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Masters Week is Irons Week at GolfWRX, and best irons pieces are dropping all week long!

 

Slower Swing Speed / Easiest to Launch

Pure Enjoyment

The Shotmakers

Most Technology Packed

Best Irons Overall

Best Blades

 

At GolfWRX, to determine the 2024 best irons, we have compiled an expert panel of fitters to help you find out which of 2024 irons is best for your game. We’re seeing new technology, more technology packed into the cavity of a club, catering toward combo sets, more consistency across the face, game improvement irons that really improve your game, and increased model segmentation against a backdrop of a few models that work well for wide sections of the fitting bell curve.


Ultimately the best way to find your personal iron set is to work with a professional fitter using a launch monitor. The difficult part is a lot of people don’t have easy access to fitters, launch monitors, and club builders—so at GolfWRX, we have done a lot of the work for you. 

 

We are in the era of not just maximizing distance but also minimizing the penalty of common misses for each player — this applies to irons just as much as it does with any other club in the bag. This is why, now more than ever, custom fitting is essential to help you see results on every swing you make.

 

We want to give you the tools and information to go out and find what works best for you by offering recommendations for your individual iron set wants and needs with insight and feedback from the people who work every single day to help golfers get peak performance out of their equipment.

 

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Have a close friend who just purchased a set of Callaway Ai Paradym Smoke irons. I went with him to the Demo Day .

Anyway he received his  irons and played with them for 2 weeks and had a lot of problems. He came to me and asked if I would check his clubs. He ordered Senior Flex and received UST F1. The lengths were off and so were the Swing Weights.

He was told by the Sales Department with Callaway to get with the Club Pro that they couldn't help him! I purchased a set of Cobra LTDx Irons and had the same problems. Shafts were KBS TGI and all of them were off. I have since pulled all the shafts and replaced them. Quality Control from both Manufacturers leave a lot to be desired. I no longer think I will ever spend $1200 for a new set of irons.

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I don't understand why a club company wouldn't make a game improvement iron with old school lofts. What good is hitting irons further if you can't stop them?

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Ping G430 HL 10.5*

Wilson Staff Dyna Power 5 wood
Ping 410 7 wood
XXIO 10 5 Hybrid, Tour Exotics 6 Hybrid
Wilson Staff DynaPower forged 7-GW

Wilson Staff 56*

Wilson Staff 60*

Bettinardi BB0 TRI DASS Skull and Bones 2023 33" 

Like Edberg's forehand, my swing is held together with a paperclip and a rubber band.
 

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1 hour ago, Woodridge said:

I don't understand why a club company wouldn't make a game improvement iron with old school lofts. What good is hitting irons further if you can't stop them?

I tend to agree, seems counterintuitive. But my guess is that it's partially due to game improvement irons having a lower, rear-ward, center of gravity which helps promote launch. But a lot of golfers with slow speeds could use both traditional lofts plus that game-improvement CoG for maximum stopping power, like you mentioned. Surely has a lot to do with marketing and making people feel better about hitting the ball further even though their 5-iron is really just a forgiving 4-iron.

 

I game Zx7's and love them but I do wish the gapping/lofts at the very top end of the bag was more traditional, pretty small gap between my 4 and 5iron distances even with my slightly above-average speeds (i guess i can always bend them)

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Tsi2 (10*) AV RAW Blue 65TX 45.5"

G425 Max (14.5*) Ventus Blue 7X 42.25"

Apex UW (21*) Ventus Blue 7X 41"

Zx7 4-AW Nippon 120X

RTX-6 56*-60* Nippon 120X

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1 hour ago, ScottyGolf said:

I personally did not agree with best blade review at all. Missed TM, PXG, Wilson’s? Where are the cobras? Are the 5 actually released in 2024?  Did the testers just get tired after swinging just the 5 reviewed?
 

since when is a hollow body club considered a blade?  The top lines of most of these are thick other than the Titleist. I wanted to hit the Srixon but the top line was too thick for me. 
 

still a lot of great options out there for the readers to choose from missing from the list. 

Which one of the blades has a hollow body? 

 

But there are too many equally good options to fit on the list i presume

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Tsi2 (10*) AV RAW Blue 65TX 45.5"

G425 Max (14.5*) Ventus Blue 7X 42.25"

Apex UW (21*) Ventus Blue 7X 41"

Zx7 4-AW Nippon 120X

RTX-6 56*-60* Nippon 120X

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3 minutes ago, mjo23 said:

Which one of the blades has a hollow body? 

 

But there are too many equally good options to fit on the list i presume

Would that be the ping with the port that was shot some filler?

TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus 9 Ventus Velocore Blue 6x Tipped 1 inch

TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus 3 wood Ventus Velocore Red TR 7x

TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus 5 wood Ventus Velocore Red TR 7x

TaylorMade 2023 P7MB P-5 MMT 125 TX & P7MC 4 MMT 125TX  Soft Stepped

PXG SDII 50(51), SD II Full Face 54 (55) and TM MG4 60 (59)

Scotty Cameron Circle T Tour Rat GSS

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7 minutes ago, ScottyGolf said:

Would that be the ping with the port that was shot some filler?

Does a small port in the toe make it a hollow body iron? Not trying to be argumentative or say that you’re wrong, just genuinely curious

 

Isn’t it a similar concept to the back-weight of the Callaway MB’s?

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Tsi2 (10*) AV RAW Blue 65TX 45.5"

G425 Max (14.5*) Ventus Blue 7X 42.25"

Apex UW (21*) Ventus Blue 7X 41"

Zx7 4-AW Nippon 120X

RTX-6 56*-60* Nippon 120X

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It is a tungsten screw for weighting so not hollow. I stand corrected

 

TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus 9 Ventus Velocore Blue 6x Tipped 1 inch

TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus 3 wood Ventus Velocore Red TR 7x

TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus 5 wood Ventus Velocore Red TR 7x

TaylorMade 2023 P7MB P-5 MMT 125 TX & P7MC 4 MMT 125TX  Soft Stepped

PXG SDII 50(51), SD II Full Face 54 (55) and TM MG4 60 (59)

Scotty Cameron Circle T Tour Rat GSS

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This doesn't really seem any different than the meh Hot List from you know who. Very limited selection of "winners" from the usual suspect biggest OEMs. 

 

With all the recent releases from multiple brands it's a bit hard to believe so many repeat brands appear on the list. Many of the testers are from a handful of larger retailers/fitters who have access to almost anything under the sun so hard to believe they tested a range of gear and the same few beat everything else every single time. Worse is that at least one of the repeat brands is known for a dog water feel compared to most others recently, so doubtful it was really wowing experienced testers. 

 

I'm sure this gets a lot of clicks but there's clear bias. Better to just highlight offerings from the big names to toot their horns than to do this. 

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