So you're in the market for new irons.
Since this is my specialty, let's compare Wishon irons!
Wishon 565MC Irons
These are more geared towards "players", with a forged 1035C carbon steel, minimal offset, and minimal cavity.
Don't be fooled, though- according to Wishon/Diamond Golf, these are geared for anyone from low- to mid-handicappers. A good fitting can help, as well!
Wishon 575MMC Irons
Remember the "Pro Combo" irons from yesteryear?
You can make the same style set with the 575MMC's!
This lineup has cavity back and muscleback versions of each club; build your set however you want!
Wishon 979SS Irons
Finally, a lefty option!
The Wishon 979SS irons are a great all-around model. Not too "game improvement", not too "player". The lofts aren't super-strong; the 6-iron's 30 degrees, the PW is 46 degrees. Pretty tame by some of today's options.
The offset isn't too much, either! The 6-iron has an offset of 2.5mm; compare that to something like the G410, with a 6-iron offset of 5.3mm.
Comparing Wishon irons: which one's right for you?
Well, it really depends.
Some just cannot hit anything other than a forged blade. If that's you, go for the full set of MMC's in the muscleback style.
If you love the idea of a forged set, but need a little help with the long irons, either the 565MC's (a full set of cavity backs), a full set of the cavity back style in the 575MMC's, or a "split set" of the 575MMC's would work well for you.
If you're not very confident in your iron game, or are left-handed, give the 979ss's are real long look.
Seriously, Wishon knows his club designs. There's a lot of "game improvement" stuff packed in there, without making the heads look too much like a game improvement iron. I was honestly shocked when I checked the specs against other brands... Most irons in this category have 4-6 millimeters of offset.
If you don't know what offset does, I answered this question on Quora. A quick refresher:
Offset pushes the club head's center of gravity back, away from the center of the hosel. This helps it do one main thing, and one secondary thing:
- The primary function is to help get the ball airborne. This is why you see such strong-lofted irons nowadays; the higher offset helps get the ball in the air.
- The secondary function is to give golfers a split-second more time to get the face squared to the intended target line.
Now, look at the 979's. They have a more "traditional" loft compared to what you see today: 30 degrees (6-iron) compared to 25 degrees for something like the M5. The 979's help the ball get airborne by using a higher loft; the M5's do it by having a large offset (4.7mm for the 6-iron).
Is there a "wrong" choice?
Frankly, no. A fitting can help put you into golf clubs with specs that will allow you to hit the "sweet spot" as much as your ability dictates, with what you feel is the best blend of distance and accuracy.
If you just love the 565MC's, get them- but get them fitted!
If you love the 979ss's, get them- but get them fitted!
Wishon Golf does a very good job of making sure every iron is playable for the majority of golfers. Wishon fitters (like me!) do our best to make sure you have the specs required to make your best effort.
Can't go wrong with that combo, I think!