How Do I Choose The Best Golf Club Irons For My Game?
Hireko has one, if not the most extensive lines of golf irons available by anyone in the golf industry and each model is designed in house. At first it may seem to like a daunting task to select the right one for your or your customer’s game, that’s why I want to share with you the secrets to the proper selection. What golf club irons are right for me?
Are you a left handed golfer?
This might be your most important question to ask. Why? Simply because not every model can be made in left hand and make it profitable no matter what company you are talking about. As life cycles for golf clubs in general are two or three years tops before they lose their luster and customers demand new equipment, golf club manufacturers (like yours truly) have to weigh the cost of tooling and the minimum order requirements from the foundries. This is why only those that will be forecasted as best-selling golf irons will be offered in left hand. Even if a model surprisingly takes off in sales that was made initially in right hand only, it will be too late to start tooling and production for the LH model as a quarter of the life cycle may have expired by the time they are in stock. With all that said, we still offer a plethora of left handed models to suit virtually any golfer.
What is your handicap?
This is usually a question that is often asked, but I prefer not to pigeonhole certain products by handicap level, unless they made say Tour or Pro on them. Even in those cases, there are exceptions to the rules. You see, only a fifth of all golfers even establish or maintain a golf handicap, so essentially this question would rule out the majority of golfers to begin with.
What are your shot tendencies?
I would rather look at tendencies a player may have such as hitting the golf ball too high or too low, or maybe the customer is prone to fading or drawing the ball. In these cases, the loft, center of gravity and amount of offset in a design are what make it unique and sets the ball at different angles from the face to correct for a specific tendency. Sure, golf shafts also can control ball flight to a certain degree, but the bulk of the work not related to golfer’s swing comes from the head design.
How to choose the best golf club irons for your game? The following chart will act as a quick golf club iron buyers guide based on certain tendencies and help you find the right golf club iron. A couple quick notes, the models with an asterisk next to them are available in LH. To make the chart more user-friendly certain irons make be spread out further than they actually would be. For instance, the Acer XS Forged and Dynacraft Prophet Tour Forged Irons would fall on top of one another on the chart and make it difficult to read.
Is your trajectory too high or too low?
Often times the result of too high or low a ball flight is a direct result of the player’s swing mechanics, angle of attack and solidness of contact on the face. For example, golfers that tend to sweep the ball at impact will likely make contact lo
wer on the face than someone who takes more of a divot. Loft in conjunction with the vertical center of gravity of the head is what control trajectory. It shouldn’t astound you that our two ladies models (iBella Bellissima Irons and Obsession Irons) will be amongst our highest launching golf iron clubheads as the lower clubhead speeds will produce less spin and height. On the other side of the spectrum, the Power Play Caiman X2 Raw Power Irons is our lowest launching, but primarily in the mid and lower lofted golf irons.
It should also come as no surprise that the majority of the irons will fit within the medium trajectory category window as better golfers don’t want to see abnormally higher or lower ball flight than what they are used to. While trajectory is a balance between distances and yet allowing the ball to land on the green during approach shots, direction is another key requirement as we will show next.
Before we speak about draw or fade enhancing, we need to have a starting point or what is labeled as neutral. In this case, let’s say the middle-of-the-road iron in our line will be intended to hit the golf ball straightest for the vast majority of golf from amongst the many head designs we offer. That means certain heads will be geared to hit the ball more left (draw enhancing), while others further right (fade enhancing) for a RH golfer. The Power Play Caiman X2 Tour Irons would likely be the most fade enhancing due to the elongated blade length and low offset, while the Acer XF Irons and XF HT Irons the most draw enhanced.
Most golfers tend to push, fade or even slice their irons. Certain irons do a better job of squaring the clubface by incorporating more offset or shifted the weight closer to the heel or shaft to enable the head to rotate closed. That is why on paper the Acer XS HT and the Acer XF HT seem to be for the same type player.
More accomplished golfers are more likely to draw the ball in general and don’t need as much offset as a result. This is why you will find fewer head that are fade enhancing as the pool of players is smaller.
Several of the entries are borderline when it comes to directional bias as they have reduced offset, but not too reduced. This includes the Dynacraft Evolution Hybrid Irons which I consider a hollow-bodied iron more than a true hybrid. The Acer XF Pro Irons and Acer XS Pro Irons meet the criteria as well, with the loft being the separator; one will hit the ball a little lower than the other.
Squeezing out a little more
The middle square (medium height / neutral ball flight) should fit the sweet spot of golfers playing today. There are three very good candidates (Acer XDS React Irons, Acer XS Irons and Power Play Warp Speed Irons). What you do not see from the chart is how they are constructed. Of the three, the Warp Speed is the only one with a more exotic face material to help bolster ball speed and distance with all else being the same.
I hope this article has answered for you the question “how to choose the right iron set” for my game. You can see we have a wide variety of irons to choose from, even in left hand. After reading the explanations and examining the chart, you should have a better idea of what each iron is supposed to do so you are able to confidently select the best model for your or your customer’s game. If you are curious about an iron, I would highly recommend buying a mid-iron of the model with a shaft and flex you are familiar with.