The must knows before buying golf irons
When it comes to buying new golf equipment, the largest outlay for the majority of golfers is buying golf irons.
But it’s not just the expense that makes it the most important purchase to get spot-on.
A set of irons will make up half, or more of the clubs in a player’s bag and will be used for the majority of shots from tee to green.
Get it wrong and you have a very expensive set of walking sticks.
In years gone by, options on irons were limited to what was available in the local pro-shop.
A good player would pick a set of stiffer-shafted, smaller-headed clubs, while a mid to high handicapper would be pointed towards the cavity-backed irons with the softer shafts.
In the main, players had to accept what was on the racks. Only Tour professionals, or those prepared to part with huge bundles of cash, could expect to acquire irons specifically tailored to their requirements.
Times have changed. Whether you’re looking for entry-level irons or top-end clubs for the elite player, it’s possible (and highly advisable) to seek guidance on the most suitable type of iron for you, and how to optimise the set-up of the clubs depending on your height and technique.
Learn to hit your new golf irons perfect by following the techniques in the Perfect Impact System like I did.
It's simple and easy to use and is great for high handicappers and golfers that only play once a week or even a month.
Here's a helpful video from Golfing World's Mitchell Spearman that talks about what to look for when buying golf irons.
Most of the major manufacturers now offer custom-fitting options in a variety of guises.
If you’re looking at buying golf irons, here’s a synopsis of what to do:
1. Go to a qualified PGA pro for preliminary advice
They’ll listen to your requirements, both in terms of price and your game – What is your standard?
Where do you need to improve? They can then give a few options that should suit.
Consider the merits of each, (the pro may have trial clubs you can take to the practice ground or driving range.)
Decide on the model you like best in terms of performance, feel, looks and price.
2. Get fitted up
Either with the pro, or at a specialised fitting centre (depending on the manufacturer,) you should then be able to go through a process to determine how best to set up that iron for you.
Among other things, your swing speed can be measured to ensure the correct shaft; strike boards and strike tape used to get the right length of shaft and clubhead lie angle; your hands might even be measured to determine the optimum thickness of grip.
3. Discuss set-up of your bag
Once you’ve got the specifications sorted, you might discuss the set-up of your bag.
Better players may opt to take 3-iron right up to the wedges; beginners may take only the mid irons upwards, substituting the long irons with hybrid clubs.
4. Order and wait
Now you’ve decided on make, model, specs and set-up, it’s time to get the clubs ordered and hand over the money.
You should now own a set of irons perfectly suited to your game and, if it’s been done correctly, they could change your golfing life.
Have you bought a new set of golfing irons recently, if so which ones and why did you choose them?
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Fergus Bisset is the leading Content Writer for The Golfers Club,UK’s leading golf insurance membership scheme. A freelance writer, he has worked with Golf Monthly for the last 10 years and has co-written two golfing books. Hailing from Aberdeenshire and having attended University in St Andrews, golf runs through his veins.