Choosing the Right Irons to Elevate Your Golf Game

When it comes to golf, having the right irons can make all the difference in your game.

In todays article, Matt Johnson, lead club fitter at AFGolf Cambridge fits our marketing manager, Chris for a new set of irons as he bids for added forgiveness that his current blade irons aren’t offering.

We will go through the importance of getting fit for the right irons for your game. 

Identifying Your Needs

Before you can choose the right irons, it’s important to identify your specific needs as a golfer. This includes assessing your skill level, playing style, and goals for improvement.

Chris discusses his own needs as a golfer and what he’s looking for in a new set of irons. 

He mentions that he doesn’t play golf frequently and is looking for more forgiveness and distance in his shots. He also notes that he tends to miss shots to the left through a draw or hook and to right through a push. He also prefers a higher ball flight. By understanding your own needs and preferences, you can better narrow down your options when selecting irons.

The Importance of Forgiveness

One of the key factors Chris mentions in his search for new irons is forgiveness. Forgiveness refers to the club’s ability to minimise the negative effects of off-centre hits. As a golfer, it’s unrealistic to expect to hit every shot perfectly in the center of the clubface. Therefore, having irons that offer forgiveness can help mitigate the negative impact of these mishits. This can lead to more consistent distance and accuracy, even when you don’t make perfect contact with the ball.

The Role of Club Speed and Loft

Another important consideration when choosing irons is your club speed and the loft of the clubs. Club speed refers to how fast you are swinging the club, and it directly impacts the distance you can achieve with each iron. Chris mentions that his club speed is in the mid-80s, which is slightly below his desired range. By selecting irons with slightly stronger lofts, he can gain more distance without having to increase his club speed significantly.

The loft of the club also plays a crucial role in the launch angle and stopping power of your shots. Chris mentions that his launch angle is healthy, which allows the ball to stop effectively on the green. Ideally, a launch angle of 45 to 50 degrees is desirable for a good player. By selecting irons that offer the right loft for your swing, you can ensure optimal launch angles and stopping power on your shots.

Considering Shot Dispersion and Accuracy

Shot dispersion refers to the consistency of your shots, both in terms of direction and distance. Chris mentions that he tends to miss shots to the left or right. This suggests a need for more accuracy in his shots. By selecting irons that offer forgiveness and a slight draw bias, Chris can potentially reduce his shot dispersion and improve his accuracy.

Finding the Right Fit

Once you have a clear understanding of your needs and preferences, it’s time to find the right fit for your irons. In the fitting, Chris tries out the Titleist T150 irons, which offer forgiveness, a slightly larger head, and stronger lofts compared to his current irons.

By trying out different clubs and assessing the results, you can determine which irons feel the best and offer the desired improvements in your game. It’s also important to consider other factors such as length, lie angle, grip type, and grip size to ensure a proper fit.

The Role of Custom Fitting

Chris also mentions the importance of custom fitting when selecting irons. Custom fitting involves analysing your swing characteristics, such as club speed, launch angle, and shot dispersion, to determine the best specifications for your clubs. This can include adjusting the length, lie angle, and grip size to optimise your performance.

By undergoing a custom fitting session, you can ensure that the irons you choose are tailored to your specific needs and will help you achieve your goals on the golf course.

Conclusion

When it comes to improving your golf game, finding the right irons is essential. By considering factors such as forgiveness, club speed, loft, shot dispersion, and custom fitting, you can make an informed decision when selecting your irons.

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced player, having the right equipment can greatly enhance your performance and enjoyment of the game. So take the time to assess your needs, try out different options, and find the irons that will help you take your golf game to the next level.

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