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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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GolfWRX Spotted: 2021 New Ping putter series at WCG Workday

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This week, the PGA Tour is at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton Florida, and we were on-site Tuesday to spy some interesting things from the grounds and on the putting green where players were prepping for the first round of the WGC – Workday Championship where the purse is 10.5 million dollars!

It’s on the putting green where we spotted a whole line of new putters from Ping, and although we don’t have all the details about the new line there is enough visual technology to draw come conclusions including:

  • Dual-durometer inserts like the current Sigma 2 ( red accent )
  • Grooved insert technology
  • Heavy perimeter weighting on the heel and toe to increase MOI – assumed to be tungsten

Don’t forget that you can check out the full image galleries in the GolfWRX Tour Equipment forum.

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To see the rest of the pictures and read what GolfWRXer’s are saying about the spotted putters, check out the entire thread in the forums here: 2021 WGC Workday Championship – 2021 Ping putters

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Cameron Smith’s Scotty Cameron 11.5 putter at the 2021 WGC Workday

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In our forums, our members have been reacting to Cameron Smith’s new Scotty 11.5 putter. The flat-stick is a big hit amongst WRXers, and has even been described by one of our members as “basically perfect”.

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.

  • Katke87: “Ooooh baby baby!!! Can’t wait to get my hands on a new 5 and 11 to see which is more wonderful.”
  • TIScape: “Love it! I’m a slant neck fan. Identical to Homa’s it appears.”
  • MillerTime859: “That’s basically perfect.”

Entire Thread: “Cameron Smith’s Scotty Cameron 11.5 putter at the 2021 WGC Workday”

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Bettinardi signs LPGA Tour rising star Patty Tavatanakit

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Bettinardi Golf has announced the official signing of former World Number 2 amateur and LPGA Tour rising player Patty Tavatanakit.

Entering her sophomore season on the LPGA Tour, Tavatanakit will play her DASS (Double Aged Stainless Steel) Studio Stock 3 putter, with the 21-year-olds first tournament this week at the Gainbridge Championship in Orlando, Florida.

Patty attended the University of California Los Angeles, where she became a 7-time winner and two-time WGCA First Team All-American. With her success at UCLA, Patty qualified and became the Low Amateur at the 2018 U.S. Women’s Open, where she finished T5. Turning pro shortly after, she earned the Gaelle Truet Rookie of the Year award in 2019 on the Symetra Tour.

Putter Specs:

Model: Studio Stock 3

Weight: 360 grams

Material: DASS (Double Aged Stainless Steel)

Face Milling: Micro-honeycomb

Finish: Black PVD

Speaking on joining Team Bettnardi, Tavatanakit said

“I was always a big fan of Bettinardi Golf during my collegiate days, and now I couldn’t be more excited to be part of their official Tour staff. Being able to visit their shop, see the technology, and try all their face millings to find my perfect putter was truly awesome.

The confidence I now have in my putting is the best it has been, and I’m really looking forward to this season and seeing it pay off on the greens.”

Tavatanakit joins a young lineup of LPGA Bettinardi Staffers, including Annie Park, Muni He, and PGA Tour stars, such as Matthew Fitzpatrick, Sam Horsfield Jason Kokrak, and long-time staffers Matt Kuchar and Fred Couples.

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