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Cobra AMP Forged Irons Review



GolfWRX Editor Review 6/12

Looking for some interesting and hot looking irons this year? Looking to set yourself apart from the same old irons you might have seen on the course or on TV for the last 30 no 50 years?

Looking for a players set in looks but a technology packed set of irons? Here you go…

The Cobra AMP Forged Irons are a story of a double edge sword. What is good can also be bad.

For instance you will read there is technology in these irons that few irons on the market have but at the same time they can add benefits they can also take some away.

Sort of like your ECT (electronic throttle control) on your car. Helps and at times can hurt if you want to rage.


Pros: Larger chassis will instill confidence, technology packed design helps to move weight low and out to the edges to help tighten dispersion and the ORANGE bling factor is WOWOWOW. These will draw some attention.

Cons: The larger heads that might be loved by some might also be a touch (and we mean a touch) to large for some scratch or lowest of the handicap players. Also we would love to see the number on the toe next time Cobra. Needed to get picky didnt we!?!

Bottom Line: Lovely set of players irons here. Fresh looks will motivate many and also might hold a few back. Puma influences the orange “bling” factor in these designs while the talent of the old Cobra operation maintained a shape and technology story that is very compelling. We have a sweet set of irons here that are chalk full of bells and whistles. Tungsten weight placed in the long irons and milled pockets to help with accuracy and maybe distance and carbon forged heads and urethane insert to maintain the feel that better golfers love. Wow factor on these heads are worth the test and or demo at your local club or retailer.

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We will add some facts we received from a press release as well as a video below from Cobra so you can fully understand the tech story. Cobra AMP Forged 4-PW, GW irons feature Advanced Material Placement “AMP” that enables customized distance and accuracy. Multi-alloy design strategically positions weight to provide distance on long irons and consistent short irons. Full cavity TPU layer dampens vibrations and provides great feel. Also built with E9 Face Technology that features a progressive face and cavity design for distance, feel and forgiveness.

Click here to see more photos and read the discussion in the forums

Cobra did a great job with these irons. Designing and building irons in today’s competitive marketplace is hard than it seems. Only so much you can do to an iron head and looks like Cobra did a lot right. Not just moving tungsten weights to the heel and toe, but doing so along with the balance to allow the better player to work the ball is the trick.

This iron set combines forged performance with Advanced Material Placement (AMP) to offer the best of both worlds- playability with forgiveness. Tungsten weights in the heel and toe concentrate weight to the heel and toe to increase forgiveness without sacrificing workability. The Vibration Dampening System, which is an aluminum back plate encased in TPR (thermoplastic rubber) and lightweight TPR insert, provides vibration damping for better feel and sound. Constructed of precision-forged 1020 steel, the AMP forged iron set delivers feel and performance that we love to see here at GolfWRX. The CNC-milled pocket allows up to 26.5 grams of weight to be redistributed to the tungsten weighted areas.

All this technology makes for a fairly high tech set of irons. Now when you take the mass away from the sweet spot and move all that weight away you sacrifice feel. The solid in the hot is replaced with inserts and emblems in an attempt to duplicate that feel. Nice try here but you can still feel in some of the heads more than others there is a dampening effect that is noticeable. The long and mid irons have a milled spot that is filled back with a urethane insert. That insert replaces the solid structure that would be steel. Good and bad here. Good for forgiveness and bad for the feel you might loose by removing the structure behind the hit. Not uncommon in modern day designs. Ping i20 and s56 irons do the same while the Titleist 910 irons did the same they reintroduced the stucture back in the latest 912 ap2 heads.

The V-Skid sole design seems to work well in our early testing through the turf. Wider than the Titleist AP2 and the Mizuno mp-59 and more on par with the Ping i-20 soles.

The overall chassis is a larger than typical footprint and for the first few strikes it took a little getting used to. We like to fit clubs for our misses and the larger head might come in handy for the golfer looking for a little more confidence. The over all designs are wonderful. The transition from top line to neck look like they were ground by an artist. Very subtle transitions and beautiful lines.

Toplines on these irons are also unique. Looks like Cobra needed the width for performance but wanted to make the topline look more thin. So they ground the front side of the topline off to give it the illusion that topline is thinner than it really is. Here is a close up look at it…


Just last week I interviewed a technician from a top 100 club fitter. He wanted to keep his name anonymous. He said the AMP Forged irons made his top 2 for player irons.

Said and I quote… “these are like retuned AP2’s with more ball speed.”

I call that a victory. Sort of like saying it is a retuned Porsche 911 Turbo but faster and more refined. Yum. As a matter of fact during our preparation for the monthly Editors Choice we polled clubfitters and these made the list on 2 of 3 for top irons they are testing.

We also thought it would be nice to shoot some comparison shots of the AMP next to other popular iron in that same category. Click the link to see comparison shots with a few different sets.

Cobra AMP is one the left and the Titleist AP2 is on the right-

One thing that you cant help but to notice is the “bling” factor. These cavities with the day glow orange might not be for everyone but they are for some all they would ever want. Puma is screaming to get out of these designs.

The feel of the heads are great. Not as solid as a blade but the similar “muted” soft feel we see with many multi material constructed forged iron. Seems like the emblem and or the multiple materials coming together makes for a soft yet muted feel. Nothing to complain about and most should never feel anything but soft and solid.

Price: $899, steel (4-GW)

Click here to see more photos and read the discussion in the forums

Here is a cool technical video from Cobra that will first hand explain the technology story…

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  1. Kurt

    Jun 19, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    GlobalGolf has 4-AW on sale right now for 599.00 with 130% trade in value

    If you like them might be time to act.

  2. sooty

    Nov 30, 2012 at 7:08 am

    Hi, I went to the local golf range to have a look at buying new clubs and eneded up with the AMP’s which I got custom fitted and can I say they are great, my old 7 iron would get me about 140 to 150 yards not with the custom fit etc the AMP 7 iron goes 170 to 185. I only went for the 5 to pw there was no need for the longer irons with the distance I was getting. I would recomend these irons to anyone, but make sure you get custom fitted.

  3. osugolfer72

    Nov 24, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    witch iron performs better the amp pro’s or the I20’s?????

  4. Brian Cass

    Sep 25, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Meant to say the topline has a bit of a “two-toned” look to it. Satin then chrome. I did not like that feature at all but everything else looked darn good at address.

    • Jorge

      Nov 5, 2012 at 4:06 am

      You can look all over the Net for golf tips. You Tube has tons (Jeff Ritter seems to have an almost cult filolwong). The Golf Channel\’s website,, there are TONS.You have enough clubs to go out and play some golf, regardless if it\’s 4 holes, 9 holes, 15 holes, 18 holes, 44 holes (THAT\’D be a great day!). Do yourself a favor, though: go out and find out how far you hit each club. If you go to a range or simulator and find out your 3 iron goes 160 yards and every iron after is 10-15 yards shorter, it makes picking the right club on the course that much easier. There\’s no point hitting a 6 iron from the 150 yard marker if you don\’t hit it that far, right? It\’d save you some frustration and wasted shots.I do recommend live lessons, though. Online instruction has its place, but there\’s nothing like getting it in person- immediate feedback and all that. For most instructors, an hour with them is roughly the cost of a round of golf. So, if you get a few live lessons to start out with, it\’ll almost be akin to being out there, only with you gaining solid fundamentals in the process. If that doesn\’t work for you, think of it like an investment in your long-term enjoyment of a great game. It\’s worth it.

  5. Brian Cass

    Sep 25, 2012 at 9:47 am

    I hit these at Golfsmith in Livingston NJ about a week ago and was shocked. They felt really solid. Not a fan of the chunky sole but if you don’t care about that, these felt better to me than the 712 AP2’s and look every bit as good at address. Solid job by Cobra on these.

  6. Mark

    Sep 11, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Just bought a new set of 3-pw with the KBS tour s+ shafts. I am a 8 handicap and total gear junkie. In the last two year I have had: MP62’s, MP58’s, 710cbs, AP2’s. These are by far the best irons I have hit in the mid size players cavity back category. They are crazy long, accurate, still workable, and feel like butter. I was a little concerned with the top line and bounce, while they are a bit bigger than what I typically play, it has not bothered me a bit. I would encourage anyone to hit them at their local shop!

  7. Smith

    Jul 27, 2012 at 9:58 am

    I just picked up the new AMP forged and to say moving from a GI clubs these were slightly different from what I expected.
    Not in a bad way, it was much more thin from the address and the weight. The weight is what is some what of a game changing event going from GI irons (JPX800HD)
    I’m trying fix my swing on the AMP

    I took it out to the range and just with the first swing I knew why forged were a little better for hitting clean and distance!
    Like any other blade the sweet spot only shows itself with a clean center shot… crisp and smooth
    I took some crazy shot trying to muscle it and you will feel the response of a miss hit.

    Over all i still think the weight is the only downfall of these bad boys, , the AP2 I tried out were a little lighter in my opinion…
    Worth every penny

    FYI the orange is hot… girls and some boys couldn’t keep their eyes off of me or the irons i dont know

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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.

Discussion: Read all 75 reviews and the responses in our Testing Thread

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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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