General Info about Golf Irons

Basics of Golf Equipment

General Info about Golf Irons

Basics of Golf Equipment - General Info about Golf Irons

Having a good Set of Irons that you can trust is very comforting. Sure, driving the ball is fun, but in a round of golf it's the irons you count on to get you on the green and in position to do well. The good news is that modern technology has made irons easier to hit than ever. This buyers' guide will help you learn the basics of iron design, how they've improved, and which clubs are best suited for your game. More below...



Cloud 9 Ti Face Insert

Cloud 9 Ti Face Insert Irons

One of the most advanced iron designs to date. A 6-4 Titanium face insert has several design advantages for cavity backed irons. First, it allows most of the clubhead mass to be concentrated around the perimeter of the iron head creating a larger sweet spot for more forgiveness. Second, Ti faces can be made thinner than stainless which maximizes COR or ball velocity. A 20 gram tungsten insert was added to the toe to balance the iron head and lower the center of gravity. This creates higher, straighter golf shots.
Price starts from $248.80 and includes Custom Fitting, as well as full Money back Guarantee, a full year of Warranty, and free Shipping within the continental US.

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Pinemeadow Command Q Irons

Pinemeadow Command Q Irons

The Command series has always been highly regarded as a forgiving club featuring cutting edge weighting throughout the clubhead. The latest Command iron set is no different, featuring a weight distribution technology and wider sole. The wider then usual sole design combined with an under-cut cavity and rear weighting produce superior playability for all types of players. What difference does the wide sole make? The wide sole prevents the club from digging into the turf ensuring more solid contact even on fat or thin shots. The lower center of gravity produces a higher launch angle.
How do the under-cut cavity and added weights in the rear of the club help? They dramatically increase the moment of inertia, reducing twisting and increasing accuracy, even on miss-hits. The weights also lower the center of gravity for optimal trajectory and feel.
Looking for a forgiving, game improving club with up-to-date technologies and maximum forgiveness, the Command irons are a perfect club for you.
Price starts from $149 and includes Custom Fitting, as well as full Money back Guarantee, a full year of Warranty, and free Shipping within the continental US.

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Command BK Irons

Pinemeadow Command BK Irons

The club features a thin beta titanium face which will increase rebound at impact. A hollow core stainless steel body completely removes the weight from the center of the club head, which dramatically expands the area of forgiveness. A steel wall around the face improves forgiveness by moving the weigh to the back of the head for higher MOI. A unique rubber backing dampens vibration, improves sound and feel.
Price starts from $179 and includes Custom Fitting, as well as full Money back Guarantee, a full year of Warranty, and free Shipping within the continental US.

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GigaGolf TRX Ion Control Irons

GigaGolf TRX Ion Control Irons

The TRX iron was created for the player who is looking for game improvement technology without sacrificing shot making capability. The TRX is equipped with much of the same technology that make GigaGolf game improvement irons easy and fun to play, but we built these game improvement features around a traditional design that allows the ball to be "worked" or "shaped" by players of all skill levels. The cavity is designed to achieve a significant perimeter weighting and the MOI is surprisingly high, so the irons are forgiving and long. Note: Black ion finish will wear to a brushed stainless finish on the sole and the impact area of the face. Iron covers are recommended.
Price starts from $179.20 and includes Custom Fitting, as well as full Money back Guarantee, a full year of Warranty, and free Shipping within the continental US.

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Power Max GX922

Power Max GX922

Similar to Callaway X-20 Irons. The PowerMax GX22 is our representation of the next generation of cavity-backed irons. This versatile iron combines a forgiving notched cavity back with a sleek profile that allows shot making. The notched cavity provides stability and an increased MOI resulting in longer straighter golf shots even when the ball is struck off center. A moderate sole width and a playable bounce angle do not limit the golfer to a single flight pattern.
Price starts from $159.60 and includes Custom Fitting, as well as full Money back Guarantee, a full year of Warranty, and free Shipping within the continental US.

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Our Best Tips

Low Center of Gravity

Modern Materials

Perimeter Weighting

Stronger Lofts

 

Iron Essentials


Most iron sets consist of a 3-iron through pitching wedge (listed as 3-PW). This accounts for 8 of the 14 clubs you can carry according to the Rules of Golf, leaving room for a putter and three woods. Some players substitute a high-lofted wood for the 3-iron because they find it easier to hit. This is a good strategy. However, stronger players who don't have a problem getting the ball up may still prefer to use the more accurate long irons.

Here's a guide to the key features of today's irons:

Blade versus cavity-back
A blade iron offers a smaller hitting surface and a thin top-line (portion of the clubhead viewed at address). It also has more mass behind the middle of the clubhead, sometimes called a "muscle-back," that gives a very soft feeling when hit properly. In contrast, a cavity-back or perimeter-weighted club has more weight around the outside edges of the clubhead to produce a larger sweetspot. The easiest-hitting irons of all generally have a large cavity-back, thick top-line, and oversize clubface. But increasingly, clubmakers are offering designs that incorporate the forgiving benefits of cavity-back in a blade style with a thinner top-line. For many traditionalist golfers, this is the answer.

Casting versus forging
Up until the early 1970s, forged steel clubheads accounted for more than 90% of all irons made. This model involves hammering and shaping the clubhead. Now, investment casting has taken over as the primary manufacturing method. Casting, in which the metal is poured into a mold, costs less and makes it easier to produce the complex shapes of today's perimeter-weighted, cavity-back designs within tight specifications. However, forging is not likely to disappear because many golfers believe it offers better feel and ball "workability." It also offers a cleaner look for the tradition-minded golfer.

Hosel offset
This is measured from the leading edge of the hosel (where the shaft enters the clubhead) to the farthest front portion of the clubface. Why is it important? A club with offset contacts the ball later than a club without offset. This helps "square" the clubface at impact and reduces the tendency to slice (ball going right for right-handed golfers).

Progressive weighting
This involves placing a heavier material, such as copper or tungsten, in the sole of lower-lofted irons. This helps lower the center of gravity and get the ball in the air. Progressive weighting is generally eliminated in the shorter irons to help produce a lower, flatter trajectory.

Other Iron Features

Grooves or scoring lines
Grooves add spin and control to the ball's flight. An iron with no grooves causes the ball to "squirt" off the face. Backspin may decrease distance slightly but greatly enhances control. Karsten Solheim, legendary founder of Ping, brought attention to the value of grooves when players of his clubs with larger, sharper grooves began showing superior control--especially out of rough lies. The USGA strictly controls the depth and distance between scoring lines on the clubface to ensure fairness.

Lie
This is the angle of the sole (bottom) of the club as it relates to the shaft. Too "flat" a lie places the heel of the club in the air, while too upright a lie angle causes the toe to be in the air at address. Lie angle for all our custom clubs is tailored to your body.

Loft
This is the clubface angle relative to the shaft, and determines the trajectory of your shots. It varies from about 22 degrees in a 3-iron for a lower, longer trajectory to 64 degrees in a wedge for short, high shots.

Satin finish vs. polish or chrome
This is merely a cosmetic question. A satin finish can be very attractive, but in general has a duller appearance than polished or chrome-finish clubheads.

Sole
This is the very bottom part of the clubhead. If you look closely at the sole of your club, you'll notice it has a slight curvature from toe to heel and from leading edge to trailing edge. This "camber" or "radius sole" makes it easier to hit consistent shots. Sole width is another factor. A narrower sole works better from fairway and tight lie conditions while a wider sole is better for plush lies.

As a final note, if you need some extra advice I suggest you take a look at these Golf Club Reviews to decide which irons are good for you.


Modern Improvements

Low Center of Gravity
Irons from most companies now claim to have a much lower center of gravity than their older counterparts. This lower center of gravity allows for the ball to get airborne on a higher trajectory more easily.

Modern Materials
In the last few years new steels and dense inserts have been used to provide easy-hitting advantages. These materials allow the designer to maintain the strength and integrity of the clubhead while placing more weight on the sole, and in different parts of the iron head where it's most efficient.

Perimeter Weighting
Karsten Solheim (Ping founder) revolutionized and set a standard for the industry years ago with his perimeter-weighted designs. This concept has lately been taken to another level, making irons more forgiving than ever.

Stronger Lofts
In an effort to claim greater distances, clubmakers have decreased the standard lofts on their irons. Thus, what used to be a 6-iron is now a 7-iron. They've also incrementally increased the length of shafts to give more clubhead speed. Fortunately, head design advancements have allowed for this without sacrificing consistency and accuracy. Also, the low center of gravity in today's clubs allows manufacturers to use stronger lofts without compromising trajectory. What this all means to you is added distance, and that's a good thing.


 

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