2018 Best Players Irons

Creative use of technology and materials has modernized this category without giving up the classic shape better players prefer

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You play in the club championship every year. You also take dead aim at a back-right pin guarded by water from 186 yards—exactly 186 yards. If that sounds like you then you're looking at Players irons. Their thin soles and toplines along with soft-feeling clubheads offer the workability and feel you crave, and the precisely placed centers of gravity offer the control you require.

When it comes to Players irons the first thought for many are the muscleback blade butter knives used by some tour professionals. These are not those clubs. Through creative use of technology and materials, the design of players irons has modernized this category without giving up the classic shape better players prefer.

The challenge for designers is how to pack all of this into a compact package that is pleasing to the eye. When it comes to club design, smaller is always a bigger challenge. In the case of these irons, that is met by carefully shaping the toe area and paying attention to the leading edge of the sole to enhance turf interaction. Feel often is provided through the use soft carbon steel for the clubhead, assisted by badges in the back cavity that assist in damping vibration. And although these clubs are designed to hit specific shots, specific distances, they are far from distant-deficient thanks to thin clubfaces that allow the better player to hit that shot exactly 186 yards--with a 6-iron.