2020 Best Players Irons

Looks, feel, workability and performance are essential to a great players iron. These deliver


It’s that question we get every year: Is the new stuff really better than last year’s stuff? The answer is a without hesitation “yes.” That said, if you bought a new driver or set of irons or wedges or putter last year, it might not be instantly recognizable. Fact is, seismic shifts in golf equipment are few, the result of the fact that pretty much everything the past few years has been pretty dang excellent. However if you haven’t upgraded your clubs in four or five years or—heaven help you, longer—the chances of you seeing significant improvement is strong.

The fact is, golfers are getting better and equipment technology is the reason. That might manifest itself in better scores or a lower handicap. It might be in the form of more quality shots more often. Or it might come from a less-skilled player getting more enjoyment from the game because they are finally getting the ball in the air and moving it down the fairway. If you haven’t changed your clubs in several years we know the reasons. “I’m not good enough” or “None of that equipment helps average golfers all that much.” Then there’s the one we dislike the most, “I’m doing just fine with what I’ve got.” Unfortunately, not really. We’ve learned over the years that equipment is designed to help average players more than tour players, and the designs today are aimed at helping the mis-hit more than the Sunday punch. In other words, the game can be made easier. Not easy, but easier. And who doesn’t want that, especially when a case can be made that it’s happening across every section of your bag.

Don’t think the iron category least known for providing the excitement of faster ball speeds isn’t doing its part to generate interest in a different kind of game improvement. Through the use of cavity designs that respect the compact shapes better golfers prefer and also by adding multiple materials (heavy tungsten, for example) in targeted zones, players irons are upgrading forgiveness through heel and toe weighting so that the distance gains you see aren’t about that unwanted one shot that jumps off the face but instead show a consistency across the face that make mis-hits fly closer to center-hit distance. That better performance is part of a visual package that still honors thin toplines and narrow soles that allow the best golfers to still comfortably flight their approach shots.