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The Best Game Improvement Irons 2024

By: | Fri 01 Mar 2024

It's been another busy year for equipment releases, and if you're a mid to higher handicap golfer who is seeking greater forgiveness from a set of irons, then you may be intrigued to learn more about the best game improvement products on the market for this season.

Golfshake's Equipment Expert, Ryan Rastall has already put together a new video in which he picks out some of the finest irons available in 2024, where he offers full overviews for each of the selected clubs, in addition to sharing Trackman insights and analysis.

You can see what Ryan has chosen by watching on YouTube or at the bottom of this page

But if you're looking for that ideal combination of distance and forgiveness, then here is what you need to know about some of the finest products to pick from this year.

Happy golfing - and let's make 2024 a season to remember!

Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke HL Irons

Cleveland AI Smoke

The new Ai Smoke family of irons from Callaway is headlined by the Ai Smart Face, which is reputed to be the most advanced in the manufacturer's lengthy history. Taking data from many thousands of golfers, machine learning was deployed to create a number of sweet spots across the club face.

For game improvers, the HL (High Launch) model is the one to consider. It has been created for those golfers who require higher launch to maximise their distance. You'll also notice that these irons have been designed in a deep cavity back style, which encourages a low, deep CG to deliver higher, more towering ball flights.

Key Tech

  • Swing data from thousands of real golfers has been used to optimise the Ai Smart Face, including key areas such as swing speed, club delivery, and face orientation prior to impact.
  • Callaway offers the distance benefits of 1⁄4 inch longer clubs in the mid and long irons while retaining control.
  • Features modern shaping and hollow-body construction. What this means is that golfers can expect longer blade lengths, thinner toplines, and optimised sole widths to create a look at address that is both forgiving and streamlined.
  • Dynamic Sole Design promotes crisp contact on all shots during your round and has been created to offer exceptional forgiveness.


See Golfshake Review

TaylorMade Qi Irons

TaylorMade Qi

Engineered to reduce slices, we reckon that TaylorMade's new Qi irons will be an attractive option for many golfers out there. Featuring a minimalist style, these irons have significantly less right bias, which encourages straighter and more accurate shots - and that sounds rather good to us!

Key Tech

  • New Integrated System Design - which optimises each individual iron head.
  • Cap Back Design and Speed Pocket technology fine tunes the performance of each head to offer the desired gapping, ball speed and consistent launch angles.
  • The 4- and 5-irons are engineered with a lower profile backbar design to offer a low centre of gravity, which is something that encourages easy launch and higher ball flights. This is contrasted by the shorter irons, which feature a backbar design with exaggerated heel-toe weighting for higher inertia, which combines enhanced forgiveness and control.
  • FLTD CG allows for easier launch with long irons and better control with short irons.
  • Cap Back Design with Toe Wrap Construction blends the popular qualities of a hollow-body iron with those of a traditional cavity back.
  • HYBRAR Echo Dampers are present in the 4- through 9-irons. Individually designed for each iron, these dampers incorporate strategically placed ribbed structures that sit behind the face, which reduces unwanted vibrations.


See Golfshake Review

PING G430 Irons


PING has reported that these are the longest irons they have created yet, delivering distance gains on average between seven and ten yards. This has been made possible thanks to an intelligent design that has brought together a lower CG with stronger, custom lofts and a thinner face.

Key Tech

  • Features PurFlex cavity badge, which consists of seven flex zones that allow more free bending to increase ball speeds across the face.
  • Thinner face + lower CG offers 2mph more ball speed than the previous generation of irons.
  • Feel has been improved and enhanced courtesy of a multi-material cavity back.
  • Controlled distance is made possible due to the introduction of custom engineered lofts.
  • Features a forgiving sole design.


Srixon ZX4 MK II Irons

Srixon ZX4

Srixon's ZX4 irons from Srixon have been tailored towards mid-to-high handicappers and those who need assistance to get the ball into the air. This forgiveness has been made possible thanks to the Tour V.T. Sole, which ensures effortless interaction with the turf as the technology promotes a smooth glide.

Additionally, these irons simply look good at address, meaning that you will have every confidence when hitting them.

Key Tech

  • Mainframe Technology increases face flexion and ball-speed whilst lowering the CG
  • Tour V.T. Sole improves turf interaction and ensures a smooth glide through any surface.
  • Progressive Grooves - longer irons feature wider grooves, while shorter irons have deeper, closer set grooves.
  • Forged construction has contributed to the distance and forgiveness gains without the loss of feel.


See Golfshake Review

COBRA Darkspeed Irons

Cobra Darkspeed

Engineered to deliver that wonderful combination of speed, distance and feel, COBRA's new Darkspeed irons are something to behold. The introduction of an all-new hollow body construction that has been filled with feel enhancing foam has made a significant difference, which aligned with re-engineered PWR-BRIDGE and PWRSHELL technologies has created a game improvement iron that feels great to use.

Key Tech

  • These irons showcase a larger PWRSHELL L-cup face that maximises launch and distance, while an A.I. designed H.O.T. Face offers more efficiency when it comes to speed and spin.
  • The hollow cavity is filled with foam material that damps vibrations for improved sound and feel.
  • You will also benefit from hollow metalwood construction that provides a more unsupported face that maximises ball speed and distance.
  • The PWR-BRIDGE weight is suspended on a single post to encourage more body and face flex.


Wilson Dynapower Irons

Wilson Dynapower

These were hugely impressive when launched just last year and they deserve to be showcased once more in 2024. These have been created with game improving, mid-handicappers in mind, those golfers who are looking for more distance and forgiveness from their poorer shots.

Using advanced Artificial Intelligence, thousands of clubhead data variations and aesthetics were analysed to offer the optimum shape. When combined with Wilson Power Hole 3.0 technology, these irons provide maximum ball speeds across the face of each club.

Additionally, the Dynapower offers variable thickness for each section of the face, which is something that keeps these irons hot across the overwhelming majority of strikes.

Key Tech

  • High MOI / Low CG Design
  • Dynapower AI
  • Player-Preferred Oversized Head


See Golfshake Review

Titleist T350 Irons

Titleist T350

Titleist has sought to meet three key principles of iron performance with their newest clubs - distance control, dispersion control and descent angle. For the golfer who is seeking higher launch, exceptional distance and reliable forgiveness, the T350 is the iron for them.

Drawing inspiration from the tour-validated T200 chassis, the T350 has maximised ball speed and forgiveness courtesy of Max Impact Technology, a new dual-taper forged face and dual tungsten weighting.

Key Tech

  • T350 offers golfers maximum forgiveness while retaining a player’s feel at impact. Enhanced performance and feel are driven by the new multi-material, hollow-body construction of these irons.
  • Intended to bridge the gap between what he consider a player's iron and game improvement model, the T350 features the same dual-tungsten weighting that is found in other Titleist designs, which has been added to further promote a solid feel alongside that hoped for forgiveness.
  • T350’s face design promotes long and consistent carry distances for both solid and off-centre strikes
  • Each strike feels better thanks to T350's variable bounce design and trailing edge, which have been meticulously crafted to make these irons flow through the turf.


Cleveland HALO XL Full-Face Irons

Cleveland HALO XL

With bigger, hollow heads and larger, full-face grooves, the HALO XL from Cleveland Golf delivers enhanced forgiveness in just about every conceivable way.

The structure of these irons begins with their XL Head Design. This Hybrid-Iron profile shifts more mass away from the centre of the club, increasing MOI for more forgiveness, a high-launching ball flight, and straighter shots. Alongside that, these irons feature full-face grooves to ensure consistent spin performance no matter where the ball is struck.

Key Tech

  • A bigger head offers an MOI boost that raises forgiveness to levels that should help all your shots launch high and fly straight.
  • Full-Face Grooves help you get consistent performance no matter where you strike the ball.
  • HydraZip Technology uses a dynamic blast system designed to maximise spin in wet or dry conditions, and from anywhere around the green.
  • GlideRail improves turf interaction and promotes solid contact on sweeping swings on longer irons, while mid-irons benefit from V-Shaped sole, designed to cut through turf so you can hit down on the ball without digging. While, as part of the short irons, Three-Tiered Sole provides maximum forgiveness on pitches, chips, and bunker shots.
  • MainFrame uses a variable thickness pattern to increase ball speed, while unique weight pad designs ensure maximum forgiveness across the face.
  • A weight tucked into the end of the shaft counterbalances the club for more control without extra effort.


The Best Game Improvement Irons 2024

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