Spalding Irons By Year: The Complete List!

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Spalding began making golf equipment in the early 1900s and was one of the first companies to introduce the sport to the United States.

Having sat at the forefront of golf club innovation for much of the 20th century with popular lines like Top-Flite, Spalding ceased production of its clubs in 2002.

In this article, you’ll find a complete list of Spalding irons by year.

Spalding Irons By Year

Here is a full list of every Spalding iron release:

ImageSpalding Iron ModelRelease YearPrice
Spalding Top-Flite XL2000 Irons

Spalding Top-Flite XL2000 Irons

2000

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Spalding Pro Impact Irons

Spalding Pro Impact Irons

1999

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Spalding Executive EZX Oversize Irons

Spalding Executive EZX Oversize Irons

1998

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Spalding Top-Flite Tour Oversize Irons

Spalding Top-Flite Tour Oversize Irons

1998

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Spalding Top-Flite  Tour Ti Irons

Spalding Top-Flite Tour Ti Irons

1997

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Spalding Magna Oversize Irons

Spalding Magna Oversize Irons

1997

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Spalding Executive OS/i Oversize Irons

Spalding Executive OS/i Oversize Irons

1997

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Spalding Executive X EZ 4 Oversize Irons

Spalding Executive X EZ 4 Oversize Irons

1996

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Spalding Elite Tour Balancing System Irons

Spalding Elite Tour Balancing System Irons

1994

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Spalding Tour Edition Irons

Spalding Tour Edition Irons

1991

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Spalding Top-Flite Plus Irons

Spalding Top-Flite Plus Irons

1990

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Spalding Cannon Irons

Spalding Cannon Irons

1985

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Spalding XL4 Irons

Spalding XL4 Irons

1981

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Spalding Elite Plus Irons

Spalding Elite Plus Irons

1979

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Spalding Executive Irons

Spalding Executive Irons

1977

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Spalding Elite Centurion Irons

Spalding Elite Centurion Irons

1975

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Spalding Executive MV2 Irons

Spalding Executive MV2 Irons

1972

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Spalding Elite MV2 Irons

Spalding Elite MV2 Irons

1972

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Spalding Top-Flite Professional Irons

Spalding Top-Flite Professional Irons

1968

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Spalding Executive Focal Powered Irons

Spalding Executive Focal Powered Irons

1966

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Spalding Top-Flite Executive Synchro-Dyned Irons

Spalding Top-Flite Executive Synchro-Dyned Irons

1962

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Spalding Top-Flite Synchro-Dyned Irons

Spalding Top-Flite Synchro-Dyned Irons

1953

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Spalding Kro-Flite Irons

Spalding Kro-Flite Irons

1940

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Spalding Registered Irons

Spalding Registered Irons

1936

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Spalding Kro-Flite RTJ Irons

Spalding Kro-Flite RTJ Irons

1931

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Spalding Stop Em Irons

Spalding Stop Em Irons

1920

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Spalding Ded Stop Irons

Spalding Ded Stop Irons

1918

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Spalding Irons By Year: 1918-1949

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Spalding Ded Stop irons (waffle face version) released in 1918.

The very first Spalding irons were introduced in 1918 with the Ded Stop model.

Marketed as “golf’s greatest iron club,” the Ded Stop irons marked Spalding’s entry into golf club manufacturing, which would continue over the next century.

Throughout this period, Spalding experimented with numerous groove designs to increase spin, including the waffle face pictured above. Other versions featured a small black insert in the sweet spot for improved accuracy and feel.

Until the USGA banned deep-grooved irons, Spalding’s Ded Stop clubs brought a smile to countless players’ faces.

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In the 1920s, Spalding irons like the Stop Em model focused on weight placement by moving more mass towards the toe and heel areas of the clubhead for increased forgiveness. This was an early iteration of perimeter weighting, a technology that would evolve substantially in the coming decades.

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Spalding Kro-Flite RTJ irons, released in 1931.

Around 1931, Spalding launched the Kro-Flite RTJ (Robert Trent Jones) irons. This model added complexity and was built for consistent distances and accuracy.

Spalding was cementing itself as an innovator willing to test new club engineering theories and bring them to market. The company pioneered the process of “drop forging” to mass-manufacture its golf club heads, allowing for rapid scale.

The 1940 Kro-Flite irons incorporated manufacturing techniques used in World War II to redirect weight savings to the clubhead perimeter — perhaps the earliest example of game improvement irons. By the post-war late 1940s, Spalding had claimed the title as the #1 golf equipment company in America.

Spalding Irons By Year: 1950-1969

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Spalding advert introducing the 1953 Synchro-Dyned collection.

With rapidly growing interest in recreational golf in the 50s and 60s, Spalding ramped up the production of its clubs to unprecedented levels.

In 1953, Spalding released the iconic Top-Flite Synchro-Dyned series. These irons were designed to be more forgiving than previous models, with a broader top line to add confidence. Spalding’s goal: make golf “a lot more fun.”

By the 1960s, Spalding’s Top-Flite line was an established name in the premium golf club space. In 1968, the company released the Top-Flite Professional irons. Check out the video below by The Vintage Golfer to see them in action:

Spalding Irons By Year: 1970-1979

By the 1970s, Spalding irons were some of the most played in golf alongside Wilson irons and MacGregor irons. It was certainly a golden period for these brands.

In 1972, it introduced the Executive MV2 and Elite MV2 irons. Fitted with steel shafts, they featured forged stainless steel heads with a polished finish.

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Spalding Elite MV2 irons, released in 1972.

In 1977, the company launched a new version of the Executive irons. This club was in production for over 8 years and featured a hammered finish on the back of the club head. The Executive branding is debossed on the rear of the cavity.

Check out the Executive irons in action in the video below:

A similar hammered texture was utilized on the Elite Plus irons, which were launched in 1979. This time round, the irons were built with a larger cavity, as perimeter weighting technology became preferred during this period.

Spalding Irons By Year: 1980-1989

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Spalding XL4 irons, released in 1981.

In 1981, Spalding introduced the XL4 irons. These clubs were engineered with an angular cavity design, and once again catered for the mid to high-handicapper.

By the mid-1980s, the company embraced investment casting manufacturing to enable designs like the Cannon irons with extreme perimeter weighting.

Spalding Irons By Year: 1990-2000

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Spalding Top-Flite Plus Professional irons, released in 1990.

With CAD design taking hold, Spalding engineers had more precision than ever to craft exotic iron shapes and weight placement schemes.

Irons like 1997’s Magna line concentrated mass well behind the hitting area by forming large cavity backs, reminiscent of today’s game improvement irons.

Around this time, Spalding employed golf club designer Jeff Sheets to design a line of clubs titled Tour Ti. Featuring a cavity back design and a muscle shaft, the irons had a clubface made from 100% titanium for optimal weight and power.

Sadly, this was one of the final Spalding designs. The brand ceased production of its golf clubs in the early 2000s, bringing over 80 years of history to a close.

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