Best Irons for Sweepers or Pickers Review

In golf, there is no one size fits all iron for players. Different players have different iron requirements and in this best irons for sweepers or pickers review we’ll take a look at the clubs you would benefit from. Sweepers are players who hit the ball with a rather level or upward stroke both at the tee, on the rough, and on the fairway too, taking little or no divots. Let’s start with some of the features a great iron should have.

What You Should Look For

Some of the aspects about irons great for sweepers are:

Low Center of Gravity

With a level stroke, sweepers need irons with a very low Center of Gravity (COG) so as to launch the ball high and achieve maximum flight.

Sole

Sweepers do better with thin soled irons. However, it’s not a crime to play wide-soled irons to improve turf interaction.

Sole and Toe Weighting

With their level strokes, sweepers need a really low COG, to launch the ball high. Sole and toe weighting lower the COG and take it further back. I would love to forewarn you. You will probably find this list biased to other manufacturers but the Mizzy's are just that good.

Best Irons for Sweepers or Pickers Comparison Table

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Pros

Cons

Rating

Mizuno JPX 850 Forged Irons
  • One of the longer irons
  • Forgiving with a certain level of playability
  • Requires a repeatable swing
Mizuno JPX 800 Irons
  • Forgiving
  • Good distance​
  • Able to deliver higher ball speeds
  • Low workability
Ping G15 Irons
  • Great accuracy
  • Distance control​
  • Looks and feels great
  • Not a shot makers club
Mizuno MP-H5 Irons
  • Delivers consistent and reliable yardages
  • Has a blade-like look
  • Reduced workability
Mizuno MP 54 Irons
  • Great blend of workability and forgiveness
  • Great turf interaction​
  • Has a clean design
  • A bit pricey

Best Irons for Sweepers or Pickers Review

Topping the list of best irons for sweepers is (drum roll please):

Mizuno JPX 850 Forged Irons

The JPX 850 which replaces the 825 pro, is a perfect example that determination, consistency, and passion pays. It took the R&D team six years for them to finally break through and achieve a great iron as the JPX 850.

The forged, which replaces pro, just goes to stress that this is a low to mid handicapper (a better player) iron and not a game improvement iron.

The JPX 850 forged features cutting edge technology with boron being incorporated into the grain flow forging process.

As all you chemists out there know, boron is stronger than steel and thus a combination of these two metals produces a mind blowing iron.

The incorporation of boron produces an iron which is 30% stronger, allowing for a thinner face which has more flex and also results in extreme ball speeds.The JPX 850 forged also features an undercut cavity and power frame. The undercut cavity enables the engineers at Mizuno to achieve perimeter weighting which enlarges the sweet spot increasing forgiveness. The perimeter frame, on the other hand, enables the entire face to flex resulting into more ball speeds.

For a while, forged irons have been anything but long distance irons. Therefore we would not be surprised if most if not all of you do not believe us when we say that these are some of the longer irons available. The JPX 850 forged give the best of both worlds.

Pros

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    One of the longer irons available – for forged irons, the JPX 850 forged delivers amazing distance. The perfect blend of forged and distance irons
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    Forgiving with a certain level of playability – Perfect for better players seeking some forgiveness
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    Despite the improvements, it lives up to the Mizuno hallmark feel

Cons

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    Requires a repeatable swing. I.e. For consistent players

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Mizuno JPX 800 Irons

The JPX 800, unlike the 800 pros, are game improvement irons which Mizuno produced to cater for the mid to high handicap players. So, if you are a high handicap sweeper, then these are the irons for you.

Mizuno was going for an iron that provides balanced performance. Great looks, amazing feedback, forgiving but with a certain degree of control, without any one of these aspects compromising the other. What they came up with was the JPX 800.

With the hot metal design, Mizuno engineers managed to thin the face which increases ball speed and distance. Forgiveness is as a result of the deep undercut cavity which allows for perimeter weighting. This in turns enlarges the sweet spot.

Pros

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    Forgiveness – These are some of the more forgiving irons out there. For a company better known for their better player irons, they surely did a good job with the JPX 800
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    Distance – These irons deliver some amazing distance. Golf tour pro Luke Donald hit 18 extra yards with these irons than with his normal irons
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    Ball speed – with a thinner face, these irons are able to deliver higher ball speeds

Cons

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    Low workability – the higher MOI reduces workability and control. With these, you are not in a position to shape your shots

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Ping G15 Irons

Game improvement irons provide forgiveness. But then there is the Ping G15 that provides ultimate forgiveness. So I would not advise players looking for workability to pick these irons. They are intended for two digit handicappers.

We all knew that Ping would have a difficult time developing clubs better than the G10s but they surely outdid themselves with the G15s.

Thanks to the “custom tuning port,” engineers at Ping have managed to redistribute 7 grams to the perimeter enlarging the sweet spot. This results in great strikes even on off-centre strikes. With the thinner face, they can achieve higher ball speeds.

Pros

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    Great accuracy – you will be hitting the green all day long
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    Distance control – No discrepancy between the center and off-center strikes
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    Looks and feels great. The large club head inspires confidence at address

Cons

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    Not a shot makers club – You are assured of hitting the green all day but forget about chasing tight pins
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    The thick head makes it difficult to make shots from tight lies

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Mizuno MP-H5 Irons

One thing Mizuno is known for is their blade like punishing irons. They do not incorporate technology to help players and thus Mizuno irons have been a reserve for elite players. However, this is not the case with the MP series.

The MP series has featured cutting-edge technology and been a bit forgiving than other Mizuno irons. However, they are still meant for elite players. So, I guess we can call them “elite player game improvement irons.” That makes sense right?

The MP-H5 come in a complete set from the 1-iron to the PW, unlike its predecessor the MP-H4 which was only available from the 2-5 iron. And yes there are 1 and 2 irons.

The long irons feature a full hollow construction design with a maraging steel face. This increases carry distance, makes them easy to use and increases the consistency. The hollow design also allows for the COG to be located deep in the iron and the sweet spot positioned low on the face. Just perfect for sweepers. This is why these irons had to make it to this list of best irons for sweepers. In short, the MP-H5 are irons that play and feel like blades with higher launch and more ball speed.

Pros

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    Delivers consistent and reliable yardages
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    For better player irons, these are the more forgiving available
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    Will appeal to purists who prefer that blade-like look in their irons

Cons

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    With forgiveness in play, it reduces the workability

See full review of the irons here.

Our Rating:

Mizuno MP 54 Irons

I believe I forewarned you. Another Mizuno makes it onto this top-rated irons for sweepers list. These guys must be feeling good about themselves.

The Mizuno MP 54 is an elite game improvement iron suitable for single and low double digit handicaps. Mizuno irons have always been classic, of great quality, soft feeling and the MP54 was no letdown.

With their progressive muscle design Mizuno is able to offer both workability and forgiveness in the same set. The 3 to 7 irons are cavity backs which decrease in size as you go down the set.

The 8 irons to PW have a closed cavity i.e. they are more of muscle backs. This results in a set that is forgiving with the long irons but offers the desired workability in the short irons.

16 grams have also been moved from the cavity to low and deep on the perimeter. The perimeter weighting produces a stable iron which is way easier to launch. This makes it a great iron for sweepers. However, the ace in these irons is their beveled grind. It enhances turf interaction for those minor divots sweepers take every once or twice.

Pros

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    Great blend of workability and forgiveness. The long irons will forgive your mishits while the short irons will allow for shot shaping. How better can it get?
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    Great turf interaction with the beveled grind to compliment your sweeper swing
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    Still has that clean Mizuno blade design

Cons

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    Definitely a better player iron. A bit pricey too

Final Thoughts

We have finally concluded the great irons for sweepers list, and I too find myself biased or somehow drawn towards Mizuno irons. But they are just that good and others could not compete apart from Ping G15. Big up Ping. You gave Mizuno a run for their money. The JPX 850 forged and the JPX 800 topped this list and I would vouch for them. However, this is not to say that the rest aren’t good, just that these two are a bit better.

Remember to visit your nearest golf retailer to test these irons before making a purchase. You can even fit them to match your requirements. Hope you enjoyed the article and found it useful. Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below or why not share the article with your golf buddies (sharing is caring).

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