A decade ago, better-player distance irons didn’t exist, but today it is one of the hottest and most innovation-filled categories in golf.
So we are clear, better-player distance irons are designed to look like the clubs single-digit handicap golfers want to play. They have compact blade lengths, narrow toplines and soles and typically come with only a touch of offset. However, manufacturers pack them with distance-enhancing features and technologies so they appeal to players who might lose a few yards, and they tend to be more forgiving than cavity-back and muscleback irons made for aspiring club champions.
While some of the clubs on this list were released earlier in 2023, several have been dropped within the past few weeks, giving golfers who shoot in the 70s and low 80s more choices to consider.
As always, the best way to find the ideal set of irons to match your game is to work with a good custom fitter who has a launch monitor and try several options. Below are several models you might want to consider.
Gear: Callaway Apex Pro Irons (2023)
Price: $215 each with True Temper Dynamic Gold Mid steel shafts and Golf Pride Z grips.
Specs: Hollow-body construction with a forged 1025 carbon steel body, forged 455 cup face (3-5) and internal urethane microspheres.
Available: August 25 (pre-sale) / Sept. 8 (in stores)
The Skinny: Using a softer metal and urethane microspheres enhances the feel of this iron, while the hollow-body construction helps increase ball speed. The updated sole improves turf interaction. Full Review.
Gear: Cobra King Forged TEC, Forged TEC X irons
Price: $1,199 (Steel), $1,299 (graphite)
Specs: Forged 1025 carbon steel body and MS-300 stainless steel face with tungsten insert
The Skinny: The fourth generation of Forged TEC irons has a shorter blade length, thinner topline and narrower sole to make it appeal to better players. The 1020 carbon steel body has an inner chamber filled with soft, vibration-absorbing foam. The 3-iron through 7-iron have a 20-gram tungsten weight positioned low, behind the center of the face. Full Review.
Gear: Mizuno JPX 923 Forged irons
Price: $137.50 each
Specs: Grain-flow-forged 4120 Chromoly (4-7 irons) and 1025E…