The Iron Loft Conundrum
A few years back, (30 or 40 years ago) there was a loose standard for Iron lofts. 6-iron lofts were 30 to 32 degrees. Over the years lofts vary greatly, even within one manufacturer’s iron offerings. You will find 6-irons ranging from 25 to 32 degrees. When the de-lofting of irons got started, I believe the intent was purely to say, “our irons go farther”. Basically, calling what was a 5-iron, a 6-iron and shorting the length to a 6-iron length. However, if you go to any of the well-known brands’ websites, you will see they offer different lofts for different skill level categories of clubs, (better players-weaker lofts and the less skilled players-stronger lofts). This further enhances the biases that exist in the club fitting world, (stronger players need smaller heads, less offset, higher center of gravity designs and less skilled players just the opposite). Putting players into categories to make the fitting process easier is a disservice to the golfing community. But I digress this is a subject for a future post. I will say there is some validity in the stronger loft vs. weaker loft idea now. If you mix the stronger lofts with a club which has a center of gravity that has been lowered and moved back (this promotes a higher launch angle), you will bring back the distance and more importantly decent angle (ability to hold the green on approach shots) for this style of club head, making the need to get fitted just that more important.