2018 Best Players-Distance Irons

A combination instrument of precision and distance, these clubs allow you to hit one less club – at least – into the green

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You're a single-digit handicap. Or you're aspiring to be. Either way, it's important to boast about hitting 7-iron on a 155-yard par 3. The zippy faces and reasonably compact clubheads in Players Distance provide the power and precision with tour-pro looks.

A combination instrument of precision and distance, these clubs allow you to hit one less club—at least—into the green. So who is the Players Distance consumer? It's the aging golfer who sees his single-digit status starting to slip away; the golfer who needs just a little extra oomph to hit one less club into a green in the hopes of having more legit birdie opportunities or simply the player who wants the most distance they can get out of their irons while still looking down at a pleasing shape.

It would be easy to think these irons get their distance simply from loft jacking. That also would be incorrect. Although most lofts in this category are modestly stronger, these clubs also are designed to where a 7-iron flies like a 7-iron and stops like a 7-iron. That's achieved by technologies originally used in drivers trickling down to irons, such as thin cupfaces, where the face wraps around part of the topline and sole to produce a bigger trampoline for greater distance. Tungsten weighting also is employed in many designs to enhance stability as well. All with a look that says you're a player, even if you don't have your name stitched on your bag.