Anyway, 4 or five years ago I demo'd some Mizuno forged irons that felt really sweet, but I don't recall what model they were. And a couple years ago I picked up two used Titleist AP1's (4&5 or 5&6 iron), they seem just okay for how they feel and how I recall hitting them at the range.
Last summer I did hit a few balls at a few local golf shops trying out some different brands and trying to sort out what I liked. Some clubs I really wanted to like, but for one reason or another I ruled them out. I never did get out to play last year for a variety of reasons.
This year I am planning to hit the local courses and am wanting new (or new to me used) clubs. I believe for most people it comes down to how a set of clubs perform for them, how those clubs feel during use, and how they look at address.
I'm open to input on other's decision processes when club shopping. Apart from all that I'm just refreshing my presence here as I migrate back into the game of golf.