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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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Edel introduces moveable weight Swing Match wedges for 2021

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The 2021 Edel Swing Match wedges are taking the concept of custom fit wedges to a level that has never been brought to the short game before, with the goal to use every possible tool to tighten dispersion and consistency to help you shoot lower scores.

The new Edel Swing Match wedges utilize a movable weight system in the flange to fit each club to a golfer’s natural short game swing profile. The research indicates that once properly fit, everything from mechanics to launch conditions shows measurable improvement.

Edel Swing Match wedges: The why

It’s no secret the best way to properly optimize your equipment is through custom fitting. When it comes to wedges, the only factors that have been traditionally accounted for are length, lie, loft, and grind—all of which, beyond grind, are already standard for iron fittings.

With how specialized wedges have to be for performance, is grind really the only thing golfers should be concerned with?

At Edel golf, they set out to answer this question, and they came away with “no,” which lead to the development of the Swing Match system to help every golfer achieve their maximum potential.

The backbone of Swing Match weighting philosophy is that a wedge’s weight location has a dramatic effect on how a golfer creates dynamics leading to impact. It’s no different than how a change in shaft weight of a driver can change impact location and delivery numbers.

The how

The weighting technology allows each golfer to adjust their wedge in order to match their natural swing profile and release motion. Edel breaks these profiles into three major categories which are

  • Cover – A steeper approach to impact
  • Side On – A neutral approach
  • Under – A shallow approach to impact

Once the heaviest weight in the wedge has been moved to the optimal position, it works alongside a player’s swing to optimize short game performance.

Results demonstrated that 80 percent of the golfers who were tested saw their best spin numbers and delivery were created with the weight adjusted somewhere other than the center weight port, and the average increase in backspin was just over 10 percent from the lowest spinning location to the highest location of the weight.

Edel’s research and testing have been analyzed by Mike Duffey, a PhD Biomechanics at Penn State and golf swing Biomechanist who came to the following conclusions: 

  • There is a substantial improvement in a player’s ability to control the flight of a wedge with weighting that matches – or is correctly fit – to the swing.
  • The type of weighting that works best varies for individual golfers. The initial assessment of the data clearly showed that there are no consistent trends across golfers showing that one single weighting always works best for each golfer. In fact, the same weighting may have nearly the opposite effect on ball flight control depending on individual swing characteristics.

It was with this knowledge that the design team at Edel developed the Swing Match weight fitting system and now they are ready to introduce it to golfers.

The Construction

The Swing Match wedges are forged from soft 1025 carbon steel and have all of the bounce and sole geometries CNC machined to ensure maximum precision wedge to wedge.

Like other Edel wedges of the past, they feature full-face groove coverage as well as a micro-engraved face texture to maximize friction for increased spin.

Another signature design element of the Swing Match wedges is their shorter hosel to precisely locate the center of gravity.

The grinds

The Swing Match wedges come in four unique grind options with each one designed specifically for a specific player delivery—much like the adjustable weight system.

It’s easy to spot the grind type on the back of each wedge, but there is one thing you won’t find and that is bounce number—here’s why:

“Typical bounce is an arbitrary number called “effective bounce” that really has no standard and is played loosely across the industry. That’s why you won’t see a bounce number on our wedges.” – Edel Golf

  • C-Grind: This grind is optimal for golfers with a moderate to shallow angle of attack who take a smaller divot. The extra sole width allows you extreme versatility for bunker play and greenside shots in the higher lofts; while being able to work in all turf conditions in the lower lofts.
  • T-Grind:  A tri-angle sole grind utilizing an extremely high bounce leading-edge, followed by a crescent-shaped lower bounce surface, and extreme heel relief. These three surfaces allow you to open the face without increasing the effective bounce for better performance on tighter lies.
  • V-Grind:  Inspired by Edel’s most popular DVR grind, this sole is great for cover golfers with a steeper swing motion. The higher bounce angle closer to the leading edge allows the sole to engage with the turf quickly which results in minimal hesitation through sand or turf.
  • D-Grind: This high bounce grind is optimal for on-top golfers with a steep angle of attack who take a larger divot. The channel in the midsole creates two separate bounce surfaces; the high bounce leading edge to cut through the turf at impact without resistance and the extremely high bounce on the second surface to prevent any excessive digging.

Price, specs, and availability

The new Edel Swing Match wedge will be available starting April 2, with the retail price of $199 for a stock wedge with Nippon Modus wedge shaft and Golf Pride grip, while custom wedge will start at $225 with customizable hand-stamping and paint fill.

The wedges will be available in lofts 48, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, and 60 degrees in all four grind options and come in a cream chrome finish.

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (04/01/21): Cobra F9 Tour 5-wood

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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, including equipment or, in this case, a top-ranked 3-wood.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for Cobra F9 Tour 5-wood, which happens to be a fairway wood with a cult following.

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Spring Cleanout – Cobra F9 Tour 17.5 and more

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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Abraham Ancer WITB 2021 (April)

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  • Abraham Ancer’s what’s in the bag accurate as of the Valero Texas Open. 

Driver: Callaway Epic Speed Triple Diamond LS (8.5 @7.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Blue 60 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max
Shaft: Project X Evenflow Riptide 70 X

5-wood: TaylorMade M2 (18 degrees)
Shaft: Matrix VLCT St 105

Utility: Srixon ZX (4-iron, 23 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Chemical MMT

Irons: Miura TC-201 (5-PW)
Shafts: Mitsubishi MMT 105 TX

Wedges: Miura HB-10 (52), Artisan Prototype (56, 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

Putter: Odyssey White Hot No. 5 Stroke Lab

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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