Inspired by Rory McIroy's demolition of the US Open championship field? If you fancy taking up golf, we've already recommended the best putters, but here are five great iron sets for beginners…
Nike Slingshot £300
A certain Tiger Woods has done a lot to make the world sit up and take notice of Nike as a force in golf technology. This combo set has a 5 iron to sand wedge featuring the distinctive Slingshot cavity back, and two chunky hybrid clubs for longer hits.
TaylorMade Burner Plus £300
If you're after extra distance – and let's face it, no one likes being outgunned – the Burner Plus irons feature longer, lighter shafts to help increase swing speed and thus further thwackingness of the ball.
Wilson Prostaff CX £230
This teched-up set features three distinct types of club, with a traditional cavity-back iron in the short clubs, a hollow-bodied iron in the mids, and a fat hybrid head for the long'uns.
Mizuno MX-100 £280
The MX-100 irons feature a clever Y-shaped pad in the cavity that extends the sweet spot into the areas where most beginners mishit their shots. Of course, it's up to you to make sure you make contact with the ball in the first place.
Benross VX-51 £250
If you're pretty confident that you'll be a contender in next to no time, it might be worth keeping an eye on your glorious future. These Benross irons have forged heads that give them a softer feel and make it easier to get a little spin on the ball – when you're good enough to think about just not missing.