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Best Irons For Seniors in 2020

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Best Irons For Seniors

The Best Irons For Seniors are the Cleveland Launcher HB Turbo irons.

They are incredibly forgiving with their non-traditional hybrid like design and are very easy to get in the air.

To find out how they compared to the competition, continue reading the article below.

Golf is an awesome sport for seniors since it doesn’t require as much strenuous physical activity as other sports like baseball, football, or basketball.  Don’t get it confused though, the golf swing is still an athletic movement and being in good physical shape can only help.

However, as we age our energy, strength, and focus will decrease, making it necessary to make some changes to our gear in order to stay in the game and perform just as well as always.

In this article we’re going to be reviewing the following irons:

Before we get started reviewing the best irons for seniors, let’s look into why senior golfers need special equipment.

Why You Need to Update Your Golfing Gear as You Age

The primary reason why golfers over 50 need to take a longer look at the clubs they choose, is because swing speeds tend to slow down with age.

Choosing the correct golf clubs and balls can mean the difference between doing your best out on the course or struggling to even play since the gear you use plays a big role.

However, everybody is different in what they prefer. Contrary to what most people believe, playing golf isn’t just swinging a club around trying to get the ball in the hole. There is much more to it than that. It takes focus, precision, balance, timing, just the right amount of strength, specific posture, and so much more. Even your grip on the club matters as well as calculating the distance between the ball and your target.

As you age, your body’s strength and flexibility will decrease taking on a whole new stance, and therefore, your needs will change; maybe you will require a longer iron since you are not able to lean forward, bend your back, or knees or it’s getting harder to swing your clubs since they may feel a bit heavier lately and your swing speed is slowing down.

Whatever the reason, you will have to change with the times and once you find the perfect club for you, it will be a pleasure to play again.

How to Choose The Best Golf Irons For Seniors

In order to get the best irons for seniors, you need to know what to look for in a golf club. You want to get something lightweight, but not so light that you won’t be able to control your swing.

What Makes Senior Clubs Different Than Any Other Golf Clubs?

There are a number of different attributes that make golf clubs ideal for seniors today but by far the most important factor is the shaft and it’s flex. 

During your golf swing, the forces you apply will determine how much your golf shaft will bend or flex. Depending on your swing speed (slow, normal, or fast) and tempo (smooth or abrupt) the shaft flex will impact the trajectory, accuracy, and distance of your shot. Having a shaft that is more flexible can allow more distance and also help with angle; however, too much flexibility or stiffness can result in losing distance, accuracy, and going off-target as it can cause the shaft to lag too far behind and twist more. Basically, the slower your swing speed is, the more flex will be needed in your shaft. 

There are five basic shaft flex ratings: Regular (R), stiff (S), extra stiff (X), ladies (L), and senior (A). Note: the “A” is for “amateur,” which was originally used.

Shaft flexes are specifically designed to match various swing speeds. Regular and senior flex shafts are recommended for different swing levels as they provide two measures of flexibility and seniors usually have slower swing speeds. Senior flex shafts are designed for those who carry a driver around 180 to 200 yards with a swing speed of 75 to 90 mph and regular shafts are suitable for golfers who carry a driver around 200 to 240 yards with a swing speed of 90 to 100 mph.

Another factor affected by shaft flex is the launch angle, which is the angle by which the ball will fly from the initial impact of the club.

Generally speaking, a higher launch angle translates to more distance.  The swing speed and angle of attack will determine the launch angle; if your swing speed is slower you will most likely require a lighter shaft to increase swing speed and therefore increase the launch angle.

Finally you’ll notice in our reviews, we included many hybrid/iron combo sets since we feel most golfers, especially seniors should be playing hybrids instead of long irons, possibly even mid irons.  To get a quick primer on hybrids check out our article over here.

So now that we’ve covered that, let’s dive into the reviews for best irons for seniors!

Best Irons For Seniors in 2020 Reviewed

 

Cleveland Launcher HB Turbo

The Cleveland Launcher HB Turbo irons are built for ball speed and straight flights.

The hollow construction of the head allows for weight to be distributed around the perimeter which makes for a huge sweet spot and a lot of MOI. These irons could be seen as game improvement clubs, but the strengths of this iron set translate very well to a senior swing.

Pros

  • These clubs are made for distance.
  • The high strength steel face is thinner and hotter than ever which produces the highest ball speeds Cleveland irons have seen.
  • The graphite shaft with a senior flex provides extra whip at the bottom without losing a lot of control.

Cons

  • These clubs also have a lot of weight at the bottom which leads to higher ball flights but can take away from the torque of the shot.
  • While there is a ton of forgiveness in the clubs, your feel around the green is not as strong as others.

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XXIO Eleven

These clubs were made with seniors in mind. XXIO irons are made for players with a moderate to slow swing with a focus on adding distance without swinging harder.

The current offering of these irons, rather than decreasing the weight of the club, have added brass and rubber into the butt of the club allowing for higher clubhead speeds with less effort. The result has been a longer and straighter ball flight, without additional swing speed.

Pros

  • Made and developed for seniors and for players with moderate swing speeds.
  • The clubs do not sacrifice feel or forgiveness for distance.
  • A moderate swing speed can produce increased lift and equal distance.
  • It is not a game improvement club, it is a club for moderate swing speed.

Cons

  • The sweet spot of the club is smaller than others on this list.
  • The club, while made for seniors, is made for experienced golfers with a good swing.
  • It can be difficult to find clubs with a senior graphite flex unless it is added after the purchase. 

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Callaway Mavrik Max Irons/Hybrid Set

The Callaway Mavrik Max irons were built for distance. The Artificial Intelligence (AI) that created the “Flash Face” technology for Callaway’s driver was used to create these irons as well.

The result is a set of irons that produce the most distance possible at each loft while still providing the forgiveness and feel Callaway irons are known for. This set was not designed with seniors in mind, it was designed to produce the most technologically advanced iron on the market. 

Pros

  • These irons were designed to give you optimal distance for each club.
  • Every club is individually designed with a unique face architecture that optimizes the length and loft of that specific club.
  • Forgiveness and feel are not sacrificed for distance. 

Cons

  • With increased technology comes increased price and this is one of the most expensive sets on this list.
  • This iron set was not designed with seniors in mind.
  • These clubs will make already good golfers better, but will not help average golfers or weekend golfers as much.

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TaylorMade SIM Max OS Combo Set

As a game improvement iron, the TaylorMade Sim Max OS irons provide the one thing that many seniors are looking for in a golf club…Distance.

The goal of the TaylorMade SIM Max OS irons (and hybrids) is to get your ball higher, straighter, and most importantly farther. 

Pros

  • This golf club, above all else, helps you hit the ball further.
  • The “Speed Bridge” does not look great, but it works in adding additional ball speed at the end of the shot.
  • The senior flex graphite shaft is perfect for adding additional torque.
  • A thinner face boosts ball speed and forgiveness.

Cons

  • The same as the first “pro” listed above, this golf club helps you hit the ball farther but at the expense of feel.
  • While these irons are rated well for distance and accuracy, the feel around the green in the shorter irons is not there.
  • The look of the clubhead at setup can be disconcerting and clunky if you are used to a more traditional looking iron.

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Wilson Launch Pad

Another iron with hollow construction that allows for a thinner face and higher ball speeds.

The Wilson Launch Pad irons were developed specifically for higher handicap golfers to be able to get the ball off the ground more often and they delivered. The question is how does that translate to the senior golfer who is looking for some added distance without losing control and feel. 

Pros

  • The best priced option on the list.
  • An extremely wide sole on the iron fights against “fatting” the ball and helps to ensure the ball gets off the ground.
  • The added sweet spot makes for straighter, longer, and more consistent shots. 
  • The design does not take away from the feel of your short game and actually helps cut through the terrain more efficiently.

Cons

  • The irons are not aesthetically pleasing at setup.
  • The irons are a little heavier than most which could lessen swing speed.
  • Wilson, in general, has had more wins with tour level players than average every day players, including seniors.

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Our Choice

Our choice for the best iron set for seniors is the Cleveland Launcher HB Turbo irons. While being made for increased distance, they do not greatly sacrifice feel or forgiveness which is the perfect combination for senior golfers.

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On top of that, the short irons look and feel like your traditional irons and perform well around the green while the longer irons are more hybrid-like and help increase carry and aim.

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