The best irons in golf (for every type of player!)

Thomas Tanner
Feb 11, 2021
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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. To simplify this task, Peter Finch came to Golfbidder to access the best from the last decade! 5 irons, 5 categories to satisfy the needs of any golfer!

The Most Reliable Irons

PING G series irons

The PING G series irons are over 5 years old at the time of writing. “You could blend” a PING iron and the finish will remain the same according to Pete. The most important factor though? Performance. In Finchy’s opinion, PING haven’t surpassed the performance of the PING G series in the models released after the G Series, and that is really, all that matters! PING also make an ideal iron for secondhand shopping when you know your corresponding PING dot colour that allows you to buy a custom fit club off the rack!

The Best Irons on Tour

Titleist 718 AP2

When anything demands a sequel, you know its good. The Titleist 718 AP2 is the 6th generation of the famed AP2 iron series. Featuring on tour for 14 of Jordan Spieth’s 15 wins, the AP2 range blends the typical tour blade shape, with a thin top line and spades of workability, with hidden tech. The 718 AP2 features tungsten weighting to distribute the weight around the outside of the club face, whispering a hint of forgiveness to this tour iron and giving the best players in the world even more ability to control the ball flight!

The Best Bladed Irons

Mizuno MP-18

Featuring a short blade length, compact look behind the ball and a beautiful amount of heel relief, the Mizuno MP-18 leans on Mizuno’s Major winning pedigree. Players like Seve, Faldo and Koepka have chosen Mizuno for a reason. When it comes to pure bladed irons, the old adage of “less is more” applies to the MP-18s allowing the elite ball strikers to lean on their ball striking rather than the tech that assist the rest of the field.

The Most Forgiving Irons

Cleveland Launcher HB

Blending the boundaries between a hybrid and an iron, the Cleveland Launcher HB irons are not the prettiest clubs in the world. With their steel faces and hybrid shaped club heads, they offer a surprising ability to shape the ball and launch the ball as well as you’d assume from a club called the launcher. The Hi-Bore crown pushes the center of gravity lower than it is possible to achieve with traditional iron design. If you want clubs that are easy to hit, Pete points you to the Launcher HBs.

The Best All-Rounder

TaylorMade P790

The number of players playing P790s during Pete’s coaching days speaks for itself. Popularity is rarely a sign of poor quality. Utilizing a miniaturized version of the inverted cone tech found in TaylorMade’s ever popular drivers the P790s boast some of the most impressive distances on the iron market. Pairing the low lofts with the speed slot, the P790s also launch the ball super high meaning stop ability is dealt with by dropping the ball from very high! The flexible face also means off center strikes go further and straighter than expected! Despite the slight offset the P790s are also workable with Pete admitting he could happily play with them. So , you have distance, forgiveness and even workability . The P790s are the best all round iron in the world.

6 holes faced Pete at the beautiful Dundonald Links to show off these amazing irons. Check out the video to see them in action!

Further reading

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.

If your budget is a healthy £500 for a set of irons, here are five possible options from the hundreds of sets we have in stock.