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In this article, I will show you the reasons why you should try a great driving iron, instead of a 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 ball better and control the shot. So 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. ( Which is always a good thing )
So I swapped and now I only use a driver if the fairway is wide open and forgiving.
Why use a golf driving iron/utility iron?
In my opinion, golfers are better at using irons and similar types of clubs for a couple of reason.
- 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
- Less intimidating than the driver
Golf 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.
Can you use them off the deck?
Definitely, I think this is one of the best options for this 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 it’s 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.
What are the Best golf driving irons
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 them in reverse order.
Here’s the TOP 3 BEST GOLF DRIVING IRONS
#Third place – 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
#Second place – 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/utility club from Callaway wasn’t far from coming first. It was a matter of feel and brand loyalty that made us put this club into second place.
Callaway has made some fantastic clubs over the many years as golf manufacturers but this 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.
Good luck and play well
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