Two Yonex N1 irons unveiled

The premium N1-CB and N1-MB models from Yonex are aimed at the better player


Two new Yonex N1 irons have been released in the form of the better player CB and MB models that utilise a graphite insert to improve feel and sound

Yonex has become known for its innovative use of graphite, and the brand's latest iron launch showcases one of its best uses to date.

The premium N1-MB irons are a set of forged blades with minimal offset for maximum workability, but rather than the traditional use of graphite in the shafts, Yonex instead uses it to create a vibration-dampening plate that is inserted behind the face.


This helps to reduce unwanted vibrations at impact, which heightens the feel off the face. By achieving this in a muscle-back head, Yonex could then make the profile slightly larger than you would normally find with a blade to inspire extra confidence.

Using graphite also saved weight, allowing the CG to move lower, which means the irons are also more forgiving than meets the eye.

Forgiveness levels have been increased further through a shaped 3D Sole that glides through the turf more smoothly, helping the head maintain its speed for more consistent distance hitting.

The new N1-MB irons feature the Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 125 steel shaft and a Golf Pride Tour Velvet grip, and will set you back £1,400 for a set.

The second model within Yonex's premium iron range for 2016 is the Yonex N1-CB, more of a cavity back design that looks like a blade at address. It features the same graphite insert to dampen vibration and improve feel.

The N1-CB irons have an RRP of £1,199 (s) for 4-PW with the Nippon N.S. Pro 950GH oz or the Nippon N.S. Pro Modus 3 System Tour125 steel shaft as standard.

Joel Tadman
Technical Editor

Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 12 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all product content here at Golf Monthly, managing a team of talented and passionate writers and presenters in delivering the most thorough and accurate reviews, buying advice, comparisons and deals to help the reader find exactly what they are looking for. So whether it's the latest driver, irons, putter or laser rangefinder, Joel has his finger on the pulse keeping up to date with the latest releases in golf. He is also responsible for all content on irons and golf tech, including distance measuring devices and launch monitors.

One of his career highlights came when covering the 2012 Masters he got to play the sacred Augusta National course on the Monday after the tournament concluded, shooting a respectable 86 with just one par and four birdies. To date, his best ever round of golf is a 5-under 67 back in 2011. He currently plays his golf at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincs, with a handicap index of 3.2.

Joel's current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: Titleist TSR3, 9° 

Fairway wood: Titleist TSR3, 15° 

Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18° 

Irons: Ping i230 4-UW

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 54°. Titleist Vokey SM9 60° lob wedge, K Grind

Putter: Evnroll ER2V 

Ball: 2023 Titleist Pro V1x