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Products Considered

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Hours Researched

5,487

Shots Hit

35.6 Million

Readers

STRETCHING THE DISTANCE WITH NEW TECHNOLOGY

Each year the major golf equipment manufacturers are pushing the limits of technology (and the USGA conforming rules for that matter), promising us more distance, more forgiveness, and of course – lower scores.  To do that, however, we must hit the ball higher, longer and straighter.

In years past, there really wasn’t the “whole package” deal when it came to irons.  If you needed distance and forgiveness, you went game improvement; if you wanted precision and workability, you went players preferred.  But in 2018 we are seeing a new trend take a firm hold in the industry – players distance.  With each manufacturer touting their own revolutionary technology, we’re being promised those extra few yards, maintained forgiveness and almost no sacrifice in workability.

This year we put 10 of the top players distance irons to the test.  If you’re in the market for new irons in 2018, this test is for you.

DEFINING THE PLAYERS DISTANCE CATEGORY

With an entirely new category of irons to test comes with it certain characteristics that define a “players-distance” iron.  From first glance, these clubs look like a players preferred iron – a tight profile, a thin top line and a small footprint. Cut open the head, and it appears as though manufacturers are starting to squeeze metal-wood technology into iron heads.  Thus the rise of hollow-body irons with thin faces and stronger lofts.

The results are, well, just about what you would (or wouldn’t) expect.  Faster ball speeds, higher launch, lower spin rates, all in player preferred look.  The higher launch angles allow the manufacturers to strengthen lofts without sacrificing trajectory.  While on the outside these clubs may look like a players iron, there’s plenty of technology and forgiveness packed inside.  The target handicap for this iron category ranges from scratch(or better) to the low double-digits.

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: 5,487
  • DATA POINTS: 406,038
  • TIME:  120 hours
  • TESTERS: 20
  • HANDICAP RANGE: +2 – 12
  • AGE RANGE: 18 – 60
  • DRIVER SWING SPEED RANGE: 90 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 Players Distance Irons Rankings

Fourteen TC788

Fourteen TC788

Most Wanted Players-Distance Iron

Short Iron Rank
1st
Mid Iron Rank
5th
Long Iron Rank
1st
TRUERank
1st (72%)
1

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Mizuno JPX 900 Forged

Mizuno JPX 900 Forged

Short Iron Rank
1st
Mid Iron Rank
5th
Long Iron Rank
2nd
TRUERank
2nd (70%)
#2

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TaylorMade P790

TaylorMade P790

Short Iron Rank
3rd
Mid Iron Rank
1st
Long Iron Rank
4th
TRUERank
3rd (68%)
#3

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2018 Most Wanted Players Distance Iron Data

Most Wanted Players Distance Iron Rankings

Club NameLong Iron RankMid Iron RankShort Iron RankTRUERank
Fourteen TC7881st5th1st1st
Mizuno JPX 900 Forged2nd5th1st2nd
TaylorMade P7904th1st3rd3rd
Wilson Staff C300 Forged4th2nd3rd4th
Titleist 718 AP34th3rd8th5th
Cobra Forged TEC2nd5th6th6th
Ben Hogan PTx7th3rd6th6th
PING i5009th5th3rd8th
Callaway EPIC Pro7th5th8th9th
Callaway Rogue Pro9th5th8th10th

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 dropdown located on the top right of the charts.