Buying your first set of golf iron sets can be difficult but it is an essential skill to master. Keep in mind that irons will make up to 10 of the fourteen clubs you are allowed so you have to choose them carefully. A typical set of irons consists of a 3-iron to a 9-iron and a pitching wedge or a sand wedge. However, many players have recently taken to replacing the 3-iron and the 4-iron with the equivalent hybrid clubs since these irons are the most difficult to hit.
Here are some of the other considerations you have to keep in mind when choosing which golf iron sets to purchase:
The type of clubhead. Irons generally have two types of clubheads – blades and cavity-backs.
Blade irons are the traditional type that used to be the only ones sold. The clubhead has a thin face as well as a small hitting area. These design features mean that this club is made for more skilled players since the “sweet spot” of the head is smaller and more difficult to hit. The major advantage of blades is that they provide a lot of feedback but are not as forgiving of mis-hits.
Cavity-backs, on the other hand, are a more recent design that features a cavity or recess behind the head. These irons are also called perimeter-weighed since more weight is concentrated on the perimeter of the clubhead. Since more weight is concentrated on the edges, the club has more forgiveness as well as a bigger “sweet spot”, making it a better choice for golfers who have mid- to high handicaps.
The type of shaft. Shafts are distinguished by the type of material they are made of – steel, graphite or a combination of materials.
Steel shafts are the most common and most popular type of shaft found in golf iron sets. Steel is a strong material that produces less flex when you swing it, resulting in more consistent shots. And the thickness of the carbon steel used ensures that all of your irons have consistent flexibility and torque, and lets you have the same stiffness and flex across all of them. They are also the most affordable of the shaft types.
Graphite. Although this type of shaft is more expensive than steel it offers the advantage of being lighter and more flexible. Thus, you can increase the speed of your swing and possibly increase the distance you can drive the ball. The disadvantage of graphite is that it may not give a consistent feel when you are using it.
Multi-material. This type of shaft combines both steel and graphite to provide you with some of the advantages of both. Generally, multi-material shafts are mostly made from steel with the tip being graphite. The steel part of the shaft allows you more control over the flight of the ball, while the graphite provides a smaller amount of extra speed which can help give the ball more distance.
If you are planning to buy your golf iron sets and do not have the opportunity to try them out in person, you might want to consider getting a clubfitting. This process defines which irons are the best for your physical stature and particular swing style. Since a typical set is designed for players who are around five feet ten inches. If you do not fit this profile, you might have difficulty using the irons in the set. While you will have to pay for a clubfitting, it can save you more money in the long run since you will be able to buy precisely the type of club that best fits you without having to invest money in clubs that you might not be able to use.
Buying your first set of golf iron sets can be difficult but it is an essential skill to master.