There are not too many golfers on this planet that want golf clubs with LESS forgiveness. Forgiveness in iron sets makes this game all that much more enjoyable for everyone involved.
There are downsides for “the most forgiving irons”:
- They don’t have as of great feel at impact
- It’s more difficult to work the ball (harder to hit draws and fades when you want to)
- Chunky look at address is a little off-putting for some golfers
However, the majority of women golfers are okay with these downsides in exchange for hitting more straight shots, even on mishits. If this sounds like you, then a forgiving set of irons is something you should be looking for. We gathered our favorite options for the most forgiving iron sets on the market, and as always, you will find a few bargains on our list.
We can’t talk about forgiving iron sets without at least mentioning hybrids. Hybrids are essential if you are looking for forgiveness throughout your golf bag. Most women’s irons sets have irons included already (called a “combo set”). However, we just wanted to make sure that you made a point to get hybrids INSTEAD OF long irons. Long irons (3-5 irons) can be very difficult to hit. As a result, we’ve included only combo sets in this article.
Best Overall: Cobra F Max SuperLite Irons
If you have the money for it, the Cobra F Max Superlite women’s irons are the best option. A little pricey, sure, but well worth it if money isn’t a factor.
One of the (many) reasons that women tend to mis-hit their shots is that the clubs get a bit heavy, and they start to get tired towards the end of around. A lighter iron can make a big difference when it comes to forgiveness. Cobra made the F Max Superlite irons to be extremely forgiving by lowering the weight in the clubhead, the shaft, and the grip as well. They were able to save a total of 15 grams, which is a significant amount in an iron.
The Cobra F Max Superlite has a center of gravity placement that is designed to increase launch throughout the set. If you have ever struggled with getting an iron shot up in the air, the F Max will help.
Another thing we love about the F Max Superlite is that it is a traditional-looking iron set (it’s not too bulky), and it is somewhat reasonably priced. Although this set is not the cheapest set of golf irons on the market, it is still very fair in value. In general, Cobra is a great value brand for golf clubs for women.
Now, let’s talk about hybrids. If you are looking for forgiving irons, then you DEFINITELY need to use a combo set – which has both irons and hybrids. Hybrids are much more forgiving than their long iron counterparts.
We always recommend, when possible, to go with the same model’s hybrids when possible, to avoid any strange gaps in lofts which can happen if you combine two different brands/models. The Cobra F Max Superlite hybrids are very attractive, forgiveness, and easy to launch high into the air.
Best Value: Callaway X Hot Ladies Iron Set
If you are wanting to make sure you are getting the best bang for your buck, the Callaway X Hot Ladies iron set is a great option. The X Hot iron set is not new, and that likely explains why the pricing is a bit lower. It was released about 7 years ago, and has seen consistent price decreases after each new release from Callaway.
Put simply, this is a forgiving and affordable set of golf clubs for women. It has lots of perimeter weighting and a wide club face, resulting in a large sweet spot. Even off center hits will fly relatively far and straight, especially compared to less forgiving iron sets.
The X Hot irons are a very classic shape with lots of offset, and they will typically come in the 5-PW, SW. Some ladies sets no longer include the five iron. If possible, we’d recommend exchanging the 5 iron for a 5 hybrid for additional forgiveness on longer shots.
Callaway’s newest line of clubs, the Mavrik clubs, is priced almost twice as high as this set of clubs, and although the Mavrik is going to be (slightly) better for the distance, they are not all that much better for forgiveness.
Best Under $250 (If You Already Have Hybrids): Cobra F Max One Length
If you want to try something different and relatively “new”, consider One Length irons! Unlike most iron sets that have longer shafts for lower lofted clubs, the Cobra F Max One Length irons are all one length (who would have guessed?).
If you are looking for a very low price but a large amount of forgiveness, the Cobra F Max One Length is an excellent option to consider. These irons are all built to be the length of your seven iron. The length and weighting of each club will be the same – only the loft changes.
The idea behind this concept is that you will be able to make your setup the same for each club you hit. This type of consistency in your golf game will keep you more consistent.
One thing to note: it is a little strange hitting the higher lofted clubs. They feel too long at first, but you will get used to them very quickly and easily.
Although the F Max One length only comes in the 7-SW it will be plenty of clubs, and for the price it is offered, it is hard to complain. This is a great option if you already have hybrids that you like, or if you want to buy separate hybrids for whatever reason.
What To Look For In A Forgiving Set Of Women’s Irons?
There are several factors to look for when you are choosing a set of forgiving women’s irons. Here are the most important ones to think about before purchasing.
- Club Head Size: The size of the club head is going to help if you tend to miss the ball slightly off-center. The larger the clubhead, the larger the sweet spot, and therefore the easier it is to hit.
- Center Of Gravity: The lower and deeper the center of gravity, the easier the ball will be to launch. Since women have slower clubhead speeds, they tend to struggle with compressing the ball and launching it into the air. Choosing a club with a lower center of gravity will help a high ball flight become a reality for all women golfers.
- Shaft Length: If you can find a set of One Length irons, try them out and see if you like the feel of them. Many golfers find that they feel much more consistent over a round when their iron shafts are all the same length. Everyone is different, though.