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If you’re in a hurry and just want to find the Best Golf Irons for Mid Handicappers in 2020, then we recommend the Mizuno MP-20 MMC.
When you first start playing golf, you play for the experience and the camaraderie of spending a day with someone that you care about. It does not matter if you spray balls all over the place, pick your ball up and giver yourself an 8 on most holes, or lose 15 balls per round. It is just fun. Until you realize there is something else to it, and you can control the ball and have even more fun while focusing on your game. When this happens your game can only improve as much as your equipment, and it is time to find the best golf irons for mid handicappers.
In this article, we’re going to be reviewing the following irons:
- Callaway Mavrik Pro
- Cobra King Forged TEC (2020 Version)
- TaylorMade P790 (2019 Version)
- Mizuno MP-20 MMC
- Titleist T200
Irons for a Mid Handicapper
It is time to purchase new irons when you realize your clubs are holding you back from your potential. Two sure signs of needing new clubs are:
- When you look down at your club and realize you just do not like them.
If you have been golfing for a while, then you know the difference between clubs that feel you with confidence and clubs that you are just using because they are there. If you have never felt this and you consistently break 90, then you are probably using the wrong clubs.
- When your clubs are old and out of date.
These two things may happen at the same time and they may not. Golf technology changes consistently, but like anything else, technology does not matter if you stink. If your game has started improving and you notice that there are phrases being used to describe golf clubs that you have never heard before, then you are probably using old or out of date clubs.
If this describes you, then read the following information about the best golf irons for mid handicappers in 2019, and it will help you decide which irons are best for your game. Remember, golf technology will not help you if you cannot play, but if you are breaking 100 every time, 90 consistently, and you sometimes sniff 80, then you may just be a good set of irons away from consistency.
Features To Look For In Golf Irons For Mid Handicappers
As a mid handicap golfer, these are the things that you want your clubs to offer.
You have learned how to hit the ball straight, and maybe even draw the ball from time to time, so now you want what every golfer wants…More distance. One of the most important things your irons should do is help you get greater distance with your shots so that you can hit more greens in regulation and begin putting for more birdies.
The feel of a club is what the club “feels” like when you strike the ball. This is important psychologically, in terms of improvement, and because you get to the point that you know how a club should feel when you hit it correctly. The feel of an iron is important because it helps you know how you hit it, how to hit it differently if needed, and gives you confidence in your game.
Forgiveness is important, especially for low handicap golfers, you will mishit the ball from time to time. As important as the sweet spot of an iron is, the forgiveness of the club head around the sweet spot is equally important. The forgiveness of a club can be the difference between multiple strokes per round and especially for a mid handicapper.
If you are like me, distance is not the issue. I like to use good form in my swing, but I also like to hit the ball hard, and control can be an issue. Most irons made for mid handicap golfers have an offset hosel and a cavity back to help control your shot and keep those slices and hooks to a minimum.
Differences Between Low, Mid, and High Handicap Golfers When Purchasing Irons
Stay away from words like “tour preferred” or “tour pro” in the name. These clubs are usually for low handicap golfers and they are generally the least forgiving with the smallest sweet spot. The main differences between the low handicap and mid handicap irons are that the low handicap clubs have a smaller sweet spot, standard hosels, and are usually blades rather than cavity back irons. The bottom line is that low handicap irons are made for players who can already get the ball off of the ground, do not need a large sweet spot, and have the ability to play the shots that they want without help from the club. You are not quite there yet, but you will be.
On the other hand, high handicap players need every advantage the club can offer just to get the ball off of the ground, to help correct errors like hitting the ground first, and help keep away from the dreaded slice that is so common in high handicappers.
Hopefully you’re swing doesn’t look like any of these either:
Irons for beginners take away from distance and feel, and focus mostly on inconsistent contact and forgiveness. You are past this point and these clubs will only hold you back from hitting more greens in regulation and lowering your score.
Two Things That Give Mid Handicappers the Forgiveness They Need
Your irons shafts are extremely important and they come in either steel or graphite. As a general rule, for irons, steel shafts are the better choice for the large majority of golfers, but going to your local pro shop and getting your swing analyzed is highly recommended. Steel is a little heavier and usually improves feel and control as compared to the lighter and more flexible graphite shafts. The key to choosing the right shaft is that most golfers do not need extra flex on their irons so a regular to stiff steel shaft is usually ideal.
Club Head Design
There are also two club head design options, cavity back or muscle back (blade) irons. Cavity back irons have considerably more forgiveness both from the ground and the ball itself because of how they are weighted. Blade irons have the vast majority of their weight directly behind the sweet spot with the assumption that the player will hit this spot consistently. For mid handicappers, this is not always the case and having a more weighted perimeter can save you on those slight mishits that are still fairly common.
The Best Golf Irons for Mid Handicappers Reviewed
One of the most innovative irons on the market, the Callaway Mavrik Pro uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to create each iron with its own club face.
The Callaway Mavrik Pro feel, look, and sound exactly like an iron should. These irons are as closed to forged as you can get while still getting the distance and forgiveness of a cavity backed club.
- AI technology gives you the perfect face design for each loft.
- A more traditional head design looks great at setup.
- If you hit the sweet spot, you are going to get a straight and long ball flight every time.
- One of the longest irons on the market.
- The smaller club head promotes great feel and workability.
- Aimed at the “better” player, so it depends on what side of “mid handicapper” you are.
- A smaller sweet spot makes the club less forgiving than some of the other irons on the list.
The Cobra King Forged TEC are a player’s iron with the forgiveness and distance usually reserved for game improvement models.
It looks great at setup and has the feel of a blade with the forgiveness of a cavity back.
- Low spin and a great carry distance compared to other clubs on the list.
- Great feel on every shot and especially around the green.
- They look like a good club and the aesthetics at setup are second to none.
- A tungsten screw in the toe give it great weighting that allows for high and straight shots.
- Hollow design but filled with foam to give added distance while maintaining feel.
- More expensive than many of the other clubs on this list.
- A smaller head can lead to more mishits if you are just making the transition from beginner’s clubs.
- These are made for golfers on the top side of a mid handicap.
TaylorMade continues to improve on their iron offerings, and the 2019 version of the TaylorMade P790 is no different.
Starting with the inverted cone technology that offsets many mishits all the way to their top notch steel and graphite shafts, the P790s are some of the best irons on the market. They look great at setup, perform well with accuracy, and aside from the Callaway Mavriks are some of the longest irons in this market.
- The hollow body of the club head leads to increased ball speed and distance while the face design keeps spin down.
- A foam injected into the body gives you the feel that many hollow heads lose.
- These clubs can genuinely add distance to almost every iron in your bag.
- The tungsten weight gives the club a lower center of gravity which leads to higher launch and straighter ball flights.
- TaylorMade’s “speed pocket” design gives your club added torque.
- More expensive than many of its competitors.
- It adds distance to longer irons while taking distance away from shorter ones. This dispersion of distance may be difficult to play through.
Categorized as an “elite cavity iron” by Mizuno, these irons are slightly larger and more strongly lofted than their blade counterparts, which offers a little more forgiveness than their blade counterparts.
Mizuno irons are known for their feel, and the MP 20s do not disappoint.
- Mizuno’s “grain flow” forging process is used for some of the best feel in the game.
- A copper underlay gives it an even softer feel at impact.
- A new technology is used where titanium is forged into the back cavity producing greater inertia at impact without sacrificing feel.
- Great and consistent performance throughout the set from the 4 iron to the PW.
- Great look and feel at setup.
- The sound of a good hit with a Mizuno iron is one of the best golfing sounds in the world.
- Less forgiveness than some of the other irons on this list.
The look of a more traditional cavity back iron with some of the feel that you find in a blade.
The T200s feature a super thin face with a polymer core that provides high end distance without sacrificing feel. The heads of these irons are considerably larger than their predecessor, and they are equally more forgiving. While this results in more spin and greater distance, the new design maintains the feel that Titleist is known for.
- “Max Impact Technology” delivers the same speed across the entire face which limits the negative impact of mishits.
- The face of the club is forged while the body is cast, and the resulting shape helps to reduce spin and increase ball spin on shots hit low on the club.
- The weighting helps you to get the club under the ball well and produces a straight and high ball flight.
- Even if you are higher up the scale of “mid handicap” these clubs are a great transition from your game improvement irons.
- They do not play the way they look.
- These irons are some of the most expensive on the list.
As far as golf clubs for a mid handicapper, you cannot go wrong with the Mizuno MP-20 MMC set. As your game continues to improve and mishits become a thing of the past, you begin to crave a golf club that focuses on feel, look at setup, and the sound it makes when you hit a good shot.
This set of Mizunos checks all of those boxes and still provides the distance you are looking for. Every club from the highest to the lowest performs well, and the lofts are very well distributed. Mizuno is an underrated brand of golfing equipment, and these clubs are some of the best on the market for a mid handicap player, no matter where on that scale you fit.