The Top 5 Most Forgiving Irons To Improve Your Game in 2021

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Is there anything worse than hitting a great drive, only to waste it and hit a terrible approach shot? Then, you’re scrambling like crazy to save par and not look back on the hole with regret from a wasted tee shot.

Don’t get me wrong, missing greens is part of the game, no matter how skilled you are. But sometimes, golfers play clubs that just aren’t forgiving enough and it hurts their chances of hitting more greens in regulation.

As technology advances at lightning speed, there’s no reason to let your clubs hold you back any longer. Unlike the old days, you no longer have to play super small, stiff, heavy irons for your approach shots.

Now, you can take advantage of an array of excellent iron choices to find the putting surface more often.  

5 Most Forgiving Irons in Golf 

If you’re ready to invest in a new set of clubs with the number one goal of forgiveness, here are the best options. 

1. Wilson Launch Pad Irons

Wilson Launch Pad Irons

While Wilson doesn’t have a ton of PGA Tour players on their bag, they still make some great clubs. They have an awesome cavity back iron in the Staff model, and now the Launch Pad irons are even more forgiving. The Launch Pad irons look more like hybrids (especially the longer clubs) and will help reduce fat golf shots. 

These clubs are meant to help high handicap players get the ball airborne quickly. Not to mention, they’re crazy long, forgiving, and should give you plenty of confidence for any approach shot. 

One thing I love about these irons is that they adapt depending on the iron. For example, the mid to long irons are extra forgiving and a standard game improvement iron. While the shorter irons are still forgiving, but have smaller soles for shorter shots.

Plus, they’ve very lightweight, so generating swing speed shouldn’t be an issue. They also come stock with a midsize grip, which is great if you have grip strength issues. 

2. Cleveland Launcher HB Irons

Cleveland Launcher HB

Similar to the Wilson Launch Pad irons is the Cleveland Launcher HB iron set. They are Cleveland’s most forgiving set and feature a high strength steel face that helps naturally increase ball speed. Basically, these clubs are hot and the ball will launch off the face.

The look of the clubs is slightly different from the Wilson series thanks to its progressive hollow shaping. This design makes the longer clubs more forgiving and the shorter ones more about control. 

You can also choose from two different shaft options. The steel version is still lightweight (103 grams) and provides a mid to high launch trajectory. While the graphite version is much lighter at 61 grams. 

3. Cobra King Speedzone

cobra king speedzone

While the first few irons on this list are more of “hybrid” irons, the Cobra King Speedzone is very different. These irons look much more like a traditional iron set and don’t offer as much offset or nearly as large of a clubhead. But don’t worry, they’re still plenty forgiving. 

These irons offer a great design and their “PWRSHELL” face inserts make the sweet spot huge on these clubs. They’re also weighted great thanks to their traditional design and have a high MOI that makes it easy to launch off the deck. 

Plus, like all new Cobra clubs, these come with the Cobra Connect from Arccos. This grip sensor pairs with the Arccos Caddie App to give you tons of data about your game. Not to mention, you can choose from a UST Recoil graphite shaft or a lightweight KBS Tour 90 steel shaft.

4. TaylorMade SIM2 MAX Irons

taylormade sim2 max irons

Another alternative to the larger, hybrid-like iron set is the SIM2 Max irons. These are slightly smaller than the Cobra Speedzone and in my opinion, some of the best looking game improvement irons. The black, graphite, and blue design will look great in your bag and hardly look like most forgiving iron sets. 

This iron set from TaylorMade features the “Cap Back Design” which helps expand the sweet spot. Paired with their Thru-Slot Speed Pocket technology, the two deliver tons of speed across the face which means tons of distance.

Plus, you can even buy them in a combo set that comes with hybrids for long irons too. 

5. Callaway Apex DCB 21 Irons 

callaway apex dcb

Rounding out our list of forgiving irons are the Callaway DCB 21 irons. These clubs are a more forgiving version of the Apex irons and offer more offset and wider sole to help higher handicap players. 

These Callaway irons are the first to use A.I. designed Flash Face Cup technology to naturally promote high ball speeds. Plus, they have up to 50 grams of tungsten per iron in the mid to long irons to help with those hard to hit clubs. You can choose from the lightweight True Temper Elevate 85 gram steel shaft or the UST Recoil 65 gram graphite shaft.

Like the TaylorMade irons, you can also opt for a combo set that includes their hybrids as well. 

Wrapping Up

Whether you’re a new golfer, a senior, or someone who doesn’t get out as much as you’d like, more forgiving irons can help. At the end of the day, the most important thing is to make sure that your bag of clubs suits your game. 

If that means adding a 7-wood, playing forgiving irons, or switching to cavity back wedges, do it. Golf is challenging enough so make sure that your equipment doesn’t make things even more difficult. 

When choosing, make sure you like the design above all else. Some players aren’t comfortable with larger, hybrid looking irons and want a smaller, more compact design too. 

I’m confident that you can’t go wrong with any of these forgiving iron sets but just make sure you find the right shaft too. A shaft that is the right flex and the right weight will make a good set into a great one. 

What’s your favorite set or brand of forgiving irons? 

Let us know down below in the comments! 

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