In this article, I will show you the reasons why you should try the best driving iron, instead of a fairway wood. Why? Because you can often start hitting the middle of the fairway off the Tee rather than being in the trees.
Maybe you struggle with your driver? Maybe you hit a slice or that dreaded top shot.
Well, have you ever considered using a golf driving iron instead?
I struggled with the driver for a couple of years, I never really fell in love with the driver but I loved hitting my irons. I just felt like I could get through the golf ball better and control the shot. Then when someone introduced me to the driving iron… I fell in love with it straight away. Even my bad/fat shots went further and I hit less OB during a game. ( Which is always a good thing )
So, I swapped and now I only use a driver if the fairway is wide open and forgiving.
What is the best driving iron
We have used and tested all the golf driving irons available in the latter part of 2017 and the beginning of 2018. These are the best ones we found online.
There’s not a load of choice out there but three stood out to us by a country mile. We have listed the best driving irons in reverse order, starting with the third best driving iron.
3. Cobra King Utility Iron
- Full Hollow Body Construction-Full hollow design delivers preferred sound and feel, lower CG for improved launch and distance from multiple lies.
- PowerShell Face-More Distance. More Forgiving. More Precise. A thinner, stronger face and sole structure delivers our largest Sweet Zone ever with higher ball speeds and explosive distance.
Bigger Sweet spot
100% CNC Milling & Tungsten Weighting
The Black Utility Iron Features:
- PWRShell Face Technology & Full Hollow Body Construction
- 100% CNC Milled Grooves & Tungsten Toe Weighting
- COBRA CONNECT™ & Adjustable Flight Technology
- 1-Year Guarantee & KBS C-Taper Lite 110 Steel Shaft
Full-Hollow Body Construction
COBRA CONNECT™ Technology
MyFly8 Technology with SmartPad
2. Callaway Golf X Forged Utility Iron
- Extremely precise triple net forging for exceptional feel and high performance
- The Tour configured soles are designed for excellent turf interaction from a variety of lies
This amazing driving iron/long iron from Callaway wasn’t far from coming first. It was a matter of feel and brand loyalty that made us put this golf club into second place.
Callaway has made some fantastic clubs over the many years as golf manufacturers but this driving iron is certainly one of their best.
Forged Head Design
360 Face Cup Technology
The X Forged Utility Iron Features:
- Forged Head Design
- Tungsten-Infused Insert
- 360 Face Cup Technology
- 1-Year Guarantee and Project X Steel Shaft
- An innovative cascading internal sole engages the entire face, sole and top rail in flexing to maximize distance.
- Ping's Crossover offers the speed and forgiveness of a hybrid with the control and workability of an iron.
Whatever club you go for, a golf driving iron, hybrid or sticking to your driver, we hope you start to hit more fairways and enjoy your golf more.
Having the best equipment that suits your game is vital to getting the most out of your rounds and improving your handicap.
Why use a golf driving iron/utility iron?
In my opinion, golfers are better at using irons and similar types of clubs (instead of fairway woods) for a couple of reasons.
- They are shorter in length than a driver
- You use your irons more per round than a driver. So you get better at them quicker.
- They’re more forgiving (even in windy conditions)
- Less intimidating than the driver
The best driving irons offer more forgiveness and are easier to hit both off the Tee or that shot all golfers struggle with, the dreaded second shot on a par 4-5.
Answer this one question?
Can you hit a 5-6 iron well? If yes, then using a golf driving iron or utility club as some people call them, would definitely benefit you more than using your driver.
Modern driving irons like the PING CROSSOVER have extra weight positioned low in the head and even added mass. That pulls the CG position down and makes it easier to get the ball up into the air for a better ball flight. There will still be a lower ball flight of a driving iron, still lower than hybrid or fairway wood’s, but the shots are not pushed offline as easily and they tend to roll out further once they land.
I would always pull out my driving iron in windy conditions to hit that low, long, stinger ball. You get much more roll out than using your driver. Have you ever hit a low, good stinger shot with a driver? Apart from when you top it!
Many of the utility irons are hollow in the club face center, so when you hit the middle of the club face the area flexes more efficiently at impact and produces faster ball speeds.
Do you need another reason to throw a new driving iron in your golf bag?
What is a Driving Iron?
Unlike a fairway wood, a driving iron or utility iron is an iron used to hit the ball a long distance, usually off the tee. It has a low degree in order to help you do that.
Sometimes these irons are more of a hybrid like Ping Crossover above, which can help you reach longer distances even more.
One of the main types of players who use driving irons is a low handicap player. This is because they are not always simple to hit, compared to other clubs. However, things have changed more recently with the introduction or newer technology in clubs.
Can you use them off the tee?
Definitely, I think this is one of the best options for this type of club.
That difficult second shot off the fairway on par 4-5’s, the killer of all golfers is much easier with a utility iron. Imagine finding the fairway off the Tee with your driving iron and then you’ve 220-250 yards left in for your second shot. Using a driving iron would be a great option, you have more forgiveness and you will take a nice divot and get closer than you would with a fairway wood.
I think a driving iron is even better than hybrid as they are still longer and less forgiving clubs to use for your second shot.
Better shafts have also enabled golfers to hit better shots using these clubs, a massive improvement in recent years over the old flex shafts that needed pinpoint accuracy to use.