The best irons for under £500

Thomas Tanner
Jul 13, 2021
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The majority of golf clubs in your bag are going to be irons, so making sure you get the right set for you is not a decision to be taking lightly. There are a number of considerations when you're browsing or range of iron sets. Do you want the forgiveness of a cavity back or the workability of a blade? How much technology do you need to help with off centre hits? Are you looking for more distance, or do want to hit the ball higher? How many clubs do you need? And so on, and so on.

Then once you've decided on all this, you need to consider your budget and find a set that match both your performance needs and wallet. All the sets we've picked below are available on a healthy budget of £500. Of course, if none of these are for you, you can always browse our entire stock of irons under £500 below. 

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The irons we're going to be taking a look at today are: 
  • The best for value - Callaway EPIC Irons
  • The best for game improvers - TaylorMade P770 Irons
  • The best for better players - Mizuno JPX919 Forged Irons
  • The best for everyone - Titleist 716 AP2 Irons
  • The best for beginners - Cobra T-Rail Irons

Best for value - Callaway EPIC Irons

The Callaway EPIC irons from 2017 are unique because it was around that time that PXG was gaining popularity, and established brands like Callaway had to come to market with higher-end products to compete.

The EPIC irons were built from top to bottom without limits, making them very expensive when new (£1000+), but are now available for under £500.

An Exo Cage construction stiffens the topline and sole to allow the face to flex more at impact and impart more energy back into the ball. The result is higher ball speeds and more distance. Think of it as Callaway's Jailbreak technology in an iron. The hollow hosel body and a 360 Face Cup retain ball speed on off-centre hits and round off the technology package.

When raiding the warehouse for a set to use at short notice I made a beeline for these irons and even before I had hit a shot I knew I was swinging something different. Maybe it was the price I knew thee clubs were when new, but that feeling of was something that was not linked to performance. But when actually using the clubs it was the mid and long irons which stood out. They were incredibly easy to hit. The club head is slightly larger which helps at this end of the bad, and of course, the clubs are packed with limitless technology to help every aspect of your game.

If you're looking for irons which sum up the benefits of buying second hand golf clubs, look no further than the Callaway EPIC irons. 

Reasons to buy the Callaway EPIC irons:

  • Designed with no limits
  • HUGE savings vs. RRP
  • Packed full of technology

Get yours now from £360.99 - £480.99

Reasons to buy the Callaway EPIC irons:

  • Designed with no limits
  • HUGE savings vs. RRP
  • Packed full of technology

Get yours now from £360.99 - £480.99

Best for better players - TaylorMade P770 Irons

Another set of irons over the £1000 mark when they were new were the TaylorMade P770 irons. An evolution of the P750 Tour Proto irons (favoured by Jon Rahm) and constructed from premium materials with precision manufacturing they are now available for under £500.

Compact heads geared towards the better player have a small cavity back for stability and forgiveness where it is needed. A tungsten bar in the 3-7 lower the CG to make these irons launch higher than the traditional better player irons. If you're after a little more help  with even more ball speed from a set of TaylorMade irons you should take a look at the hollow body P790s.

When I tried the P770s for the first time I was amazed at how high they launched. As a golfer who strives to hit the ball as high as possible it was great to see the ball launch on a noticeably different trajectory to the irons I have in my bag. Cosmetically the topline was a little thick for my eye, but that is only personal preference.

On the whole though, the P770's are gorgeous, simple, superbly well made and if you're a low single figure player, they are a super option for you.

Reasons to buy the TaylorMade P770 irons:

  • Tour validated
  • Forged feel
  • Cavity stability and forgiveness

Get yours now from £356.99 - £468.99

Reasons to buy the TaylorMade P770 irons:

  • Tour validated
  • Forged feel
  • Cavity stability and forgiveness

Get yours now from £356.99 - £468.99

Best for better players - Mizuno JPX919 Forged Irons

Next, for under £500, what about a set of Mizuno JPX919 forged irons? We also have the JPX919's in Tour and Hot Metal but let's talk about the Forged model because it has an excellent appeal from single figures and up.

The JPX919 family followed the Mizuno JPX900 irons, which were phenomenally successful with three Major wins with a player Mizuno didn't even pay to use them! The JPX919's are a refinement on these - thinner toplines, hotter faces, faster ball speeds, and generally a better overall package.

The JPX919 Forged irons are made from Mizuno's 1025 Boron, and while you never expect huge "distance" from forged irons, these have that bit extra. The undercut cavity is precisely milled out to increase the size of the sweet spot across the entire face making these among the most forgiving players irons you can get.

They say nothing feels like a Mizuno so when I tested these I was expecting big things. I have played Mizuno irons in the past and had no objections, they just didn't set my world on fire. However, they were from the MP range, this was my first experience with the JPX family of products. The first thing that struck me was the cosmetic - a compact-ish head in a stunning brushed steel finish. You cannot find fault with the aesthetics. And when it came to performance they were not lacking either. The buttery feel you'd expect from a Mizuno, yet enough help (specifically in the longer irons) when you're just a little bit off. 

If you want compact and safe players iron, the Mizuno JPX919 forged is a lovely iron.

Reasons to buy the Mizuno JPX919 Forged irons:

  • Stunning brushed steel aesthetic
  • Underpinned with Mizuno's heritage
  • Soft, forged feel

Get yours now from £298.99 - £508.99

Reasons to buy the Mizuno JPX919 Forged irons:

  • Stunning brushed steel aesthetic
  • Underpinned with Mizuno's heritage
  • Soft, forged feel

Get yours now from £298.99 - £508.99

Best for everyone - Titleist 716 AP2 Irons

Next up are the Titleist 716 AP2 irons, and although these are the oldest irons in our selection, don't let that fool you, especially when you consider Titleist's 2-year release cycle.

We know how popular these irons were on Tour in guys' hands who want feel and workability plus a smidge of forgiveness.

High tungsten content low on the heel and toe made them highly stable and forgiving on off-centre hits. Add in a nice concealed pocket cavity, a little bit of offset and head size that is generous for a Tour iron and these Titleist 716 AP2's remain a super iron today with a broad appeal.

The AP2 for years was the most played iron on the PGA Tour so I thought it was best to see what all the fuss was about. Unlike the Mizuno above which was all about the cosmetic, with these Titleist irons it was all about the lines and shaping. Enough topline, but not too much, a wide enough sole, but not too wide. All designed to help where it is needed, and perform when it counts - typically Titleist you could say. And that's maybe the problem, the 716 AP2 irons are going to work for you but it might not be game changing.

If you're looking for a solid set of irons and maybe don't want to research for hours, then start with these.

Reasons to buy the Titleist 716 AP2 irons:

  • #1 iron model on the PGA Tour
  • Tungsten for added forgiveness
  • Compact profile for confidence

Get yours now from £298.99 - £393.99

Reasons to buy the Titleist 716 AP2 irons:

  • #1 iron model on the PGA Tour
  • Tungsten for added forgiveness
  • Compact profile for confidence

Get yours now from £298.99 - £393.99

Best for beginners - Cobra T-Rail Irons

Finally, for something completely different because we have mentioned a few "better player" sets. If you are out to enjoy your game of golf and need a bit of game improvement help from your irons, take a look a the Cobra T-Rail irons.

Hollow construction and distance at their core make the T-Rail irons longer and easier to launch than your average iron. Think of them more as hybrids.

The baffler rails on the sole make the club sit perfectly behind the ball and cut through the turf with ease. The face has Cobra's E9 technology, which gives you a great strike across a huge face area.

The five iron will be a hybrid in the full set, with the hollow and friendly headed shorter irons for the remaining clubs in the set.

When I tested these irons I took all other clubs out of my bag, apart from my putter. I wanted to give them a proper test from all parts of the golf course and all I can say was that it was actually a pleasure to play with them. I had no expectation on score as I knew they were not suited to me. I just went out there to play golf. Not that I don't enjoy competitive golf, there was just something different about playing with the T-Rails.

Cobra has hit the nail on the head with these clubs. If you simply want to enjoy your golf, then opt for a set of T-Rail irons. You'll hit better shots, more often.   

Reasons to buy the Cobra T-Rail irons:

  • Perfect for beginners
  • Hybrids instead of long irons
  • Full of distance technology

Get yours now from £273.99 - £398.99

Reasons to buy the Cobra T-Rail irons:

  • Perfect for beginners
  • Hybrids instead of long irons
  • Full of distance technology

Get yours now from £273.99 - £398.99

Fancy something else?

These are just a few of the iron sets available on Golfbidder for under £500 and if you're not strictly on a budget we have hundreds of irons sets for you to choose from. Everything you see on the website is in stock and ready to dispatch for next day delivery as standard. And once you've got your irons sorted, why not take a look at some of the great value drivers we have in stock, too.

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Further reading

Choosing your irons can be a daunting task. Blades, or cavity backs. Cast, or forged. Seems like a lot of choices to be made, and that’s before you take your needs and ability into account.

A set of irons is probably the most expensive single piece of golf kit you’ll buy – so best to get it right! Hundreds of different models, but which set of golf irons will be best for you? To help you narrow down the options, we’ve put together our guide to buying Irons.