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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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Jordan Spieth WITB 2021 (April)

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Jordan Spieth what’s in the bag accurate as of the Valero Texas Open.

Driver: Titleist TSi3 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 6 X

3-wood: Titleist TS2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 7 X

Hybrid: Titleist 818 H2 (21 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI-95 X Hybrid

Irons: Titleist T100 (4-9)
Shafts: True Temper Project X 6.5

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (46-10F, 52-08F, 56-10S), Vokey Proto (60-T)
Shafts: True Temper Project X 6.0

 

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Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T 009
Grip: SuperStroke Traxion Flatso 1.0

Grips: SuperStroke S-Tech

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

 

 

 

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Equipment rewind: A deep dive into the Cleveland HiBore driver legacy

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I have always been fascinated by product development, specifically the development of unconventional products. Now in the world of golf clubs, one of the most unconventional designs ever introduced was the Cleveland HiBore driver, which during its lifespan, experienced tremendous success through a number of generations, including the HiBore XL, XLS, and finally, the Monster XLS, which, as you may remember, hid the acronym “MOI” on the sole, alluding to its massive level of forgiveness.

As a golfer, I played the original HiBore, along with the XL Tour for a period of time and was always curious about the story behind the “scooped out crown.” In a search for answers, I reached out to Cleveland-Srixon to get the lowdown on the HiBore and discuss where it sits in the pantheon of drivers.

Ryan Barath: Considering how engineers are continuing to do everything they can to increase MOI and push the center of gravity low and deep in driver heads, it feels like the original HiBore and the subsequent models were well ahead of their time from a design perspective. 

It makes logical sense the best way to save weight from the crown is to make the crown “disappear” compared to traditionally shaped drivers, am I correct in assuming that?

Cleveland design team: You nailed it.

At the time of the HiBore, there were really only two solutions to create a low and deep center of gravity:

    1. Make the crown lighter – by either replacing the crown with a lighter-weight material such as a graphite composite or magnesium or by thinning out the material on the crown. Thinner crowns were possible thanks to advances in casting technology and using etching techniques to remove material.
    2. Make the driver shallower – this change in geometry created a very forgiving low profile design, but the downside to this was that you ended up with a very small face that looked intimidating compared to the larger-faced drivers on the market.

The HiBore took a new approach and inverted the crown geometry so that all the crown weight was moved lower. By inverting the crown the HiBore design allowed for a very long and flat sole, therefore there was space in the head that was really low and deep to put the weight.

The HiBore was really the first driver to eliminate, or nearly eliminate the tapered skirt. Almost every modern driver in the market is inspired by the HiBore in that respect. It was a two-part solution where we lowered the weight of the crown and simultaneously created a low/deep location to put any extra mass.

The lower and deeper CG of the HiBore improved launch conditions significantly, but also made the driver much more consistent across the entire face. The deep CG increased MOI resulting in tighter dispersion since the sweet spot was in the center of the face. Misses both low and high performed exceptionally as opposed to having a small hot spot high on the face.

RB: In every conversation I have ever had with engineers, there is always this give-and-take mentality from a design perspective to get to the final iteration. Was there anything that was given up or sacrificed for overall performance with this design?

Cleveland design team: The hardest part about the HiBore design was the sound. Prior to the HiBore, internal ribbing in a hollow golf club head was nearly unheard of. To make the HiBore sound acceptable, we had to design a ribbing structure to control the sound and design an entirely new manufacturing process to produce those internal ribs. To this day, most drivers include some form of internal ribbing to control sound or improve ball speed and that ribbing technology can be traced back to the HiBore.

In terms of tradeoffs, the major one was the low spin nature of the driver made it more difficult for low spin players to use. If a golfer is already low spin, this club would be too low and drives would just fall out of the air. Low spin golfers tend to be low spin because they hit the ball high on the face. Since we lowered the sweet spot, a high face impact was further from the sweet spot so ball speed fell as compared to a higher CG driver. Fortunately for us, in that era most golfers were fighting too much spin or way too much spin, this wasn’t a real issue.

RB: Do you have any final words on the HiBore drivers and the legacy they have left behind?

Cleveland design team: We are very proud of the HiBore driver family and the success it had at the time, but we are also proud of its legacy.

In the same way that you can trace nearly every modern band back to the Beatles or Led Zeppelin, you can trace nearly every modern driver back to HiBore either through the internal structure that is prolific across modern drivers, or the long, flat sole that is a must-have in a high-performance driver.

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (04/03/21): Tiger Woods spec’d irons

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At GolfWRX, we love golf, plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals who 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 sweet set of irons!

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for Tiger Woods spec’d TaylorMade P7TW irons, or as they are also known: the GOAT irons.

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: TaylorMade P7TW **TIGER SPECS* 3-PW

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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