Re: Game Improvement Irons for a High Handicapper
If price is not a major issue, you might consider the Callaway Fusion irons, either the standard or wide-sole versions. The standard Fusions have smaller heads, less offset, and thinner soles (obviously!) and toplines than the wide-sole models. (Of course, I don't know which one would better suit your eye and game. Great Sand Trap review of the wide soles here
I played the standard model for a few months this summer, and I loved them. They look great and are very forgiving in terms of distance. But they also offer some pretty good feel (I generally thought I could feel where I mis-hit it, even if the distance loss wasn't necessarily punishing) and are reasonably responsive to attempts to shape a shot in some way. When I made the swing I wanted to make (
), I got either a nice draw or a slight fade. I found the trajectory more difficult to manipulate in the short irons, but that probably has more to do with my skill and swing than the clubs. I should add, in case it doesn't go without saying, that these are not miracle clubs; when I got lazy with the Fusions, I hit them as badly as I sometimes hit the Mizuno MP-29s I use occasionally. But overall, I thought the Fusions were fantastic clubs. (And assume the same would be true of the wide soles.)
Disclosure: I am no longer using them because of their expense. Though I generally thought they are "better" clubs than my Ping Eye 2+ irons (about a half to a full club longer, slightly more forgiving, and similar feel), I just didn't think they were THAT much better than my Pings. I had a chance to sell them for not much less than I paid for them, so I accepted the offer. (I kept the 2-iron; I really love the Fusion long irons.)
I hear Callaway will be launching new versions of their Fusion line soon (I know I read something about an FT-i iron), so that might be something to look into - either as a potential purchase or because it might mean Fusion prices will be falling soon. I would, of course, also recommend the Ping Eye 2 or Eye 2+; just really solid clubs. But I really don't think you could go wrong many brands or models. There are so many great game improvement irons out there, look around and find some that suit your eye, swing, and wallet.
Sorry for having been so long winded. Good luck.