GolfOnline’s Top 10 Golf Irons for Mid to Low Handicappers

by Maura Hutchinson

At GolfOnline we are proud to stock the latest golf irons from the world’s biggest brands including Cobra, Callaway, TaylorMade, Titleist, Wilson Staff, Mizuno, Srixon and more. With new releases and new technology unveiled each year, it can be difficult to know which golf irons are right for your game, especially if you’ve been playing with the same set for some time. Read on to find out who’s won our coveted Gold, Silver and Bronze awards, as well as important info you should know before purchasing your new set of irons.

Things to Consider When Picking New Golf Irons for Mid to Low Handicappers:


Clubhead Size
A larger oversized golf iron head helps to instil confidence when you need it most. Better players, or those with a lower handicap often prefer smaller, Tour shaped profiles that can provide more workability.

How many golf irons do I need?
There really isn’t a one size fits all answer to this question. The number of irons you carry will depend not only on your ability, but also on your personal preference. As a general rule of thumb, if you can’t break 90, you really have no need for a 3-5 iron. If the set you’re looking at offers a matching gap and sand wedge, take it. They will help improve your short game by giving you proper gapping through your whole set. 

Shaft
Graphite shafts are lighter than steel shafts, resulting in an increase in swing speed and distance. This can be particularly beneficial to players with slow swing tempos. Steel shafts tend to offer a golfer more feedback and feel, something appreciated by the better player.

One length golf irons all have the same length and lie of a 7-iron. This specific set configuration allows golfers to utilise one, repeatable setup and swing from their hybrids all the way through to their wedges. If you’re used to playing with variable length golf irons, you might find the one length awkward to use. In the end, the difference between one length and variable will come down to personal preference.

Shaft Flex
For golfers with moderate to high swing speeds (anything over 250 yards) it is recommended you get a stiff, or even extra stiff flex. The less bend a shaft has, the more control players with a powerful swing will have.

Forged or Cast Irons
Cast irons are made from pouring molten metal into a mould to produce a golf club head. Whereas, a forged iron is created from a single solid piece of metal that is heated and then moulded into a club head. Because of its one piece construction, a forged iron can have a reduced sweet spot, meaning it is typically crafted with the better player in mind. One who wants better feel, more shaping options and increased control trajectory.  

Blades or Cavity Back
The best golf irons are generally broken down into two categories - blades and cavity backed. Blades provide greater feel and flexibility for an experienced player, while cavity backed irons are preferred by those newer to golf, as they are generally easier to hit and provide greater control and distance.

Custom Fit
Every player, regardless of age or ability, can benefit from having their golf clubs tweaked to fit their unique swing. To ensure you’re getting the best out of your new set of irons, we recommend booking a custom fit appointment to optimise your clubs’ length, lie angle, grips and shafts.  We believe this is crucial and will help to improve your short game dramatically.
10. Honma T-World TR21 X
The TR21 X irons have been expertly designed with the better player in mind. Featuring a hollow body and fast face, this player-inspired iron is also very forgiving thanks to a bigger chassis. Tungsten weight and a high repulsion face provide increased forgiveness as well as outstanding performance.

Pros:
Incredible forgiveness, sleek design, great sound and feel. Custom fit available.

Cons:
High price-point might be too much for some golfers.

Verdict:
While the TR21 X irons look like a blade, they are actually a hollow-body iron to give better players better distance. Overall, these incredible irons are a great choice for a low to mid handicap golfer, who wants that little extra bit of forgiveness.

Similar Products:
Srixon ZX7 Irons

Product in our store and online shop:
Sets available now for £1225.
9. Titleist T100S Black Edition
With a fully forged construction, the T100s Black Edition irons produce greater distance and solid, consistent performance preferred by the better player. High quality, high density tungsten has been used in the heel and toe of the mid to long irons to control CG and create perfect progression.

Pros:
Limited edition high polish black PVD coating requested by Titleist Team players. Faster and smoother turf interaction. Custom fit available.

Cons:
All black design might not appeal to every golfer, but standard chrome is also available. Higher price tag might also put some off.

Verdict:
We absolutely love the all-black look of the T100s. They are sleek and dynamic looking, but also packed with some serious technology. For an even better fit, we recommend having these beauties custom fit to complement your unique swing.

Similar Products:
Titleist T100s Irons

Product in our store and online shop:
Price ranges from £170 for a single iron to £1149 for a set of seven irons.
8. Mizuno MP 20 MB
The MP 20 MB irons offer players what the brand refers to as “Layers of Feel.” Featuring a smaller blade profile, they have been heavily influenced by the blades of Mizuno’s past. Grain Flow Forged HD from a single billet of 1025E Pure Select Mild Carbon Steel, they have then been layered with a soft Copper plating beneath a protective Nickel Chrome for unbelievable feel and feedback.

Pros:
Classic Tour ready profile. Improved distance control and consistency in scoring clubs. Incredible look and feel. Custom fit available.

Cons:

Unforgiving look at address might put off some golfers. Really designed for low handicappers.

Verdict:
This iron is specifically made for the better player who appreciates a classic blade design. Its smaller profile gives skilled golfers greater workability and consistent performance. Plated in copper, like Mizuno’s legendary TN87, you can expect insanely pure impact.

Similar Products:
Honma T-World TR21 X Irons

Product in our store and online shop:
Price ranges from £149 for a single iron to £1049 for a set of 7 irons.

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“Personally, I’m in love! If you like blades you need to try these! Ordered a mixed set with the MP-20 HMB through GolfOnline’s custom options. Just perfect!” – Kim (October 2019)
7. Wilson D7 Forged
The D7 Forged have been specifically created to offer tour-level distance and feel with Power Hole and Power Chamber technologies. The forged carbon steel and cavity construction beautifully combine to give better players the look and feel of a traditional forged iron, with new game-improving distance.

Pros:
Forgiving and consistent. One of the best-looking players’ irons out there. Medium price point. Custom fit available.

Cons:
For its price and look we see very little to complain about. But perhaps some might find it too traditional looking.

Verdict:
Overall, we can’t say enough about the D7 Forged. If you’re a golfer who likes a soft and solid feel at impact, we definitely recommend giving these a try.

Similar Products:
Mizuno JPX 921 Forged Irons

Product in our store and online shop:
Available now from £97 - £799 depending on shaft and set preferences.

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“Love them. Long, forgiving, look great. Overall, great decision, would thoroughly recommend. Still have nice feel despite the forgiveness” – Paul (December 2020)
6. Srixon ZX7
The ZX7 features a compact blade shape, narrow topline, single-piece forging and narrow sole to offer mid to low handicappers better workability, feel and aesthetics. Its v-shaped soles glide smoothly through turf, and progressive grooves in the 8-PW offer more spin and stopping power on approach shots into the green.

Pros:
Incredible feel and shot-shaping ability. A compact blade shape preferred by better players. Custom fit available.

Cons:
Aggressive sole design. Premium price point.

Verdict:
The compact ZX7 is perfect for mid to low handicappers who crave a softer feel and more workability. If you’re looking to upgrade your irons, we definitely recommend giving these a go.

Similar Products:
Wilson D7 Forged

Product in our store and online shop:
Price ranges from £1050 - £1165.50 based on shaft preference in the set.

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“Another great release from Srixon. The feel from these irons is exceptional, right up there with the softest irons on the market. Slightly stronger lofts for a players iron add a few yards but the consistency is spot on” – Tim (December 2020)
5. Cobra King Tour with MIM Technology
The new King Tour with MIM Technology are Cobra’s latest irons offering. Featuring a Tour cavity back shape, this players’ iron is created using Metal Injection Molding (MIM) technology for the first-time ever, to deliver the most precise shaping with an incredibly soft feel that’s sought after by better players.

Pros:
Modern and sleek look. Cobra CONNECT Technology. Soft feel and excellent precision. Custom fit available.

Cons:
Higher price point than other Cobra irons.

Verdict:
While these irons are specifically geared towards better players, the modern and sleek design of them will appeal to many golfers. They are forgiving and offer great feel and sound off the clubface (even on an off-centre strike!). They are a bit pricier than other Cobra iron sets, but we think they are worth testing out.

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Titleist T100S Black Edition Irons

Product in our store and online shop:
Price ranges from £142.71 - £999 based on shaft and set preferences.
4. Titleist T200
Max Impact technology in the T200 means maximum speed from almost any impact point on the face of the irons. The forged face wraps around the sole to increase ball speed on the lower portion of the clubface and is paired with a progressive set design that moves CG lower in the long irons to help achieve superior ball flight.

Pros:
Compact design. Outstanding MOI. Repeatable distance from shot to shot. Custom fit available.

Cons:
Doesn’t offer maximum feel or workability, favoured by many serious golfers. High price tag.

Verdict:
These are a great choice for mid handicappers looking to improve their performance. It is definitely one of the most versatile irons in the Titleist range. Its classic and compact look will appeal to most golfers, although its higher price point might put some off.

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Titleist T100 Irons

Product in our store and online shop:
Available now from £145 - £999 depending on set and shaft options.

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“I just love the way they look in my bag, and when I get one out for my shot, they look even better at address. I get a slightly stronger flight, but with that comes more distance. Big boost in confidence. Look great, sound fantastic and are going to help me get my handicap down” – Simon (July 2020)
3. Callaway Mavrik Pro
GolfInstore manager Kevin has awarded the Callaway Mavrik Pro Irons bronze,

“These are more for the golfer who likes a compact head shape, very similar to the TaylorMade, you can shape the ball and you will carry the ball further, even on off-centre shots.”

With the Mavrik Pro, Callaway are using Artificial Intelligence on an iron for the first-time ever. The Flash Face architecture on each iron has been specifically engineered to offer better players optimised distance and performance. Featuring a more compact head design, the Mavrik Pro also offers a flatter lie angle and thinner topline for better workability and control.

Pros:
Beautiful aesthetics. Great workability and control. Custom fit available.

Cons:
Not as forgiving as the other irons in the Mavrik range.

Verdict:
This is one gorgeous iron. If you are serious about your golf game and looking to upgrade, the Mavrik Pro irons definitely won’t disappoint. Its classic shape and clean lines are geared towards the preferences of the better player. We can’t recommend it enough!

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Mizuno JPX 921 Tour Irons

Product in our store and online shop:
Price ranges from £110 - £899 based on set and shaft preferences.

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“Really nice club and hit a few decent drives. Replaced my hybrid club for the iron and can see improvement already” – Alan (October 2020)
2. TaylorMade P770
Kevin’s silver award goes to the TaylorMade P770,

“This has been designed for the golfer who likes a thin top line but doesn’t want to lose the feel of the club. You can shape the ball easily and people who I have fitted have gained an extra 10 yards on carry distance due to the extra weight in the head.”

According to TaylorMade, the new P770 has been designed to deliver P790-like performance in a smaller package. A thin topline, less offset and shorter blade length combine with Progressive Inverted Cone Technology to deliver explosive distance and improved accuracy.

Pros:
Minimal offset, improved stability. Great sound and feel. Custom fit available.

Cons:
Weaker lofts than the P790, but not a bad thing if you’re looking for higher launch and more spin. High price point.

Verdict:
This is a great option for lower handicap players who were previously looking at the P790 irons. You can still get the great forgiveness and distance, but in a more compact players’ profile.

Similar Products:
Honma T-World TR21 X Irons

Product in our store and online shop:
Price varies from £142 - £994 based on and set and shaft options.

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“These irons look fantastic and feel great with a lovely buttery feel when you strike the ball. due to COVID 19 I had to wait a while, but it was worthwhile” – Fergus (December 2020)
1. Mizuno JPX 921 Tour
Kevin’s gold award goes to the incredible Mizuno JPX 921 Tour,

“Fantastic looking club but still gives you the confidence in shaping the ball. A forged head will give you a softer feel off the club face, again this gives you the confidence in your longer irons to get the ball in the air and control for your shorter irons.”

The stunning new JPX 921 Tour irons maintain the surprising fusion of precision with stability from off-centre strikes, as seen in previous models. Forged in Hiroshima, Japan from 1025E Pure Select Mild Carbon Steel, you can expect that undeniable Mizuno feel.

Pros:
Aesthetically pleasing. True players’ iron.

Cons:
Not huge differences from the last generation.

Verdict:
While there isn’t a huge leap from the previous generation, if you are looking to upgrade older clubs, we definitely recommend trying the JPX 921 Tour irons. They look, sound and feel incredible. Giving better players the perfect mix of workability and soft yet solid feel.

Similar Products:
Mizuno JPX 921 Forged

Product in our store and online shop:
Price ranges from £145 - £1015 depending on set and shaft options.