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Best irons 2020: GolfWRX Members Choice (best shotmaking irons)

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What are the best shotmaking irons of 2020?

Each one of these irons was designed with a single purpose: to provide the ultimate shotmaking weapon. You don’t have to be a tour player to appreciate the pleasure of hitting a well-struck shot with a club engineered to offer superior feedback. This category is all about control—and that doesn’t mean is “has to be a blade.”

At GolfWRX, we take great pride in our online community and the cumulative knowledge and experience of our members. Needless to say, that extends to GolfWRXers views on the best irons of 2020, best shotmaking irons.

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The bedrock of GolfWRX.com is the community of passionate and knowledgable golfers in our forums, and we put endless trust in the opinions of our GolfWRX members—the most knowledgeable community of golfers on the internet. No other group of golfers in the world tests golf clubs as frequently or as extensively, nor is armed with such in-depth information about the latest technology.

You can see the results for the best irons of 2020 “shotmaking,” as well as quotes we pulled from GolfWRX members about the irons from our forum.

Also, be sure to check out all the other GolfWRX Member’s Choice iron categories below.

Best irons of 2020: best shotmaking irons (Top 5)

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1. Mizuno MP-20

The MP-20 is “The ultimate tour blade” – Chris Voshall. Mizuno’s Product Manager & Engineer.

It design draws inspiration from historic Mizuno models like the TN-87 and MP-14, but the difference is the MP-20 provides more flow throughout the set from top to bottom, leading to more control over ball flight. This vertical center of gravity flow also increases forgiveness and launch in the longer irons with an increased ability to flight the ball lower in the scoring clubs.

The MP-20 utilizes the same Grain Flow Forged HD process that was first introduced with the MP-18 to tighten grain structure towards the bottom of the club and further enhance the much-discussed “Mizuno Feel.”

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • “First round of 18 holes with my MP20s yesterday. Clubs performed flawlessly” – Member TheInfidel
  • “Compared to my old Miura blades, these feel softer and are 100% better on thin contact, which was exactly what I needed” – Z1ggy16
  • “It’s unprecedented, Mizuno continues to improve on the look and performance of the MP line” – Launch article comment
  • Butta – Absolutely everything about this irons is PURE” – GolfWRX member survey
  • “The whole MP-20 lineup took combo sets to a new level, and the blades are both playable and gorgeous.” – GolfWRX member survey

For more information on the MP20 irons, you can check out our launch piece here.

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2. Mizuno JPX 919 Tour

The JPX 919 Tour irons are the successors to the extremely popular 900 Tour, and like their MP brothers, they’re Grain-Flow Forged from 1025E Pure Select Mild Carbon Steel for a soft feel, and solid feedback.

The irons offer a square compact player-preferred shape but are surprisingly forgiving, thanks to what Mizuno calls its “stability frame” that maximizes weight distribution around the head for off-center hits. This frame also reinforces the top line and toe areas for sound/vibration dampening. The soles are the perfect blend of thick and thin to offer enhanced playability but are more cambered from front to back for varying turf conditions.

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • “Love my 919 tours with x7’s tons of control but still have great feel” – Member Pingman2019
  • “I’ve only played two rounds with my 919T, but I’ve had plenty of range sessions. In my mind, my old Nike VPCs are the best irons I’ve ever owned…but the 919Ts are catching up. Forgiveness and feel are better than the 900T and the MP18 SCs I had last year. I’ve hit the 919F and they are at least a club longer, but I like the overall look and feel of the 919T better.” – Member Shakey
  • “The 919Tour is the best-looking iron I’ve ever seen. Compared to the 900T (I said the same about them when they came out) the 919 has a wider sole, thinner top line, and arguably better weight distribution. I’m not knocking the 900 by any means, just more in love with the 919.” – Member WidespreadPanic

You can read what other golfers are saying about the Mizuno JPX 919 Tour iron and see our launch piece here

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3. Titleist T100

Built from the ground up with direct input from Titleist’s PGA Tour staff, the mission statement from the design team for the T100 was to simply create the best performing tour iron ever. 

With a shape that is distinctly Titleist but completely redefined as far as offset, top line, sole width, camber, and blade length, the T100 gives players looking for a tour performance iron more playability than ever before. Co-forged with large amounts of tungsten (66 grams on average in the 3-7 irons) in the heel and toe, the T100 looks a lot more like a single-piece forged players cavity back than multi-piece forgiveness monster, but looks can be deceiving. It has the thinnest face they have ever built into a true forged players club, which allows designers to push more mass around the head and create greater ball speed.

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • “I have played the T100 for about a month and had a lot of range time with them… I was concerned about more offset and a larger sole than I had become accustomed to but after a month of use they are exactly what I had hoped they would be. The low amount of offset and the soles are really nice on these. They fly the distance you would expect them to and they help a little bit on slight mishits. I haven’t caught any fliers that I have read were an occasional problem with the AP series. To my eyes, these are the exact size I would like a set of irons to be. Slightly larger in the longer irons that taper down to slightly smaller in the short irons. If you are in the market for a set of irons and are a solid ball striker I would give them a serious look.” – Member Phillipsac18
  • “More firm and better/smaller profile compared to 718 AP2. Turf interaction is so good. Came from JPX 919 Tours and 718 AP2s before that and these fit right in the middle of these two sets in terms of forgiveness. Really like the T100s so far and plan to stay in this range until they release a new one in 2 years.” – Member HappyGilmore22
  • “Not much not to like… amazing looks, great feel/sound, very little offset, perfect turf interaction, basically a traditional Titleist CBs with some tech assistance. Moved to these from 714 AP2s… touch longer, about the same forgiveness. Only minor gripe would be high on the face, esp towards the toe, can be fairly dead, but if you’re playing these irons you should own that miss. Epic feedback with these can definitely tell exactly where you’re slight misses are, but you still get a very large % of the performance out of it on a slight miss compared to dead flush. Great MB/CB alternative or to mix in with those.” – Member NateDog07v

You can read what other golfers are saying about the Titleist T100 iron in the GolfWRX forums: Titleist T100 Iron discussion. and see our launch piece here.

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4.Callaway Apex Pro 19

The Apex Pro features a forged 1025 carbon steel body combined for the first time with Callaway’s urethane microspheres. The carbon steel body aims to provide players with a softer feel, while the urethane microspheres consist of over one million tiny air pockets which absorb any unwanted vibration at impact, without slowing down the face. It also has Callaway’s 360 Face Cup, which employs a shallow, flexible rim around the perimeter of the face that flexes and releases at impact with the aim of providing faster ball speed for consistent distance on center and off-center hits.

To create extra forgiveness in a smaller package, Callaway infused an average of 50 grams of tungsten into each iron for greater precision in locating each club’s center of gravity, while maintaining the flexibility of the Face Cup, which aims at promoting the optimum launch, ball flight, and pinpoint control throughout the set.

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • “I have had the Apex Pro irons for about a month now. I can say without a doubt, that they are some of the best irons I have ever owned. Excellent looks, sound, feel, and great all-around performance! These clubs will be in my bag for a long time.” – GolfWRX Reader JB
  • “I played well with my Apex Pros this year and dropped the handicap to a new low” – Member McSkier
  • “I’ve played many brands for many years. My handicap is an 8 and I don’t get to play more than 1-2 times a week, that being said no iron has been all over the pins for me like the Apex pro/ Apex MB” – Survey member response
  • “Easily workable, especially for a golfer like me who struggles with that aspect of their game. For the size of these irons, they are very forgiving on mishits, and the face cup makes them LOOOOOOOOONG!!!” – Member survey response 

You can read what other golfers are saying about the Callaway Apex Pro 19 in the GolfWRX forums: Callaway Apex Pro 19 discussion thread, and read our launch piece here.

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5. Mizuno MP-20 MMC

Mizuno has been building multi-material forged irons for close to a decade—but never like this. For the first time in the MMC’d life, the titanium piece of the iron varies in mass depending on the club. It is broken up in the middle of the set to allow better CG placement, and like its blade cousin, improved turf interaction in the shorter irons.

What is also very cool about the MP-20 MMC is all of the multi-material parts (titanium and tungsten) have ZERO chemical bond—no epoxy. They fit snug based on the shrinkage rates of the different materials. The titanium and tungsten shrink less than the steel so as the forged carbon steel cools around the titanium and tungsten pieces it creates a mechanical (solid) bond. This adds up to an iron that looks smaller than the previous version, offers more “flow” in CG like all of the irons in the MP-20 series, and at the end of the day makes it the best-engineered multi-material MP iron ever.

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • “Absolutely love mine with the Modus 120 – great all-rounders. I have the 5 iron HMB but could have easily played the MMC 5 iron as they launch beautifully. Very happy with my purchase.” – Member beluga99
  • “Love mine with the black 130 $-taper. I have 3 sets of irons that are all very similar, but the MMCs stay in the bag.” – Member krt22
  • “You can’t go wrong with the MMCs! They are great all-rounders! I have played the 18s and now the 20s and really would struggle to tell the difference performance-wise. Looks and feel is a hands-down win for the 20s. I have mine all set at 4 deg gapping from the 22 deg 4 iron to a 46 deg wedge, and it works out perfectly. I also have the $taper blacks in 130X. Smooth as silk!” – Member Jetmech879
  • “The MMCs are the best combination of Mizuno feel with acceptable forgiveness for less than perfect strikes.” – GolfWRX member survey

You can also read what other golfers are saying about the Mizuno MP-20 MMC irons in the GolfWRX forums: Official Mizuno MP-20 MMC Iron discussion and check out our launch piece here.

Rounding out the top 15 shotmaking irons

  • Ping Blueprint
  • Srixon Z-Forged
  • TaylorMade P7TW
  • PXG 0311 T Gen3
  • Ping iBlade
  • Titleist T100s
  • Titleist 620 MB
  • Titleist 620 CB
  • Callaway Apex MB
  • Callaway Mavrik PRO

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2020 GolfWRX Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for the Clothes Horse

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It’s that time of year again, GolfWRX members, the moment we start filling our wish lists with the golf gear we want this holiday season.

The GolfWRX Holiday Gift Guide was created to ensure that our readers give (and hopefully receive) the very best golf gifts on the planet. These gift ideas will suit any budget, and each item was hand-picked by our staff.

In an effort to provide more value and tailored recommendations, we’re presenting our guide as a series this year, targeting “the purist,” “the gearhead,” “the value seeker,” “the golfer looking to get better,” “the clothes horse,” and “the big spender.”

You know the clothes horse by his closet full of the latest and greatest in golfwear—from a rainbow of polos to enough baseball caps to outfit an entire MLB roster. And more than likely, he/she has more than three pairs of golf shoes in the trunk of the car.

Here are our best recommendations for “the clothes horse” in your life.

FEATURED LOOK: Puma Golf Excellent Golf Wear Collection

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What’s not to love about a line that represents the golfer, the athlete, and the weekend lounger all in one?

Puma Golf, who have always been forward thinking in its pursuit to give golfers something fresh, have delivered something that we at WRX think will be the new golf look of the future. Yes, there is a golf hoodie, but it’s also a look that can truly be worn at the country club, the gym or on the couch. It’s a tricky endeavor to toe the line between formal golf attire and the athletic, but Puma has cracked the code.

On-course attire, little by little, is transitioning into more tennis-inspired looks, and it’s a good thing. All players are looking for comfort, performance, and versatility—even the RS-G shoes can be worn to play 36 and go straight to the gym.

Head to toe this whole get-up works on every level.

Hat: Puma’s Golf Wear Circle Patch

Jacket/Hoodie: Runway Golf Hoodie: The classic hoodie now designed for the golf course! The Runway Hoodie is perfect for a casual, chilly day as you head to the range or to run errands.

Shirt: CloudSpun Henley Golf Shirt: The CloudSpun Henley – the perfect piece to wear anywhere life takes you. Part of the Excellent Golfwear Collection, the perfect blend of performance and lifestyle.

Pants: Tarmac Golf Joggers: Designed for comfort, travel and cool days at the range. Featuring an elastic waistband with a drawstring and a faux fly to give them a more elevated feel.

Shoes: RS-G: The new bold & bulky silhouette inspired by Puma’s RS-X is designed to celebrate re-invention and innovation and conquer the golf course in style. The hype is real.

Browse the whole look here. 

True Linkswear: TruLux knit: $185

True’s first-ever fully waterproof knit shoe, this sneaker-inspired look is garnering rave reviews.

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G/Fore: Tour 5-Pocket Pants: $185

G/FORE paired their top-selling 5 Pocket pant silhouette with performance components that their sponsored tour players found the most important & efficient for their game: mobility, moisture-control properties, breathability, and comfort.

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Criquet: Sweater Fleece Jacket: $165

Criquet’s best-selling fleece jacket has really become a true winter workhorse for me.  It’s the perfect weight for most chilly weather and has a really cool, throw-back vibe to it.  I really love this color, River Phoenix, as it pairs well with almost every color of pants. It’s just a badass versatile piece. – Johnny Wunder

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Sugarloaf Social Club: Classic SSC Arrow Cap: $40

With everything but the navy colorway sold out, the Classic SSC Arrow Cap is a subtle, perfectly executed “dad hat” that lets everyone know you run with the low-key golf hipster crowd.

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Linksoul: Dry-Tek Quarter Zip: $101

“The Dry-Tek Quarter Zip is brand new this season from Linksoul. This cotton/poly midlayer is perfect for those transitional autumn days. It’s lightweight and features moisture wicking properties as well as plenty of natural stretch. Features a Linksoul detailed zipper as well as patch detailing on the left hip.”

 

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FootJoy: 1857 Sueded Cotton 5 Pocket Trousers: $125

“The Sueded Cotton 5-Pocket Pant is brand new this season from FootJoy and is part of their 1857 collection. This incredibly soft, sueded fabric is built in a 5-pocket style with straight legs and subtle, 1857 detailing.”

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Muni Kids: “Old E” Bogeys Suck Tee (Black): $27.95

According to the folks at Muni Kids, “Old E”…”is our Muni twist on the infamous Compton hats that were a staple in hip hop culture in the 80s and 90s.” We just say this is a simple, stylish presentation of an essential golf truth.

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Jordan 5 Low: $220

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‘Anyone else not carry any fairway woods?’ – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the strategy of leaving fairway woods out of the bag. WRXer ‘Nfogle’ says:

“I rarely need a fairway wood, and when I do, I usually end up with a penalty or just not hitting a good shot. My misses with the 2 iron keep me in play I just don’t get quite the distance out of the fairway I need. Anyone else have this problem and if so, what do you do?”

And our members have been discussing the issue, with plenty of other members taking the same route as ‘Nfogle’.

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.

  • schwollo: “Was in the same boat then got a G410 3 wood easiest 3 wood ever to hit and plenty long.”
  • jmtbkr: “At my age, 69, I don’t worry too much about hitting par5 greens in two. So my 3 iron bent to 20* is just fine for me. It also doubles as my driving iron on short par 4’s.”
  • capking: “I used to not carry any, my miss is a closed club face at impact, and most FW woods are closed at address. I fixed it by getting some jumbomax xl grips and by visualizing hitting it down the right side on follow through. Before this I went a year without any in the bag.”
  • Roejye: “I started out this year with no fairway wood, I went driver to a 17.5° Adams xtd super hybrid. Because I’m a club ho, and because my dad has one and likes it, I bought a Cleveland Hibore XL 3 wood off eBay. I love it off of the tee, but merely like it off the deck. As much as I love it off of the tee, it’s also possibly the most replaceable because my home course I have little to no need for it. Luckily I don’t carry a 3 iron or hybrid so I don’t need to get rid of it.”

Entire Thread: “Anyone else not carry any fairway woods?”

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2020 GolfWRX Holiday Gift Guide: Golf gifts for the Purist

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It’s that time of year again, GolfWRX members, the moment we start filling our wish lists with the golf gear we want this holiday season.

The GolfWRX Holiday Gift Guide was created to ensure that our readers give (and hopefully receive) the very best golf gifts on the planet. These gift ideas will suit any budget, and each item was hand-picked by our staff. 

In an effort to provide more value and tailored recommendations, we’re presenting our guide as a series this year, targeting “the purist,” “the gearhead,” “the value seeker,” “the golfer looking to get better,” “the clothes horse,” and “the big spender.”

You know the purist by his/her love forged irons, natural fibers, and Golden Age golf courses. 

Here are our best recommendations for “the purist” in your life.

Titleist Pro V1, Pro V1x: $47.95

 

 

The No. 1 ball in golf, yes, most widely played on the PGA Tour by a wide margin, yes…The performance of the Titleist Pro V1 is doubtless best-in-class. But for the purist, there’s nothing in the golf ball space quite so iconic as the “Titleist” script stamped on the Pro V1.

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The Golfer’s Journal: $75/year

Do you subscribe to The Golfer’s Journal? If you consider yourself a purist, it’s surprising if you don’t. And if you’re buying a gift for the purist in your life, TGJ is the perfect pick for superb reading material, best-in-the-golf-media photography, and of course, as a coffee table adornment that signals your aesthetic sensibilities are as high as your appreciation for our maddening game.

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Vintage Hogan blades

Classic blade models can be had from many manufacturers, but there’s something about the Ben Hogan Apex—one of the most iconic and influential iron models of all time—that warms the heart of every purist. The 1999 model was an excellent vintage. 

MacKenzie golf bag

The carry bag of choice for golf hipsters and purists alike. We’re big fans of the Waxed Canvas Original Walker (and the “Mac” custom builder).

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Louisville Golf: Classic 50’s Series Persimmon Driver

Among companies still making persimmon, Louisville Golf is best in class. And as we all know, nothing resonates in the purist’s soul like a well-struck shot with a persimmon wood. (Our Peter Schmitt took a trip to Louisville Golf and filed this report). You can’t go wrong with the 50’s Series Persimmon.

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BB&F ferrules

It may seem counter-intuitive that the purist would want something more bold than the traditional black ferrule, that is until you remember that historically, ferrules were often times ringed with at least one color. BB&F is the best (only?) player in the bespoke ferrule game.

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Best Grips

The purist loves all things leather and antiquated. Grips were originally made of leather. Ergo, the purist will be entirely enamored of Best Grips offerings—we recommend the MicroPerf Leather Golf Grip.

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Goodwood putter

No shortage of putter makers sit near to the purist’s heart. Tad Moore, T.P. Mills, and Scotty Cameron, among other, fill the wooden racks of both the purist’s home and the corridors of his equipment fantasies. Goodwood, however, which was “Founded on the idea that tradition still holds an important place among new technology in an ever evolving industry,” is plenty appealing to the purist.

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Western Birch Golf tees

Premium wooden tees in classic designs are plentiful, yes, but nobody does it better than Western Birch.

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Golf trip: Sweetens Cove, Bandon

While this is certainly for the budgetarily endowed, what could be better than sending the purist—with his golf architecture obsession—to one of his dream destinations for a round or two? The tracks at Mike Keiser’s Bandon and the Tennessee King-Collins gem are deeply etched on all purist bucket lists.

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