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Best irons in golf of 2021: Welcome to Irons Week!

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A new set of irons is the single biggest investment you can make into your set of golf clubs. At GolfWRX, to determine the 2021 best irons and their categories, we have compiled an expert panel of fitters to help you find out which of 2021 irons is best for your game.

In 2021, OEMs have continued to push the engineering envelope of iron design by utilizing new technology and manufacturing methods to create clubs that offer forgiveness, along with faster more consistent club faces and launch windows. Not only that but we are also seeing more segmentation of models from equipment manufacturers to help you determine your best set and/or set combination thanks to fitting.

These fitting options are important because irons are the key to better scoring, and by building the perfect set, you create a cohesive group of clubs in your bag to help you reduce dispersion and hit it closer to your target.

That being said, ultimately the best way to find your personal iron set is to work with a professional fitter using a launch monitor. The difficult part is a lot of people don’t have easy access to fitters, launch monitors, and club builders—so at GolfWRX, we have done a lot of the work for you.

We are in the era of not just maximizing distance but also minimizing the penalty of common misses for each player – this applies to irons just as much as it does with any other club in the bag. This is why, now more than ever, custom fitting is essential to help you see results on every swing you make.

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The methodology is simple: We want to give you the tools and information to go out and find what works best for you by offering recommendations for your individual iron set wants and needs with insight and feedback from the people who work every single day to help golfers get peak performance out of their equipment.

Best irons of 2021: How we did it

Before starting the process of building our best iron survey, we reached out to our trusted fitters to discuss how they sort through the endless number of iron options available to golfers. The consensus was clear—the best fitters in the world see all the options available in the marketplace, analyze their performance traits, and pull from that internal database of knowledge and experience like a supercomputer when they are working with a golfer.

It’s essentially a huge decision tree derived from experience and boiled down to a starting point of options—and it has nothing to do with handicap!

Modern iron sets are designed into player categories that overlap the outdated “what’s your handicap?” model, and at GolfWRX we believe it was important to go beyond handicap and ask specific questions about the most crucial performance elements fitters are looking at to help golfers find the best set of irons for them. From overall performance to shotmaking, to helping players achieve better trajectories and speed, we strived to ask the right questions.

These are the best iron categories we have developed to help you the reader determine what rankings are most important for your swing and game.

Best irons of 2021: The categories

Monday: Most Technology Packed

This is the “give me everything you got” list. These irons are the cream of the crop for offering technology to improve feel, distance, and ball speed. The great thing about the Technology category is it’s not reserved for higher handicap golfers—it’s for anyone looking to get everything they can out of their game in an iron that also suits their eye.

Tuesday: The Shotmakers

Each one of these irons was designed with a single purpose: to provide the ultimate shotmaking weapon. You don’t have to be a tour player to appreciate the pleasure of hitting a well-struck shot with a club engineered to offer superior feedback. This category is all about control—and that doesn’t mean it “has to be a blade.”

Wednesday: Pure Enjoyment

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 greatest opportunity to play your best golf.

Thursday: Easiest to Launch

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- especially those at lower speeds, 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.

Friday: Best Blades

This is by far the most straightforward category because it is defined by a single style of club—the blade—AKA the muscle back or MB for short. Although modern variations offer a lot more playability than they did decades ago, blades are still defined by their workability, compact shaping, and lower ball flight. If you are looking for the ultimate test or just prefer something in the more traditional vein, these are for you.

Friday: Overall Top Performer

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.

Best irons of 2021: Meet the fitters

Nick Sherburne: Founder, Club Champion
Clare Cornelius: Fitter,
 Cool Clubs
Eric Johnson: Fitter, True Spec Golf
Shaun Fagan: Fitter, True Spec Golf
Kirk Oguri: PGA Professional/ Club Specialist, Pete’s Golf
Sue O’Connor: Fitter, Cool Clubs 
Scott Felix: Owner, Felix Club Works
Mark Knapp: Club Fitter, Carls Golfland
Ryan Johnson: Club Fitter, Carls Golfland
Eric Hensler: Manager & Fitter, 
Miles of Golf
Brad Coffield: Fitter Carls Golfland
Nick Waterworth: Fitter, Haggin Oaks Golf Super Shop
Adam White: Co-Founder & Director of Club Fitting, Measured Golf
Scott Anderson: VP of Sales, Fitter, True Spec Golf
Matthew Sim: Director of Operations, Modern Golf
Ian Fraser: CEO & Founder, Tour Experience Golf
Mike Martysiewicz: Director of Club Fitting & Building, Tour Experience Golf
Shawn Zawodni: Fitter, Miles of Golf
Ben Giunta: Owner, The Tour Van

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Whats in the Bag

Joaquín Niemann WITB 2021 (April)

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Driver: Ping G410 LST (10.5 degrees @10) (CG shifter neutral, D5+)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI 6 X (45.75 inches, tipped 1 inch

3-Wood: Ping G425 Max (14.5 degrees @14.9)
Graphite Design DI 8 X

7-wood: Ping G425 Max (20.5 degrees @20)
Graphite Design DI 8 X

Irons: Ping iBlade (4-9)
Shafts: Project X 6.0

Wedges: Ping Glide 3.0 (46), Glide Forged (52, 56, 60)
Shafts: Project X 6.5 (46), DG Tour Issue S400 Golf Pride (52, 56, 60)

Putter: Prototype Putter PLD Anser

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Chase Koepka WITB 2021 (April)

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Driver: Titleist TSi3 (10 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 6 X

3-wood: Titleist TSi2
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 7 X

Hybrid: Titleist TSi3 (20 degrees @21)
Shaft: Aldila Tour green 85 X

Irons: Mizuno JPX921 Tour (4-9)
Shafts: KBS Tour 120

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (46-10F, 50-12F @51, 56-10S @55), 60-T
Shafts: KBS Tour 120s (46,50), KBS HiRev 125S (56,60)

Putter: Scotty Cameron Concept 2 (GSS insert)

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x (2021)

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Keegan Bradley WITB 2021 (April)

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Driver: TaylorMade SIM (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 6 X

3-wood: Titleist TS3 (16.5 @15.75 degrees, D1 SureFit)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black 80 6.5 TX

Hybrid: Callaway Apex Pro 3 (20 degrees)
Shaft: Project X EvenFlow Hybrid 95 6.5 TX

Irons: Srixon ZX5 (3-5), Srixon ZX7 (6-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Cleveland RTX Zip Core Tour Rack (52-M, 58-6L)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Odyssey O-Works Mallet

Golf Ball: Srixon Z-Star XV

Grips: Lamkin Crossline Full Cord

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