What we say...
2013 Irons Test
All testers picked up on the distinctive sound that wasn’t to their taste. Joel and Chris said the head looked simple with no stand-out features and fitted perfectly in the category. Kit achieved some really good distances, averaging 165 yards (one of his longest on test), as did James, (averaging 184 yards) and Chris (158 yards). Distance control and accuracy were less easy to come by, however.
Yonex have impressed with genuinely premium products – such as the Ezone woods and forged irons – in recent years, but they haven’t ignored the game improver market with the VXF irons. Here, now, is updated version.
They will offer exceptional forgiveness to those of us who struggle with consistency. The VXF irons have been engineered with a Double Undercut Cavity Construction that helps expand the sweetspot on the thin face, while the elastomer backing dampens vibration for high levels of feel.
The VXF irons are 10 per cent larger than previous Yonex offerings and they do look easy to hit at address – but we must stress that the irons look long from heel to toe, and while the top-line is encouragingly thick, it’s not too chunky or off-putting.
Yonex have also developed a lightweight, high-stability HS750 graphite shaft that transfers maximum energy to the clubhead
for a solid feel at impact, but steel shafts are also available.
Overall, these look a solid option at a very good price point, especially if you struggle to get the ball airborne.
RRP: £489 (graphite 5-SW) and £349 (steel 5-SW)
Yonex Irons User Reviews
It was a toss up between these and Ping G25. (I was off-loading Lynx Black Cat +). On comparison at point of purchase, I was hitting longer and slightly lower than with both the Ping and Lynx. The performance on the course has been excellent, with 160 yards being regularly squirted out of a 6 iron, and straight too. The only issue I have with getting my handicap down is frequency of play. I can play off 18 or better with these irons (7 stroke reduction). Well worth the money. I have 4-SW.
After a few years of playing Ping irons I started to find that they were getting a bit heavy for me (70yrs old, 18 handicapper). I was attracted to Yonex because of their shaft technology and the visual appeal of the VXF irons. Tried some demo clubs and found that the graphite shafted models swung much easier and lighter than my Pings. Distance is about the same with a slightly higher flight. I have now been playing these clubs for a year or so and my original impression has been borne out. Don't be put off by the fact that they are not what might be described as a top player brand - they are really nice easy clubs to use and suit a slower swing speed.