Irons Test Results March 2010When selcting irons, the two main considerations that come into play are: A) How do they look or feel and B) How close can I hit them to the target? Over sixty total sets of clubs were submitted if you take into account that each manufacturer was asked to provide three different shafts (stiff, regular, & senior). A few manufacturers wanted to send six clubs, two different sets with three shaft configurations for each.
We then divided the testers into 2 groups, those with 15 or higher handicaps (average players) and those with 14 or less (better players).
One interesting note, we had a set of clubs from a small manufacturer that we had a large number of golfers try. Most were very surprised, the clubs performed much better than they had expected but invariably they did not place them near the top. The clubs did not look like the top clubs and were a little rough which we feel influenced the golfers. So looks and the lack of advertising really hurt these clubs.
Remember, Rankmark tests are designed to simply give golfers a starting point when they are trying their very best to make an "educated selection". If you wish to read our testing philosophy, click here.
Clubs listed in order of finish...
Average Player (Top 5) Click on club for more information
Cleveland HB3ADVANCED INTERNAL WEIGHTING Weight removal on crown & sole recesses allow for internal discretionary weight placement and a 12% deeper face to CG depth than HiBORE XLi irons. ADVANCED SOLE DESIGN The new sole design provides recessed sections to reduce drag and improve turf interaction while maintaining wide sole characteristics for increased control and forgiveness. SEAMLESS TRANSITION The new HB3 takes hybrid irons to the next level in distance, forgiveness and overall performance. Their seamless transition and full hollow construction throughout the set provides golfers with irons easy to hit.
Ping g15The technology of the G15 iron provides the high-launching, maximum-forgiveness attributes that bring consistency to your iron play. The stainless-steel iron's cavity design features a new Custom Tuning Port (CTP) that expands the perimeter weighting and increases the moment of inertia. Weight savings from a thinner face are re-positioned to the toe for added forgiveness on mis-hits, and its wider sole produces a higher launch angle. Stronger lofts combine with a center of gravity located low and farther from the face to produce longer shots without sacrificing the higher trajectory required in a maximum-forgiveness iron.
Yonex Nanospeed 3iNEW for 2010, the Nanospeed 3i irons feature three different head designs to create one ultimate iron set. The hybrid design long irons (#3-#5) feature an innovative wide cavity and long sole that push the CG lower and deeper within the clubhead for higher launch and increased forgiveness. The pocket cavity conventional irons (#4-9,PW) in the Nanospeed 3i iron set feature a graphite cavity back design for improved feel and better control. The carbon graphite cavity insert ensures that the high repulsion face delivers maximum distance and forgiveness while providing a softer feel. The CG is progressively shifted closer to the club face across the pocket cavity long, mid and short irons (#4-#9, PW) for improved distance control and trajectory. The 3D Power Weight system at the heel & toe provides a higher MOI for enhanced control and a more stable swing.
Callaway Diablo ForgedCallaway has reached a new level of performance in a forged iron, offering avid players the chance to play with irons featuring all the benefits of a Tour-level set. These clubs provide golfers the best distance they have ever seen in a Callaway forged iron with unprecedented feel, accuracy and forgiveness. The Diablo Forged irons are made from a 1020 carbon steel body for superior feel and control. The new tour inspired styling of the Diablo Forged irons deliver the feel and shot-shaping ability that so many players demand.
Taylormade BurnerImproved SuperFast Technology incorporates progressive COR, MOI and shaft length, plus ultra-light shafts and grips reduce overall club weight and increase speed, to generate meaningful distance. A Multi-Functional Sole with beveled edges reduces turf resistance to deliver maximum force to the ball at impact. Inverted Cone Technology expands the area on the clubface that delivers higher ball speed, resulting in more consistent distance from shot to shot. Progressive face thickness and head shape and size make every Burner® iron uniquely powerful. COR and MOI have been optimized in every iron
Better Player (Top 5) Click on club for more information