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120

Hours Researched

9,199

Shots Hit

17

Products Considered

36.1 million

Readers

OUR JOB IS YOUR GAME

Are you playing the right irons for your game?

Unfortunately, for most of us, the answer is “no.”  The right irons for every golfer combine precision, distance, and forgiveness – all while maintaining a pleasant appearance at address.

So, how do you choose? If you don’t hit the center of the clubface nearly every time, chances are you need some help from your clubs. That’s where game improvement irons come in.  These are designed to offer more forgiveness across the clubface, and even give you a little bit of the extra distance you’ve always wanted (or used to have).

This year we levered our Testing Facility in Yorktown, VA and put 17 of the top game-improvement models to the test. With over 9,000 shots hit, this is the most comprehensive and independent iron test in the world.  

If you’re in the market for irons in 2018, this test is for you.

DEFINING THE GAME IMPROVEMENT CATEGORY

What characteristics define a game-improvement iron?

These types of clubs typically have a larger profile, some depth inside the cavity, and stronger-than-traditional lofts throughout the set.

While these aren’t your most workable clubs, what they will offer is some forgiveness for those inevitable off-center strikes, and that little bit of extra distance you might need to get it to that back pin placement.

The handicap level for these types of irons varies from scratch golfers, all the way into the high-teens.  Game-improvement irons know no limits when it comes to the skill level of golfers gaming them.  Some tour pros will often replace long irons with these easier-to-hit clubs.

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REFINED ANALYTICS

Each year we strive to bring you the most accurate data possible to help you make the right purchasing decisions.  As with years in the past, we’ve worked to improve our analytics, tightening our outlier detection system and tweaking our calculations.  We’re still utilizing strokes gained, but have added another piece to the puzzle – statistical significance.

All testing was conducted inside our fully independent test facility located in Virginia. All testers used Bridgestone Tour B-RX golf balls for consistency and to reduce test variables. All ball data was collected using the world’s most trusted launch monitor, Foresight Sports GCQuad. All head data was captured using the Foresight’s HMT.

  • SHOTS HIT: 9,199
  • DATA POINTS: 662,328
  • TIME:  120 hours
  • TESTERS: 20
  • HANDICAP RANGE: +2 – 15
  • AGE RANGE: 25 – 83
  • DRIVER SWING SPEED RANGE: 80 mph – 120 mph
  • IRONS TESTED: Three irons, a short, middle, and long iron from each set

Data. Aggregated. Normalized. Delivered.

RESULTS AND RANKINGS

For all MyGolfSpy Most Wanted Testing, we yield to only one boss – the launch monitor.  There is no panel of judges, no round-table discussions and certainly no voting.  As with all Most Wanted tests, we collected the standard set of launch monitor metrics (ball speed, launch angle, spin rates, distance, offline, etc.).

Our Most Wanted winner is the club that finished in the statistically significant top group (based on Strokes Gained) for the highest percentage of our testers. To simplify things a bit, we call the final order TRUERank; a metric that includes the order of finish (rank), along with the percentage of golfers for whom each club was shown to be in the top group.

For more information, view our How We Test page.

2018 Best Game Improvement Irons

Srixon Z585

Srixon Z585

Most Wanted Game Improvement Iron

Short Iron Rank
1st
Mid Iron Rank
4th
Long Iron Rank
2nd
TRUERank
1st (67%)
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Callaway Rogue

Callaway Rogue

Short Iron Rank
2nd
Mid Iron Rank
7th
Long Iron Rank
6th
TRUERank
2nd (58%)
#2

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TaylorMade M4

TaylorMade M4

Short Iron Rank
4th
Mid Iron Rank
1st
Long Iron Rank
7th
TRUERank
3rd (57%)
#3

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2018 Most Wanted Players Distance Iron Data

2018 Most Wanted Game Improvement Rankings

Club NameLong Iron RankMid Iron RankShort Iron RankTRUERank% in Top Group
Srixon Z5852nd4th1st1st67%
Callaway Rogue6th7th2nd2nd58%
TaylorMade M47th1st4th3rd57%
Cleveland Launcher CBX4th2nd11th4th53%
TaylorMade M34th11th4th4th53%
Fourteen TC 5442nd2nd16th6th52%
Wilson Staff C30015th4th4th7th50%
Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal1st16th11th7th50%
PING G40015th11th3rd9th48%
Callaway EPIC7th4th11th9th48%
Cobra KING F8 ONE7th7th7th9th48%
PING G7007th7th7th9th48%
Cobra KING F813th11th7th13th45%
Titleist 718 AP113th11th11th14th43%
Ben Hogan EDGE7th16th7th14th43%
Tommy Armour TA115th15th11th16th40%
VEGA Mizar7th7th17th17th37%

 

Below you’ll find the data from our 2018 Most Wanted Players Distance Test. Note that you can use the Iron Model filter to limit the display to specific models. Also note that, by default, we show the comparative metrics for long irons. To see middle and short irons, use the Iron Type drop-down located on the top right of the charts.