I am thinking of buying a new set of clubs and wanted to know the difference between cast and forged irons, especially for high-handicappers?
Thanks for your question.
A cast club is formed by pouring liquid metal into a mold. A forged club is made by heating the metal and then forming the shape by hammering or using a hydraulic press. If the design of the clubhead is the same, there should be no substantial difference in performance.
You should be less concerned about whether a club is forged or cast and more concerned about how forgiving it is.
Generally speaking, it is harder to forge certain game-improvement designs in irons (like a deep undercut cavity, for example), so you could say that there is greater variety in game-improvement cast clubs than in forged models.