Finding a deal on a set of golf irons is much easier than finding a deal on a car. When shopping for a car don’t you always find yourself questions if you paid less than the guy sitting next to you?
When it comes to golf clubs there are some easy ways to make sure that you get your money worth, and walk away with a quality product.
Always consider the fact that just because something is low priced doesn’t mean it’s a good deal. Some times straying from the major manufacturers can make sense and there are times when it makes no sense at all.
In this review, we will give you our picks for the best golf irons when it comes to distance, feel, and accuracy all offered at a fair and competitive value.
Our Best Golf Irons for the Money
Best Golf Iron for the Money- Winner: TaylorMade M2 Iron Set
The TaylorMade M2 iron set came out in 2017. This set is packed with top of the line features and technology and is now offered at a great value. Golfers know that a set of irons is a major purchase, they will be pleasantly surprised by the costs involved with the M2 set.
The M2 are designed to be forgiving but they paid close attention to the top line on this club. Generally speaking players with lower handicaps do not like to look down at a thick top line. TaylorMade kept that in mind with this design.
They used Geocustic tuning to help increase both the sound and feel on this iron. The TaylorMade M series has proven to be very successful. They have worked their way up from an M1 to an M6.
Just recently TaylorMade announced their new line the SIM irons and they seem to have moved away from the M line. (Although the SIM looks very similar to the M6)
Considering many features of the M2 are still carried into the technology of the M6 and SIM (offered at almost double the price) the M2 is an option to seriously consider when looking for a great value in a set of irons.
First Runner Up: Callaway X Hot Irons
This set of irons does not back the same feel and forgiveness as something like a Callaway Apex iron would but it can be a very economical upgrade.
If you are playing with a beginner set or technology greater than 8 years old the X Hot irons might be something to consider. They are designed to increase ball speed. The Mid to High Handicap golfer is best suited to swing this club.
These clubs are no longer being manufactured by Callaway so you are not going to be able to order them custom. The stock shaft is a True Temper shaft that would honestly cost almost as much as the whole set of irons to replace.
My favorite way to describe this set of clubs is that it’s the golf set I would buy to leave in my garage for out of town guests. You might think I say this because they are not quality, but that is actually the opposite of what I’m saying.
The X Hot is going to give consistent distance, fit a large range of players, the sound and feel are solid and the weighting is perfect for the average golfer.
If you are looking for something with the latest technology and a clean thin look, this is not your club.
Second Runner Up: Cleveland Launcher CBX Iron Set
The Cleveland CBX Iron Set is not only a great value but it is also one of the best sets that were put out in 2019.
The carbon steel iron set originally was priced quite high but has now dropped to an average and good value for a new set of irons. Now is the time to grab this golf club.
They went back to a classic design with this iron. Away from the bulky game improvement look to a progressive shaped head that packs in tons of forgiveness when compared to previous golf iron sets.
The CBX Irons start with a nice thin top line and incredible feel in the PW, 9, 8 and even into the 7 iron. As you move into the longer irons the clubs get thicker and almost look a bit more like a hybrid.
This is done intentionally to help with launch and forgiveness.
The CBX comes stock with a True Temper 98 gram steel shaft in the regular flex, perfect mid-weight option.
In this review, we are trying to cover sets that are great value but you can talk to anyone who bought a set of the CBX this year and I’m sure they would tell you that these irons were worth every dollar spent.
Best Forged Option for the Money: Cobra Rickie Fowler
The 2017 Cobra Men’s Rickie Fowler Forged Iron set is a great set of irons if you are looking for something forged and affordable.
Forged irons cost manufacturers more to produce so they are almost always priced considerably higher. The feel that you get from a forged set of irons is unmatched.
For better players feel starts becoming more important than distance and forgiveness at some point.
These Cobra irons use progressive spin technology. The 3-6 iron use V Groove technology to reduce spin and help with distance, roll and the off-center hit.
The 7-P use the U groove to try and help increase spin and allow you to stop the ball where you want it.
The Wedges use traditional wedge grooves so you can work the ball around the green.
These irons come with the CNC Milled Face that Cobra is becoming so well known for. The Milled face helps provide some control over trajectory and ball flight. Golf iron sets packed with this many features generally sell at a very high price.
The Rickie Fowler set has been dropping in price for quite some time making it a great value at this point. High performing sets of irons are costly but this set provides high quality at a great value.
Best Feel for the Money: Srixon Z 765
Srixon does not get enough attention for the quality irons that they put out. They have incredible feel and accuracy and the pricing is generally fair.
Recently the Z765 set has dropped in price and it’s worth considering if you are looking for a great looking set without breaking the bank.
The Z765 irons a forged set featuring a 5-PW at a very fair value. Srixon is known for making a “golfers” golf club. The player that cares more about the ability to work the ball than hitting it 215 with a seven iron.
This iron has a new sole that Srixon calls the Tour VT designed to help better turf interaction.
One of my favorite parts about this iron is the overall look. They are clean. The top-down view is very thin and appealing to a player that likes to work the ball. Srixon ranks right up there with Titleist and Mizuno when it comes to ball speed and dispersion.
The short irons on this set feel very responsive. If you like to hit a draw and a fade you will be able to do so.
This set comes stock with the True Temper Dynamic Gold, one of the leading golf shafts for many years. If you like the feel of a players club with a bit of added forgiveness the Srixon is worth considering.
Best Women’s Iron for the Money: Callaway Women’s Strata Set
The best women’s irons, offered at a great value, are part of a complete set.
Often overlooked because they are part of a packed set Callaway Women’s Strata set offers a tremendous amount of distance feel and forgiveness at a very low cost.
The Strata sets are perfectly designed for the slower swing speed female. The black and pink golf bag that comes with the 11 piece set is a great looking set of golf clubs.
The irons come standard with graphite shafts. The center of gravity is low creating a higher launch angle than some other sets on the market.
If you are a female that has been playing for many years, can break 90 and are looking for clubs with premium shafts and high-quality sound, this would not be the option for you. Instead, take a look at the Rogue or Mavrik options that are now out.
What to look for when picking a Fair Value set of golf clubs?
Here are a few tips of advice to finding a set of golf clubs that gives you a great deal for the money.
Remember that sometimes this doesn’t always mean finding the least expensive irons available.
- Any forged irons for less than $800 are a great deal
- Anytime you want feel, a thin look and workability you will pay more
- Look into irons that are 1-2 seasons old, technology can change from year to year but not enough to make up for the cost difference
- Wait until manufacturers release new models and then buy the previous model, you are getting new technology at almost half the cost that they were a few months prior
- If you are very tall, very short or very fast swinging it is hard to find a value set of golf clubs, save up and order something custom that fits your game
- When upgrading keep in mind that equipment differences from one season to the next are not usually significant
- Steel shafts are almost always going to be less expensive than graphite
The irons we talked about in this review might not match the best golf iron sets of 2020 but they all probably landing on a “best” list at some point in their lives.
One question that continually comes up is, Are expensive golf clubs better?
The answer is quite simple. Yes.
Expensive golf clubs are better BUT not all players need expensive golf clubs. If you need something custom or if you are a scratch golfer, things are not going to be cheap.
If you are a weekend golfer seeking some extra forgiveness and distance out of a golf club a value set is exactly what you need. If your clubs are more than seven or eight years old lower priced set or something from a past season is the perfect upgrade for you.
The most important concept to remember is that you never want to make the game of golf harder on yourself. The golf course, the weather, the yips, your physical ailments and limitations all make this game plenty hard enough.
Win a few skins and these clubs will have paid for themselves in no time at all!