The top average-level clubs for 2015 are the Callaway Apex, Callaway XR, Cleveland CG Black CB, Cobra Fly-Z and Mizuno JPX-850, as listed by Golf Digest. These gold-rated category of game-improvement irons is rounded out by Mizuno JPX-850 Forged, Mizuno MP-H5, Nike Vapor Speed, Ping G30, TaylorMade RSi1 and Titleist AP1.
Golf irons meant for advanced and expert players are typically made differently than those intended for beginners and intermediates. The manufacturers noted for producing the highest quality golf irons year after year include Titleist, TaylorMade, Ping, Adams Golf, Nike, Cobra and Callaway.
Golf Digest conducts extensive tests of new golf clubs every year, dividing irons into three categories: players irons for advanced and expert golfers, game-improvement irons for intermediate golfers and super game-improvement irons, best suited for beginners. Game improvement irons are the most plentiful and sell the best, the magazine states.
In the players irons category, the sets that received Golf Digest's 2015 gold rating include the Callaway Apex Pro, Cobra Fly-Z Plus, Mizuno MP-15, Mizuno MP-54 and Nike Vapor Pro Combo.
In the super game-improvement category, the gold-rated sets are the Adams Idea Tech, Callaway Big Bertha, Cleveland CG Black, Cobra Fly-Z XL, Mizuno JPX-EZ and Wilson Staff D200.