Best Golf Irons 2016 Review – Find The Right Set Of Sticks

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Our Best Golf Irons 2016 Review has sifted through the absolute best irons available on the market for the year 2016.

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 and High Handicappers.

Let’s jump into our Best Golf Irons 2016 review and find out which is best for you and why!

Looking for our 2017 selection, check out our Best Golf Irons 2017 Review.

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Our Editor’s Choice of Best Golf Irons for 2016 are the Mizuno MP5 Irons. Big caveat though: these irons are only suitable for low single figure handicappers with great ball striking ability!

If you are a high single figure or mid teen handicapper we recommend the Titleist 716 AP2’s, and for 18-24 handicappers we recommend the little brother of the Callaway Apex Pro 16’s, the Callaway Steelhead XR irons.

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Assessment Criteria

In general irons have the most stability in terms of the golf market & industry as new models are only released every year to two years. Some manufacturers like Taylormade are a lot more regular, but if you purchase a brand new set of irons that have just been released you can be fairly sure that you’ll be current for at least 15 – 18 months.

With the huge variety of offerings on the market, the most challenging aspect we had was choosing a comprehensive set of irons to review.

We initially cast the net wide, but quickly whittled the list down to our view of the 10 best golf irons available on the market at the moment.

Below you can find a side-by-side comparison of our list of best golf irons for 2016.

All irons were put to the test against our standard assessment model, where we looked at 5 key aspects: Design and Appearance, Build Quality, Control / Feel, Performance and Value for Money. Individual scores of each of these aspects was then aggregated to give an overall assessment score, as follows:

Overall Mark Score Description
Excellent A+ 9.6 – 10 Stop the clock and buy now. This piece of equipment will change your game.
Excellent A 9.0 – 9.5 Superb piece of gear. Amazing quality, performance and value for money.
Great B+ 8.6 – 8.9 Great offering. This piece of gear won’t let you down.
Good B 8.0 – 8.5 Solid piece of gear with only minor issues to criticise.
Average C+ 7.6 – 7.9 Adequate offering, but not the best value for money.
Average C 7.0 – 7.5 Not the most exciting piece of gear, seek alternatives.
Weak D+ 6.6 – 6.9 Leaves lots to be desired. You can do a lot better.
Weak D 6.0 – 6.5 Steer well clear of this gear. Not worth the money!

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Side-by-Side Comparison of all Irons

Below is a side-by-side comparison of the 10 irons we reviewed in our Best Golf Irons for 2016 assessment. To read our detailed individual reviews just click on your irons of choice!

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Editor choice
Mizuno MP5 Irons Review

Mizuno MP5 Irons Review

Whilst Mizuno don’t spend anywhere near as much on player contracts or marketing as other club manufacturers, the ...

$999 $1199 See Offer
Best seller
2 Taylormade PSi Tour Irons Review

Taylormade PSi Tour Irons Review

On this page you’ll find our detailed assessment of the Taylormade PSi Tour Irons, the pros and cons, and a ...

$799.95 $1099 See Offer
Best value
3 Titleist 716 AP2 Irons Review

Titleist 716 AP2 Irons Review

On this page you’ll find our detailed assessment of the Titleist 716 AP2 Irons, the pros and cons, and a ...

$979 $1097 See Offer
4 Callaway Apex Pro 16 Irons Review

Callaway Apex Pro 16 Irons Review

Our Callaway Apex Pro 16 Irons Review highlights an all forged offering from Callaway golf that is slightly smaller ...

5 Nike Vapor Pro Combo Irons Review

Nike Vapor Pro Combo Irons Review

On this page you’ll find our detailed assessment of the Nike Vapor Pro Combo Irons, the pros and cons, and a ...

6 Ping i Irons Review

Ping i Irons Review

On this page you’ll find our detailed assessment of the Ping i Irons, the pros and cons, and a side-by-side ...

Best price
7 Ping S55 Irons Review

Ping S55 Irons Review

On this page you’ll find our detailed assessment of the Ping S55 Irons, the pros and cons, and a side-by-side ...

8 Cobra King Forged Combo Irons Review

Cobra King Forged Combo Irons Review

With the help of Rickie Fowler in designing this iron, Cobra have stepped up to the plate and provided a ...

$1075 $1099 See Offer
9 Nike Vapor Pro Irons Review

Nike Vapor Pro Irons Review

On this page you’ll find our detailed assessment of the Nike Vapor Pro Irons, the pros and cons, and a side-by-side ...

10 Srixon Z 745 Irons Review

Srixon Z 745 Irons Review

Our Srixon Z 745 Irons Review includes everything from a Detailed Assessment to the pros and cons of the iron as ...

$699 $999 See Offer
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Brief Overview of Top 3 Golf Irons for 2016

Mizuno MP5 Irons

The Mizuno MP5 Irons are our Editor’s Choice for Irons in 2016.

Mizuno and the word ‘irons’ go hand in hand. The MP5’s are quite simply beautiful in terms of both look and feel.

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Here is a summary of the pros and cons. To read the full review click here.


PROS:
  • Absolutely beautiful blade design
  • Pure strikes provide exceptional feedback and feel beautifully soft
  • Mizuno engineers have fine-tuned acoustics and vibration at impact
  • Thin top-line and minimal offset that provide the purest ball flight for the better player

CONS:
  • If you are not a pure ball striker, these babies are not for you


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.

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Here is a summary of the pros and cons. To read the full review click here.


PROS:
  • Solid attractive appearance to the clubhead
  • 25% more tungsten to improve off center strikes and forgiveness
  • Compact club-head with little offset
  • Exceptionally consistent in both shot dispersion and distance, which is a huge plus

CONS:
  • Not as long as competitors
  • No ‘spring’ like effect from center strikes providing added distance


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 they’re still of good value if you are a low handicap player.

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Here is a summary of the pros and cons. To read the full review click here.


PROS:
  • Relatively long, more than enough under the hood to keep you happy in this department
  • Inspired by the help of leading professionals
  • Attractive intermediate top line and little offset
  • Incredibly soft feel on center strikes at impact

CONS:
  • Not exceptionally forgiving
  • If you are a poor ball striker or handicapped over 5, then forget these puppies. They are only targeted at the best amateurs and professionals

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