Iron sets for women are made a little differently than men’s.
Here are the differences:
- Men’s irons come with regular or stiff flex shafts typically. Women’s irons come in what is called “ladies flex,” which means that they have more “whip” to them and flex more in the golf swing. Here’s the order of iron shaft flexes, starting with the one for the slowest swing speeds: ladies flex, senior flex, regular flex, stiff flex, and finally extra stiff flex. So as you can see, women’s irons should have ladies flex shafts in them, to maximize the distance that the ball will go.
- Women’s irons are a tad bit lighter than men’s irons, regarding both the shafts and the club heads. Because women swing slower than men on average, women’s irons are lighter to allow them to create more speed and therefore hit the ball longer than they would with men’s clubs.
Now let talk about what women should be looking for in a set of irons. Before you buy the first set that you see that has word “women” on it, take all of these into consideration so that you can make the best purchase for your budget and skill level.
- brand: brands are very important when it comes to choosing the right golf clubs for you. There are lower tier brands like Wilson that produce decent quality golf clubs. They aren’t great but they get the job done. Then there are premium golf clubs like Callaway and TaylorMade, which produce the cream of the crop women’s iron sets. My main point is to tell you to avoid off brand clubs, because they are likely to break very quickly and won’t perform near as good as a well known brand’s clubs. Plus, customer service from the top brands is reliable, while lesser known brands have no recourse for screwing you over.
- price: depending on how much money you are willing to spend, you can get a decent quality set or an incredible set of irons/hybrids. I’m going to split this article up into three different section: one for those looking for a cheaper set, one for those looking for the best value iron set, and then one for the best overall women’s irons.
- shaft type: if you have a slow swing speed, you need graphite iron shafts. They are lighter than graphite shafts, meaning that you can hit the ball longer and higher with them. If you have a fast swing speed (you will know if you do), then steel shafts will provide more control. This article is going to focus on graphite shaft clubs, because that’s what the majority of women should be playing with.
- iron/hybrid combo: this is a very important one. Some iron sets come with hybrids as well, making them what is called a “combo set” (combination of irons and hybrids). This is what I would recommend to women, because hybrids are far easier to hit than the long irons (4 iron, 5 iron, 6 iron). If you get an iron set without hybrids, you are likely going to have to buy hybrids separately, so you might as well buy them in a combo set. All of the sets that I talk about in this article are going to be combo sets!
- forgiveness/distance: not all irons/hybrids are forgiving. Some sets are meant for better golfers that are looking for more accuracy as opposed to forgiveness and distance. Not many serious, competitive female golfers are going to be reading this article, so I am going to focus on high handicap and mid handicap golfers here. That means that I’ll be talking about game improvement irons for women, as they are more forgiving and focus on distance (the opposite would be called women’s “player’s irons,” which are harder to hit and focused more on distance control).
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We are finally ready to talk about the best iron sets for women! Let’s jump right into it. Here are the best combo sets (iron & hybrids) for the female golfers in the world, depending on your budget.
Most Underpriced/Undervalued Iron Set for Women: Wilson Staff D350 Combo Set
If you are a lady that hates the idea of spending much money on clubs, you’ve gotta check out this Wilson Staff D350 iron set. This is a set of irons focused mostly on distance and forgiveness. As a result, the feel and distance control of these are not perfect. As a beginner, though, that shouldn’t affect you in the least. What they give up in control, you gain in how easy these clubs are to hit due to their larger size and big sweet spots. The soles on these irons are much wider than the average iron, meaning that it gives you more room across the entire face to make solid contact. On top of that, the toplines are very bulky, a great sign for a forgiving iron set.
Price wise, this set is far below the other two that I am going to mention. It’s hard to find a good set of irons under $500 for women, but this is the best one in my opinion. Wilson iron sets are highly underrated. They get the job done, and that’s all most women need.
Another huge benefit is that the shafts are available in graphite as opposed to steel. Like I mentioned earlier, graphite shafts are much lighter and much better suited for a women’s golf swing speed.
This set is a combo set, so it includes both irons and hybrids. This set is composed of 5 & 6 hybrids, 7-PW irons, a gap wedge (GW), and a sand wedge (SW). 2 hybrids and three wedges (PW,GW,SW) are PLENTY for a female golfer, even those that are mid to low handicappers. The hybrids will be put to use more often than you might think. That’s a good thing, as these hybrids are super easy to hit and look great at address.
Make sure you get the graphite, LADIES flex shafts!! I’ll remind you a couple more times in this article just to make sure you don’t forget.
Here are some benefits of this Wilson Staff D350 combo set:
- Focused on distance and forgiveness
- Large hitting area across the sole of the club
- “Speed sole” technology to help get the ball in the air quickly and easily
- Available in light graphite shafts
- Includes easy to hit hybrids with a great appearance and performance
- Thick toplines and wide soles for forgiveness on mishits
Best Value Women’s Irons: Callaway Women’s XR OS Combo Set
For those that want the best bang for your buck, the first set you should look at is the Callaway Women’s XR OS combo set. The OS stands for oversized, which is great for women that aren’t too confident in their ball striking abilities on a consistent basis. The Callaway XR golf clubs were incredibly popular a couple of years ago. As the newer clubs have been released, the prices of these bad boys (girls?) have slowly dropped, so it’s a great time to pick them up now!
The key to finding the best value iron sets is to look at the premium options from a few years back. People are always hyped and impatient, so they spend a ton of money to get the greatest new clubs as soon as they are released. However, if they would have just waited a couple years, they could have saved a TON of money. The clubs’ quality never change, they are always going to be solid. So if you are the patient type, it’s time to finally pull the trigger and pick up this awesome set of irons/hybrids.
These Callaway XR OS irons and hybrids are super easy to hit and are even longer than the Wilson set. Callaway has always been a company primarily focused on distance, and this set is no exception.
I’m a huge fan of the two hybrids (4H and 5H) in this set. They look great, feel great (so I have heard), and perform just like you would hope.
Make sure you get the graphite, LADIES flex shafts!
Here’s why it’s the best women’s iron set for the money:
- Each iron has the famous “face cup” that maximizes ball speeds
- Super easy to launch the ball high due to a low COG (center of gravity)
- Wider soles for more forgiveness
- Super light, graphite shafts
- Includes hybrids and irons
Overall #1 Women’s Iron Set: TaylorMade M4 Combo Set
If you can afford the best iron set in all of golf, you might as well pull the trigger on it. They will help your game when it comes to distance, feel, forgiveness, and overall consistency. Compared to the other two sets listed in this article, the TaylorMade M4 combo set is the best overall set of irons & hybrids. I thought that TaylorMade absolutely killed it with the M2 clubs, but the M4 are even better. Longer ball flights, higher ball flights, and more forgiveness on every club. Literally the ideal improvements for women with high – mid handicaps.
These clubs come at a price, as you might expect. However, they are only a few hundred dollars more than the Callaway set. I would look at it like an investment. These clubs should last you your entire life, so you’ll never have to buy irons again. If you buy a cheap set to being with, they will likely break within your first 50 rounds, forcing you to buy a better set in the end. I would just make a better upfront investment from the start.
I am a college student at the moment, so I would understand if you are like me and can’t afford a set like this. If that’s the case, the best value option should be a much better fit for you and your wallet.
The M4 irons are super easy to hit, and the longest irons that women can buy at the moment. The ball launch angles are ridiculously high, meaning that you can hit balls longer higher. The M4 hybrids are a tad oversized, which is great for women! They should get the ball in the air much easier than a long iron would, therefore making golf just a bit easier (finally!).
Make sure you get the graphite, LADIES flex shafts! That’s my last time to remind you!
Here are the reasons why the TaylorMade M4 combo set is the best set for female golfers:
- best mix of distance, forgiveness, and feel for both the irons and the hybrids
- super fast club faces = better transfer of energy to the ball
- more forgiveness compared to M2 due to better heel and toe weighting
- speed pocket + ultra thin face = more distance
- redistribution of mass low in the club heads = better launch angles and less spin
- high quality, lightweight shafts by Fujikura (one of the best shaft brands in all of golf)