Whether you are a beginner or advanced golfer, a set of irons is one of your major investments to improve your game. As you look for the right iron set to match your game, the guide below will help you pick the right clubs. The following are the main aspects to take into account in terms of your next set of clubs.
Irons can be muscle-back blades or cavity-back blades. The former style features a full back on the rear while the latter is created with a hollowed-out rear club head. A muscle-back style is mainly used by advanced and professional golfers and the hollowed-out rear club head provides beginners with perimeter weighting to increase forgiveness on off-center hits. Beginners will prefer to use the most forgiving irons available out there. On the other hand, muscle-backs are harder to use due to their increased shot-shaping ability and performance.
Typically, iron sets include 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 irons and a pitching wedge. A hybrid iron set replaces difficult-to-hit irons with hybrid clubs which tend to be easier to launch with more forgiveness. A number of golfers prefer to buy other clubs separately such as flop, gap, and lob wedges.
Distance, Loft, and Length
There are three sets of irons: short irons, mid-irons, and long irons. Short irons are made to produce a higher loft while their long counterparts are used for hitting the ball further. With a higher loft, there will be a steeper ball flight angle from the initial elevation to final drop.
While the set of irons are being pieced together, every club must be separated by 4 degrees of loft and increased, from the 3-iron to the pitching wedge. This means a difference of 12 yards to 14 years between every club. Usually, short hitters use a 5-degree difference for proper gapping while long hitters keep irons separated by 3 degrees.
Shaft and Flex
The kind of shaft and flex to use impacts how the club feels, the swing speed, and the distance it produces. Those who are looking to increase their swing speed must pick the lighter graphite material to achieve this. But, those who are already happy with their swing speed; however, want to have more control over the clubhead should prefer the heavier steel shaft for the right balance.
Flex refers to the way the shaft twists and turns during the swing. It depends on the play style and how far the golfer hits the ball. Flex categories include ladies, stiff, regular, senior, and X-stiff.