Irons Golf Clubs | 2011 Reviews of Men's Sets

Mens IronsYour irons are the pistons of your golf engine. There’s no more important equipment in your golf bag. Thus you should spend a little time figuring out what is the best for your level and ability. I’ve seen many golfers playing with equipment that is way too advanced for them. You have to be honest with yourself about your ability and pick out equipment that will bring the best out of your golf game and help you improve.

Beginners – There are some great irons for beginners that will get you going with a running start. The best clubs out there for you are hybrid irons. I love the Adams Idea Hybrid Iron Set A7 OS. The long irons have an extra 44 grams in the heel and toe for stability. The middle irons are hollow-back middle hybrids designed to get the ball up quick and high with spin, and the short irons are a conventional wide sole cavity back. Another good beginner iron set is the Wilson Fybrid Staffs.

Game Improvement – These irons are good for a wide range of handicaps. They are oversized, very forgiving and extremely easy to swing. My favorite is the TaylorMade Mens r9 Irons. These irons use an i inverted-cone technology to expand the sweet spot, giving the irons a bigger and hotter clubface. However the club still looks like your traditional cavity back. I also really like the Callaway X22. These irons are perimeter weighted to give the iron a huge MOI.

Players – Single digit handicappers that have shot shaping as their top priority will really appreciate how the club designers have managed to make their premium sharp shooting weapons more forgiving. Gone is the old school of thought that cavity back irons lesson your ability to work the ball. I give you the Mizuno MP-58. This is a beautiful player’s golf club where they’ve put lightweight titanium in the center of the forged clubhead and moved the weight outward towards the perimeter. I also recommend Tiger Woods Victory Red Forged Irons and the Bridgestone Forged J38.

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TaylorMade R11 Irons Review

Men’s Iron Set

TaylorMade R11 Irons Review | Men’s Iron Set

You know you have something hot on your hands when the anticipated introduction date is nearly a month away and people are already lining up to buy it. Such is the story with the new -- and highly anticipated -- TaylorMade R11 irons. Given the ...





Nike VR Split Cavity Irons

Victory Red Forged w/ Dynamic Gold Shaft & Easton Grip, Set of 8

Nike VR Split Cavity Irons | Victory Red Forged w/ Dynamic Gold Shaft & Easton Grip, Set of 8

The name of the Nike Victory Red Forged VR Split Cavity irons is a mouthful to say, if nothing else. In all seriousness, though, these are serious golf clubs for serious players. Made from 1025 Forged Carbon Steel (read: soft), these irons are precision forged and then ...





Callaway Hawkeye Irons VFT

Compact Club Head w/ Callaway OEM Shaft, RH & LH

Callaway Hawkeye Irons VFT | Compact Club Head w/ Callaway OEM Shaft, RH & LH

When it comes to helping the masses of golfers that struggle to break 100, Callaway Golf is near the top of the list -- and the Callaway Hawkeye VFT irons are yet another example of what they can do to help that large group of golfers.

VFT is an acronym for ...





Mizuno JPX-800 Forged Iron Set of Golf Clubs

Cavity Back Includes PW, GW w/ Graphite Shaft

Mizuno JPX-800 Forged Iron Set of Golf Clubs | Cavity Back Includes PW, GW w/ Graphite Shaft

Generally speaking, when you think of Mizuno forged irons, you think of the user as a single-digit handicap player -- someone who knows his way around a set of forged irons and how to use them. Well, the JPX-800 set from Mizuno attempts to bring their famous forged ...





Bridgestone J33 Irons, 2-PW

Forged Combo Cavity Muscle Back Clubs, Carbon Steel

Bridgestone J33 Irons, 2-PW | Forged Combo Cavity Muscle Back Clubs, Carbon Steel

In theory, it should be easier and more compelling to review putters and drivers than irons -- we use the putter for about 30% (or more) of our total shots per round, and the driver for another 15% (though probably on at least 75% of the total holes) -- but there ...





Cleveland TA7 Irons, 4 – PW & GW

Gunmetal Blade, Progressive Offset Tour Action w/ Steel Shaft

Cleveland TA7 Irons, 4 – PW & GW | Gunmetal Blade, Progressive Offset Tour Action w/ Steel Shaft

Cleveland Golf first introduced the TA (Tour Action) moniker in their wedges, which had a nearly cult following on the PGA and other pro tours. The TA7 irons were rolled out in 2002 -- yet another in a series of TA inspired iron sets.

What sets ...





TaylorMade Burner Plus Irons Review

Men’s Iron Set w/ Firm Flex Shaft, Perimiter Weighted Max Forgiveness

TaylorMade Burner Plus Irons Review | Men’s Iron Set w/ Firm Flex Shaft, Perimiter Weighted Max Forgiveness

Forgiveness: these days it’s a lot easier to get from my golf club than my girlfriend. Okay, so maybe I booked a tee time on our anniversary. It’s not like she can’t come along and drive the cart.

For a golfer, of course forgiveness means keeping the ball ...





Ping S58 Irons

Muscle Back Game Improving Players Club, 2 – PW

Ping S58 Irons | Muscle Back Game Improving Players Club, 2 – PW

When I think of Ping irons, the first things that come to mind are the Ping Eye 2 and Ping Zing -- both examples of the ground-breaking, investment cast, cavity-back designs Ping brought to the world of golf many years ago. While these clubs remain viable, and I'm sure are ...





Callaway X12 Irons Offset Cavity Back

Men’s Big Bertha Club w/ Bore Through Shaft

Callaway X12 Irons Offset Cavity Back | Men’s Big Bertha Club w/ Bore Through Shaft

Released in 1998, the Callaway X-12 Irons are part of the Big Bertha technology basis from which many Callaway designs have sprung. The X-12 has a thinner profile and topline (generally favored by better players) than many other Callaway iron designs, which gives these a more compact and ...





Ping G15 Irons Review

Large Clubhead Sole w/ Custom Tuning

Ping G15 Irons Review | Large Clubhead Sole w/ Custom Tuning

I don't know. I usually like Ping stuff. I'm always a little bit weirded out by the extra large sole on these club heads, but for some reason on other clubs like the Ping i15 irons, I didn't mind.

On the G15s, it really threw me. When I honestly ...





Cleveland Ta5 Irons

Gunmetal Clubhead w/ Foam Shaft to Lessen Fatigue

Cleveland Ta5 Irons | Gunmetal Clubhead w/ Foam Shaft to Lessen Fatigue

If Batman played golf, these would be his clubs. They simply look bad to the bone. Gunmetal. Are you serious? Is that AC/DC playing as I rip my four iron out of the bag and spit as I address my shot?

Rock it, baby. Come on.

On a ...





Titleist 990 Irons, Men’s Golf

Cavity Back w/ Steel Stiff Shaft

Titleist 990 Irons, Men’s Golf | Cavity Back w/ Steel Stiff Shaft

It's embarrassing. It really is.

It's embarrassing to try a set of irons on a range and not like them. It's embarrassing to swing the clubs and duck hook a few. It's embarrassing to complain about how you can hit other irons better, even Titleist irons like ...





Nike CPR Irons Review

Men’s Hybrid Iron Game Improvement Golf Set

Nike CPR Irons Review | Men’s Hybrid Iron Game Improvement Golf Set

The acronyms are flying with golf club designations these days, and the Nike CPR fits right into the mix. CPR = "Clubs for Prevention and Recovery." Kind of catchy, really. On the one hand, they are designed to prevent you getting into trouble, but if you do, ...





Titleist ZM Forged Irons

Men’s Blade Club Set 3-PW w/ Steel Shaft

Titleist ZM Forged Irons | Men’s Blade Club Set 3-PW w/ Steel Shaft

I’m starting to really get ticked off at my Cobra Gravity Backs. I bring them to my local driving range and pro shop (where they often allow you to try out new or used sets of clubs in hopes you’ll buy something new).

I’m getting more and more ...





Titleist DTR Irons Review

Men’s & Ladies Golf Clubs Set for Long Distance

Titleist DTR Irons Review | Men’s & Ladies Golf Clubs Set for Long Distance

Drive. Threaten the ball in the air. Repeat.

While this accurately describes an acronym of my golf game, thankfully it is not what the DTR stands for in the Titleist DTR irons. So just what exactly does it stand for?

"Distance Through Research."

Nice, Titleist. I dig. ...





Ping K15 Irons, Men’s Game Improvement Clubs

Set w/ Gap Wedge, Cavity Back & Graphite Shaft

Ping K15 Irons, Men’s Game Improvement Clubs | Set w/ Gap Wedge, Cavity Back & Graphite Shaft

If you read my earlier review of the Ping K15 Driver, then you'll have a leg up on what's happening with the K15 irons. These are obviously designed to complement the other K15 clubs from Ping, and certainly they do just that.

Once again combining a titanium face ...





Cleveland Niblick Reviews

Chip Pitch Approach & Recovery Clubs w/ Variable Loft Angle

Cleveland Niblick Reviews | Chip Pitch Approach & Recovery Clubs w/ Variable Loft Angle

The term "niblick" has been around for hundreds of years, but was largely discontinued near the turn of the 20th century when iron sets became more uniform in size, shape, loft, and -- most importantly -- application. Used to describe everything from a 4-iron to a pitching wedge, niblick is ...





Callaway X-18R Irons Set

Cavity Back Chrome Satin RH 4-PW & SW

Callaway X-18R Irons Set | Cavity Back Chrome Satin RH 4-PW & SW

With a relatively thin top line and slight offset, the Callaway X-18R irons would seem to be suited to nearly any golfer. However, Callaway has put so many other game improvement features into this set, they end up being better suited to an intermediate or even high-handicap golfer.

In ...





Nike SQ MachSpeed Men’s Iron Set 2011

Fast Long Distance, 4-PW, GW w/ Steel Shafts

Nike SQ MachSpeed Men’s Iron Set 2011 | Fast Long Distance, 4-PW, GW w/ Steel Shafts

Oh man. These are fast. Like faster than fast. And fast in a good way, not like a Vin Diesel movie. They really pop the ball so it flies high and lands soft. These irons allowed me to really hone in on ...





Ping i15 Irons Review

Men’s Long Iron, Progressive w/ Max Forgiveness

Ping i15 Irons Review | Men’s Long Iron, Progressive w/ Max Forgiveness

How much better are the Ping i15 irons over the i10s? Supposedly, it is much more than simply answering "five times better." Get it? (And my math teacher said I would never amount to anything.) With similar lines and the same thinner top line, they ...





Ping i10 Irons Review, Men’s Custom Golf Set

Green Dot Upright 2.25 Lie Angle

Ping i10 Irons Review, Men’s Custom Golf Set | Green Dot Upright 2.25 Lie Angle

Dot. Dot. Dot. Dash. Dash. Dash. Dot. Dot. Dot.

Frankly, that's what my game has been sounding like recently. It doesn't matter if I have a green dot or a pink dot; it's the cry of "S.O.S." every time I've been on ...





Mizuno MX 900 Irons Review

Forged w/ Tungsten Weights, Award Winning

Mizuno MX 900 Irons Review | Forged w/ Tungsten Weights, Award Winning

I have to admit.  Until now, I have had zero experience with Mizuno.  My only experience prior to writing this was picking that brand of clubs for my “Tiger Woods PGA Golf 2009” Wii game.  And the only reason I picked those is that the virtual Mizuno company “sponsored” my ...





TaylorMade CGB Irons Set Review

R7 Max Iron w/ Graphite Shaft, 4-PW SW

TaylorMade CGB Irons Set Review | R7 Max Iron w/ Graphite Shaft, 4-PW SW

TaylorMade is a name I frequently associate with high-caliber golf performance. Aimed at the biggest-bang-for-the-buck buyer (like me), this 8-piece set (4 iron-PW, SW) provides maximum distance in an easy-to-hit iron due to its super-sized design and thin, fast face. Equipped with the RE-AX Super Fast graphite ...





Callaway X22 Irons Review

Men’sCavity Back 3-PW Set, Golf Digest Gold Award

Callaway X22 Irons Review | Men’sCavity Back 3-PW Set, Golf Digest Gold Award

Callaway, do you know who you are? You're the kid that had the coolest T-shirts in school. You're the kid that pierced their ear first. You're the kid that never came to school with lunch because you would always find some other kid and not beat them up, but talk ...





Nike Slingshot Irons Set Review, RH

Men’s Steel Uniflex Shaft, 3H 4-PW

Nike Slingshot Irons Set Review, RH | Men’s Steel Uniflex Shaft, 3H 4-PW

Before we start, I know. It's Nike. One of my brands that I tend to favor. However, after the disaster with the Nike Lady SlingShot HL, I was quite skeptical. Added to this is the strange look of this new "Uniflex Powerbow" style. It just looks funky, folks.

The ...





TaylorMade R7 XD Irons Review

Men’s Golf Inverted Cone w/ Steel Shaft

TaylorMade R7 XD Irons Review | Men’s Golf Inverted Cone w/ Steel Shaft

I have to admit. I didn't buy the whole "inverted cone" technology when it first came out. I thought it was just another new-fangled, run-of-the-mill goofball gimmick that would get us duffers to buy more stuff. TaylorMade is making more and more of a believer out of ...





Ping S57 Irons Review

Men’s Black Dot Nickel Stiff Shaft

Ping S57 Irons Review | Men’s Black Dot Nickel Stiff Shaft

I love Ping products. I just can't hit them. Maybe they are intimidating to me or something, I'm not quite sure -- but it seems I can't do them justice. This club feels great to swing. The shafts I tried were a stiff Black Nickel ...





Adams RPM Irons Review – Senior Flex Set

Oversized Cavity Back Progressive Offset

Adams RPM Irons Review – Senior Flex Set | Oversized Cavity Back Progressive Offset

Senior golfers take heed: the Adams RPM iron set may be the choice for you with game-improvement features like an oversized head design, a deep cavity-back -- which provides a low and deep center of gravity (CG) -- and progressive offset to ensure a high launch angle and ...





Nike Ignite 2 Irons Set

Men’s Cavity Back Progressive Offset w/ Steel Shafts 4-AW RH

Nike Ignite 2 Irons Set | Men’s Cavity Back Progressive Offset w/ Steel Shafts 4-AW RH

I am tired of playing my old man’s irons that he bought when Ford was still in office. When I hit a golf ball it feels like I am driving a railroad tie into the ground. Since I’ve been working on my swing, I feel like I ...





Pinseeker Golf Clubs Review

RS 350 Irons RH Set, Cavity Back Chrome

Pinseeker Golf Clubs Review | RS 350 Irons RH Set, Cavity Back Chrome

Clearly targeting the "super game-improvement" crowd, the Pinseeker RS 350 blended iron set seems to have the features to meet that need. The first thing you notice is the bright chrome finish and deep cavity back of the standard irons (6-SW). However, what makes this set really on point for ...





Tommy Armour 845 Irons, Men’s LH

Ti 1 & 2 Club Set w/ Uniflex Graphite Shaft

Tommy Armour 845 Irons, Men’s LH | Ti 1 & 2 Club Set w/ Uniflex Graphite Shaft

My first set of "good" irons were Wilson Staff tour blades in 2-SW. Though rare (for me), a purely struck shot with one of those irons was not only a thing of beauty to see, but also a nearly sensual experience to the hands and ears. ...





Ping S56 Irons

Men’s Golf Blade Club Set w/ Steel Shafts KBS Tour

Ping S56 Irons | Men’s Golf Blade Club Set w/ Steel Shafts KBS Tour

If your handicap index number only has one digit in it, then the Ping S56 Iron Set 3-PW with Steel Shafts might appeal to you. These clubs have been designed for players who put a premium on shot control. The basis of the iron body content ...





Titleist AP1 Irons, Cavity Back

Mens Golf Clubs Set for High Handicap, Tungsten Weighted

Titleist AP1 Irons, Cavity Back | Mens Golf Clubs Set for High Handicap, Tungsten Weighted

Titleist built these AP1s for you "aspiring golfers." That's a euphemism for: "You stink!" (I'm not in marketing, so I don't have to use words like "aspiring.") Consider me like your doctor -- I'm giving it to you straight so you can hit the ball straight. ...





Callaway X-20 Iron Set

Golf Clubs 4-PW Cavity Back, Offset Graphite Shaft

Callaway X-20 Iron Set | Golf Clubs 4-PW Cavity Back, Offset Graphite Shaft

These X-20 irons are the predecessors to one of my favorite irons, the X22s. And the difference between the two is negotiable. The X22 was tweaked a bit to make it more appealing to better players -- a little thinner, and not quite as boxy.

Both sets ...





Wilson Staff Men’s Di11 Irons, New 2011

Long Beginners Golf Clubs, 4-PW GW

Wilson Staff Men’s Di11 Irons, New 2011 | Long Beginners Golf Clubs, 4-PW GW

My man Padraig Harrington is Wilson's poster boy. The three-time Major Champion said (back in November of 2010) that these are Wilson's longest irons ever. The sweet spot is 36% larger than any other game-improvement iron. Wilson accomplishes this by removing weight from the perimeter of the face ...





Honma Men’s Iron Set TW904

Beres Cavity Back Milled Golf Clubs, 6 Irons #5-10

Honma Men’s Iron Set TW904 | Beres Cavity Back Milled Golf Clubs, 6 Irons #5-10

These TW904s are a great buy.  That is, if you’d rather buy golf clubs than go on a cruise around the world.  But what the heck -- maybe you can afford both.  (Incidentally, if you can afford both, I’m available for golf lessons during your cruise.)

These TW904 irons are designed for you better ...





Honma Elite Japanese Golf Iron Set, 6-11

Beres MG703 Handmade Club & Shaft

Honma Elite Japanese Golf Iron Set, 6-11 | Beres MG703 Handmade Club & Shaft

Nope, it’s not a typo -- these irons are a little “spendy.”  Honma is an elite Japanese golf company that has been around for 50 years.  In Japan, rich businessmen use Honma golf clubs as bonuses for their employees.  The company is in Yamagata, Tokyo. They say that 150 processes performed by 50 ...





Wilson Staff DI7 Iron Set

Men’s Beginners Golf Clubs 8 Piece w/ Hard Grips

Wilson Staff DI7 Iron Set | Men’s Beginners Golf Clubs 8 Piece w/ Hard Grips

Lower, wider, longer, straighter. This is where the emphasis was put in these irons to give you one of Wilson's most game -improving irons. The "lower" is the lower profile which moves the center of gravity down and makes the ball fly higher. "Wider" refers to ...





Wilson Staff Di9 Iron Set Review

Men’s Golf Clubs for Distance

Wilson Staff Di9 Iron Set Review | Men’s Golf Clubs for Distance

If you drew a line from point A (the biggest, most forgiving irons on the market) to point B (the sleekest, most workable irons), right in the middle is where you'd find these Wilson Staff Di9s.

I grabbed a set of these for the garage because they were inexpensive ...





Wilson Staff FG Tour Irons Set of 8, Forged

W/S Pro PGA Golf Clubs by Bob Medrella

Wilson Staff FG Tour Irons Set of 8, Forged | W/S Pro PGA Golf Clubs by Bob Medrella

You've arrived at the top of the food chain. If you are good enough to be browsing these sticks, then you really have no need for my goofball, silly remarks. Too bad -- you're stuck with me.

These clubs are sweeeeeeet! I wish I was good ...





Wilson Staff Ci9 Iron Golf Club Control Set

New Ci Clubs Review, Offset Grooved Stainless Steel

Wilson Staff Ci9 Iron Golf Club Control Set | New Ci Clubs Review, Offset Grooved Stainless Steel

These irons have a skeleton hidden inside! It's true. The coolest thing about these Ci9s is they are built with a hidden exoskeleton that repositions the mass towards the heel and the toe. This raises the irons' MOI while increasing the stability at impact while maintain the COG ...





Callaway Diablo Edge Iron Clubs Set

Hybrid Combo Cavity Back w/ Wide Sole

Callaway Diablo Edge Iron Clubs Set | Hybrid Combo Cavity Back w/ Wide Sole

Before Callaway designed these irons, they did some research on where high handicappers hit the golf ball. Apparently, their findings were that we miss a lot of shots low on the clubface. Good thing they didn’t consult with me because they would have discovered that some of us ...





Cleveland HiBORE Iron Golf Club Set XLi

Progressive Offset Oversized Face, Recommended for Senior Golfers

Cleveland HiBORE Iron Golf Club Set XLi | Progressive Offset Oversized Face, Recommended for Senior Golfers

My father is looking to upgrade his set of old Big Bertha Irons, so I recommended these Cleveland Hibore XLi irons. This set is really cool, and now I'm starting to worry about him beating me with them.

The irons are very forgiving -- designed with an ...





Ping Zing Iron Golf Club Set, Mens

Cavity Back Oversized Retro for High Handicap

Ping Zing Iron Golf Club Set, Mens | Cavity Back Oversized Retro for High Handicap

Ah, look at these old beauties. The Ping Zing irons have been around for 30 years now, and yes, they are still very relevant. That's not very common today in a sport where technology makes most of our clubs obsolete in two years. The ...





Nike Golf Club Irons SQ Machspeed

Graphite Stainless Steel 4-AW

Nike Golf Club Irons SQ Machspeed | Graphite Stainless Steel 4-AW

Nike is certainly not going to be left out of the super game improving market. Thus, I introduce you to the Nike SQ Machspeed irons. These irons are big, forgiving, and long.

The Machspeed's claim to fame is its new face weld and thin stainless steel ...





Titleist Iron Forged Club Set 690

Cavity Back Blade w/ Steel Shaft

Titleist Iron Forged Club Set 690 | Cavity Back Blade w/ Steel Shaft

Take a look at these beautiful Titleist cavity back irons. This model is a few years old, but is still a great club. I played these clubs for years before I switched to the Titleist 735CM, which I currently play.

The 690s are a forgiving cavity back, ...





Bridgestone Forged Iron Set, Cavity Back J38

Freddy Couples Tour Golf Clubs

Bridgestone Forged Iron Set, Cavity Back J38 | Freddy Couples Tour Golf Clubs

You're looking at tools of a champion. Champion Tour's Freddy Couples is swinging these. They seem to be working, as he has dominated the Champions Tour since he burst onto the scene. Fred has been playing at the top of his game and hitting these irons pure.

They ...





Titleist Iron Club Set, Chrome 735

Progressive Long Distance High Spin

Titleist Iron Club Set, Chrome 735 | Progressive Long Distance High Spin

Ahh, I love these irons. These are the irons that I am currently playing. (Well, not currently -- I'm writing a review, but on Saturday I will be playing them.)

I've played these for about 2 or 3 years. I can't say it was love at ...





TaylorMade R7 Irons Review

Iron Set w/ Offset Cavity Back Inverted

TaylorMade R7 Irons Review | Iron Set w/ Offset Cavity Back Inverted

Here is a nice set of game-improving irons. The first thing I noticed is the modern-looking design: a cavity back design with a notch over the sweet spot.

The inverted cone technology expands the COR Zone. COR is the trampoline effect that you get off of the clubface. ...





Tommy Armour Silver Scot Iron Golf Club Set

Forged Steel Cavity Back

Tommy Armour Silver Scot Iron Golf Club Set | Forged Steel Cavity Back

I have to tell you, this is one of the best values I've seen for a set of irons since I've started reviewing clubs. These are Tommy Armour's Silver Scot Forged Cavity Backs, and they are a great-looking set of golf clubs.

Let's start with the faces. They have ...





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