The best golf irons depend on what skill level a player performs at. Different club construction methods make an iron ‘easier’ or ‘harder’ to hit depending on your swing consistency and power.
Blade irons are heavily influenced by the first generation of golf clubs that were invented in the mid 1700’s. These irons are one solid piece of cast metal that are normally made of carbon steel. Original golf irons were cast of iron and milled by hand into their final form. One major distinction between the first era of golf irons and currency technology is the introduction of increased weight at the bottom of the clubhead. This helped players by increasing the ‘sweet spot’, or the spot on the club head that will help hit the ball farther and more accurately.
Cavity back irons are another category of golf irons. They are made with the same process as modern blade irons with one key difference. Cavity back irons have material removed from the back of the club and are often coated in a rubber material. This helps experienced players who have a mostly consistent swing avoid mishits.
Cavity back irons were the first club to be called a ‘game improvement’ iron but that has changed recently. These irons help experienced players gain more loft and distance.
The best game improvement irons are called ‘hollow body irons’ and feature a wide club head that has a hollow body. Hollow body irons are the most recent innovation in golf and are actually two separate pieces that are welded together. They are similar to cut out cavity back irons but most are hollow on the inside. They are very forgiving to the beginner or average golfer and generally speaking are what a majority of golfers should be playing with.
A hollow club drastically reduces the amount of vibration and movement, or twist, that the club head experiences on contact. This helps a bad shot not go so far off course when a golf ball is mishit.
The best game improvement irons in 2021 feature a large, wide club head that is forgiving for mishits. This has the effect of increasing the ‘sweet spot’ size while using the iron. The ‘sweet spot’ is the perfect location on the club head to hit the golf ball.
Increased club head size in the best game improvement irons of 2020 also help novice golfers power their way through thick roughs. It’s no secret that new golfers tend to hit the ball in the rough more often than fairways and need a little extra power to get back in play.
Our response to mid and high handicappers is the Takomo 101 iron. It offers great distance, forgiveness without forgetting the looks. But don’t only trust our word on it, see the below review by TXG on the Iron 101.