Over the last two years, golf has experienced a surge in popularity that has drawn an influx of new players, many of whom borrow clubs from friends or rent sets from the course.

Maybe they reached into the demo bucket at the local golf range and discovered that golf is challenging and rewarding, especially when you hit a great shot. Our partner site golfironadvisor.com has featured top 10 golf iron in 2022 you can see first those irons.

As for irons, there are more options than ever before, ranging from muscle back blades for elite players seeking to maximize their ability to curve the ball and shape shots to distance-enhancing irons to clubs that resemble miniature hybrids.

Working with a good custom fitter and testing as many different combinations of heads and shafts as possible is the best way to find the right set of irons for you. Here are some irons that can serve as a great starting point for finding your perfect set.

Rogue ST Max, Rogue ST Max OS, Rogue ST Pro irons

Gear: Callaway Rogue ST Max, Rogue ST Max OS, Rogue ST Pro irons

The Rogue ST Max is $99.99 (at Carl’s Golfland and Dick’s) when equipped with True Temper Elevate MPH or Project X steel shafts and Callaway Universal grips; $1,099.99 when equipped with Project X Cypher Black, Mitsubishi AV Series Blue or AV Series White graphite shafts.

Rogue ST Max OS – $999.99 steel; $1,099.99 graphite (available at Carl’s Golfland and Dick’s). Steel version of the Rogue ST Pro costs $1,199.99 at Carl’s Golfland and Dick’s; graphite version costs $1,299.99.

Cast 450 stainless steel with internal tungsten weights urethane microspheres

Available: Feb. 18

Callaway’s Rogue ST iron family for 2022 features new materials and improvements to established technologies to improve distance and forgiveness for a wide range of golfers.

Computer-designed faces

For several years, Callaway has used 17-4 stainless steel to create iron faces, but the Rogue ST’s cup-face is made out of high-strength 450 stainless steel. Callaway said it’s a harder material, which would allow thinner faces.

In addition, the face of each iron was also created using artificial intelligence, with a supercomputer running thousands of simulations on different designs to determine which one produces the fastest ball speed.

Thus, the cup face of the 5-iron is slightly different from the 8-iron, with each club’s face being designed to optimize its performance.

Callaway said the combination of 450 stainless steel and the AI-designed cup face should give the ball more speed, even on mishit.

Each Callaway head has an internal tungsten weight behind the hitting area. Each club has a weight positioned low and in the toe area that ranges from 48 grams to 62 grams.

As a consequence, it counteracts the weight of the hosel, pulls the optimal hitting area into the centre of the face, and drives the centre of gravity down and back.

The steeper angle of descent should encourage a higher launch and a greater stopping power on the green.

Enhanced feel and sound

Callaway added urethane microspheres to each club head to improve sound and feel. Callaway has used microspheres in irons before, but the Rogue ST irons have more. Microspheres are tiny glass bubbles suspended in a soft material.

To reduce excessive vibrations created by thin or miss-hit shots, the urethane microspheres extend up to the sixth groove, instead of just going up to the third groove. Since the microspheres in the urethane do not restrict the face from flexing, the sound and feel are improved without sacrificing ball speed.

The Rogue ST irons are being offered in four models:

Rogue ST Max

Callaway said this model will be the longest of the Rogue ST irons, so it will suit a wide variety of golfers. The company claims the irons produce 2.5 mph more ball speed than Mavrik irons.

For players looking to improve their distance and forgiveness, this game-improvement club has moderate offset and looks confident in the address position.

With the strongest lofts and the most tungsten, golfers should be able to achieve more ball speed while seeing shots fly on expected trajectories.

Rogue ST Max OS and Max OS Lite

These clubs have a similar shape to the Rogue ST Max, but as you might guess, OS stands for oversized, so these clubs are larger and more forgiving.

Since the lofts of the Max OS Lite irons are 3 degrees weaker than those of the Rogue ST Max irons, each club in the set has more loft. They should make it easier for slower-swinging golfers to get the ball up in the air when combined with lighter shafts.

Rogue ST Pro

This model is designed for more accomplished golfers. It has a hollow-body construction to increase ball speed and distance. The topline is thinnest, the sole is narrowest, and offset is smallest. This iron is designed as a better-player’s distance the iron and to be highly workable.

Callaway Epic Star

The price is $349 per iron with a UST Mamiya ATTAS Speed RT1100 shaft and Winn Dri-Tac Lite grip. Global Golf has them for $2,449.99.

Steel body with an internal weight and cup face forged from 1025 mild carbon steel

To make the Epic Max Star irons more powerful and help golfers with slower swings generate distance, Callaway used artificial intelligence to design the face of each club differently.

A 5-iron designed with a Flash Face Cup has a unique design, for instance than the 8-iron, but each has been optimized to deliver more ball speed and spin.

A hollow urethane material is filled with microscopic spheres into the chassis of each club.

At impact, the face flexes and the urethane microspheres absorb excessive vibrations to enhance sound and feel without impeding the face from bending.”

Cleveland Launcher XL

Gear: Cleveland Launcher XL irons

It costs $799.99 (at Global Golf) with True Temper Elevate 95 steel shafts and Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360 grips. With Project X Catalyst graphite shafts, $899.98

Long irons with hollow-body design and short irons with cavity backs. The shafts are counterbalanced.

“The Launcher XL irons combine two types of clubs into a single set for easy-to-hit long irons and precise scoring clubs.

These clubs are 15 percent larger from heel to toe than the previous generation of Launcher irons, and they have a wide V-shaped sole that is designed to assist golfers with fat shots.

Moreover, each iron has Cleveland’s Main Frame face, which was developed after computers simulated thousands of shots with different face designs to create the fastest and most forgiving hitting area possible.

Cleveland Launcher XL Halo

Gear: Cleveland Launcher XL Halo irons

It costs $799.99 (at Global Golf) with True Temper Elevate 95 steel shafts and Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360 grips. With Project X Catalyst graphite shafts, $899.98

Long irons with hollow-body design combined with short irons with cavity backs. The shafts are counterbalanced.

“For beginners or those who struggle to make solid contact, hybrids and fairway woods can often be easier to hit than irons since they have a bigger face, lower centre of gravity, and a wider sole that tends to slide over and through the grass.

Launcher XL Halo irons, which are essentially lofted irons, bring all that to the table.

Cobra LTDx

Gear: Cobra LTDx irons

Pricing: $899 (at GlobalGolf) with KBS Tour 90 steel shafts or PGI graphite shafts and Lamkin Crossline grips

Specs: 421 stainless steel body with internal steel weight and vibration-dampening polymer.

“Game-improvement irons are the category where many golf equipment manufacturers display their newest technologies.

Cobra has been as innovative as any brand in recent years.

Check for carbon fibre in the topline of an iron. Make sure the back pieces are 3D printed. In addition to other features, Cobra’s LTDx irons for 2022 feature a new weighting system, which is meant to bring more distance and forgiveness to a large segment of the market.

PWR-COR is a feature added to Cobra’s woods for 2022, but it has a different meaning in the LTDx irons. The system here utilizes multiple materials to balance the irons.

Cobra added a steel bar to each head that extends down through the hosel into the bottom of the club and to the toe area. The bar is suspended in a polymer injected into the head.

Cobra King Tour

Gear: Cobra King Tour irons

It costs $1,299 (at GlobalGolf) with KBS $-Taper 120 steel shafts

Injection-moulded 304 stainless steel with thermoplastic polyurethane insert and tungsten weight

“The King Tour irons are made using the same metal-injection-moulding process as the King MIM wedges. The process involves heating 304 stainless steel powder to 1,340 degrees Celsius and injecting it into moulds.

According to Cobra, as the metal powder cools, the grains of steel pack more tightly together than they would during a typical forging process.

Cobra also said the powder takes the shape of the mould more thoroughly, so golfers should not only get an enhanced feel at impact, the clubs require less hand polishing and finishing work. That means each club is manufactured to a tighter tolerance.

Mizuno Pro 221

Gear: Mizuno Pro 221 irons

Prices: $187.50 (at GlobalGolf) with Project X LS steel shafts and Golf Pride Z-Grip Full Cord grips

With a copper underlayer, this forged 1025E mild carbon steel has a mild carbon steel surface. Available in 3-iron to pitching wedge. Right-handed only.

« In 2022, Mizuno will introduce the Mizuno Pro moniker to the North American market, and for golfers with powerful, repeatable swings who want more feel and control, the company will offer the Mizuno Pro 221.

The Mizuno Pro 221 is forged from a single bar of 1025E mild carbon steel in Hiroshima, Japan using the company’s unique grain-flow, high-density forging process.

Steel bars are heated, stretched, and pressed under high pressure (forged) into the head’s shape.

Following a second forging, the heads are ground by hand, sandblasted, and polished. Mizuno states that this process allows the metal grains inside each head to flow uninterrupted from heel to toe for better feel.”

Mizuno Pro 223

Gear: Mizuno Pro 223 irons

(at GlobalGolf): $187.50 each with Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 steel shafts and Golf Pride New Decade MultiCompound grips

Forged chromoly and 1025E carbon steel with copper underlayer. Available as 4-iron through gap wedges.

Unlike the other Mizuno Pro irons for 2022, these are forged, but in reality this is a blended set.

The 4-iron through 7-iron are forged from chromoly, a material that is exceptionally durable and hard. Using chrome allow designers to build thinner faces that flex more efficiently at impact, thus generating more ball speed.

To help the lower portion of the face flex more on shots struck toward the bottom of the club, Mizuno also incorporated a slot in the sole of each of the longer irons.

Slots are covered and chrome plated to keep grass and debris out, and they become thinner as lofts increase.”

Mizuno Pro 225


Gear: Mizuno Pro 225 irons

Each costs $187.50 (at GlobalGolf) with Project X IO steel shafts and Lamkin ST hybrid grips

Specs: Hollow-bodied, forged chromoly with a copper underlayer and tungsten weights (2-7 irons). Available in 2-iron through gap wedge. Right-hand only

With the Mizuno Pro 225, they knew they wanted to build a complete set, so the clubs look more compact and cleaner. In comparison to the HMB, the Mizuno Pro 225 has a thinner topline, a thinner sole, and a lower offset.

Pro 223 from Mizunore speed, Mizuno designed the Mizuno Pro 225 as a blended set, with the 2-iron through 7-iron having a forged 4135 chromoly face and neck that is attached to a stainless steel back piece.

Since the club is hollow, the thin face can flex more efficiently at impact, resulting in a faster ball speed even though the club is smaller than its processor.

Mizuno gave the Mizuno Pro 225 tungsten weights in the heel and toe areas to lower the center of gravity and increase stability.

There are about 28 grams of tungsten in each head, which allows the ball to launch higher and descend at a steeper angle to help golfers stop the ball faster on the greens.

Ping i525 irons

$205 each with Project X IO shafts and Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360 grips; $220 each with UST Mamiya Recoil graphite shafts (at Carl’s Golfland and PGA Tour Superstores)

Specs: Forged 17-4 stainless steel body with maraging stainless steel face and polymer interior.

Designed for accomplished golfers who prefer the look of a better-player iron while seeking distance enhancement, the Ping i525 irons replace the i500 irons released in 2018 Clubs that improve players’ games.

To accomplish that, Ping’s designers had to be clever and integrate some new technologies without creating visual distractions.

The mission has been accomplished. Ping’s i525 is one of the cleanest clubs in its lineup.

From the address position, golfers will see a thin topline, minimal offset, and a short blade length. The club looks compact, like the recently released i59 iron.

The i525 has a forged 17-4 stainless steel body, with a maraging stainless steel faceplate that is robotically welded into place.

A variable-thickness face is thinner around the edges and slightly thicker in the centre, which broadens the sweet spot.

As well, the i525 is hollow, allowing the hitting area to flex more efficiently at impact to increase ball speed and distance.

Ping i59

Gear: Ping i59 irons

Pricing: $275 per club (at Global Golf) with Project X LS steel shaft and Golf Pride New Decade MCC Arccos-enabled grip. UST Recoil 760 ES graphite shafts cost 290 dollars per club.

Forged 1025 carbon-steel body with a stainless steel face, aluminium insert, and tungsten toe and hosel weights.

“The i59 has a more complex design than its minimalist exterior might suggest.

The body is forged from 1025 carbon-steel for a soft feel, and Ping added a laser-cut 17-4 stainless steel face.

As opposed to leaving the head hollow, Ping added a new technology to the i59 called AlumiCor. Ping makes a unique insert for each i59 iron, which is made from aluminium.

Aluminium weighs about one-third as much as stainless steel. Thus, the AlumiCore insert creates about 30 grams of discretionary weight in each head, which Ping’s designers can redistribute to improve performance.

Ping G425

Gear: Ping G425 irons

Prices are $137.50 for each (at GlobalGolf) with Ping AWT 2.0 steel shafts and $150 each with Alta CB Slate graphite shafts

Cast 17-4 stainless steel head with an undercut cavity, multi material badge, and hydrophobic finish

Ping made the G425 irons with a variable-thickness face made from heat-treated 17-4 stainless steel in order to create more distance.

It is thin and strong, and combined with the large undercut cavity it allows for greater flex at impact. This should help golfers boost ball speed.

The G425 irons were designed to be more forgiving than last season’s G410 irons, despite their slightly shorter blade length.

Typically, larger clubs are more forgiving, but Ping added extra weight in the heel area and a weight screw low in the toe to create extreme perimeter weighting.

The extra mass does not stop the unsupported face from flexing, but increases the moment of inertia, making the club more resistant to twisting on off-centre hits. The smaller G425 irons have a higher inertia than the G410, according to Ping.

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