2017 Best Game-Improvement Irons

Let's face it—everyone wants to hit the ball longer. Not just off the tee, but with your irons as well. That's particularly true of players drawn to clubs in the game improvement category. Although low handicappers rarely suffer a power outage, the rest of us could use a yardage boost. Today's game-improvement irons provide that distance shot in the arm.

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Let's face it—everyone wants to hit the ball longer. Not just off the tee, but with your irons as well. That's particularly true of players drawn to clubs in the game improvement category. Although low handicappers rarely suffer a power outage, the rest of us could use a yardage boost. Today's game-improvement irons provide that distance shot in the arm.

Game-improvement irons are primarily designed for middle handicappers although some single-digit players also can see the benefits. In recent years the inclination of designers has been to produce as many yards as humanely possible without sacrificing look or launch angle. Innovations such as cup faces (first used in drivers) where the face wraps around the topline and sole, boost ball speed by providing more face flex. Others thin the face to create a better trampoline. The use of multiple materials also is prevalent, in many cases tungsten weights to move the center of gravity to help elevate the ball. Of course none of this works if the sound is like a cymbal clashing. Designers have paid attention here as well, using polymers and badges to damp unwanted vibration.

Of course all of this improvement, especially in terms of yards comes with one downside—you're going to have to re-do all of your yardages into greens. Seems like a small price to pay