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Best irons in golf of 2019: Top overall performers

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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 the golf equipment industry 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 their equipment.

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: Overall performance

This category is the perfect place to start if you’re not quite sure what you are looking for. Distance? Check. Forgiveness? Check. Sleek looking? Check. The top five in the All-Around Performance category are perfect for those golfers that appreciate technology and want something that is going to give them shot options.

Best irons 2019 overall

These are the top 5

(Q: What are the best irons for golfers that provide the best overall performance?)

TaylorMade P790: It has been hard to talk about irons over the last couple of years without mentioning the TaylorMade P790, since it was total a game-changer for TaylorMade in the iron market. It has been TaylorMade’s most successful iron ever, and what also makes the P790 so popular is its mass appeal across player categories, either as a full set or combo’d into longer irons.

From the fitters:Amazing combination of technology and looks/feel. Better players who are looking for a little more distance tend to flock to this iron, yet it will is playable for the 10-15 handicap range. In my opinion, this is the players distance iron that is the closest to a pure forging when it comes to looks and feel. This was a deciding factor in many of my fittings when the data between this and other models was close.”

best irons 2019 callawayCallaway Apex: It’s no surprise to see the Callaway Apex on this list. The entire Apex line redefined the “players distance” category many years ago, and with improvements year over year, the Apex Iron continues to be a top choice for a lot of golfers.

From the fitters: “Performs for a wider variety of golfers. Great performance all around with impressive Ball Speed, Launch, Height, and Turf Interaction” …  “Callaway did a great job of not messing with what works, as there is a reason it took them 3 years to improve on the previous version. Goes a long way without sacrificing the size and shape of a smaller iron. Launches high which will help players who struggle with height and getting the ball to stop when it lands.”

best irons 2019 SrixonSrixon Z785: Is it possible to call Srixon an underdog anymore? They notched another major win this year thanks to Shane Lowry at The Open Championship, and the Z785 has helped Srixon pick up significant iron market share over the last year.

From the fitters:Very forgiving with a soft forged feel. Great ball speed and works for a wide range of players. Price on the quality of forging is fantastic” … “It consistently yields high balls speeds across the face while maintaining some spin. Love the clean polished look, thin lines and buttery feel. The Srixon Z785 caters to high and low handicaps at a very reasonable price point. We sell a ton of these. Very easy to fit with.”

best irons 2019 PINGPing G410: Not surprised to see a Ping iron here in the top 5. The Ping G Series irons have been synonymous with mass appeal dating all the way back to the original G2s. Where the G410 differs from the previous G400 is Ping shrunk the footprint to improve turf interactions but also increased the level of forgiveness—an impressive engineering feat.

From the fitters: “Ping is one of those companies that has always been in the mix. The Ping G410 iron has made great improvements in the sound category. The co-molded badge along with a clean look from previous models gives this a top rank. Along with looks and sound the performance in this iron gives a player great ball speeds along with optimal launch and spin profile to hit it long and hold a green.”

Best iron 2019 MizunoMizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal: The entire Mizuno JPX line completely changed the way golfers outside of the traditional “Mizuno Player” looked at the company. The 919 Hot Metal is the perfect example of taking a club that worked ( the 900 HotMetal), and making small tweaks to get even better performance.

From the fitters: “The game improvement club to beat this year! It’s super playable across a wide range of handicaps with the introduction of the HM Pro head or you can blend it with the JPX Fli Hi hybrids at no extra cost for your higher handicaps to have a really versatile set of clubs for literally anyone.”

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

 

 

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5 Wood vs. Hybrid vs. Driving/Utility Iron – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing where they stand on the 5-wood vs Hybrid vs UI dilemma. WRXer ‘Michboomin’ kicks off the thread, saying

“I play an Apex 3i w/ MMT 105TX, and it’s fantastic, can hit every shot; I recommend this set up to anyone. However….I like to tinker, and something keeps telling me to try a 5 wood. I tested out a Titleist 2 hybrid last season and wasn’t a fan, hybrids just don’t feel solid to me. 

Just curious what you guys like to play and why.”

And our members have been sharing their thoughts in our forum.

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.

  • lefthack: “I love my 5 wood. I am still playing with other clubs; I am currently using the GAPR Lo 3 and thinking of getting the Lazrus 2i. I have also thought about a 7 wood just because. I took my 3 wood and GAPR Mid 4 out, so I have room for something at the top.”
  • PEI_Golfer: “I prefer a hybrid and have settled in nicely with my 19* TS3 (set to C1) with AV Raw Blue 75X. Very stable and quite straight now vs. the out going stock EFW T1100 S and X. Tried to replace it with a Sim 5wd this year, and it just didn’t work out. I dabble with DI’s, but the hybrid is as long and more versatile.”
  • Ger21: “I swapped a 5w for a 2 hybrid, as the 5 wood would balloon too often. Both, though, are much longer than a 3iron, so I also carry a 3 hybrid that replaced a 3 iron. Prefer the 3 iron from the tee, but the iron is much more usable everywhere else.”
  • SteelieD: “I finally ditched the hybrid and put a 5 wood back in the bag. Hybrids and I just never got along.”

Entire Thread: “5 Wood vs. Hybrid vs. Driving/Utility Iron”

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (07/26/21): Titleist 680 forged irons 15th Anniversary Edition

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At GolfWRX, we love golf, plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball. It even allows us to share another thing we all love – buy and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for Titleist 680 forged irons 15th Anniversary Edition

From the seller (@Carolina Golfer 2): “$800 . Titleist 680 Forged DG300 Stiff Flex shaft 4-P . Standard L/L/L. These were actually released 2 years ago.  But not played until a months ago and only a couple rounds.  Price is for shipping to US only.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Titleist 680 forged irons 15th Anniversary Edition

This is the most impressive current listing from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

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Cameron Champ’s winning WITB: 2021 3M Open

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Driver: Ping G425 LST (10.5 degrees @9) (14g CG shifter in neutral)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei AV Raw White 75 TX (45.25 inches, tipped 1.5 inches, D6+)

Irons: Ping i500 (3, 4), Ping iBlade (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X7

Wedges: TaylorMade MG Hi-Toe Raw (52, 56, 60)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Ping Prototype PLD Anser 4

Ball: Srixon Z-Star XV

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Align 58 (+3 wraps)

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