Best Mid-Handicap Irons 2024

Which are the best mid-handicap golf irons in 2024?

Perhaps the most hotly contested iron category is the mid-handicap iron market. Every golfer wants to find the best golf irons for their game, and for many, it will be a set of the best mid-handicap irons because of their forgiving nature and all-round performance.

Mid-handicap irons arguably appeal to the widest range of golfers, I’ve witnessed single-figure handicappers gaming a set of forgiving game-improvement irons and beginner golfers playing with the exact same set! The versatility of the mid-handicap iron category is exceptional.

The best Mid-handicap irons at a glance:

Best overall: TaylorMade Qi Irons | View Offer – US | View Offer – UK

Fastest: Callaway Paradym Ai-Smoke Irons | View Offer – US | View Offer – UK

Best all-round performing: Titleist T350 | View Offer – US | View Offer – UK

Sleekest: Srixon ZX4 Mk II Irons | View Offer – US | View Offer – UK

Best for loft options: Ping G430 Irons | View Offer – US | View Offer – UK

Best value: PXG 0211 XCOR2 Irons | View Offer – US | View Offer – UK

Best feeling: Mizuno JPX923 Hot Metal Irons | View Offer – US | View Offer – UK

Most forgiving: Takomo 101 Irons | View Offer – US | View Offer – UK

Best affordable: Wilson Dynapower Irons | View Offer – US | View Offer – UK

Best low-launching: Cobra Darkseep Irons | View Offer – US | View Offer – UK

If you feel as though you’d benefit from extra forgiveness, there are ultimate game-improver irons that are specifically designed to deliver forgiveness above all else. Similarly, on the other end of the spectrum, there are players’ irons for anyone looking for an increased feel in place of slightly less forgiveness. The least forgiving irons on the market are blades, these are reserved for the best ball strikers.

The majority of golfers want a set of irons that travel well (far) and hold the green. If you can find this with one of the best mid-handicap iron sets from 2023 you could save yourself some cash. There are a couple of iron sets that released in 2023 featuring among the best mid-handicap irons of 2024.

With the mid-handicap irons marketplace becoming increasingly crowded with direct-to-consumer brands and established manufacturers producing more than one model, it can be difficult to determine exactly which set of irons will be best for your game. However, it’s nigh on impossible to go wrong with one of the best mid-handicap iron sets of 2024.

Best Mid-Handicap Golf Irons 2024

A cap-back game improver that promises to deliver straight distance

Best overall mid-hanicap irons
To the untrained eye, the Qi could easily be mistaken for TaylorMade’s previous Stealth iron as the pair are very similar in looks and design. In my eyes, that’s a really positive step forward as TaylorMade evidently no longer feel the need to scrap ideas and attempt to reinvent the wheel after products have sat on the shelf for just a year.
 
The Qi has a huge amount going for it. The model has a really attractive and desirable head shape and profile, yet it maintains good levels of hosel offset to help flight shots higher for additional carry distance.
 
I love the way that thanks to TaylorMade’s SelectFit adjustable hosel system golfers can also try this model at weaker or stronger lofts. The idea allows golfers to see before they buy the effect loft and lie adjustments have on performance and data which means this versatile model is well suited to a vast audience of abilities, speeds, and deliveries. It also means you might well not need to opt for the slightly larger Qi XL to play TaylorMade’s most lofted and easy-to-flight game improvement iron.
 
As nice as TaylorMade’s ‘Qi = Straight Distance’ tagline is please remember it only really comes into play in the mid and longer irons, as shorter irons don’t have a right-sided bias. If you don’t use long irons the concept could be a bit wasted on you. If you do then the Qi will help hit shots a little straighter and closer to your target as long irons are inherently tough to hit accurately, especially from the turf.   
 
Our test pro’s hitting data shines a light on how the Qi is a super quick and powerful iron option in 2024. At 198 yards it was tied at the top of the pile as the longest mid-handicap iron we hit this year. The model also posted our 3rd fastest ball speed, especially impressive when you factor in it isn’t the very strongest lofted 7-iron within the category. 
 
Those headline numbers are all well and good, but my eye is drawn to how the model launched and flew higher than our test averages. That performance led to shots hitting the green at a steeper angle which makes the Qi playable in a way traditional strong lofted irons never were a decade ago. Throw in a dispersion/shot area 2.2% tighter than our test average and it’s not too hard to spot why I feel the model warrants a position among our best-performing mid-handicap irons of 2024. Thanks to TaylorMade’s new two-year product cycle strategy the Qi also won’t feel old hat or out of date until deep into 2025.

TG Test Pro Data 7-iron (28°):
Ball Speed: 129.2 mph | Backspin: 5065 rpm | Carry: 198 yds | Shot Area: 267.6 yds2

Read our full TaylorMade Qi irons review.

Pros

  • Available in stronger and weaker lofts for gapping purposes
  • A bulletproof iron that will stand the test of time
  • Extremely good-looking forgiving iron for mid-handicap golfers

Cons

  • Offset could be off-putting for some golfers
Stock shafts KBS Max 85 (s) | Fujikura Ventus Blue TR (g)
7-Iron loft 28°

Callaway's fast and forgiving mid-handicap irons

Fastest mid-handicap irons
It’s really hard to fathom that Callaway didn’t have a mass-market cast game improvement iron option in 2023, as back then their focus was the Paradym which traded off being a TaylorMade P790 alternative. Having learned the error of their ways and the effect their decision had on reducing iron sales last year their thinking has dramatically changed for 2024.    
 
The cast, hollow body, and strong loft, Ai-Smoke is aimed squarely at mid-handicap players and game improvers who won’t entertain spending more than $1K/£1K on a set of irons. And from what I’ve seen it’s a cracking option for golfers who possess a decent degree of club speed.

Thanks to producing the fastest ball speed (130.6mph) of the entire Mid-Handicap Iron category while being just a single yard back from posting the longest 7-iron carry I can safely say the Ai-Smoke is a very powerful beast in the right hands. The whole idea of the club’s hollow body and fast face is that shots launch higher with less spin, so the ball travels further. But what’s really encouraging to my eye is how the Smoke produced bang on average launch, spin, and descent angle numbers so shots aren’t just flying like low-spin bullets, that won’t stop on a green.
 
To my eye, the Ai-Smoke isn’t the most attractively shaped or desirably designed iron in the mid-handicap iron market. But our test pro is using the 4-iron as a powerful long iron option this season, which has to say the model can do a job for any golfer who boasts decent amounts of speed to launch the strong lofts from the turf. Those who don’t check out the more lofted Ai-Smoke HL and lighter Ai-Smoke Max Fast instead.        
 
Undoubtedly there will be critics that hold up the Ai-Smoke’s 18-yard carry distance drop-off as the drawback of using uncontrollable modern, fast face, hollow body irons. But remember our data is created using a a test pro. Club golfers at lesser speeds are very likely to see smaller differences between on and off-center hits, and our second most accurate iron in the category (the Ping G430) also boasts similar thin, fast face tech. From what I’ve seen I have zero reservations in naming the Ai-Smoke among my best four Mid-Handicap irons of 2024.   

TG Test Pro Data 7-iron (28°):
Ball Speed: 130.6 mph | Backspin: 5311 rpm | Carry: 197 yds | Shot Area: 552.6 yds2    
  
Read our full Callaway Paradym Ai-Smoke iron review.

Pros

  • A sleek new look for Callaway game improvement irons
  • A lot of iron for less than $1K/£1K
  • Slightly weaker lofts make it easier to gap these irons

Cons

  • Make sure you have enough speed to launch this model successfully
Stock shaft True Temper Elevate (s) | Project X Cypher 2.0 (g) | Mitsubishi Tensei Blue White (g)
7-Iron loft 28°

The most-forgiving iron set offered by Titleist

Best all-round performing mid-handicap irons
Price: $1,399.99 / £1,249.00
Historically Titleist irons have struggled to feature among our very top-performing irons of the year, which predominantly comes down (until now), the brand's summer launch schedule has meant their offerings feel a bit old hat, and hard to heartily recommend by the time we test them six or eight months later. This year even though the T350 isn’t the fastest, longest, or most accurate I believe the data and its overall performance spells out the model as a top performer.
 
As golfers most of us want to play clubs we like the look of, especially when we’re often forking out over $1K/£1K for a decent set of irons. And if it’s looks you’re after there’s not many better looking or more attractive mid-handicap iron options on the market than the T350. I really like the straight top edge, how there isn’t a ton of hosel offset, and how even though the head's bigger than the Titleist T200 it’s still really attractive and easy on the eye when sat behind the ball.
 
Our test data shows the T350 almost to a tee follows our test averages, which to many might not scream top performer. But throw in a forged face, a ton of tungsten toe weighting to up MOI, and an array of top fitting options (which many in the category can’t compete with), and this model should at least be on mid-handicappers shortlist to try.

Personally, I’ve played the model since August 2023 and I really like the sound and feel along with how the slightly weaker lofts than some of the competition help flight shots for maximum playability and not just most speed or distance. To take full advantage of what Titleist have to offer ensure you get properly fitted as the brand prides themself on being custom fit leaders. 

TG Test Pro Data 7-iron (29°):
Ball Speed: 125.5 mph | Backspin: 5159 rpm | Carry: 186 yds | Shot Area: 167.2 yds2

Read our full Titleist T350 irons review.

Pros

  • Premium finish and quality you'd expect from Titleist
  • Lovely sound and feel
  • Workable lofts

Cons

  • Not a standout performer but does everything well
Stock shaft True Temper AMT Red (s) | Mitsubishi Tensei Red AM2 (g)
7-Iron loft 29°

An incredibly stylish set of irons that could easily be mistaken for players' irons

Sleekest mid-handicap irons
Price: $1,199.99 / £999.00
Srixon have made great irons for some time, but last year was the first time everything came together as a convincing and cohesive story. Hence why the ZX4 Mk II ranked among our best mid-handicap irons in 2023 (the ZX7 and ZX5 were also top performers in the Players and Players Distance Iron categories respectively). Things haven’t really changed too much for 2024, even though I completely appreciate many golfers will be swayed by the newer models to market.  
 
In the mid-handicap iron category, I love the ZX4 Mk II for its simple elegance and straight-line beauty, it has a look that lots of golfers will appreciate sat behind the ball at address. Each head is not overly offset and the topline thicknesses across the whole ZX family are closely linked, which should encourage you to create your own personal combo set of two or more models.
 
Throw in all that good cosmetic stuff, with the model being one of our test pro’s favorite models plus an above-average performance for ball speed and carry distance and you’ve got a very powerful and desirable iron choice, even though most of the hottest competition is a year younger. 

TG Test Pro Data 7-iron (28.5°):
Ball Speed: 126.4 mph | Backspin: 5030 rpm | Carry: 189 yds | Shot Area: 594 yds2

Read our full Srixon ZX4 Mk II Irons review.

Pros

  • Very smart looking club
  • Feels incredible
  • Best of 2023 in this category

Cons

  • Not the most forgiving head
Stock shaft KBS Tour Lite (s), Diamana ZX (g)
7-Iron loft 28.5°

Delivers great forgiveness while improving looks, sound, and feel.

Best mid-handicap irons for loft options
Price: $1,099.99 / £899.00
The G430, like their predecessors, are a force to be reckoned with even though they’re now entering their second year on the shelf. The G family has evolved into an attractive and desirable model (especially in the shorter irons and wedges), yet they remain ultra-forgiving, a point highlighted by the model posting the second smallest carry distance drop-off and second tightest shot area of our entire mid-handicap iron category.
 
The G430 wasn’t our fastest or longest mid-handicap model but its numbers consistently hovered around the test averages for every metric except dispersion, where the model excelled. I’ve tested the G430 for a couple of years now and while some will say the blade lengths of the mid and longer irons are a little longer than some (which helps nudge up MOI and forgiveness) I’d happily recommend them and spend my own money on a set, safe in the knowledge Ping irons hold their value better than almost any other golf equipment.
 
Just remember if you find the lofts are a fraction strong for your average swing speed, all Ping irons come with the option of Retro (weaker) and Power (stronger) lofts, and if you’re really struggling to flight shots for maximum carry distance there’s also a lighter and more lively HL version too. If your game teeters at the edges of the mid-handicap Iron category it’s well worth noting there’s a new i530 Players Distance Iron and G730 Super Game Improvement on their way in April 2024.    

TG Test Pro Data 7-iron (29°):
Ball Speed: 125.8 mph | Backspin: 5117 rpm | Carry: 187 yds | Shot Area: 110.6 yds2

Read our full Ping G430 irons review.

Pros

  • Very forgiving
  • Arguably the best-looking G series iron Ping have ever produced
  • Good loft options with retro and power specs available

Cons

  • Spin could be higher but this is achievable with weaker lofts
Stock shafts Ping AWT (s) | Ping Alta Quick (g) | Ping Alta CB Black (g)
7-Iron loft 29°

Feels like a super-premium iron, but at a normal price point.

Best value mid-hnadicap irons
Price: $699.93 / £649.00
PXG have come a very long way since launching in 2014. Having opened up a super-premium iron market, that’s since been plundered by most major brands, the company also now makes the brilliant ‘mass-market’ and affordable 0211 family for golfers who just won’t entertain paying premium equipment prices.
 
The XCOR2 isn’t forged, and they don’t have the brand's famous weight technology (so MOI’s typically 10% lower than PXG premium irons), but apart from that you’re buying into the brand's knowledge and know-how for a very affordable price.
 
PXG have always made great-looking irons, I’m yet to meet anyone who doesn’t like their shape, my gut feeling is also many club golfers will struggle to feel the difference between this and the brand's premium forged and fully adjustable models. Even though the model is two years old it was our second fastest and tied longest mid-handicap iron of 2024.
 
Just be aware, thanks to the strong loft you will need good levels of speed to launch the model with enough spin, shot height, and descent angle to get shots to stop quickly on the green, a lighter and higher launching shaft will also be beneficial. A fantastic, cost-effective choice in 2024.       

TG Test Pro Data 7-iron (28°):
Ball Speed: 130.1 mph | Backspin: 5057 rpm | Carry: 198 yds | Shot Area: 193.6 yds2

Read our full PXG 0211 XCOR 2 irons review.

Pros

  • Incredible value-for-money especially for PXG's standards
  • Amazing feel and sound
  • Impressive distance

Cons

  • Not the best stopping powers
Stock shafts True Temper Elevate MP (s) | Elevate Tour (s) | Nippon Modus Pro 125 (s) | UST Recoil Dart (g) | Project X Cypher (g) | Mitsubishi MMT (g)
7-Iron loft 28°

It's clear to see why they say "Nothing Feels Like A Mizuno" after hitting these

Best feeling mid-handicap irons
In a category that’s dominated by ball speed and distance, the Hot Metal stands out as a choice for golfers who put more of a premium on decent-looking irons, rather than just searching for flat-out power. At a time when there’s a decent amount of chatter around reducing the topline thickness on mid-handicap irons like the Callaway Ai-Smoke the Hot Metal is reassuring and confidence-inspiring rather than being frighteningly sleek and slender.
 
With a 7-iron loft at least 1.5 degrees weaker than the strongest mid-handicap iron we tested the JPX923 was always going to struggle to keep up on raw ball speed and carry distance alone. Although, it was just 8 yards back from our very longest (the TaylorMade Qi and PXG 0211 XCOR2) in 2024. What catches my eye though is an above-average performance for ball speed, launch angle, backspin, shot height, and descent angle – all traits that will improve playability on the golf course.
 
I promise, that so long as you reach decent levels of head speed, you won’t be disappointed with this timeless classic.

TG Test Pro Data 7-iron (28.5°):
Ball Speed: 127.6 mph | Backspin: 5748 rpm | Carry: 190 yds | Shot Area: 243.1 yds2

Read our full Mizuno JPX923 Hot Metal irons review.

Pros

  • Fantastic feel
  • Quality finish and premium aesthetics
  • Amazing shaft options at no extra cost

Cons

  • Not the most forgiving irons
Stock shafts 50 options at no upcharge
7-Iron loft 28.5°

A brilliant Direct To Consumer (DTC) option

Most forgiving mid-handicap irons
Price: $489.00 / £420.00 RRP
It’s the second year we’ve tested Takomo irons here at TG, and the company continues to grow online and build a strong direct-to-consumer website business thanks to leveraging social media influencers. I’m happy to say the brand isn’t ‘all blow, no show’ as it just about lives up to the ‘best affordable iron’ hype heaped upon it, so long as you’re comfortable ordering online without a fitting session.   
 
I’ve loved highlighting solid value-for-money equipment for years here at TG and Takomo’s simple, classy models are well worth a look in 2024, especially if you’re someone who doesn’t want to spend a fortune and will appreciate a decent-looking set of irons for $489 / £420.  
 
With lofts 2-3 degrees weaker than many in the category this cast hollow body model is never going to compete on speed or distance alone (the model was 14 yards back from our very longest). However, when it came to how accurately our pro grouped shots with each iron, the Takomo with a 52.4 SQ YDS average (the test average was 273.5 SQ YDS), was a seriously impressive winner. You can now place orders directly at www.takomogolf.com in USD, GBP, and AUD.

TG Test Pro Data 7-iron (30°):
Ball Speed: 123.8 mph | Backspin: 4784 rpm | Carry: 184 yds | Shot Area: 52.4 yds2

Pros

  • Super forgiving
  • Incredibly affordable premium irons
  • Solid stock shaft options

Cons

  • Surprisingly low-spinning
Stock shafts KBS Tour (s) | KBS Max (s)
7-Iron loft 30°

The most affordable mid-handicap irons perform exceptionally well

Best affordable mid-handicap irons
The Dynapower replaced Wilson’s award-winning D9 in 2023, a model that was one of our longest irons over the two previous years, so the model has had really big shoes to fill. Like its predecessor, the model has the joint strongest 7-iron loft in the mid-handicap iron category so it’s not too surprising our test data highlights the Dynapower as a fast iron option (it produced our 4th fastest ball speed of the category) and super long (4th).
 
Thanks to the bigger head shape and more offset (which some like for reassurance and confidence, and others won’t) I reckon the model will be most at home in the hands of good-speed golfers who aren’t overly fussy about head shapes and profiles. If you’re 7-iron speed is creeping anywhere close to 75mph you’re highly likely to be better served by a more lofted HL alternative. If you’re after a bargain with the Dynapower you should be able to find the model for very sensible money.   

TG Test Pro Data 7-iron (27°):
Ball Speed: 127.8 mph | Backspin: 4910 rpm | Carry: 195 yds | Shot Area: 196.8 yds2

Pros

  • Good distance
  • Works well for slower swing speeds as well as quick
  • Excellent value

Cons

  • Not the best for generating spin
Stock shaft KBS Max Ultralite (s)
7-Iron loft 27°

An iron that shoots the ball out like a rocket!

Best low-launching mid-handicap irons
I’ve been testing golf clubs for a decade and a half and over the last 18 months it’s just started to feel like we’re nearing an exit from the era of stupidly strong lofted irons. One top iron engineer told me late in 2023 about designers now having a better understanding of how golfers play the game than ever before, which has led to lots of brands most game improvement iron no longer having the strongest lofts, as typically slower speed players need extra help launching shots higher not less.
 
The Darkspeed and its forged sibling the Forged Tec highlight perfectly what strong lofts do for the game. Both the Darkspeed and Forged Tec produced ball speeds above our test average. Yet shots from both models launched and flew lower, spun less and hit the green at shallower angles than the majority of the Mid-Handicap iron models on test. All traits that if you don’t have speed in abundance will impact your scoring potential as shots just don’t naturally want to land and stop quickly (which ups consistency and predictability).        
 
I’m absolutely not saying the Darkspeed isn’t a good iron. In fact I like the sleek, darker finish, the hollow body construction, and how the sound and feel has been tuned from previous models like the Rad Speed and King LTDx. Our data has it down as a solid Mid-Handicap iron option.
 
But it’s incredibly important you ensure if you’re considering a set of these attractive new irons that you have enough speed to launch them to a good peak height, as from my experience a good majority of club golfers don’t. Interestingly the Darkspeed has a fraction weaker 7-iron loft than the preceding Aerojet, which Cobra insisted was launchable for regular club golfers – you have been warned.     

TG Test Pro Data 7-iron (27°):
Ball Speed: 126.7 mph | Backspin: 5298 rpm | Carry: 186 yds | Shot Area: 129.6 yds2

Read our full Cobra Darkspeed irons review.

Pros

  • Forgiving and easy to hit
  • Effortless distance
  • Really soft and responsive

Cons

  • Dark finish won't be for everyone
Stock shafts KBS Tour Lite (s) | KBS PGI (g)
7-Iron loft 27°

Best Mid-Handicap Golf Irons 2024: Launch Monitor Data

Iron7-Iron LoftBall SpeedLaunch AngleBackspinHeightDescent AngleCarry DistanceCarry Distance Drop OffShot Area
TaylorMade Qi28°129.2 MPH (3)15.6°5065 RPM33 YDS44.2°198 YDS (T1)12 YDS267.6 SQ YDS
PXG 0211 XCOR228°130.1 MPH (2)13.6°5057 RPM29 YDS41.8°198 YDS (T1)16 YDS193.6 SQ YDS
Callaway Paradym AI Smoke28°130.6 MPH (1)14.5°5311 RPM32 YDS43.4°197 YDS (3)18 YDS552.6 SQ YDS
Wilson Dynapower27°127.8 MPH15°4910 RPM31 YDS42.7°195 YDS8 YDS (T3)196.8 SQ YDS
Cobra Forged Tec X27°127.7 MPH13.9°4872 RPM29 YDS42.1°191 YDS9 YDS360 SQ YDS
PXG 0311 XP GEN627°126.2 MPH13.7°4726 RPM27 YDS40.8°190 YDS20 YDS470 SQ YDS
Mizuno JPX923 Hot Metal28.5°127.6 MPH14.9°5748 RPM31 YDS44.2°190 YDS13 YDS243.1 SQ YDS
Srixon ZX428.5°126.4 MPH14.7°5030 RPM30 YDS43.1°189 YDS22 YDS594 SQ YDS
Ram FXT126.1 MPH15.4°5395 RPM31 YDS43.7°189 YDS13 YDS161.2 SQ YDS
Cleveland XL ZipCore29°125.1 MPH14.6°4719 RPM29 YDS41.8°188 YDS15 YDS210 SQ YDS
Ping G43029°125.8 MPH14.9°5117 RPM30 YDS43.3°187 YDS7 YDS (2)110.6 SQ YDS (2)
Inesis 500125.1 MPH15.6°5456 RPM31 YDS43.5°187 YDS8 YDS (T3)181.6 SQ YDS
Titleist T35029°125.5 MPH14.3°5159 RPM29 YDS42.6°186 YDS11 YDS167.2 SQ YDS
Cobra Darkspeed 27°126.7 MPH12.4°5298 RPM26 YDS40.7°186 YDS8 YDS (T3)129.6 SQ YDS
Takomo 10130°123.8 MPH14°4784 RPM27 YDS40.8°184 YDS4 YDS (1)52.4 SQ YDS (1)
Yonex GS i-Tech125.2 MPH13.8°5373 RPM28 YDS42.2°184 YDS21 YDS611.1 SQ YDS
Vega Mizar Plus30°125.4 MPH14.3°5858 RPM29 YDS43.8°182 YDS22 YDS420.2 SQ YDS
Sub 70 69931°124.1 MPH13.3°5847 RPM27 YDS42.1°179 YDS11 YDS154 SQ YDS
MacGregor V-Max118.3 MPH17.5°6305 RPM31 YDS45.3°171 YDS8 YDS (T8)121.6 SQ YDS (3)
AVERAGE126.1 MPH14.5°5265 RPM29.5 YDS42.7°187.9 YDS12.9 YDS273.5 SQ YDS

How we tested the best mid-handicap golf irons

We invited major equipment manufacturers to submit their entire ranges for testing. Across seven weeks of testing, we created a controlled environment indoors at Keele Golf Centre and used a premium tour-level golf ball (the Titleist Pro V1x). We collected a ton of data from every shot hit, using a Foresight GC Quad launch monitor.     

Titleist Pro V1x golf balls.

Why did we use Titleist Pro V1x golf balls?

It would be easy to use just one test golf ball brand every year, but that inevitably leads to criticism for being too closely aligned to one manufacturer, especially if that brand’s equipment performs particularly well. To ensure fairness we like to switch manufacturers for the Top Gear test ball each year. For 2024 we’ve used the Titleist Pro V1x.

The brand have been manufacturing iterations of the Pro V1x since 2003, and Titleist’s Director of Golf Ball Product Management, Frederick Waddell says “We go through a rigorous testing and validation process to ensure the performance improvements developed by our world-class R&D team are recognized by the golfer when they put it in play and experience the product.”

Titleist Pro V1x golf balls are used by a large proportion of the game’s best golfers because of it being such as successful ball over the years. Pros reach for Pro V1x’s to unleash high ball flights and steep descent angles, creating immense stopping power.

Neil Wain is the Today's Golfer golf test professional.

Why do we use a pro tester?

Speak to any golf club engineer about product testing and they all talk about needing a repeatable, reliable strike to offer any sort of valuable comparison. So, whilst we accept not all of the equipment included within our tests was designed for our test pro, what our data shows is a great comparison of how clubs in each particular category differ, which is hugely valuable in helping you narrow your choice as a consumer.

We tested 83 different 7-irons, during which our test pro missed a target green at 170 to 200 yards no more than a dozen times. He got a hole-in-one, lipped out, and hit the flag several times, he also loves hitting golf balls all day long. In short, Neil Wain is the perfect club tester due to his consistency in delivering accurate and reliable comparative data.

We would of course always recommend attending a proper fitting session, to ensure any purchase is tailored to your game. 

See more about how TG tests golf clubs and other equipment.

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Simon Daddow

Simon Daddow – Today’s Golfer Equipment Editor

Having tested and played more than 10,000 clubs in his life, what Simon doesn’t know about golf clubs isn’t worth knowing.

He’s a specialist in all things metal having spent a large part of his career as a golf club maker and product development manager, and has worked in the golf industry for more than 30 years.

He joined EMAP Active (now Bauer Media) as Equipment Editor in 2006 and has made todays-golfer.com the most reliable source for golf club testing.

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