Best Golf Utility Irons 2022
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Best Golf Utility Irons 2022

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Best Golf Utility Irons 2022
TaylorMade P790 UDI
Srixon ZX Utility
TaylorMade P790 UDI
Tour Edge Exotics C722 TI-Utility
TaylorMade P790 UDI
2022 MOST WANTED
TaylorMade P790 UDI
  • 2022 Most Wanted
  • Best for distance
  • Best for accuracy
  • Highly rated for profile and shaping
  • Harsh feel
  • 97.45
RUNNER UP
Srixon ZX Utility
  • Top-3 performance in each scoring metric
  • Good profile
  • Noted for having a clicky sound
  • 93.00
BEST FOR DISTANCE
TaylorMade P790 UDI
  • Beautiful design
  • Disappointing feel
  • 97.45
BEST FOR FORGIVENESS
Tour Edge Exotics C722 TI-Utility
  • Best for forgiveness
  • Confidence-inspiring profile
  • Acoustics are clicky
  • 87.97
BEST FOR ACCURACY
TaylorMade P790 UDI
  • Best for accuracy
  • Towards the top for forgiveness
  • Poor feel
  • 97.45

OUR JOB IS YOUR GAME

Here are the results of our 2022 Most Wanted utility iron test.

Utility irons are not everyone’s cup of tea. But if a utility iron suits your game, it can be extremely beneficial.

Read on to find out if a utility iron can help your game.

MOST WANTED SCORING

We have reformulated our 2022 Most Wanted results to a 100-point scoring system. This new system better identifies golf clubs to potentially help you shoot lower scores.

For utility irons, we’ve split our key metrics into three categories: accuracy, forgiveness and distance. Each category is weighted through proprietary methodologies.

Data was collected using Foresight GCQuad Launch monitors. To minimize variables, all testers hit Titleist Pro V1 golf balls. Outliers were removed and data was aggregated before scores were calculated.

Accuracy

The accuracy category plays a vital role in every Most Wanted Test. Our accuracy score is determined strictly by Strokes Gained.

Forgiveness

Forgiveness is a measure of consistency. As such, our forgiveness metric seeks to identify the clubs that provide the most consistent result. Note: “consistent” doesn’t always mean “consistently good.” Our forgiveness metrics include:

  • Ball speed consistency
  • Spin consistency
  • Carry consistency
  • Dispersion area

Distance

Without question, distance is always a priority for most consumers. Our distance metrics are simple:

  • Carry distance
  • Total distance

BEST UTILITY IRONS OVERALL

Best Utility Irons

Top of the Board

BEST UTILITY IRONS FOR DISTANCE

Utility Iron

TOP PICKS: TAYLORMADE P790 UDI, TITLEIST T200, SRIXON ZX UTILITY

  • P790 UDI was the best for distance, almost three yards longer than the next closest competitor.
  • Titleist T200 racked up second-best for distance.
  • Srixon ZX Utility rounded out the top three. It makes for a solid option if distance is your priority.

BEST UTILITY IRONS FOR FORGIVENESS

Utility Iron

TOP PICKS: TOUR EDGE EXOTICS C722 TI-UTILITY, PROTO CONCEPT C01.5, SRIXON ZX UTILITY

  • Where consistency is key, Tour Edge Exotics C722 TI-Utility excels.
  • Throughout this year’s testing, Proto Concept’s products showcase tremendous consistency. Their C01.5 was the runner up for forgiveness.
  • If consistency is the name of the game, Srixon ZX Utility fits the bill.

BEST UTILITY IRONS FOR ACCURACY

TOP PICKS: TAYLORMADE P790 UDI, SRIXON ZX UTILITY, TITLEIST T200

Utility Iron Buying Considerations

Performance should be your primary concern when buying a new utility iron but there are some additional factors you may want to consider before you make your purchasing decision.

Utility Irons Versus Long Irons

Long irons are a constant in the golf world. However, do you struggle to hit your 3-, 4-, 0r 5-iron consistently? Most golfers will likely answer with an emphatic “yes.” Utility irons offer more forgiveness than long irons. With wider soles and lower and deeper centers of gravity, utility irons can create more optimum ball flights. Be careful, though. With more optimum ball flight, you may see an increase in carry distance. Be sure to pay attention to your lofts to ensure efficient yardage gapping.

Utility Irons Versus Hybrids

For years, hybrids have served as long iron replacements. However, there are still golfers who prefer the traditional “long iron” look. Well, for those enthusiasts, switching to a utility iron may be the best option. Most hybrids are draw-biased. For those that hate a hook, a utility iron might be the better alternative. Also, if you are a golfer with a steeper angle of attack, utility irons may serve you well. Their tendency is to produce a lower, more penetrating ball flight. Be mindful of your gapping since hybrids tend to launch higher and may result in more carry distance than the utility iron.

Utility Irons Versus Fairway Woods

Arguably, fairway woods are most golfers’ kryptonite. They are one of the most difficult golf clubs to hit consistently. Utility irons offer a lifeline replacement for fairway woods. The downside: Most utility irons only offer, at their lowest, 16 degree of loft. Therefore, they are unlikely candidates as a 3-wood replacement. However, they can be used as direct replacements for 5-woods. Golfers with a steeper angle of attack may benefit from a utility iron. A utility iron offers a sleeker look, more workability and, potentially, more forgiveness than a 5-wood. Typically, utility irons will launch lower and fly shorter than a 5-wood so bear that in mind before you consider the switch.

Loft

When you are considering a utility iron, be wary of loft options. Some OEMs offer multiple loft options. Others only offer one or two loft options. Making sure the loft fits into your current set make-up is critical. Lofts ranging from 16.5 to 25 degrees from the OEMs are included in this year’s test.

Shaft Selection

As always, shaft selection is vital. Most utility/driving irons come stock with a graphite shaft. However, there are OEMs that offer steel shafts. Every shaft performs differently and produces varying launch conditions. Be sure to select the proper shaft that best suits your desired launch conditions.

Adjustability

In previous years, we’ve seen adjustable utility irons. This year’s test did not feature any. However, adjustability is your friend if it is available. With it, you can dial in an ideal loft that best suits your game.

FIELD NOTES

During each test, we look for trends that provide us with insight into where the market as a whole is moving as well as what noteworthy changes manufacturers have made to improve year-to-year performance. Additionally, we solicit feedback from our testers. We want to understand what they liked, what they didn’t like and why. Although we obtain their feedback, their subjective opinions do not influence, dictate or determine our testing rankings.

Trends and Tweaks

  • Hollow-body construction is a common theme in utility irons. Manufacturers achieve this in numerous ways:
    • Mizuno Pro Fli-Hi features multi-material construction combined with Grain Flow Forged Chromoly Face for a “hybrid muscle-back” component.
    • Haywood SDI, Tour Edge Exotics C722 TI-Utility, Proto Concept C01.5 and Srixon ZX Utility all utilize a hollow-body design.
  • Tungsten weighting is another key component.
    • PXG, Titleist, TaylorMade and Tour Edge Exotics all feature tungsten-weighting properties.

Notes From The Testing Pool

The following section details subjective feedback from our pool of 20 testers. Gathering feedback is an important aspect of any test. We use their feedback as a representation of what golfers like and dislike about the product we test. That being said, the feedback is strictly subjective. It does not play a factor in the rankings.

  • PXG 0311 X Gen5  and Mizuno Pro Fli-Hi received the most compliments for their feel as did Haywood SDI.
  • TaylorMade P790 UDI, Titleist T200 and PXG 0311 X Gen5 were complimented the most for appearance and profiling.
  • The dark finish of the Mizuno Pro Fli-Hi received mixed comments.
  • Srixon ZX Utility and Tour Edge Exotics C722 TI- Utility both gave off a clicky acoustic which was unappealing to testers.

2022 MOST WANTED UTILITY IRON SCORES

2022 Most Wanted Utility Iron Scores

PRODUCTOVERALL SCOREDISTANCE SCOREACCURACY SCOREFORGIVENESS SCORE
TaylorMade P790 UDI

Check Price
97.4597.5198.1786.44
Srixon ZX Utility

Check Price
93.0090.7293.6586.64
Tour Edge Exotics C722 TI-Utility

Check Price
87.9778.1483.0196.90
Titleist T200

Check Price
83.1791.8692.4867.60
Mizuno Pro Fli-Hi

Check Price
82.3084.5580.7685.69
PXG 0311X Gen5

Check Price
81.2683.5182.7381.18
Haywood Signature Driving Iron

Check Price
79.8384.1577.9684.78
Proto Concept C01.5

Check Price
75.0369.5671.2490.77

2022 MOST WANTED UTILITY IRON DATA

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FAQ

BUYING A NEW UTILITY IRON

Q: When should I buy a new utility iron?

A: In most categories, it typically takes three to five years for manufacturers to make any significant performance gains. This is especially true in the utility category where performance breakthroughs are rare. A good bit of what changes comes down to shaping and cosmetics and, while that can alter performance from one iteration to the next, little in the way of revolutionary technology finds its way into the category. Our recommendation is to buy a new utility iron only when it appreciably outperforms what is already in your bag. Of course, if you want a new utility iron because you want a new utility iron, that’s fine, too.

Q: How do I know which utility iron is right for my game?

A: A proper club fitting with a professional will help determine what utility iron will suit your unique game. However, you can assess your own needs by determining what kind of shots you need to hit with your utility iron. Do you use the utility primarily off the tee or mostly off the turf? If you mainly use the utility iron off the tee, a lower-launching, lower-spinning model might help you get the ball running down the fairway. Conversely, higher-lofted, wide-soled, back-weighed utility irons can help you get the ball launching high and landing softly. Make sure to fully evaluate your game in advance of a professional fitting to help the fitter understand what you’re looking for in a utility iron.

Q: Does the shaft matter?

A: Absolutely. While changes to spin and launch are rarely massive, shaft changes frequently lead to improved accuracy, tighter dispersion and greater overall consistency. We always recommend working with a qualified fitter. If that’s not possible, take the time to understand the different shaft profiles offered and how the performance of each might benefit or adversely affect your game.

Q: What should I look for when testing utility irons?

A: While golfers have been conditioned to consider distance to the exclusion of nearly everything else, we recommended looking at the little numbers and looking for small circles. When comparing metrics like distance and ball speed, be sure to look at your standard deviations (the small numbers usually found under the big ones on the data screen). Smaller numbers mean better consistency, which will usually benefit your score more than an extra yard or two. Similarly, look for tighter dispersion ellipses (small circles). We can’t overstate the importance of consistency with utility irons.

MOST WANTED

Q: What does Most Wanted mean?

A: We define Most Wanted as the best-performing club. Based on Strokes Gained, it’s the club that was shown to be in the top-performing group for the highest percentage of our testing pool. For more detailed information, see our How We Test page.

Q: How is the Most Wanted Utility Iron determined?

A: To determine the Most Wanted Utility Iron, we collect performance metrics with Foresight GCQuad Launch Monitors. To determine our overall rankings, we don’t just focus on averages. Instead, through proprietary methodologies, we determine the winner based on three key metrics – accuracy, distance, and forgiveness.

Q: How is the “Longest” Utility Iron determined?

A: To determine the Longest Utility Iron, we again look past the raw averages to consider the average total yards across the test pool along with the statistical reliability of that data.

Q: How is the “Most Forgiving” Utility Iron determined?

A: To determine the Most Forgiving Utility Iron, we focus on a narrower set of metrics that includes:

  • Ball speed consistency
  • Spin consistency
  • Carry consistency
  • Dispersion area

Q: How are the utility irons in the test fit to each golfer?

A: We use a fitting process that we call fit from stock. Irons are fitted to each tester using the stock, no up-charge options from each manufacturer. We test utility irons ranging in loft from 17 to 19.5 degrees. While less so in this category, adjustability is growing in popularity. When movable weights or adjustable hosels are available, we make every effort to optimize each club for each tester. Occasionally, manufacturers will send multiple sets with different stock shafts that we can utilize to improve launch conditions.

Q: How much does subjective feedback like looks, sound, and feel factor into your rankings?

A: ZERO. Our rankings are based purely on launch monitor data and quantifiable performance metrics.

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      Jay Bee

      8 months ago

      The P790 UDI is only available in 17* – isn’t that why it would be first for distance given th others you tested were probably 19*????

      Reply

      Dan Dan

      2 years ago

      Ping Crossover rules them all for me. Easiest to hit by a long shot, pun intended. Why no Ping in test?

      Reply

      JP

      2 years ago

      Was this test specific to only Utility irons that were released this calendar year? because it feels noticeable light in the depth chart?

      I know 2021’s Titleist U505 is still part of their active line-up and that was last years runner up, so I’m surprised they only tested the T200 which isn’t that just a 2-iron option and not really a utility iron?

      still interesting all the same, as a utility iron player I’m always curious to see what’s new (although i only really upgrade club categories about once a decade ha)

      Reply

      Les

      2 years ago

      Please had “Not available in left handed” as a Con. As a left handed golfer, disappointment always follows when I find a club not available to me.

      Reply

      Mike

      2 years ago

      I’ve been interested in the P790 UDI for years. How does this compare to previous versions? Also, is there a way to tell apart the versions from different years?

      Reply

      Phillip Bishop

      2 years ago

      The design of the clubhead is slightly different, especially the placement of the name & logo, I believe.

      Reply

      Andrew the Great!

      2 years ago

      So I’m reading reading reading, and the more I read the more I wonder, how can they do this kind of thing over and over and over?! Are these embedded ads really enough to fund their research??

      And then, for the first time I can ever remember seeing this, I see your donation request! I figured, it’s a sign.

      So I donated. I encourage like-minded folks who read this to consider donating, too. I didn’t do much, just a one-time $25 gift. I hope enough others follow suit and donate, and keep MGS in business.

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      MyGolfSpy

      2 years ago

      ????????????

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      Jim B

      2 years ago

      Only tested 8 clubs, pretty disappointed about this. Here are a few other manufacturers that have clubs in this category that I would have expected to be included: Wilson, Cleveland, Cobra, Ping and Ben Hogan

      Is there a reason why these were not? Other than Hogan, I can buy all of these others at my local golf store. I know Callaway has stopped making their X Forged UT, but that is another one that would’ve been in this category.

      Reply

      Stu

      2 years ago

      I second this. Even in the UK most of these extra utility irons are readily available.

      Interesting article as always lads.

      Reply

      Scott

      2 years ago

      I don’t get the small sample size at all. MyGolf Spy is big Sub70 fans and they weren’t in the test either.

      Clay

      2 years ago

      I agree, and with Titleist the T200 is there but no U505? Maybe we should all be hitting that donate button a little more often…

      Phillip Bishop

      2 years ago

      Hi Jim! I totally understand your disappointment. We made the decision to only test the newest products for 2022. A majority of the products listed were included in last year’s test. You can check those out here – http://mygolfspy.com/2021-most-wanted-utility-iron/

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      Patrick K

      2 years ago

      Agreed! Where is the U-505? I know its not “New” but its the current model being offered by Titleist. for the average golfer. The T200 U is for low handicaps and tour pros.

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      Phillip Bishop

      2 years ago

      U-505 was tested last year and performed well. Highly recommend it based on last year’s results. You can find those results here – http://mygolfspy.com/2021-most-wanted-utility-iron/

      MarkM

      2 years ago

      So all the top Utilities felt/sounded crappy … lovely

      Reply

      Phillip Bishop

      2 years ago

      Again, merely subjective feedback. Some may appeal to you. Let performance dictate your next purchase :)

      Reply

      Craig

      2 years ago

      I have Srixon which does sound a bit clicky as they indicate, but I actually like that sound/feel more than most irons. None of them are going to have blade feel..

      Reply

      Mulligan Mac

      2 years ago

      I’ve been gaming the Srixon ZX 2-iron for a few weeks now. Perfectly satisfied with it. It replaces a Ping Crossover. I can confirm that it has a “unique” sound when struck. It is not anything annoying. Just different. I wouldn’t call it a click but a “tink,” if that makes sense. Again, I’m perfectly satisfied with its performance. It’s doing exactly what I hoped. I can game it off the tee or fairway.

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      Phillip Bishop

      2 years ago

      Happy to hear the ZX Utility is working great for you. It is definitely a unique sound.

      Reply

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