After six years with my old Mizuno JPX-850 Forged irons, it was time to trade them in for something less blemished with sharper grooves, updated technology and nice, shiny faces.
I couldn’t be more thrilled with the improvement I’ve achieved this season with my new clubs: The Argolf AR-F22 Silver Forged Irons.
I wrote about Argolf’s incredible wedges in several posts last month, linked below, and have continued to play them incredibly well. My touch around the greens has been better with these F18 wedges than with any of my old Titleist, Nike or Clevelands, and the happiness I get when peering down at them over shots can’t be overstated.
Similarly to the F18 wedges, I’m happy to throw my full support behind Argolf’s irons, especially the F22’s I’m currently gaming.
These golf clubs are stunning aesthetically. Argolf lives at the intersection of art and industrial design, developing irons, putters and wedges that look as beautiful as they feel.
Each Argolf iron is fine-tuned to combine club manufacturing expertise with the company’s advanced engineering processes. Built in France, Argolf uses only the finest metals and materials and utilizes detailed production techniques that stem from leaderships’ pasts in the aeronautical engineering industry.
Following the example of fine jewelry, Argolf’s research and development team studies the quality of each individual club using CAD (computer-aided drafting) and utilizes tri-dimensional metrology calibrated for precision to ensure excellence in all the finest details.
The results are evident in every golf club, which double as true works of art:
Argolf’s AR-F22 irons
I have had the opportunity to test two different sets of irons from Argolf, including the F22’s and F35’s. Recommended for mid-to-low-handicap players, the F22’s are a forged muscle back iron with really good forgiveness and a narrow cavity back.
These are the irons in my golf bag now, and getting to know them over the past couple of months has been an absolute joy.
A muscle back iron meant for advanced players, the F22’s are workable yet forgiving, minimizing left and right misses while providing great feel and a consistent launch.
They “snap” when I hit them well, typically leading to a slight draw or tight fade. I’ve been able to work them right-to-left, too, which has gotten me out of some tight jams especially at North Hills (including a huge sweeper around the trees left of six downhill and somehow onto the collar of the green).
The F22’s are about a club longer than my old JPX850 forged irons and feel significantly stronger at impact. I’ve enjoyed getting much better feedback from them, and they especially feel more powerful when I compact the ball while also performing better on miss-hits. My misses with these have led to noticeably better results than ever before.
Some of my favorite shots with my new F22’s so far this season include:
- Threading a 5-iron from 221 yards with a cross-wind into a narrow, raised green on the par five 13th at The Bull at Pinehurst Farms to get home in two during our visit as part of the WSGA’s Wisconsin Captured project
- Grooving a tightly drawn 8-iron from 168 yards on the world-famous par three “Flower Hole” 16th at SentryWorld in Stevens Point to six feet below the cup, leading to a straight-on, uphill birdie (also with Wisconsin Captured)
The 230-yard 4-iron I crushed low into the wind off the 4th tee (our 18th hole that I needed to par to get Troy to a sudden death playoff) there the week before was also memorable!
- Flushing a 4-iron 240+ dead into the wind to the miniscule, elevated green of the 539-yard par five 4th on the Meadow Valleys course at Blackwolf Run; I was actually laying up knowing I can’t possibly hit a fairway wood that straight and far, then half-expected to find it in the cup
- Coming up a yard or two short (literally) with pitching wedge from 188 yards on the par three 18th at Glen Flora Country Club – we did have a 3- to 4-club wind at our backs, but still…
At $1,259 for a set (4-PW), or $180/club with the standard silver finish, Argolf’s F22’s are priced right in line with the majority of Player and Player-Distance irons represented on Golf Digest’s 2022 Hot List:
This is a great price for these irons. Argolf is a premium golf brand that manufactures their clubs using state of the art materials, thoughtful R&D and superior processes, and to still be aligned [or lower] with the most popular mainstream iron sets on the market is to me almost unexpected for a product of such high quality.
Argolf’s AR-F35 irons
The first set of Argolf irons I tested were the F35’s, and the first thing I noticed when hitting them is how forgiving they are. With their ample cavity backs, there’s a lot of sweet spot on these clubs which results in plenty of room for error.
This can be both a blessing and a curse, obviously, as players cannot get that much forgiveness without sacrificing something. To me, that sacrifice is in two areas:
1. Shot shaping – as long as you don’t completely stub or blade the ball, it’s gonna take off and fly relatively straight. While I was able to add a little draw or cut, it’s considerably less than with the F22’s.
2. The look – I’m barely a single-digit handicap, but the genre of game improvement irons’ club faces are a little too big for my liking.
The next realization I came to is that they’re long. Really long. I was regularly hitting the 7-iron 175-180 yards, for example, which is considerably longer than I’m used to.
As my first rounds with these were played while on family Spring Break to Gulf Shores Alabama and Coastal Mississippi in March, it became a guessing game as to how far I’d hit each club. I usually wasn’t far off, though, and generally speaking they flighted well within expected yardages based off the last iron hit (eg: If I was hitting my 7-iron 175 then I could count on the 6-iron being ~ 185-190). This added distance had me feeling a little like Bryson DeChambeau out there – minus my scores, of course.
Like the F22’s, the F35’s are beautiful looking golf clubs. The key difference, as I mentioned earlier, is in the size of the club heads. The F35’s are almost twice as deep on the sole (1″ at its widest on the sole for the F35’s versus ~ 5/8″ at its widest on the F22’s) and with a 1/4″ longer and 1/8″ higher club face. This, of course, is where the F35’s exceptional forgiveness [and added length] is derived from.
The F35’s have a brilliantly finished aesthetic and hit consistently solid, even adding yardage to players’ games. Most importantly, though, for a game improvement iron: They hit consistently straight.
Cast and milled with CNC from 431SC stainless steel, the F35’s feature a double undercut cavity that was developed for improved speed and consistency with its lightweight performance and perimeter weighting to promote a maximized moment of inertia (MOI). This improved MOI helps players achieve solid strikes on an expanded area of the club face, making them an ideal choice for players looking for quickly improved performance in their iron game.
If you’re in the market for an iron that will make you a better player from the fairway, I would absolutely recommend the AR-F35’s by Argolf. At $1,049 for a set of 4-PW, or $150/club, they are again well in line with the rest of the market for Game Improvement Irons. I’ve plotted this out below against Golf Digest’s Hot List of Game Improvement Irons for 2022:
Are Argolf irons for me?
If you’re in the market for new irons, visit Argolf’s USA website to check out which clubs are best suited for your game. If you’re a beginner or mid-to-high-handicapper, the F35’s could be exactly what you need to immediately start hitting longer, straighter golf shots, and if you’re a mid-to-low-handicap player, like myself, then the F22’s are a terrific option to groove into a set of irons that will help you get the most out of your golf game.
Lower-handicap players, closer to scratch, may of course also be interested in their F18 or F15 iron sets. Either way, I think this is a brand golf enthusiasts of all abilities should get to know well as a legitimate option for premium-grade clubs that are priced fairly, perform incredibly and are extremely easy on the eyes.
Any questions? Argolf has terrific customer service and even offers free consultation with golf professionals for any set of irons to make sure you pair the right set of clubs with your own golf game. Give them a shot and see for yourself what I’ve come to know: Argolf makes fantastic golf clubs.
All images taken by Paul Seifert and Rich Bauer of Rich Bauer Photography for WiscoGolfAddict.com