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Choosing The Right Iron Clubs In Golf

Updated on January 23, 2015

Irons

Manufacturers have become highly competitive which means there is more choice and therefore more confusion than there has ever been when it comes to deciding which is the best iron for you. You must therefore bear in mind the most important factors when investing in new equipment and they are:

  • How much forgiveness do you want?
  • How important is it for you to be able to shape the ball through the air?
  • Do you like the club appearance?

There are also only two main types of clubhead construction: Blades and Peripherally Weighted Irons. See the guide below for a more detailed look at irons.

Blades

These type of clubs were by far the most popular irons up until the late 1970s. They have a forged clubhead and a plain shape. Despite relatively unforgiving to off-centre strikes, blades are able to produce a purer feel at the point of impact and offer greater scope for shaping the ball through the air. Today, blades are still very much favoured by the more traditional golf player as well as some professionals.

Peripherally Weighted Irons

Peripherally Weighted Irons are also known as "cavity backs". These type of irons often have cast rather than forged clubheads. They are specifically designed to offer maximum forgiveness to off-centre hits. This is because they carry more weight. These days, there are more "in-between" peripherally weighted irons that are available. The benefit of these is that they offer some of the benefits of bladed irons yet are still forgiving to off-centre strikes.

Irons: Loft & Average Distance:

Iron Number
Loft
Distance
2-iron
18
190m
3-iron
22
175m
4-iron
26
165m
5-iron
30
155m
6-iron
34
145m
7-iron
38
135m
8-iron
42
130m
9-iron
44
120m

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