Pulling the trigger on your next set of irons requires careful consideration and a significant investment. These sticks offer evolutionary updates for a variety of skill levels. Just remember Rule No. 1: Try before you buy.
Price: $999, steel; $1,199, graphite
The newest iteration of Ping's successful line of Tour-style blades [S59, S58, S57, S56] features multi-material construction that combines a stainless-steel head with tungsten toe weights. The redesigned custom tuning port removes mass from the middle of the clubhead, which is redistributed to the perimeter for a higher MOI and greater forgiveness than the S56. A thermoplastic elastomer insert behind the face helps improve the sensation at impact.
Price: $599, steel; $699, graphite
The C100 has a slightly more compact profile than its predecessor, the Ci11. It boasts the thinnest clubface of any Wilson iron—16 percent thinner than the Ci11—for faster ball speeds, additional rebound at impact and more consistent distances between center and off-center hits. Wilson's design team moved 38 grams from the center to the perimeter of the head for a higher MOI and greater overall forgiveness. Sound and feel are tuned by a multi-piece medallion in the cavity.
Price: $999, steel
The MP-54 targets players who want game-improvement performance and shotmaking ability in a responsive, forged package. A milled cavity in the long and mid-irons [3 to 7] frees up 16 grams per club. Moving weight rearward contributes to more stability on mis-hits and a lower CG for higher launch. The face design [dubbed "Step Muscle"] puts added mass behind the hitting area to enhance feel. The 8-iron to PW have a muscle [no milled cavity] for added workability.
Miura Passing Point 9003 Straight Neck
Price: $2,000, steel; $2,000, graphite
The forged, game-improvement 9003 is Miura's attempt to appeal to a broad range of players. It's the biggest head with the largest cavity in Miura's stable. There's also more offset and a slightly wider sole than is typical in Miura irons. The clean topline should inspire confidence at address, while the forged construction produces a smooth, pleasing impact feel.