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

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What are the best irons overall of 2020?

This category is the perfect place to start if you’re not quite sure what you are looking for. Distance? Check. Forgiveness? Check. Sleek looks? Check. The top five in the “best irons overall” category are perfect for those golfers who appreciate technology and want something that is going to give them shot options.

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You can see the results for the best irons of 2020 (overall), 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: overall (Top 5)

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1. TaylorMade P790

The P790 has a hollow-body design built with an 8620 carbon steel body and forged 4140 carbon steel wrapped-face construction to move weld lines away from the face.

The sole was tweaked compared to the original to improve turf interaction, and from address, there is a thinner top line and more progressive offset in 3 through 6-irons and a more compact blade length in the 7-PW to appeal to players of all skill levels.

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • “I have the new P790’s and flat out they are the best irons I have owned, long easy to work, and stop well.” – Member English13
  • “I’m a 6. Long hitter and have been using player distance irons for a while…. I switched to 2019 p790s a few months ago and absolutely love em. Yardage gaps are fairly large and the faces are hot so you need to learn to control the distance and trajectory, but with the right shafts it’s been no problem for me.” – Member Jkim27
  • “I have played the p790’s for the past 2 seasons and I have really liked them. In fact, this past season was my best golfing season to date. I had more rounds in the 70’s than ever before and had my first round in the 60’s … I haven’t played a set of irons for 3 seasons in a row, in a very long time, so that means something, at least for me.” – Member Mob
  • “Took these irons out for their second-round today and shot a 75 (+4). Keep falling in love with these things. On a handful of occasions, I put a terrible swing on them and the ball flight distance and spin was just as good as a flushed shot. Even got into some tree trouble and had to hit some punch 6 iron shots and could flight the ball down super low with no issues” – Member agood3putt
  • “Best combination of distance, forgiveness, and ability to shape the flight. Plus the forged feel.” – GolfWRX member survey
  • “Total package” – GolfWRX member survey
  • “Just works for all levels of player” – GolfWRX member survey

For more information on the TaylorMade P790 irons, you can check out our launch piece here.

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2. Titleist T100s

Hidden in this small iron is high-density tungsten

The T100s irons feature every bit of technology as the Titleist T100, including a thinner more responsive face, co-forged dual-density tungsten, and subtly tuned shape and sole design, but are re-engineered for lower launch and lower spin performance with the help of stronger lofts.

The popularity and performance of the entire T-Series, led to a spike in combo sets being built along with some needed loft tweaking to dial in ball speed numbers between the three main models (T100, T200, & T300). Rather than increasing loft on the longer irons and producing higher spin, the new T100-S allows the shorter irons to maintain stronger lofts without excess bending, and you get spin control into the longer clubs.

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • “I’ve had the T100s in my bag since last year, Probably 15 rounds or so plus a good bit of time on the practice ground. They replaced a set of 714 AP2s and a set of Titleist 681s. I hit the AP2s a little better, but the 681s hung around because I didn’t like looking at the AP2s. I’m now committed to the T100s. First, they look great. Second, they are very forgiving, particularly on my most common miss, a groove or two thin. Third, I can do anything with them that I could do with either of the other sets, and they are about half a club longer, I highly recommend them.” – Member juststeve
  • “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
  • “Just a great fit for almost any player and good looks to boot.” – GolfWRX member survey
  • “Would rather pick the Titleist T100– without the S, but i am more traditional in lofts, but was next best choice.” – GolfWRX member survey
  • “All the outstanding attributes of the T100 with a little stronger performance.” – GolfWRX member survey

You can read what other golfers are saying about the Titleist T100s iron in the GolfWRX forums: Titleist T100s Iron discussion. and see our launch piece here.

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3. Srixon Z785

The Srixon Z7 series irons have always been about creating the most consistent, best performing forged irons on the market, and the Z785 is a continued improvement in this now-famous series of clubs.

The one-piece forged irons featured a small cavity to offer forgiveness with a thicker muscle pad behind the sweet spot for enhanced feel and laser milled grooves for extra control. The Tour VT sole is a staple with Srixon irons and the has been tweaked to provide the best possible interaction with modern turf conditions. The Z785’s are everything you could want in an all-around performance iron.

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • “They have plenty of spin for me and are one of the best feeling forged irons I’ve hit with Modus 120. I have 5-PW and a 4 U65 that has a modus 105s. A big bonus with z785 is the turf interaction, these just cut right through. Also very easy to hit different shots and work the ball. Looking forward to a really good season this year.” – Member LaymanM
  • “I’ve been in the Srixon irons since the 45 series and they are simply amazing. Transitioned to the 65’s when they launched and just recently went with a blended 785/Z-Forged set. Absolutely LOVE them! I’m actually considering going with their 785 driver and 3 wood now.” – Member Orange Hog
  • “Switched to these from a set of cobra cb/mb and the difference has been astounding. Shot 3 of my lowest rounds including a new all-time low of 75 in my first 5 rounds with them. They offer great forgiveness for their size and go through the turf like butter. I’ve hit 10-12 greens per round since picking them up and the cap is dropping.” – Member Habe
  • “Not only are they great looking, but they don’t have gimmicks or frills all over them. They look simple down next to the ball. I have the Modus 120’s in them and the feel is unreal. This might sound hyperbolic, but these irons offer the most pleasing feel of any iron I have ever hit. Muscle back or Muscle Cavity, these feel as good or better than anything I have ever tried. I would describe their feel as powerful. It is a soft, muted and very pleasing feel.” Member PaztorMike
  • “Simply the best. Paired with the Project X LZ shafts. The best irons I have ever hit!” – GolfWRX member survey
  • “Pure. Look, feel, line, sole. They pure!” – GolfWRX member survey

You can read what other golfers are saying about the Srixon Z785 iron in the GolfWRX forums: Srixon Z785 Iron discussion. and see our launch piece here.

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4. Mizuno JPX 919 Tour

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

The irons offer a square compact player-preferred shape but surprising forgiveness 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

  • “Went from Nike VR Pro’s (arguably one of the best blades of all time) to my 919 Tour’s and couldn’t be happier. Slightly larger head, which really helps with confidence in the long irons. Probably the best irons I’ve owned” – Member Bomber_11
  • “Not only are the 919 Tours a superior head but the DG 120 is a flighted shaft. I have 3-P and frankly any iron from 6-P is easy to hit but with the DG 120 I can hit towering 3 irons that I haven’t seen since I was kid in college hitting Hogans back in the 70’s. Forgiveness is one thing but the workability is within 1% of any MB I ever played and I played them ALL.” – Member MacAttack67
  • “The 919 tours are outstanding they are gliding through the turf with no dig or drag. very similar to my old mp-63’s. The sound on strikes is very rewarding and addicting, just can’t stop hitting balls.” – Member Golfinrig24
  • “Best irons on the market hands down” – GolfWRX member survey

You can read what other golfers are saying about the Mizuno JPX919 Tour iron and see our launch piece here

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5. Mizuno MP-20 HMB

The MP-20 HMB’s are built with the same highly flexible Chromoloy material as the 919 Hot Metals except this time forged to create a Mizuno iron like never before. They offer the look and shape of a blade but with the speed and technology of a much more forgiving club. Although it looks like a blade, hidden inside the back of the club is complex geometry for both acoustics and precisely positioning mass.

Like the MP-20 MMC, the HMB is a multi-material design but with the Tungsten split into two 12-gram pieces (four more grams than previous Fli-Hi) and positioned into precisely formed pockets on the heel and toe in the back of the club. This allows the unsupported face to flex and makes the club more workable while still maintaining all the forgiveness you would expect from a hollow-body iron built for speed.

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • “I was really impressed with the HMBs, I’m coming from Srixon 965s and was expecting to go with the MP-20 blades but couldn’t argue with the numbers the HMB gave me. As a low spin and ball flight player the normal cranked lofts of this type of iron doesn’t work for me, but these launched over a degree higher with around 500 rpm more spin than anything else I tried. As noted by some others they feel really good for a hollow body as well, not quite as good as the blades but way better than expected and loads of feedback.” – Member Smileys
  • “Such great soft feel like you expect from Mizuno. Look very good at address. I was on grass and they are very easy to hit and still I hit 2 bad shots one of the toe and one thin and both were only a few yards off. Very easy to work the ball.” – Member Lenny2
  • “The feel of the HMB blew me away! I went 2, 4-pw in HMBs bent weak. I may add some MBs down the road but definitely won’t feel like I’m missing out on that great feel the MP 20 line has.” Member JetMech879
  • “Best iron I have felt in years” – GolfWRX member survey
  • “Couldn’t be matched in my option. Combination of looks and performance” – GolfWRX member survey

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

Rounding out the top 15 irons overall

  • Mizuno JPX919 Forged
  • Ping i210
  • PXG 0311 P Gen3
  • Callaway Mavrik Pro
  • Mizuno JPX919 HotMetal
  • Titleist T200
  • Ping G410
  • Miura MC-501
  • Ping i500
  • TaylorMade P760

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2021 Callaway Epic Speed Launch Day Report: Everything you need to know about the new equipment from Callaway

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It’s the official launch day of the all-new Callaway Epic Speed line of metal woods, which includes both driver and fairway wood models—Epic Speed, Epic Max, and Epic LS. To summarize the newest releases, Callaway engineers are taking their artificial intelligence as far as they ever have by using it to optimize both the face and body of the driver to deliver forgiveness and distance increasing ball speed across the face like never before.

If are looking for in-depth information, on the ins and outs of the new designs and the technology that makes them possible, check out our full launch pieces below.

The new 2021 Callaway Epic Speed driver

The Epic Speed is the fastest swinging driver Callaway has ever made. The elevated Cyclone Aero Design gives players a clubhead that gets through the air and down into impact faster creating even more ball speed opportunities.

2021 Callaway Epic Max driver

The new 2021 Callaway Epic Max driver is a heater, but more than anything, it’s forgiving. Using all the tech bells and whistles from Epic Speed (AI-designed Jailbreak and Flash Face), Callaway made the Epic Max crown lighter with even more triaxial carbon, saving 19 grams of discretionary weight, which allows them to create an even deeper CG and higher MOI. A rear sliding 17-gram weight in the trunk to tune in launch and shape and the OptiFit hosel provides up to 20 yards of shot shape correction.

2021 Callaway Epic Max LS

Out with the Sub Zero and in with the most playable players driver Callaway has created. With a neutral shape and weight configuration that is the more fade bias of the Callaway family, the new LS has a very high MOI (8,400+) for a tour-inspired driver. The idea was to give high speed players something fast all while mitigating the big miss better players fear. Yes, we all fear a big miss, but at high speeds, the foul ball is, well, a bit more foul. The new triaxial carbon crown saves 13 grams of weight, which was redistributed to increase MOI and lower CG.

Perspectives from the GolfWRX forums

  • bcflyguy1 – I’ve also found the Max head to be excellent when lofted down and weight pushed to the toe; becomes surprisingly neutral when configured as such. Obviously can see where many will prefer the more muted sound/feel and compact footprint of the Speed head or may need the greater fade bias from the Max LS and its Trip Diamond-ish shaping. However, the Max offers a VERY rare combination of tons or horsepower but with sufficient traction control to keep even me from figuratively wrapping it around a light pole.
  • noodle3873 – Just got back from hitting balls. My local Pro was breaking in his Epic LS 9° against his Mavrik SZ TD 9°. Both heads were built/hotmelted to the same weight. He was using GC Quad and brand new Srixon range balls (not ideal but numbers are like for like). On average he was getting more launch, more ball speed and a couple more yards out of the LS.
  • mtp –  I hit the whole lineup today. Not a fitting.  Just trying them out. Was using the HZRDUS Smoke Green. LS was best for me. Prefer the shape, sound and feel over my current Sim Max.
  • zeke66 – This thing is a beast. Hit it with a Paderson ballistic tp. I was swinging awful with all 3 drivers I was hitting including gamer, and wouldn’t leave the hitting bay until I started hitting it better. So I grabbed the Max Ls 9.0 and worked through it. Average ball speed was around 177 low 120’s with spin around 2100-2200, launch 12-15. When you catch one on the screws… it goes as good as anything I think.

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GolfWRX’s resident equipment tester, Brian Knudson of the Club Junkie podcast, had this to say

Epic Max driver: A lot of draw bias, but easy to launch high and takes some right side out even with a neutral weight. Sound and feel are improved over Mavrik, much more muted and solid feeling. Center strikes are hot, and even misses carry some good ball speed.

Epic Speed driver: The best looking of the Epic drivers. Offers the most penetrating flight. Seems to be pretty low spin and easy to work the ball in either direction. Misses don’t stay online as well with more curvature. It is long and going to be a really good option for skilled players.

Epic Max LS driver: Very forgiving and offering a straighter flight than Max. Slightly lower trajectory as well. Toe misses hold their line better than the other two. Shots low on the face don’t get up as high as expected but still carry. Misses off-center still have good carry distance

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Best utility iron of 2021 – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing 2021 utility irons. WRXer ‘Krod10359’ kicks off the thread, saying:

“Just want to know your opinion on what new utility iron you have hit this year. Looks like a lot of solid offerings out right now from Ping, Srixon and Callaway. Let me hear what you have to say about these clubs.”

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.

  • hypergolf: “This…(photo above)”
  • TigerInTheWoods: “Sim Udi is a beauty. Launches a bit higher and is a bit more forgiving than the P790 UDI which was really the benchmark for this kind of club.”
  • craz-e: “Hard to go past the Srixon for performance and value. The current offerings from Titleist (u500 & u501) and Mizuno (HMB) are also great options and worth trying.”
  • Golfingfanatic: “The new Callaway one is pretty good.”

Entire Thread: “Best utility iron of 2021”

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2021 Callaway Epic driver: Epic Speed, Epic Max & Epic LS drivers

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Callaway Golf introduces new Epic driver lineup for 2021—Epic Speed, Epic Max, and Epic Max LS drivers—giving us the best of everything.

When it comes to a hot face, Callaway Golf has been at the top of the heap since its introduction of Jailbreak Technology back in 2017. In simplest terms, Jailbreak allowed Callaway to vertically stiffen the face, which allows the face to absorb a ton of energy and release it right back into the golf ball.

When Epic hit the market, it was instantly the driver of that year due to its ball speeds and forgiveness across the face, but most importantly for Callaway, it gave the company a strong foundation to build from for models to come.

In 2020, with the help of artificial intelligence, Callaway engineers were able push that idea a bit further with the successful Mavrik line. This time, artificial intelligence took Jailbreak and found ways to make it even more efficient with the addition of the Flash Face.

Now, in 2021, using every piece of tech at its disposal, Callaway officially launches the new 2021 Epic Speed, Epic Max, and Epic Max LS drivers.

The new AI-designed, carbon-loaded, MOI machines are the culmination of now four iterations of Jailbreak technology, and in my opinion, Callaway has its fastest but more importantly—most golf-course friendly—driver ever.

Let’s dive in…

The new 2021 Callaway Epic Speed driver

New 2021 Callaway Epic Speed driver

The Epic Speed is the fastest swinging driver Callaway has ever made. The elevated Cyclone Aero Design gives players a clubhead that gets through the air and down into impact faster creating even more ball speed opportunities.

New 2021 Callaway Epic Speed Driver, Cyclone Aero Shaping

In addition, the AI-designed Flash Face SS21 and the new look Jailbreak Speed Frame create stiffness not only vertically across the face but east and west as well. The result? Speed, stability, and a ton of forgiveness.

The new 2021 Callaway driver, face on

“Spin robustness” is another key term in the 2021 Callaway campaign. What this means for us is giving players spin where we need it (i.e. off the heel spin stays down, off the toe spin stays up, out of the middle the ball goes forever).

Another key aspect to notice across the line is the enhanced composite crown. The new 2021 Callaway Epic Speed driver has a triaxial carbon crown that covers even more real estate allowing Callaway to redistribute 16 grams of discretionary weight. The larger carbon surface area also innately created a way for Callaway R&D to make the Epic Speed a bit more draw friendly without having to add external weight to the heel.

Callaway Epic Speed driver, address

2021 Callaway Epic Max driver

Sole view of the new Callaway Epic Max driver

Yes, the new 2021 Callaway Epic Max driver is a heater, but more than anything, it’s forgiving. Using all the tech bells and whistles from Epic Speed (AI-designed Jailbreak and Flash Face), Callaway made the Epic Max crown with even more triaxial carbon, saving 19 grams of discretionary weight, which allows them to create an even deeper CG and higher MOI. A rear sliding 17-gram weight in the trunk to tune in launch and shape and the OptiFit hosel provides up to 20 yards of shot shape correction.

The New 2021 Callaway Epic Max Driver, Sliding weight

The New 2021 Callaway Epic Max Driver, Address

2021 Callaway Epic Max LS

Incorporating the AI-designed Flash Face SS21 and Jailbreak technology, Callaway has created a new more forgiving profile in a players driver.

Out with the Sub Zero and in with the most playable players driver Callaway has created. With a neutral shape and weight configuration that is the more fade bias of the Callaway family, the new LS has a very high MOI (8,400+) for a tour-inspired driver. The idea was to give high speed players something fast all while mitigating the big miss better players fear. Yes, we all fear a big miss, but at high speeds, the foul ball is, well, a bit more foul. The new triaxial carbon crown saves 13 grams of weight, which was redistributed to increase MOI and lower CG.
Like Epic Max, LS also has a sliding weight to tune in adjustability.
Inspired by the Triple Diamond tour heads of the past, Callaway decided to go away from cranking spin down to oblivion and offer a driver that was actually closer to what the tour leans towards. Yes, they love a low spin head, but not too low spin. The Triple Diamond heads were basically a Sub Zero shape in a higher MOI profile. If you go through our tour photos, you will see more Triple Diamonds than anything. Obliterating launch and spin sounds good for Trackman, but it’s hard to play that way on the golf course all the time.

Initial Tour Reaction

I had a chance to chat with  Callaway’s PGA Tour Manager Jacob Davidson on the early response and this is what he had to say.

JW: In early testing, what is the first thing players are seeing with Speed and LS?

JD: Early feedback from the tour guys has been a noticeable difference in an increase in ball speed across the face but more importantly the dispersion has tightened down range. Many guys have also quickly fallen in love with the sound of the new metal woods.

JW: What most excited you with the new line?

JD: We knew early on with this product launch that we had an exceptional driver. To start- the look of the heads and the shaping allows the clubs to sit beautifully at the address position. From there the overall feel and sound matches exactly what tour guys prefer. The guys we have worked with have converted into the new woods extremely quickly with very positive feedback. For us, we are excited to have some great starting lines, a competitive ball speed advantage, and an increase in forgiveness.

We are constantly studying what makes world class drivers of the golf ball world class. After much research, we determined the ideal spin/ degree of launch and worked closely with our R&D team to reach these numbers. We were absolutely amazed to see what they came back to us with. Using AI they were able to figure out how to increase the MOI in this line of drivers while also focusing on more ball speed. It truly is remarkable the new frontier of technology we are using in our drivers to help our players play their best golf.

Overall Thoughts

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t a huge fan of Epic Flash (acoustics), and Mavrik was solid but didn’t blow me away. This new 2021 Callaway Epic line of drivers is exactly what players want: a golf club that is playable all while providing the distance and performance we have gotten used to over the past few years. It’s a new trend in the market that I’m loving. Drivers are becoming golf course friendly again. We tried to kill spin—when ultimately it was our best friend in the long run.

Specs

At Retail: 2/18

Lofts: 9, 10.5, 12 degrees (Epic Speed) 9, 10.5 degrees(Epic Max & Epic Max LS)

Price: $529.99

Stock Shaft Offerings

  • Epic Speed Driver: Project X Cypher 40g (WMS, L). Smoke IM 10 (50g – R,S. 60g – S)
  • Epic MAX Driver: Project X Cypher 40g (WMS, L). Smoke IM 10 (50g – R,S. 60g -S)
  • Epic MAX LS: Mitsubishi MMT (60g – S,X. 70g – S,X)
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