Buying Guide for Best Golf Irons

Irons come in various configurations, and each of these is suited for a particular playing style. Therefore, to ensure that the irons you choose match your playing style, you should consider the following factors before making the final purchase. 

Forged vs. Cast

Irons are classified into two categories based on the manufacturing process: forged irons and cast irons. 

Forged irons are made by heating a steel block to high temperatures and hammering it to give the desired shape. The labor cost is high in this process which ultimately leads to costlier irons. 

In cast irons, molten metal is poured into a mold and allowed to cool. This process is much simpler and enables the construction of more complex designs. 

However, in cast irons, microscopic air bubbles can form during cooling, which compromises the sound and feel of the golf club. This does not occur in forged irons, and that is why they have a richer feel and sound. 

Graphite or Steel Shaft

Shaft Material is a decisive factor when it comes to golf clubs, particularly for irons. Steel and graphite are the most popular choices.

Steel shafts are generally heavier and are stiffer than graphite. As a result, they are preferred by golfers who are looking for precision and optimal flight trajectory.

On the other hand, graphite shafts are more flexible and are more suitable for players who struggle with slow swing speed. Graphite shafts provide additional speed; however, they compromise the accuracy of the shot. 

Blade vs Cavity Back

Blade irons (also referred to as muscle-back irons) were the original iron types before the introduction of cavity-back irons in the 1980s. They are sleek, slender, and smaller. These are great for distance, ball speed, and hitting creative shots like draws and fades. But they lack forgiveness and that is why experienced golfers prefer them.

Recently, cavity back irons are becoming increasingly popular. These are thicker and have a hollow cavity at the back. Most game improvement irons are cavity back irons as they have much higher forgiveness and a larger sweet spot.