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120

Hours Researched

9,481

Shots Hit

16

Products Considered

34.4 million

Readers

OUR JOB IS YOUR GAME.

What characteristics determine a great players iron?

Is it distance? Accuracy? Control? A little added forgiveness? We’ve found that it’s a combination of all of the above. This year we leveraged our testing facility in Virginia to deliver the most comprehensive, unbiased Players Iron Test in the world. 

For this year’s test, we have yet again refined our analytics and added another piece to the puzzle – statistical significance.  Our 2018 Most Wanted Players Iron test has more iron models, more shots, and more reliable results than ever.  If you’re in the market for new irons in 2018, this is for you.

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DEFINING THE PLAYERS CATEGORY

17 of the top non-blade players irons were put to the test.  The clubs tested, while not quite the butter-knife blades your grandfather played, maintain the workability better players demand and offer that bit of forgiveness we all need.

The target handicap for this iron category ranges from scratch(or better) to the high single-digits. The designs of these irons feature more compact head profiles, small cavities, and minimal offset.

DISCLAIMER: While we all want to game the same irons as the pros, the clubs in this category aren’t for everyone. These players irons are designed for golfers who hit the center of the club face more often than not. Miss and the punishment will be more severe than with game-improvement or super game-improvement irons.

ADVANCED GOLF ANALYTICS

Data matters. And when it comes to finding the right equipment, it’s critical. We help solve this by applying the largest connected set of head-to-head data to tackle one of golf’s biggest challenges.

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: 9,481
  • DATA POINTS: 426,645
  • TIME:  120 hours
  • TESTERS: 20
  • HANDICAP RANGE: +2 – 8
  • AGE RANGE: 23 – 64
  • 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

Our rankings aren’t determined inside a conference room. We don’t have a panel, and there are no votes. The launch monitor is the one and only judge. For our 2018 Most Wanted Players Iron test, we collected a standard set of launch monitor metrics (ball speed, launch angle, spin rates, distance, 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 Irons Rankings

Mizuno MP-18 SC

Mizuno MP-18 SC

"Best Players Iron 2018"

Short Iron Rank
2nd
Mid Iron Rank
1st
Long Iron Rank
5th
TRUERank
1st (55%)
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Mizuno MP-18 MMC

Mizuno MP-18 MMC

Short Iron Rank
2nd
Mid Iron Rank
5th
Long Iron Rank
2nd
TRUERank
2nd(48%)
#2

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Srixon Z765

Srixon Z765

Short Iron Rank
8th
Mid Iron Rank
2nd
Long Iron Rank
10th
TRUERank
3rd(47%)
#3

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TaylorMade P770

TaylorMade P770

Short Iron Rank
1st
Mid Iron Rank
7th
Long Iron Rank
3rd
TRUERank
3rd(47%)
#3

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2018 Most Wanted Players Iron Data

2018 PLAYERS IRON TEST

Club NameLong Iron RankMid Iron RankShort Iron RankTRUERank
New Level 902 Forged15th4th16th14th
Titleist 718 AP23rd5th5th6th
Bridgeston Tour B X-CB5th11th5th8th
Edel Variable Length5th10th14th9th
Fourteen FH-90010th14th2nd9th
Cobra Forged ONE13th16th8th15th
Cobra Forged Tour15th15th8th16th
PING i20010th11th8th12th
Mizuno MP-18 MMC2nd5th2nd2nd
TaylorMade P7703rd7th1st3rd
Mizuno MP-18 SC5th1st2nd1st
Titleist 718 TMB5th11th8th9th
Wilson Staff Tour V65th3rd14th7th
VEGA VDC-0114th7th8th12th
Callaway X Forged1st7th5th5th
Srixon Z76510th2nd8th3rd

Below you’ll find the data from our 2018 Most Wanted Players 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.

 

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