Irons are used on almost every hole and in a variety of different shot types. That being said it is important to get irons that will fit your game and needs. Check out our guide to find the irons that are perfect for you.


Irons typically come in sets that include six to eight clubs. A typical iron set consists of a 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9-iron and a pitching wedge. Many players have elected to carry a hybrid in place of longer irons like a 3- or 4-iron because of the forgiveness of the hybrids. Some iron sets also come with an additional wedge called a "gap" or "approach" wedge, which falls directly between the pitching wedge and sand wedge in loft.


Iron clubheads have a greater number and greater depth of grooves than a fairway wood or hybrid. These grooves generate spin on the golf ball to help you control your shot. The clubhead is also much thinner in depth in comparison to woods or hybrids, which creates a higher MOI (Moment of Inertia) to help improve accuracy.


The number of the club indicates how high and far the shot will travel. The higher number correlates to a greater angle of loft. High loft results in the ball flying higher and traveling a shorter distance.


Two main styles for irons are cavity-back and muscle-back (or blades). The cavity-back style offers perimeter weighting for increased forgiveness on off-center hits. Blades are designed with more weight directly behind the hitting area or sweet spot. These thinner irons are typically used by pros and lower-handicap players, because they offer increased performance and shot-shaping ability.

  • Game-improvement irons: These irons offer greater forgiveness while enhancing performance. Often these iron sets will include a hybrid to replace the hard-to-hit long irons (like the 3, 4 or 5-irons), and normally feature cavity-back clubheads. These irons are perfect for a beginning to intermediate player looking to benefit from a forgiving design. The cavity back allows for a larger sweet spot, while the longer face length helps with off-center strikes. They also have a lower center of gravity (COG) to enhance trajectory.
  • Players' irons: These irons have shorter blade lengths, reduced offset, narrower sole widths and thinner top lines. The shape allows for more experienced golfers to play a wide variety of shots. They are typically less forgiving on off-center hits and feature muscle-back clubheads.


Irons are divided into three sets: Long irons (2, 3, 4-irons), mid-irons (5, 6, 7-irons), and short irons (8, and 9-irons + PW). Long irons are used to hit the ball a further distance with less loft. The short irons create a higher launch which produces more spin and allows the ball to travel a shorter distance. When purchasing an iron set, most players opt for clubs separated by 4 degrees of loft (increasing from the 3-iron to the PW). Iron sets that are properly fit help a golfer achieve consistent distance gapping throughout the set.

  • Single Length irons: Some manufacturers offer single-length iron sets. These sets are built at 7-iron standard lengths for all clubs within the set. This can be effective for beginner golfers learning the game because he/she can focus on one type of address position and swing.


Having your irons custom fit for your body and swing type is very important. Taller golfers will play irons longer in length and more upright in lie angle. The opposite is true for shorter golfers. Many manufacturers offer custom set configurations with cavity-back irons in the longer irons and blade or muscle-back irons in the shorter irons. It is also important to be custom fit so all distance gaps are met, both on the longer irons and wedges in your set. Your configuration will often determine what kind of fairway wood, hybrid and wedge set you carry.