Members' Choice: What Are The Best Players Irons of 2017?

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GolfWRX Members' Choice: The Best Players Irons of 2017



Attention GolfWRX Forum Members! After providing your expertise with the "Best Driver of 2017," we need your help again figuring out the answer to the question "What are the best Players Irons of 2017?”



We've broken down players irons into two separate categories: Players Irons and Exotic Players Irons. Vote on Best Exotic irons here.



Vote in the poll above for Best Players irons by selecting exactly three models. Remember, please vote based on your personal experience with the irons. Things to consider include distance, forgiveness, workability, trajectory control, looks and feel.



After you've voted, in a post below, please explain exactly what lead to your decisions. You can use any format you'd like in your response, but we've provided an example below as a reference. We want to hear about launch angle, spin rate, stability on off-center hits, sound… everything. And don’t forget to tell us about the differences you saw in your fitting between your old gamers and your new gamers.



-- Iron Model 1: I like the forgiveness this iron provides, while still being workable. It provided me the best over all numbers.

-- Iron Model 2: I like its sleek look and buttery soft feel. The long irons fly longer and straighter than my gamer set and with better stopping power.

-- Iron Model 3: This iron, for whatever reason, just fits my eye the best and I can really control trajectory. I can hit any shot; low, high, cut and draw."



Thank you for participating, and the results will be posted in the coming weeks in an article on our front page!
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  • RHJazzRHJazz ClubWRX  134WRX Points: 55Posts: 134 Fairways
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    Apex Pro 16 is outstanding in performance. Loved the size and control. Feel was good but I liked the '14 year model feel better. Just didn't like the look of the backside.



    Wilson FG Tour V6 is really really good. Love the classic looks and thin top line. Feel is outstanding and absolutely love the higher lofted irons which work best for my gapping. Hard to get the shaft I wanted, though. Forgiveness is excellent but at the loss of a little shot shaping ability (very similar to my Hogan PTX, so I wanted more control, particularly in fading shots).



    Mizuno JPX 900 Tour - weak in the knees from first look at the satin finish and compact size. Feel is excellent and there's just enough forgiveness to get what I deserve. Many easy to order shaft options and excellent custom fitting sold me on the right fit without extreme up charges. I guess I'm less traditional but prefer the satin look. This is a club I love to practice.



    In general I'd say this is a great time for players irons with so many outstanding options!
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  • SubaruWRXSubaruWRX Members  3884WRX Points: 599Posts: 3,884 Titanium Tees
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    Why is pxg on the poll of best exotic? Shouldn't it be here right next to Ping? Doesn't that make more sense?



    Also, why are the Titleist irons all here, but the TMB is listed on the same exotic poll?
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  • SixSixGolfSixSixGolf Members  391WRX Points: 57Posts: 391 Greens
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    Apex mb ? How would we know. It's isn't available yet. Tour guys can't ever get it unless your a big name




    You realize the old muscle backs are still called Apex MB right?
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  • KPH808KPH808 Participation Trophy ClubWRX  2651WRX Points: 118Posts: 2,651 ClubWRX
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    JPX 900 Tours
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    [font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif][font=times new roman,times,serif]Ping G400 LST 8.5* w/ Tensei Pro White 70 TX
    TM '17 M2 15* w/ Kurokage Dual Core 80 TX
    TM P790 UDI 2 w/ KBS Tour 130x
    Titleist 718 CB w/ KBS $ Taper 130x
    Fourteen Raw RM 22 50, 54, 58 w/ KBS 610 Tour Black Nickel
    Scotty Cameron Circle T Futura 6M
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  • friedeggliefriedegglie Members  88WRX Points: 24Handicap: 3Posts: 88 Bunkers
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    Mizzie JPX 900 Tours are easily the best irons out there right now in terms of blending feel, forgiveness, and the ability to shape shots.
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    '17 M2 9.5 Hazardous T1100
    '17 M2 14 Hazardous T1100
    '17 M2 17 Hazardous T1100
    Mizuno MP-64 3-PW Recoil Stiff
    Vokey SM6 52,56,60 Recoil Stiff
    Scotty Cameron Studio Design 5
  • moonshinemoonshine 64 @ Augusta? No problem! North Charleston, SCClubWRX  6377WRX Points: 173Handicap: 2.4Posts: 6,377 Titanium Tees
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    I voted mp5...stilling mulling over all the positives from my first round with them!
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  • BD57BD57 Members  264WRX Points: 79Posts: 264 Greens
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    You making all these available for us to hit? B/C without that, it's just a popularity contest .... image/wink.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=';)' />
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  • BrizamBrizam Junkie ClubWRX  998WRX Points: 149Posts: 998 ClubWRX
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    Srixon Z 7 and 9 series
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  • VA_AstraVA_Astra Austin TXClubWRX  1872WRX Points: 115Posts: 1,872 Platinum Tees
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    Srixon for me as well.
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    PXG 0811x Diamana Ahina
    PXG 0841 3w HZRDUS HC Yellow
    Titleist 915 H2 Aldila Rogue Black 
    PXG 0311 4-6 PX Flighted 
    PXG 0311t 7-PW PX Flighted
    Ping Stealth 2.0 50/54/58
    Mannkrafted WAVE
    Taylormade TP5/x
  • lionsgatelionsgate Gibby57 Members  11WRX Points: 35Handicap: 12Posts: 11 Bunkers
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    Callaway Apex/ Apex Pro
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  • bennicholls8bennicholls8 Members  134WRX Points: 30Handicap: 5Posts: 134 Fairways
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    JPX900 Tour. Lots of non contracted tour boys using them... speaks volumes I think
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  • Lash1Lash1 ClubWRX  70WRX Points: 47Posts: 70 ClubWRX
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    Wilson Staff FG100's if you must have a true blade. Feel is soft when pured. Shaping the shots are a joy, and although they look intimidating to play are surprisingly easy. V6's are just as smooth but are ideal for someone who needs a tad more forgiveness. Two highly underrated and overlooked irons.
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  • Tcann32Tcann32 Members  3527WRX Points: 4Handicap: 5Posts: 3,527 Titanium Tees
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    Mizuno lost my interest with the introduction of boron... I was excited to see the 900 tours, but that waned quickly. I do really wish I could comment on the MP-5's though, they're some of the best looking clubs I've ever seen.



    To me, it's a toss up between Callaway's and Srixons. The Srixons are longer with great feel, and more forgiving. The Apex pro's appeared a bit smaller to me, felt nearly as good, and played more traditionally in general, to me. IMO, considering all of the irons on the list, it's an easy choice to narrow down to those two, and a difficult choice between those two. They're all good sticks though. There's no denying that.
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    What's actually in the bag...
    Callaway Epic SZ-9.0-Aldila X-Torsion Green Mamba-70TX
    Callaway Epic SZ 15* - PX Handcrafted Yellow 75 6.5
    Callaway Apex UT 21* - C- taper S+
    Miura LH LTD Black Blades: 3-p w/ DG TI X7's.
    Cleveland RTX 3: 50-54 w. C-Taper S+
    Scratch 1018: 58 w/ C-Taper S+
    Piretti Potenza / Odyssey MX #7
  • boccigallupoboccigallupo Members  6WRX Points: 24Handicap: 17Posts: 6 Bunkers
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    Unfortunately I do not own the latest versions of the clubs I voted for. I'm currently playing a set of Titleist MB 712 which are wonderful, great feedback and distance control. I disappointed with Mizuno because they don't make left handed MP5. I have a set of MP68 and previousily owned TP9,and MP32 Now they offer certain models for lefties where as Titleist and Callaway offer a full compliment for lefties. Like Mizuno a number of the others on your list do not offer player irons for lefties.
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  • Canadian BubbaCanadian Bubba ClubWRX  233WRX Points: 54Posts: 233 ClubWRX
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    Lash1 wrote:


    Wilson Staff FG100's if you must have a true blade. Feel is soft when pured. Shaping the shots are a joy, and although they look intimidating to play are surprisingly easy. V6's are just as smooth but are ideal for someone who needs a tad more forgiveness. Two highly underrated and overlooked irons.
    If only the 100's came in left< wow are they a gorgeous club! hands down the best looking club out there.
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  • WadamsWadams Tour Issue Hacker Members  50WRX Points: 0Handicap: 8ishPosts: 50
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    Can't speak for the Apex pro's, as they were a little aggressive for my taste. Apex 16's best irons I've ever hit. I know a ton of great ballstrikers that prefer Apex over Apex pro also
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    EPIC 10*, Px HZRDUS Yellow 60s
    GBB 3w, Aldila Rogue Black 70s
    Apex 2.5 Hyb, Fuji Speeder 865s
    Apex 3.5 Hyb, Fuji Speeder 865s
    Apex Black 5-AW, C-Taper 110s
    MD3 55W + 59S, DG Tour Issue black s400
    Odyssey RSX #7
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  • PompsPomps Members  1004WRX Points: 81Handicap: 2.9Posts: 1,004 Platinum Tees
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    Are AP2 really "players" irons? I understand there are tour pros that play them, but when it's the the third most "players" iron in a lineup behind the CB and MB, is it really?
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    Callaway Epic Flash SZ ◊◊◊ 9.0 - Tensei AV Blue 65TX (D4)
    TaylorMade 2016 Tour Issue M2 9.1* - Tensei AV Blue 75TX (D4)
    Titleist 915f 15* - Diamana Ltd D+ 80x 43" (D6)
    Titleist 915hd 20.5* - Diamana D+ 90s 40.5" (D6)
    TaylorMade p790 UDI 2 Iron - Project X Hzrdus Black 85 6.0 (D4; 2* flat)
    Srixon z785 4-9 - Nippon Modus 125x; 2* flat 
    Srixon z965 PW - Nippon Modus 125s 2* flat
    Vokey SM6 F-Grind 51* (D5; 2* flat); Vokey SM7 S-Grind 56* (D5; 2* flat) & TaylorMade Hi Toe 60* (D7; 2* flat) - DG Tour Issue s400
    TaylorMade Spider Tour Diamond 33.5"
  • Brewhawk23Brewhawk23 Nashville, TNMembers  23WRX Points: 25Handicap: 4Posts: 23 Bunkers
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    Played Mizuno JPX 900 Tour irons for a few months. WOW! Great mix of buttery feel and forgiveness. Easily able to shape shots. Unfortunately, my time on the course was not enough so went with a different set.

    Apex Pro is a great players iron. Hit it extensively on a few different occasions. Good result but the feel is not as good as JPX 900. 3rd choice is the Ping iBlade. Great forgiveness with excellent workability. The feel is fantastic for a cast club.
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  • YrianYrian Members  12WRX Points: 0Posts: 12
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    Had a massive iron fitting session earlier this year which included most of the irons in the list (No Bridgestone, Wilson or Exotics) and came away with the following top 3 (though a lot more are very good and very close IMO in all honesty)



    -- Taylormade P750: Unprecedented feel for me paired with DG shafts. It provided me the best over all numbers, consistency and flight. Excellent workability, but of course, the other side of the coin? Unforgiving...

    -- Taylormade P770: Still very good feel but not quite the same as the P750 strangely. Higher launching, Not as good ball flight for me (I struggle with too high a ball flight rather than a low one), but more forgiving without a doubt. Less spin than P750.

    -- Callaway Apex Pro: Very nice feel and plenty of forgiveness. Workable and consistent. still higher launch than P750 but nice spin numbers. would tie this with the P770 really.
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  • Max2341Max2341 Max Members  52WRX Points: 24Posts: 52 Bunkers
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    Jpx 900-tour becuase the feel is so good and the forgiveness is really great in the long irons. The Mp5 have the forgiveness of a cb but look like a muscleback. The Titleist cb is small, forgiving and is easier to hit than most people think.
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    Driver: Titleist 917 D2 10.5 Bimatrix Proto White Stiff
    3 Wood: Titleist 917 f2 Fujikura Speeder Stiff Pro 84 15*
    Irons: Titleist 718 MB Dynamic Gold S300 3-9
    Wedges: Cleveland RTX 3 47(9*) 52* (12) 56*(11), 60*(8)
    Putter: Scotty Cameron Select Newport 1 2017
    Ball: ProV1 X 2018
  • peterjh325peterjh325 Members  18WRX Points: 0Handicap: 8Posts: 18
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    Titleist AP2: If Jordan Spieth thinks they are good enough to play on tour they are good enough for me! But in all seriousness, I just had a club fitting last weekend and the amount of forgiveness Titleist has managed to build into an iron that is also workable at the same time is mind blowing. I do not think there is a better iron on the market today.



    Titleist MB: If the AP2s were not as forgiving as they are, this would be Titleist's flagship iron. Buttery smooth contact combined with that clicky sound of a purely struck ball is one of the best feelings in golf, and the MBs provide just that. Not to mention the top line....



    Mizuno JPX 900-Tour: It's a Mizuno forged iron.... What else needs to be said? I loved the top line of these irons and they really have done some incredible things with the small cavity in the bottom of the blade.
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    Callaway Epic SZ 9* (set to 10*) w/ Aldila Rogue Max 75g X
    Titleist 712U 2 Iron w/ DG X100, +1/2 inch, 2* upright
    Titleist 716 AP2 w/ DG X100, +1/2 inch, 2* upright
    Titleist Vokey Jet Black SM6 52.12 F Grind, 56.14 F Grind, 60.12 K Grind w/ DG X100, +1/2 inch, 2* upright
    Scotty Cameron Studio Style Newport 2
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  • JimThomsonJimThomson Members  6WRX Points: 0Posts: 6
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    Srixon 765s. Finally available LH! Love 'em 😁
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  • rpgolfrpgolf Members  60WRX Points: 20Posts: 60 Bunkers
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    ping i200. if 765, mp25, and v6's are on this list, they should be too.
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  • SourpussSourpuss Members  713WRX Points: 99Posts: 713 Golden Tee
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    i'm playing 945's but i voted for 965's
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  • PompsPomps Members  1004WRX Points: 81Handicap: 2.9Posts: 1,004 Platinum Tees
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    peterjh325 wrote:


    Titleist AP2: If Jordan Spieth thinks they are good enough to play on tour they are good enough for me! But in all seriousness, I just had a club fitting last weekend and the amount of forgiveness Titleist has managed to build into an iron that is also workable at the same time is mind blowing. I do not think there is a better iron on the market today.



    Titleist MB: If the AP2s were not as forgiving as they are, this would be Titleist's flagship iron. Buttery smooth contact combined with that clicky sound of a purely struck ball is one of the best feelings in golf, and the MBs provide just that. Not to mention the top line....



    Mizuno JPX 900-Tour: It's a Mizuno forged iron.... What else needs to be said? I loved the top line of these irons and they really have done some incredible things with the small cavity in the bottom of the blade.






    Ap2 are definitely a great iron. They have been with every model since first launched. To me it's more of a players/game improvement blend rather than a true players iron. Just because a tour player plays them doesn't make them a players iron. Zach Johnson had an Ap1 4 iron in his bag for a number of years. He's a player but that's not a players club.
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    Callaway Epic Flash SZ ◊◊◊ 9.0 - Tensei AV Blue 65TX (D4)
    TaylorMade 2016 Tour Issue M2 9.1* - Tensei AV Blue 75TX (D4)
    Titleist 915f 15* - Diamana Ltd D+ 80x 43" (D6)
    Titleist 915hd 20.5* - Diamana D+ 90s 40.5" (D6)
    TaylorMade p790 UDI 2 Iron - Project X Hzrdus Black 85 6.0 (D4; 2* flat)
    Srixon z785 4-9 - Nippon Modus 125x; 2* flat 
    Srixon z965 PW - Nippon Modus 125s 2* flat
    Vokey SM6 F-Grind 51* (D5; 2* flat); Vokey SM7 S-Grind 56* (D5; 2* flat) & TaylorMade Hi Toe 60* (D7; 2* flat) - DG Tour Issue s400
    TaylorMade Spider Tour Diamond 33.5"
  • dpmontgomery79dpmontgomery79 Members  309WRX Points: 44Posts: 309 Greens
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    I currently game Titleist 716 AP2's but I am definitely intrigued by Mizuno.
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  • nphamnpham Members  622WRX Points: 69Handicap: 5.3Posts: 622 Golden Tee
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    Tcann32 wrote:
    Mizuno lost my interest with the introduction of boron... I was excited to see the 900 tours, but that waned quickly. I do really wish I could comment on the MP-5's though, they're some of the best looking clubs I've ever seen.
    There's no boron in the 900 Tours, so I'm not sure why that's an issue.



    Callaway Apex MB - Raw blade, does anything else need to be said?

    Mizuno 900 Tours - This is what I bought this year. Love the satin finish and it's very forgiving for it's size.

    Srixon 965 - Would have bought these clubs if my 900 Tours didn't work out. Great sole/grind for diggers like me.
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    Taylormade M1 460 Tour Issue 11.2°(7g hot melt) Kuro Kage TS Proto
    Taylormade M4 3W Tour Tensei Pro White TX
    Taylormade M3 Tour Issue 19° Tensei Pro Blue TX
    Mizuno 900 Tours w/ Nippon 125X's
    Fourteen RM-22 Tour Raw 50.07/54.08/58.12 w/ Masters Edition Nippon 125S
    Scotty Cameron Tour Squareback+
  • thaarthaar Best 3-putter in town! Members  1015WRX Points: 137Handicap: UghPosts: 1,015 Platinum Tees
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    I hit many of these this year, and the ones that stood out for me were the MP-5's, MP-25's and Titleist 716CB's. I will likely pick up one of those sets later this year, but want to hit the Callaway Apex Pro's since they have received some good attention before I do so. I also want to try the Wilson irons.
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    Cobra F8+ 9.5* - Project X EvenFlow 65x
    Cobra F8 3/4w - Tour AD IZ-7s
    Cobra Utility 19.5* - Tensei Blue 80s
    Cobra 3/4h - SmacWrap 780 ES x
    Cobra Forged Tec Black - AMT x100
    Cobra King Wedges 50/54/58 versatile - AMT S400
    Edel E-1
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