms of irons, hybrids and wedges.
  • Prioritizes the distance game, while keeping accuracy in mind. A tough act, but Callaway seems to have pulled it off with these cavity back irons and hybrids.
  • The feedback, especially on the steel shafted regular irons is really crisp and rewarding.

CONS

  • The extra large cavity design is not the prettiest looking.
  • And definitely not the cheapest either.

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5. Callaway Rogue Pro Irons - Best Golf Irons 2019

Callaway Golf 2018 Men's Rogue Pro Individual Iron, Left Hand, XP 105 Steeples Steel Shaft, Stiff Flex, 5 Iron
  • 360 Face Cup + VFT for more Ball Speed
  • MIM'd Internal Standing Wave for Optimal Flight and Control
  • Rogue Performance Package

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It’s been a busy couple of years for Callaway with the launch of various ranges of iron. Certainly, they set the bar very high with the good-old Steelhead X-12 and X-14 Pro Series irons, but the Rogue range is arguably one of the best they’ve added to the shelf since then. Specifically, it’s the Rogue Pro Ironswhich have caught our eye.


The Rogue irons are an excellent option for game improvers, but in terms of low to mid-handicap players, the Pro version has all the attributes you’d hope for in a set of irons. It comes in 3-PW, fares very well in terms of playability, and the design is rather easy on the eye. Furthermore, it bridges the gap to double-digit handicappers by offering supreme forgiveness, and you’ll be very impressed with the distance on offer, particularly with the long irons.

The only question to contend with is price. But even though it costs a few more bones than you may be budgeting for, it delivers great value for money.

PROS

  • Really feels like you can work the ball with these irons. Lightweight stock shafts help a lot in this respect
  • Stylish use of the chrome at the back, and topline looks good to the eye at address. Quality design
  • 360 Face Cup and Variable Face technology account for a significant boom in distance
  • Consistent distance control with lots of forgiveness on mishits

CONS

  • You’re looking at stumping up about 900 bucks here, so it’s hefty
  • Bit of a harsh ‘click’ sound at impact

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Irons Buying Guide: The Basic Set

All golf clubs follow a well defined serial progression, in terms of length of the club, the angle of loft and the size of the clubhead. The irons are usually sold in sets of numbered clubs, with a maximum of up to 9 different clubs. The numbering and classification of irons into different categories is based on their loft.

The lowest numbered are the long irons, usually numbered 2, 3, and 4. True to their name, they are the longest clubs in the irons category. The 5, 6, and 7 irons are progressively shorter and higher lofted. They fall into the mid irons category. You will find these in all modern iron sets, either with a couple of long irons or hybrids.

The highest lofted irons are the short irons, which include irons 8 and 9, along with the more specialized irons, or wedges.Now, wedges are technically irons, but they were designed for specific situations like pitching from the fairway into the green, or blasting the ball out of a sand bunker. So they have been given specific names like Pitching Wedge (PW) and the Sand Wedge (SW). There are a couple of other wedges as well, but a normal iron set will usually include only a PW or a PW+SW combo.

Irons Buying Guide: Hybrids

Recently, hybrids have become more popular than long irons, especially among newcomers and high handicappers. Developed in the 1990's, hybrids are easier to hit than long irons and combine their best attributes with those of fairway woods. So a modern iron set might possibly replace the long irons altogether with a couple of low lofted hybrids, along with the usual mid irons and short irons+PW.

If you want to switch your long irons for the more forgiving and longer hitting hybrids, the numbering is identical. If you want a replacement for a 3 iron, get a 3 hybrid, a 4 hybrid for a 4 iron and so on. But just remember that you might be looking at an increase in distance of up to 8 or 10 yards when you switch to a hybrid.

Irons Buying Guide: Blades vs Cavity Backs

Back in the day, you only had irons. Now, those thin, hard to hit irons are called blade irons. All irons used the same forging process to create these thin blade irons. You don't really get them anymore in stores. We do have an improved version of the blades, with more metal behind the clubface. These more "muscular" versions of blade irons are quite popular among expert players and pros, and are called "muscle backs".

These days, most of the mass produced irons we see are crafted using the much cheaper casting method, by molding molten metal. This allowed manufacturers to improve on the muscle back design, by shifting that extra metal to the sides rather than concentrating it at the center. The resulting design had a void/hollow area at the back of the clubhead, hence the name "cavity backs".

How are they different? Well, the short answer is:

  • Blades offer extra control and feedback on each shot, so you know exactly how well you have hit the shot. But if you miss with them, you tend to miss big time. They are called "player irons" because they are usually preferred by top golfers. And as forged clubs, they tend to be more expensive.
  • Cavity backs are more forgiving than blades. And they are easier to hit as well. They are usually termed as "game improvement" clubs since mid and high handicappers can easily wield them. Clubs manufactured via casting are generally cheaper as well.

Irons Buying Guide: Categories

Golf is a game for all kinds of players across gender, age limits and skill levels. Golf club manufacturers design their clubs to cater to each specific demographic. There are Seniors, Ladies, Junior and Regular clubs. And then there are specific categories aimed at players of different handicaps. They can be classified as under:

  • Player Irons: aimed at very skilled, low handicap players. You will find a good selection of forged blade irons in this category. Don't bother with these unless your handicap is in single digits.
  • Intermediate Irons: aimed at the more skilled mid handicap players between the 8 or 9-15 handicap range looking for a challenge. These clubs strike a balance between performance and forgiveness.
  • Game Improvement Irons: cavity back clubs with added forgiveness, aimed at mid and high handicappers anywhere in the 10-20 handicap level.
  • Super Game Improvement Irons: the name says it all. Short of cheating, this is your recourse if you are really struggling on a golf course. Clubs are designed with massive heads and maximum forgiveness for people with a 20+ handicap.

Irons Buying Guide: Shafts

Unlike in other types of clubs, these factors don't really matter too much when it comes to irons. For instance, steel is the default choice for adult golfers. Graphite figures prominently in Junior, Senior and Ladies sets, since graphite shafts help counter the problem of slow swing speeds that these category players usually face. If you have an issue with slow swing speeds, get a graphite shaft with more flex. Otherwise regular steel is the way to go.

Conclusion

The evolution of golfing technology has probably affected irons more than any other club. The arrival of hybrids have significantly altered the club configuration of the average golfer.

The pros may still predominantly prefer muscle-back blades for that extra control and finesse. But the mid to high handicapper can look towards modern technology to make life easier for them on the course with optimized cavity backs and composite head designs.

We hope you enjoyed our guide+review and found useful insights into the fast evolving world of golf irons.