If you’re trying to decide whether to purchase traditional, blade-style irons or game-improvement irons, here’s a breakdown of each type’s features, pros and cons: 

    Blades 

    Blade Top ViewPros:

  • Clean, classic appearance with thin top line and chrome finish
  • Superior feel on well-struck shots
  • Allow skilled golfers to easily shape shots (draws and fades)
  • Relatively high center of gravity (CG) produces penetrating ball flight; effective in windy conditions
  • Feedback on poorly struck shots can help diagnose swing flaws 
  • Cons:

  • Small heads can be intimidating to average and novice golfers
  • Less forgiveness on off-center hits, which may lose considerable distance and accuracy
  • Higher CG makes it more difficult to get sufficient height on shots with longer irons (3-5) 
     

    Game-improvement irons 

    505 Top ViewPros:

  • Larger head size instills confidence in achieving solid contact
  • Perimeter weighting creates larger effective hitting area, minimizing loss of distance and accuracy on mishits (i.e. more forgiveness)
  • Usually feature offset, which reduces pushed and sliced shots and makes it easier to turn the ball right to left (for right-handers)
  • Low CG produces higher ball flight, improves chances of getting good loft on longer iron shots 
  • Cons:

  • Skilled players often prefer look and feel of forged blades
  • More difficult to shape the ball due to clubs’ shot-straightening qualities
  • Provide less feedback on off-center hits, disguising the causes and effects of poor swings
  • Low CG can make ball “balloon” in windy conditions, reducing control 

Of course, there are irons that combine the best of blade and game-improvement designs.

Thomas Golf’s (For more information on Thomas Golf Irons:) offerings include custom-fitted, cavity-back irons with compact clubheads.