NCG 2014 Irons Test – The Results

So many sets, so much choice, something for everyone

It is the biggest test of the season. Most brands offer at least four sets of irons and we wanted to test them all. 

The methodology

We conducted the test at Moor Allerton GC in Leeds, where we used their state-of-the-art fitting studio complete with Trackman launch monitor. Brands were invited to send in their latest irons with the option to provide custom-fitted samples.

Key factors

– Looks

– Sound and feel

– Distance


Quality of components

Value for money

The Testers

Dan Murphy – Handicap: 3
“I used to be more picky about the looks but I’m increasingly concluding there’s no need to make the game any harder than it needs to be. That said, a clumsy wedge is a no-no.” 

James Whitaker – Handicap: Pro
“I like something that’s forgiving so I feel confident. I want the shaft to help me and give the ball an extra kick. I like forged but not at the expense of forgiveness.” 

Pete Chippindale – Handicap: 12
“Forgiveness is key – I want the bad shots not to be too bad. I don’t want to feel I have to force my irons. I’m not too bothered about appearance if it feels good.”

The Results – Click on the model for our verdict

Callaway X2 Hot

Ping G25
Benross Hot Speed 2
Nike VR_S Covert 2.0

Titleist AP1
Ping i25
Mizuno JPX EZ Forged

Best of the rest
Wilson Staff C-100
Nike VR_S Covert Forged
Cleveland 588 Altitude/MT/TT
Cobra Bio Cell
Callaway X2 Hot Pro
Lynx Boom Boom
Mizuno JPX EZ
TaylorMade SpeedBlade
Titleist 714 AP2
John Letters Master Model
Yonex Ezone XP
MD Golf STR10
Cobra Bio Cell+
Callaway Apex

Super-game improvement irons

Ping Karsten

Wilson Staff D-100
Benross Max Speed 2

Best of the rest
Cobra Baffler XL
Lynx Black Cat Combo
Adams New Idea

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