Golf is popular across the world, and is played both for sport and leisure by a wide range of people. The iron set will normally make up the majority of a typical set of golf clubs, as they are used for a wide range of situations which might arise during play.
They are primarily used over shorter distances, but can be used to the majority of the game on smaller courses. Wedges also count as a sub set of irons, and these are used to extract the ball from hazards such as bunkers. Left-handed golf clubs are commonly available, meaning that it is easy for a left-handed player to find equipment suitable from them. The main difference between left and right-handed clubs is simply the orientation of the design.
The Typical Set
There are a few key clubs which should normally be included in any set, in order to have a versatile set of irons which can be used to face a range of situations. Irons are typically designated by a number, the higher number representing a higher loft, the angle of the surface which makes contact with the ball. A low loft means that a ball will travel further and lower if hit correctly.
4 irons and below are often referred to as long irons. These clubs are designed to hit the ball over long distances, and at a low angle. These are generally used in both the ‘fairway’ and ‘rough’, evenly cut and rough grass between the tee box and the putting green respectively.
They may also be useful for situations which require a low angle, such as getting the ball out from beneath low trees. This kind of club is sometimes considered harder than other irons in the set to use, as it can be harder to hit the ball in the right spot with this club.
5 irons to 7 irons are generally referred to as the mid irons, and are used on the fairway and rough as the ball begins to approach the putting green. They are also useful for hilly courses, as the increased angle of the ball trajectory reduces the risk of it hitting a hill, which can be a problem for long irons.
8 irons and 9 irons are known as short irons. These have the shortest shaft and heaviest head of irons, and are used to hit the ball over shorter distances. Short irons are useful for situations where hazards such as lakes must be avoided, and are also sometimes used for ‘bump and run’ shots, where a ball is hit with a putting motion, to get it over an area of rough and onto the putting green. Short irons are often considered the easiest to hit the ball with, and are used when a great level of accuracy is required.
A subset of the irons, wedges have a higher loft than the numbered irons. They are used for a range of specialised situations, and the particular wedges a golfer will take with them will depend on what they may face on the course.
The pitching wedge, sometimes called a 10 iron, has the lowest loft of wedge clubs. This club is used to hit high angled, low distance shots, or to put the ball over fringes of rough grass and onto the green.
The gap wedge was designed to fill the loft gap between the pitching wedge and the sand wedge. Sometimes called an approach wedge, or simply labelled by the club angle, this club is sometimes used to approach the green, or as a sand wedge. It can also be useful to get the ball out of heavy rough.
The sand wedge is designed to hit the ball out of bunkers. This club has the widest sole of all the wedges, and is designed to avoid digging into the sand.
The lob wedge has a very high loft, and is designed for shots with a very high arc over a fairly short distance. This club is normally used to hit the ball over hazards, or to accurately land the ball over a short distance.
The ultra-lob wedge is a variation of the lob wedge, and has the highest loft of all golf clubs. These clubs are designed for use in situations which require a ball to be hit almost vertically.
There are a range of versions of iron available, some of which are designed to improve the ease of use of the club.
Perimeter weighted clubs, otherwise known as ‘cavity backed’ clubs, are designed to make it easier to correctly hit the ball. Weighting the perimeter of the club head prevents it from spinning if the ball is hit incorrectly, rather than straight on. Most modern irons are perimeter weighted, due to the increased usability these clubs offer.
Offset irons are designed to further enhance the usability of the iron. Offset irons help ensure that the golfer’s hands are ahead of the ball, and the face of the club in the correct direction This helps prevent ‘slicing’ the ball, where the ball veers off too far in one direction. For left-handed golfers, this will mean the ball goes too far left.
Clubs without any of these additional features are sometimes called ‘blades’. Modern blade clubs are less commonly available, due to the popularity of other designs. However, many more skilled golfers prefer to use these blades, due to the feel of the club and the skill involved in their use.
There are two main ways in which the golf club heads of irons are manufactured, and which method was used has an impact on the final product.
Cast irons, manufactured by pouring molten metal into a mould, are by far the most common modern clubs available. The hardness can vary depending on the metals used, with ‘softer’ heads being considered to give a better feel, while the ball will hit off ‘harder’ heads faster. The majority of cast irons have features such as perimeter weighting, and are generally more suitable for low to mid skill levels.
Forged irons have become increasingly uncommon due to the prevalence of cast irons and the labour intensive manufacturing process. Forged club heads are often designed for the ‘feel’ of the club, so the golfer can tell whether or not they hit a ball straight. Forged heads are often seen as harder to hit with, and are often used by professional golfers.
The material of a club shaft is a key element to consider when purchasing an iron. There are two main materials used; steel and graphite.
Steel is commonly used in golf clubs, and the ease of manufacture means steel shaft clubs are among the cheaper options available. Some golfers prefer steel shafts as the steel absorbs less of the vibrations of impact, providing strong feedback. Another benefit of steel is that, due to manufacturing processes, a set of steel shafted irons will likely be consistent throughout. However, steel is heavier than graphite, which can lead to shorter distance in shots.
Graphite is lighter than steel, meaning a graphite handled club can lead to slightly longer shots. Graphite also absorbs the feedback from a shot, and some golfers prefer this softer feel. However, these shafts can also be considerably more expensive than their steel counterparts. It can often come down to personal preference over the feel of a club as to which material is best for a golfer.
Finding Left-Handed Irons on eBay
eBay has a wide range of golfing equipment available, including a variety of golf clubs suitable for left-handed players. The full listing of available irons can be found in the Sporting Goods section. Irons can be found under Golf Clubs. It is possible to list available items by categories such as iron type, brand and shaft material as well as by price, condition and distance to the seller.
Key information about an item will generally be prominently displayed on the listing of a particular item, making it easy to find an iron with certain specifications. Further information about an item can be found on the item page, such as item reviews. It is also possible here to see information about the seller, such as feedback ratings, allowing a purchase to be made in confidence. It is also possible to ask the seller a question regarding the item here.
It may be easier to find left handed irons using the search function available at the top of every page. For example, searching ‘left handed’ within the irons section will produce a list of irons which are described as suitable for left-handed players. For more information about effective use of the search function, visit the Search Tips page.
An iron set forms the core of any golfers set of clubs, and matching them to the skill of the golfer and the needs of the course are important. Left-handed versions of irons are widely available, meaning left-handed golfers can easily get the clubs they need to play. A wide range of left-handed iron sets can be found on eBay.