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Best irons 2020: GolfWRX Members Choice (best pure enjoyment irons)

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What are the best pure enjoyment irons of 2020? With all things being equal, which irons are the most fun to hit when you absolutely flush one?

It’s no mistake that we are seeing overlap in the way the top irons are defined by fitters in this category. The most playable irons are most likely to be higher launching, and shots that fly higher make the game more enjoyable for everyone. This reiterates the point previously made that your iron selection should not be defined by your handicap but instead what gives you the best opportunity to play your best golf.

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 – enjoyment 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.

You can see the results for the best irons of 2020 “enjoyment”, 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: Top 5 (pure enjoyment)

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1. Mizuno MP-20 HMB

The MP-20 HMBs 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

  • “Great forgiveness yet a beautiful look and clean lines at address, what more could you ask for?” – Member survey response
  • “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
  • “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

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.

2. 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

On the inside, they have SpeedFoam, which is critical to the performance of the head by supporting the extremely thin face and helping reduce vibration to keep these hollow irons feeling solid, even on miss-hits. They may look like a blade but they don’t play like one.

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • “The most impressive this is these irons suit so many different players from high handicap players to scratch golfers.” – Member survey response
  • “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
  • “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

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

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3. Srixon Z585

The Srixon Z5 series irons have always been about creating the highest launching, most forgiving, best performing forged irons, and the Z585 achieves that with an improved sole, and fast “speed groove” face made from powerful SUP10 Steel.

The multi-piece forged iron featured a midsized undercut cavity to offer forgiveness and launch but thanks to a vibration-dampening insert in the cavity behind the sweet spot golfers still get to experience that soft forged feeling. The irons also have laser milled grooves for extra control between the standard milled grooves in the face. The Tour VT sole is a staple with Srixon irons and the has been tweaked on the Z585 slightly wider sole to provide better interaction from long to short irons. The Z585s are everything you could want in an iron built to enjoy the game.

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • “Close to perfect. These make golf more fun.” – Member survey response
  • “If 785s feel like game improvement irons and are used by the pros then my 585s must be the easiest irons ever to be hit!” – Member survey response
  • “I’m playing a 4-AW set with Nippon Modus Tour 105s. So far after a couple of range sessions, I find them much easier to hit than my previous irons. They are more forgiving, have a better feel, and the turf interaction is so good I find it harder to hit chunky shots – my usual miss.” – Member survey response

You can read what other golfers are saying about the Srixon Z585 iron in the GolfWRX forums: Srixon Z585 Iron discussion. and see our launch piece here.

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4. Mizuno JPX 919 HotMetal Pro

The JPX 919 Hot Metal Pro irons are made from High Strength Chromoly 4140M and utilize a multi-thickness one-piece face cup for greater ball speeds. Like other irons in the JPX 919 line, the Hot Metal Pro irons have a “stability frame” to help maintain ball speed at impact. The irons also have Sound Ribs under the top line designed to “hit specific vibration patterns that ensure a satisfying sensation,” according to Mizuno.

The JPX 919 Hot Metals are designed to maximize approach shots for the golfer, so not only do they go far but they also create enough height and spin to achieve a proper descent angle and give golfers the ability to hold greens – a vital component to scoring better.

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • “They are chunky without being too chunky, and to be honest they are so crazy easy to hit it doesn’t matter”  -Member survey response
  • “The ball literally flies off the face of these irons – not just long but high and easy to stop” – Member survey response
  •  “Its not the smallest Mizuno iron but for everything that goes into these irons to make them so fast and forgiving, I think they feel as good as any club I’ve ever played.” – Member survey response

You can read what other golfers are saying about the Mizuno JPX 919 HotMetal irons in the GolfWRX forums: Mizuno JPX HotMetal irons discussion thread, and read our launch piece here.

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5. Ping i210

The i210 irons are made from 431 stainless steel and have the largest and softest elastomer insert ever used in a Ping i-Series iron. The bigger insert increases perimeter weighting for greater forgiveness and also helps fine-tune swing weight and create an overall softer feel.

The shaping of the irons has also been refined from the previous i200, to offer a more squared-off appearance from address and more compact shapes into the shorted clubs for great control.

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • “So easy to hit and feel great the i210 irons make the game fun.” – Member survey response
  • “I have no idea how people still think Ping iron can’t be soft and feel great. The i210 feel amazing, even when I miss it, and speaking of misses, these clubs are plenty forgiving for my 15 handicap.” – Member survey response
  • “To me, Ping owns this category of clubs that make the game more enjoyable and easier with a club that doesn’t look like fat shovels” – Member survey response

You can also read what other golfers are saying about the Ping i210 irons in the GolfWRX forums: Official Ping i210 Iron discussion and check out our launch piece here.

Rounding out the top 15 “pure enjoyment” irons

  • Ping G410
  • Titleist T300
  • Ping G710
  • PXG 0311 XP GEN3
  • Mizuno JPX919 Hot Metal
  • PXG 0211
  • Ben Hogan Edge
  • TaylorMade P790 Ti
  • Callaway Big Bertha
  • Titleist T400

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Ongoing Members Choice Polls: Have your say!

We’re still looking for your feedback on the “best” items in several other categories, so head to the GolfWRX forums to have your say!

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The most popular golf carry bags on Amazon right now (Winter 2020 edition)

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What are the most popular golf carry bags on Amazon right now? From time to time, we like to get out of our little bubble of OEM releases and what’s being played on tour to look at what golf consumers are buying on one of the largest online retail marketplaces: Amazon.

Here are some of the best-selling golf carry bags on Amazon as of December 2020.

1. Champkey Professional Golf Sunday Bag

From the listing:Takes up very little space in a trailer, camper, or car trunk; when not in use, the bag can be folded and stored neatly until you’re ready to go again. The bag can carry 3-9 clubs easy , the padded shoulder strap for extra comfort and a convenient handle on the side to quickly pick up and go. Made by 600D nylon fabric material that has great water resistant & durable. 6 pockets can carry everything you need in golf(like: cup,divot tool,towel, gloves ,tees & ball etc.).”

Price: $24.99

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2. Titleist Carry Bag

From the listing:Full length apparel pocket. Ultra-lightweight design. Premium heathered material. Included Components: 4 Pockets.”

Price: $99.95

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3. Craftsman Golf Portable Mini Carry Bag

From the listing: “The material is durable,light weight.And portable. The should strap is adjustable and a convenient handle available. It can hold 5-8 clubs. It can be folded for storageIt or just hook with your golf bag.”

Price: $14.99

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4. LONGCHAO Golf Stand Bag

From the listing:The stand of the ultralight golf bag can even be unfolded in an uneven place stably, you could easily get out the clubs. The cool golf bag has a generous and stylish appearance,enough room for as many as 6 or 7 clubs comfortably. Backpack-style shoulder strap for extra comfort provides you a convenient handle on the side to quickly carry and go.And the shoulder soft strap adopts detachable design for detaching freely when needs.”

Price: $49.99

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5. Wilson “W” Carry Golf Bag

From the listing:5-way open top with 2 full length dividers and an integrated handle. Plenty of storage with 7 pockets. Lightweight at 4.1 pounds.”

Price: $79.99

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6. Golf Bag Clubs Case Foldable Zippered Carry Bag

From the listing:Waterproof and durable. Holds 7-10 clubs. Padded shoulder strap for extra comfort. A handle on the side for more quickly pick up. Great for traveling: takes up very little space in a plane, trailer, camper, or car trunk.”

Price: $34.99

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7. Champkey Premium Golf Sunday Bag (Carry 3-7 Clubs)

From the listing:Takes up very little space in a trailer, camper, or car trunk. The bag can carry 3-7 clubs easy , the padded shoulder strap for extra comfort and a convenient handle on the side to quickly pick up and go. Made of premium canvas material that’s has great water resistant & durable.”

Price: $22.99

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8. Ranger Sunday Bag

From the listing:Ultra-lightweight stand bag weighs only 2 lbs. Soft grip rubberized top with two compartment dividers. Durable automatic stand legs with slide-resistant traction feet. Convenient carry handle integrated into bag top.”

Price: $63.91

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9. Light Weight Water Resistant Foldable Golf Sunday Bag Golf

From the listing:Light weight,foldable.The material is durable. The shoulder strap with shoulder Pad,avoid metal buckle digging into shoulder. The bag is outfitted with a fully adjustable shoulder handle and padded carry handle, so the bag is very easy & comfortable to carry around. It can hold 5-8 clubs,it is decided by the type of your club.”

Price: $39.99

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10. Wilson W Golf Bag

From the listing: 5-way open top with 2 full length dividers and an integrated handle. Plenty of storage with 7 pockets. Lightweight at 4. 1 pounds.”

Price: $68.39

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Are staff bags becoming obsolete?

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Earlier this year at GolfWRX, we had some very interesting debates about golf bags and the features and styles that you – the golfer prefer. Opinions were strong and few were swayed but nonetheless, some very interesting discussions were had:

Stand-bags on tour?

The one topic that we never quite got into was a discussion on staff bags. Sure, we see pros use them all the time on TV because they are big, bold and are great for promoting sponsors. But what about regular golfers, do we really need them for day to day use? We don’t get paid to use clubs so why carry around a giant billboard?

This brings us to the PGA Tour, where many trends are born, whether it be clubs, balls, or in this case bags, because a few weeks ago at Sea Island and the RSM Classic, we saw an uptick in caddies and players using what are known as “tour” carry bags—larger “staff-like” stand bags with the full branding of a tour bag, except in a smaller stand bag package.

Both Dylan Frittelli (Callaway – title image) and Nick Watney (Mizuno) are using versions of their companies stand bags this week and we have seen other players using them more frequently, like Camilo Villegas, although under a different set of circumstances since he doesn’t have a current bag sponsorship deal in place. Camilo’s situation is interesting because generally, even sponsorless players use a staff bag, even if it just features their name.

Tour stand bags at the consumer level

There must be something about these tour-like bags that golfers love because many golfers can’t get enough. Ping recently released a Tour Staff bag (above) to serious fanfare with it selling out quickly across most channels and actually being resold online for over MSRP—which is a pretty unusual thing to happen in the golf bag market beyond very limited release items. Other companies also offer larger staff like stand bags including Wilson, Titleist, and Srixon, to name a few.

The only drawback to these larger stand bags is their extra size brings with it extra weight, and for golfers who prefer walking over riding, any extra weight is generally avoided at all costs. This makes tour stand bags a great option for occasional walkers, or for those who use a pushcart, or ride but still enjoy the convenience of a stand bag when going to the range or practice area.

What do you think, GolfWRXers? Do you like the convenience of a larger stand bag or would you still rather use what most tour players use? I mean if you don’t have to carry it—why not?

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Should you be using a blade or mallet putter?

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‘Should I use a blade or mallet putter?’ It’s a frequent question, and here we will provide you with our essential guide to help you decide.

Blade vs Mallet: Which style suits you?

As far as golf equipment goes, your putter may be the most critical item in your bag. That’s why it’s crucial to know the key features of both blade and mallet putters and what they are designed to provide so that you can closely identify which style of putter your stroke and game require to help you lower your scores.

Blade Putter

Scotty Cameron Blade Putter

The traditional blade putter features a sweet spot positioned closer to the heel and designed to offer maximum feel to golfers on the greens

A blade putter contains a traditional head shape and is a favorite amongst golf ‘purists’. Blade putters are heavily toe-weighted with a sweet spot positioned closer toward the heel. This sweet spot position is because the shaft connects to the club head of the blade at the heel or sometimes center of the blade. This heavy toe-weighting and heel sweet spot means that blade putters will typically suit players who have an arc in their putting stroke.

Mallet Putter

TaylorMade mallet putter

A mallet style putter gives players stability and balance in their stroke.

The more modern style mallet putter is a flat-stick with a larger head. The heads come in various shapes and sizes, and because of the size, a lot of the weight is often distributed away from the clubface so that players find plenty of stability and balance in their stroke. 

The ‘game improvement’ style of the mallet putter means that the larger sweet spot will help players who struggle to strike the ball directly in the center of the face, and the added weight in the clubhead is designed to prevent the putter twisting during the stroke.

Mallet putters also offer additional aid when it comes to alignment, offering more prominent features than a blade such as longer or added lines and can also benefit golfers who struggle to hit putts hard enough due to its heavier weight.

Do pros prefer blade or mallet style putters?

With the 2020 season in the books, we can take a look at who were the top-10 performers in the Strokes Gained: Putting department for 2020 and see what style of putter they used:

  1. Denny McCarthy: Scotty Cameron Tour-Only FastbackMallet
  2. Matthew Fitzpatrick: Yes C-Groove Tracy IIBlade
  3. Andrew Putnam: Odyssey White Hot RX No. 5Mallet
  4. Kristoffer Ventura: Scotty Cameron NewportBlade
  5. Kevin Na: Odyssey Toulon MadisonBlade
  6. Matt Kuchar: Bettinardi Kuchar Model 1Blade (Wide)
  7. Ian Poulter: Odyssey Stroke Lab SevenMallet
  8. Mackenzie Hughes: Ping Scottsdale TR Piper C Mallet
  9. Maverick McNealy: Odyssey ToulonBlade
  10. Bryson DeChambeau: SIK Tour prototypeBlade

Blade style 60% vs Mallet style 40%

Should I use a blade or mallet putter?

Typically, this choice comes down to feel and stroke. Your stroke, just like the stroke of a professional, is unique, and your stroke will determine which style of putter will help you perform best on the greens. Like any other club in your bag, fitting and testing is a key element that shouldn’t be overlooked.

That being said, there are two prominent strokes and identifying which category you fall into can help identify where you fall in the Blade vs Mallet putter debate..

Square-to-square stroke vs Arced stroke

Square-to-square stroke

A square-to square stroke is when the putter face is lined up square to the target, and the stroke is straight back and through. If you possess a natural square-to-square stroke, you may be more suited to a mallet putter. The reason for this is that a mallet putter is face-balanced with the center of gravity positioned toward the back of the club meaning the club is designed to stay square to the putter path all the way through the stroke.

Arced stroke

An arced stroke is when the putter face will open and close relative to the target, and the stroke travels on a slight curve. Should you possess an arced stroke, then a blade putter may be more suited for you because of the natural toe-weighting of the blade-style putter.

Other factors to consider

Feel players will also usually opt for a blade-style putter, due to the desire to feel the way the ball reacts off the putter face which allows them to have more control over their putting and to gain confidence. Mallet putters make ‘feel’ less easy to attain due to the softer inserts on the clubface.

Don’t put aside the issue of aesthetics when considering the issue too. The look of a putter can inspire confidence, and each individual will feel different when placing either a blade or mallet-style putter behind the ball at address, so choosing a style which makes you feel comfortable is an important aspect to consider.

Hopefully, you’ve now got more knowledge as to how you can find the right putter shape for you and your stroke. At the end of the day, the right putter for you, whether it’s a blade or mallet, will be the one which helps and inspires you to make more putts.

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