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600 best irons

Every year brings an opportunity for golf companies to release products that make us want to kick out our current gamers for something new. But golfers are a fickle bunch. Some of us play the same equipment until the grooves wear down, while others will swap out drivers and irons every year searching for a spark that will improve their games. If you are a hardcore GolfWRX member, you might switch more than that.

As we did with this year’s drivers, fairway woods, wedges and shafts, we have summarized the best irons on the shelves for 2013. Check out our list of the best irons of 2013 below.

Click here to read the specifics on the voting committee and how we picked the best.

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Bladelike

Players Iron

Game Enhancement

1. Best Bladelike Irons

These are the most workable designs for the lower handicap golfers. Looking for a thinner sole for more shotmaking ability, or the feel that only a compact forging can provide? These are our favorites that we will be updating throughout the year.

mizuno-mp-64Mizuno MP-64: These are best feeling “player’s cavity” design that Mizuno has engineered. The Diamond Muscle design of the forged irons delivers more forgiveness in the long irons and better control in the scoring irons.

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calaway-x-forgedCallaway 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. The new X-Forged have a slightly wider, more cambered sole that mimics last year’s Razr X Muscleback irons and improves turf interaction.

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miura cb-501Miura CB-501: Miura. Is there anything else that can be said? It’s a name that has taken an almost mythological form in the golf world because of the heritage and purity of its forgings. These are the ones that you’ll compare everything else to.

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Cobra-amp-cellCobra AMP Cell Pro: The AMP Cell Pro forged irons are actually smaller than their predecessor. Their shorter blade lengths 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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2. Best Players Irons

Looking for a little extra distance and forgiveness, but want more feel and workability than a distance iron can provide? This category provides the best of both worlds. Here you will see a blend of feel, forgiveness and distance with clean enough looks to be used by some of the best golfers in the world.

titleist-AP2Titleist AP2: Tour players and top club fitters say the AP2 chassis is the perfect size and shape for a players iron, and they’re packed with technology, too. The multi-material construction allows Titleist engineers to move weight to the perimeter, which adds forgiveness.

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ping i 20Ping i20: At first glance, the i20 irons are an obvious departure from the i-lines of the past. The most obvious of these changes are the use of the vertical custom tuning port (CTP) and stabilization bars in the cavity; carryovers from PING’s S56s.

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mizuno JPX-825 proMizuno JPX-825 Pro: The 4-7 irons offer a deep CNC-milled pocket cavity that is used for extreme toe-heel weighting providing forgiveness. The 8-GW features greater thickness behind the impact for a more penetrating and workable ball flight.

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cobra-amp-forgedCobra AMP Forged: Tungsten weights are placed in the soles of the long and mid irons, which when combined with the milled pockets and urethane insert in the cavities create a combination of distance, forgiveness and feel that has golfers raving.

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3. Best Game Enhancement Irons

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. Distance gains with thinner faces and tweaked CG (center of gravity) to maximize the trajectory along with maximum MOI make this category the most popular of all three. Here are our favorites you can buy now.

rocketbladezTaylorMade RocketBladez: These irons incorporate a slot on the sole of the 3 through 7 irons, which gives the golfer greater distance, forgiveness and a higher launch. In summation, shots with RBZ irons are longer, straighter and stop faster on the greens.

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callaway-x-hotCallaway X Hot: Callaway reinforced the undercut that sits behind the top line of most cavity back irons. This lowered the sweet spot, which improved the overall flex of the face and helps eliminate the “high hot spot” found on previous Callaway distance irons.

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ping-g25Ping G25: All the benefits of a game-improvement iron without the usual bulky soles that are inherent in the GI class. The redesigned soles have a trailing grind relief that will allow these to play more like a players club.

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nike-covertNike VR_S Covert: 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.

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cleveland-588-mtCleveland 588 MT: 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 lower, deeper center of gravity for optimal launch and effortless distance.

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mizuno jpx-825 nonMizuno JPX-825:  Extreme heel-toe weighting and extremely high-COR faces in the long and mid irons, making them the longest and most forgiving irons in Mizuno history. But the 8, 9 and PW have less hot faces to give golfers more control and workability.

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Click here to see the “Best of” winners for other club categories.

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  1. Pingback: Best Golf Iron Blades 2013 | Golf Fanatics

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  3. learn a good golf swing

    Feb 25, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    It is not my first time to visit this website,
    i am browsing this site dailly and get good facts from here every
    day.

  4. DavidO

    Nov 20, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    How did the Cobra Amp Cell GIs stand up?

  5. Dolph Lundgrenade

    Nov 4, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    A blade doesn’t denote that it is not a cavity or that it IS a muscleback.
    There are two kinds of blades (thin top-line, very little offset):

    Cavity back blades
    Muscleback blades

  6. What?

    Sep 29, 2013 at 2:02 am

    Titleist 712mb’s win for blades.

  7. daniel

    May 24, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    I but a new set amp cell pro but they ave error on it the 4 colors on it are wrong is that a good thing or choud I change them pls com back to me

  8. Jeff

    May 22, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    this is missing the rocketbladez tour. easily the best set i’ve ever had (which includes at least four mizuno forged sets).

    • TD

      Jul 4, 2013 at 4:32 pm

      +1… I am very very surprised to see Cobra AMP Forged on here over Rocketbladez Tours

  9. Chuck3000

    May 15, 2013 at 7:56 am

    No TMs in the first two categories?

  10. Dan

    May 9, 2013 at 9:28 am

    How did the Titleist AP1s stack up?

  11. matrick

    May 8, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    did you include the MIURA PP-9003? wondering how they stacked up

  12. Dien Nguyen

    May 8, 2013 at 11:50 am

    So there is no best Game Enhancement. Is it ever possible to maybe pick two?

    • ashley

      Aug 25, 2013 at 2:11 pm

      I played with the ping g20 irons from the time they came out until the Rocketbladz release since I switched 8 have gained 4-6 strokes per round off of my iron play and gained another 2 strokes off my R1 with a custom shaft thus taking me from an average of +17 to +11 and shot my fist 2 on a par 5 and my first score of even par in my life, the 4, 5, 6 and 7 are so much easier to control a touch more distance if needed. I could keep going on, but won’t. So if you ask me there are no more comparisons needed.

      • Fred

        Oct 4, 2013 at 4:19 pm

        You shot a two on a par five? Are you sure you didn’t mean a par four? Even the pros have a hard time doing that. Did you hole the second shot?

  13. Martin

    May 7, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Mizuno JPX 825 pro is a much better club than Cobra Amp forged. Cant believe you forgot about the Mizuno. It has everything a players club should have: feel, forgiveness and good distance.

    • GolfWRX

      May 9, 2013 at 2:30 pm

      Mizuno is the only one that won in all 3 categories.

      Also… There is a real world objective process. The 6 clubfitters that fit over 500 players a month each have weighed in and formed an opinion that lead to the “Best of”. You can see how and who voted… http://www.golfwrx.com/reviews/best-of-awards-and-the-inside-scoop/

      Also as new models come into the picture or a revelation/shift in votes occurs we always acknowledge. We ask the fitters to cast their votes for all categories once a quarter.

    • TWShoot67

      Jul 5, 2013 at 1:31 am

      did this guy read this list? Also whats better then another is all subjective to each different player.

    • TWShoot67

      Jul 5, 2013 at 1:34 am

      What I still don’t get is putting CB’s in Blade division. Everyone should know what a blade is….. now we have bladelike??? What’s bladelike? it’s either got a cavity or it doesn’t. Simple.

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Golf rounds and equipment sales soared to new heights in record-breaking 2020

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Golf Datatech, LLC, has unveiled its 2020 National Golf Performance Report which shows that 2020 saw rounds played increase by 13.9% and equipment sales by 10.1% over 2019.

According to the report, the 13.9% increase in rounds is the largest total year increase since Golf Datatech began collecting and projecting rounds played in 1998 – topping the previous largest gain of 5.7% in 2012.

It is believed that the year-over-year surge in rounds and retail sales is primarily a result of golf being positioned as an ideal socially distanced activity during a pandemic. 

Speaking on the surge in rounds played, John Krzynowek, Partner, Golf Datatech stated

“While the global pandemic wreaked havoc on many segments of our economy, the golf industry experienced a significant boost in rounds played and equipment sales. On the equipment side, sales increased by low single digits in both 2018 and 2019, but the double-digit gains in 2020 can only be attributed to the pandemic and golf being a respite for so many.”

It was also a record-breaking year for retail equipment sales, with 2020’s 10.1% improvement in retail sales bettering the previous all-time high percentage gain of 10.0% in 2005. 

2020 spending also reached near-record levels, with overall golf equipment sales eclipsing the $2.81 billion mark, making it the third-highest annual total of all-time, trailing behind only 2008 ($2.91 billion) and 2007 ($2.87 billion).

However, it was a challenging year for on-course golf shops, with apparel sales dropping by 14.2% – with the Covid-19 restrictions playing a massive role in the drop in action.

Additionally, a lack of international travel and lockdowns during the critical spring season in warm weather markets had a detrimental impact on many resorts, which sell a significant amount of logoed golf apparel. 

But, per the report, while on-course sales declined, apparel sales at off-course specialty outlets, particularly those with a strong online presence, enjoyed significant growth in 2020.

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‘Best driver for heel strikes?’ – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the most efficient drivers for those who tend to strike the ball out of the heel. WRXer ‘Ralphyboy84’ kicks off the thread, saying:

“I’m a plus 1 handicapper currently gaming an original epic sub zero in the px 63 gram x flex shaft. Most of my misses (more than I would like recently) come out of the heel. 

I’m planning on getting a new driver this winter, but there is too many to choose from these days so was just wondering if anyone could help me narrow down what ones to try?”

And our members have been putting forward their suggestions in our forum.

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.

  • Smokey227: “That’s my miss. G400 Max is the best I’ve ever had off the heel. Doesn’t feel good and doesn’t go nearly as far, but is playable.”
  • cgasucks: “If you were a 30 handicapper, I’d tell you to get lessons. But since you are better than a scratch player and nut it more than 90% of the time you just have to live with the occasional mishit. The best players in the world have to deal with mishits, and you’re no different.”
  • buckl: “I am a big fan of Ping but go to TXG, and there is a recent video that they put up on the 425. Ian and Matty boy both comment on the stability and mishits still being very playable.”
  • MPAndreassi: “I agree with the Ping statements. They’re the most forgiving across the whole face as anything I’ve tried.”

Entire Thread: “Best driver for heel strikes?”

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New for 2021, Callaway Supersoft and Supersoft Max golf balls

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Callaway Golf has introduced its new Supersoft and Supersoft Max golf balls, both of which are loaded with the brand’s latest technology.

2021 Callaway Supersoft golf balls

The latest Supersoft balls from Callaway contain a new hybrid cover featuring a Paraloid Impact Modifier made by DOW Chemical. This new impact modifier allowed engineers to create a multi-material construction designed to provide a combination of faster ball speeds, high launch and low spin, soft feel, durability, and maximum greenside control.

 

The high-speed soft compression core of the new Supersoft ball aims to maximize energy transfer to increase ball speeds while promoting a high launch and low spin in longer clubs for more distance.

In addition, the HEX Aerodynamics on the new ball is optimized in design to reduce drag and enhance lift for increased carry and higher flight.

 

Specs, Availability & Pricing

Color Codes: White, Yellow, Green, Orange, Pink, Red

Availability: February 4, 2021

Price: $22.99 per dozen

2021 Callaway Supersoft Max golf balls

Billed as Callaway’s longest golf ball for slower swing speeds, the new Supersoft Max balls feature an oversized design engineered to provide increased consistency and high launch while conforming to golf rules.

The company’s Tri-Blend ionomer cover found in the Supersoft Max balls is specifically built to increase ball speed. This cover material is also designed to create the perfect blend of high launch and low spin in your longer clubs.

The high speed, low compression core aims to enhance energy transfer and provide a maximum super soft feel. Simultaneously, the added forgiveness in the ball is designed to promote more consistent contact for increased distance.

Specs, Availability & Pricing

Color Codes: White, Yellow

Availability: February 4, 2021

Price: $22.99 per dozen

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