What are the Best Golf Irons for the Money?

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Golf irons can be very expensive, but if you want the very best in performance, amazingly enough you don’t have to fork out as much as you think. Below you will find out what to look for in irons to get the best results for you, and I’ll also share with you what I feel are some of the very best golf irons for the money available today.

Types of Irons

To get the best irons for the money you need to make informed decisions, and for that reason I’m going to talk a bit about the different designs you can buy and what type of golfer they’re suited to.

Blade Golf Irons

The blade iron offers a small sweet spot on a thin clubhead. The blade iron produces even weight distribution throughout the clubhead, this means the sweet spot is significantly reduced. However, if you manage to hit the golf ball in the center of the clubhead (on the sweetspot) then the ball will travel a much further distance on a straighter trajectory. Therefore shots which are hit slightly off center will carry more risk of shorter un-predictable flight of the golf ball.

Because the weight of the iron head is placed to the center, it offers more feel to a shot than a cavity back golf iron. These types of irons are ideal for the lower handicap golfer and less useful for the beginner golfer.

Cavity Back Golf Irons

The cavity backed golf iron is perimeter weighted and therefore offers a much larger sweet post than a blade iron. The larger sweet spot allows for more forgiveness on the course as it decreases the feel of the club. This makes it ideal for the beginner or intermediate golfer.

The Hybrid Iron

The most recent addition the iron family is the hybrid. It’s aimed towards golfers that struggle to hit the longer lower number irons such as the 3,4, and 5. The hybrid iron is a cross between the iron and the wood. This results in the control of the iron and the distance of the fairway wood, making them ideal for the mid handicapped player.

Types of Shafts

I know, you’ve come here hoping to find a list of the best golf irons for your money and that’s it, but as I said earlier, you need to know what types of irons you need in order the find the very best clubs for your money. The shaft is an important aspect of that so read on.

Steel Shafts

The steel shaft is the most common choice for golfers. The material offers a more consistent flexibility to the club which gives all the irons the same feel from 3 through to 9. The cheapness of steel and the fact that it’s one of the most durable materials make it an ideal choice for most golfers. However, steel shafted clubs won’t give you any added distance on your shots, they only output the power that you put in to your swing. This makes them a less popular choice for senior/women golfers.

Graphite Shafts

The graphite shaft irons are not as common as steel. Graphite is much lighter than steel, so if you don’t have the fastest swing you possibly will unlock more distance using the lighter graphite shaft. The only downside of graphite is the fact is it’s much more expensive to produce and this reflects in the price of the irons that use it.

My recommendation – The best golf clubs for the money!

So, now you’re aware of what type of golf iron you’re looking for, you’re now going to be able to search for the best golf irons for you, hopefully for a great price too!

I’m not going to list what I feel are the best golf irons for the money right here (that would take me days to figure out) but I can give you an idea of what I feel are the best affordable golf irons available online today.

There is only one standout option..

TaylorMade Golf- Aeroburner HL Irons

Now, the Aeroburner HL irons are a great choice, they literally shaved a few points off my handicap in a matter of weeks.

  1. TaylorMade Burner Plus IronsOur Top Choice!

The TaylorMade AeroBurner irons are not only about speed, but also about forgiveness.

The speed comes from the larger face that is longer than the TaylorMade RSi 2 irons and that enables it to flex more and act more like a wood.

This also makes the face thinner across a wider area and TaylorMade has reinforced the back with a couple of stabilising bars and a badge that is made from steel instead of the usual aluminium. And not only are the heads larger, but they have a thick top line and a deep cavity with a large trailing edge. As you go down through the set, the offset reduces from 7mm in the 4-iron to 2.5mm in the short irons. What does not change is the head size, which remains consistent rather than getting progressively smaller like it does in the RSi 2 irons, which is a good thing in this category of iron.

Like the RSi, the AeroBurner irons come with a SpeedPocket in the sole to maintain ball speed on those low centre strikes from 4 to 7-iron. From 8-iron down there is no pocket as apparently it does not add as much benefit here.

Crucially the feel remains pretty much the same whether there is a slot or not and that makes the set feel more consistent. The feel at impact is solid with a decent level of feedback for such a large cavity back and even minor mis-hits felt like they were coming out of the middle.

TaylorMade has paired the AeroBurner with steel and graphite React shafts that are light and have a softer tip to work with the low and deep CG (center of gravity) to launch the ball higher.

These irons are highly recommended and represent the best golf clubs for the money.

If you’re still having some doubts about what clubs are right for you then I’m here to help, just send me an email and I’ll do my best to point you in the right direction.

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  1. John Burkhalter February 9, 2012

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