Cast Iron Vs. Forged Iron: Which Is Better?

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Every golfer on the planet is looking to improve their game and drop their handicap. A big role that plays a part in that is your club. Moreover, how the club is made in terms of its manufacturing process. For irons, you get two types: forged and cast. What are the differences, and which is better?

Forged irons technically offer better ball control, launch angle, and feel. Fashioned from one solid piece of metal, forged irons can control the grain structure and offer longer durations of vibrations. Cast iron clubs start out as a molten liquid and are poured into a mould. With this method, air bubbles may occur, providing less consistency in the club.

If you have ever wanted to know what the precise differences between cast and forged iron clubs are and how they impact your game, then this article has you covered. Not only will we discuss the differences between cast and forged irons, but we will take a look at the manufacturing process, real-world comparisons, pros that use cast irons, and more.

Which is better, cast or forged irons?

If you are a golf player who likes to play with feel, control the ball’s flight and launch angle, then perhaps you would be better suited to play with forged irons. This is due to the process of how forged irons are made, giving you that more significant degree of control.

This does not necessarily mean that you should head out and buy yourself a whole set of forged irons if you are a beginner. On the contrary, cast irons help to improve your game when you are a beginner or intermediate player.

This is because they are a little more forgiving and much easier to launch when compared to forged irons. Hence, when you are still learning to hit the ball correctly, cast iron clubs will allow for fault in your technique. It will be much more difficult for a beginner to hit a forged iron club straight than they will with a cast iron club. Moreover, cast iron clubs are cheaper, which means in addition to helping you improve your technique, they won’t break the bank.

Forged and cast iron club pros and cons table

 ProsCons
Forged Iron Golf Clubs*A greater degree of control
*They have a great feel
*More expensive than cast iron clubs
*You require a sufficient amount of experience (technique) in order to hit them nicely
Cast Iron Golf Clubs*Great for beginners and intermediate players
*Much more forgiving than forged clubs
*Typically have a lower center of gravity
*They have a larger sweet spot
*Much cheaper than forged iron clubs
*The feel is not as great as forged iron clubs
*When at a certain level of proficiency at golf, they may be inconsistent

In trying to understand why this is so, we will have to look at the differences between forged and cast irons and their manufacturing process.

Comparing cast vs. forged irons in a real environment

In this video Mark Crossfield (a professional golfing coach and YouTube golf influencer with almost half a million subscribers) compares and goes over the differences (which we will discuss in the following section) between a cast and forged iron golf club.