Wind-Cheaters: A Guide to Modern Driving Irons

With the Open on it’s way, and the truest of links tests set up for the best players in the world, it’s time we give the (modern) devil its due. New, technologically-advanced driving irons are easier to hit than ever before, and may very well be the answer to your tee game, even if you don’t often play in the gale-force winds of Her Majesty’s Coast.

Whether you want to keep it low, punch it and let it run, or just play it safe at your local course, there’s a 1, 2 or 3 iron for you. Here are some of the top clubs in the game to consider if you’re in the market for a wind-beating long iron.


Part hybrid. Part long iron. All business. The tiered internal construction provides loads of ball speed, while an iron-like design provides workable ball shaping and trajectory that’s much lower than the G Hybrid.

Available Lofts: 18°, 21°, 24°

Ping G Crossover Hybrid      SHOP NOW



Can’t decide between a 2-iron and a 3-iron? Have them both. An adjustable MyFly8 hosel provides custom tuning options, and a low-deep CG makes this utility iron easy to hit. A favorite new club of Rickie Fowler’s.

Adjustable Loft Settings: 18°, 18.5°, 19.5°, 20.5°, 21°, 20.5° Draw, 19.5° Draw, 18.5° Draw

Cobra King Cobra Utility Iron     SHOP NOW



Of all The Hawk’s legendary shots, none ring more legendary than his 1-iron at Merion, so it’s only fitting that his legacy brand releases this V-SOLE-featuring long iron design with maximum forgiveness.

Available Lofts: 21°-31°

Ben Hogan Ft. Worth Hi     SHOP NOW



Hollow-body design helps create a fast-flexing face for maximum ball speed, and the namesake Tungsten in the sole helps delivery easier launch conditions, even with low-loft long irons.

Available Lofts: Complete set starting at 17°

Tour Edge Exotics CB PRO Tungsten Iron    SHOP NOW



The long-iron of choice for Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas, the 716 features a hollow core with a fast face, and Tungsten weighting in the heel and toe add forgiveness on mishits.

Available Lofts: Complete set starting at 17°

Titleist 716 T-MB Iron     SHOP NOW


Not sure if the long iron is right for your game? Get into Golfsmith and speak with our Master Club Fitters about how one of these modern driving clubs could revolutionize your game.



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  1. 4 and 5 ping crossover are so easy to hit. I ordered them with the you 90 shaft. Impressive trajectory, a must to try and buy