HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT IRONS
A set of irons is one of the biggest investments any beginner or advanced golfer makes to better their game. TGW offers all types of iron sets from TaylorMade and Titleist irons to Adams, PING, and more. As you’re searching for the perfect iron set to match your golf game, use our golf irons buying guide to help you find the right clubs. Here are five key aspects to consider about your next set of clubs:
DIFFERENT STYLES OF IRONS
The two main styles of irons are cavity-back and muscle-back blades.
The muscle-back style features a full back on the rear, while the cavity-back is made with a hollowed-out rear club head. Muscle backs are primarily used by the pros and advanced players, and the hollowed-out rear club head offers novices perimeter weighting for increased forgiveness on off-center hits. Meanwhile, muscle-backs are more difficult to use because they offer increased performance and shot-shaping ability.
Hybrid clubs have become extremely popular for beginners and average golfers, at times replacing 3, 4 and 5-irons. Hybrid clubs, also known as rescue clubs, are designed with a larger profile that makes it easier to quickly elevate the ball and achieve a straighter shot with its more forgiving club face.
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE SET?
Typical iron sets include 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 irons, as well as a pitching wedge. Hybrid iron sets replace harder to hit long irons with hybrid clubs that are easier launch with more forgiveness. Some golfers choose to purchase other clubs separately, like lob, gap and flop wedges, or a specialty club like a 2-iron. This golf irons buying guide will help you pick the right composition for your set of golf irons.
Traditional Full Set
THE LOFT, LENGTH, AND DISTANCE
Irons are divided into three sets; long irons (2, 3 and 4-irons), mid-irons (5, 6 and 7-irons) and short irons (8 and 9-irons, plus the pitching wedge).
Long irons are used to hit the ball further with a shorter loft, while short irons are designed to produce a higher loft. The higher loft results in a steeper ball flight angle from the initial elevation to final drop. Refer to the chart for a visual understanding of the difference in lofts between short, mid and long irons.
As you’re piecing together your set of irons, it’s recommended that each of your clubs is separated by 4 degrees of loft, increasing from the 3-iron to the pitching wedge. This gives you about 12 to 14 yards difference between each club. Long hitters often keep irons separated by 3 degrees, while short hitters can use a 5-degree difference to ensure proper gapping.
TYPES OF SHAFT AND FLEX
The type of shaft and flex you choose affects the feel of the club, the distance it produces and your swing speed. If increasing your swing speed is your goal, choose the lighter graphite material to generate a faster swing. If you’re satisfied with your swing speed but would like more control over the club head, the heavier steel shaft will provide the balance you want.
Flex is how the shaft twists and turns during the swing and it largely depends on your style of play, as well as how far you hit the ball. Flex is divided into five categories: Ladies, Senior, Regular, Stiff and X-Stiff. Refer to the chart to learn what type of flex is right for you.
CREATING A CUSTOM SHAFT
Custom clubs are often used by low-handicappers, but they can greatly benefit any golfer’s game by matching their unique measurements to each club.
tgw.com has a unique club-fitting tool that allows you to either enter your specifications or follow a step-by-step club-fitting process to create a set of irons tailored to your level of play and body measurements.
tgw.com’s is extremely easy to use, allowing you to search for new and used clubs by brand, type and unique measurements. This will no doubt help you improve your game from the tee box to the green and everywhere in between.