Kirkland Signature Player’s Irons Review
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Kirkland Signature Player’s Irons Review

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Kirkland Signature Player’s Irons Review

For $499, why wouldn’t you play Costco’s newest hit, Kirkland Signature player’s irons?

They feature a stainless steel body, an injected urethane insert and an internal tungsten weight. All of these features are comparable to the top brand names—at about a third of the price!

First Impressions

Costco's golf iron

First, and this one is circling the internet, Costco’s iron bears a striking resemblance to TaylorMade’s P790. This is a fair comparison—except it is a shiny chrome version. A “chromed-out” iron is hit or miss for most golfers. I am not a fan and I’d argue most of our testers aren’t either.

Second, feel and sound go hand in hand. For $499, the Kirkland Signature player’s irons feel damned good and their sound is appealing. To me, it is on the more muted side with a distinct thud, exactly what I like. Feel and sound are perceived and subjective. What I perceive might be different from what you perceive. But from my perspective, these Kirkland Signature irons are impressive.

$499 Worth of Data

Premature accolades aren’t our style. I want to see how the Kirkland Signature player’s irons perform in our testing before passing final judgment. In the meantime, let’s see how the Kirkland Signature iron stacks up against my current pitching wedge, 7-iron and 5-iron.

The quick hit is that my current gamers are slightly faster and longer than the Kirkland irons. My irons are a blended set of another player’s distance iron on the market.

Kirkland Signature Iron: Pitching Wedge Data

Kirkland iron data

Kirkland Signature Iron: 7 Iron Data

KSig iron data

Kirkland Signature Iron: 5 Iron Data

Kirkland Signature Iron review

Kirkland Signature Player’s Irons: We Need a Restock ASAP

The Kirkland Signature irons sold out quickly. They are arguably the hottest Christmas present out there (or the discreet Christmas present to yourself).

As to when Kirkland irons will be back in stock, your guess is as good as ours. If you aren’t patient, you can snag them on eBay for nearly twice the original $499 price.

Kirkland Iron review

Predictions

I am going out on a limb but Kirkland Signature player’s irons might finish in the top half of our 2024 player’s distance iron test. From my small data set, they appear to produce consistent numbers. One of the key attributes we analyze is consistency which we correlate as forgiveness. How consistent is a golf club at producing similar results shot to shot? Is the carry consistent? Is the ball speed consistent? Is the backspin consistent? These are the metrics we analyze.

The Final Leg

You have every right to be skeptical about the Kirkland Signature player’s irons. At just $499, you may be reluctant to pull the trigger. However, nearly 72 percent of the golfers we surveyed through our Forum had positive feelings towards these Costco irons. Fifty-six percent said they would play them.

These are intriguing numbers, given these irons debuted just a few weeks ago. Based on preliminary data and subjective impressions, I say again: For $499, why would you not give the Kirkland Signature player’s irons the benefit of the doubt? And before you say it, I know they aren’t available in left handed…

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Cancer Survivor. Amputee Golfer. Essentially, a OneLeggedBoss. When he isn't facilitating testing or analyzing data, Phillip enjoys his family time, practicing and playing golf, unwinding with video games, capturing photos of nature, or devouring pretzels.

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      Ray

      3 months ago

      Good review but please tell us what model club you were hitting. Also, what loft each club you were hitting had. You might be hitting your clubs 4-5 yards farther but with a stronger 2° loft.

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      Jacob

      3 months ago

      According to this website it is possible that the Kirkland irons will be back in stock by mid February. Fingers crossed. I really need to get my hands on these.

      https://viralrestock.com/when-will-costco-kirkland-players-irons-restock/

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      Dirty Dan

      3 months ago

      Bought a set to see what the hype was about! I was playing Mizuno JPX 900 forged with c-taper lite 110 and the K-Sig was 1/2 club longer and very soft with a nice muted sound. I have been skeptical of the elevate shaft assuming it was gonna be too high but these are pretty easy to flight or launch when you want. High quality grips as well I just pulled em off and built em up to midsize and I was good to go! Very impressed so far!

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      Mark Blake

      3 months ago

      Overlooked the most important thing in the review, whats the Quality control like? Thats what Kirkland stands for.
      Should have measured length, Loft,Lie, Swingweights, Flex of every club at least and reported how they stack up against each other and the specifications.

      Any golf iron hit in the middle is just going to feel fine, and the distance is going to be relevant to the loft and length of the club, and those compared too. Thats not what i need to know in a review.

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      Craig Powers

      3 months ago

      How can I get these irons. Not in stores. Thanks.

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      Titanic Thompson

      3 months ago

      I don’t understand how so many websites that do irons reviews don’t include a pic of how the club would look at address, so many do it. Are you asked by MFG to not do it.

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      Peejer

      4 months ago

      Let’s see the data. Your loft and specs, please!!

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      cksurfdude

      4 months ago

      Sorry but don’t quite get all the hoopla….

      For HALF the price of the Costco set why not look at SMT’s offerings – especially the 579 .. which is THE SAME CLUB HEAD – and which are customizable (shaft, grip, etc.) and give you options on set makeup??!!??

      https://www.smtgolf.com/smt-579-iron-components.html?usource=lc&lctid=76102

      ..just saying……

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      Mark T.

      4 months ago

      They are similar to the SMT’s, but not the same. Check the specs…

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      BlueUp

      3 months ago

      I mean, comparing pricing on an item sold as heads only to complete clubs is a bit disingenuous… Shafts, grips, ferrules, and supplies aren’t free, and neither is the assembly, which will cost you either time or money.

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      Brad Smith

      4 months ago

      Come On!! You’re supposed to be data driven and to provide that data to us. Comparing two irons by distance means nothing without also providing their loft and peak height.

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      Bill

      4 months ago

      Oh, but the Kirkland badging… these would definitely require head covers, LOL. It will be great to see how these stack up against this years entries with the MGS Hit Squad testing.

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      John

      4 months ago

      Easy decision for me-No left hand option…

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      Peter

      4 months ago

      Phil, Mr Covey would like a word with you for speaking so highly of these irons.

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      Lefthack

      3 months ago

      Even if they made lefties, I wouldn’t bother. They might be great clubs, but my $500 goes way further with Haywood, or Takomo, or Sub70 to support golf and golf companies. Same reason I don’t play the Costco balls and buy Cut instead.

      Support the companies you agree with. I still get my toilet paper at Costco.

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      Mitch

      4 months ago

      I love the comments on Mygolfspy they tend to be insightful. Today I have Ping in my bag and have for quite some time. I also am a Costco member. If I wasn’t Left handed, I’d be all over the Costco releases. The lineup is decent, Driver, Wedges (3), Irons and Kirkland putter. If you add the Pebble Beach Golf bag I see every spring and pallets of Kirkland golf balls the OEM’s will have some serious competition.
      If your a parent with a kid who wants to join the school golf team, suddenly Costco’s entry is looking really appealing! If you beat up your wedges during the season, why not pick up a set of Kirkland wedges and recycle at the end. Rick Shiels on YouTube has positive review of the Kirkland wedges. And if I may add the pack of golf gloves for $29 is a great deal. Suddenly Kirkland has to be a serious player among other OEM’s. So who on the PGA will be the first to wear a Kirkland golf cap and be endorsed? What a hoot.

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      Chris

      4 months ago

      Has anyone heard of Lazarus? They have full and mixed hybrid sets. They have 3 different shafts and 3 different color combinations. They also have free shipping. The only testing I’ve seen is on their 3 wedge set and it was pretty positive. They are less expensive than the Kirkland. Anyone??

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      Rob W.

      4 months ago

      Best thing about these clubs is that they pull back the curtain on production costs. If they continue selling out, Callaway & TM will need to come up with their own “economy” club. Just like PXG pulled every OEM price up, Kirkland will pull them back down.

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      Steve

      4 months ago

      Not if Costco doesn’t keep them in stock. They didn’t affect wedge or putter pricing because they aren’t in stock anymore and you could only find them in the stores for a short time. Not sure why they are doing this but I suspect they are a very low margin product for them. Their balls are obviously a better margin play for them because they are mostly always in stock and are restocked frequently.

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      Dr Tee

      4 months ago

      Look ok at the rock bottom Costco price, but why on earth would you want to buy them on e-Bay at double the price when you can buy “superior” OEM clubs for that “double” amt. of money ?? You can put together a set of PXG 0211’s for just a little more than the Costco’s and my bet is they’re a whole lot better performing club and surely better looking. (and, Costco’s for sure ain’t as good looking as Titleist, Srixon, Cobra, TaylorMade, Callaway).

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      Chad

      4 months ago

      Phillip, you mentioned your current gamers. For comparison, what are they?

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      bob

      4 months ago

      Two critical pieces of info are missing. The Kirkland PW, 7 and 5 irons were around 4-5 yards shorter compared to what? What are the lofts of your players distance irons? Also, what did you pay for your blended set? Did you purchase shafts specifically fitted to your swing. I think a quality set of irons at $499 will have a large appeal to people who are avid golfers but do not take those additional steps of shaft fitting. A decent shaft in R or S on some nice irons for $499 is going to be very appealing to a wide range of golfers who are not looking to break out onto the Korn Ferry Tour anytime in the immediate future.

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      RCgs

      4 months ago

      My buddy just got these and had the same comment as Harry that they felt too heavy for his swing preferences, so he’s returning them. The thing with iron sets is that it’s so important to actually hit the iron so you know the weight. Iron shafts are often overlooked as being a critical part of performance – if the swing weight doesn’t feel right, you’re in trouble.

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      Randy

      4 months ago

      I’m not, I will torch the shafts out and install DG 105 Tour Issue S400 shafts and swing weight them at D2 and problem solved. Another reason he hit his gamers further was because I bet $100 he’s not using an Elevate shaft!!! Duh!!!

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      Hay is for horses

      4 months ago

      What are the specs of the irons tested? K-Sig being a few yards shorter could be just a minor loft difference.

      Any comments on the feel? I think that’s what people are more curious about. K-Sig closely resembles prior-generation P790 in look and construction. P790 feel very good for hollow-body/internal cavity irons.

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      ROB Person

      4 months ago

      These DTC irons appear to be fantastic. Having read through all the forum posts, I’d say for mid to high handicap players, they are a bargain. Can’t wait for the head to head comparisons. Will you compare them against other complete bag sets offered from big box stores close to that price range?
      How would these hold up over long term do you think?

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      ROB PERSON

      4 months ago

      Also, to make it a full bag, will you be adding the wedges, putter, and driver into this H2H testing? Add in cost comparisons and evaluation?
      I saw to build a complete set its over $1000.

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      Sean

      4 months ago

      Shiny finish off putting would put those squarely in the millennial or younger group since the rest of us grew up with shiny.
      True to Costco and don’t think you mentioned……..
      If you don’t like them you can RETURN them. ❤️

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      Rolly

      4 months ago

      I used to have the Kirkland wedges which were pretty darn good but the “chrome” really bothered me especially in a sunny day. I found myself having a hard time focusing on address due to the chrome shining too much for my eyes. I do not play with shades so I am sure that would help with the brightness of the chrome.

      Costco stuff is always a bargain and the ability to return is a definite plus

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      Mike

      4 months ago

      Kudos to them. I know inflation has upped the price of everything, but it’s getting ridiculous in terms of new OEM club prices.

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      bob

      4 months ago

      Plus, the link in the article to look up MGS Player Distance Iron rankings you will see Inesis solidly in second place. Inesis….at $799 for a set. Think about that, Costco and Inesis are coming out with quality irons around $300-600 less than what the big names are doing. I am loving how Costco, Inesis, Maxfli are coming onto the scene with high quality products at a fraction of the price.

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      Greg c

      4 months ago

      Got 4-PW set of Srixon ZX5 at my local course for 899.

      Rich

      4 months ago

      Quick question- are your gamers the same loft/length as the Kirklands? Obviously nothing is exactly apples to apples in a quick test, but just curious given how all over the place manufacturers are with their specs these days.

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      Alex

      4 months ago

      Interesting. I’d love to see a comparison with other DTC, Sub70, Takomo, etc.

      If the Kirkland sig shafts work for you, great, but the DTCs mentioned above have more shaft options (and Takomo sells only heads too).

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      Phillip Bishop

      4 months ago

      The Kirkland irons will feature in our Player’s Distance Iron test in 2024 and they’ll be stacked up against a bunch of OEMs.

      Personally, I’d want to try the irons out with a different shaft option installed. The Elevate 115g is just a bit too much for my liking.

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      Alex

      4 months ago

      Yup, TT Elevate comes in 95g.

      Harry Callahan

      4 months ago

      I have these clubs. The shafts are a bit too heavy for me. Otherwise fantastic

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