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Best irons 2020: GolfWRX Members Choice (best easy-to-launch irons)

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What are the best easy-to-launch irons of 2020?

This category of irons is aimed to help players who need height. With today’s modern golf ball, creating proper flight widows and spin can be difficult for some players, and this is where technology can really help. All of these irons do everything they can to create shot-stopping trajectories regardless of clubhead speed.

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, easy-to-launch category.

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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.

Best irons 2020: Easy to launch (Top 5)

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

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

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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. 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
  • “The 790’s are a set of driving irons. They go.” – GolfWRX member survey

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

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2. Ping G710

The key element of the G710’s is its maraging steel construction which allows engineers to make the face to be thinner, which in turn creates more discretionary mass to move around the head to raise MOI and increase forgiveness. The engineers at Ping didn’t just stop at thinner. Each face of the G710 series iron is machined with variable-wall thickness to increase ball speeds around the whole hittable surface to help with those pesky mishits and keep ball speeds and distances consistent.

The body of the iron is engineered to flex along with the face to assist in energy transfer to the ball while also being built to provide a solid and pleasant feel. It’s one thing to offer more forgiveness, but if golfers don’t like the feel, all the effort is wasted.

Based on Ping’s testing, the G710 offers a five percent boost in MOI compared to the previous G700, thanks to optimally placed tungsten heel and toe weights in the head. This allowed designers to shrink the head size while increasing forgiveness. To complete the package, the G710’s come with a new hydropearl chrome finish with black PVD coating. The hydropearl makes the surface of the irons hydrophobic (water repellant) to improve performance through the turf and in wet conditions. The finishing process goes through two-stages to ensure durability.

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • “Beautiful irons I could not resist. Better sound and feel than the G700, no regrets.” – Member DavidV
  • “I’m 72 playing to a 6 handicap having been a 1 at my best. I like an iron that gives me confidence and works for me. The G-710 gives me everything I need to balance consistency, distance and trajectory control.” DenZ06
  • “I’ve played 7-8 rounds with the G710s and am happy with them. Coming from the G700s … I’ve got to say that I love the new finish (and feel). I’ll avoid hitting them from bunkers since I’m a hybrid player. The hot melt behind the face makes for a much more solid feel.” – Member Drawman
  • “Virtually effortless. If you put a half decent swing on a ball, it’s leaving in a hurry, and usually straight.” – GolfWRX member survey

You can read what other golfers are saying about the Ping G710 iron and see our launch piece here

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3. Ping G410

The Ping G410 irons feature a face and cavity structure that aims to deliver faster ball speeds while saving weight to expand the perimeter weighting. By saving weight around the head, designers re-distributed it to the toe and hosel to achieve an eight-percent increase in the moment of inertia compared to the G400. They also feature a more flexible and free moving face, achieved by de-coupling the weighting structure from the face to create a larger flexing zone. The larger flexing zone is designed to act as a hinge to launch the ball faster and higher with consistency, allowing golfers to take less club into the green.

From a visual perspective, the Ping G410 irons have slightly shorter blade length and 10-percent less offset compared to the G400 iron, and the clubs Hydropearl 2.0 finish contributes towards smoother turf interaction. From heel to toe—these irons are filled with technology built to get the ball in the air.

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • “I love my G410 irons. In fact like the line so much I now have G410 Plus driver, 3 LST and 5 wood! Ha” – Member LaymanM
  • “Love the distance and ball flight. Ball flight is higher than G400, but very penetrating and not more ballooning on good strikes. Love the forgiveness. Recently my worst recurrent shot is low toe hit and in most of the cases, those babies are saving me from a disaster!! All in all, I couldn’t be happier.” -Member Marco Colo
  • “These things are like a shovel that picks up the ball and throws it up in the air.” – GolfWRX member survey
  • “Terribly easy to hit every club in this set.” – GolfWRX member survey

You can read what other golfers are saying about the Ping G410 iron in the GolfWRX forums: Ping G410 Iron discussion and see our launch piece here.

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4.Titleist T300

The T300 is the hottest and most forgiving Titleist iron ever made and uses Max Impact Technology to add rebound and improve overall feel. The unsupported face is stretched across a larger area, and when you combine the bigger face size, wider sole, and undercut perimeter of the iron you get a club with a very low center of gravity away from the face. This deep CG and thin, fast face are what makes this club so easy to launch high. It’s also the reason why they have stronger lofts than some other irons in the category.

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • “Super forgiving” – GolfWRX member survey

You can read what other golfers are saying about the Titleist T300 irons in the GolfWRX forums: Titleist T300 discussion thread, and read our launch piece here.

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5. Cleveland Launcher HB Turbo

The HB Turbo irons feature a redesigned HiBore Crown, which pushes the center of gravity low and deep towards the sole and rear of the club, a placement is designed to allow golfers to launch the ball higher, and carry it farther. The clubs also contain progressive shaping throughout as engineers seek to provide players with a smooth transition club to club by offering maximum forgiveness in the long irons and optimal control in short irons with more loft.

If you are someone who struggles to hold greens, these can really turbocharge your iron game.

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • “Highest iron I’ve ever hit. Period.”
  • “Big, chunky and launching missiles to deepspace.”
  • “Easiest to launch for slower swing speed and beginners and those who struggle with irons – more like a hybrid than an iron.”
  • “Legally cheating.”

You can also read what other golfers are saying about the Cleveland Launcher HB Turbo irons in the GolfWRX forums: Official Cleveland Launcher HB Turbo Iron discussion and check out our launch piece here.

Rounding out the top 15 easiest-to-launch irons

  • Ping i500
  • Callaway Epic Forged
  • Callaway Mavrik MAX
  • Titleist T400
  • PXG 0311 XP GEN3
  • TaylorMade SiM MAX
  • Callaway Mavrik
  • Cleveland Launcher UHX
  • TaylorMade P790 Ti
  • Bridgestone Tour B JGR HF1

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Ongoing Members Choice Polls: Have your say!

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Whats in the Bag

Jordan Spieth’s winning WITB 2021 Valero Texas Open

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

Driver: Titleist TSi3 (10 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 (6.5 in 46)

 

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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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