£4 iron vs £400 iron: how much BANG do you really get for your buck?

Budget Off The Shelf Iron vs Custom Fitted PXG Iron - let's see the differences...

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Tue, 6 Oct 2020
£4 iron vs £400 iron: how much BANG do you really get for your buck?

How much bang do you really get for your buck when it comes to golf equipment? Well GolfMagic's Alex Lodge set to find out earlier this week when he took two very different 7-irons out for a spin at Knole Park Golf Club in Sevenoaks. 

Watch our latest video review below as Alex puts a budget starter iron worth £4 up against a brand new custom-fitted PXG 0311 T Gen 3 iron worth £400 to see just how different they really are in terms of performance, on top of the differences a good custom fitting can make to your game...



GolfMagic says: 

First things first, custom fitting is very important to take your game to the next level.

There is dynamic and there is static. So this is your height, your weight, your wrist measurements to make sure you are playing the correct length of club, and then the custom fitter will go into how you actually swing the golf club. 

This gives the custom fitter a better idea of the shaft, grip and most importantly, the lie angle of the club you need to be playing in order to get the most out of your game.

Lie angle is how the club interacts with the ground at impact. If your club is too upright at impact, then your shots will travel to the left of your target. Conversely, if your club is too flat, then your shots will be heading right.

Okay, now onto this test. I'm putting a brand new custom-fitted PXG 7-iron up against a budget starter 7-iron. One costs £400 and the other costs £4. Let's see what the biggest differences are between the two...

PXG - custom fitted iron 

Strata - budget off-the-shelf iron

I hit pretty similar numbers with both in terms of distance, but the biggest difference is in their consistency and offline dispersion. 

With the budget iron, the offline dispersion was up to some 60 yards worse with the budget iron than against the PXG - which as you can imagine out on the course is not ideal. 

Yes, there is a £400 price difference between these two irons and the distances aren't too dissimilar, but the main point of this test is to prove to you just how effective a custom fitting can be for your game, and that is very much evident when you look at my test. 

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