What Type of Irons Should I Use?
CG, COR, MOI…WTF???
Golf manufacturers love to say how they improved something like the MOI (Moment of Inertia) from their prior year iron model…but for many golfers who are just beginning or working on being more consistent out on the course, does that even really matter?
This blog is meant to help you figure out the right type of irons for your game, and it's written in plain English so that even a non-science buff like me can understand. We know that finding the right set of clubs can be overwhelming, especially if you're new to this whole golf thing. We want everyone who visits our site to feel confident in their decision by understanding exactly what they are buying before making any purchase.
Game Improvement Irons
The name itself gives you the hint that this is something worth considering. If your game needs some improvement, or if it's just something like not breaking 100 consistently - consider switching to clubs with bigger sweet spots! The first thing we notice when looking at these types of clubs are their additional distance capabilities. The extra weight at the bottom of the club will also help get the ball into the air quickly which can be very beneficial.
Control/shot shaping is a potential disadvantage of game improvement irons. You may often see pros shape shots, such as draws or fades to play around obstacles and gain better positions on tough holes. The bigger sweet spot will tend to help the ball go straighter, which isn’t a bad thing, but a more experienced golfer may not be able to shape their shots like they want to.
Handicap recommendation: 15+
Player’s Distance Irons
Player’s distance irons will help many golfers lower scores and play shots that are tough to pull off with game improvement irons. The more you practice, the better your skills get - so it's important to have a set of irons to best take advantage of those abilities! With players' distance irons at hand, a draw or fade can be hit accurately anytime.
One downside is that players’ distance irons are less forgiving than game improvement irons which will make them harder to hit for many golfers. Our advice - be honest with yourself when it comes to your skillset. Golf is hard…don’t make it even harder on yourself.
Handicap recommendation: 5-15
You're playing some of the best golf of your life. A double-digit handicap seems like it was ages ago, so is it time to switch over to blades?
If you're a consistent ball striker who can hit the ball in the center of the face consistently, blades will give your game great performance with exceptional feel. However if your misses are more spread out and include toe/heel misses, then stick to cavity backs because they provide better overall distance and forgiveness across the face. A final thought about blades…don’t be in a rush to switch over to playing blades. While it can be tempting to show off that you’re able to play blades, you may end up frustrating yourself and switching back to cavity back clubs.
Handicap recommendation: 5 or less