Best Irons For Mid Handicappers
If you’re hitting a mid handicap, it’s probably time to look for some new irons to help you progress to the next level. However, whilst there are many iron sets on the market, choosing the right one can be a little tricky. Many iron sets offer greater distance with more forgiveness when striking the ball. However, many products just aren’t worth your time, as they’re either low quality or simply don’t live up to their promises.
Lucky for you, you have us. We’ve searched far and wide to find you the best irons for mid handicappers from respected manufacturers. Here’s our top 3 choices.
Best Iron's For Mid Handicappers Our Top 3
Callaway Men’s Apex CF16 Iron Set
Our first product comes from Callaway. Callaway is a very respectable company in the business and their products are some of the best on the market. They specialize in both high-end and low-end products, thus catering to both professionals and beginner’s alike. This time, we’re talking about one of the best irons sets for mid handicappers, the Callaway Men’s Apex CF16 set. All 16 clubs in the set are amazing and will give you the distance you need, and the precision to improve your shots.
- Very stylish and elegant.
- Very forgiving.
- Clubs increase your range and accuracy.
- Well made – 1025 mild carbon steel and multi-layer head construction.
- The clubs are a little shorter.
- The set is a bit pricey.
So, why are they so good? Firstly, they are extremely forgiving without having to increase the size and the weight of the club. With that being said, people often think of “forgiving” clubs as huge, but this is not the case. Club manufacturers nowadays have developed technologies that allow them to make clubs as forgiving as possible, but also keep them within normal parameters of what a club of that type should be. When it comes to Callaway, they’ve taken the already established Cup 360 formula, and improved it, giving their irons a consistent performance every time you hit. Now, it’s only up to you to improve your game, as your club will become a constant.
Also responsible for the cubs’ forgiveness is their multi-piece construction. Because the head has been made from several pieces, the club gives a much better feedback to the player, facilitating a good feel when you hold it in your hands and swing it. The multi-piece construction makes the club head much sturdier. Single-piece clubs are often heavy, and are prone to bending and even snapping off. Also, to facilitate durability, Callaway made sure that the club head and the shaft have both been made from 1025 mild carbon steel that offers great flexibility. The fact that the shaft is flexible means that it resonates when the golf ball is struck, reducing its chance of snapping. On the other hand, you can go with graphite shaft version of the clubs, but they are more likely to snap, due to graphite’s rigidity.
Callaway also made sure that their set accommodates a wide variety of players and styles. They made it possible for you to choose your configuration, flex, material, and hand orientation. With that being said, you’re able to choose a 4-PW configuration, 4-PW, AW, 5 PW, 3-PW, 6-PW, 5-PW, SW and 4-PW, SW. You can select regular or stiff flex, or clubs suited for seniors, clubs made of graphite or steel, and for lefties and righties.
However, we must note that these clubs are a little bit shorter than what you might expect from irons. The clubs are shorter by ½ to 1 inch, so they're not great for taller players and may take some getting used to.
Overall, this is a solid set of clubs, and most customers praise it. They’re well made, durable, and very forgiving.
TaylorMade 2017 M2 Men's Golf Iron Set
Second up is a set from TaylorMade. TaylorMade is also a very respectable brand, and many golf players swear by their clubs.
Only last year, TaylorMade dazzled the public with their M1 – a set of excellent clubs that really improved the game of players with a middle handicap. This year, however, TaylorMade came back again with another set that is said to top even the famous M1. This TaylorMade set is designated as M2.
- Excellent control of the ball.
- Superb feel of the club.
- Solid number of configurations offered.
- The clubs can be customized and highly personalized.
- The heads are sometimes prone to caving.
- These irons aren't cheap.
So, what makes these clubs so amazing? Well, remember how good M1s were? Now, imagine them returning, only refurbished and with improved ballistics, allowing for more distance, higher launch capabilities and more accuracy. M1s were dead on with every shot, but M2 will give you such incredible feel for both the club and the ball, that you’ll feel as if you’re shooting the ball out of a sniper rifle. Your every shot is guaranteed to land where you want it and how far you want it.
Of course, none of this would be possible without the ingenuity of TaylorMade’s engineers. TaylorMade created their clubs (club heads, rather) using multiple layers of material to facilitate better reaction upon head striking the ball. The faces of the clubs have been specially made and the grooves strategically placed in order to create more forgiveness if you strike the ball more toward the toe or the heel of the club head. With that being said, you will have a wider margin for an error, and you’ll feel more comfortable with every swing.
All of these special building techniques allow for one more thing – they allow for heads to remain as small as ever, while enabling them to act as if they were much bigger. The edges of the heads have been also made with care as to how will they react with to the turf. The club heads have been made to slide easily and smoothly across the grass and guarantee you that they won’t get caught on lumps on the ground that might displace your swing trajectory.
Like the last product, you can get this set in many iterations. You can choose regular, stiff or senior flex, with the shafts being made from either graphite or steel. You can also request specially crafted shafts, and you won’t be charged for the special order. You can get the clubs in pretty much any 4- or 5- configuration, but not in 6-configurations.
There is one problem with them, though. The clubs have a rather nasty tendency to cave in along the speed groove. As you can imagine, this can be quite an issue, as a caved club head becomes highly inconsistent up to the point of unpredictability. Taylor made replaces the caved clubs without question, but, if the problems persist, you will probably want a more reliable set. This caving problem is made ever worse by the fact that the clubs don't come cheap (which isn't far off the price tag you’ll see on the Callaway’s CF16s). At that price point, such things should not be happening.
Callaway Men's Big Bertha Iron Set
Our last piece again comes from Callaway. However, this time, we’re talking about a really high-end set, both when quality and price are concerned. This set doesn't come cheap, but the clubs are worth every penny. The clubs are superbly crafted, extremely forgiving and exceedingly durable. If you decide to buy them, you can be sure that they will last you a long time. After all, you would want an expensive set to last you a long time, wouldn’t you?
- Excessively forgiving.
- Great balance and feel.
- Superb construction.
- Splendid shot height, distance and ball speed.
- Hybrids included.
- Very expensive.
- Shorter than advertised.
One of the defining features of an iron from this set is the 360 Face Cup. This technology, usually used with woods, will provide you with the distance you need to cover the course in as few shots as possible, and reach a sub 9 handicap. Along with Internal Standing Wave technology, these clubs are incredibly accurate and very forgiving, allowing you to strike the ball away from the center, with the ball flying as if you hit it dead on. This is often done by increasing the size of the head, but Callaway heads are of regular size, so that the players don’t need to spend time getting used to them. After all, these clubs were made in order to facilitate a familiar feel of the tool, while improving your game. Still, enough weight is there to allow you to launch the ball pretty far, just differently distributed in order to achieve maximum effectiveness.
One more feature that facilitates maximum effectiveness is hollow body construction. Like we said, the weight is well distributed, and hollow body construction enables that. It moves the weight from where you don’t need it, and puts it where you’ll benefit from it the most. This will make the ball fly higher and farther, and at a greater speed, guaranteeing stability in flight.
Like the other club sets so far, Big Bertha set allows you to customize it and adapt it to your own preference. You can choose left- and right-handed clubs, clubs with graphite or steel shafts, and regular, senior and stiff flex. On top of that, you can choose from a great number of configurations, including 3-4H, 5-PW; 4-PW; 4-PW, AW; 5-PW; 6-PW; 4-5H, 6-AW; 4-5H 6-SW; 4-PW, SW; 5-PW, SW.
But Callaway didn’t stop three with this set. Not only will you receive your set, but you’ll also receive a wide selection of Big Bertha hybrids. So, for those who play with hybrids a lot, this is an awesome set, as it allows you to replace your long irons.
One of the problems you may have with this set is that the clubs are actually shorter than advertised. With that being said, your technique and stance might suffer a bit, until you get used to them. Again, these clubs are made to be as forgiving as possible, so it would have been really appreciated if they were of regular length. Even so, due to excellent craftsmanship, these clubs are extremely easy to get used to, and you will soon get a grip on them. After that, it’s easy sailing to the next hole.
Another problem is the price. As we mentioned, this is an excessively expensive product, but in tune with the features it offers. Still, it might be too rich for many players blood, and there are sets that cost less and provide similar performance.
Best Irons For Mid Handicappers - Conclusion
And there you have it, three excellent products for you to choose from. Callaway and TaylorMade are some of the most famous golf club manufacturers, and are widely trusted, so there is no reason why you shouldn’t trust them. These clubs are perfectly crafted, with some minor problems here and there, but overall superb. They’re made with care and dedication, and they’re perfect for anyone in the middle handicap. If you’re one such player, you only have to point, and you’ll come away with a great set that will serve you many years before they go out of style.
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