Players who need the game-improvement trifecta of high launch, distance and forgiveness want irons that don't trade on those characteristics. They want ultra-forgiving sets that maximize distance with oversize shapes or even hollow heads. That makes them almost like mini-drivers, with fast-flexing faces and stable bodies that help mis-hits fly closer to perfect. Their wide soles keep weight low (for high launch) and smooth out the occasional fat shot. Plus, their lightweight shafts let you swing faster. If you're tired of missing out on how easy the game might be, consider these four new irons—vivid examples of your new game, the one with nothing held back.
TITLEIST 718 AP1
The company's most forgiving AP iron ever features hollow long irons and cavity-backs for the rest of the set. The long and middle irons are stabilized by high-density tungsten in the toe.
TAYLORMADE M CGB
The thin face has slots in the face and sole to provide more flexibility. Tungsten weighting positioned low makes this TaylorMade's highest-flying iron.
PRICE: $1,200 (set of eight)
CALLAWAY EPIC STAR
A lighter head, fueled by a 50-gram shaft, increases your potential for more swing speed. The company's thin wraparound cupface on the head is designed for better distance and launch.
CLEVELAND LAUNCHER HB
The hollow, hybrid-like construction keeps weight low and back. This gives you higher flight and less distance-sapping vibration on your mis-hits. There's also extra pop from a high-strength steel face insert.
PRICE: $700 (set of seven)