George Stead
By George Stead

It's said that on average golfers change their irons roughly every 7 years and although we'd be lying if we said they were the most important piece of equipment in your bag... (see Best Putters of 2019) there's no doubting that they're probably a close second.

Best Of Irons 2019

The irons you play make up half of the clubs in your bag – which makes it pretty important to ensure you’ve got the right ones. They are the piece of equipment we use to pound away at the driving range for hours on end, the ones ones that we spend hours cleaning every Friday night and the ones that we spend most money on.

This year we saw no shortage of new iron models added to the market. As usual spent hours testing these irons on the range, on the course and on simulators to help you, the golfer, decide which may best for your game.

We could have broken this article down into multiple sections, but we thought we'd keep it simple. After all, the best is still the best. In no particular order:

Titleist T200 Irons

Titleist T200 Irons

Released: 30/08/2019

RRP As Reviewed: £160 per club, £1120 set of 7 clubs

Quick Hit: The Titleist T200 irons had a tough job of following on from the AP3s but new Max Impact technology made sure that golfers could get maximum speed across the face from any shot.

The Tech: There is less of the circular muscle around the centre section, which has a cleaner look that should have greater appeal. Unlike the AP3, the T200 body is cast and the face is forged and it now features an L shaped face that wraps around the sole of the club.

The short irons are plain cavity backs, but in the 7-iron upwards, the technology comes in. In the centre of the cavity is a polymer that has been developed in conjunction with the Titleist ball department in order to improve the feel.

Golfalot Says: "The T200 irons are good value for money even if they are not particularly cheap, but then neither are the main competitors, so they are going to have to rely on shelf appeal. This is where the T200 should have an edge as they are a bit more classy looking than AP3.."

Read the FULL REVIEW here

Mizuno MP-20 MMC Irons

Mizuno MP-20 MMC Irons Review

Released: 01/09/2019

RRP As Reviewed: £1155

Quick Hit: Mizuno's Multi Material Concept sits in middle of the new MP-20 Range and is categorised as an 'elite cavity iron'.

The Tech: These irons are designed to be a little more playable than the MP-20 MBs, thanks to a tungsten weight in the sole and a titanium 'muscle plate'. This spreads weight across the head to provide more stability on off-centre strikes whilst still having players irons looks and feel.

Golfalot Says: "These irons are exactly what they say on the tin. They’re beautiful looking but have the added performance element that will aid ball speed and off-centre strikes.Having said that, they aren’t 'hot and long', so bear that in mind if you are wanting these aspects but are moving down from a bigger cavity back or cast head. I would put these in my bag tomorrow if I was a Mizuno player"

Read the FULL REVIEW here

Ping G410 Irons

Ping G410 Irons

Released: 07/02/2019

RRP As Reviewed: £882

Quick Hit: How do Ping go about improving the G series of irons year on year? In 2019 they have focused on improving the looks to create less of a game improvement feel to what is still a very forgiving iron.

The Tech: The back of the head has been modified with the Custom Tuning Port (CTP) removed to allow the cavity and the top rail undercut to work together and get the face to hinge and flex more. It also manages the sound and feel with this is now done by a Co-Molded Cavity Badge. The other main technical change is the introduction of tungsten weights in the hosel and toe of the club for 8% more MOI than the previous G400 irons.

Golfalot Says: "The feel from the G410 irons was better than G400 right the way through the set with a lighter, more solid sound, thanks to that new Co-Molded Cavity Badge. Game improvement irons are Ping's bread and butter, so the quality of the G410 is no surprise. The G410 improves on G400 and has the potential to go down as one of the more significant iterations of their iron franchise."

Read the FULL REVIEW here

Callaway Apex CF19 irons

Callaway Apex CF 19 Irons

Released: 25/01/2019

RRP As Reviewed: £1299

Quick Hit: Continuing the Callaway Apex reputation for premium forged irons that are packed with the latest technology combined with great looks.

The Tech: To improve forgiveness, Callaway has used Metal Injection Moulding to forge a tungsten weight into the cavity in the optimum position for each iron in the set.

Golfalot Says: "The Apex 19 irons are the latest premium, high tech iron to hit the market, so the price is pretty steep, which is probably the only negative here. Therefore, I am going to go with my heart over my head here and recommend the Callaway Apex 19 irons to you. They will probably have a longer life cycle than most and I reckon you could justify the cost if you get them custom fitted."

Read the FULL REVIEW here

TaylorMade M5 Irons

TaylorMade M5 Irons

Released: 15/02/2019

RRP As Reviewed: £999

Quick Hit: TaylorMade's effort at a game-improvement iron for single figure handicappers - we all need that little bit of extra forgiveness.

The Tech: With the M5 irons TaylorMade took golfer's to the promised land of speed and forgiveness in a compact head by introducing the all-new Speed Bridge - a bar across the back of the head connects the rear of the cavity to the topline in order to stiffen the chassis, which in turn improves ball speed and sound.

Golfalot Says: "I have to say that I really like the TaylorMade M5 Irons. They offer better players the speed of P790 irons, with the forgiveness of a cavity back design, for the same price as the M3 irons, making them a compelling choice."

Read the FULL REVIEW here

Wilson D7 Irons

Wilson Staff D7 Irons

Released: 02/02/2019 (Reviewed in April 2019)

RRP As Reviewed: £469

Quick Hit: The D7 irons continue Wilson's trend of regaining respect within the industry for producing quality irons at very affordable prices.

The Tech: Wilson has made the face 0.5mm thinner in the 4 to 7 irons so that it is just 2mm thick to increase ball speeds. The power holes featured in the C300 have been upped to three rows in the longer irons however they have now become variable across the set.

Golfalot Says: "The best bit is the price which makes the Wilson Staff D7 irons excellent value for money. With performance to match the more expensive, forgiving mid-handicap irons from the other main brands, then Wilson are on to a winner with the D7."

Read the FULL REVIEW here

Titleist 620 CB & MB irons

Titleist 620 MB CB Irons

Released: 30/08/2019

RRP As Reviewed: £160 per club, £1120 set of 7 clubs

Quick Hit: With the ‘performance’ irons going to the T branding, Titleist has gone back to its blade roots by resurrecting the 6 series that last existed as the 695 blades in 2006.

The Tech: For the MB - Forged from 1020 carbon steel, there is also a touch of brushed chrome finish on the back to enhance the classy looks. For the CB - The dual density tungsten that was co-forged into the heel and toe of the 3 to 7 iron in the 718 CB, is now only present in the 620 CB 3 and 4-iron.

Golfalot Says: "Once again Titleist has produced two classic sets of blades that will probably fly under the radar of most amateur golfers. However I think you should seek them out as the looks and feel are classic blade. I like the fact that the CBs have less tungsten in the set as they will appeal more to purists like me."

Read the FULL REVIEW here

Best of 2019 Irons Summary

2019 has been yet another year in which golfers have something to gain in investing in new irons. However, as usual we urge you to get custom fitted to make the most of these advancements and get the right advice on what clubs are right for you!

We'd love to hear your thoughts if you've tested or purchased any of the drivers on this list - or if you think there's anything we've missed out!


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