Best New Players Irons
Golf Digest editors E. Michael Johnson and Ashley Mayo discuss the strengths of the modern players iron.
Released on 1/30/2017
It seems Players irons really have to walk
a design tightrope, don't they?
You know, they really do.
They're no longer just the muscle back
blades of years gone by.
Back then, it was easy.
You just kinda put a hunk of metal
on a stick and you were done.
But, nowadays, what they want is
a little bit of a hint of forgiveness,
but in a package that's still pleasing to the eye.
And, with that, what you're seeing now is
the modern Players iron, which is a bit
of a cavity back, and it's not just
for players like you and me, single digit handicaps,
who're trying to get a little bit extra boost in their game.
I mean, on the PGA tour, 40% of those players
are using an iron with some form of a cavity back now.
And, so what do you say to guys who are so traditional,
and so stuck in their ways that they don't wanna
let go of their blades and their muscle backs.
I say five words.
Why make the game harder?
Yeah (drowned out). I mean, it's just crazy
to kind of have that in your mind
that this is what I want, this is what I want to look at.
It's not like these things are not pleasing to the eye.
They are, they still have thin top lines.
A lot of the manufacturers now are employing
even different types of irons within the set.
Kind of more of a game improvement type long irons,
and then, more traditional mid and short irons.
So, you're still getting that look,
but you're just getting a bunch more performance out of it.
So, you get more performance.
What, exactly or specifically do you get
with a Players iron cavity back style.
Today's Players iron versus that
muscle back, older Players iron.
I think what you're getting is between the three,
although I don't recommend anybody
use a three iron (laughing) anymore,
but, say, the four through seven irons, you're getting
a little bit more on the bottom to assist launch,
you're getting faster faces.
They're able to thin the faces out in these type of designs
to give ya a little bit more distance.
And, then when you get to the short irons,
they're really much more traditional,
'cause a lot of better players like to flight that ball
a little lower with their eight, nine, pitching wedge.
They're still allowing you to do that.
So, you get more forgiveness and more distance
with your longer irons, and that precision
that you've always wanted with the shorter irons.
[Mike] Best of all worlds.