We’re probably guilty of saying this every spring, but has there ever been a better time to invest in a shiny set of new irons?
Many of us will have spent the first three months of the year counting down the days until the golf courses reopened – but now we’re back in full swing, excuse the pun.
If you’ve popped into a golf store or had a browse around your pro shop, you’ll have probably noticed a new set of irons or two.
The temptation to invest in a new set of sticks is just too great – you need to scratch the itch.
To help you narrow down your search for a model that will suit your game, here, we look at the best golf irons of 2021.
Whether you’re new to the game and require a model offering plenty of forgiveness, or a scratch player demanding superior feel and distance control, there are some excellent models to choose from. Let’s check them out.
TaylorMade SIM2 Max Irons
TaylorMade has introduced two new game improvement irons this year – SIM2 Max and SIM2 Max OS. The former is a fraction smaller, with the larger head of the OS featuring even more offset.
The key piece of new technology sees the introduction of a ‘Cap Back’, which is made from high-strength stainless steel and lightweight polymers. The ‘Cap Back’ acts as a bridge to help the topline achieve optimum performance.
Meanwhile, the THRU-SLOT Speed Pocket on the sole allows more flexibility lower down on the clubhead and more speed generating distance. This flexibility gives the club its forgiveness, so mishits won’t be severely punished.
This feature will no doubt appeal to high handicappers and game improvers who struggle to strike the ball consistently out of the middle.
Titleist T200 Irons
The T200 irons are engineered for the player seeking distance, but they’re also one of the most versatile sets in Titleist’s line-up, offering a range of benefits to a broad range of golfers.
The head construction features Max Impact Technology and a forged L-Face to deliver improved feel and maximum ball speed performance, whilst a polymer core dampens vibration for improved sound and feel.
Compared to the T300, the T200 irons are slimmer and feature slightly less offset, which will appeal to better players. That said, they are sure to appeal to the improving player in search of game-improvement performance in a compact shape.
Callaway Apex MB Irons
Built for the best players in the game, the Apex MB irons were one of five new sets launched by Callaway at the start of the year. They feature a classic shape and style, with a traditional, thin top line, refined sole, compact blade length, and beautiful chrome finish.
Precision grooves are designed to promote the high level of control and consistent spin that muscleback players demand. In addition, a new weight in the centre of the clubhead allows swing weights to be precisely dialled in without sacrificing performance.
The Callaway Apex MB irons could well be the perfect fit for the better player seeking the ultimate in feel and shot-making.
TaylorMade P7MB Irons
Rory McIlroy’s weapon of choice is also a big favourite on Tour, so we’re talking about a set that’s designed for the accomplished ball striker.
The thin top line, minimal offset, and narrow sole won’t appeal to everyone, even if they do combine to make the P7MBs one of the most stunning sets on the market. These irons contain such features because they’re designed to provide workability and a superior feel.
They’re forged from 1025 carbon steel with a machine-milled face comprised of the most aggressive score lines in a TaylorMade iron for the ultimate in shot-making and control.
For those in search of true muscleback irons, the P7MB irons are well worth a try.
Wilson Staff D9 Irons
The powerful Wilson Staff D9 (‘D’ stands for distance) irons have been engineered with Power Hole 2.0 technology. This means that holes have been placed on the leading edge around the bottom of the sole to deliver more face flexing.
The new arrangement of power holes increases deflection and provides more energy transfer at impact to increase ball speed. The ultimate result is greater distance performance.
Elsewhere, Wilson has positioned the D9 iron with its lowest ever centre of gravity to improve launch and spin. For the user, this means more stopping power and greater workability.
Wilson Staff’s game improvement model is also a wallet-friendly option for higher handicap golfers. So, with those distance gains, you’re also going to save a few pounds versus if you bought from one of the other big brands.
Mizuno MP-20 Irons
No search for a new set of blades is complete without reviewing Mizuno’s offerings. The MP-20 irons’ design has been inspired by some of their finest blades, and feedback from Mizuno’s Tour players has led them to create one of the thinnest ever top lines.
The tapered topline and cambered sole allow a fuller spread of weight, which enhances vertical stability and forgiveness on strikes from high or low on the face. Meanwhile, a clever mix of satin and chrome on the clubhead has been introduced to stop any unwanted glare.
Only the most precise ball strikers will benefit from the distance consistency it will provide. But if you’re that player, the MP-20 irons should feature on your must-try list.
Ping G425 Irons
The Ping G425 irons are a contender for the best game improvement irons of 2021. They feature Variable Face Thickness design, which improves ball speed performance and launches shots further and higher.
This is commonly found in metalwood design, and the performance benefits will particularly appeal to game improvers in search of extra ball speed and carry distance. In addition, a tungsten toe screw and hosel weight expand the perimeter weighting to create impressive forgiveness levels.
The irons also boast a streamlined look. They’re smaller than the G410 irons overall, so have a slightly more compact appearance. At the same time, they should inspire confidence for those who need it.
Titleist T300 Irons
The Titleist T300 irons are built for maximum speed and forgiveness and offer a hot feel and high ball speed. As such, they’re perfect for game improvement.
Titleist’s Max Impact technology allows the face to be thinner, thereby improving launch, speed, and feel through the inclusion of a silicone polymer insert. A dampener behind the face also helps soften the feel, while a sole with more camber is designed to improve turf interaction and maximise forgiveness.
If you’re an improving player who’s in search of extra distance and more consistency, these irons can help you take your game to the next level.
Cobra Radspeed Irons
The clue is in the name with Cobra’s modern-looking new distance irons, which certainly catch the eye.
One of the main innovations sees 10g and 3g of mass positioned on the toe and heel extremities to create the best combination of speed, low spin, and stability for optimised performance.
Meanwhile, a 3D printed medallion reduces weight to lower the CG and reduces vibrations at ball impact to deliver a softer feel and more feedback response to the golfer.
What’s more, each iron has an electronically enabled sensor built-in to the top of every grip. This system is powered by Arccos and can be paired to your smartphone so you can track your performance and learn how to play smarter golf.
Callaway Apex Pro Irons
Callaway has every level of golfer well catered for with its comprehensive range of irons for 2021, with the Apex Pro irons aimed at the better player and single figure golfer.
These irons boast an Artificial Intelligence-designed Flash Face Cup and urethane microspheres in an all-new forged 1025 hollow body construction. Meanwhile, a Tungsten Energy Core includes up to 90 grams of tungsten per iron to improve launch characteristics while simultaneously improving forgiveness.
It ticks every box in terms of control, flight, and playability – and if you want all that in a classic looking club, you best give the Apex Pro irons a try.