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Members Choice: The Best Game-Improvement Irons of 2017

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What are the best Game-Improvement Irons of 2017? Before you can answer that question, you of course have to define exactly what a Game-Improvement Iron is. After conducting this poll and reading the responses from GolfWRX Members, however, it seems defining a Game-Improvement Iron is not as straightforward as it might seem.

To create this list, we defined Game-Improvement Irons as models that fall in between Players Irons, which are designed with small frames, thin top lines and have few distance-enhancing technology features, and Super Game-Improvement Irons, which focus on generating as much distance and forgiveness as possible for golfers. That leaves Game-Improvement Irons as a wide-ranging category of clubs that offer a blend distance, forgiveness, good looks and workability.

Related: Full Voting Results and Responses from GolfWRX Members

Some of you may disagree with how we’ve categorized our lists of Players Irons, Game-Improvement Irons and Super Game-Improvement Irons in Members Choice, and that’s fine. As always, we’re listening to your feedback and working to get better. We want to thank all GolfWRX Members for the votes and feedback you’ve provided, and believe that you have provided an important resource to the greater golf world.

Below are the results for Members Choice: Best Game Improvement Irons of 2017, where four models separated themselves from the pack of 27 options. Along with the percentage of the vote each iron garnered, we’ve also highlighted noteworthy responses from GolfWRX Members about each of those irons, which have been edited for brevity.

Note: Percentage of vote is accurate as of the time of publication. Voting will remain open throughout 2017 as GolfWRXers continue to test and evaluate the latest Game-Improvement Irons. 

Callaway Apex CF 16 (19.45 percent of votes)

CallawayApexMembersChoice

eldog-in-the-hizouse: CF 16 is every bit as good as the others

mxskier: CF 16 for me is best (why I play it :)). I love the look of the matte silver, not too white/bland like the Mizuno (JPX-900 Forged).

Striker Ace: Callaway Apex CF 16. I’m new to the sport, but I didn’t want to start with beginners clubs and they feel great.

Warrenpeace: Apex CF ’16 are nice feeling, but are so long it’s hard to know just what is going to happen when you hit one good. Will my 7 iron go 165 or 195?

TonyJ10: My top 3 were the Apex CF 16, JPX-900 forged and the Steelhead XR 16s. I settled on the Apex CF 16s over the JPX-900 because there is not much loss of distance on mishits. I’m a 18 Handicap and was intimidated at first because I didn’t think my swing was “good enough” to play them until I actually hit them. They felt great from the beginning and I love the look of them. To me, that’s the first step of playing good it to like what you are looking at. They perform very well on center hits and almost as good on mishits. If you are in the market, definitely consider the Apex CF 16.

gallas2: They’re like Kelly Clarkson: a little chunky, but still workin’. Confidence, ball speed and spin. KBS Tour 90 (also tested xp95).

LeftyDanny: Apex CF is simply the most explosive, best feeling iron I’ve ever hit in this category. It hasn’t even been close (for me).

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Mizuno JPX-900 Forged (18.84 percent)

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Willstuart2328: I voted for Mizuno JPX-900s because I game them. I feel they are a pretty solid mix of players irons and game improvement. It was a tough adjustment for me at first because I’ve played players irons since high school. I just only get to play maybe 8-10 times a year now so I need the help in the long irons. I can honestly still work the 8-PW though in these. I also like them because they are a little fade biased, whereas the others I tried were all draw biased if anything with my swing.

Warrenpeace: Mizuno JPX-900 Forged are great irons although the lofts are super strong, but they feel great. Look a lot like the tour model, but are longer and stronger.

MPG: I went through a extensive fitting and this was the iron with Project X LZ shafts for me. I will say it wasn’t immediately, but it took me a few practice sessions and rounds to get comfortable with these. I will say that once I got use to these, they are not going anywhere. They are amazing and my overall numbers are terrific. The distance, trajectory, spin, forgiveness and consistency are perfect for me. These are real close to the Z565, and I could go either way once you find the right shaft head combo.

Shawn Paul: I went into my fitting with Ping i200 or MP-25 in mind. I ended up with Mizuno JPX-900 Forged. The Mizunos had the best accuracy, flight, feel, and distance. I did not consider them a true GI. A bit spendy, but top quality. Great looking irons.

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Ping i200 (17.84 percent)

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eldog-in-the-hizouse: The i200 is yet another consistent performer from Ping.

jtothep21: I am gaming the i200s and love ’em. Nothing bad to say except they are hard to keep clean.

oldtimie: Picked up my I200s yesterday, replacing my i20s. Took them out to the course that afternoon. One thing about new clubs is that you can see right away where on the face you are contacting the ball. Hit a six iron and thought, wow, that didn’t feel good! Then noticed that it was a toe hit. Well, the ball ended up just right where it normally would for a good hit. Had a couple more off-center hits with other clubs, also toe hits, and results were still acceptable. Decided that I wasn’t setting up close enough to the ball. Point is, these clubs are very forgiving for those of us that don’t always contact the sweet spot.

Mtngolfer1: I voted for the Ping i200. This is as versatile of an iron as I believe you will find. It offers a ton of technology, providing a high level of playability and ample forgiveness all packed in a attractive iron design. Ping definitely has a winner with the i200.

MPG: I will say i have had limited time with these. I did enjoy them, but I definitely liked the S55 irons much better than any of the new i-Series clubs. Yes, the S55 are not game-improvement, but they played like game-improvement with enough forgiveness across the entire set. I am not saying these are not good; they are really good irons but just do not match up for MY game like the Mizuno or Srixon irons.

gallas2: (Tested with an) AWT 2.0 shaft (also tested XP95 and KBS Tour 90). Second cousin once removed to the RAC irons we all loved.

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Srixon Z565 (15.62 percent) 

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eldog-in-the-hizouse: The Srixon (Z565) fractionally looks and feels the best.

mxskier: The Srixon (Z565 irons) also look great, but I like the slightly softer/less square toe of the CF 16 compared to the Srixons. And I thought it felt a touch softer, but really no huge difference between the two.

hurricanes7: Try the Srixon Z565 if you have hit the others on the list to compare. They are that good.

MPG: I really like the look and playability of this head with the Project X LZ shaft. I think they are slightly more forgiving then the JPX-900s, but I get better distance control with the Mizunos. I can definitely control trajectory with any of the heads that I tested. I could definitely use these day in and out with no problem. I don’t really care for the approach wedge in this set for some reason. To me, that is not a showstopper because of the other wedges that could replace that spot in the bag.

gmiller598: I went for the Z565, as that is what I play. I’m on the high end of the handicap spectrum and I feel like I can hit these and grow into them as I improve my ball striking.

gallas2: Best looks, feel and dispersion. They may have a little junk in the trunk, but they ain’t gonna let you down when you need a 5 iron into a back pin.

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  1. DS of GA

    Jul 12, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    As soon as I hear anyone use ‘game’ as a verb, I tune them out. Same person likely uses ‘boss of the moss’ and calls the Ryder Cup captain ‘Captain Azinger’. Golf is so uncool at times…

  2. Benny

    May 30, 2017 at 6:11 am

    How about this, I don’t play any of these but based on opinions on wrx and articles read along with looks and my opionion the JPX is what I woukd go adter first. I would love a set of JPX Tours but cannot kick out my MB2’s no matter how hard I try.

    The second would be the 565’s. A good friend and top am here in NH actually played 545’s. I saw him time and time again fly greens or not be able to stop on greens. I suspect some changes came in the new 565’s or having a mixed back would be idea, 565/765/965 down the line. Either way great to see what oem’s are doing now compared to years past. Longer, forged, forgiving and capable! Cool….

  3. Nigel Kent

    May 30, 2017 at 3:06 am

    How come one of your reviewers voted for 3 out of 4 clubs ??

  4. Matt

    May 28, 2017 at 1:57 am

    The z545 and z565 Srixon iron series’ are fantastic; crisp feel, good dispersion and distance control plus powerful turf interaction. Finding way less chunked shots and/or flying over greens. No excuses now.

  5. Q

    May 27, 2017 at 1:50 am

    Looks like you found each other

    • ooffa

      May 27, 2017 at 4:56 pm

      He’s funny Smiz you should read his comments. I mean he’s always wrong and always annoying. That’s his thing. It’s fun though to see how off base he can get. It’s kind of like he gets up and says what can I say today that is more foolish then what I said yesterday. Embrace his madness and you can’t help but enjoy his unraveling.

      • Rh

        May 27, 2017 at 5:13 pm

        They’re the same person of one of the multiples

      • ooffa

        May 29, 2017 at 7:18 am

        See guys, this is what I meant by unraveling. It’s really cool to watch. I’m a big fan.

  6. dcorun

    May 26, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    I do agree that the Z565 and CF16 are super irons but, no love for Cobra. Their F7 and F7 one length are very fine irons. Distance wise maybe not up with the previous two I mentioned but, not short by any means. The forgiveness and ability to dial in consistent distance is as good or better than those on the list IMHO.

  7. ooffa

    May 26, 2017 at 10:35 am

    There is a mistake in your article. The best clubs in the world were not included. Here is a hint.
    P X G

  8. Steve

    May 26, 2017 at 9:52 am

    Interesting……no Titlesit AP-1’s? Or were they excluded from the survey?

    • Zak Kozuchowski

      May 26, 2017 at 10:15 am

      Thank you for your comment. We have classified the Titleist 716 AP1 irons as super game-improvement, and that list will be released in the coming weeks for voting.

  9. Joro

    May 26, 2017 at 9:32 am

    I have both the Callaway Apex and the Mizuno Hot Metals, both in Graphite. Callaway has the name, Mizuno has the game. Great Irons, and the Sand Wedge hits itself out of Sand. I have been a crappy Sand Player and this makes me think I am good. And at 78 I hit them a club longer than the Callaway.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Funky equipment in the bag?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from AbSWFPGA who asks WRXers if they currently have any equipment in the bag that has been tinkered with and that would be considered unorthodox. From shaft choices to head changes, and much more, our members share the different club experiments that have worked best for them.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • dcopp7: “I assembled up a 5W at 42.5″ out of a thrifted Taylormade head and an Apollo shaft. Sandblasted the head and play it raw.”
  • strug’=a’ling: “My irons are a little bit funky in a stealth way. The lofts were too strong for the length, so I went with the very rare longer/flatter ploy. The numbered irons are all ½” long and two degrees flat. The 43W is ¼” long and 1½º flat. The 48W and 53W are standard length and just 1º flat. This makes them a little closer to my old DCI 962s.”
  • rtmhunter: “Ping ISI K 2 & 3 irons with factory senior graphite shafts. I can’t hit woods straight or good, so I use these as my “driving” clubs. 4,5,6,7 irons TM MCGB with graphite. 8,9,PW,AW,SW Cobra F9 one length with graphite. 60 Callaway sure out and a Cameron & Crown Newport. Weird make up but, works well for me. I have a lot of fun playing with these. I still have room for any other weird old club I might find on eBay with this set up as well.”
  • 03trdblack: “‘Hotdog’ series Ping 69W putter.”

Entire Thread: “Funky equipment in the bag?”

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Zach Johnson’s PXG Seemore-style putter”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from 03trdblack who was eagle-eyed over the weekend and noticed Zach Johnson playing a PXG putter in the same style as his trusty Seemore flat-stick. Johnson finished last season ranked 117th for strokes gained: putting, which is the lowest the two-time major champion has ever finished a season in this category, and our members have been sharing their thoughts on his use of the new putter in our forums.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • Medson: “My God, so I wasn’t hallucinating! I thought I saw he putted with a PXG; then I’m like there’s no way he’ll abandon his beloved SeeMore. I think the putter grip is still SeeMore.”
  • Titletown: “He also used a center-shafted Spider X for a short period of time.”
  • Barracuda: “Zach has been testing other putters for a while now. He certainly lost his touch. He even used a spyder some time ago.”

Entire Thread: “Zach Johnson PXG Seemore putter”

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Best players irons within budget?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from 1221 is on the hunt for new players irons within budget. Stressing the need for clubs that aren’t too old, our members help 1221 out with their suggestions on the best moderately priced players irons currently on the market.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • JoeFrigo: “Check out Sub70 Golf. I played the 639mb all year and loved them. Depending on your setup, a brand new iron set costs under $600. I honestly would put them up there in feel against anything. Even though I just got fit last month for the Mizuno’s I have now, I hate the fitted shaft in there, and I’m thinking of going back to the sub70’s.”
  • dmeeksDC: “A bunch of good ones listed already on which I concur, especially the Srixon 700 series and TaylorMade 770 if you want a true forged club all the way through the bag. Not important to me. If it is shape and size you are focused on, and some elastomers and/or hollow heads are fine to make long iron life a little easier, the Pings i200 are great and so are the Ben Hogans (I prefer the PTX over the PTX Pro, which is not really a ‘Pro’ design.) If you like compact, the PTX certainly are, surprisingly so compared to others. How affordable do you want to go? Nike Vapor Pros and Vapor Pro Combo are both strong choices as players irons. If you look at what PXG and TM are doing will filled heads, a lot of that technology can be found in those Nike VPC heads with the Injected RZN polymer, and they perform really well. Look great from address. Happy hunting!”
  • Whit1969: “Going to be hard to beat JPX 900 or 919s especially when you pick them up in fantastic condition for $350 to $600 depending on how many irons in the set you want.”
  • Bladesonly72: “Hands down the Adams pro-black MB or the satin or PVD black Mb2’s.”

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