How to choose the right set of irons

How to choose the right set of irons

Golf irons make up the vast majority of the clubs in a golfer’s bag, so finding the perfect set is crucial for your game.

With so many types with different specifications available, knowing which to choose can be tricky. However, the team at Clarkes’ Golf Centre is here to guide and advise you in making the right choice for your needs.

If you’re looking to buy a new set of irons, be sure to follow these 5 steps.

Step 1 – Determine which type of irons suit your game

When buying iron sets, golfers have the choice of two manufacturing processes – forged and cast.

Forged irons come from billets of steel that are stamped under force into a clubhead shape. This technique aligns the structure to offer a better feel.

Cast irons, on the other hand, are made by pouring molten steel into moulds – allowing manufacturers to create more complex head designs.

Golf irons come in a selection of styles too, all designed to suit different capabilities.

These include:

  • Players irons – for low handicap players. These produce the best response when struck correctly and are often described as being similar to a blade iron but with a little extra forgiveness and distance. 
  • Game improvement irons – for mid to high handicap players. These irons provide optimum results on off-centre hits, offering straighter and longer shots. 
  • Super game improvement irons – for high handicap players. Typically, these have wider soles, more offset and hollow bodies for even more forgiveness. They help golfers to launch shots into the air.

Step 2 – Establish your price range

You can pay anywhere up to £1699 for a set of 6 golf irons. Don’t make the same mistake as many other golfers and buy expensive irons that aren’t right for your game and swing!

Research the different types of irons on the market and identify the most suitable ones for your ability. Once you’ve done that, figure out how much you can honestly afford to spend on a new set of irons and set yourself a budget.

You can then use the filters on our website to narrow your options down, to ensure you don’t pay over the odds for golf iron sets.

Step 3 – Select your ideal shaft flex

By this, we’re referring to how much bend the club offers.

Ladies and Senior irons are typically the most flexible when compared to Regular, Stiff and Extra Stiff.

As a general rule of thumb, the faster your swing speed, the stiffer the shaft should be. Using a flexible shaft will only make it difficult for you to control your shots – they could go in any direction.

If you swing slowly, you’ll find that a stiff shaft causes you to send your shot to the right (if you’re a right-handed golfer). Therefore, opt for a flexible shaft as it’ll produce more distance.

Step 4 – Consider the shaft type, colour and brand

Choose from irons with a steel or graphite shaft, in a silver, black or copper finish.

Usually, irons with graphite shafts are lighter than their steel counterparts and absorb vibration. This is ideal for someone who has arthritis or prefers to play with lighter clubs.

Available in an assortment of stylish colours and designs, you can pull out a club that your fellow golf buddies and competitors are sure to be envious of, whilst improving your performance on the course.

You’ll find golf iron sets in all your favourite brands here at Clarkes’ Golf Centre – including Callaway, Cobra, Ping, TaylorMade and Titleist, to name just a few.

Step 5 – Arrange a custom fitting

Before you commit to buying a set of golf irons, you want to be confident that they’re right for you. And that’s the beauty of having a custom club fitting.

You get to try out the different types of golf irons – including irons with steel shafts and graphite shafts – whilst technology analyses your swing and looks closely at the club path, face angle, direction and spin loft.

Need an expert opinion?

Our golf iron sets come with 6, 7 or 8 clubs.

With all the best irons available at competitive prices online, we’re confident we have something to suit beginners and tour players alike.

If you’re unsure which golf iron set to purchase, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team here at Clarkes’ Golf Centre.

Either give us a call on 01744 885 294 or email admin@clarkesgolf.co.uk, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.