Another excellent product from Inesis. The 900 irons deliver the combination of feel, forgiveness and aesthetic appeal that many mid and low handicap golfers are looking for. The consistent distance control particularly in the short and mid irons was outstanding
Great feel in the short irons, impressive forgiveness in the mid irons, good distance in the utility irons
Angular toe section detracts from the otherwise sleek aesthetics. Relatively limited custom options. For £600-plus, many players may want to go for a more golf-specific brand
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Inesis 900 Irons Review
Inesis is a brand that has impressed the Golf Monthly team over the last few years. From the Inesis Tour 900 golf balls and Inesis laser rangefinder to its clubs, Inesis has a proven track record for delivering impressive performance at an affordable price.
With the Inesis 900 irons, however, the brand has pushed its price-point (the 5-PW will set you back £649 and the utility long irons come in at £129.99 each). Promising classic aesthetics and a blend of feel and forgiveness to attract mid and low handicap golfers, the question is, can Inesis compete with the more established golf-specific brands and the best golf irons available at this price?
We wanted to test them out for ourselves so Inesis sent us a 3-iron, 6-iron and 9-iron which we took out onto the course at JCB Golf and Country Club and put them through their paces. Watch the full video review accompanying this article to see how they performed.
Before we get into the performance, it is worth highlighting the design thinking as this is a combo set aimed at the better player. The forged short irons have narrow soles, limited offset and thin toplines for maximum control and feel. The mid irons are hollow in construction to aid forgiveness and add ball speed. In the long irons, they are designed to be more forgiving with additional offset to help players at the top end of the bag.
We loved the feel and control from the short irons. The lofts throughout the set are traditional, so if you are looking for all-out distance, these might not fit the bill. However, the ball flight and distance control were outstanding. We also loved how the thin soles got through the turf providing a really pure contact through the strike. For confident ball-strikers who want to look down on thin toplines in the short irons, these offer truly impressive performance.
The worry as you move into the mid and long irons of any combo set is that you lose the feel and control that you get in the shorter irons. Indeed, the feel off the face of the mid irons was a fraction ‘hotter’ but they still retain a simple, classic look. We were also struck by how consistent the distance control was when hitting shots from around 180-yards. Mis-hits didn’t suffer too badly and we didn’t hit any shots that suddenly jumped and went an extra 10-yards. This is exactly what we would be looking for - regardless of the brand or the price-point.
Related: Inesis 500 Set Review
What surprised us most was the strength of the ball flight on offer from the 3-iron (utility). The distance was excellent although we would want a higher flight and would lean towards the 4-iron version instead. As far as forgiveness goes, the performance was also on par with what you would expect from the premium golf brands.
There are some simple custom fitting options through the Decathlon website - you can tailor your set based on your wrist-to-floor measurement and your swing speed.
With the 900 irons, there is no doubt Inesis has delivered another excellent product. The looks and performance certainly make them a worthy contender for those players looking for a combination of feel and forgiveness. Whether this is enough to prize aspirational mid and low handicap golfers away from the core golf brands is the challenge.
In his current role, Neil is responsible for testing drivers and golf balls. Having been a part of the Golf Monthly team for over 15 years and playing off a handicap of 3, he has the experience to compare performance between models, brands and generations. For 2022 he thinks the main trend in drivers is: "In a word, consistency. Whilst all the brands are talking about ball speed (and the new drivers are certainly long), my biggest finding has been how much more consistent the ball flights are. Mishits don't seem to be causing the same level of drop-off or increase in the spin numbers. This means that more shots seem to be flying the way you want them to!" As far as golf balls are concerned the biggest development is in the, "three piece, non-Tour, urethane-covered section. For regular golfers, these models offer superb performance at both ends of the bag without denting your wallet quite as much as the premium Tour-played options."
Originally working with the best coaches in the UK to produce instruction content, he is now the brand's Digital Editor and covers everything from Tour player interviews to gear reviews. In his time at Golf Monthly, he has covered equipment launches that date back well over a decade. He clearly remembers the launch of the Callaway and Nike square drivers as well as the white TaylorMade driver families, such as the RocketBallz! If you take a look at the Golf Monthly YouTube channel, you'll see his equipment videos dating back over a decade! He has also conducted 'What's In The Bag' interviews with many of the game's best players like Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm. Over the years, Neil has tested a vast array of products in each category and at drastically different price-points.
Neil is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade Stealth Plus Fairway Wood: Titleist TSi2 Hybrid: Titleist TS3 Irons (4-9): Mizuno JPX 919 Forged Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 46˚, 50˚, 54˚, 60˚ Putter: Odyssey Triple Track Ten Ball: Titleist Pro V1X
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