5 Iron Vs. 9 Iron Comparison Overview
A lot of players wonder if they can omit certain irons from their bag and still improve their game. In our experience, yes, you can replace certain irons with hybrids or woods and see an improvement. However, this improvement is typically unsustainable.
Eventually, you will hit a wall that you won’t be able to get past without the added performance and control of a full arsenal of irons. To give you some insight into 2 very important irons, we put together the following comparison overview.
5 Iron Overview
The 5 iron is a mid iron that can be very helpful when you find yourself in the semi rough. It’s mid-range distance is also very useful when you are at risk of hitting a low rise.
That’s because the 5 iron produces a nice, low shot trajectory. It also covers a distance of about 160 yards so it could come in very handy when you are facing down a long par 4. You will use your 5 iron from the deck on mid-range to long approaches as well.
5 irons give you a better feel than a hybrid or fairway wood as well. They are harder to learn but if you take the time, your game will certainly benefit. With a 5 iron, you will be able to work the ball better than a hybrid or fairway wood.
Some players may get better distance with a 5 hybrid initially; but as the needs of your game evolve a hybrid will not serve as well as a 5 iron.
9 Iron Overview
There is really no replacement for a 9 iron no matter how you slice it (no pun intended). 9 hybrids aren’t as reliable or accurate as a traditional 9 iron.
With a 9 iron you will be able to get about 120 yards of distance on average. This is why they are only used on short approaches or near-chip shots from the bunker. Better players will also be able to use a 9 iron to land on the green from the rough.
For most players though, the 9 iron is for popping the ball high and near the flag – a use for which it excels thanks to it’s towering height.
In most cases, both a 9 iron and a 5 iron will be needed if you want to make it to low handicap territory.