Welcome to our Best Golf Irons 2020 review!
In this comprehensive guide we have sifted through the absolute best golf irons currently available on the market. The guide separates irons by category, price and features to help you find the best golf irons for your game.
We have tried to keep our selection pretty broad in terms of handicap suitability, but admittedly, most of the irons featured below are for low single figure to mid-teen handicaps.
If you are just beginning golf or are a high handicapper we recommend you check out our review of the Best Golf Clubs for Beginners, or better still check out our selection of Best Irons For Beginners.
Let’s jump into our Best Golf Irons review and find out which is best for you and why!
Best Golf Irons
Below are our selection of the best irons for golfers:
- Elite Design: Mizuno MP20 MMC Irons and Titleist T100
- Best Control: TaylorMade P760 Irons
- Editor’s Choice: Taylormade M4 and Mizuno MP18
- Pro’s Choice: Callaway Rogue Pro, Titleist 718 AP2, Callaway Epic Pro and PXG 0311
- Best Value: Cobra F8 Irons and Callaway Steelhead XR
- Best Irons for Mid-Handicapper: Taylormade M1 and Callaway Epic
- Worthy Competitors: Wilson Staff C300 Forged Irons, Taylormade M3 Irons, Srixon Z 765, Ping iBlade, Mizuno MP5, Callaway Apex Pro 16, Titleist 716 AP2 and Taylormade P770
- Other Reviewed Irons: Taylormade PSi Tour, Titleist 718 AP3, Mizuno JPX900 Forged and Titleist C16
Also check out our golf irons buyers guide.
Best Irons For Golf
1. Mizuno MP20 MMC Irons
The Mizuno MP20 MMC Irons have been designed for the elite players. Professional golfers in this day and age prefer using semi blades than actual blades. This makes a perfect look for the MP20 MMC irons.
These irons look great and makes one imagine themselves hitting good shots even before trying them out. They have been designed with a thinner top than the previous MP18 MMC irons. Mizuno found that the MP20 MMC irons were up by 2 mph average from the MBs. That means that the player is expected to add some extra distance on the carry.
Mizuno uses technology which is titanium forged and two cavity back pieces that provide a smoother feel on the centre of gravity. This is a highly rated club that one should try giving a go.
2. Titleist T100 Irons
The new T100 irons were released by Titleist in 2019. The T100 iron is a tour type blade iron for the elite player whom wishes to play a tour inspired true blade. It has a new and improved grip by Golf Pride which has a softer feel. The 3 d’s that Titleist used to design the Titleist T100 was: distance, dispersion and descent.
The new T100 irons were tested against the previous version of the AP2. It was discovered that the T100 iron had an increase in ball speed and distance by a few yards in comparison to the AP2, as it has a thinner top line.
The sole pattern has been redesigned to give an improved turf interaction allowing the club to be forgiving.
3. TaylorMade P760 Irons
The TaylorMade P760 irons replacing the P730 and the P790 irons are designed for more of the tour players. This is a mid-sized set between the P730s and P790s to compensate for the players using a combo set. The Speed foam technology has been installed in these irons to improve the sound and feel of the club.
These set of irons are not designed for distance but rather for more speed and control. This set of irons is more forgiving than the P730s. They have a thicker sole than the P730s.
Players have compared the P790 to the P760 and most prefer the P760 because it has a better and thinner look.
4. Taylormade M4 Irons
The visual differences are that the Speed Pocket in the sole is longer and slimmer, while the RIBCOR technology behind the face slots is there to enhance sound and feel. But the main acts here are undoubtedly distance and forgiveness. The aim is to mitigate the distance loss and deviation on bad strikes, and this is about as good as you’ll get in this respect.
And then, of course, they’re long. Very long. And it’s not just when you look at the distance numbers that you appreciate the length. The sound and feel at impact are immense – almost akin to a driver, rather than an iron.
And with excellent deals available on these irons online, you may just want to snap this up.
5. Mizuno MP18 Irons
Undoubtedly aimed at the better player, but boy oh boy are these MP18 irons just spectacular. Not just in terms of appearance either.
Three and a half sets to choose from in order to maximize playability and improve or enhance certain areas of your iron game that will result in better scoring. Massive amounts of workability and versatility on offer and pin point accuracy if iron play is a strong point in your game.
If you’re a 5 handicap or lower and are passionate about this beautiful game then give these a go – you are sure to be wowed!
6. Callaway Rogue Pro Irons
It’s been a busy couple of years for Callaway with the launch of various ranges of iron. Certainly, they set the bar very high with the good-old Steelhead X-12 and X-14 Pro Series irons, but the Rogue range is arguably one of the best they’ve added to the shelf since then.
Specifically, it’s the Rogue Pro Irons which have caught our eye.
The Rogue irons are an excellent option for game improvers, but in terms of low to mid-handicap players, the Pro version has all the attributes you’d hope for in a set of irons.
It comes in 3-PW, fares very well in terms of playability, and the design is rather easy on the eye. Furthermore, it bridges the gap to double-digit handicappers by offering supreme forgiveness, and you’ll be very impressed with the distance on offer, particularly with the long irons.
The only question to contend with is price. But even though it costs a few more bones than you may be budgeting for, it delivers great value for money.
7. Titleist 718 AP2 Irons
The primary aim of the 718 AP2s was to make them slightly more forgiving than their 716 equivalents. And Titleist have definitely done this. Thinner clubfaces, sturdy inserts and clever weight redistribution has done wonders for ball speeds off the clubface at impact.
The feel and playability have been improved on making the 718 AP2’s just brilliant. Not to mention just how classy they look too.
The AP2’s are absolutely world class irons and provide ample distance, playability, forgiveness and feel. If in doubt regarding price – just know these are going to be in it for the long haul and will hold their longevity in terms of design and performance.
8. Callaway Epic Pro Irons
The Epic Pros cost a small fortune, but wow are they impressive if you are in the suitable player niche.
Exceptional feel and particularly control. You can work the ball either way at the drop of a hat and control trajectory with no difficulty whatsoever.
Not to mention just how consistent they are too in terms of distance control. Fantastic job by Callaway.
9. Cobra King F8 Irons
This is a tough one, as there are a number of great deals doing the rounds at the moment. But the Cobra King F8 irons really impressed us, and we think they represent great value too. And the distance is explosive, especially the longer irons. In fact, they’re about as long you’ll get.
There are significant upgrades on the F7 range, including lower CG (thanks to shorter hosels and shallower clubfaces), and they’ve simplified the head constructions down from four to three within the range (a new ‘Hollow’ head design from 4-7 iron). The PWRShell cup face has also been lightened to the tune of 7g, and there is a boost to ball speeds courtesy of variable face thickness.
The sound is a little bit dull, but we liked the feel, and you can tell the difference in launch and smash as a result of the lower CG. At a competitive price, our take is that any mid-handicapper should give these a whirl.
10. Callaway Steelhead XR Irons
At first glance there doesn’t really seem to be much difference between these and the good-old X-14s. But there are actually a ton of enhancements here, and these clubs really do set the bar at a whole new level in terms of forgiveness, launch, and, to a lesser extent, distance.
Is this going to be the set of choice for low single-figure players? Doubtful. But in terms of game improvement, these irons are right up there, and we think there’s a good chance the Steelhead XRs could float your boat – and at an affordable price too.
The M1 irons impressed us tremendously. The Face Slot paired with Speed Pocket technologies have a profound impact on forgiveness, but the small, stylish look is retained through a reasonable amount of offset. A thin top line along with shorter heads from heel to toe provide an all around good look.
Not to mention just how good these irons feel through impact – fantastic! The M1s have a unique design which is going to appeal to a wide range of golfer and at the price they are certainly going to become a fan favorite in next to no time. Great set of irons by Taylormade.
The Epic irons are world class iron that will appeal to a wide facet of golfer. A reasonably thick topline paired up with a compact face screams playability and will aid confidence especially with long irons.
Very long and also consistent in terms of dispersion left and right of target. They are slightly expensive, but man are these going to turn your iron play around. You may not notice it at first, but give them a handful of rounds and you’ll see just what we’re talking about.
13. TaylorMade M3 irons
Interestingly, we weren’t blown away by the M3 irons, and it wasn’t abundantly clear to us the logic behind launching these so close to the P790 irons. For a set of cast clubs, it just naturally looks inferior by comparison to its forged counterpart.
That said, the M3s have a lot of fans, and it’s not hard to see why. For starters, they’re a couple of hundred dollars cheaper than the P790s, and, for better players, there is a heck of a lot more control and workability on offer compared with the M4s. So, for better players, this might just hit the sweetspot. We were also impressed by how easy the long irons were to hit, and trajectory consistency was a big plus. Added to that, there is a big range of stock shaft options to choose from, so fill your boots.
All in all, a definite thumbs up from Golf Assessor. Just not quite as unequivocal as some of its competitors on the market.
14. Wilson Staff C300 Forged Irons
These irons are all about evolving the existing Power Holes of the C300 irons into a forged version, and this will catch the eye of lower-handicap golfers. As with the C300s, there are two rows of Power Holes in the sole, although the key difference is that each hole in the forged version is of equal length.
It’s noticeable that there isn’t as much distance on offer compared with the C300s, but that is more than made up for in terms of feel and workability. We also think the topline is spot on, and the thickness of the 8620 carbon steel heads is on the money too.
In short, they look good, they feel good, and give you more than just a semblance of control with your ball striking. And this price point for forged irons definitely makes them competitive. If you’re a single-figure player, these irons may be worth a second glance.
15. Srixon Z 765 Irons
That means you’re effectively guaranteeing yourself extra consistency, and a good deal of precision and control with these. That’s amplified by the Tour V.T. Sole, which minimizes friction with the turf at impact.
The Z 765s are undoubtedly targeted at better players, but, that said, the muscle cavity provides a decent amount of forgiveness, and that extra bit of cushion will open the door to the average weekly golfer too. And then there’s the design… just, wow!
16. Ping iBlade Irons
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For us, we felt the most notable improvement in the iBlade when compared with the S55 irons was forgiveness. Not in the sense that they are dramatically easier to hit, but with the slenderer ‘bladey’ look, at first glance you might think your bad shot could sting a little. Not so – the ball gets away beautifully.
These are surely the most stylish irons Ping have produced to date too, and it’s a good modern blade. But does $1,200 represent good value here? We’re not so sure…
17. Mizuno MP-20 Irons
The Mizuno MP5 irons were our Editor’s Choice for Irons back in 2016 and we still love them today. But we also love the Mizuno MP-20 Irons.
Mizuno and the word ‘irons’ go hand in hand. The MP-T5’s are quite simply beautiful in terms of both look and feel.
Mizuno have always been known for their blade irons and the MP-20’s are another perfect example. What really appealed to us was the excellent flow of the set which provided the same level of performance, feel and forgiveness. The MP-20’s generally provide a low trajectory that helps keep it on target especially with short iron approaches.
Grain Flow Forged from a single billet of 1025E Pure Select Mild Carbon steel for exceptional feel. If you’re a low handicapper then these are a fantastic set of irons that will check just about every box – cut, draw, slice, hook, low stinger. You will definitely be taken aback at the versatility. If you’re a mid to high handicapper though, stay away from the MP-20’s not because they’re bad. But because they are exceptionally demanding in terms of ball striking.
18. Callaway Apex Pro 16 Irons
The Apex Pro 16’s scream distance and ease of use. Callaway have taken all players opinions into account and established that their preferred look was the original X-Forged 13 irons some years back. Engineers have subsequently done what they could in order to mimic that set, but add a modern spin to it.
The forged slightly bulky appearance provide superb feel on both center and off-center strikes minimizing that important distance gap. The graded COG provides optimal trajectory for each and every club although we still thought they’re a touch on the low side. Slightly higher in terms of retail price than competitors , but they are superb value for money!
If you’re in the low to mid handicap bracket the Apex Pro’s will add that fun factor back into your game and add confidence at the same time.
19. Titleist 716 AP2 Irons
Titleist are definitely a sought after brand in golf and that is not likely to change even in the next two decades. Quality in a nutshell.
Rated as best value due to a number of factors, but primarily the dispersion in both distance and direction is superb. No other forged irons can meet the technical advancements of the 716 AP2’s and that says a lot.
What is most appealing though is that even though they are aimed at the better player, the forgiveness is excellent. So you don’t have to stress when standing over a long iron having to carry water – the 716 AP2’s help your confidence big time.
Really good value for money option and these will hold their style and character well for a few years to come.
20. Taylormade P770 Irons
The Taylormade P770s provide a great mix of forgiveness in the longer irons together with performance and precision in the shorter irons.
The short irons feel great and overall the set provides ample distance due to the lighter steel shafts and slightly aggressive lofts. A sexy set that offers consistency, playability as well as forgiveness.
21. Taylormade PSI Tour Irons
Taylormade have definitely come to the fore in the last 15 years and provide exciting equipment for every golfer.
The PSI Tour's feel and sound beautiful on reasonable to good strikes and are long enough to keep up with the long hitting ‘Jones’.
Workability is fantastic and will provide the confidence to attack the riskier targets. At the slightly higher price than competitors the PSI Tour’s still of good value if you are a low handicap player.
22. Titleist 718 AP3 Irons
Titleist have blended the gap beautifully between the AP1’s and AP2’s. The AP3’s are a better player’s club with a bit more forgiveness in the longer irons.
Exceptionally forgiving and long at that too providing huge confidence when holding a 4 iron and needing to carry water to the intended target. What we were most impressed with is the consistency the AP3 Irons offer in both distance and dispersion. Some of the tightest packed bunch of golf balls we’ve had when testing sets of irons.
Despite the retail price being $1,149 and a little on the high side, they are still competitive and offer immense value particularly for the lower handicap player who doesn’t play as regularly as they wish. Or if you’re a mid handicap player that is still on the up and play regularly enough to build confidence as you go.
Great set of irons.
23. Mizuno JPX 900 Forged Irons
We wouldn’t say that Mizuno have reinvented the wheel when you compare the Mizuno JPX900 with their JPX-850 predecessors.
But out of all the tweaks and improvements that have been made, the most impressive is the variable face thickness design, which encompasses the benefits of weight redistribution you associate more with top-of-the-range drivers.
All in all, it’s a truly world-class product, guaranteed to improve distance and forgiveness. Well worth giving these puppies a test drive.
24. Titleist C16 Irons
The C16 Concept irons are state of the art in every way, and the mix of high-quality materials is almost futuristic.
Where to even begin? The slim, but immensely robust K301 Cup Face in the longer irons which produce unrivaled carry and distance? The precision of the short irons, underpinned by the 1RK95 High-Strength Steel Face insert? Or how about their sleek design?
Perhaps these irons aren’t geared towards the lowest of low handicappers, but, if you don’t fall into that category, we can assure you that they’re simply out of this world. It’s just the price tag you need to contend with
Golf Irons - Buyers Guide
1. Build Quality
You don’t have to be an equipment nerd to appreciate how the bar is being raised in terms of manufacturing quality. We’re seeing all sorts of experimentation with materials: everything from tungsten to lighter forms of carbon are being thrown into the melting pot.
Different face inserts and designs are findings ways to add strength to the clubhead in the absence of bulk, and it’s releasing the shackles in terms of both distance and consistency as a result.
Whether forged or cast iron, blade or cavity back is your bag, there is much to contemplate (and admire) when it comes to quality control. Luckily, you’re in good hands with us.
2. Control and Performance
It’s pretty safe to say that there is a dividing line when it comes to golfers of different abilities. Leisure golfers seek forgiveness (and more forgiveness) in their irons, whereas better players, generally speaking, thrive on blades which could cut diamonds, and which provide ample feedback on bad shots.
For manufacturers, this has often resulted in a trade-off, depending on which type of golfer they seek to target. But this once mutually-exclusive relationship between forgiveness and slimness is diminishing, and we golfers really are starting to get the best of both worlds.
The question is, which brand marries these two elements best?
3. Design and Appearance
There is nothing quite like putting an iron down on the ground, and having a top line that suits your eye. It just gives you that priceless extra bit of confidence at address, and I firmly believe that a set of irons you’re proud to own takes shots off your score. But there’s a lot more to it than just the top line.
Offset, badging and thickness of the blade are just a few of the aesthetics which matter, while the type of material used will play a crucial role in the look and feel.
Ultimately, these are fairly subjective things to assess, but there’s no doubting that when you come across a club which looks the part, you’ll just know it.
4. Value for Money
Within the world of golf equipment, you’re probably not going to find greater scope for variance in terms of price than with irons. True, that’s partly because you’re going to be purchasing eight separate clubs – or more! But it’s also because the difference in quality between the best and the worst is so vastly polarized.
So a lot of it depends on what you’re after, and your ability isn’t necessarily a determinant in this regard either. There is cutting-edge stuff out there for those hunting down game-improvement irons; in much the same way that paying for the finest of fine blades comes at a price.
But, as ever, if you are being asked to pay a lot of money for something, you need to understand why. Only with this in hand can you make meaningful comparisons with cheaper – or pricier – alternatives.