Best Game Improvement Irons 2024

Our in-depth guide to the best game improvement irons designed to help you find the green more easily, more often

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Outside your annual membership fees, your irons are probably the most expensive golf purchase you are likely to make. Therefore it is crucial to get the best golf irons for your swing and your budget. Within this particular category - the best game improvement irons - you’ll find clubs designed to get the ball up in the air quickly to give you longer carries. To stop the ball ballooning up too high, stronger lofts are common here to keep your trajectories powerful, providing a balance of distance and stopping power.

VIDEO: Joel Tadman tests and compare ten of the leading game-improvement irons

It can be difficult to know how to choose golf irons when the choice is so varied. Game improvement irons tend to be larger to be more forgiving, which is why mid-to-high handicappers choose them over smaller irons for low handicappers. After hitting a lot of golf balls, and doing thorough testing out on the course as well, I've listed what I think are the leading models in this popular category below. Additionally if you perhaps want more control with your irons and value workability a touch more, then check out our guides on the best compact mid-handicap ironsor the best golf blade irons.

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Best Game Improvement Irons

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Ping G430 Irons

Ping G430 Iron Review

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Ideal for golfers seeking maximum forgiveness and a higher ball flight

Specifications

Clubs available: 4-LW

Reasons to buy

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Notably longer than G425
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Impressive stopping power
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Very consistent off center

Reasons to avoid

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Badge appearance will divide opinion

The Ping G430 iron is billed by the brand as being ‘distance competitive, scoring uncompromised’. It achieves this through multiple design changes that include a three percent thinner face and a new PUR Flex badge made up of 15 pieces that form seven flexible zones so as to not restrict the bending of the face. Along with slightly stronger lofts, the G430 iron will go further than the G425 for most players but without sacrificing height or stopping power.

Ping has done a great job of improving the feel of this iron too - it’s much closer to that of a forged iron that we were expecting - shorter and lower in pitch than most of its competitive set. The off-center stability will make you look like a better striker than you actually are and the options offered during a fitting - including the new High Launch build - make this an appealing prospect for the inconsistent but avid golfer.

TaylorMade Stealth Iron

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A stunning game-improvement iron that offers unparalleled accuracy

Specifications

Clubs available: 4-LW

Reasons to buy

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Incredibly accurate
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Noticeably longer than outgoing SIM2 Max
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Lively but pleasant sound and feel

Reasons to avoid

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Considerably low spin limits stopping power

The Stealth iron became TaylorMade's single game-improvement iron option in 2022, which simplifies the range nicely for golfers that want even more distance and forgiveness than what is on offer in the P790 model. While the enclosed cavity concept continues, the Cap Back design has evolved to where the mid section of the toe has been completely removed to lower the CG of the iron, assisting with both ball speed and launch.

TaylorMade has made across-the-board improvements in Stealth as its game-improvement offering for 2022 over the SIM2 irons. Golfers should notice the extra forgiveness at play while being drawn in by the premium, elegant look on the shelf. The low spin might be a concern but should be able to be managed via a custom fitting. We love the accuracy and distance this club provides, which should help mid and high handicappers find more greens.

Titleist T350 Iron

Titleist T350 Iron Review

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A super-stable iron that provides high ball speeds and a premium feel

Specifications

Clubs available: 4-W (53°)

Reasons to buy

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Super stable
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Looks more premium
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Powerful ball speed

Reasons to avoid

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Low spin a concern for low spin or speed players

To begin with, the T350 is very good at masking your misses, which is ideal for the golfer that is relatively early into their journey in the game or experienced players that need maximum help on their approach shots. It does this via split tungsten weighting and Max Impact technology, which sits a little higher. Coupled with a dual taper forged face, it delivers solid feel and stability.

Down at address, the T350 has noticeable offset and a generous footprint, but without a chunky sole or thick top line. Certainly, in testing, it was very forgiving from an array of areas, with off-centre strikes still maintaining decent launch and spin numbers throughout.

This isn't just one of the best game improvement irons then, but also one of the best distance irons money can buy, with the explosive feel on impact a big confidence booster when over the ball. It also has plenty of loft variations to suit an array of golfers. 

Mizuno JPX923 Hot Metal Iron

Mizuno JPX923 Hot Metal Iron

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The perfect choice for golfers wanting distance with a soft, responsive feel

Specifications

Clubs available: 4-LW

Reasons to buy

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Appealing looks all round
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A fast but controlled feel
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Excellent stopping power
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More forgiving through the turf

Reasons to avoid

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Limited gains over prior model

A playable and forgiving iron that delivers excellent distance on long shots, the JPX923 Hot Metal Iron that is perfect iron for any mid-handicapper looking to add more yards to their game. Having recently taken these clubs for a spin ourselves, we were very impressed with the feel these clubs offer. They don't have that explosive metal-wood feel you'd often get from game improvement irons but what they do have is a dense, forged-like feel that is great for anyone looking to progress their game to a more powerful set of clubs. 

Aesthetically, they look very similar to the JPX923, but deliver a sleek look thanks to their 4335 Nickel Chromoly, which is a stronger material that allows a thinner face.  Plus, we also enjoyed the interaction with the turf that these irons provided, with there being more resistance compared to the JPX923. The changes in the sole make it noticeably more user friendly, with the iron cutting much shallower divots helping you cleanly hit through each shot. 

Srixon ZX4 Mk II Irons

Srixon ZX4 Mk II Iron Review

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Our top overall pick for 2023 - long, consistent and looks great in the bag

Specifications

Clubs available: 4-AW