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TaylorMade P770 7-iron

Best Irons for Mid Handicappers 2024

Are you looking for distance and forgiveness from a new set of irons? Here’s our list of best irons for mid handicappers 2024.

 

Finding the right set of golf irons is crucial for mid-handicap golfers looking to improve their game. With several top brands offering advanced technology and performance features, choosing the best irons can be a challenge.

Each iron set is designed with unique features to help mid-handicappers achieve greater distance, accuracy, and overall performance on the course. 

In this article, we’ll be taking a closer look at some of the best golf irons for mid-handicappers in 2024. Check out our guide below to see which irons could be helping you knock some shots off both your score and handicap this season.


Best Irons For Mid Handicappers 2024


TaylorMade P770 irons

5 star review
best Mid handicapper irons

Reviewed by Hannah Holden

I really like the compact players shaping of these over the ball. I think TaylorMade have done a great job of blending the smaller shaping while still providing something that gives you confidence and doesn’t look too difficult to hit. Even the 3-iron is a perfectly manageable size behind the golf ball.

With the long irons, my bad shot is a bit bottom-groovy, and I was impressed with how my distance and ball speed stayed up even on these slight misstrikes. I have the thru slot speed pocket technology to thank for this which allows the bottom of the face to flex more.

These offer enough help in terms of extra distance for players who are a bit shorter without being so hot that it ends up affecting your distance control. This is seen in how consistent my front-to-back dispersion was throughout testing.

I was really impressed by just how easy the long irons were to launch, even if you catch the ball slightly low of centre, the flexible speed pocket design means it is still easy to get the ball in the air and maintain a nice high ball flight. The sweet spot feels huge.

PROS

  • Really attractive players irons
  • Great overall distance
  • Forgiving across the face

CONS

  • Not as much feedback as smaller options

  • RELATED: Read the full TaylorMade P770 irons review HERE

RRP: £165 per iron

Lofts: 3i – 19.5° 4i – 22.5° 5i – 25.5° 6i – 29.0° 7i – 33.0° 8i – 37.0° 9i – 41° PW – 46.0° AW – 51.0° 

More information: TaylorMade Website

Srixon ZX5 MKII irons

4.5 star review
mid handicapper irons

Reviewed by Jack Backhouse

The ZX5 MKII irons have serious bag appeal. The sole design creates some intrigue, and like all Srixon irons, the back of the club is shiny and draws the eyes of onlookers.

The top line is fairly confidence-inspiring for a player’s iron, and with the thicker sole and weight behind the face, you do really feel like you’re going to get some performance out of the irons.

Straight away, these irons feel fantastic off the face. The ball comes off the face really strong, producing flights for me that would play well in the wind. These irons don’t have particularly strong lofts compared to other players’ distance irons out this year, but they are no slouch for distance.

The ZX5 MKII irons have quite a thick sole for a player’s distance iron, but for good reason. Srixon have implemented their Tour VT sole on these irons, which means each iron has a different sole width, bounce angle and notches on the heel and toe, which improves ground interaction.

This means a golfer should be able to get out of thick rough easier than before with less chance of the club head snagging up. I hit a few shots from the rough during my test and can confirm that I was able to get the ball up in the air easier than normal.

PROS

  • Look brilliant behind the ball
  • Plenty of forgiveness on off-centre hits
  • A more controlled players’ distance iron than others on the market

CONS

  • The other models in the ZX MKII range are so good the ZX5 MKII almost struggle for identity

  • RELATED: Read the full Srixon ZX5 MKII Irons review HERE

RRP: £150 Per iron

Lofts: PW 44°, 9i 39°, 8i 35°, 7i 31°, 6i 27°, 5i 24°, 4i 22°

Shafts: KBS Tour Lite (steel) Diamana ZX Graphite (graphite)

More information: Srixon Website

Titleist T150 Irons

5 star review
Titleist T150 iron review

Reviewed by Hannah Holden

The T150 is a brand new model in the T-Series lineup, which comes into replace the T100 S, which was a stronger lofted version of the T100. Titleist recognised a lot of golfers appreciated the extra distance this model provided but would have liked an element of added forgiveness compared to the T100. They have worked on this a come back with the new T150 to deliver on that.

I love the fact that this T150 model looks almost identical to the T100 offering, so you still really have that tour player look, but you get the bonus of some added distance and forgiveness.

On average these carried 6 yards further than the T100 model which is just over half a club longer for me. The distance is very similar to what I saw with my previous T100S irons where I would have expected to carry my 7-iron 155 yards.

Overall I have really enjoyed testing these irons, and I think these T150 mid and long irons will be sneaking into my golf ball for the foreseeable future. I love the fact you can combo between so many models in this range so I can get the control, feel and workability I want in my short irons but get something with a little more ball speed and distance at the top end of my bag.

Pros:

  • Great feel
  • Look great behind the golf ball
  • Excellent control
  • Good distance

Cons:

  • Tour-inspired club so won’t be for everyone.


RRP: £178.50 per steel club or £1,249.50 for a set of 7
£192.50 per graphite club or £1,347.50 for a set of 7

Shafts: 8 Featured shafts

More information: Titleist website

Wilson Staff Model CB Irons

4.5 star review
Wilson Staff Model CB iron review

Reviewed by Matt Coles

From the start, I did note that the size of the club face was slightly smaller than the game improvement irons I currently use but not small enough that it is intimidating behind the golf ball.

This year’s Staff Model CB irons provide the added forgiveness of a cavity-back iron while maintaining their usual design. That comes through immediately, and the construction of the longer irons aims to aid in that respect as well.

With my current irons – the TaylorMade M5s – my average carry with a 7-iron is around 165 yards. This decreased with the Wilson Staff Model CBs, down to just shy of 160 yards, but that is not something that bothers me too much given the control I am gaining.

In conclusion, the Wilson Staff Model CB irons are all about precision and control but I found them much more playable than I expected. If you keep hitting greens thanks to that smaller dispersion rate, what does it matter if you have to hit one club more? I will definitely be trying these out some more, and they may even be going into my bag for this season…

PROS

  • Great feel
  • Very forgiving
  • Low dispersion rate

CONS

  • Shorter than more forgiving models


RRP: £1,050 for a set of seven (4-PW)

Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Mid 115 Shaft (R/S/X)

More information: Wilson website

Mizuno Pro 245 Irons

4.5 star review

Reviewed by Jack Backhouse

These irons look powerful behind the ball with a confidence-inspiring top line and generous sole widths. I really like how the sole, the top line, and the offset get progressively smaller through the long and mid irons into quite a compact-looking scoring iron.

The 2 iron down to 8 iron are hollow body irons with a suspended tungsten weight to allow the face to flex and produce elevated ball speeds. The irons are also built with a multi-thickness face, which contributes to this. The 9 iron to gap wedge are only partially hollow with a much higher CoG to produce a more penetrating flight.

The only thing that stops me from giving these irons 5 stars is how low I hit the ball with them. I could only average 60 feet in the air with a 5 iron, which is HALF the trajectory McIlroy hits his irons and about 30 feet lower than I hit my current gamers. This will cause me issues hitting into greens, but is not a problem for everyone. If you want a powerful, beautiful iron that looks and feels like a blade, then look no further. You are going to love the Mizuno Pro 245 irons.

PROS

  • Very long
  • Short irons are precision tools
  • Sound excellent

CONS

  • Go low


RRP: £1399 4-PW

7 iron loft: (Degrees) 30

Shafts: 24 custom shafts available

More information: Mizuno Website

Ping i230 irons

4 star review
Ping i230 irons review

Reviewed by Hannah Holden

I can’t get over how much sleeker these look than the previous i210 irons from Ping. The whole club head looks so much more modern and stylish and I also like the overall more compact shaping.

Before Ping released the new i230 model, they were already racking up wins on tour. Straight away when I started hitting these I loved the soft, yet solid, sound and feel and could see why they have ended up in the bags of numerous tour players. It is quite surprising how players like these feel even with the slightly larger sizing.

Across the board, I had a consistent high ball flight. This was great for stopping the ball on the green but into the wind, it sometimes felt slightly excessive.

Overall this was a seriously enjoyable iron to hit. I found I didn’t want to stop testing as the towering ball flight, with its impressive control, was really fun to hit. For players who crave a club that allows them to use their touch and feel and be creative, this is a great option. But also there is an added level of forgiveness that you wouldn’t expect this type of iron to deliver.

Pros:

  • Eye-catching to players
  • Good workability
  • Great spin control

Cons:

  • Not the longest irons


RRP: £180 per iron (steel) £190 per iron (graphite)

Lofts:
Standard 3 – 19°, 4 – 22.5°, 5 – 26°, 6 – 29.5°, 7 – 33°, 8 – 37°, 9 – 41°, PW – 45°, UW – 50°

Retro 3 – 21°, 4 – 24.5°, 5 – 28°, 6 – 31.5°, 7 – 35°, 8 – 39°, 9 – 43°, PW – 47°, UW – 52°

Power 3 – 19°, 4 – 22°, 5 – 25°, 6 – 28°, 7 – 31.5°, 8 – 35.5°, 9 – 40°, PW – 44.5°, UW – 49.5°

Stock shaft: Dynamic Gold 105 and Ping Alta CB Black

More information: Ping website

Titleist T200 Irons

5 star review
Titleist T200 Irons Review

Reviewed by Hannah Holden

I am encouraged by the T200 irons purely based on their looks; shorter blade length, nice clean topline, and less offset than other irons in this category. I love the looks of a tour-inspired iron and this ticks all the boxes for me. I am not surprised that Titlesit have some tour players that put these heads in the bag.

I have used a variety of players’ distance irons over the years, and they never seem to last in my bag very long. I generally hit them too low, too far and with not enough spin, which has caused a few disasters, so I was interested to see if Titleist could solve this issue for me.

The first shot I hit with the T200 iron was pretty eye-opening. The strike felt great, but, like a tour iron, the ball had a high launch that I wasn’t expecting, and the peak height was up over 110ft! I genuinely couldn’t believe it.

The beauty of Titleist’s T series range is how well you can mix and match the clubs in a split set. You could easily mix and match the T200s into a set with the T100 or T150 irons, and maybe even add a T350 to the top end for some added distance and forgiveness. There are not many brands out there that can offer that.

Pros:

  • Great distance
  • Great spin for a hollow-headed iron
  • Forged face feels great.

Cons:

  • I have to carry two wedges!


RRP: £178.50 per steel club or £1,249.50 for a set of 7
£192.50 per graphite club or £1,347.50 for a set of 7

Shafts: 8 Featured shafts

More information: Titleist website

PXG 0311 P Gen6 Irons

5 star review
PXG 0311 P Gen6 Irons Review

Reviewed by Hannah Holden

Let’s address the elephant in the room straight away. Are these irons too big to be a true player’s iron? Well, Hannah isn’t sure. If the ball performs just like you would expect a player’s iron to, with high ball flight, plenty of spin, and bags of control, what difference does it make if the head is bigger than your standard MB or CB?

Hannah is a big fan of how the PXG 0311 P Gen6 iron looks. The top line is cleverly shaped in a way to make it appear thin and conceal the mass behind the ball; the club looks strong and inviting, boosting your confidence that you are going to hit the green.

Hannah couldn’t believe how long these irons were. The standard carry of her 6 iron is around 165, and in the fitting with PXG, the 0311 P Gen 6 iron carried an AVERAGE of 183 yards. Yes, you read that correctly. PXG have always had the thinnest face in golf, but the Gen 6 iron now has a 15% thinner face, which boosts ball speeds to numbers not normally seen.

The PXG 0311p Gen 6 irons are seriously impressive and well worth testing out if you want more distance out of an iron that looks seriously good. There is more technology in these clubheads than a lot of player’s distance irons available to buy, so they are well worth the investment.

Pros:

  • Well designed top line
  • Huge ball speeds
  • Excellent custom fitting process

Cons:

  • Stronger lofts make gapping tricky in the long irons


Sorry, no prices available at this time.

RRP: £189 Per Iron

Right-handed lofts: 7 iron 30°

Shafts: 53 Shafts available

More information: PXG Website


Best Irons for Mid-Handicappers 2024

Choosing the right set of golf irons can have a significant impact on a mid-handicapper’s game, and top brands like TaylorMade, Srixon, Mizuno, and Callaway are offering some of the best options in 2024.

Consider your own preferences and skill level to determine which iron set is the right fit for you and get ready to enjoy improved performance and greater confidence on the course. 

Upgrading for irons for the 2024 season could help to shave a few shots off your handicap. If you’re after a total bag refresh why not also check out our other buying guides for mid-handicappers…

How do we test irons?

At National Club Golfer we are passionate about producing accurate and thorough reviews and make sure our testing process is rigorous so we get a good understanding of how each club performs.

Each iron is hit with TaylorMade TP5 golf balls to allow us to collect launch monitor data with our in-house TrackMan and Flightscope. After this, it is time to head out onto the golf course and test the clubs in practice and competition play. We do this across various golf clubs in our base of Yorkshire.

What is important when buying a new set of irons?

When buying a new set of irons, it is important to know what you want from the clubs to help you improve.

Most people are looking for more distance, each iron model is optimised for different things. Depending on your swing and your impact conditions, you may not actually hit the model that is advertised as the longest, the furthest. So if you want more distance, it is always worth giving different models a hit before you make a decision.

For most golfers, especially high handicappers, something that is more forgiving is going to yield the best performance. Most forgiving golf irons have a slightly bigger club head with perimeter weighting for high MOI. Cavity-backed irons also have a centre of gravity that is further back to help players get more height on their shots.

If you are a mid-handicapper, you probably are looking for a combination of distance and forgiveness. Mid-handicap players generally will want an iron that offers some forgiveness on off-centre strikes but want to look down on something that doesn’t feel too much like a game-improvement iron.

Don’t forget about the shaft, either. Getting the correct shaft can help dial in your spin, and launch angle and can also give you some extra distance. Having a club fitting or trying different options with your local pro can really improve the performance of your new irons.

Golfers should also consider club selection. Gone are the days of just ordering a standard four-to-pitching wedge set. With brands no longer conforming to traditional iron lofts, it is very important a golfer has their irons gapped properly so that there is no yardage issue between the pitching wedge and the next lofted wedge, or long irons and hybrids.

Why You’re NOT Striking Your Irons Properly

Striking your irons well is a vital ingredient to improving your golf and being a good player. It is very rare you see a top player miss-hit a ball. Understanding what should happen at impact and then getting your head around the mechanics that allow that to happen is a huge step towards shooting better scores.

Check out this video where Equipment Editor Hannah Holden and PGA Professional Jack Backhouse go through some drills and ideas you can implement in your practice and play to start to see lower scores out on the course.

5 Tips to Break 80

If you are a mid-handicap golfer, it’s likely you have parred or birdied every hole on your golf course, which means there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to put that all together in one round to shoot a low one. This can often come down to poor strategy or decision-making out on the course.

Have a look at a video Equipment Editor Hannah Holden made with PGA Pro Jack Backhouse on 5 tips you can use to break 80.

Nicola Slater

Nicola Slater

Nicola recently graduated from Stirling University where she studied Sports Studies, she wrote her dissertation on barriers to participation for women in golf.
Nicola plays her golf at Hickleton Golf Club and has recently started her professional career on the LET Access Tour. Having played for Yorkshire Ladies and has represented England at junior and senior level.

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