Despite the hype in hybrid clubs, golf iron sets are still important inclusions in your golf bag. The majority of the clubs you use in a golf round are the golf irons. Out of the 14 clubs, 7 to 10 clubs comprise your irons. The remaining clubs are the putter, fairway wood, one driver and wedges; thus, selecting the right set for you is significant so you can play golf correctly and competitively.
So, what are the factors that you should consider in choosing the irons to include in your bag?
Your experience as a golfer matters. If you are a beginner, missing a hit and perfecting a good swing are just few of the problems that you will encounter. Most of the times, your shots may land on difficult areas of the golf course. You may be using the wrong irons for your swing or you simply have a bad swing. If you experience the former, then you should choose a set that is more forgiving. Select irons with larger club heads that have a larger sweet spot.
However, as you play more and have opportunities to practice, work your way in decreasing missed hits and perfecting your swings. Later on, your sets may seem easy to use and “old”, making them a mismatch with your current playing style. When this happens, you have two options. One, you may or may not have your current golf iron sets customized for you. Two, replace your old sets with a new one that will fit your current style.
Club fitting includes alterations of the shaft length to improve lie angle and match your swing. However, you have to remember these two things. First, club fitting may yield advantageous results. Second, there are times when there is a slight difference in your swing style. This difference may be good or bad. It could be that the customization may have affected your swing that you are used to before the customization. It is not a cause for concerns. Simply, ask your colleagues and a professional trainer to evaluate the difference.
Buy a New Set
You can either trade in your old set with a new one or buy a new set and keep your old irons. Whichever the case, you have to make sure that the new sets complement your playing style, not the other way around. The advantage is the chance to try new sets manufactured with the newest technology in the golf industry. The disadvantage is shelling out money since these are expensive. You also have to start from scratch, and accustom yourself with the new golf iron sets.
Manufacturers use different materials in making shaft and club heads. Knowing the materials helps in your decision since the materials affect the total weight of the club. Steel and graphite are the two main materials in making iron shafts while stainless steel, titanium, zinc and aluminum alloys are for manufacturing the club head.
Iron Shaft Materials
Steel are heavier but are cheaper compared to graphite. Steel shafts are also higher in quality and are more durable in comparison to graphite shafts. However, with the recent developments, manufacturers develop less expensive technology to produce more durable graphite shafts. Golfers who may benefit from a graphite shaft are women, seniors, beginners or players who have a slower swing. So, if you are one of these people, consider graphite shaft in your golf iron sets.
Iron Club Heads
Club heads are made of different materials. They could be titanium alloys, zinc alloys, aluminum or stainless steel. Each material offers different effects on players. Normally, titanium alloys are recommended for beginners due to their lightweight properties. Stainless, on the other hand, is used on blade irons where the sweet spot in the head is smaller. These steel irons are more applicable to professional and more skilled golfers.
Take your time in selecting your golf iron sets. There are still other factors to consider such as shaft length, lie angle and weight. Always try the clubs before buying so you can feel how these clubs affect your swing.