Pick an iron based on your style of play

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Pick an iron set based on your play.

Iron de­sign makes its home at the cor­ner of dis­tance and di­rec­tion. Some irons help you hit the ball higher and fur­ther. Oth­ers help you shape it. Irons with large faces, deep cav­i­ties and wide soles are clearly meant for dis­tance. Th­ese clubs have thin faces that flex like a driver’s and pro­duce more me­tres, more for­give­ness on mis-hits and a higher ball flight. But some play­ers aren’t con­cerned as much with mis­takes as they are with en­hanc­ing their skills. They pre­fer to con­trol the club and their ball flight us­ing com­pact iron shapes with nar­row soles. The first three irons here of­fer work­a­bil­ity, and the oth­ers em­pha­sise power. The iron you try should pro­vide what mat­ters most to you.

1 NIKE VA­POR PRO ▶ One way to make a forged blade more for­giv­ing is to re­design the back (shift weight to­wards the toe) so that the sweet spot is more in line with the cen­tre of the face.

price R11 999

2 BEN HO­GAN FORT WORTH 15 ▶ Want dis­tance con­trol? Th­ese forged irons come in 28 lofts (20 to 47 de­grees). That makes it eas­ier to find the “6-iron” for you, whether it’s 28, 29, 30, 31 or 32 de­grees.

price Spe­cial Or­der

3 CALL­AWAY XR PRO ▶ Com­pact irons can fea­ture flex­i­ble faces, too. Bor­row­ing an idea from the com­pany’s met­al­woods, the face wraps around the to­pline and sole to make off-cen­tre strikes fly fur­ther.

price R10 499

4 XXIO PRIME ▶ A thin face is great, but why not use ti­ta­nium to get more dis­tance? Also, why not make it more flex­i­ble lower on the face where we hit it most of the time? Done and done.

price R22 999

5 ADAMS BLUE ▶ By now, we know a slot can help the face to flex more, es­pe­cially on hits low on the face. But th­ese irons also give your shots an ex­tra boost up­wards with the ul­tra­light, thin­ner-tip shaft.

price TBA

6 TAY­LORMADE AEROBURNER ▶ Stronger lofts help shots fly with more speed, but the ball also needs to main­tain tra­jec­tory for real dis­tance. This sole slot acts like a hinge, in­creas­ing your launch an­gle.

price R8 999

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