Best Golf Irons for Beginners for 2016

nike-vrs-covert-ironsAll right so it’s time to get new irons. Why? Let me guess… you’re not sure if you need new irons because your set looks okay but, you think that a newer irons will help you play better.? uhm… I think I actually projected my self with that statement he he.

Well if you’re a beginner that may be your case also, but like my first golf instructor told me I must tell you… “Not even the best golf clubs in the world will fix your swing faults”.

And though that statement is true, I have to say that some golf clubs do help us a bit to play better. Nevertheless, this is not about telling you “hey before buying new clubs first learn how to swing your clubs”, if you are reading this is because you want an honest review from an average golfer and that’s what I’m about to give, so here it goes:

Top 5 Forgiving Iron Sets (2016 Model Reviews)

Adams Idea

Adams-IdeaOverall Rating
4.7
Look & Feel
Tech Innovation
Price Range$545 – $700
Buy it from Amazon
Performance

Adams Golf has always been known for making easy-to-hit golf clubs having the average weekend golfer in mind. But this time they outdid it in creating game improvement technology. The Idea 2016 set includes 3 enhancement technologies in one set:

1) Hybrid technology (club head is a mix between wood and iron) on 3, 4 and 5 irons.

2) Slot technology (a slot that kind of wraps around the club head creating more launch and ball speed) on 6 and 7 irons.

3) Deep Cavity Technology (a hollow or pocket shape in the back of club head that increases forgiveness).

Besides the club design is nice and the feel is awesome. These are great clubs for either beginners or senior golfers.

Nike VRS Covert 2.0

 Nike-VRS-Covert-2.0Badge_EditorsPick
Overall Rating
4.9
Look & Feel
Tech Innovation

Price Range
$499 – $699
Buy it from Amazon
Performance

I am a fan of Nike drivers, though I’ve never been a fan of Nike iron golf clubs until this model.

Not sure if I got over reacted with these irons because I actually added 10+ yards with my mid-irons (well at least for the 3 rounds I’ve played with them).

These irons are definitely aimed at the mid to high handicap players (that’s me and you by the way icon_smile ). With a new and improved design, aesthetically they look great now with a smoother slimmer shape not like the old bulkier Covert model.

Forgiveness is the theme on this model; with perimeter weighting (added weight to toe and heel) and low center of gravity the clubface twisting reaction on off-centered hits is very low and thus, straighter shots.

Nike’s variable face thickness called NexCOR technology is another feature on the head construction allowing faster ball speed at impact. Thinner, no-weld sole promotes greater distance and accuracy.

The Tour Wrap seems to be a good feature for gripping performance, although I don’t like the white colored grips. They tend to look dirty very quickly.

Cobra Baffler XL Combo

Cobra-Baffler-XL-ComboOverall Rating
4.8
Look & Feel

Tech Innovation

Price Range
$399 – $599
Buy it from Amazon
Performance

 

The Baffler model was actually the first hybrid club by Cobra dating back to 1975. And now introducing to the XL Family comes the XL Combo Iron set, which honor their “Easy distance” slogan including 3 hybrids replacing the long 4, 5 irons and 6 iron and as a bonus this set includes a G wedge. It’s called a combo because they include hybrids and irons in the same set.

One feature in these irons which is popular in other brands as well, is a dampening pad in the back of the club head which reduces vibration on off-center hits.

Plus these irons include undercut design, which create like a floating effect to the clubface springing the ball at impact in order to deliver more ball speed and greater forgiveness. Finally the rails in the sole minimize what they call “turf interaction” which basically means less friction with the grass, hence less club head drag and increased speed for greater distance.

Mizuno JPX-EZ

Mizuno JPX-EZOverall Rating
4.6
Look & Feel

Tech Innovation

Price Range
$675 – $899
Buy it from Amazon
Performance

I’ll try to be unbiased for the purpose of this review because I’ve always favored Mizuno speaking of irons. Mizuno always makes clubs that have great feel at ball impact, but most of their irons have compact or blade-shaped heads favored by the accomplished golfer. Nevertheless they do make models in the “game improvement” category (or what I call it the “helping you suck less” category) that have a very nice feel. In fact I even tried a blade model from a friend and I was really impressed at how easy I hit them, and I am not a scratch golfer (not yet).

Anyways the JPX-EZ is an exception to Mizuno’s regular compact design, the heads are longer from head to toe and soles are wider, and adding to that it also comes in the forged model available (forged clubs always have a better feel than casted but are more expensive). The feel is great like you’d expect from any Mizuno club, but the design…can’t say I’m crazy about it just because the orange looks more like a Ping iron and not the classic blue, black or chrome palette that normally distinguishes Mizuno.

Ping i25

Ping i25Overall Rating
4.2
Look & Feel

Tech Innovation

Price Range
$599 – $799
Buy it from Amazon
Performance

This set is engineered for a wide range of players. A reason why high handicap players and single digit golfers alike favor this clubs. The i25 model has Ping’s CTP technology (Custom Tuning Port), which is like a small pad inside the sole of the club head. This port is made of an elastomer, and that’s the reason these irons have a great feel and sound at impact.

An interesting enhancement feature on these irons is the “Progressive Set Design” that work having mid size compact faces in the short irons, and as you progress through the longer irons the face becomes larger, the sole becomes wider, and offset is increased, which of course makes the longer irons easier to hit.

Now these clubs will help you with forgiveness, but won’t help a lot if you like to shape your shots. But if straight is what you need, these are a great pick.

5 More Iron Sets for Beginners Under $400


Like I said before, when buying clubs on a budget going for older models and even used models is a good way to save a few bucks. So the next models are older 2013 and 2012 models but still available from Amazon and some golf stores.

Callaway X Hot

Callaway X HotOverall Rating
3.5
Look & Feel

Tech Innovation

Price Range
$380 – $700
Buy it from Amazon
Performance

The combination of VFT (variable face thickness) technology which has the club face thicker on the middle than on the edges, and the Hyperbolic Face technology making the sweet spot larger hence, make these irons a great golf improvement set.

Plus the faces have more grooves than normal increasing ball spin and launch. The feel and sound in these set is thanks to Callaway’s FMT technology.

And like many Callaways clubs, the grip has a hand alignment guide, so you’ll always be sure to grip the club correctly.

I like Callaway irons, and though these are okay, I had tried other models from this brand in the past with better performance results. And unless you find them under $500 I think they’re still expensive for being an older model.

TaylorMade RocketBladez

TaylorMade RocketBladezOverall Rating
4.0
Look & Feel

Tech Innovation

Price Range
$370 – $500
Buy it from Amazon
Performance

Though these clubs barely meet the hype they had back a couple of years ago, I must say that they are easy to hit, and they don’t look as bulky as many “improvement category” irons do.

A friend of mind bought this set last year, actually i think he stole them because he won’t tell me how he got them for $150!! 😯 and I borrowed them for a day at the range. Was not crazy about the design nor the response from them but …man I don’t remember hitting a bad shot with them.

This model includes a speed slot, which is a slot in the sole of the club inserted to the back of the face creating a sling shot effect rebounding the ball at impact. The only drawback of this in my opinion is, that the polyurethane reactive material used for this, makes the irons sound weird, almost removing that crisp metallic sound. Me personally I don’t like that, but they do perform very well on distance.

Cobra Amp Cell

Cobra Amp CellOverall Rating
4.5
Look & Feel

Tech Innovation

Price Range
$249 – $399
Buy from Amazon
Performance

Even though these irons fit into the “golf improvement” category they are more aimed at the low to mid handicap because of the traditional head shape and slim design preferred by more accomplished golfers.

But it is an improvement model, so if slim shaped club heads don’t intimidate you these can be a good pick.

Includes a multi-alloy design, which combines two different metals, one type for the face and another for the perimeter. This allows the use a stronger but thinner metal for the face, meaning the face flexes more, creating more distance.

It’s called “amp cell” because Cobra puts pocket cells inside the structure of the club head allowing the weight to be moved strategically according to each individual iron to locate its center of gravity. This considerably enhances the “forgiveness” of the clubs.

Acer XS

 

Acer XS

Overall Rating
4.2
Look & Feel

Tech Innovation

Price Range
$199 – $249
Buy it from Hireko Golf
Performance

Hireko Golf brings great clubs that compete against any major golf brand. And don’t be fooled by their low prices, these clubs live up to their performance promises and the Acer XS is no exception.

This design is aimed at a wide range of players, and with a price tagged at 1/3 of the price of most major brands you can’t go wrong with these.

The Acer XS family comes in 4 flavors, being the XS the one for the regular golfer. The XS Pro is basically the same but with smaller and more compact head sizes allowing for better shot shaping. The XS HT version promotes high trajectory, aimed at slower swing speed golfers and finally the XS CNC Forged version is aimed at better players.

Acer XF Pro

Acer XF ProOverall Rating
3.8
Look & Feel

Tech Innovation

Price Range
$110 – $159
Buy it from Hireko Golf
Performance

This fact that these have appeared twice as a “Best Value iron” in Golf Digest Magazine is just worth mentioning them.

XF stands for “Extra Forgiveness” which is odd because the latest model has more compact head size and the offset is reduced allowing for better shot shaping. A feature that low handicappers like. Nevertheless many golfers who got these ended up being very happy with their performance.

Higher launch is seems to favor this model and people seem to praise how easy they hit out the rough.

That’s it for the 2016′s best Irons for beginners review.

So there you have it. Feel free to post a comment if you get one of these sets and let me know how they work for you, okay?.

Cheers and lots of birdies!

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