Best Driving Irons

The best driving irons to give you a solid, straight and long, go-to option from the tee

Best Driving Irons

Best Driving Irons

Getting the best golf irons for your game is imperative if you want to shoot lower scores and we think the same can be said of getting the right bag setup too.

It seems many players just plump for a three-wood, five-wood configuration without thinking about the possibility of using a utility or driving iron which we think is a possible mistake.

The best driving irons can help you to find more fairways, avoid disasters and produce lower scores. Finding the right “go-to” fairway-finding club could give you great confidence, help you to relax and enjoy your game.

For many golfers, the tee shot is the most daunting in golf and that feeling is exacerbated when facing a narrow fairway or a hole where trouble lurks on either side.

On those tee boxes, driver may well not be the right play. Even a fairway metal might be too much of a risk.

When you absolutely must find the fairway, and gain a little distance to boot, the driving iron can be your saviour.

Bearing this in mind, below are some of the best driving irons on the market that you should definitely consider adding to your setup.

We also recommend taking a look at our guides on the best golf hybrid clubs currently on the market or the best distance irons. We have also produced a guide on the best utility irons golf clubs too.

Best Driving Irons

best utility irons golf clubs

Reasons to buy
+Powerful feel+Sleek, compact look behind the ball
Reasons to avoid
-Really only for the better player

The TaylorMade SIM UDI features a hollow head to boost distance and forgiveness. It's also filled with Speed Foam to dampen down vibrations and provide a smooth but powerful feel through impact.

The UDI has a slightly more compact look behind the ball than the DHY (see below) with a thinner sole and is designed to provide a slightly lower, more penetrating ball flight.

In testing, we found the UDI to lend itself more towards being an extra driving option for faster swingers and confident ball strikers.

For those who prefer long irons to hybrids or want another option to use from the tee, the TaylorMade SIM UDI is worth considering.

Titleist U505 Utility Iron Review

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Reasons to buy
+Powerful feel off the face. +Centred strikes are rewarded with a towering ball flight. +Carries comparable with a hybrid of the same loft.
Reasons to avoid
-Shiny rear section may be off putting for some.

While the new custom T200 utility option satisfies the better player, the new U505 provides the forgiveness and versatility a wider spectrum of players are looking for.

This club packs some serious fire power, and well-struck shots are rewarded with a sensationally solid feel and a towering ball flight. 

The distance and flight window you experience will very much depend on the loft you choose (it comes in 16°, 18°, 20° and 22°) but it has the potential to fulfil a lot of important jobs, whether that’s a fairway finding shot off the tee or an approach shot into a par five.

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Ping G425 Crossover Utility Iron

Reasons to buy
+Darker finish creates a more compact, refined look+Improved consistency from the rough
Reasons to avoid
-Some may want a club that inspires more confidence

The new G425 crossover features a thinner face and updated internal geometry to deliver the ball speeds to hit high-flying shots that land softly and closer to the hole.

Forgiveness is supplied by the toe and hosel weights that expand the perimeter weighting to increase the MOI. It is further distinguished by its functional and resilient stealth hydropearl finish that helps repel moisture and improve performance from all conditions.

This club will appeal to a broad player spectrum thanks to the improved looks and forgiveness for golfers seeking an iron-like club to fill the gap between their longest iron and fairway wood.

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Callaway X Forged UT Utility Iron

Reasons to buy
+Good blend of power and forgiveness+High ball speeds
Reasons to avoid
-Aimed at better players

The new Callaway X-Forged UT iron boasts a hollow construction along with Callaway’s A.I.-designed Flash Face Cup that creates a sophisticated face design for high ball speeds.

The irons are forged from 1025 mild carbon steel and inside the hollow body construction there is Callaway’s urethane microspheres that dampen vibration for better sound and feel.

External MIM’d (Metal Injection Moulded) tungsten weighting allows for the CG position to be optimally located for the best trajectory and launch for the target player.

A longer blade length and a wider sole versus a traditional long iron provide forgiveness and control.

The Callaway X Forged UT will suit better players who like the feel and looks of a long iron but are also after a little more distance and forgiveness. A useful weapon off the tee and the deck.

Best utility irons golf clubs

Titleist U500 Utility Iron

Reasons to buy
+Appealing looks+Good workability
Reasons to avoid
-Not as forgiving as 510 (see below)

The compact, slimline Titleist U500 will suit the eye of the better player who has more club speed at their disposal and is looking to flight the ball a little lower.

The ultra-thin forged face feels springy and hot, while the 95 grams of tungsten weighting helps stabilize the clubhead on slight off-centre hits.

Low handicappers will likely enjoy how the U500 can manoeuvre the ball flight in different ways, both high and low and left to right.

In testing, we found the turf interaction was noticeably cleaner and crisper, like the club was travelling through the ground with less interference.

best utility irons golf clubs

Reasons to buy
+Forgiving+Powerful
Reasons to avoid
-Slightly chunkier look than UDI

Like the TaylorMade SIM UDI, the SIM DHY features a hollow head to boost distance and forgiveness. It's also filled with Speed Foam to dampen down vibrations and provide a smooth but powerful feel through impact.

The DHY has a slightly thicker topline and additional offset making it a more confidence-inspiring package for those in search of extra ball-striking assistance at the top end of the bag. It should also be noted that the Speed Foam used in the DHY is a lower density version to help lower the centre of gravity and increase the launch angle.

Despite being bigger than the UDI, the DHY is still a great-looking club and the extra forgiveness and higher flight make it a solid option to use off the deck as well as off the tee. We think the TaylorMade SIM DHY utility iron will suit players of varying standards who like the look of an iron but still want a good degree of forgiveness.

best utility irons golf clubs

Reasons to buy
+More forgiving than compact 500+Good launch
Reasons to avoid
-Slightly reduced workability

The U510 provides golfers with a larger, more confidence inspiring shape that launches and spins a little higher. This makes it a more suitable option when hitting off the turf into long par fours and par fives. It also has a slightly lighter stock graphite shaft to help with the extra launch.

The U510 is unquestionably easier to hit than the 500 and is likely to be the favoured choice of the weekend golfer.

In testing, it flighted the ball around five yards higher in the 3-iron, which is 20° on both models. It also gave us a touch more ball speed, 500 rpm approx. more spin and around six yards extra carry distance. Interestingly though, factoring in the roll, the total distance from the U500 and the U510 3-iron was basically the same.

If you want more from Titleist, check out our guide on the best Titleist irons in the current range as well.

Best utility irons golf clubs

Honma TW-U Utility Iron

Reasons to buy
+Impressive distance+Good launch
Reasons to avoid
-Pricey

The Honma TW-U utility iron is a real power house. Superb distance is generated thanks to the Maraging C300 steel used in the face together with the use of cleverly located tungsten weighting.

It's a great looking utility iron but it's also forgiving and we found off-centre strikes were still flying impressively straight and a decent distance.

The precisely located centre of gravity insures a strong and powerful launch and we think it performs well both off the tee and the turf. This is one of the best utility irons golf clubs on the market just now.

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Wilson Staff Model Utility Iron

Reasons to buy
+Pleasing shape+Impressive ball speeds and strong flight
Reasons to avoid
-Dirt gathers in screw on sole

The Wilson Staff Model Utility has been designed to deliver a combination of distance, reliability and forgiveness. One of the ways this is created is through the positioning of seven grams of weight low in the clubhead for improved launch.

The high-strength maraging steel face produces impressive ball speeds and notable distance.

It’s a versatile club and we found it to deliver a reliable, penetrating ball flight.

In testing out on the course, it gave us a useful and accurate option off tees on tight par fours, and it was proficient from the turf too.

Best Utility Irons Golf Clubs

Srixon ZX Forged Utility Iron

Reasons to buy
+Clean lines and traditional address profile+Soft but powerful feel
Reasons to avoid
-Narrow look may not inspire confidence for all

More compact than the previous generation, the ZX Forged delivers a more blade-like address profile that blends seamlessly with any set.

It features Srixon’s MainFrame technology, along with a hollow design and multi-piece construction. All of these powerful technologies come together in a smaller profile, with all the same forgiveness that is expected from a utility iron.

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Cobra King Utility Iron

Reasons to buy
+Tungsten weighting increases stability+Inclusion of Arccos tracking system is good addition
Reasons to avoid
-Adjustability option will be too much to fiddle with for some

The Cobra King Utility Irons have been designed for players who seek control on tight tee shots and longer approach shots.

A classic, muscleback iron shape delivers the feeling of controlled ball flights, while a wider sole and hollow body provide stability, power, and a low centre of gravity for higher, stronger trajectories.

A Pwrshell face insert adds to the performance by expanding the size of the sweetspot for improved ball speeds on off-centre hits, launch efficiency and ball flight.

Cobra has integrated the MyFly8 hosel too, a series of eight adjustable loft settings that give users the ability to manage trajectory and launch for proper distance gapping.

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Best Utility Irons Golf Clubs

Reasons to buy
+Solid feel+fast ball speed
Reasons to avoid
-Look may be too hybrid-like for some

Inside the GAPR Mid you’ll find TaylorMade’s SpeedFoam technology.

SpeedFoam serves the dual purpose of generating ball speed while also dampening vibrations to create optimal sound and feel.

Additionally, strategically placed, ultra-low centre of gravity creates a hotter, higher launch for more distance and improved playability.

Featuring a CG that is ultra-low and forward for maximum distance and a mid-high trajectory, GAPR Mid has an iron face profile that inspires confidence and easy alignment and a medium-wide sole width for ease of play and versatility. It comes in 18°, 21° and 24° loft options.

The GAPR Mid is appealing aesthetically and an extremely versatile option on the course. It combines the look and playability of an iron with the forgiveness of a hybrid, which means golfers can employ it with confidence both off the tee and the fairway.

For those who struggle with a 2 or 3-iron, the GAPR Mid is one of the best utility irons golf clubs on the market just now.

Best Utility Irons Golf Clubs

Ping G410 Crossover Utility Iron

Reasons to buy
+Great looking crossover iron+Powerful ball flight
Reasons to avoid
-Won’t suit those who prefer hybrid shape

Available in 2, 3 and 4 iron crossover options, the Ping G410 Crossover is a solid performer that looks and play like an iron but offers the ball speed, flight and forgiveness of a hybrid.

In the different lofts available, golfers of all skill levels should be able to find a G410 Crossover that fits the gap in their bag nicely and helps them hit all the shots they need.

The head is hollow with a narrower sole for better turf interaction, while the maraging steel face produces good ball speeds.

A 30g tungsten weight helps increase forgiveness, and the use of internal ribs helps support the body of the clubhead.

We like the positioning of the centre of gravity – slightly forward to improve spin consistency and promote straighter flight.

The Ping G410 Crossover will suit golfers of varying abilities who prefer the look of a long iron but seek the forgiveness of a hybrid.

best utility irons golf clubs

TaylorMade P790 UDI Utility Iron

Reasons to buy
+Sleek lines and clean look+Powerful
Reasons to avoid
-Really only for better players

From a technological standpoint the TaylorMade P790 UDI iron features a forged hollow body filled with Speed Foam and low profile tungsten weight.

It comes with the Inverted Cone face and ThruSlot Speed Pocket, but unlike the old version, the new P790 UDI features internal metal-injection-molded (MIM) tungsten weighting for precise CG placement, aiding forgiveness and playability.

Other updates include a cleaner overall look, increased toe height and slightly less offset preferred visually by the better player.

Additionally if you are a fan of TaylorMade, check out our other guide on the best TaylorMade irons too.