2019 Best Game-Improvement Irons

These irons will make you feel like a better player than you are without you even noticing.


The goal of game improvement irons is pretty straightforward: They aim to make you hit shots that are hotter, higher and farther. In other words, how to make you feel like a better player than you are without you even noticing.

The wheelhouse for these clubs is the true middle handicapper and perhaps even the high single-digit player who is secure enough to check their ego in exchange for playing better golf as long as the club looks pretty close to conventional. They’re irons for golfers who place a premium on distance but not at the complete sacrifice of everything else.

Today’s game-improvement irons are clubs for the everyman that continue to provide new levels of versatility and performance. How do they seemingly arrive at the best of all worlds? By employing technologies such as thin, wraparound cupfaces for distance or tungsten weighting to boost forgiveness and launch. Slots in the sole or special kinds of heat treated faces also rank among the technological attributes utilized by some. And since you are far from a hacker, they strive to do so in a package that doesn’t leave you recoiling in horror at address and putting the iron immediately back on the shelf before you strike a single ball with it.

Many of the game-improvement irons on this year’s Hot List employ all of that and often much more. As you might expect, the category geared towards the largest segment of golfers also has a variety of clubs with a wide array of attributes. But with some diligent research (and the help of a qualified fitter) that path to feeling like a better player just got a lot easier to navigate.