Struggling to get those iron shots into the air? Here's our pick of the most forgiving irons on the market

Let’s be honest, golf isn’t easy, is it?

Iron play is arguably one of the most challenging parts of the game, and if you have a higher handicap, you’ll want to make sure you have a set of irons that is competent and forgiving.

Forgiving irons are a necessity to enjoying the game more. How many times have you had the yips with that five iron off a long par three?

Some days we’re not always in the best of form out on the course, and that can’t be avoided, we know that.

But what you can do is help yourself by investing in a set of irons that offers plenty of forgiveness and won’t punish you as much as the next best set if you don’t strike it in the middle every time.

That’s why we’ve put together this buying guide as there are a lot of brands out there who offer different things when looking at buying a new set of irons.

Or maybe you’re interested in irons that will offer you the most distance? Whatever you’re in the market for, our NCG buying guides have you covered.

But for now, let’s get stuck into the best irons for forgiveness and high handicap golfers…

The best irons for high handicappers


Best overall forgiving irons for high handicappers

TaylorMade Stealth Irons

Over the past few seasons TaylorMade has led the way in the game improvement iron category, with their offerings proving to be a highly attractive choice for golfers that require their clubs to offer a little bit of help. Previously both the Sim and Sim 2 range of irons had two different heads to choose from – the standard and also the slightly larger OS, which was aimed at the higher handicap range. The release of the new Stealth iron sees a move away from this structure, as TaylorMade believe they have produced the complete game-improvement golf iron that will suit a broader cross section of abilities than ever before. 

If you are in the market for a new set of irons that has the potential to take your game to the next level, then the TaylorMade Stealth irons would be an excellent choice. With stellar aesthetics, unrivalled performance and exceptional feel these are one of the finest game improvement sets ever released into the golfing world. 

Pros:

  • Incredibly accurate
  • Gorgeous sound and feel
  • Longer than the SIM2 Max version

Cons:

  • Low spin limits

Best Callaway forgiving irons for high handicappers

Callaway Golf Rogue ST MAX Irons

The Callaway Rogue ST Max irons are their latest game improvement iron and will suit a broad cross section of handicaps with an appealing midsize head that is packed to the brim with the latest in club technology. They are an ideal choice for the golfer that is looking for incredible speed, forgiveness and strong all-round iron performance. The Rogue ST Max irons have plenty of bag appeal, with the classic aesthetic of the brushed chrome beautifully offset by the Black Rogue ST insert in the back of the head.  

The Callaway Rogue ST Max iron really comes to life when you strike the ball, providing high launch characteristics with mid to low spin that can only serve to increase the distance of your iron shots. Callaway have designed this fantastic iron to ensure that the descent angle will be steep enough to allow your approach shots to easily hold the green.  

Pros:

  • Long distance
  • Gentle draw bias makes it one of golf’s best forgiving irons
  • High launch characteristics

Cons:

  • Not the most aesthetically pleasing model out there

Best Titleist forgiving irons for high handicappers

Titleist T400 Irons

The Titleist T400 iron represents Titleist’s first launch in the super game improvement iron sector and is one of the best irons for a high handicap golfer. With a wide body shape, it is an extremely confidence inspiring club when placed behind the ball, and its sure to give even the most inconsistent ball strikers the feel-good factor when they are about to swing. They’re the perfect long irons for mid-to-high handicap golfers.

The lofts on the T400 are some of the strongest on the market and the longest club available is a 5 iron which comes in at 20 degrees. Up to 100 grams of tungsten is cleverly placed in the longer irons to allow Titleist to make the centre of gravity extremely low, offering high launching shots that belies the stronger lofts. The result is that the Titleist T400 is one of the longest, if not the longest, iron on the market today and opens up a whole new world for golfers that have historically struggled with distance. 

Pros:

  • Easy to hit
  • Gets the ball in the air easily
  • Impressive distance

Cons:

  • Design might not be for everyone

Best Ping forgiving irons for high handicappers

Ping G425 Irons

If you are in the market for a new set of irons that will be long and forgiving, with superb feel and a towering ball flight then the PING G425 would be a superb choice. Scottsdale golf are proud PING stockists and we will be carrying huge amounts of stock to enable you to get your favourite clubs quicker than ever before. 

Pros:

  • High level of forgiveness
  • Arccos sensors track performance
  • Sophisticated look

Cons:

  • Limited workability

Best value for money forgiving irons for high handicappers

Honma GS Steel Irons

Meticulously crafted in Sakata, Japan, GS Irons are designed to optimise speed, distance, with exceptional straight flight trajectory for golfers of all abilities.

Variable width speed slots promote higher ball speeds, with wider toe slot reducing loss of speed on off-centre strikes. The thin club face produces exceptional ball speeds, while strategically placed tungsten maintains stability through each strike.

Vertical face ribs provide added rigidity and strength, for consistent spin rates and shot shaping.

Pros:

  • Wide soles for maximum forgiveness and bigger sweet spot
  • Affordable
  • Great for golfers of all abilities

Cons:

  • Offers shorter distances compared to competitors’ models

Best easy-to-hit forgiving irons for high handicappers

Cleveland Launcher XL Golf Irons

The Cleveland Launcher XL iron set offers something as standard that many golfers try and achieve when purchasing split sets of golf clubs with the longer irons offering more help with ball striking and forgiveness, and the shorter irons offering much more in the way of control. Cleveland have achieved this by producing the 4-iron through to 7-iron in an easy-to-use hollow headed design whilst the 8-iron to Gap-Wedge are precise cavity backs. 

Pros:

  • Extremely forgiving
  • Easier to hit than other competitor’s models
  • Counterbalanced for increased club head speeds

Cons:

  • Basic design

Best alternate forgiving irons for high handicappers

Cobra King LTDx Golf Irons

The Cobra LTDx irons have been re-engineered from the inside-out and this complex process has led the Cobra engineers to develop their PWR-COR Weighting design that allows them to strategically position the Centre of Gravity whilst adding face and body flexion to deliver the maximum amount of ball speed. This unique design features a multi-material construction that utilises a floating steel bar which is suspended in a lightweight, soft polymer and perfectly positions the CG directly behind the impact area. The soft polymer filler keeps the steel bar away from the body, face and sole of the club in order to allow the face to flex to the desired level. The polymer also supplies elasticity which increases the rebound effect and produces better energy transfer and ball speed. 

Pros:

  • Explosive ball speeds
  • Oversized profile for inspiring confidence
  • Consistently long performance

Cons:

  • Flat ball flight

Best anti-slice forgiving irons for high handicappers

Callaway Big Bertha B21 Golf Irons

The Big Bertha B21 set of irons is the first ever Big Bertha to ever be designed using artificial intelligence and promises the user incredible ball speeds and long, straight shots. The A.I. designed Flash Face Cup has already been used in Callaway’s superb Mavrik range of irons and now it is placed into the Big Bertha as well. This technology causes the face to flex at impact and creates excellent ball speeds all across the club face. 

Pros:

  • Generous offset makes these one of the best irons for forgivness in golf
  • Looks inviting to hit
  • Tungsten weighting for optimal ball launch

Cons:

  • Offset look won’t please all tastes

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