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Callaway RAZR X Black Irons Review



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Forgiveness is my MIDDLE name! Long is my FIRST name! The black hides lot of Super GI features into a pleasing compact GI head. HOT all over the face. Plenty of offset to hit the ball HIGH and STRAIGHT. DURABLE finish.

PW with a smidge too much offset and a thicker topline for my liking. Really geared more towards a refined RAZR X than a replacement of the Diablo Forged.

Bottom Line:
An excellent alternative to the Titleist AP1 712, PING G20, and TaylorMade RBZ. The PVD finish is durable and very classy look in the bag and at address. Virtually eliminates glare.


Editor/Tester Review:
Just a little about myself. I’m a 6 handicap, play several times a week (9 holes during the week mostly). I have a driver swing speed that’s in the 105-111 mph, 6-iron of about 93 mph. The strength of my game lately has been my iron play, and have a decent short game (putting can improve of course. LOL) And I LOVE golf equipment, especially Callaway Golf products. They have treated me like a Touring Professional over the years, from excellent products to outstanding customer service. I have been able to have several range sessions and rounds using them in a variety of on-course situations, and hope that you enjoy reading my review. Lots of pics, comparison pics and a video to follow.

Well what can I say? I like the PVD finish. It holds up REALLY well. Unlike other irons in this category that shall remain nameless (cough, had 4 numbers in it, cough), the finish on the RAZR X Black is very clean, durable and eye catching.

Now, these will never be confused for it’s brethren, the RAZR X Tour or RAZR X Forged, but I’ll add that if Callaway were to provide this finish on those two irons, they would fly off the shelves. In fact, if they came out with a Tour Authentic version of the RAZR X Tour, RAZR X Forged, or even RAZR X MB’s, they would really sell like hotcakes on a nice summer’s morning.

At address, each iron provides plenty of “heft” behind the ball to provide a lot of “there’s no way I can miss this” confidence to aid the 20+ handicap to even the low handicap that prefers this type of iron.

The long irons ARE so confidence inspiring, without being gaudy. In fact, to be honest, I hit the long irons the best! LOL. Never thought I would say that. The 4 and 5 irons are pleasing to the eye; especially due to the black PVD finish (do you see a trend?? LOL). In fact, my one wish is that they made the PW look as nice as they did the 4-iron! I’d be willing to bet that the 3-iron would be clean as well, and I’d certainly be willing to be that if they made a 2-iron, it would sell too!

I will break up this set in terms of the short, middle and long irons during this review.

The short irons, while being on the “thick and meaty” side, are basically point and shoot. Point, hit the shot HIGH, and shoot. Yes, they have stronger lofts, but I’m so use to my Diablo Forged, that I really like not losing any distance whatsoever. I do tend to hit the ball HIGHER than my DF’s, with EVERY iron, but I had expected that, as the COG in my opinion is lower and deeper than that of that of the RXB’s. The offset does it’s job to a tee. If you struggle to hit the ball HIGH, or even HIGHER, the offset does it job and every iron benefits. I will say that I found that I gravitate towards my GW or SW, than using the PW for short chips and pitches. I need to get use to the look of the PW before I’m completely comfortable, but on full shots, it’s point and shoot. The 9-iron and 8-iron are actually nice to look at, and Callaway did a fine job of reducing the offset just enough that it’s not distracting.

The mid irons of the set are very easy to hit, especially with a draw. I found that I actually just had to move the ball back just a smidge that I was use to, and voila, straight shots. If you don’t want to fade the ball, THESE irons are right up your alley. There is literally ZERO glare off the clubface with these. NONE. NADA. NUN-CA! The black PVD finish really does it’s job well. For those of you that struggle with mid irons height, you’ll LOVE these. I mean LOVE them. (See a trend here as well??) For me, the offset does take some getting use. In all honestly, I’m not 100% dialed in yet, which is a testament to these irons in that I still get decent results even though I’m not swinging well and not use to the extra offset, compared to my DF’s. When I demo’d the 6-iron, I hit it with the stock shaft. I recommend it. WOW, it’s actually really good for it’s intended purpose of getting the ball UP and OUT there. I went with the PX Flighted 6.5’s, and man, I’d better bring it each and every time.

The long irons are well…. Let me put it this way. They are like taking candy from a baby. They’re like playing poker with a group of people and they all have to wear mirrored sunglasses so that you can see their cards. They are SO easy to hit. SO easy to hit, they just might be illegal (only joking!!). I hit them off the tee, off the fairway, in light rough and heavy rough. WOW! These long irons just GLIDE through the rough, seeking out the ball, and then hitting that very golf ball on a HIGH launching arc. Whoa. Scary. And I thought my DF’s were forgiving, but these are stupid easy.

Okay, I’ll preface this by saying that they aren’t forged, and I don’t expect them to be. The “feel” off the face is NOT Mizuno-soft, it’s NOT DF’s soft, but it IS hot, crisp and pleasing to the ear. Callaway does a nice job with these irons of creating a “thwick” type of sound off the face that sounds and feel very nice. I can hit the club all over the face, and it’s nice. There’s no hard stinging feel, yet they provide feedback and let you know where you hit it, just enough feel to give you some feedback, yet still be pleasing. They will not be confused with the MP-59’s, RAZR X MB’s, or any other pure forged iron, but they’re not supposed to be either. They have that “thwick” right off the face. The ball comes off hot and lively, yet pretty consistent as well.

Overall Bottom Line:
Overall, I will go out on a limb and say that a lot of mid-high handicap players, and quite a few low handicaps are going to be drawn to this iron. They are not only THAT easy to hit, but again, I cannot reiterate it enough, the black PVD finish really does disguise the offset and thicker topline (save the PW). Callaway is offering a GREAT alternative to it’s own RAZR X, and those of the Titleist AP1 712’s, PING G20’s and TaylorMade RBZ irons. The PVD finish is pretty awesome and it seems to hold up really well. I’ll definitely give an update on them as I put more rounds on them. If you prefer a GI or even SGI type of iron, THESE are right up your alley. In fact, I’m of the opinion that it’s safe to say that they have SGI features PACKED into a GI iron. They are THAT easy to hit. I really mean that. Now, with that said, if you’re in the market for a RAZR X Forged, RAZR X Tour or even a replacement to my much beloved Diablo Forged, you may not prefer these, until you hit them. But even then, that’s what those other iron options are for. But if you really want an iron that will feel HOT with a nice “thwick” off the face, definitely check them out. Please enjoy the rest of the pics, as it’s time for me to be quiet now and let the pics & video do the talking for themselves.

Discuss the RAZR X Black Irons here.

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  1. dave

    Mar 2, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    hi anybody got any input,looking at the razr x models the the standard model x,black & hl.Im 17 hcp with 80 swing speed. Unfortunately got no suppliers of callaway close to try out,help appreciated

  2. James

    Feb 6, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Hey Rob,
    Nice Review. Any chance we can get that update you were talking about? With the new clubs this season, the Razr X Black has some VERY ATTRACTIVE discounts at the majority of retailers.

  3. Izzat

    Dec 13, 2012 at 12:37 am

    I got these clubs a few months back and well my verdict for the clubs is that they are really game improving. There is an element of forgiveness yet a very comfortable feel even on off centre shots. The sound i have to say is really superb and its kind of addictive. overall i think callaway really did a good job here, this is a great club for people who are new to the game and looking to lower their scores. In the past few months i went from 100+ to mid 80’s with these clubs (and a lot of practise) i would recommend these to player looking to improve. but naturally i think you got to try it before you take my word for it!

  4. Pat

    Nov 28, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    G20’s or Razr X Black?

    Currently hit the MP-57’s and have had them for a few years. I am not the player I use to be. I do not play/practice as frequently, down from several rounds a week to 2 or 3 rounds a month.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Chase

      Dec 17, 2012 at 12:37 am

      Pat, so funny you say that since I’m contemplating almost the same thing. I also have MP-57’s and even though I can still hit them okay, they are a bit more club for me than I can handle. I’m leaning toward getting a set of Razr X Black’s and personally I would choose them over the G20’s because I’m not a fan of the G20’s huge soles (although I’m not exactly a fan of the large offsets on the Razr X Black short irons as well). I don’t think you can go wrong with either choice, but I would personally lean toward the Callys.

  5. reddevilwheezly

    Nov 21, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Ajh – HL=High Loft

  6. EdB

    Nov 6, 2012 at 12:47 am

    Hi. Tried these irons and I find them heavy. Anyone try them with NSPro 950 or TT GS-95? Thanks.

  7. Ajh

    Oct 6, 2012 at 5:01 am

    Hi I’m looking at buying a set of callaway razre X irons but I’m not sure of the difference between the x black and the HL I’m a casual playing with a handy cap of around 16 at my local club and I’m in my early 20 and looking at improving my game.

  8. Zach

    Sep 27, 2012 at 11:44 am

    I recently Purchased these bad boys from the pro shop I hit the ball far and I mean really far. I had trouble getting rid of the draw right off the bat read this and moved it back in my stance and it made it worse. I moved it forward and just like that straight. I just started playing after taking three years off and had a 24 handicap at the beginning of summer. bought these and now im down to a 12. Amazing clubs.

  9. oldschoolrocker

    Sep 22, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Purchased a set of the RAZRX a week ago. Not the black, personal perference, and I can say, they have the best turf interaction of any iron I have ever hit. Hardpan, tight lie, fairway, rough. Not as long as the Cobra AMP, BUT long enough and beat everything I tested before purchase in accuracy.

  10. table4two

    Sep 10, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Dear fmf001: Go with the Callaway set. The reviews are accurate. I’ve tried both sets and while I liked the Nike set, RZB is definitely my favourite. My 2 cents.

  11. fmf001

    Sep 9, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Hi. Thanks for this great review. I am however a bit confused by the “advanced” game improvement title give by Callaway. Does this mean that the clubs are for slightly better players or it’s advanced technology? Are these more of a transitional iron to the true “players” irons?

    I”m left handed and cant’ find a place to test these new irons. I hit irons pretty solid but have a tendency to hit a draw/hook, caused by what I’m sure are swing issues and not the club. However, I’m concerned that the “workability’ in these my cause more harm than good. I”ve been playing crappy clubs (Dunlp DDH) for the past 2 years and want to finally buy a quality set. Caught between the Calli RZB and NIke VR S. Any suggestions? Thanks.

  12. Tex54

    Sep 4, 2012 at 1:05 am

    The black finish holds very well. Of course you will notice some wear spot on the clubs you use most, but it is still black. I’ve been playing my RAZR X Black since May (once a week + driving range) and they still look very good. Don’t hesitate. Plus wear gives a look that they get played with and not just sit in the bag.

  13. craig

    Sep 2, 2012 at 3:55 am

    reading your review on the callaway razr black i am on the market for these clubs to go with my razr fit 3,5& driver now my question is does the black wear off after a short while this may sound a daft question but if im paying almost a grand for these clubs i dont want something that looks pretty worn in my bag after a month or so

  14. Tex54

    Aug 29, 2012 at 12:14 am

    I’ve tried the RAZR X and the RAZR X Black at a golf show. Got fitted by Callaway. Got the RAZR X Black 5 – PW with graphite shaft lenghten ½” on each to suit me. I was playing Adams a1 Irons graphite before the RAZR X Black. Now I play longer on each iron. I’m a 15 hdcp and I shot some games under 90 this year (88-87-89-88). The feel is great and they have razor precision on shots. Great work Callaway!

  15. tom

    Aug 12, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    great irons! very easy to hit.

  16. John

    Jun 11, 2012 at 1:03 am

    I am a 3 handicap and have used these clubs for about 6 weeks and love them. You can shape the ball and you know you will get the results every time you hit the face anywhere on the face. The sound and feel is absolutely superb.

  17. Jason

    May 13, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    I have been using Mizuno blades. They where just too unforgiving for a 13 handicap like myself. I got these and used them for the first time and shot a 77!! I have never broken 80 before. Very excited! Nice work Callaway.

  18. Jerred

    Apr 18, 2012 at 10:06 am

    They look awesome!!

  19. Hector L Morales

    Apr 9, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Easy to hit. I like the look ,feel, and accuracy of these clubs. Great job on the Black X irons. I’m a happy returning customer of Callaway. Great work!

  20. Ray M

    Mar 31, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    I love these irons!! I shot one of my best rounds with these last weekend. I love the black finish and the more compact head. Even though I am a 20 handicap.

    • Hamidah

      Dec 10, 2012 at 4:09 pm

      You can definitely see your exriptese within the paintings you write in Tip From the Pro #2-Irons | Better Golf Swing. The sector hopes for even more passionate writers such as you who aren’t afraid to say how they believe. Always go after your heart. Golf and sex are about the only things you can enjoy without being good at. by Jimmy Demaret.

    • T Johnston

      Feb 14, 2013 at 7:26 am

      I test hit the Callaway Black, Taylor RBZ and new Callaway X hot. I decided on the the Callaway Black (saved $200 over X hot). These irons are about 5-7 yards longer than my previous Callaway fusion not suprising since these are slightly flatter with all irons. The biggest diffrence for me was the 7 iron. In my previous set I hit the club 147-153. With the black I was consistantly over 160. Again the 7 is a little flatter than my Fusion irons. After purchase took to range and they seem very solid can’t wait to play a round with them.

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GolfWRX Member Reviews: TaylorMade 2017 M1 and M2 Irons



One of the many benefits of being a GolfWRX Forum Member is exclusive access to Giveaways and Testing Threads. For Giveaways — we give away everything from golf clubs to golf balls to GPS units — all it takes is a forum name. Enter any Giveaway, and we select winners randomly. You’re then free to enjoy your prize as you wish.

For Testing Threads, the process a bit more involved. GolfWRX Forum Members sign up to test the latest and greatest products in golf, and then they provide in-depth reviews on the equipment. Being the intelligent golf-equipment users they are, GoflWRX Members are able to provide the most-informed and unbiased reviews on the Internet.


In this Testing Thread, we selected 75 members to test a TaylorMade M1 2017 7-iron and TaylorMade M2 7-iron. Each of the clubs were built with the stock lofts and shafts — M2 2017 (28.5 degrees) with a TaylorMade Reax shaft, and M1 2017 (30.5 degrees) with a True Temper Dynamic Gold S300 shaft — and the testers were instructed to post their review of the clubs here.

Below, we’ve selected what we’ve deemed the most in-depth and educated reviews out of the 75 testers. We have edited each of the posts for brevity, clarity and grammar.

Thanks to all of those involved in the testing!


To be honest, looking down on the TaylorMade M1 and M2 irons at address, there is really not much difference. I would have to pick one up to see which is which.

The first 10 balls I hit were with M1 and 6/10 felt great, while the other 4 were toe hits, which I felt and the distance reflected that. Kinda what I expected with a club design for lower-handicap players. Distance was about 1/2 longer than my Srixon iron and dispersion was close, as well. I will say they did not feel as good as the Srixon on center hits.

Next 10 (ok, 15) balls were with the M2. Wow, can you say “up, up and away? The ball really popped of the club face, but wasn’t a ballon flight. Waited for the ball to come down and WTH, with the roll out it was 5-8 yards longer than balls hit with M1, and that is with a few toe shots. I did some smooth swings and then very aggressive swings and was a little amazed at this iron. Just like the M1, it does not have the forged feeling and does have a clicky sound (which I hate).

Bottom line: M2 is the longest iron I have ever hit. I love my 545s, but I could see myself playing M2 very easily. Matter of fact, I will be taking this M2 7 iron in my bag and play it more head-to-head against my Srixon 545 on the course.


These are both beautiful clubs. What surprised me the most is how much alike the two clubs look at address. I was expecting a chunky topline and significant offset in the M2, but it’s footprint looked almost exactly the same as the M1, outside of the chrome finish on the M2 versus the frosted finish of the M1. The M2 could almost pass as a player’s iron to my eye at address. These clubs both get A’s from me in the looks department.

The M1 felt a tad thicker than most player’s irons I’m used to, but it seemed to come with a bit of added forgiveness too. Well-struck shots felt good, with a nice mid-trajectory and with the workability that I’ve come to expect from a player’s iron. But true to TaylorMade’s claims, the M1 seemed more forgiving than a traditional player’s iron. Had a nice soft feel at impact, mishits didn’t sting and left you with a more playable result. A really nice combination of the better attributes of both player’s and game improvement irons. I’ve been playing with an old set of Tommy Armour blades, but I’ve been recently wanting more forgiveness for when I’m stuck with my B or C swing. Based on the early returns, I could definitely see myself bagging these.

I’m not sure if it’s the shaft, the design of the clubhead, or a combination of both, but the M2 is definitely a different animal than the M1 at impact. This club launches the ball high, arguably ridiculously so. I was hitting Jason Day moonbombs with this bad boy. Didn’t seem to matter what kind of swing I put on it, the ball launched high, flat and dead straight. The club was super forgiving and if not for the insanely high ball flight, I would love to have a set of these for when my swing is out of sorts. I didn’t really try to flight it at all, so I’m not sure what it’s capable of at this point. One other note was that the M2 had a clicky feel at impact. It didn’t bother me since it still felt so sweet… so strange as it sounds, clicky, but smooth and sweet at the same time. I think these clubs will be big winners with the mid-to-high handicap set.

The M1 is a fine iron, but doesn’t really stand out in any way from other irons of its class.

The M2, on the other hand, is an iron on steroids. I’m really starting to love this thing. It’s super forgiving and just goes and goes. According to my laser, flush shots were going 195 yards (my usual blade 5 iron distance) and very high. I can’t help but think golf would be a whole lot easier, particularly longer courses with long par 3s, with a full set of these in my bag.


M1 feels softer than the M2 and I felt the ball flight was more consistent and what I want in an iron. The M1 did have a harsher feeling in my hands than I typically like, but I’m going to credit a lot of that to the range balls.

M2 flies very high. It was a windy afternoon and about 100 degrees. I love the high ball flight on the range, but I have a concern what that ball flight would be like on the course. I like to hit the ball different heights for different shots and I don’t think I could do that confidently with the M2, but I could with the M1. I don’t like the sound of the M2. It sounded “clicky” to me.


Initially on the range I was scared because the M1 had a regular flex in it, so I took it easy for my initial 10-15 swings with it. Ball SHOT off the face, loud crack (didn’t care for it, but not too bad) and ball just kept rising and rising but didn’t balloon. I thought, “whoa,” that’s not what I expected…did it again…another CRACK and the ball just flew. I set another down and I paid attention to how it looked behind the ball, not much offset for a game improvement and I thought…”I could actually play this club!”  The 5-7 were EASY swings, aimed at a target of 170 yards away (my normal 7 iron distance) and with a EASY swing I was flying it by 20 yards or so. The next 5-10 I really went after it, same CRACK and ball just flew but to my surprise it was a nice draw, harder draw than the first but it was a nice 10-yard draw. This time the balls were landing just short of the 200 yard marker. Damn, 200 yards with a 7 iron! I know they are jacked lofts but it feels good to say “my 7 irons just few 190-200 yards!”

P.S. LOVE the Lamkin UTX grip!

Now, this was interesting, the M2 was quieter then the M1… weird!  Now, there is more carbon fiber added to this one and there is a “Geocoustic” label on the back. I am sure that it has something to do with all that carbon fiber but it does have a better sound. Other than the sound, it played exactly like the M1: long and straight. The REAX shaft felt a little weaker than the True Temper shaft and it flew a little higher but nothing else I could pick up.


Finally got out to the range after getting these bad boys in on Friday. My first impression of them is that they look really sharp. The graphics and design really stand out and really give these clubs a cool, modern look.

They were both a little to big IMO, as I am currently bagging Mizuno MP-68s. The M2 isa definite “game improvement iron”, while the M1 was similar in size and shape to my previous irons, Titleist AP1s.

They both really launch it, high and far. Ridiculous for 7 irons. I don’t have access to a launch monitor, but it was about a 20-yard difference between my gamer 7 iron and these (stronger lofts, as well).

The M1 definitely was more suited for my eye, and produced more consistent ball flights. It felt much more smooth and solid as the M2 had a clicky, cheap feel.

The M2 just isn’t for me. I felt like it was launching too high and ballooning, which could be due to the shaft (the M1 had the S300, while the M2 just had a stock “Reax” shaft). The feel off the face of the M2 just turned me off, to be honest.

While I don’t think I’ll be putting either model in play, I can definitely see the appeal for mid-to-high handicaps. Both irons were super forgiving, and they should be a dream to the average weekend golfer who has trouble with ball striking consistently.


Looks: As expected, I preferred the M1 with less offset, slightly smaller sole and a smoother finish. Less glare looking down on the iron. I must say the M2 did not look as bulky, or have as much offset as I thought it might have.

Feel: This was a close race, probably due to the shafts as much as the heads. The M1 was just a slight bit smoother feeling on solid shots. But the M2 was not bad at all, just not quite as smooth.

Distance and performance: Our range has a slight incline up the length of the range, so specific yardage gains or losses were difficult to measure. Both irons had a higher trajectory than my gamer 7 iron. Neither sole dug onto the turf either. The lofts for both irons are a degree or two stronger than mine, so I would think they probably flew a little further than my gamers. Neither iron flew “too” high, however. Might be a little harder to hit knock down shots, though.

Final thoughts: I had hit both the M1 and M2 irons last year during a fitting day, but did not like either. This year’s model were both better in my eyes. I asked a fellow member at our club to hit both and he felt the M1 was his preferred model, and he is a 20-index player. So coming from both a single digit, and a high double-digit, the M1 won this battle of wills. I will try and see if I can locate both a 5 iron and 9 iron to see if a full set might be a winner for me.


I was surprised that the M2 was the winner in this brief session. It felt better, flew higher, easier to hit and about 1/2 club longer that my gamer Apex CF16. The feel/sound was better than I thought it might be, but really not up to the CF16. I could, however, easily game the M2’s.


Feel: I hit the M2 first, and found it to be very solid when hit on the screws. There was almost no feel off the club face at all. When I mishit it, you knew it was, but it wasn’t harsh at all. Hit the M1 next, and same type of feel when hit solid. Much more harsh when mishit though, but I knew that was coming.

Distance and performance: This is was where I was curious to see how they would play. The M2 went out high in the air, and just kept going forever. Now granted my eyesight isn’t that great anymore, but it looked like I got about 10-15 yards more from the M2 compared to my Wilson D300. The only thing I didn’t like about the M2 was how much I was able to turn it over. Got a lot more hook compared to my D300. Don’t know if that was from the REAX shaft, but would love to find a less spinning shaft to correct that.

The M1 wasn’t a great performer for me. Same height as the M2, but much straighter off the club face. Didn’t get any great distance advantage as compared to my D300. Can’t game a player’s iron anymore, and testing this one just reaffirmed that.

Final thoughts: Was very happy with the distance I gained with the M2 compared to my current gamer. Very good-performing iron for me, and something I would definitely consider changing them out if I could reduce the spin off the face. If you’re looking for more distance, you need to try these out. The M1 just wasn’t for me, but as a player’s iron, I can see it as a great option.


Like the other testers, I found the M2 to launch the ball much higher and is 10-to-15 yards longer than my Adams XTD forged 7 iron. Of the two 7 irons I prefer the M1. I like the design of the M1 and its visual appearance at address. I feel more confident in trying to work the ball with the M1. The M1 gave me more feedback as to where the club head was in relation to my swing plane. If I had my druthers I would put the M1 in the bag as it stands now. Will continue to test, what a treat to compare the two irons.


Once I started making solid contact with a decent shoulder turn, the M2 really came alive in my hands. Towering flat height, for me, and very long. No more clacky hollow feel, just a very mild pleasant sensation… then zoom. Once I started making better swings, back to the M1, which was a very nice iron. Shorter than the M2 (though not short) and a little lower ball flight. Felt nice and substantial without being heavy. Very forgiving on slight mishits.

But the M2 was the star for me. High trajectory and very long. Club felt lively and fun. Frankly, unless a player wanted a lower trajectory, or likes to hit a lot of knock downs or feel shots, I don’t know why anyone wouldn’t choose the M2. They are very attractive and a very fun iron. I think folks who say that the M2 feels and/or sounds clicky, clacky or hollow may be mishitting the iron toward the toe. I am not judging — I mishit a lot of shots at first. I agree on toe mishits the iron did not feel great. It almost felt like plastic. The ball still flew pretty well, but it wasn’t a very enjoyable experience. Not painful, just felt very dead. But when hit nearer the center, the iron felt fantastic. Light, springy and very lively. 


They are both good-looking clubs. Not too long heel to toe and toplines were not that distracting. M1 is more what I like to see shape wise, but M2 was not bad at all. Personally, not a fan of seeing the face slots. But I could see how some people may like how they frame the ball. 



– Has a very odd sound on contact, almost sounds a tad like a fairway wood “ting. Not a fan
– Looks very good at address with the brushed finish
– Most shots I hit with it seemed to fall out of the sky (very likely a lack of spin). Ball flight was much lower than I would have expected (not super low, just not much different than my 7 iron)
– Inconsistent misses. Next to no distance gains vs RocketBladez Tour 7 iron


– Doesn’t look as good at address as the M1. Chrome finish at address is not an issue in even direct sunlight for me
– Feels and sounds quite nice to my ears at impact. Not a classic sound but very good considering what type of club it is
– Ball flight is very strong (comes off hot). Ball stays high in the air for awhile. Very high and lands soft
– 10-12 yards longer on average vs my 7 iron, it even had the horsepower to hang with my 6 iron
– VERY forgiving on thin strikes. Couldn’t believe how a near-top still traveled to nearly the front edge in the air and still went as far as the M1 did on a good strike
– Shaft is too light

Even though I’m a 2-handicap and don’t fit the M2 “mold,” I could see myself playing this club from 4-6 iron (although gapping would be a major issue mixing these with almost anything else) if it had a heavier shaft in it (I can only imagine how far this 4 iron must go… yikes)

M1 = 2.5/5 stars
M2 = 4.5/5 stars


Visual first impressions: The M1 7-iron is visually appealing to me as far as the finish and overall look. Even though it is classified as a player’s iron, it doesn’t seem so tiny that it would be tough to hit. I am not a huge fan of the bright-yellow badging, but I probably could get over it. The iron inspires confidence with its topline and a little bit of offset. The “rubber” piece on the hosel is a little bit funky to me.

I thought the M2 7-iron would look clunkier than it really is. Besides the finish being a little bit different, the difference between the M1 and M2 is actually pretty small. The M2’s topline and sole are a touch wider, but not by much. Not a huge fan of the fluted hosel since it can be seen at address. The M1’s fluting is only on the rear of the club.

I did notice that the sole’s finish did scratch pretty easily. Overall, I thought the M1 and M2 are pretty good looking, but I would definitely give the edge to the M1. I also preferred the stock Lamkin grip on the M1 vs. the ribbed M2 grip.

On course action: They both feel solid. I tried hitting both irons in all different types of on-course situations over a two week period. Both clubs launch the ball high but I would not say they balloon. For me, the M2 was about 10 yards longer and higher than the M1. Compared to my Cleveland irons, they are 1 to 1.5 clubs longer.

M1 loft = 30.5
M2 loft = 28.5
Cleveland TA7 loft = 33.5

I know this accounts for the distance gain but the ball definitely comes off hot compared to my set. I was hoping I would hit the M1 better since I like the appearance better, but that was not the case. The M2 definitely felt better for me and I felt more confident with it in my hands.

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Members Choice: The Best Irons of 2017



To help golfers find the best irons for them in 2017, we enlisted the services of GolfWRX Members, the most knowledgeable golfers on the internet. They not only understand the technology used in the latest golf equipment, but they also test new clubs extensively. Following their detailed experiences and words of wisdom about the latest products is the perfect starting point for anyone interested in purchasing new golf clubs.

To gather their votes and feedback, we as a company first needed to properly sort the irons into categories. We aimed to keep the categories as simple as possible with 2017’s crop of irons, and we broke them down into three general categories:

  • Players Irons: Basically, small-sized irons. These irons have sleek top lines and soles. They place workability and control over distance, and for that reason they’re irons you can expect to see in the bag of a professional golfer.
  • Game-Improvement Irons: Basically, medium-sized irons. This category includes a wide-range of clubs that blend distance, forgiveness, good looks and workability.
  • Super Game-Improvement Irons: Basically, large-sized irons. These irons are juiced with hot faces, wide soles, thick top lines, big offset and a low center of gravity, among other engineering feats, that are often unique to each company.

Note: Because of the abundance of Players Irons currently available, we divided that category into two categories: Players Irons and Exotics Players Irons. The Exotic Players Irons list included players irons from companies such as Epon, Fourteen, Miura, PXG, and Honma, which are not as widely available for testing in the U.S.

Below you can access the full results of our Members Choice 2017: Best Irons lists, as well as feedback about each iron from the GolfWRX Community. We’d like to sincerely thank all the GolfWRX Members who participated in the voting and provided feedback on the irons. We also want to thank those of you who provided feedback on the voting process itself. We assure you that we read and consider everything, and we’re going to continue to improve our process in order to provide the best and most useful information about the latest golf equipment.

Members Choice: The Best Players Irons


Vote Leader: Mizuno JPX-900 Tour

“WOW! Great mix of buttery feel and forgiveness.”

Overall, the Mizuno JPX-900 Tour irons earned nearly 15 percent of votes on the Players iron category, giving them top billing for players irons. One GolfWRX member said he was “weak in the knees from first look at the satin finish and compact size,” and that the “feel is excellent, and there’s just enough forgiveness.” Another said the JPX-900 Tour irons are the “best irons out there right now in terms of blending feel, forgiveness, and the ability to shape shots.”

Full List: The Best Players Irons of 2017

Members Choice: The Best Exotic Players Irons


Vote Leader: PXG 0311T

“I can’t say I have ever hit anything that feels as good as the PXG.”

With more 21 percent of votes for the Best Exotics Players Irons of 2017, PXG’s 0311T irons were described by GolfWRX members as “a great looking club,” and that they “felt unbelievable.” When comparing the irons to Titleist’s 716 MB irons, one member said, “The fact that you can barely tell if it has or doesn’t have more offset than the MB 7 iron just shows how little it has.”

Full List: The Best Exotic Players Irons of 2017

Members Choice: Best Game-Improvement Irons


Vote Leader: Callaway Apex CF ’16 

“Apex CF is simply the most explosive, best feeling iron I’ve ever hit in this category.”

Acquiring nearly 20 percent of votes of all models in the Best Game-Improvement Iron category, GolfWRX Members described the Callaway Apex CF ’16 irons as “simply the most explosive,” and that they “perform very well on center hits and almost as good on mishits.”

Full List: The Best Game-Improvement Irons of 2017

The Best Super Game-Improvement Irons 


Vote Leader: Ping G

“The Ping G takes what Ping has done for years and added in increased ball speed, improved feel and much better looks.”

An iron that “will appeal even to Ping haters.” GolfWRX Members described the Ping G as “stupid easy to hit,” providing a “high and straight ball flight,” and “an eye opener.” The irons also accumulated more than 22 percent of the total votes in the category.

Full List: The Best Super Game-Improvement irons of 2017

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