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Best Irons 2013: Editors’ Choice

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[dropcap]E[/dropcap]very year brings an opportunity for all the golf companies to try to present something that makes us gasp. An effort to make us want to kick out our current gammers for something new. Maybe we need the hope that these newer clubs will be the spark we need to take our game to the next level. Here are some of our Editors picks for best Irons for the year.

Golfers are a fickle bunch. Some will play the same equipment till the grooves wear down, while others will swap out drivers and irons every year. If you are a hardcore member in the GolfWRX community you might switch more than that. As we did with the recent Launches for Drivers , Best Wedges and Hottest Shafts Picks articles this year, we will try to summarize  the best “buzz worthy” irons on the shelves for 2013.

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1. Players Irons Editor Choice

Most workable designs for the lower handicap golfers. Looking for a thinner sole that will offer the better golfer a more precise hit? These are our favorites and will be updating through out the year. See full description below-

calaway x-forgedmizuno mp-64Cobra amp cell

titleist AP2cobra amp forgedmiura 501-cb

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2. Game Enhancement Irons Editor Choice

Looking to make a tough game easier? Wider soles and perimeter weighting a must for some golfers and a choice by even PGA Tour players. Here are our favorites you can buy now. See full description below-

rocketbladezcallaway x hotnike covert

ping g25mizuno mp-h4cleveland 588 mt

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GolfWRX takes these awards seriously. We take out time to filter through all the marketing noise to give you the cream of the crop and show you golf equipment reviews that are reliable. We recognize the very best golf gear available. We tested, fitted and debated to develop the list in lieu of spending countless hours in the GolfWRX forums obsessing, reading, writing, buy and selling as we and up to 1.4 million others do every month. See how we select the winners.

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Cobra AMP Cell Pro Irons

Instead, the AMP Cell Pros are actually smaller than their predecessor, Cobra’s S3 Pro forged irons. But for top ball strikers, the loss of size is worth what the irons deliver in abundance — a tremendously soft feel. The S3 Pro forged irons were popular on Tour among Cobra Staff players for their clean lines and soft feel. The AMP Cell Pros have a similar shape, but shorter blade lengths — a change that allowed engineers to place more mass behind the sweet spot of the irons, which contributes to an even softer feel from the 1020 forged carbon steel heads.  

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Callaway X Forged Irons

What’s better than a forged muscleback iron at address? Nothing, except maybe an iron that looks the same, plays the same and has more forgiveness.

Callaway has attempted to create such an iron for 2013 with its X Forged, a tour-inspired forged cavity back designed by Roger Cleveland that offers cleaner looks and better performance than its predecessor, the Callaway RAZR X Forged.

Callaway also got feedback from tour pros that the RAZR X Forged irons had a tendency to dig through impact, while the muscleback irons went more smoothly through the turf. So the new X Forged were designed to have what Luke Williams, senior director of global woods and irons for Callaway called “a slightly wider muscleback sole.” Aesthetically, the 2013 X Forged look more like Callaway’s musclebacks as well. They have a shorter blade length than the RAZR X Forged, but it’s not quite as short as the musclebacks. The 2013 X Forged irons also lose the high heel and sharp toe that gave the RAZR X Forged a polarizing appearance, opting for a face profile closer to the musclebacks.

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callaway x forged 2013

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Mizuno MP-64 Irons

The MP-64 is the best feeling “player’s cavity” design that Mizuno has engineered. The full body Diamond Muscle design of the Grain Flow Forged MP-64 irons delivers increased forgiveness in the long irons and enhanced control in the scoring irons.

With feel and control as top priorities, Mizuno engineers relied heavily on the use of advanced simulation tools and input from Mizuno Staff Member Luke Donald in the development of the MP-64. Precise control of vibration frequencies through Mizuno’s Harmonic Impact Technology (HIT) paired with the utilization of the highest quality material (1025E Pure Select) in Mizuno’s patented Grain Flow Forging process ensure that MP-64’s players cavity design delivers the ultimate in soft, solid, and consistent feel.

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Titleist AP-2

We have a winner with the 712 AP2’s. These AP-2 irons have the appeal and look of a players club. Some tour players as well as top club fitter we have talked to say the AP2 chassis is the perfect size and shape. Technology packed multi material construction allows the Titleist engineers the ability to move might to the perimeter and move the center of gravity that only game improvement irons could do in the past. Bravo Titleist for designing and selling a premium iron with nothing spared to save costs.

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Cobra AMP Forged

Lovely set of players irons here. Fresh looks will motivate many and also might hold a few back. Puma influences the orange “bling” factor in these designs while the talent of the old Cobra operation maintained a shape and technology story that is very compelling. We have a sweet set of irons here that are chalk full of bells and whistles. Tungsten weight placed in the long irons and milled pockets to help with accuracy and maybe distance and carbon forged heads and urethane insert to maintain the feel that better golfers love. Wow factor on these heads are worth the test and or demo at your local club or retailer.

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cobra amp forged

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Miura CB-501

Miura.  Really, is there anything else that can be said?  A name which has almost taken mythological forms in the golf world because of the heritage and purity of it’s forgings.  This is the brand that once you hit it, you’ll compare everything else to.

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TaylorMade RocketBladez Iron (Non Tour)

The RocketBladez irons incorporate a slot on the sole of the iron, which gives the golfer greater distance and higher launch on all shots. TaylorMade introduced this “speed pocket” in 2012 with its RBZ fairway woods and hybrids. In conjunction with the speed pocket the RocketBladez feature an improved Inverted Cone design that allows for a slightly bigger clubface area, as well as the elimination of hot spots.

The two-millimeter-wide sole slot in the 3- through 7-irons is designed to flex. This helps the face produce more ball speed and launch the ball higher. The slot is filled with polyurethane to reduce vibration. In summation: longer and straighter shots with tighter dispersion.

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Ping G25 Irons

Ping is known for making great game improvement irons, but the company’s G25 irons for 2013 will be special. Over the years, many PGA Tour players have used Ping “G” series irons because of their forgiveness. The difference between the 2013 G25 irons and previous G-series irons is that this year’s model is the total package — it has all the benefits of a game-improvement iron without the usual bulky soles that are inherent in the GI class.

A staple of Ping’s irons, the Custom Tuning Port (CTP), was repositioned lower on the face on the G25s — so low that it required engineers to halve the size of the CTP from previous models, as it now rests against the sole of the club. This increases the efficiency of the irons, better aligning the impact line, a line perpendicular to the loft of an iron, with the club’s force line at impact.

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ping g25 irons

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Callaway X-Hot Irons

The X Hot is Callaway’s most forgiving iron in its 2013 lineup, featuring a deep cavity to improve distance and forgiveness. It’s a game-improvement iron, a category of irons that gets a bad rap for causing flyers — shots that are hit slightly above the center of the face and tend to fly unexpectedly far.

That’s why Callaway removed the undercut that sits behind the top line of most cavity back irons. By reinforcing the top part of the face, engineers lowered the sweetspot to slightly below center (0.155 inches lower then than Callaway’s previous game-improvement model, the RAZR X), which is where most amateurs make contact with their irons. By doing this, Callaway engineers said they’ve removed the “high hot spot.”

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Callaway X-hot irons

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Nike New VR_S Covert Iron

Golfers love long and forgiving drivers. But when it comes irons, many golfers prefer an aesthetically pleasing model over one that packs the most performance.

Nike’s new VR_S Covert irons are a replacement of the company’s VR_S iron from last year. Like the VR_S, they are a cast iron aimed at double-digit handicapers. But thanks to a design initiative called “Covert,” the company was able to add distance and playability to the irons without the bulkier chassis of last year’s model.

Tony Dabbs, product line manager for Nike Golf, said the biggest problem with the VR_S irons was that they had thick toplines and thick soles. This made them less appealing for single-digit handicap players than Nike’s VR_S Forged Irons, which were used to win on the PGA Tour by Tiger Woods (3 iron) and Carl Pettersson (4 iron).

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Nike Covert iron

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Mizuno MP-H4

The MP-H4 are actually three different types of irons — the 2 through 4 irons have a hybrid-like hollow construction, the 5 through 7 irons feature a smaller hollow area and the 8 through PW have no hollow area. This creates high-COR, high-launching long irons and more precise short irons that are bridged by the “half-hallow” mid irons.

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Cleveland 588 MT

588 MT (Mid Trajectory) irons offer players an unparalleled combination of forgiveness and feel. They feature a constant blade length throughout the set with blade heights that progressively increase in the higher lofted clubs. Full Hollow Construction adds forgiveness and promotes a lower, deeper center of gravity for optimal launch and effortless distance.

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  1. Tyson

    May 7, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    I was hoping to see something on the Mizuno JPX line. Where do the 825’s and the 825 pro’s fit in?

  2. jon

    May 3, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Where is the review of the new TaylorMade RocketBallz Max Irons with speed pocket, tungsten weights and graphite shaft?

  3. Stuart

    Apr 14, 2013 at 11:56 am

    I started playing golf 2 years ago and bought some nike slingshot irons cos they were on off they seem ok still, my handicap is mid to high and having given up football for good am looking to invest in some irons that will help improve my game is with a custom fit set at this stage???

    • Jack

      Apr 23, 2013 at 4:00 am

      Getting fitted is arguably better than just finding sets on eBay and trying them out. I did some testing myself that way, but it’s probably wiser to get fitted by a pro. But if you have problems making contact with the ball and the middle of the face (generally) then it’s better to stick with the game improvement irons. Need a lot more consistency and swing speed for the more player irons. I think most people can hit any irons up to a 7. But from there on, it gets considerable tougher for some reason.

  4. Matt

    Apr 7, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    I hit the amp cell blades. Very very. Good! I’m not going to switch from the CMB’s but the amp cell has my vote for bet players iron of 2013. Cobra Puma is cooking!

  5. James

    Mar 28, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    I have tried them all, TM products will not go into my bag, all hipe and retail crap. As I play tournament golf I had to change to new grooves, bought the MP 68′ s as irons are about control and accuracy. The mp 64 short irons look like oversize shovels. I played Founders CB Tour irons for 9 years, have been a 0 to 3 handicap for the past 12 yrs. I went through a stage swopping clubs every 3 months looking for the set, even set of Miura CB202’s my hcap went to 6. Now back to 2 . Sticking with the MP.68. Problem, people look for better games in clubs, stick with your custom fit clubs and work on your game

  6. tim

    Mar 25, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    Ditching my RBZ’s for AP2’s or MP-53. I went from dci 990’s to RBZ’s (have not been serious about golf for 7 years) and thought I could use all the help I can get.

    I miss the feel of hitting my irons. Never had a problem with distance, I may not be the best iron player, but I like to know where I hit it and adjust my swing to get better. RBZ’s or RocketBallz may help some, but I prefer a forged Mizuno or Titleist.

  7. Mateo

    Mar 16, 2013 at 1:55 am

    check all the specs.
    Most GI irons these days are a club strong.
    It’s such a joke. And it was all started by TMAG.

  8. Primo

    Mar 11, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Not covered, but prefer the mizuno jpx 825 over all others.

    • dapadre

      Mar 13, 2013 at 6:55 am

      Yes, I have heard really good things about them too. Also with side by side testing are longer than TM Rocketbladez.

  9. EJ

    Mar 11, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Those Nike Covert irons are the ugliest irons i’ve seen in years!

  10. MIKE BRINCKO

    Mar 11, 2013 at 11:54 am

    tried the “one bucket challenge” for the taylor made rocketballz irons, bunch of b.s. the 7 iron was 12 yards shorter than the callaway x hot 7 iron. all hype by tm. if you are looking for distance out of new irons, go callaway!

  11. joaquin

    Mar 11, 2013 at 12:26 am

    I’m done buying irons. I traded my Titleist AP1 913’s and in the past 2 months I’ve gone from the Ping i20’s to Taylormade Rocketbladez to the Callaway x-hot pro’s. I don’t see any difference in ball striking, and my handicap has not gone down in the last year. I’m still a 12! Last week, I went on a vacation and didn’t bring my clubs. Got the AP1’s for rent at the pro shop and lo and behold, broke 80 for the first time in a year and a half. Traded the stupid X-hots and got my AP1’s back. Lucky me it was still on the rack and hasn’t been sold.

    • dapadre

      Mar 13, 2013 at 6:54 am

      Good for you J! Truth is WE and NOT the clubs make the most difference.

    • Mateo

      Mar 16, 2013 at 1:50 am

      You better get those Titleist AP1 913’s back. They are priceless considering……………… they don’t exist.
      The IRONS are AP1 OG’s, 710’s or 712’s.
      The WOODS are 913, 910, etc……..

      Your game might improve if you knew what you were buying.

      And ball striking has nothing to do with the iron. It has to do with you.

      PS……. I’ll gibe you 12 shots all day. You sound like a tennis player.
      🙂

  12. 58 and sunny

    Mar 9, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    X forged are really nice, and think callaway came a long way this year with a lot of nice products, but none of these irons will ever replace my 64’s…..also amp looks nice, haven’t got to play round with yet, so can’t say on their playability, but def look nice

  13. Rufiolegacy

    Mar 8, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    I am looking forward to getting the X forged in the bag this year. Can’t beat a stock PXI either!

  14. Brett Adamkiewicz

    Mar 6, 2013 at 8:15 am

    I had a chance to swing the Amp Cell Pro irons two weeks ago and I could not believe how AMAZING they felt, I could not stop swinging the club. A lot of people think Cobra is just for show and they are obviously all about the flash! Let me tell you, they did their homework on these and I would have to put them up to any forged iron out there! It was the S3 Pros and the ZL Encore performance that converted me from TM to Cobra… By the looks of it, they are only getting better!

    • TWShoot67

      Apr 9, 2013 at 9:01 pm

      I been playing the Cobra Pro MB’s for the last 3 years and they are as good or better then any blade out there… Can’t wait to demo the Amp blades.

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GolfWRX Member Reviews: TaylorMade 2017 M1 and M2 Irons

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One of the many benefits of being a GolfWRX Forum Member is exclusive access to Giveaways and Testing Threads. For Giveaways — we give away everything from golf clubs to golf balls to GPS units — all it takes is a forum name. Enter any Giveaway, and we select winners randomly. You’re then free to enjoy your prize as you wish.

For Testing Threads, the process a bit more involved. GolfWRX Forum Members sign up to test the latest and greatest products in golf, and then they provide in-depth reviews on the equipment. Being the intelligent golf-equipment users they are, GoflWRX Members are able to provide the most-informed and unbiased reviews on the Internet.

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In this Testing Thread, we selected 75 members to test a TaylorMade M1 2017 7-iron and TaylorMade M2 7-iron. Each of the clubs were built with the stock lofts and shafts — M2 2017 (28.5 degrees) with a TaylorMade Reax shaft, and M1 2017 (30.5 degrees) with a True Temper Dynamic Gold S300 shaft — and the testers were instructed to post their review of the clubs here.

Below, we’ve selected what we’ve deemed the most in-depth and educated reviews out of the 75 testers. We have edited each of the posts for brevity, clarity and grammar.

Thanks to all of those involved in the testing!

Brock9007

To be honest, looking down on the TaylorMade M1 and M2 irons at address, there is really not much difference. I would have to pick one up to see which is which.

The first 10 balls I hit were with M1 and 6/10 felt great, while the other 4 were toe hits, which I felt and the distance reflected that. Kinda what I expected with a club design for lower-handicap players. Distance was about 1/2 longer than my Srixon iron and dispersion was close, as well. I will say they did not feel as good as the Srixon on center hits.

Next 10 (ok, 15) balls were with the M2. Wow, can you say “up, up and away? The ball really popped of the club face, but wasn’t a ballon flight. Waited for the ball to come down and WTH, with the roll out it was 5-8 yards longer than balls hit with M1, and that is with a few toe shots. I did some smooth swings and then very aggressive swings and was a little amazed at this iron. Just like the M1, it does not have the forged feeling and does have a clicky sound (which I hate).

Bottom line: M2 is the longest iron I have ever hit. I love my 545s, but I could see myself playing M2 very easily. Matter of fact, I will be taking this M2 7 iron in my bag and play it more head-to-head against my Srixon 545 on the course.

deathbymuffin

These are both beautiful clubs. What surprised me the most is how much alike the two clubs look at address. I was expecting a chunky topline and significant offset in the M2, but it’s footprint looked almost exactly the same as the M1, outside of the chrome finish on the M2 versus the frosted finish of the M1. The M2 could almost pass as a player’s iron to my eye at address. These clubs both get A’s from me in the looks department.

The M1 felt a tad thicker than most player’s irons I’m used to, but it seemed to come with a bit of added forgiveness too. Well-struck shots felt good, with a nice mid-trajectory and with the workability that I’ve come to expect from a player’s iron. But true to TaylorMade’s claims, the M1 seemed more forgiving than a traditional player’s iron. Had a nice soft feel at impact, mishits didn’t sting and left you with a more playable result. A really nice combination of the better attributes of both player’s and game improvement irons. I’ve been playing with an old set of Tommy Armour blades, but I’ve been recently wanting more forgiveness for when I’m stuck with my B or C swing. Based on the early returns, I could definitely see myself bagging these.

I’m not sure if it’s the shaft, the design of the clubhead, or a combination of both, but the M2 is definitely a different animal than the M1 at impact. This club launches the ball high, arguably ridiculously so. I was hitting Jason Day moonbombs with this bad boy. Didn’t seem to matter what kind of swing I put on it, the ball launched high, flat and dead straight. The club was super forgiving and if not for the insanely high ball flight, I would love to have a set of these for when my swing is out of sorts. I didn’t really try to flight it at all, so I’m not sure what it’s capable of at this point. One other note was that the M2 had a clicky feel at impact. It didn’t bother me since it still felt so sweet… so strange as it sounds, clicky, but smooth and sweet at the same time. I think these clubs will be big winners with the mid-to-high handicap set.

The M1 is a fine iron, but doesn’t really stand out in any way from other irons of its class.

The M2, on the other hand, is an iron on steroids. I’m really starting to love this thing. It’s super forgiving and just goes and goes. According to my laser, flush shots were going 195 yards (my usual blade 5 iron distance) and very high. I can’t help but think golf would be a whole lot easier, particularly longer courses with long par 3s, with a full set of these in my bag.

poppyhillsguy

M1 feels softer than the M2 and I felt the ball flight was more consistent and what I want in an iron. The M1 did have a harsher feeling in my hands than I typically like, but I’m going to credit a lot of that to the range balls.

M2 flies very high. It was a windy afternoon and about 100 degrees. I love the high ball flight on the range, but I have a concern what that ball flight would be like on the course. I like to hit the ball different heights for different shots and I don’t think I could do that confidently with the M2, but I could with the M1. I don’t like the sound of the M2. It sounded “clicky” to me.

Fourpar18

Initially on the range I was scared because the M1 had a regular flex in it, so I took it easy for my initial 10-15 swings with it. Ball SHOT off the face, loud crack (didn’t care for it, but not too bad) and ball just kept rising and rising but didn’t balloon. I thought, “whoa,” that’s not what I expected…did it again…another CRACK and the ball just flew. I set another down and I paid attention to how it looked behind the ball, not much offset for a game improvement and I thought…”I could actually play this club!”  The 5-7 were EASY swings, aimed at a target of 170 yards away (my normal 7 iron distance) and with a EASY swing I was flying it by 20 yards or so. The next 5-10 I really went after it, same CRACK and ball just flew but to my surprise it was a nice draw, harder draw than the first but it was a nice 10-yard draw. This time the balls were landing just short of the 200 yard marker. Damn, 200 yards with a 7 iron! I know they are jacked lofts but it feels good to say “my 7 irons just few 190-200 yards!”

P.S. LOVE the Lamkin UTX grip!

Now, this was interesting, the M2 was quieter then the M1… weird!  Now, there is more carbon fiber added to this one and there is a “Geocoustic” label on the back. I am sure that it has something to do with all that carbon fiber but it does have a better sound. Other than the sound, it played exactly like the M1: long and straight. The REAX shaft felt a little weaker than the True Temper shaft and it flew a little higher but nothing else I could pick up.

noahdavis_7

Finally got out to the range after getting these bad boys in on Friday. My first impression of them is that they look really sharp. The graphics and design really stand out and really give these clubs a cool, modern look.

They were both a little to big IMO, as I am currently bagging Mizuno MP-68s. The M2 isa definite “game improvement iron”, while the M1 was similar in size and shape to my previous irons, Titleist AP1s.

They both really launch it, high and far. Ridiculous for 7 irons. I don’t have access to a launch monitor, but it was about a 20-yard difference between my gamer 7 iron and these (stronger lofts, as well).

The M1 definitely was more suited for my eye, and produced more consistent ball flights. It felt much more smooth and solid as the M2 had a clicky, cheap feel.

The M2 just isn’t for me. I felt like it was launching too high and ballooning, which could be due to the shaft (the M1 had the S300, while the M2 just had a stock “Reax” shaft). The feel off the face of the M2 just turned me off, to be honest.

While I don’t think I’ll be putting either model in play, I can definitely see the appeal for mid-to-high handicaps. Both irons were super forgiving, and they should be a dream to the average weekend golfer who has trouble with ball striking consistently.

golfnut5438

Looks: As expected, I preferred the M1 with less offset, slightly smaller sole and a smoother finish. Less glare looking down on the iron. I must say the M2 did not look as bulky, or have as much offset as I thought it might have.

Feel: This was a close race, probably due to the shafts as much as the heads. The M1 was just a slight bit smoother feeling on solid shots. But the M2 was not bad at all, just not quite as smooth.

Distance and performance: Our range has a slight incline up the length of the range, so specific yardage gains or losses were difficult to measure. Both irons had a higher trajectory than my gamer 7 iron. Neither sole dug onto the turf either. The lofts for both irons are a degree or two stronger than mine, so I would think they probably flew a little further than my gamers. Neither iron flew “too” high, however. Might be a little harder to hit knock down shots, though.

Final thoughts: I had hit both the M1 and M2 irons last year during a fitting day, but did not like either. This year’s model were both better in my eyes. I asked a fellow member at our club to hit both and he felt the M1 was his preferred model, and he is a 20-index player. So coming from both a single digit, and a high double-digit, the M1 won this battle of wills. I will try and see if I can locate both a 5 iron and 9 iron to see if a full set might be a winner for me.

DblEgl

I was surprised that the M2 was the winner in this brief session. It felt better, flew higher, easier to hit and about 1/2 club longer that my gamer Apex CF16. The feel/sound was better than I thought it might be, but really not up to the CF16. I could, however, easily game the M2’s.

Bstein74

Feel: I hit the M2 first, and found it to be very solid when hit on the screws. There was almost no feel off the club face at all. When I mishit it, you knew it was, but it wasn’t harsh at all. Hit the M1 next, and same type of feel when hit solid. Much more harsh when mishit though, but I knew that was coming.

Distance and performance: This is was where I was curious to see how they would play. The M2 went out high in the air, and just kept going forever. Now granted my eyesight isn’t that great anymore, but it looked like I got about 10-15 yards more from the M2 compared to my Wilson D300. The only thing I didn’t like about the M2 was how much I was able to turn it over. Got a lot more hook compared to my D300. Don’t know if that was from the REAX shaft, but would love to find a less spinning shaft to correct that.

The M1 wasn’t a great performer for me. Same height as the M2, but much straighter off the club face. Didn’t get any great distance advantage as compared to my D300. Can’t game a player’s iron anymore, and testing this one just reaffirmed that.

Final thoughts: Was very happy with the distance I gained with the M2 compared to my current gamer. Very good-performing iron for me, and something I would definitely consider changing them out if I could reduce the spin off the face. If you’re looking for more distance, you need to try these out. The M1 just wasn’t for me, but as a player’s iron, I can see it as a great option.

Bobcat271

Like the other testers, I found the M2 to launch the ball much higher and is 10-to-15 yards longer than my Adams XTD forged 7 iron. Of the two 7 irons I prefer the M1. I like the design of the M1 and its visual appearance at address. I feel more confident in trying to work the ball with the M1. The M1 gave me more feedback as to where the club head was in relation to my swing plane. If I had my druthers I would put the M1 in the bag as it stands now. Will continue to test, what a treat to compare the two irons.

myurick2

Once I started making solid contact with a decent shoulder turn, the M2 really came alive in my hands. Towering flat height, for me, and very long. No more clacky hollow feel, just a very mild pleasant sensation… then zoom. Once I started making better swings, back to the M1, which was a very nice iron. Shorter than the M2 (though not short) and a little lower ball flight. Felt nice and substantial without being heavy. Very forgiving on slight mishits.

But the M2 was the star for me. High trajectory and very long. Club felt lively and fun. Frankly, unless a player wanted a lower trajectory, or likes to hit a lot of knock downs or feel shots, I don’t know why anyone wouldn’t choose the M2. They are very attractive and a very fun iron. I think folks who say that the M2 feels and/or sounds clicky, clacky or hollow may be mishitting the iron toward the toe. I am not judging — I mishit a lot of shots at first. I agree on toe mishits the iron did not feel great. It almost felt like plastic. The ball still flew pretty well, but it wasn’t a very enjoyable experience. Not painful, just felt very dead. But when hit nearer the center, the iron felt fantastic. Light, springy and very lively. 

hammergolf

They are both good-looking clubs. Not too long heel to toe and toplines were not that distracting. M1 is more what I like to see shape wise, but M2 was not bad at all. Personally, not a fan of seeing the face slots. But I could see how some people may like how they frame the ball. 

Ace2000

M1 

– Has a very odd sound on contact, almost sounds a tad like a fairway wood “ting. Not a fan
– Looks very good at address with the brushed finish
– Most shots I hit with it seemed to fall out of the sky (very likely a lack of spin). Ball flight was much lower than I would have expected (not super low, just not much different than my 7 iron)
– Inconsistent misses. Next to no distance gains vs RocketBladez Tour 7 iron

M2

– Doesn’t look as good at address as the M1. Chrome finish at address is not an issue in even direct sunlight for me
– Feels and sounds quite nice to my ears at impact. Not a classic sound but very good considering what type of club it is
– Ball flight is very strong (comes off hot). Ball stays high in the air for awhile. Very high and lands soft
– 10-12 yards longer on average vs my 7 iron, it even had the horsepower to hang with my 6 iron
– VERY forgiving on thin strikes. Couldn’t believe how a near-top still traveled to nearly the front edge in the air and still went as far as the M1 did on a good strike
– Shaft is too light

Even though I’m a 2-handicap and don’t fit the M2 “mold,” I could see myself playing this club from 4-6 iron (although gapping would be a major issue mixing these with almost anything else) if it had a heavier shaft in it (I can only imagine how far this 4 iron must go… yikes)

M1 = 2.5/5 stars
M2 = 4.5/5 stars

tpeterson

Visual first impressions: The M1 7-iron is visually appealing to me as far as the finish and overall look. Even though it is classified as a player’s iron, it doesn’t seem so tiny that it would be tough to hit. I am not a huge fan of the bright-yellow badging, but I probably could get over it. The iron inspires confidence with its topline and a little bit of offset. The “rubber” piece on the hosel is a little bit funky to me.

I thought the M2 7-iron would look clunkier than it really is. Besides the finish being a little bit different, the difference between the M1 and M2 is actually pretty small. The M2’s topline and sole are a touch wider, but not by much. Not a huge fan of the fluted hosel since it can be seen at address. The M1’s fluting is only on the rear of the club.

I did notice that the sole’s finish did scratch pretty easily. Overall, I thought the M1 and M2 are pretty good looking, but I would definitely give the edge to the M1. I also preferred the stock Lamkin grip on the M1 vs. the ribbed M2 grip.

On course action: They both feel solid. I tried hitting both irons in all different types of on-course situations over a two week period. Both clubs launch the ball high but I would not say they balloon. For me, the M2 was about 10 yards longer and higher than the M1. Compared to my Cleveland irons, they are 1 to 1.5 clubs longer.

M1 loft = 30.5
M2 loft = 28.5
Cleveland TA7 loft = 33.5

I know this accounts for the distance gain but the ball definitely comes off hot compared to my set. I was hoping I would hit the M1 better since I like the appearance better, but that was not the case. The M2 definitely felt better for me and I felt more confident with it in my hands.

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Members Choice: The Best Irons of 2017

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To help golfers find the best irons for them in 2017, we enlisted the services of GolfWRX Members, the most knowledgeable golfers on the internet. They not only understand the technology used in the latest golf equipment, but they also test new clubs extensively. Following their detailed experiences and words of wisdom about the latest products is the perfect starting point for anyone interested in purchasing new golf clubs.

To gather their votes and feedback, we as a company first needed to properly sort the irons into categories. We aimed to keep the categories as simple as possible with 2017’s crop of irons, and we broke them down into three general categories:

  • Players Irons: Basically, small-sized irons. These irons have sleek top lines and soles. They place workability and control over distance, and for that reason they’re irons you can expect to see in the bag of a professional golfer.
  • Game-Improvement Irons: Basically, medium-sized irons. This category includes a wide-range of clubs that blend distance, forgiveness, good looks and workability.
  • Super Game-Improvement Irons: Basically, large-sized irons. These irons are juiced with hot faces, wide soles, thick top lines, big offset and a low center of gravity, among other engineering feats, that are often unique to each company.

Note: Because of the abundance of Players Irons currently available, we divided that category into two categories: Players Irons and Exotics Players Irons. The Exotic Players Irons list included players irons from companies such as Epon, Fourteen, Miura, PXG, and Honma, which are not as widely available for testing in the U.S.

Below you can access the full results of our Members Choice 2017: Best Irons lists, as well as feedback about each iron from the GolfWRX Community. We’d like to sincerely thank all the GolfWRX Members who participated in the voting and provided feedback on the irons. We also want to thank those of you who provided feedback on the voting process itself. We assure you that we read and consider everything, and we’re going to continue to improve our process in order to provide the best and most useful information about the latest golf equipment.

Members Choice: The Best Players Irons

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Vote Leader: Mizuno JPX-900 Tour

“WOW! Great mix of buttery feel and forgiveness.”

Overall, the Mizuno JPX-900 Tour irons earned nearly 15 percent of votes on the Players iron category, giving them top billing for players irons. One GolfWRX member said he was “weak in the knees from first look at the satin finish and compact size,” and that the “feel is excellent, and there’s just enough forgiveness.” Another said the JPX-900 Tour irons are the “best irons out there right now in terms of blending feel, forgiveness, and the ability to shape shots.”

Full List: The Best Players Irons of 2017

Members Choice: The Best Exotic Players Irons

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Vote Leader: PXG 0311T

“I can’t say I have ever hit anything that feels as good as the PXG.”

With more 21 percent of votes for the Best Exotics Players Irons of 2017, PXG’s 0311T irons were described by GolfWRX members as “a great looking club,” and that they “felt unbelievable.” When comparing the irons to Titleist’s 716 MB irons, one member said, “The fact that you can barely tell if it has or doesn’t have more offset than the MB 7 iron just shows how little it has.”

Full List: The Best Exotic Players Irons of 2017

Members Choice: Best Game-Improvement Irons

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Vote Leader: Callaway Apex CF ’16 

“Apex CF is simply the most explosive, best feeling iron I’ve ever hit in this category.”

Acquiring nearly 20 percent of votes of all models in the Best Game-Improvement Iron category, GolfWRX Members described the Callaway Apex CF ’16 irons as “simply the most explosive,” and that they “perform very well on center hits and almost as good on mishits.”

Full List: The Best Game-Improvement Irons of 2017

The Best Super Game-Improvement Irons 

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Vote Leader: Ping G

“The Ping G takes what Ping has done for years and added in increased ball speed, improved feel and much better looks.”

An iron that “will appeal even to Ping haters.” GolfWRX Members described the Ping G as “stupid easy to hit,” providing a “high and straight ball flight,” and “an eye opener.” The irons also accumulated more than 22 percent of the total votes in the category.

Full List: The Best Super Game-Improvement irons of 2017

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