What are the best irons for high handicappers available on the market in 2018?
Firstly what is an iron for a high handicapper? Well, there are no irons on the market that can turn a bad swing into a good shot but there are some which can limit the damage.
So expect perimeter weighting and larger heads for stability. Low centre of gravity to help the ball get in the air quicker and easier.
Many have thin faces with a cavity behind to increase ball speed. Some have plenty of offset which help players return the face square to the ball.
And some are designed to fill you with maximum confidence when in the address position.
Strong lofts have been a big feature in irons aimed at high handicappers but many brands say this has been negated through high launch.
All these clubs should offer a bit more help to higher handicappers but there are no hard and fast rules.
We’ve seen plenty of low single figure handicappers have success with models like these.
Maybe your swing speed isn’t what it was and you’ve lost a few yards over the years? Put your ego to one side and take the help on offer…
1. Best irons for high handicappers 2018 – Callaway Rogue
In a nutshell: It’s rare to get a distance iron which sounds and feels this good.
A lot of the technology in the Callaway Rogue irons is what we have seen in previous models such as the Epic and Steelhead XR irons.
Callaway say that the regular Rogue irons – their mass-market irons for 2018 – are ‘long, accurate, easy to hit, versatile, great sound and feel with substantial sized head with medium topline, medium sole-width and progressive offset. Suited for average players seeking balanced performance’.
So how has this all been achieved?
More ball speed comes from the 360 Face Cup which gives the iron more of a wood-like performance.
And there’s a tungsten-infused internal standing wave to get the centre of gravity in exactly the right place for optimal launch.
But the key new technology really helps to improve the sound and feel. Hollow irons can often sound and feel a little bit well, hollow? We don’t get that nice solid feel we get from a forged club.
So the Callaway Rogue irons feature something called urethane microspheres behind the face which dampen vibrations without sacrificing ball speed.
And if you want even more distance, try the Rogue X which have even stronger lofts.
SRP: £849/£1,049 (Steel/graphite)
More information can be found on the Callaway website.