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Best irons in golf of 2021: The shotmakers

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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.

Join the discussion about best irons 2021 in the forums!

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 a handicap!

Modern iron sets are designed into player categories that overlap the outdated “what’s your handicap?” model, and at GolfWRX, we believe it is 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

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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2021 best irons: 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.”

TaylorMade P7MC

best irons 2021 taylormade p7mc

Their story: To build the TaylorMade P7MC irons, the manufacturing process incorporates a 2,000-ton pressure forging to ensure the feel and sound is dialed in. This iron is all business, and anyone comparing this to the smaller P7MB (blade) will notice its slightly longer heel-to-toe length, and just a touch more offset which makes it a great candidate for gapping.

It offers a crisp feel at impact and the workability of a blade iron, but in a platform that still offers forgiveness on shots hit outside of the middle. Looks, feel, and workability—it’s all here.

From the fitters

  • This iron is compact, clean, and offers a superb feel. The P7MC allows better players to have the confidence to hit the shots they want, while still having enough forgiveness hidden in the design to help with forgiveness.
  • It’s bare-bones clean and delivers exactly what you want and expect from a small forged cavity. I should also mention that it feels soooo good.

For more photos/info, read our launch piece and check out this forum thread.

Srixon ZX7

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Their story: The Srixon ZX7 provides a compact squared-off blade profile with a thin topline to frame the ball and inspire confidence for those who prefer workability over maximum forgiveness. The “tour cavity” construction places mass where it’s needed for feel and acoustics while removing it from other places around the cavity to increase stability in the small forged cavity back.

The other piece of technology, which Srixon is using to maximize performance, is tungsten in the toe of the mid and long irons to condense more mass towards the toe for extra stability without having to extend the blade length. Using tungsten isn’t new, but when the goal is to minimize size while maximizing stability, it’s a complete necessity at this point, and Srixon does a great job utilizing it in the irons.

From the fitters

  • You can call your shot and hit it with the ZX7, and even when you miss a bit we still see nice results. The camber built into the (VT) sole allows for great turf interaction and the ball comes off fast.
  • Even though the Srixon “7” iron has always done well, the ZX7 feels like a big next step in feel and performance.
  • Amazing players iron that offers more ball speed and forgiveness than a lot of other irons in this category. Thanks to the center of gravity and slightly stronger lofts, it’s a top choice for elite players who want distance and need to control spin.
  • This iron has replaced all other better player forged cavity back irons for looks and performance. I dare you to find a better performing forged cavity of its size.

For more photos/info, read our launch piece and check out this forum thread.

Titleist T100

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Their story: Built from the ground up with direct input from Titleist’s PGA Tour staff, the mission statement from the design team for the T100 was to simply create “the best performing tour iron ever.” With a shape that is distinctly Titleist but completely redefined as far as offset, top line, sole width, camber, and blade length, the T100 gives players looking for a tour performance iron more playability than ever before.

The irons are co-forged with large amounts of tungsten (66 grams on average in the 3- 7-irons) in the heel and toe, and it looks a lot more like a single-piece forged player’s cavity back than a multi-piece forgiveness monster—but looks can be deceiving. It has the thinnest face Titleist has ever built into a true forged players club, which allows designers to push more mass around the head and create greater ball speed.

From the fitters

  • The T100 is a classic, clean-looking iron that packs a punch. From the address position, you would have no idea this iron has so much forgiveness packed into it.
  • This iron typically launches a little higher than some others in this category, which is great for lower ball flight players who are in need of more spin, and on the other side of things, there is the T100S model that delivers with less spin and a lower flight.

For more photos/info, read our launch piece and check out this forum thread.

Callaway Apex MB

best irons 2021 callaway apex mb

Their story: The Callaway Apex MB is forged from 1025 carbon steel with a classic shape that is similar to other blade irons from Callaway’s past, but this time with a slightly narrower sole and less offset. Another improvement is the 20V grooves ensure optimal spin control in and out of the rough.

The centrally located weight screw in the back of the head allows Callaway builders to maintain the precise center of gravity locations when adding or removing weight from the irons—it’s not a new idea, but it’s one that is key to allowing the irons to be dialed into spec for each golfer.

From the fitters

  • In my opinion, the Apex MB is the best-looking blade on the market. It’s also very easy to work the ball in any direction you want.
  • The central weight screw for adjusting swing weight has been great this year for quality control and to fine-tune during fittings. Although not everyone is sensitive to swing weight, this feature allows us, and secondly the builders, to get things just right.

For more photos/info, read our launch piece and check out this forum thread.

Mizuno JPX921 Tour

Their story:  The 921 Tour is about subtle refinements to deliver familiar performance with improved feel and looks. The iron is designed with the feel, flow, and performance of the MP series but with greater clubhead stability and a different player in mind. The MP could still be considered the “traditionalist” iron, whereas the JPX Tour caters to a more aggressive player needing a little bit extra help on occasion but still wanting a smaller-looking iron.

Mizuno’s Stability Frame design allows the 921 Tour to offer greater forgiveness (higher MOI) than the MP-20 MMC without the multi-material construction. The iron achieved flow from top to bottom by narrowing the soles in the shorter irons and ever-so-slightly increasing the width in the longer clubs—not something noticeable from address but a feature that helps with ball flight control and shotmaking.

From the fitters

  • The 921 Tour provides Mizuno MP looks and feel with a lot of extra stability. The satin chrome look has also been a massive hit with golfers who like a stealthy look over a shiny chrome.
  • First, it was the 900, and then the 919. Now with the 921 Tour, Mizuno has combined the best of both previous irons to create a stable yet workable tour-level iron.

For more photos/info, read our launch piece and check out this forum thread.

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GolfWRX Members Choice: Best rangefinder of 2021

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What is the best rangefinder of 2021? 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 their GolfWRXers views on the best rangefinder of 2021.

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.

Check out the full results and see what GolfWRXers are saying in the forums. 

Best rangefinder of 2021: The top 5

1. Bushnell Pro XE 

What Bushnell says: “The best golf laser rangefinder we’ve ever made PERIOD. The Pro XE delivers best-in-class yardage, performance, accuracy, and consistency. To put it simply, the feature-packed Pro XE occupies a class of its own.”

You can read what other golfers are saying in the GolfWRX forums, and see our launch piece here.

2. Bushnell Tour V5 

What Bushnell says: “Size, speed and accuracy evolved with a new generation of tech — featuring PinSeeker with Visual JOLT, BITE Magnetic Mount, and next level clarity and brightness.”

You can read what other golfers are saying in the GolfWRX forums.

3. Bushnell Tour V5 Shift

What Bushnell says: “Size, speed and accuracy evolved with a new generation of tech — featuring PinSeeker with Visual JOLT, BITE Magnetic Mount, and next level clarity and brightness — plus patented slope compensation that will change your game.”

4. Garmin Approach Z82

What Garmin says: “Accurate within 10” of the flag, up to 450 yards…Image stabilization and vibrational feedback help you lock onto your target range…Full-color 2-D CourseView mapping for more than 41,000 courses worldwide…Laser Range Arc feature draws an arc on the map at the distance the laser is ranged to…Hazard view provides insight on every hazard on the green”

You can read what other golfers are saying in the GolfWRX forums.

5. Precision Pro NX9

What Precision Pro says: “Our NX9 Slope golf rangefinder with slope displays a 22mm viewfinder that delivers crystal clear optics with 6X magnification. The Adaptive Slope Technology allows you to toggle between elevation slope and non-slope modes…This golf laser rangefinder is accurate within one yard, has a 400-yard range capacity, and displays 1 yard measurements. It is water resistant and delivers a quick vibration when the target has been acquired.”

You can read what other golfers are saying in the GolfWRX forums.

Check out the full results and see what GolfWRXers are saying in the forums. 

 

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Titleist introduces new Scotty Cameron Champions Choice putters

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Scotty Cameron has re-imagined one of his most iconic designs in a limited release to create three new models called Champions Choice.

Arriving this summer, the new additions feature an integrated Teryllium insert and Scotty Cameron’s “Button Back” setup, as well as unique graphics and accessories celebrating the history of winning with Scotty Cameron putters.

The putters arrive in three different models: Newport Button Back, Newport 2 Button Back (also available in left-handed) and Flowback 5.5 Button Back.

Each putter features a solid milled 303 stainless steel body with a soft Teryllium inlay fused together with the iconic button head machine screws and modern vibration dampening technology.

“We’ve had a very good run over the past 25 years with Tour victories, and major championships in particular. After the incredible response we received from the Teryllium T22 Limited Release, and with back-to-back U.S. Open wins (2017 and 2018) with a Button Back, I had the idea for Champions Choice as a way to bring back the Button Back, but in a new, modern way. As we were designing and manufacturing the Special Select line, upgrading and refining our blade and mid-mallet shapes, the Champions Choice project endured. 

“Now I’m finally ready to showcase it and offer three very special new designs based on everything we’ve done to refine the Special Select line, but with the Teryllium inlay and the Button Back look. I love this design, as Champions Choice celebrates the Tour victories players have racked up over the years using our putters, while also offering dedicated golfers the same level of playable performance.” – Scotty Cameron.

Champions Choice Newport Button Back

Scotty’s new Champions Choice Newport Button Back pays homage to the spirit of the original design, but with numerous refinements. Based on the current Special Select Newport head shape, this Button Back also includes a silver misted stainless steel finish, flat topline, and performance balanced Tungsten weights in conjunction with the Teryllium insert.

Champions Choice Newport 2 Button Back

Inspired by the putter trusted to back-to-back U.S. Open victories in 2017 and 2018, the Champions Choice Newport 2 Button Back incorporates decades of design refinements. Bringing together the soft feel of a Teryllium alloy inlay, the putter contains the updated shape and performance of a modern Newport 2 milled from 303 stainless steel with customizable sole weights and a player preferred, narrower topline.

Champions Choice Flowback 5.5 Button Back

With its classic rounded profile, the Champions Choice Flowback 5.5 Button Back has a slantback neck inspired by the prototype putters made for players on the worldwide professional golf tours. Uniquely designed and angled back toward the heel, the neck offers enhanced toe flow and nearly one shaft of offset for a curvy mid-mallet that employs not only the Teryllium inlay but also the weight-saving inclusion of a 6061 aircraft grade aluminum sole plate.

Specs, Availability & Pricing

Each new Champions Choice putter features heel-toe weighting with two Tungsten (Newport, Newport 2) or stainless steel (Flowback 5.5) weights and stepless steel shafts.

The putters come equipped with a matching specialty Button Back Limited headcover in the line’s red, white and blue color scheme and includes a gray Pistolini Plus grip with black lettering. Additionally, a custom Champions Choice shaft band adorns each shaft.

The new Scotty Cameron Champions Choice putter models will be available worldwide on August 6, 2021, through select Titleist authorized golf shops and are priced at $600 each.

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Your dream irons? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been talking about their dream irons. WRXer ‘Texas_Golfer’ asks what irons would be in the bag if money were no object, and our members have been detailing their ideal setup in our forums.

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.

  • nitram: “Bridgestone J40 Blades.”
  • jomatty: “Right now I’m coveting a set of the Callaway TCB’s. A set of the black Miura CB 301’s would be amazing as well. I doubt either one of them would be any better for me than my Apex Pro 19’s though.”
  • RolandofGildead: “Ben Hogan Icons, black DBM finish, with black onyx Dynamic Gold S400. Remove all paint fill except sunburst and iron #. Unfortunately I know myself and my game, and playing those would be too frustrating.”
  • BStrong1313: “Probably the original Nike blades or the Vapor pro Mmproto’s. Those were sleek. I’m playing z945’s now in my short irons, and those have always been on my bucket list.”
  • 14max: “I want Eye2s with modern grooves, reduced offset, stronger lofts, and a multitude of shaft options. That’s not too much to ask…”

Entire Thread: “Your dream irons?”

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