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GolfWRX Members Choice: The best players irons of 2018

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The bedrock of GolfWRX.com is the community of passionate and knowledgeable golfers in our forums, and we put endless trust in the opinions of our GolfWRX Members. No other group of golfers in the world tests golf clubs as frequently or as extensively, or is armed with as much in-depth information about the latest technology.

So we asked our GolfWRX Members, “What are the the best players irons on 2018?” (Blades excluded. The membership voted on those here). As part of the voting process, we allowed members to vote for up to three irons they felt most worthy of the title, based on their testing of the forged offerings from 17 different manufacturers.

GolfWRX members are both discerning and carry handicaps lower than the general golfing population, so OEMs ought to (and do) take note of their feedback.

With the votes tallied, it’s time to take a look at the top-five vote getters of the bunch. And many thanks to all who voted! (See the full thread here).

No. 5: Ping iBlade (8.26 percent of votes)

Ping’s new iBlades fit the broadest definition of blade irons; they have the narrow soles, thin top lines, short blade lengths, minimal offset, maximum workability, excellent feedback and soft feel blade players want. They aren’t forged like most blades or blade-like irons, though, instead opting for a multi-material, cast chassis that Ping uses to boost forgiveness and distance. Think of them as “intelligent blades;” they’re a much smarter choice for blade players who don’t compete for a living, and even some who do.

The iBlades offer more distance and more forgiveness than their predecessors, Ping’s S55 irons, as well as more refined look and feel that makes them more “blade-like” than they’ve ever been.

Related: Review: Ping iBlade irons

No. 4: Srixon Z 765 (8.41 percent)

Srixon’s no-frills approach to iron-making is refreshing in today’s golf equipment climate. The company forges its irons from 1020 carbon steel, and offers three distinct models than can please anyone from traditionalists (Z965) to forged cavity-back enthusiasts (Z765) to distance- or forgiveness-seeking crowds (Z565).

Low handicappers have a difficult decision to make between Srixon’s Z765 and Z965 irons. The Z965’s are musclebacks that are slightly more “workable,” as blade-lovers like to say. That’s another way of relaying that they’re smaller-sized irons that spin slightly more. Both irons, though, have similar profiles with little offset and thin top lines. Both also use Srixon’s Tour V.T. Soles, and utilize a new heat treatment to make the irons more durable. For blade players, the Z765 won’t look clunky or have too much offset. Low, single-digit handicappers could really go either way, or create a brag-worthy mixed set.

Related: Review Srixon Z765 irons

No. 3: Callaway X Forged (10.36 percent)

X Forged irons, like Callaway’s Apex Muscleback, are also single-piece forgings, the blade lengths are slightly longer, the overall head shapes are slightly larger, and they are cavity-back irons made for a bit more forgiveness.

Like the Apex MB irons, the soles of the X Forged irons are built for the turf interaction that’s desired by Tour players, and the head profiles are tour-inspired. The lofts are slightly stronger throughout the set than the Apex MB, but are still weaker than the game-improvement style irons in Callaway’s stable. That means better players will see the ball launch in the “desired window,” according to to the company.  The X Forged irons are “triple net forged,” according to Callaway, and they have progressive CGs with 20V grooves on the face.

Related: Callaway finally launches new Apex MB and X Forged irons

No. 2: Titleist 718 AP2 (16.22 percent)

With fast-face technologies and stronger lofts off the table (the 6-iron is 30 degrees), Titleist investigated new ways to improve the AP2 recipe. The result was a new main ingredient, a high-strength steel known as SUP10, which is used to make the forged bodies of the 3-6 irons. Titleist also used SUP10 to form the face inserts for the 3-6 irons. Because SUP10 is stronger and lighter than the 1025 carbon steel bodies and 17-4 stainless steel face inserts Titleist previously used to create the AP2, designers were able to move the CG of the new irons lower in the club heads for higher ball speeds and a higher launch angle.

Like the 718 CB, the 718 AP2 irons are also co-forged to concentrate high-density tungsten weights in the corners of the club heads to improve MOI and exactly center the CG of the irons.

Related: Titleist’s 718 irons offer endless possibilities

No. 1: Mizuno MP-18 SC (16.82 percent)

The MP-18 Split Cavity irons feature what Mizuno calls a half-cavity design. Mass has been taken of the upper portion of the irons, focusing CG (center of gravity) lower in the club head for an easier launch and more forgiveness.

The MP-18 SC irons are only fractionally longer from heel-to-toe than the MP-18 muscleback irons. They’re also 0.5 millimeters taller and have soles that are 1.5 millimeters wider. With identical specs (aside from swing weight in the longer irons) and offset, these irons are designed to blend seamlessly into a combination set with the MP-18 muscleback irons regardless of where golfers decide to split their set.

Related: Mizuno brings the MP family closer together

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  1. shane

    Aug 18, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    PXG fad is finished now. Anybody with PXGs in their bag is a loser!!!

  2. stephenf

    Aug 4, 2018 at 3:25 am

    Okay, but can you see that this is really not the best way to get an idea of what the best irons are? It’s a little like figuring out what the best hamburger is by looking at where the biggest sales are. So McDonald’s, then. Or if you limit it only to non-fast-food, maybe Red Robin or something. But the odds of finding the _actual_ best burger that way aren’t good. It just means it’s the one with the widest distribution and the one the most people know about.

    Quite obviously, several really excellent irons are not even on this list. Wilson, for instance, has put out some great irons for the past 10 years or so.

  3. Dave

    Aug 2, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    wilson c300 forged should be on this list. in fact i think they will be better than almost anything to come out for years to come…..trust me i have had a almost every set available to me to try. the difference is in the distance if you need any help at all and the forgiveness is out right amazing. thin shots tend to go near correct distance, but the toed shots are almost identical to pured shots. i found out by on course testing. i couldnt believe it then i saw their promo material for the c300 forged and saw that the toe area of these actually get the most help from the power holes…..the only reason i moved on was simply i hit them too far…much to far…i am looking forward to having them again with a heavier shaft. i miss the 5-7 iron for sure. i currently game the v6 forged. nice irons as well. i was hoping to do a mix set but the distance on the v6 is almost under standard which i like but id have to play like 5-7 forged and 7-pw v6 to get the gaps i need. it would bug me to no end to have 2 7 irons 🙂

  4. Miuralovechild

    Jul 14, 2018 at 1:48 am

    My Miura CB 1008’s would run circles around those mizunos! I love mizuno btw. Always have but after I hit a miura in 07, things changed.

  5. patrick floyd

    Jul 12, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    So we asked our GolfWRX Members, “What are the the best players irons on 2018?” (Blades excluded. The membership voted on those here).

  6. ben jones

    Jul 12, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    Still loving my Adams CB1 irons which look a lot like the Mizzys.

  7. joey

    Jul 12, 2018 at 1:02 am

    My circa 1980 RAM Tour Grind TW276 forged 2-PW irons are better than all the supposedly game improvement current models… because I keep impact in the sweet spot. All these “best” irons are just cosmetic designs to scam the gullible golfers with more money than brains or talent.

    • @LivenearPar_Golf

      Jul 27, 2018 at 9:18 am

      Doubtful with zero grooves left….unless you’ve left them in the garage all these years. Can you even hold a green anymore?

  8. 2putttom

    Jul 11, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    lol…wow really…this is shocking. I voted three times

  9. Carmen Sandiego

    Jul 11, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    Shame that Mizuno doesn’t sell those irons in LH….

  10. Al Czervik

    Jul 11, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    Like running for student body president in middle school, this is nothing more then a popularity contest. Yawn… Mizuno’s most popular Yay!

    I tell you what… Dollar for dollar, I’ve tried 4 of the irons on this list and my Honma Tour World irons blow them all away. You’re welcome.

    • The dude

      Jul 11, 2018 at 7:20 pm

      Aaaand…how do you think they (Mizuno) won the popularity contest??

  11. Milton Taylor

    Jul 11, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    Not one set of pure blades?

  12. Doug Roberts

    Jul 11, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    If you visit a top private club…You will see bag after bag full of PXG irons.

    • Milton Taylor

      Jul 11, 2018 at 12:34 pm

      I’m at a private club and I don’t see it. No disrespect

      • greg taylor

        Jul 11, 2018 at 12:44 pm

        I agree but you have to go to a TOP private club. As you go to the top privates you will see a lot of PXG for sure. But you will see a lot of 150k + cars as well.

    • G

      Jul 11, 2018 at 1:24 pm

      I work at a top private club with approximately 900 + members, A ton of PXG and Miura. A lot of guys shouldn’t even be hitting the Miuras, but money is spent here!

    • Rich

      Jul 12, 2018 at 7:51 pm

      Because they cost too much so they are still in the display bags?

    • Funkaholic

      Jul 20, 2018 at 12:51 pm

      Because it is all about show, more money that skill. Look at the JDM market, over the top prices, flashy designs and endless customization because it is more about a statement of wealth than functional club design. PXG is overrated give me a pure set of well forged irons any day.

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UST Mamiya launching Helium Black shaft

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UST Mamiya is expanding its popular Helium line, known for lightweight, low resin, high-stability designs with the all-new Helium Black.

Building on the already light and stable Helium line’s core shaft, the Silver, the Helium Black is a lower-launching more stable version of the already popular Helium. By utilizing the counter-balanced design of the original and adding more stability through materials manipulation.

On top of the already stable design, the Helium Black is built around providing the best feeling shaft without sacrificing on dispersion. The other added benefit of the counterbalanced design is the extra control given to players using longer than traditional drivers (45″ plus).

OEMs have already taken notice of the Helium Black’s design advantage—it will be available as the stock shaft in the new 2020 Cobra, Callaway, and Wilson drivers as well as a custom upgrade option with PXG.

For more information check out UST Mamiya’s website.

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Srixon/Cleveland Golf/XXIO launches two new golf shoe models by Asics: the Gel-Course Glide and Gel-Course Duo Boa

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Asics Gel Course Duo Boa

Srixon/Cleveland Golf/XXIO in partnership with Asics has unveiled two brand-new golf shoe models: the Gel-Course Glide and Gel-Course Duo Boa.

The new additions from Asics are built with inspiration from the brand’s running shoes and aim to deliver maximum comfort and flexibility while providing ultimate traction and stability.

The Gel-Course Duo Boa model features the Boa lacing system for fast, precise fitting through a quick adjusting dial to tighten or loosen the lacing. The shoes are fully waterproof and contain a traction sole pattern with seven spikes.

Asics Gel Course Duo Boa

The Gel-Course Glide shoe is an alternative spikeless version with standard laces designed to provide golfers with versatility on and off the course.

Asics Gel Course Glide

Both the Gel-Course Glide and Gel-Course Duo Boa feature an air mesh which aims to offer excellent flexibility during the swing and while walking the golf course. The company’s FlyteFoam technology is designed to provide lightweight shock absorption and exceptional durability in each shoe.

Speaking on the new golf shoes, Mike Powell, President of Sales and Marketing at Srixon/Cleveland Golf/XXIO, stated

“I’m excited to introduce ASICS golf footwear into the U.S. golf market with the Gel-Course Glide and Gel Course Duo Boa models. Asics is a huge global sports brand and widely recognized as the leader in performance footwear.

They have a rich heritage of innovation and product quality and align with our values as a company. These two models will appeal to golfers that enjoy an active and healthy outdoor lifestyle and love the performance and comfort that Asics is famous for.”

Asics Gel Course Duo Boa

According to the company, the spikes are placed precisely to provide maximum stability and traction while walking the course through an FG traction sole pattern, while the Asics Rearfoot GEL brand technology provides cushioning which aims to reduce impact and increases shock absorption. The shoes also contain Toe and Lateral rubber wraps which look to help players maintain balance throughout the golf swing

Asics Gel Course Duo Boa

Both new additions also include an air mesh at vamp with an integrated quarter panel designed for a supportive fit, with an internal molded heel counter in a bid to offer optimal foot support. The shoes contain additional ankle padding which looks to help create a custom fit that adapts to every move

Asics Gel Course Glide

The Gel-Course Duo Boa model MSRP for $179.99 and are offered in men’s Sizes 6-12, and 13. The shoe comes in three different color codes – Black/Gunmetal, White/Peacoat, and Peacoat/Pure Silver.

The Gel-Course Glide shoes MSRP for $129.99 and are offered in men’s (6-12, 13) and women’s (6-10) sizes. The men’s edition come in four different color codes – Black/Silver, White/Polar Shade, Polar Shade/Black, and Blue/White. The women’s Gel Course Glide shoes come in two different color codes – Metropolis/White and Orchid/White.

Asics Gel Course Glide

Both new additions from Asics are available at authorized golf shops and golf specialty retailers across North America, as well as online at Srixon.com/Asics beginning today.

 

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Rasmus Højgaard winning WITB: Afrasia Bank Mauritius Open

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Driver: TaylorMade M5 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei AV Blue 65 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade M5 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana ZF 70 TX

5-wood: TaylorMade M6 (19 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Blue 90 X

Irons: TaylorMade P770 (4-PW)
Shafts: KBS C-Taper 125 S+

Wedges: TaylorMade MG Hi-Toe (50, 56, 60 degrees)
Shafts: KBS Custom Black X

Putter: TaylorMade TP Patina Ardmore 3

Ball: TaylorMade TP5

Grips: Golf Pride MCC

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