Best Golf Blade Irons 2024

We run through the best muscleback irons on the market for those seeking the ultimate in feel and workability

Best Golf Blade Irons
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For the golfing purist, there’s nothing like a pristine set of new blades. Not only do they look elegant and pure, but they are also the best golf irons for feel and control. Many of the top players continue to choose to play blades as they offer the greatest level of workability of any iron. With a blade, you can shape the ball in either direction more easily and flight it up or down to suit the wind conditions and attack pin positions wherever they are on the course. 

With modern club technology as advanced as it is, a beautiful looking blade is no longer one that only professionals can aspire to use. In today’s market, there are sleek and stylish looking blades that are playable for a broader range of competent ball strikers. The best golf blade irons will make you feel like a player and could well inspire you to perform like one. In this guide, we take a look at some of the very best models on the market right now. However if you are a player that needs a little bit more help, check out some of our other irons guides - such as the best compact mid-handicap irons, the best irons for low handicappers, or the best distance irons.

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Best Golf Blade Irons

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Top pick

TaylorMade P7MB iron showing off its muscly club head

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Excellent turf interaction and stunning looks

Reasons to buy

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Revised sole grind great through turf
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Clean looks give premium feel

Reasons to avoid

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Not particularly forgiving, but they are blades...

An update on the P7MB irons released back in 2020, TaylorMade have upgraded and improved the technology on offer in these irons, which are an excellent option for better players out there. They are forged five-times using a 2000 ton press to produce their muscular shape, which boasts a thicker edge on the back of the head. The club is a little more compact than its predecessor but it comes with a little more bounce that helps the 2023 irons cut through the turf better. 

And these clubs offer a lot of spin from the face too, allowing easy control of shot trajectory thanks to TaylorMade's 'most aggressive' MX9 score lines on the face. Playability is good too, and while these are blades, they were pretty nice to hit with even the 4-iron not being too scary. Ultimately, there is a lot to like here and these irons with their squared off heads will appeal to the blade purists out there. Equally they are also one of the best TaylorMade irons money can buy right now.

Best Tour model

Titleist 620 MB iron held aloft on the golf course

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Used by Justin Thomas, this is an excellent option for shot shaping

Reasons to buy

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Beautiful looking club
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Ultimate for feel and shot-making

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Not forgiving

Titleist’s real players’ iron, the 620MB is a one-piece forged muscleback that delivers sleek and simple looks as well as tremendous feel and feedback. The muscleback design produces a tour-proven flight that is workable and controllable. The Centre of Gravity locations have been designed to allow for shot-making and to deliver responsive feedback.

We found the feel off the face was supremely smooth and we enjoyed the penetrating ball flight from good strikes. It has to be said, this is really only a club for better golfers, with its slimmer sole and tour-inspired design making this a slightly less forgiving golf club. But those with the required ball-striking skills will get a great deal out of it. Without doubt, it is one of the best Titleist irons in the range in terms of feel.

Best adjustability

PXG 0317 ST Blades Iron showing off its milled clubhead design

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A lively, buttery soft iron that delivers long, repeatable carries

Reasons to buy

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Soft but lively feel
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Stunning looks
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Surprisingly playable for a blade

Reasons to avoid

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Metal scuffs easily 

Delivering above-average distance on a consistent basis, this soft iron set from PXG are a dream to play with. The Triple forged 8620 carbon steel boasts a milled pattern on its back that enhances the aesthetic appeal, while the tungsten weight behind the sweet spot sets the 0317 Blades as a very unique addition to this list. They deliver a low profile at the address and having tested these irons on the course, it produces an excellent combination of a dense compression impact that you would love to feel from a blade iron. 

What we enjoyed most here was the forgiveness on offer. Most blades feel a bit dead when not struck out the centre, but here, we found marginally off-centre shots were compensated for thanks to the lively clubface. Distance-wise, the PXG carried as long as most other low handicap irons we’ve tried and while the flight was on the low side, better players will enjoy the shot-shaping capabilities these clubs can deliver. And at $199 a stick, there's some decent value for money here. In the UK, you can get them for £169 a stick if you buy five or more, which you surely will do given the performance on offer.

Best feel

Photo of the Mizuno Pro 241 iron

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One of the best feeling irons on the market right now - period

Reasons to buy

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Feel is as soft as anything you will hit
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Very controllable flight windows
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Oozing shelf appeal

Reasons to avoid

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Shaping behind the ball won't be to everyone's taste

The purist will enjoy everything about this club, comfortably slotting in as one of the best Mizuno irons ever. The way it looks, feels but also how it has a little more oomph behind it compared to most other blades we've tested, testament to the Grain Flow Forging process and the evolution of the head shape. All things being equal, from the sweet spot it's one of the most satisfying irons you could hit, but the target market remains relatively niche given the limited distance and forgiveness on offer.

From a shelf appeal point of view, it simply doesn’t get much better than the Mizuno Pro 241. The intricate hand forging detail, and the minimalist approach to branding are a thing of beauty. Small touches such as leaving the engraved Mizuno logo unpainted, just give a really classy feel to these irons. Aside from that logo, just a simple ‘Mizuno Pro’ wording adorns the back of one of the cleanest looking clubheads you will see.

The Pro 241 has most certainly been designed with shot shaping and feel in mind, and will be replacing the impressive Mizuno Pro 221 irons. In terms of performance, the Pro 241 irons are everything you would want them to be. Exceptionally soft at impact, producing a delightfully muted but crisp strike and a clear turf interaction. The data numbers, while conservative, are very consistent. The 7-iron comes in a very traditional loft of 34°, so don't expect vast carries.

This is a Rolls Royce of an iron that will become one of the best irons for low handicappers, while tour players will almost certainly enjoy the overall performance package.

Best for elite strikers

Photo of the Ping Blueprint T Iron from the back

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A modern twist on a classic forged blade - flushers only!

Reasons to buy

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Beautiful minimalist appearance
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Extremely workable
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Thin soles provide excellent turf interaction

Reasons to avoid

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The overall dimensions are very compact

First things first, this iron looks absolutely stunning. The minimalist appearance of the clubhead creates a wonderfully clean and unfussy aesthetic that really suits the eye. Nothing but a simple ‘Blueprint T’ stamping adorns the back of the club, which is finished in Ping's Hydropearl 2.0 chrome. In this case, less is absolutely more.

When you put the Blueprint T down behind the ball, as you would expect for irons that look to sit in the best golf blades category, the topline is razor thin. The overall dimensions of the head are very petite, but the new shorter heel-face height provides a great transition from hosel to head, which is something we are always on the lookout for in an iron. They frame the ball beautifully, but with minimal offset and the aforementioned top line, you quickly become very aware of the importance of a high-quality strike.

With regards to the feel of the club, it was everything we were hoping for. The reward for a solidly struck shot is a beautifully soft and deep impact feel that competes with any of the traditional category leaders in blade irons. A far cry from the lively spring of the modern day, hollow bodied players' distance irons, the ball seems to stay on the face for an age, providing unrivalled feedback. Undoubtedly one of the best Ping irons out there for the better player.

Best for technology

Photo of the Callaway Apex MB 2024 Iron from the back

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Callaway's soft-feeling option within the impressive Apex range

Reasons to buy

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New sole enhancements notably improved strike
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More tech than other irons in this category
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Good strikers will appreciate the workability

Reasons to avoid

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Purists may be turned off by the aesthetic

The Apex MB irons deliver a striking blend of classic aesthetics and cutting-edge technology. First things first, there has been a focus on pure precision and exceptional workability, with the new Apex MB 2024 iron ticking a lot of boxes for precise ball strikers shopping for a new set of the best golf blade irons. 

Although it is a blade design, the profile at address is slightly different from others on the market. How you may ask? Well, the Apex MB has a long topline that comes very directly out of the hosel, whereas others have a softer, more curved transition from hosel to topline. These visuals are always subjective, but we felt the MB was a treat to the eye. 

When it came to the performance, we were seriously impressed. Callaway has taken on board the feedback from their Tour staff and introduced a “dual chamfer” on the sole. Softening up the leading edge to help cut through the turf, we felt it was an important addition which made a huge difference, with remarkable shot control making way for tight dispersion.

Best dispersion

Photo of the Wilson Staff Model Blade iron

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A stunning offering from the brand with the most Major wins

Reasons to buy

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Stunning, classic shelf appeal
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Head profiles at address are about as clean as it gets
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Buttery soft feel on centred strikes

Reasons to avoid

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The ultra shiny chrome is an issue in the sunlight

You will do well to find a more classic looking iron anywhere on the market. From the shaping, to the topline and even the high gloss chrome, these irons are a throwback to years gone by, and I am absolutely here for it. The Staff Model blades look like they could have been in the bag for any one of Wilson’s 62 historic major championship victories, and playing them conjures up all sorts of nostalgic feelings.

To just speak of the past however, is doing these irons an injustice. The modern branding and asymmetric topography of the back let you know that this iron very much belongs in 2024. From a performance standpoint, all is as you would hope. Feel is buttery soft and the acoustic is very muted and dull, while the narrow sole of the Staff Model blades slips through effortlessly, adding to the user experience.

So, if you are looking to upgrade a tired old set of blades and want to stay in the category, the Wilson Staff Model blades should certainly be on your list to try. Beautiful looking, soft feeling and solid performance, there isn’t much to dislike here.

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