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Best irons in golf of 2022: 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 2022 best irons, we have compiled an expert panel of fitters to help you find out which of 2022 irons is best for your game.

OEMs have again 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. We are also seeing more segmentation of models to help you determine your best set and/or set combination.

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 2022 in the forums!

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 2022: 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Modern iron sets are designed into player categories that overlap the outdated “what’s your handicap?”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 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 2022: The categories

Best irons of 2022: 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: Fitter, Carls Golfland
Ryan Johnson: Fitter, Carl’s Golfland
Eric Hensler:
Manager & Fitter, Miles of Golf
Brad Coffield: Fitter Carl’s Golfland
Nick Waterworth: Fitter,Haggin Oaks Golf Super Shop
Scott Anderson: VP of Sales, Fitter, True Spec Golf
Matthew Sim: Director of Operations, Modern Golf
Shawn Zawodni: Fitter, Miles of Golf
Ben Giunta: Owner,The Tour Van
Matt Decker: Head Fitter and Builder, The Fitting Lab – Baltimore
Jason Bodey: Head Fitter and Builder, The Fitting Lab Pittsburgh
Bradley Harrelson: Fitter, 2nd Swing Golf
Alex Dice: Fitter, Carl’s Golfland
Matt Mora: Director of Club Fitting, Urban Golf Performance
Jordan Patrick: Fitter, True Spec Golf
Gus Alzate: Fitter, True Spec Golf
Carmen Corvino: Fitter, True Spec Golf
Blake Smith: Fitter, True Spec Golf
Marc Roybal: Fitter, True Spec Golf
Shaun Fagan: Fitter, True Spec Golf

2022 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.”

Titleist T100

Their story: The “player’s iron” of the new T-Series family, the T100 iron features an all-new Tour-designed sole, which was inspired by discussions with both the tour staff and the Vokey wedge design team. It features a new variable bounce sole design, which provides less bounce in the heel and more bounce in the toe to facilitate better turf interaction and improved feel.

The new T100 face features a continuous cradle construction that aims to provide a seamless striking surface and a more uniform leading edge than its predecessor.

From the fitters

  • “The T100 and the T100S, for us, is impossible to keep in stock. We fit it a lot. It fits the category of probably 10 handicap or better, but great look, great feel, still forgiving, but lots of ball speed. I call it, it fits that country club golfer that’s probably 40-65 years old that’s a decent player. It’s a jack of all trades iron.”

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

Callaway Apex TCB

Their story: Apex TCB Irons are precision-engineered for forged performance, shot-making, and control in a Tour-inspired forged 1025 players cavity back. It’s a classic compact look and spec package that’s suited for the best players.

From the fitters

  • “It shocked me with how much we’ve sold it, but it shouldn’t when I thought about it. I guess when I first got it I was like, ‘How forgiving is this going to be? How many people are going to fit into it?’ But honestly, instead of a scratch to low single digit, it’s pretty much a single digit golfer who doesn’t want a lot of offset, wants that solid premium forged feel, but still has some forgiveness, still has some ball speed. It nails it. I think it just fit more of a wide range than what we originally anticipated.”

For more photos/info check out this forum thread.

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:

  • “It’s a great looking iron. Just a basic cavity, not a lot of bell and whistles in it, but that’s not what you’re necessarily looking for from that product….it’s more just putting confidence in the player that could potentially play blades but doesn’t have to.”

For more photos/info, read our launch piece.

Srixon ZX7

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:

  • “Srixon across the board, but really the ZX7, are very underrated. For an iron to look that good, feel that good, and perform so well is not that common. The ZX7 creates great ball speed and is one of the longer heads for the type of iron it is. Not every player is looking for that but if you can get a few extra yards, why not.”
  • “For the guy looking for a pure forged iron that’s still exceptionally forgiving, it’s a great, great iron.”

For more photos/info, read our launch piece.

Mizuno Pro 223

Their story: The Mizuno Pro 223 irons conceal a ball speed-enhancing construction within the frame of a compact players cavity. A completely new technology platform from 4-7 iron combines Mizuno’s tested Chromoly Forging and Flow Micro-Slot – An innovation designed to produce extreme ball speeds from a small tour-ready profile.

From the fitters:

  • “It’s Mizuno. They’re all about look, feel and sound, and they’ve nailed that for sure. That whole line is pretty impressive to be honest and we’ve done pretty well with it. Great look and feel and results.”

For more photos/info, read our launch piece.

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  1. Raidernut12345

    May 5, 2022 at 11:33 am

    And no PXG mentioned because fitters can’t fit them. THE most underrated players club is the PXG 0211 ST. I have played Wilson FG4, FG6 tours (used to be my holy grail), Srixon 302’s and the other holy Grail – Clevelend Tour. My 0211 ST blades beat out everyone of these irons listed above, Cause I hit ’em all while deciding… and $ 89 @ with MMT Graphite? You have money saved over for that T stamp XFlex Driver of Golfwrx classifieds you KNOW you can it 310 carry!! LMAO

  2. Eric Draven

    Apr 7, 2022 at 3:17 pm

    You got my boy Matt Mora mixed in with a bunch of theives and retards ?, but he’s a Muira & Mizzy Stan anyway. In reality the best iron head in 2022 is still the MP18 MB, it’ll be the best design for another 10 years.

  3. Mike Honcho

    Apr 7, 2022 at 12:18 am

    Having hit 3… P7mc is basic and not special at all. T100 isn’t a step up from previous generation and Srixon is a lateral at best from previous. Haven’t hit mizuno bc I don’t like their feel. I know weird. That leaves me with tcb. I like their look and shape, performance is as good as anything out there and the customization of the weight plate just makes sense. The issue with the tcb is the transition from hose to head called the par area. It could have been done better.

  4. Tom Kay

    Apr 6, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    Ping must have forgotten to pay off some of the fitters.

  5. Brian

    Apr 6, 2022 at 5:14 pm

    When input is taken from the “Home of the $1,000 Driver Fitting”, Club Champion, forgive me for taking this list with a grain of salt.

    • John

      Apr 7, 2022 at 1:16 pm

      Priceless! LOL

    • PJ

      Apr 9, 2022 at 10:43 am

      Yep you nailed it. I got a full bag fitting from them and the dude told me “I won’t charge you for the driver fitting”. I told him I paid for the FULL BAG fitting. He said “oh yeah I forgot. Well if you didn’t I wouldn’t charge you for the fitting”. I won’t ever go back there.

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Driver: Titleist TSi2 (8 degrees, 0.75 degree flat lie)
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