2016 Best Players Irons

You're a player but not quite a "play-uh." Well, pal, you're in luck. The 2016 Hot List player irons show the club's definition has evolved greatly from the days when Jack Nicklaus was swinging those butterknife muscleback blades.

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You're a player but not quite a "play-uh." Well, pal, you're in luck. The definition of a players iron has evolved greatly from the days when Jack Nicklaus was swinging those butterknife muscleback blades.

Players irons have changed greatly to where now many of them border on being game-improvement clubs. Helping this is the ability of designers to produce clubs with more forgiveness that are still workable and have toplines and sole widths thin enough to appeal to better players. Most of these irons continue to be forged from a soft metal such as 1025 carbon steel although some are still cast. Many manufacturers also have realized that even better players need some help with the long irons, leading to the use of tungsten or other means in the long irons to lower the center of gravity for an easier launch. Conversely, better players want their short irons to not get too high in the air, so adding weight to the topline or taking weight out of the sole area to raise the center of gravity checks that box.

Oh, and if you think having all that technology in a visually appealing package still isn't cool enough for you, consider this: Nearly 70 percent of the PGA Tour uses irons with some form of a cavity back. So if you don't have a reserved parking spot at the next tour event or at the least your name stitched on a tour bag it's time to get on board. Besides, all this help might even have some people believing you're a play-uh.