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Best irons in golf of 2019: Pure enjoyment

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What are the best irons in golf for 2019 and possibly 2020?

It’s an interesting question to ask anyone who works in golf equipment since it opens up a Pandora’s box of debate and discussion, which inevitably results in the conclusion that every player has to go out, work with a fitter, and find the best set for him/her. There is no one single best iron for every golfer in 2019, but there is a best iron of 2019 for you—and that’s where we come in to help you find your ideal set.

2019 has been a big year for irons, with OEMs taking bigger steps to push the science of structure, materials, and processing to move mass and further optimize MOI and COG to provide improvements across the board. In certain iron categories, clubheads are generating maximum potential speed over larger areas of the face, just like a driver, while in other parts of the market, some iron models have been shrunk to improve workability for the players looking for shot-shaping control.

So what do you look for? What do you need? With so many great irons released in 2019, the decision-making process can be overwhelming, and that’s why at GolfWRX, we are here to help you go through that process and help you ask the right questions to find the iron set for you.

Best irons of 2019: How we did it

Even before starting the process of building the survey, we reached out to our trusted fitters to discuss how they sort through the endless number of iron options available to golfers. The consensus was simple—the best fitters in the world see all the options available in the marketplace, analyze their performance traits, and pull from that internal database of knowledge and experience like a supercomputer whenever they are working with a golfer.

It’s essentially a huge decision tree derived from experience and boiled down to a starting point of options—and it has nothing to do with handicap.

Since modern iron sets are designed into player categories that overlap the traditional “what’s your handicap” model, we at GolfWRX believe it was important to go beyond handicap and ask specific questions about the most crucial performance elements fitters are looking at to help golfers find the best set of irons for them. From overall performance, to shotmaking, to helping players achieve better trajectories and speed, we strived to ask the right questions.

We have developed separate categories that will help you the reader determine what rankings are most important for your swing and game.

Just like with our Best Drivers of 2019 survey, we consulted leading fitters in the industry and compiled our results anonymously. The methodology is simple: We want to give you the tools to go out and find what works best for you, with recommendations for your individual needs, with feedback from the people that work every single day to help golfers get peak performance out of there equipment.

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We at GolfWRX then worked internally to craft a survey that allowed the fitters to be honest…we want the truth just as much as you do, and to prevent anyone from feeling they couldn’t be, we allowed all of the results and quotes to remain anonymous unless otherwise stated. We can’t thank the fitters enough for their time!

Best irons of 2019: Meet the fitters

Ben Giunta: Owner, The Tour Van
Alex Panigas: Fitter, TXG
Chris Kendall: Fitter, TXG
Cam Kennedy: Fitter, TXG
John Sawatsky: Fitter, TXG
Ryan Johnson: Fitter, Carl’s Golfland
Brent Norton: VP Shop Operations, Miles of Golf
Craig Allan: Golf Performance Manager, Sea Island Performance Center
Timothy Briand: SVP Customer Experience, True Spec Golf
Shawn Zawodni: Fitter, Miles of Golf
Nick Sherburne: Founder, Club Champion
Dominic Choma: Fitter, Miles of Golf
Matthew Sim: Fitter/Director of Operations, Modern Golf

Best irons of 2019: Pure enjoyment

It’s no mistake that we are seeing overlap in the way the top irons are defined by fitters in this category. The most playable irons are most likely to be higher launching, and shots that fly higher make the game more enjoyable for everyone. This reiterates the point previously made that your iron selection should not be defined by your handicap but instead what gives you the best opportunity to play your best golf.

Here are the top 5

(Q: What iron do you believe offers the absolute most amount of enjoyment and playability for the average player?)       best irons Taylormade P790

TaylorMade P790: It’s no surprise to see the best-selling iron of 2019 find its way atop this category. The TaylorMade P790 offers so much versatility to so many types of golfers; it’s easy to see why fitters enjoy working with these clubs to help golfers play better.

From the fitters: “If you like to hit the ball high and far you’re going to have fun hitting these irons” … “The forgiveness and speed along with the great looks makes the P790 the best iron of the year and should be in everybody’s top 3. Easy, long, enjoyable.”

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Srixon Z 585: Hitting if far is fun, plain and simple. Whether you’re a traditionalist or not, the majority of golfers truly struggle to hit the ball high enough and with enough spin to hold greens. This is where a fast forgiving iron like the Srixon Z585 can make the game more fun.

From the fitters: “Another amazing feeling iron that appeals to a lot of players because of its look from address. The forgiveness and speed offered by this head make this club endlessly versatile in fittings and the game more enjoyable for a lot of golfers ranging from low handicap players with speed to slower players needing launch.”

best iron callaway epic 2019

Callaway Epic Forged: If it’s been said once, it’s been said a hundred times: get over strong lofts and realize that the number on the sole is just a reference point for distance not loft. The Epic Forged irons have an extremely low center of gravity and high MOI keeping mis-hit shots online. With these irons, missing the middle of the face by a fraction doesn’t correlate to hitting your next shot from the greenside rough or bunker—you’ll probably still be putting!

From the fitters: “Easy to enjoy the game when you are crushing it (for the average golfer) and these irons certainly do that.”

best iron cobra 2019

Cobra King F9 SpeedBack: Multi-material construction with boundary-pushing geometry that goes beyond conventional iron shaping. The F9 SpeedBack offers a forged face, CNC milled grooves, and Cobra Connect powered by Arccos. First, the irons help your ball striking, then Arccos helps you tighten up your weaknesses—what’s more fun than playing better golf?

From the fitters: “Cobra F9 SpeedBack is top choice for golfers looking to get enjoyment out of their game. It feel fantastic and produces great ball speed but not with the sacrifice of extreme strong lofts”PING best iron 2019

Ping G410: “Play Your Best” is Ping’s motto, and the G410s help any golfer do just that. With endless fitting options, an attractive visual from address, and enough technology to help even struggling golfers get the ball in the air, the G410 easily makes golf more enjoyable.

From the fitters: “Ping’s softest CTP ever once again improves on feel, and they offer a look that most will find appealing. The forgiveness and ball speed makes the G410s a fun to use, easy to hit set.” … ” One of the easiest heads to achieve higher launch conditions – something that can be harder to find in the stronger lofted game improvement category.”

Read all the comments or make your own in the discussion thread in the forums here.

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Top 5 modern glued-hosel drivers

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Modern adjustable drivers are a marvel of engineering and something we now take for granted—considering every OEM utilizes some type of adjustable system to assist with fitting and dialing in launch conditions.

However, as every WRXer knows, before we had these tools to our disposal, we had to rely on the good old-fashion glued-in shaft drivers.

These five models are among the best from the recent past.

TaylorMade Burner SuperFast TP

Released in the fall of 2010, the Burner SuperFast TP was the undisputed king of ball speed for a very long time. Many will default to thinking the R510 TP was one of TaylorMade’s best, but for both the average golfer and for tour pros, this 460cc driver offered a lot more forgiveness than the R510 thanks to its size and aerodynamics. For those who had one, it stayed in the bag for a long time if you got the shaft right.

Adams Insight Tech a4 Prototype 9015D

Adams. Really?

It was a question a lot of people asked when these started showing up in golfer’s bags.

The 9015D was the brother to the original Adams 9016D, which was specifically built for the long drive circuit when Adams Golf was the official sponsor. It had a high toe profile and sat open at address—something that was often hard to come by in the glued hosel era of driver design.

One fun thing to consider when looking back at this driver is the protruding mass towards the back of the head to lower the center of gravity—vaguely similar to the TaylorMade SIM’s Inertia Generator and Cobra’s SpeedBack—minus the multi-material construction. Those Adams engineers were onto something!

Titleist 905R

Titleist’s very first 460cc driver was introduced not long after the 400cc 905S and the 905T (made famous by the notorious old-club using Steve Stricker) hit the scene.

The 905R stayed in some player’s bag for an extended period of time, including the bag of Adam Scott, who didn’t switch until the 910 came along. Many golfers referred to the 905R as a big version of the famous 975J, and from address it’s hard to argue.

Callaway FT Tour

One of Callaway’s first “tour” style drivers. The original version of the FT Tour was called the FT-9 Tour Authentic and was Callaway’s attempt to compete with the popular Tour Preferred line from TaylorMade. The price tag was high but so was the performance.

The FT Tour was a workable low spin driver and the grandchild of the FT-5 TH—a tour only driver that offered Callaway’s very first traditional-style hosel and got them away from the S2H2 designs that built the brand in the 90s. At 460cc’s, it still looks small by today’s standards, but if you can find one give it a hit.

Bridgestone J33R 460

The J33R 460 will go down as one of the all-time best drivers of its era. Its popularity even made trying to find one more difficult than it should have been at the time because Bridgestone struggled to find brick and mortar stores to carry their hard goods (beyond golf balls) at a time when big-box was the king of golf retail. The J33R was the third generation of the J33 driver line that included the J33P (375cc) and the original J33R (420cc).

Stuart Appleby famously hit a 426-yard tee shot at the 2006 Mercedes Championships (Tournament of Champions in Hawaii) that nearly went over the green of the par-4 12th hole with the J33P—now imagine the punch of the 460 version!

What do you think of these selections, WRXers? Any drivers you’d add?

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Today from the Forums: “New Bettinardi putters at the Honda Classic”

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Today from the Forums we take a look at a selection of new Bettinardi putters from the 2020 Honda Classic. Our members have been discussing the flat-sticks in our forum, with the horizontal alignment aid on one particular model proving to be very popular.

For lots more photos, check out the entire thread here.

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.

  • wam78: “Love that black inovai! Really wish I could get one with fly mill face. The shape is so nice I’m seriously contemplating giving the retail one a shot. Never used the fit face, so I’m a little worried with how soft it feels with distance control.”
  • nova6868: “Well, as usual, the Bettinardi Tour bag has incredible stuff. I also like the horizontal/perpendicular ball-width alignment aid and wish we could see that at retail eventually.”
  • AdamStoutjesdyk: “Yessss more horizontal alignment aids!!!”

Entire Thread: “New Bettinardi putters at the Honda Classic”

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Today from the Forums: “New Odyssey/Toulon putters at the 2020 Honda Classic”

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Today from the Forums we shine the light on an array of new Odyssey/Toulon putters featured at this week’s Honda Classic. The flat-sticks have gotten quite a reaction from WRXers, who have been particularly impressed with the company’s Las Vegas long slant neck creation.

For lots more photos, check out the entire thread here.

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.

  • Golfingfanatic: “LV with the long slant is so sick!”
  • My2Dogs: “That 10 with the 3 site lines is very interesting. Especially if the Triple Track is too busy for some. Also that double line on that Toulon Las Vegas. Great choices this year.”
  • timothyjames333: “Stroke Lab Jailbird Mini ftw.”

Entire Thread: “New Odyssey/Toulon putters at the 2020 Honda Classic”

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