Best Used Golf Irons 2022

Looking to pick up a set of premium irons at a discount price? Then these used models could be the answer

Best Used Golf Irons
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Best Used Golf Irons

When it comes to a set of golf irons, they are arguably the clubs that are going to stay in your golf bag for the longest amount of time. Because of their longevity, a set of irons are usually the most expensive parts of the golf bag, with a set setting you back upwards of $1000.

In today's environment that is an awful lot of money to splash out, especially given that the rest of your golf bag doesn't come cheap either! However, there are a few ways of getting round the high cost, with one of the ways being to take a look at some of the best budget irons on the market.

Another way is to look at the second hand market on sites like eBay. Now, you may think that this isn't a good idea, but you can pick up some of the best golf irons that money can buy from reliable dealers and sellers that have their own shops on these kinds of websites.

Obviously, when it comes to purchasing clubs off eBay, you need to do some research, but here at Golf Monthly we have done some digging ourselves to find some cracking deals on excellent irons from years gone by. Along with irons, we also have a guide on the best used golf drivers, which features some of the best golf drivers from the last few years.

If you still are unsure on whether used golf clubs are the way to go, then it may be worth noting that many golfers are turning to the second hand market for equipment. That's according to Golfclubs4cash, Europe's biggest second-hand golf equipment retailer, who has reported year-on-year growth that has exceeded that of the 2020 pandemic boom.

In this video, Joel Tadman compares 2022's leading game-improvement irons

So, why not check out some of the best deals we have found on eBay, which include some of the most forgiving irons and some of the best distance irons that money can buy.

Best Used Irons US

Wilson Golf D9 Irons (opens in new tab)

Wilson Golf D9 Irons (opens in new tab) | $499.99 at Maple Hill Golf

For under $500, you can pick up these D9 Irons which are available from 5i - PW and are in mint condition. They feature in KBS Max Ultralite Steel Regular Shafts, so would be better suited to slower-swinging golfers, and are set at standard lengths and lofts.

TaylorMade M6 Irons (opens in new tab)

TaylorMade M6 Irons (opens in new tab) | $599.99 at Global Golf

Featuring in a 5i - PW, there is even the option to add a GW and SW as well within this set. The TaylorMade M6 Irons have regular FST KBS Max 85 Steel Shafts and, because there is plenty of weight behind them, they are extremely forgiving.

PXG 0311 T GEN2 Chrome Iron Set (opens in new tab)

PXG 0311 T GEN2 Chrome Iron Set (opens in new tab) | $493.59 at Impacting The Game

Listed as 'in good condition', the PXG 0311 Iron's feature from 4i - PW, with KBS Tour-V Stiff Flex Steel Shafts. PXG are known for producing some of the best budget golf clubs (opens in new tab) on the market and, with these irons, you'll be grabbing a superb deal.

Cobra Air-X Irons (opens in new tab)

Cobra Air-X Irons (opens in new tab) | $519.99 at Maple Hill Golf

Cobra Air-X Irons (opens in new tab) are a mightily impressive lightweight iron set that is easy to launch and forgiving on off center strikes. Available in a range of shafts and lofts, there is plenty of adaptability with this offering.

Mizuno MP 18 Irons (opens in new tab)

Mizuno MP 18 Irons (opens in new tab) | $436.04 at Impacting The Game

It's rare that you will see Mizuno irons at a lower price, with the MP 18s now under $440. Featuring from a 4i - PW, they come in NS Pro Modus 3 Tour 120 Stiff Steel Shafts and are listed in 'good conditions'.

Best Used Irons UK

Ping i500 Irons (opens in new tab)

Ping i500 Irons (opens in new tab) | £450.99 at GolfClubs4Cash

These i500s are some of the best Ping irons (opens in new tab) on the market and, for just £450, you can pick up 5i - PW in Stiff Flex Ping AWT 2.0 Shafts. Listed as 'in good condition', they are set as standard and were one of the best compact distance irons (opens in new tab) when they launched so this is a bit of a bargain!

Callaway Mavrik Irons (opens in new tab)

Callaway Mavrik Irons (opens in new tab) | £329.99 at TV Golf Centre

Some of the best Callaway golf irons (opens in new tab) are now under £330, with the Mavrik's featuring in 5i - SW, they have True Temper Elevate Stiff Steel Shafts and should a wide variety of players.

Titleist 718 AP2 Irons (opens in new tab)

Titleist 718 AP2 Irons (opens in new tab) | £429.99 at Golf Clubs 4 Cash

Titleist irons are some of the best on the market (opens in new tab), with these 718 AP2s under £430. Listed as in 'good condition', they are available in 4i - PW and have Stiff Flex KBS Tour-V 110 Shafts.

TaylorMade Sim 2 MAX Irons (opens in new tab)

TaylorMade Sim 2 MAX Irons (opens in new tab) | £549.95 at Affordable Golf

Listed in 'very good condition', the Sim 2 MAX Irons are some of the most forgiving (opens in new tab) on the market and, with Regular KBS Max 85 Shafts, they will suit a number of players. The set contains 5i - SW.

Cobra King SpeedZone Irons (opens in new tab)

Cobra King SpeedZone Irons (opens in new tab) | £499.95 at Affordable Golf

Cobra's SpeedZone Irons come in at under £500 in this fantastic offer. Featuring in a variety of shaft and lie options, they are available in 4i - SW and will suit a wide variety of playing standards.

What to consider when buying used irons

When it comes to purchasing the best used golf irons there are a number of factors that need to be considered:

Firstly, is the seller reputable? You don't want to purchase a golf club that may be cheap, but sold by someone who has a low approval rating on the sites and therefore may not deliver promptly, if at all. In the case of some sellers on eBay there have been examples of counterfeit clubs being sold, so always buy through well-known retail shops on second hand channels that have very high feedback ratings. 

One last point is to make sure you do your research. As noted earlier, there may be a specific type of shaft or weight that you are looking for in your driver, so it's crucial that you check that what you are purchasing matches your requirements. You don't want the debacle of buying one of the best Mizuno irons or one of the best Titleist irons to find out the lofts or shaft is different to what you are used to. 

We've all been there. You spot a club that is hundreds of dollars cheaper than the original price and, when it's delivered, it is damaged beyond belief. That is why it's crucial you read up on the condition beforehand. Most sellers will list the condition of the club on the page, but you can always message them if you do have any problems or queries.

This may sound like an obvious one but, when researching, it's important you find out whether the specs of the iron or club are correct. Again, these should be listed on the sites, but be wary of the flex of the club, as well as the weight. You don't want the club to arrive to find out that the shaft is incorrect, or the head is a different model.


Why would you purchase used clubs?

Used golf clubs are usually far cheaper than new models and offer a potentially huge saving. What's more, a company may have stopped producing a certain model, so used sites can be a great place to pick up these models that no longer exist if you having a special place in your heart for a very specific club. 

Where are the best places to buy used golf equipment?

Sites that are great for used equipment are eBay, as well as 2nd Swing Golf in the US and Golfclubs4cash or GolfBidder in the UK, which has recently partnered with American Golf to provide a trade-in solution. Many of these retailers also have their own shops on eBay too, so you buy this way with confidence. They are reliable sources for picking up used equipment that is still in good condition.