Golf is a game of control. Or is it distance? I’ll let you decide. Either way, everyone wants more distance, no matter the club. Drivers are obviously where everyone wants the MOST amount of distance, but everyone loves hitting a 6 iron a bit further as well.
How will irons with the most distance help your game?
- physiologically: if you are 160 yards away with a 7 iron in your hand, you’ll feel way more confident than with a 5 iron in your hand.
- higher launch angles = less wayward shots: longer irons launch the ball higher than other irons. The increased launch angle makes the ball much less likely to curve or fly offline. That makes sense, because a driver (lower launch) is much easy to hit offline than say a 9 iron (higher launch).
- easier to hit higher lofted, shorter clubs: due to the loft and length of a 5 iron, it is much easier to hit a 7 iron. As long as they go the same distance, you’d always pick the 7 iron if given the chance.
Now that we know the benefits of longer irons, let’s talk about the longest irons that you can buy today. To sum this article up in short, Callaway and TaylorMade are known for producing the longest irons on the market. They have released tons of different sets of game improvement irons that are focused more on distance rather than distance control. A lot of my picks will be Callaway and TaylorMade irons sets as a result.
Who should buy the longest irons possible?
- those that hit the ball shorter than average
- those that find themselves hitting hybrid/woods into greens often
- those that feel like they are not getting enough distance for their swing speed
- those than simply want to take advantage of hitting shorter length & higher lofted clubs on approach shots
Alright, enough of an intro. Let’s talk about the longest irons that you can buy depending on your budget. Be aware that all links and pictures that you click on will take you to the respective iron sets available to buy on eBay.
The Longest Irons on a Tight Budget: TaylorMade Aeroburner HL Irons
If you don’t have much money, you are slightly limited in your options unfortunately. However, you can still pick up a decent quality set of irons that fly further than the average set of irons.
The TaylorMade Aeroburner HL irons fly super high and super long. They are one of the most forgiving irons that TaylorMade has ever produced. For these reasons, it is often times the set of irons that I recommend for newer golfer or for golfers that struggle with ballstriking.
TaylorMade has always had pretty strong lofts compared to other brands. And this set of irons has all of the weight on the back and bottom of the club heads, which is great for launching the ball high in the air.
If you want to save as much money as possible but still want a set of the longest irons for your budget, this is the best pick in my opinion.
The “Best Value” Longest Iron Set: Callaway Golf XR OS Irons
If you want a set of irons that won’t cost $1,000 but that still provides longer distances, check out Callaway’s XR OS irons. They are from a couple of years ago, so they have reduced in price a good bit since then.
These irons were made to do two things: 1) be long and 2) be forgiving. That’s what they do, and nothing more. Distance control isn’t great, but that’s really only a problem if you are a lower handicap golfer.
Game improvement irons like these (the OS stands for “Oversized” by the way) tend to fly a little further than players irons. So, the XR OS irons will fly further than the players clubs that were released at the same time (X Forged).
The Overall Longest Iron Set: TaylorMade 2018 P790 Iron Set
Dang, these TaylorMade P790 irons are long, slick, and just SEXY!
If you want the longest irons that you can buy today, these are the ones. The perform best in distance and forgiveness for 2018, and for good reason. Like the other irons, distance control lacks a little. However, these are a great mix between game improvement irons and player irons.
If you feel like you are somewhere in between a poor and good ballstiker, these are great for you. As you improve, you’ll be glad that you didn’t stick with a super game improvement set of irons.
Yes, they cost more than other irons, as they were just released. However, if you have the money, they could be worth it. You’ll be able to use them for many years to come, and can pass them down to someone else when you move on!
Depending on what irons you are using now, you could be gaining 10-20 yards with these irons.