Check out our ultimate guide to the very best irons on the market, from game improvement clubs to players' irons
Best Golf Irons
Getting the best golf irons to suit your game could make all the difference to your on-course performance. Good iron play will give you scoring opportunities and the potential to knock strokes off your handicap.
Alternatively if you have a slightly lower handicap then the best compact mid-handicap irons might give you a variety of models to consider because they give a blend of consistency and feel.
Whatever style you’re looking for, you want to feel comfortable and confident with the irons you choose. A set of irons is one of the most expensive purchases in golf and it can be a minefield trying to make the right decision. We are here to help.
Here we’re looking at the best of the best – what we consider to be the best golf irons currently on the market.
Best Golf Irons
Mizuno JPX921 Forged Irons
+ Thin face and fast ball speeds
+ High spin provides stopping power
– Not as easily workable as some may want
The JPX921 Forged iron integrates the power of Chromoly into a full body Forged iron for the very first time. Initially applied in Mizuno’s Hot Metal irons – Chromoly has made the cross over to Mizuno’s forgings with excellent results. Testing shows the fastest ball speeds Mizuno has ever produced from a fully Forged iron.
Grain Flow Forged HD in Mizuno’s legendary facility in Hiroshima Japan, the JPX921 Forged irons offer an identifiable and unsurpassed Mizuno feel.
Despite this, the JPX921 Forged irons offer a sleeker, compact profile – a shorter blade length throughout, a beveled leading edge and reduced offset. The feel is that of a traditional forged iron as the JPX921 Forged gets noticeably sleeker through the set and is undoubtedly one of the best Mizuno irons our right now.
Cobra Radspeed Irons
+ Strong flight with low spin
+ Increased distance versus old King Speedzone
– Not everyone will like look of the carbon fibre topline
The Radspeed irons from Cobra are a fantastic upgrade on last year’s King Speedzone iron and the subtle improvements have made a marked difference to this excellent game improvement offering.
Cobra has kept the lofts on the Radspeed the same but during our testing we found the 7 iron went five yards further on average.
What has changed however is the look of this club at address and it is much more appealing to the eye. The sole shape is smaller – playing narrower and with a little less camber – which means you can’t see the back of the sole at address. The carbon fibre effect on the top line has been made a little darker, which also tricks the eye into thinking this is a thinner club that it really is.
The Radspeed has a soft feel to it too, thanks to the 3D printed medallion sitting behind the face, but still offers plenty of zing off the face that provides that excellent overall distance. With Cobra Connect grips as standard and a One Length option available, the Radspeed irons offer some of the best pound for pound performance and best golf irons market.
TaylorMade SIM2 Max Irons
+ Good distance and forgiveness
+ Nice soft sound at impact
– Minor performance differences over the last model
One of the best TaylorMade irons the brand makes, the SIM2 Max is the smaller of the brand’s two game-improvement irons for 2021.
The SIM2 Max does what all good cavity back irons should do: go far and offer forgiveness. While it performs similarly to last year’s SIM Max, it still does a very good job at offering distance and forgiveness, all in a good looking iron head.
Aesthetically, this has created a much more pleasing look from the back and the subtle carbon fibre details have created a hollow cavity back effect from the future.
From address, the SIM2 Max has a generous sole width with a confidence inspiring amount of offset and a thick topline. This is ideal for the higher handicap golfer who needs a bit of extra help from the club.
Wilson Staff D9 Irons
+ Supreme distance with good ball flight
+ Aesthetically appealing and competitively priced
– Lightweight feel takes some getting used to
The Wilson Staff D9 irons offer a clean, classic look with top distance performance in a competitively-priced package.
The D9 has a lightweight feel, ideal for those with a moderate to slow swing speed as it is easy to swing this club fast. This also contributes to a high launch, which we found surprising considering the strong loft on the 7-iron.
The D in D9 stands for distance and this club certainly delivers on that front too. When we tested the 7-iron we were finding it carried consistently over the 190 yard mark which was a considerable distance more than the other game-improvement, distance irons launched this year. Competitively priced and clearly the longest club on the market in 2021, the D9 is as close to the perfect game improvement iron as you can find.
Callaway Apex Pro Irons
+ Good workability
+ Aesthetically appealing
– Not as forgiving as Apex or Apex DCB
We love how these irons look, striking a great balance between a modern, technology-packed iron and a classic looking blade-like club. Behind the ball, it is quite compact from heel-to-toe with a lovely rounded shape that Callaway is famous for. The topline is thin, but not too thin so as it is intimidating, meaning these irons appeal to a wide range of handicappers, not just those in single figures.
Striking these irons, the ball gets up into the air nice and easy – thanks to the more traditional lofts – but this doesn’t mean these irons don’t go far. The generous loft on the 7-iron inspires plenty of confidence at address despite the relatively thin top line and compact head.
Indeed if you are after distance, there are some great distance options in the Apex 21 family. It is the control, flight and playability that makes the Apex Pro stand out and it is a great iron for the ball striking golfer who is after style and feel from a classy iron head. It’s one of the best golf irons 2021 has to offer and one of the best Callaway irons.
Ping G425 Irons
+ Classy, neutral styling
+ High ball flight with good distance
– Limited gains over G410
Ping irons that don the ‘G’ moniker are known for being a forgiving distance iron that is well built and stylish.
The Ping G425 delivers on all these fronts and has a classy and understated look compared to the bolder red colours featured on the G410. Of course the look is completely subjective, but we think this new design gives the G425 an altogether more premium look. The overall size of the blade is slightly smaller than the G410 too, creating a slightly more compact look at address, but the shape has pretty much stayed the same.
Off the face, the G425 feels fast, making a nice loud sound without being too clicky. It is very stable off the face too, with toe and heel strikes maintaining a strong line through the air. The strong descent angle through most of the set also means it’s nice and easy to control these irons when approaching greens.
Arccos sensors are now embedded in the grips throughout the G425 family and the premium shot tracking technology is another way these irons can directly improve your game.
Titleist T200 Irons
+ Distance in a compact package
+ Good forgiveness across the face
– Won’t suit those looking for maximum feel and workability
The T200 iron is one of the most versatile in the Titleist range, offering benefits to a broad range of golfers.
In terms of looks, it’s a classic and compact shape – a slimmed-down version of the T300. It also features slightly less offset which better players should enjoy.
Like the T300, it features Max impact technology which allows the face to be thinner, thereby improving launch, speed and feel through the inclusion of a silicone polymer insert.
Tungsten weighting in the longer irons further enhances forgiveness and generates more distance.
We were impressed by the combination of distance and feel offered by these irons. They’ll suit an improving player seeking game-improvement performance in a compact shape. In our opinion, it’s definitely one of the best Titleist irons that could help your game.
TaylorMade P770 Irons
+ Stunning looking from all angles
+ Traditional lofts with no loss in distance
– Only aimed at mid-low handicappers
The TaylorMade P770 irons sit at the distance end of its P-Series irons that were released last year and will appeal to the ball striking golfer who is after distance and a bit of added forgiveness in a compact head.
Aesthetically, they are very similar to the popular P790 iron but with a slightly weaker loft to appeal to those who want control over all-out distance. It feels fairly lively off the face and when we tested it we found distances over the 170 yard mark easy to achieve with the 7-iron.
This club launches nice and high too despite the lower spin when compared to the sister P7MB and P7MC irons. With those irons in mind, there is a lot of scope to mix and match with these irons if you are a good ball striker. The more forgiving and stronger P770s would be very useful in the longer irons and then the more bladed P7MBs can be used for control and playability below the 7-iron.
From every angle this is a stunning golf club and will look like the part sat in your bag while giving you great performance and feel when striking the ball. Without a doubt, one of the best golf irons for mid-low handicappers.
Ben Hogan PTx Pro Irons
+ Good distance and launch
+ Classic looking iron head
– Not as forgiving as some may want
The Ben Hogan PTx Pro irons have been designed to combine distance and forgiveness while still retaining a traditional look and more forged feel. Without a doubt, if you are after a more classic looking iron, the Ben Hogan Icon model is hard to ignore.
As for the PTx Pro, they strike a fairly compact pose at address. The topline is noticeably thicker than the Icon model and there is certainly more offset, but it is still a fairly traditional and appealing iron to look at.
The PTx Pro has a very traditional 7-iron loft at 34° which makes it very easy to launch and gives it plenty of stopping power when approaching a green. When testing the PTx Pro, we found we could regularly carry the 7-iron over the 170 yard mark, which is an impressive amount of distance for a club with a healthy amount of loft.
It certainly felt hot off the face too, which might not suit all, but there is plenty of scope to mix this set with the equally impressive Icon irons.
Srixon ZX5 Irons
+ Good distance and consistency
+ Soft feel and offers impressive stability
– Not as forgiving as some mid handicap irons
As used by Tour stars Shane Lowry, Srixon’s ZX5 irons look like a pure muscle-back and yet still provide forgiveness thanks to the additional mass behind the impact location. Importantly this also helps with shot-shaping ability and versatility.
Honma TR20 P Irons
+ Good blend of power and workability
+ Classic looks
– Premium price tag
The Honma TR20 P irons are a player’s distance iron with game improvement playability.
They feature a forged S35C steel body with an L-cup face for increased ball speeds and a tungsten weighted pocket cavity to create speed-enhancing forgiveness on off centre strikes.
The irons also feature a low centre of gravity and high MOI to achieve high launch and longer carries.
We found the TR20 P Irons to deliver an impressive blend of distance and workability that should suit the mid handicap player looking to have a little more control without sacrificing power and forgiveness.
Titleist T400 Irons
+ Max distance in Titleist iron range
+ Most forgiving iron in Titleist range
– Hybrid-like design won’t please all tastes
The Titleist T400 iron has been designed to be the most forgiving and longest iron in Titleist’s popular T series, some of the best golf irons on the market.
It has the strongest lofts in the Titleist range, but the launch is not compromised with a strong, high ball flight produced.
The split sole design delivers smooth turf interaction, while super-thin face and hollow head are fortified by high-density tungsten weighting making this a powerful and supremely forgiving iron.
The set is progressive with blade lengths, sole widths and hosel lengths decreasing towards the shorter irons.
Overall, we think the T400 is one of the best golf irons that could really help higher handicappers get the most from their games.
Wilson Staff D7 Forged Irons
+ Good consistent carries
+ Soft and solid feel at impact
– Lacks the wow factor looks of some mid handicap irons
Forged from soft 8620 Carbon steel and featuring a new club head design, Wilson’s D7 Forged irons have a thinner topline and minimal offset.
A Urethane filled Power Chamber inside the head has been introduced alongside the Power Hole Technology which allows the face to flex while reducing vibration for a more solid and consistent feel at impact.
With a narrower sole, it flights the ball considerably lower but with more spin – hovering just over the 6,000rpm mark – to keep it airborne and enhance the stopping power as well as control of the flight.
The D7 Forged is well worth considering if you’re seeking a mid handicap iron offering a soft feel in a compact package.
Mizuno MP-20 MB Irons
+ Great looking iron
+ Great feel and precision
– Only for good ball strikers.
With the new MP-20 MB irons, Mizuno has focused on improving the feel through adopting a former technique of adding a layer of copper to the head underneath the brushed satin outer finish and protective nickel chrome layers.
The MP-20 is a pure muscleback iron, heavily influenced by the most revered blades of Mizuno’s past and Grain Flow Forged HD from a single billet of 1025E Pure Select mild carbon steel.
A tapered topline and cambered sole allow a fuller spread of weight to enhance vertical stability and forgiveness on strikes from high or low on the face.
A blend of satin and mirror chrome finishing has been engineered to eliminate areas of high glare in the playing position.
The MP-20 MB, with its small profile, isn’t for the faint hearted. Out of the middle, it’s arguably the best feeling iron you can buy, but you need to be precise with your ball striking to see the benefits of the distance consistency it can provide. It’s one of the best golf irons 2020 has to offer.