Once upon a time, irons were a one-size-fits-all proposition. If you couldn’t make solid contact with a compact blade, well, maybe golf wasn’t the sport for you.
Thankfully, equipment has come a long way. Today’s golfer can choose from a vast array of irons based on his preferences for size, appearance and feel, as well as his ball-striking ability.
Golfers who are new to the game or struggle to hit the sweet spot are advised to try oversized, cavity-back irons. Because of their broad hitting areas and perimeter weighting, these clubs are generally more forgiving than their smaller siblings – meaning off-center hits fly straighter and farther than misses with conventional irons.
Here’s why: Cavity-back irons are built with a majority of weight positioned on the outside of the head. This reduces the amount of vibration when the ball isn’t struck on the club’s center, so less energy is lost. Perimeter weighting also creates a “gear effect” which causes off-center hits to spin back toward the target.
In addition, oversized, cavity-back irons help many players hit higher shots that land more softly on the green. The large clubface can also inspire extra confidence, arguably the most important ingredient to golf success.
Leading manufacturers of oversized, cavity-back irons include Thomas Golf, which offers free custom fitting on its website (For more information on Cavity Back Irons:).