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If you struggle to find the middle of the club with irons, you might need a more forgiving set of clubs. If that’s you, it’s time you checked out the nine best game improvement irons 2023 has to offer.

Perfect for mid to high handicap golfers who want a bit more distance and consistency on off-centre strikes, game improvement irons are the answer.

Best game improvement irons 2023

There are a number of irons for high-handicappers available on the market, and all of them feature different technology which makes them stand out in their own way. Here are nine of the best…

Callaway Paradym X


Callaway Paradym X irons
The Paradym X irons are perfect for those who struggle with their strike. (Credit: Callaway)

The Callaway Paradym X irons not only feel great, but they are extremely forgiving. These clubs feature a hot face, meaning that you’ll get fast ball speeds and high launch.

These irons are built with a forged 455 face cup, which is Callaway’s fastest iron face to date, meaning you are guaranteed speed from these clubs. Also, they have a hollow body speed frame, which delivers more forgiveness across the whole face, meaning you’ll get more consistent ball speed, even on shots that are mishits. Despite having a larger profile at address, the Callaway Paradym X irons still come with a great premium forged feel, which will give you confidence.

These irons are great for a player who struggles with their ball striking, but still wants something that looks and feels great, but will deliver consistent yardages.

RRP: £1,199

• FULL REVIEW: Callaway Paradym irons

Cobra Aerojet

Cobra Game Improvement irons
The Aerojet irons will appeal to a wide range of players. (Credit: Cobra)

The Cobra Aerojet irons are irons that will appeal to someone looking for a large head shape. These are made with forgiveness in mind, and will help high handicap players who struggle with their strike on approach shots.

These irons are packed with technology. The AI-designed H.O.T face has multiple forgiving spots across the face, all of which deliver consistent speed and distance, especially on mishits, anywhere on the face. The PWR-Bridge weighting and PWRSHELL face design also helps support flexion of the face, delivering all-important fast ball speeds with a higher ball flight. These are extremely forgiving.

These irons are a great rounder. They are very easy to hit, they give high launch and even a shot that is mishit still feels great from the face.

RRP: £799

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Mizuno JPX923

Mizuno game improvement irons
The JPX 923 irons are a great looking option for those who want forgiveness. (Credit: Mizuno)

Mizuno irons always look great and these are no different. These are aimed at players who want a good looking club with a premium Japanese forged feel at impact. But, these still offer plenty of help to those who might not hit everything from the centre of the face.

The Mizuno JPX 923 irons are part of the Hot Metal range. These are a more compact looking iron, that almost look like a player’s iron. These have a thinner cup face, which helps to deliver a deep centre of gravity, which is essential for a high launch and a forgiving club face. However, these also come in a more compact shape, which makes them appealing for mid handicappers who want that extra bit of forgiveness.

The Mizuno JPX 923 irons are a great blend of control and forgiveness. Also, they’re some of the best looking game improvement irons on the market.

RRP: £945

• MORE INFORMATION: Mizuno JPX 923 irons

Ping G430

Ping G430 irons
The G430 is the brand’s longest iron ever. (Credit: Ping)

The Ping G430 irons feature strong lofts, which will help you to hit the ball a long way. They have a thin club face, which will help with speed at impact. Ping say these are their longest irons to date, so if you want distance, these are for you.

These are designed with a very low centre of gravity, which will help with getting the ball in the air. As you can see, the PurFlex badge on the back of the club helps to support the ultra thin club face when you make contact with the ball, to get your shots straight, but also fast. This badge also allows for seven flex zones on the face, meaning mishits will still perform well.

These clubs are great for a player who wants an iron that will go a long way. As well as that, they aren’t a large head compared to some game improvement irons, so they look great behind the ball.

RRP: £1,049

• MORE INFORMATION: Ping G430 irons

PXG 0311 XP Gen6


PXG game improvement irons
The 0311XP Gen6 irons are made with adjustability in mind. (Credit: PXG)

The PXG 0311 XP GEN6 irons have a thinner face and XCOR2 technology that helps improve mishits and increase ball speed. These are PXG’S longest and most forgiving irons to date delivering an incredibly soft feel fantastic distance with excellent forgiveness.

The PXG irons are great for the player who wants a unique looking club, that can be tailor made to fit their needs. This is a premium iron that will give great forgiveness, in PXG’s longest and most user-friendly iron ever.

These irons have a thin club face, which along with the XCOR2 technology, which is designed to give fast ball speeds and improve distances on mishits. These are PXG’s most forgiving iron to date, but they also deliver a very soft feel, combined with striking looks. PXG has designed these with a large blade length, which along with high offset will make these super forgiving. Also, PXG are keen for players to get custom fit, as they can adjust to player’s needs.

These irons are great because of the adjustability featured inside them. You can fine tune the swing weights on the back of the iron to suit whatever feel you like in your clubs.

RRP: £1,134

Srixon ZX4 MKII

Srixon Game Improvement irons
The ZX4 MKII range is a great looking set of clubs. (Credit: Srixon)

These irons are aimed at players who want forgiveness, but anyone would love the look of these. Golfers who want game improvement characteristics, but with a shape that looks like a tour model of clubs will love the Srixon ZX4 MKII range.

The hollow body design will deliver faster ball speeds, more forgiveness, while allowing the clubs to have a narrow topline at address. The mainframe face maximises flex at impact for fast ball speeds. Also, these clubs feature a longer blade length, which inspires confidence. Higher offset at address also contributes to a confidence inspiring shape of club.

Firstly, these are a great looking set of irons from Srixon, but they also perform very well. These are perfect a player looking for a more compact, but still a forgiving iron.

RRP: £1,169


TaylorMade Stealth


TaylorMade Stealth irons
The Stealth irons are designed with low strikes in mind. (Credit: TaylorMade)

The TaylorMade Stealth irons are perfect for a player who often hits the ball thin with their irons. They would also appeal to mid handicappers who want a little more forgiveness.

These irons feature a face with very low centre of gravity. This means that strikes that are low on the face will still produce good ball flights, and maintain consistent speed and distance. TaylorMade’s 450SS face will help you with strikes that don’t come from the centre of the face, while helping those that do to be high, straight shots. The Thru-Slot Speed Pocket will also aid face flexibility, which helps maintain ball speed on mishits, but gives great speed on centre strikes.

The TaylorMade Stealth irons are great for guaranteeing a high ball flight. With these irons, even shots that are poorly struck will be close to the front of the green.

RRP: £1,209

• MORE INFORMATION: TaylorMade Stealth irons

Titleist T350

Titleist T350 irons
The Titleist T350 irons are great at cutting through the turf. (Credit: Titleist)

The Titleist T350 irons are designed with high handicappers who want the feel of a forged iron and the performance of a game improvement iron.

This offering from Titleist has an all-new hollow body construction, powered by max impact technology. This delivers forgiveness across the whole club face, while maximising launch, giving you great distance and a premium feel with its forged face. Titleist worked with the Vokey design team to get a perfect pre-worn leading edge, for better turf interaction on approach shots.

These clubs are ideal for a player who will catch shots heavy, as the leading edge is designed to glide through the turf with ease. Also, they can be paired with other Titleist models to create a combo set, depending on your needs.

RRP: £1,249

• FULL REVIEW: Titleist T350 irons

Wilson DynaPower

Wilson Game Improvement irons
The DynaPower range is packed with technology. (Image: Wilson)

Wilson DynaPower irons feature a variable face for faster ball speeds, especially from centre to toe, so they’re ideal if that’s where you tend to strike the ball from. The high MOI head design produces stability, with a low CG for a higher launch. The player-preferred shape has a pleasing topline, inspiring confidence at address.

The Wilson Dynapower range will be great for a player who more often than not, finds themselves hitting their shots from the toe of the club. If you are someone who gets a lot of toe strikes with irons, these are ideal for you.

These are great at controlling mishits because they have variable face technology. The high MOI design produces stable strikes on off-centre hits, particularly from the toe of the club. Also, the low centre of gravity will help shots that are thin to get in the air. Along with the technology in the club, they have a confidence inspiring topline, which is great behind the ball.

These irons are ideal for maintaining speed and consistency, even on poorly struck shots. These will get you closer to the hole more often than not. 

RRP: £699

• MORE INFORMATION: Wilson DynaPower irons

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James Tait is bunkered’s Gear Editor. Want to know how the latest Callaway driver, Vokey wedge or Scotty Cameron putter performs? He’s the guy to ask. Better yet, just watch his videos on the bunkered YouTube channel. One of the biggest hitters in the UK, James also competes on the World Long Drive circuit and is a descendent of former Amateur champion Freddie Tait.

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