Best Golf Clubs- Irons
Buying golf clubs doesn't have to be hard on the wallet. You want the best golf clubs money can buy, but what if you don't have an endless stream of cash?
If you watch golf on TV, see the feeds on Twitter or Instagram, you'll see those "big name" OEMs, the companies that provide gear to professionals- and in some cases, "influencers".
But that costs serious money... and who gets to pay for it?
It doesn't have to be that way, though. There are plenty of other golf brands out there. They're not trying to get on TV, or be used by some professional somewhere.
They're only trying to make affordable, yet high-quality, golf clubs that everyday people can use to help them play the game of golf.
Best Golf Clubs for Golfers on a Budget
That said, I have a list of golf clubs- irons, to be more specific- that I think will hold up for your golfing needs for many years (note: none of these are affiliate links; just stuff I believe in). And they won't piss your Significant Other off, either!
I'm going to base this mostly on righties, but if you're a lefty, don't sweat it: I'll include alternatives for golfers like us (yes, I'm left-handed, as well) in a separate post!
This list is going to come with one caveat, though: these are the list price of the heads only. They're mostly from component brands, so they'd need to be assembled. That could be you, if you want to do it yourself. Or me (or someone like me, who does this club building thing); just contact me if you want work done!
In1Zone Single Length Irons, by Diamond Tour Golf
Starting off on what could be a boon for most of you, the In1Zone irons from Diamond Tour Golf.
Single Length irons have been around for a while now, and they're catching hold. At $11.99 a head, these are extremely affordable, while allowing you to dabble in the "One Setup" idea.
They have over a 4-star rating on DTG's website, which means people like them! They're also made out of 431 Steel, which is a nice blend of strength and feel.
A drawback from a couple of reviewers: some of the irons have been outside the +/- 3g tolerance. It happens, even to the best of manufacturers. But you should still be aware of it, especially considering the whole "one club" concept.
Acer XV Tour Blade, by Hireko Golf
If you've read other blog posts, you know how much I love Hireko Golf, especially their Acer line of golf clubs.
While I've never been able to use the XV Tour Blades, being a lefty, my extensive knowledge of other Acer products affords me the ability to give these a big Thumb's Up.
They're made of soft 304 stainless steel, similar to what you'll find in some "big name" irons, wedges, and putters.
Not bad for a club head that'll run you less than $15/per. These are available through Value Golf.
Acer XV Pro, by Hireko Golf
I'm sure you noticed that the XV Pro's look a lot like the XV Tour Blade's.
That's actually by design. You can get a whole set of XV Pro's (at $9.95/head), or, you can create a blended set of XV Pro long irons and XV Tour Blade mid- and short-irons.
If you're looking for golf clubs on a budget, and want to try something like the old Nike Pro Combo's, this is an affordable way to do so.
So how are the XV Pro's different? They're slightly wider in the sole and topline, for a slight bump up in MOI (forgiveness). They're also made of 431 stainless steel, which isn't much of an issue. These are available at Value Golf.
Matlby ST-i, by GolfWorks
Another 431 Stainless offering, but with a twist:
"(s)hock dampening rubber pins strategically located directly behind the sweet spot".
431 Stainless does get a bad rap as being "too hard", but they'd be surprised how often it's used. Some companies, like GolfWorks, will find creative ways to make it feel even better, hence the rubber pins.
A softer feel and ultra-usability... not a bad deal for $14.99 a head!
Integra SoooLong Powerbar, by Value Golf
The last, and most affordable, best golf club for those of you on a budget also comes with a funky twist:
The face height on each head is the same.
I bet you're like "WTF? Why is that 'funky'?". Go look at your current irons; notice anything?
The long irons have a smaller face top-to-bottom than your short irons. Go check it out. Isn't that weird? The clubs you should be getting the most help with are the smallest in the bag!
Integra is trying to help golfers- whether you're on a budget or not- by creating irons that are easier across-the-board to hit. The short irons are the same as any other iron model, but the long irons are taller. This creates more "perimeter weighting", which increases the MOI (its "forgiveness"), which should make them easier to hit. Of course, a proper fitting will do that, as well, but at $8.95 a head, if you're curious about it you won't break the bank trying the concept out.
Finding the best golf clubs isn't always about money spent.
Personally, I like the more off-the-beaten-path brands.
If you're wondering how to make these affordable, while still having to buy shafts and grips, fear not: there are affordable options there, as well! My personal favorites are models from Apollo and FST (FST is the parent company of KBS), but there are more. You can find good iron shafts for less than $10, and grips for about $3 (make sure they're the right size!).
The most expensive head on this list is $18.95. Add $13 for the shaft and grip, and you're looking at less than $35 for parts per iron. Compare that to the "big names" that charge $100+ per iron!
Yes, you have to build them yourself... but you could let me, or a local fitter/builder, do it for you. It should still be well under $100 a club. If your local fitter won't do it for that, get a hold of me and I'll work my magic!