Golf Magazine ClubTest 2012: Irons

December 26, 2012

We tested 29 iron models during our two-week stay at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla. Forty handpicked golfers tried every model within an iron category on the course and driving range. Categories include: Better-Player (evaluated by ClubTesters with +1 to 10 handicaps), Game-Improvement (6 to 16 handicaps) and Maximum Game-Improvement (14 to 22 handicaps). Our exclusive research partner, Hot Stix Golf, custom-fit the testers and recommended clubs based on data gathered from the TrackMan launch monitor.

Click on a club to read ClubTester reviews or write your own, watch videos, and find out how to get your own custom fitting. Click on a club image below to launch a gallery or video for each iron category.

Note: Since we originally published this article, some companies have released new irons. Those clubs, marked with an (*), have not been through the ClubTest process yet, but we've included them in the chart below to help you find more clubs in one place. 

Better Player Game-Improvement Max Game-Improvement
Adams Idea CMB* Adams Idea Black CB3 Adams Idea a12 OS
Adams Idea Pro a12 Adams Idea Tech V4 Forged Hybrid* Bobby Jones by Jesse Ortiz*
Bridgestone J40 Cavity Back Callaway RAZR X Boccieri H-11
Callaway RAZR X Black Cleveland CG Black Callaway RAZR X HL
Cleveland 588 CB Forged Cobra AMP Cleveland 588 Altitude*
Cobra AMP Forged* Fourteen TC-930 Forged* Cleveland Mashie
Mizuno MP-64* Mizuno JPX-850* Cobra Baffler Hybrid Irons*
Mizuno MP-69 Mizuno MP-59 Mizuno JPX-800HD
Mizuno MP-H4* Nike VR_S Forged Nike VR_S
Nike VR Pro Combo CB Ping G20 Nike VR_S Covert*
Ping i20 TaylorMade RocketBallz TaylorMade RocketBallz Max
TaylorMade R11 TaylorMade RocketBladez* Tour Edge Bazooka HT Max-D
Titleist AP2 712 Titleist AP1 712 Wilson D-100*   
Wilson FG Tour V2   Tour Edge Exotics CU* Yonex EZONE SD
  Tour Edge Exotics XCG5  
  Tour Edge Exotics XCG6*  
  Wilson Ci-11
Ping i20
Titleist AP1 712
Mizuno JPX-800 HD
Cleveland 588 CB Forged
TaylorMade RocketBallz
Callaway RAZR X HL