The 5 Best Driving Irons For Every Budget In 2021
Do you hate hitting long irons? Do they make your hands sweat as you pull them out of the bag, worried about what will happen?
Here’s the thing, even the best players in the world struggle with hitting long irons. It’s the reason you see more and more PGA Tour pros playing with hybrids, 7 woods, and driving irons instead of traditional 3 or 4 irons.
Needless to say, if the best golfers in the world struggle with them, don’t beat yourself up too much. Hitting long irons requires the right swing, setup, lie, and overall, confidence. But if you feel like they are hurting your game more than helping, it might be time to try driving irons.
While driving irons have been around for a while, more and more companies have them for more than just a 1, 2, or 3 iron. Now, you can play driving irons from 1-5 iron to get the most out of your game.
Best Driving Irons of 2021
Here are the best driving irons to help you build confidence in your long game.
1. Titleist U505 and T200
I would argue the best driving irons are these models from Titleist. Before replacing my 4 iron with this, I would say, hands down, it was my least favorite club to hit. I never felt comfortable over a 4 iron and didn’t play par 5’s to my potential.
But when I switched to the older Titleist U510, my 4 iron quickly went from my least favorite club to the superstar of the bag. Seriously, these clubs are that good, and it’s why some of the best players on the PGA Tour use them as well.
There are two new models for 2021; U500 and T200 irons. According to Titleist, “Drawing on input from Tour Pros, it provides the high, explosive launch of a utility but with a refined design that offers a more iron-like look, feel and sound.”
These U500 are high launch irons with tons of versatility. You can buy them in a 16, 18, 20, or 22 degree lofts and are geared for mid-handicap golfers.
While the T200 is more of a utility iron that is geared toward better players with more consistent swings. These are available in 2, 3, and 4 irons (17, 20, and 22 degrees of loft).
Both options are available in steel or graphite
Also, the older models (the U500 and U510) are also great clubs as well. You’ll save some money and still benefit big time.
2. Callaway X Forged Utility Irons
Callaway has quite a lineup of irons for every type of golfer. Now, they also have a utility iron to keep up with the growing demand of golfers who want help with their long game.
The X Forged utility irons were designed by AI and built for better golfers who need some extra confidence. They have a longer blade length and wider sole compared to a normal long iron that makes it much easier to hit and control. Plus, it has an extremely soft feel thanks to its hollow body construction.
These new utility irons from Callaway are available in 18, 21, and 24 degrees of loft. What makes them even better is that you can choose from a premium Project X steel shaft or a Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black graphite shaft.
3. Cobra King Utility Iron
Cobra continues to roll out an array of new clubs, including the latest King Utility Iron. What makes this one so great is that you can customize the hosel, just like you do with fairway woods and drivers. As Cobra said on their website, “Personalized performance from fairway or off the tee.”
This isn’t available with any other utility irons that I found, and allows you to tweak as needed. It also has a 66 gram weight directly behind the hitting zone for maximum speed and distance.
The only downside is that it’s only available in a 3 or 4 iron without graphite shaft options. Also, this is available in a standard length or “one length” iron as well.
4. Srixon ZX Utility Iron
Srixon is a lesser known brand than Titleist or Callaway but they make some great irons too. The ZX utility iron is more compact than some on this list and geared toward a lower handicap golfer.
These have a much more blade-like look at address, but still have more forgiveness than a traditional long iron. Thanks to their hollow body construction, it’s still easy to launch them from almost any lie. These are available in 18, 20, and 23 degree loft options but only offer graphite shafts.
5. Cleveland Launcher UHX Utility Irons
Rounding our list is the Cleveland Launch utility iron.
The UHX offers plenty of distance and forgiveness in a great design. It’s a bit longer than some on this list and geared toward higher handicap players who prefer an iron vs. a hybrid or fairway wood.
Their hollow construction also makes them much more forgiving than traditional irons. Paired with their V-shaped sole, you can’t go wrong with these whether you’re on the tee or off the turf.
If you struggle with your long irons, it might be time to make the switch to driving irons. Put your pride aside and play the clubs that are right for your game. Making the switch helped my game so much and I can say hands down it’s one of the best moves I’ve made.
The great thing is that you can play with long irons, driving irons, and a hybrid if you want too. Having a variety in your bag will help you with any shot you face and give you tons of confidence as well.
Grab one of these clubs so you can start taking advantage of par 5’s and make long par 4’s easier.
What’s your favorite driving iron? Do you prefer irons, driving irons, or hybrids for those 200+ yard shots?
Let us know in the comments!