Selecting the right irons

Published 11/02/2009 19:53:36

When it comes to irons, you face making a tricky decision based on the look of the clubs and your own strengths and weaknesses as a golfer. It is all too easy to be wooed into buying a stunning-looking set, but if the clubs are not made to meet your requirements you will be left to rue an expensive mistake. Making a sensible, well-informed choice is therefore imperative. In this guide we will show you the four main alternatives, and what to expect from them.



Bladed irons (pictured above) have a traditional look with flat backs and thin top-lines, but it can be unnerving looking down on their wafter-thin top-lines at address. Hitting blades successfully requires absolute confidence in the quality of your ball striking. Indeed, it would be fair to say that the strict demands placed on the precision and consistency of your striking puts many players off. However the benefits on offer for those who can rely on clean contacts are considerable. The ability to manipulate trajectory and ball flight can help you cope with all types of course and conditions.

Shallow cavities

shallow cavity irons

Shallow cavities differ from blades in that the heads are slightly bigger, which makes them marginally more forgiving to off-centre strikes. They offer players a similar blend of good looks and playability to that which you get with blades but with the significant bonus of extra forgiveness. To a certain extent, musclebacks have replaced blades as the most popular choice for many professionals and low handicap players, because they often look just as classy as blades.





Deep-cavity irons

deep cavity irons

Because they have wide soles and large heads with hollowed-out sections at the back, deep-cavity irons have a lower centre of gravity than blades and musclebacks, which makes getting the ball airborne easier. The sweet spot should be slightly larger, offering a more forgiving strike. These design benefits help those who feel a little less confident in the precision of their ball striking.










Undercut-cavity irons

undercut cavity irons

Undercut cavities have hollowed-out bottoms. Such a design allows manufacturers to manipulate more precisely where the majority of the weight sits in the head. High-flying shots should be easy to achieve, and with extra weight added to the periphery of the head these irons maximise forgiveness.

Undercut-cavity irons are therefore ideal for higher handicappers looking for greater consistency to improve their scores. Their disadvantage is that they do not provide the same playability as musclebacks and blades. They are also the bulkiest of the four distinct iron-club types.


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