Golfers have long argued about which of the available golf iron sets today are the best. Names like Mizuno, Titleist, and PING have been tossed around along with other major sports brands, such as Nike. The dispute goes on and on, and while the brand name really doesn’t matter, the actual set usually does. To help the average golfer, here’s a feature on two of the most used irons fit for the handicappers:
Mizuno’s JPX EZ Forged series. While average golfers greatly benefit from cavity back irons, which are made through investment casting, forged iron muscle-backs generally kill those who are just starting out because of the high level of skill required to take advantage of its design.
But this is not the case with the JPX EZ Forged series. Designed for players with a handicap between 8 and 18, it features Mizuno’s patented Grain Flow Forge technology from its forged irons while incorporating their designs from the highly successful JPX EZ series. This combination gives the JPX EZ Forged set the solid feel of a forged iron head while still being very forgiving, something that improves a golfer’s game. For golf techies, here’s a rundown of the JPX EZ Forged technology from Mizuno:
- This is forged from a single piece of billet for a more solid feel.
- Max undercut design (4-7), giving the club a larger rebound area as compared to other brands.
- It has a deep CG to make shots look effortless
- Multi thickness face: This allows for higher ball velocity.
- Harmonic Impact Technology (H.I.T): Not only does it feel great, it sounds great too.
- Custom Set Make Ups: Customers can get mixed sets, or get ones with alternatives.
Given high praise by a lot of golf magazines and golf equipment reviews online, it’s definitely one of the best out there.
Titleist’s AP2 series. The AP from Titleist’s flagship line of golf iron sets means Advanced Performance. And the AP2 gives players just that. It earned gold in the 2013 Golf Digest Hot List for Irons. Players love the idea of the dual cavity design which allows for more consistent speed, even on miss-hits. Like most modern irons, it combines the best of muscle back heads to those of cavity back heads for an optimum club aimed at game improvement. Its long iron and mid irons in particular are designed with better weight distribution to allow for more consistent distance from hits while still being workable. That being said, this means you need a better handicap than most casual golfers to be able to use the long irons. Here’s a brief list of the technology in AP2s for those who want a sneak peak, courtesy of Titleist:
- Longer Flight with optimum trajectory. Superior carry distance all thanks to higher launching, low center of gravity long irons and thicker and flatter launching short irons.
- Increased Playability because of the dual cavity and the tungsten weight.
- Solid Feel throughout the set from progressive CG (lower in the long irons).
- Superior Appearance with a satin polish playing position and bright cavity highlights.
Between these two, the Mizuno JPX EZ Forged looks like the better choice for your average golfers, but is also playable for the serious player. The AP2 is really suited for golfers with a higher level of skill, though not quite as much skill as those on the tour, amateur or professional. There is still the MP series for those who favour Mizuno golf iron sets, which is similar to the AP2 in its workability. For those who favour Titleist clubs, the AP1 series is the next best thing, especially for those who want to improve their game but don’t necessarily have the skills for the AP2.