Members Choice: The Best Game-Improvement Irons of 2017

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Members' Choice: The Best Game-Improvement Irons of 2017<br />
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Attention GolfWRX Forum Members! We need your help figuring out the answer to the question "What are the best Game-Improvement Irons of 2017?” <br />
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Vote in the poll above by selecting exactly three models. Please vote based on your personal experience with the irons. Things to consider include distance, forgiveness, workability, trajectory control, looks and feel. <br />
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After you've voted, in a post below, please explain exactly what lead to your decisions. You can use any format you'd like in your response, but we've provided an example below as a reference. We want to hear about launch angle, spin rate, stability on off-center hits, sound… everything. And don’t forget to tell us about the differences you saw in your fitting between your old gamers and your new gamers.<br />
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-- Iron Model 1: I like the forgiveness this iron provides, and how high the ball went. It provided me the best over all numbers.<br />
-- Iron Model 2: I like its look and buttery soft feel. The long irons fly longer and straighter than my gamer set and with better stopping power.<br />
-- Iron Model 3: This iron, for whatever reason, just fits my eye the best and I can really control trajectory.<br />
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Thank you for participating, and the results will be posted in the coming weeks in an article on our front page!
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  • tj7644tj7644 Members  266WRX Points: 84Handicap: 7.3Posts: 266 Greens
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    I voted, but it only lets you pick on set, not 3. Radio dial changes when you select a second set.....
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    Callaway Epic
    Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero, 3+
    Callaway Apex hybrid, 20 deg
    Callaway '19 Apex Pro, 5-AW
    Callaway MD4, 54, 58, 60
    Odyssey Tank O works #1
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  • JOHN GOLIAJOHN GOLIA On the Bubble Members  1256WRX Points: 1Posts: 1,256 ClubWRX
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    tj7644 wrote:
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    I voted, but it only lets you pick on set, not 3. Radio dial changes when you select a second set.....<br />
    . Same with me. Tried to vote for 3 but only could <br />
    bot for 1
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  • zakkozuchowskizakkozuchowski GolfWRX Editor Members  1162WRX Points: 70Posts: 1,162 Platinum Tees
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    tj7644 wrote:
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    I voted, but it only lets you pick on set, not 3. Radio dial changes when you select a second set.....<br />
    JOHN GOLIA wrote:
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    tj7644 wrote:
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    I voted, but it only lets you pick on set, not 3. Radio dial changes when you select a second set.....<br />
    . Same with me. Tried to vote for 3 but only could<br />
    bot for 1<br />
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    <br />
    Thanks for letting us know. You should now be able to select three irons.
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  • tsecortsecor Loading........ Members  4780WRX Points: 531Posts: 4,780 Titanium Tees
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    ping,titleist and mizuno.....
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  • easylittle5woodeasylittle5wood Members  1353WRX Points: 206Posts: 1,353 Platinum Tees
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    Tough to argue with this list. However, I think the PING i200s are more of a players iron as well as the Fourteen TC-770 irons. The Fourteen 770s are pretty small, but are a 4-PW set so maybe that's a factor.
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  • JonnyKrasnodarJonnyKrasnodar Members  1908WRX Points: 183Posts: 1,908 Platinum Tees
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    The F6's were great last year and the F7's are just as good. More aesthetically pleasing and a really good dispersion.
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  • GoopherGoopher Members  236WRX Points: 61Handicap: 4ishPosts: 236 Fairways
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    my categorie ... since I love to game that kind of club<br />
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    I would have happily gamed any of these 3<br />
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    M1<br />
    i200<br />
    CF16 (last years model, but so what)<br />
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    I'm a big fan of 5° gaps in short irons since it produces very nice distance gaps for me
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    M2 (17) 9.5° Matrix 50X4 S
    M2 (17 )Tour FW 15° Matrix 70X4 S
    M1 (17) FW 18° Matrix 70X4 S
    M1 (17) Resc 21° Matrix 80X4 hyb
    P790 5 - A, NS Pro Modus 3 105 S
    MG 56°HB 60°SB Dyn Gold S200
  • eldog-in-the-hizouseeldog-in-the-hizouse Members  968WRX Points: 98Handicap: +2.3Posts: 968 Golden Tee
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    Z565, i200, CF16 in that order. The Srixon fractionally looks and feels the best. The i200 is yet another consistent performer from Ping, and CF16 is every bit as good as the others. You can't go wrong.
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  • jimb6golfjimb6golf Members  1719WRX Points: 186Posts: 1,719 Platinum Tees
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    Nice survey but it looks as though you've got the categories a little mixed up. Both the Ping I 200s and the Mizuno JPX Forged, and a few others as well, as players clubs and not GI irons. Ping lists the G series as their GI iron for example. Still the Ping, Mizuno, etc. are all good irons to choose from.
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  • bigcalileftybigcalilefty CaliforniaBanned  88WRX Points: 0Handicap: 8Posts: 88 BST Banned
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    jimb6golf wrote:
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    Nice survey but it looks as though you've got the categories a little mixed up. Both the Ping I 200s and the Mizuno JPX Forged, and a few others as well, as players clubs and not GI irons. Ping lists the G series as their GI iron for example. Still the Ping, Mizuno, etc. are all good irons to choose from.<br />
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    The G series is SGI. There's a clear difference between all of these and players irons. There no way the jpx-forged or I200 belong in the same category as cobra pro, titleist CB, or jpx tour.
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    Taylormade M2 9.5 Driver Tour AD DI-6S
    Taylormade M2 15° Fairway Tour AD BB-7S
    Titleist T-MB 2 Iron Tour AD 95S Iron
    Cobra King Pro Forged CB 4-9 Matrix Ozik Program F15 120S
    Titleist Vokey SM6 47°, 52° 58°, 63°
    Machine Prototype Putter
    Taylormade TP5
  • NessismNessism To measure is to know... Members  19548WRX Points: 1,622Posts: 19,548 Titanium Tees
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    jimb6golf wrote:
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    Nice survey but it looks as though you've got the categories a little mixed up. Both the Ping I 200s and the Mizuno JPX Forged, and a few others as well, as players clubs and not GI irons. Ping lists the G series as their GI iron for example. Still the Ping, Mizuno, etc. are all good irons to choose from.<br />
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    I agree. This poll is completely off the wall. It's missing all the real GI irons on the market like Ping G, Mizuno Hot Metal, Callaway Steelhead XR, etc. <br />
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    And what's up with the different categories? GI irons are about ease of use and forgiveness; hitting the ball as close to target as possible even when a less than optimum swing is applied. They are not about trajectory management or buttery soft feel. <br />
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    I'm one of the biggest GI fans on this board, and I didn't vote.
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    Ping G400 Max driver w/Aldila Rogue 125 Silver 60S
    Cobra (Lexi blue) F7 5 wood w/Aldila Rogue Black 70S
    Cobra (Lexi blue) F7 Hybrid w/Aldila Kuro Kage 80S
    Ping G410 irons w/Recoil 95S
    Ping Glide 55/60 wedges w/Recoil 110S
    Ping Anser/Arna putter - the "real deal!"
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  • YohananYohanan Members  207WRX Points: 40Posts: 207 Fairways
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    Nessism wrote:
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    jimb6golf wrote:
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    Nice survey but it looks as though you've got the categories a little mixed up. Both the Ping I 200s and the Mizuno JPX Forged, and a few others as well, as players clubs and not GI irons. Ping lists the G series as their GI iron for example. Still the Ping, Mizuno, etc. are all good irons to choose from.<br />
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    I agree. This poll is completely off the wall. It's missing all the real GI irons on the market like Ping G, Mizuno Hot Metal, Callaway Steelhead XR, etc. <br />
    <br />
    And what's up with the different categories? GI irons are about ease of use and forgiveness; hitting the ball as close to target as possible even when a less than optimum swing is applied. They are not about trajectory management or buttery soft feel. <br />
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    I'm one of the biggest GI fans on this board, and I didn't vote.<br />
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    I agree. This should be two groups by index. SGI High Index 12+ and GI 6 to 12 cat?<br />
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    Hitting the Hot Metals Saturday at Scary Island in Elverta ..... I am currently playing at 10. <br />
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    Cheers
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  • mxskiermxskier DenverMembers  581WRX Points: 101Posts: 581 Golden Tee
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    CF16 for me is best (why I play it <img src='http://www.golfwrx.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/taunt.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':taunt:' /> ). I love the look of the matte silver, not too white/bland like the mizuno. The Srixon also look great, but I like the slightly softer/less square toe of the CF16 compared to the srixon. And I thought it felt a touch softer, but really no huge difference between the two. And the forged feeling of the two trumps the i200. Plus I can't stand that the iron number was put on the toe tha you can see at address. Drives me nuts.<br />
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    There's also definitely 2 GI groups, as noted above. I think irons are broken down into 5 total groups: tour level (MB, 965), Players 0-8 (AP2, Apex Pro, JPX Tour, 765), Low-Mid GI 6-15 (CF16, 565, i200), Mid-High GI 12-20 (Steelhead XR, G, M1), and SGI > 18 (M2, GMax, Big Bertha OS). Obviously people in different Handicaps can play anything they want, but these divisions seem to be easy to divide
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    Ping G400 LST Tour 65
    Cobra F8+ 3W VA Slay 75
    Callaway Epic Forged 4i Aerotech Steelfiber FC90
    PXG 0311T Gen3 4-PW Oban CT 115
    Vokey SM7 50/54/60 Oban CT 115
    TaylorMade Spider X
    TaylorMade TP5
  • toad37toad37 Members  471WRX Points: 30Posts: 471 Greens
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    Why wasn't Ping G on the list?<br />
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    I voted <br />
    F7 <br />
    F7 One<br />
    Apex CF <br />
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    I generally just hit a ton of clubs and choose from the best blend of feel at impact/forgiveness, accuracy, looks and length.. more or less in that order. I've never paid much attention to spin rates, launch angle etc... I probably should though
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  • Striker AceStriker Ace Members  372WRX Points: 26Posts: 372 Greens
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    Callaway Apex CF16, I'm new to the sport but I didn't want to start with beginners clubs and they feel great.
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    Cleveland HB Turbo driver
    Cleveland Halo Launcher 4 hybrid
    Callaway Apex CF16 irons
    Cleveland CBX full face wedges
    Cleveland Frontline 4.0 putter


  • Night trainNight train Members  2885WRX Points: 262Posts: 2,885 Titanium Tees
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    3 Honma models, 3 Miura models, 3 Fourteen models, 2 Epon models.........there are eleven clubs I've never seen in a store or pro shop.............but Ping has ONE choice listed.........and it's not the G line<br />
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    Longtime member of the site.......but this is a joke
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  • gdb99gdb99 Members  1903WRX Points: 256Handicap: 3.3Posts: 1,903 Platinum Tees
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    AP1
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    Cobra King LTD, Diamana Blueboard stiff flex
    Ping G400 5 wood, stock stiff
    Cobra DWS 4 hybrid, stock stiff Nippon steel shaft
    Titleist AP1, 5-AW, Dynalite XP R300
    Vokey SM7 56M
    Vokey SM7 60M
    Odyssey #2 White Hot
  • zakkozuchowskizakkozuchowski GolfWRX Editor Members  1162WRX Points: 70Posts: 1,162 Platinum Tees
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    I certainly understand some of the confusion about the categories. It's always challenging to decide what exactly is the cutoff between a players iron, a game-improvement iron and a super game-improvement iron, and just about all golfers have their own definition. That being said, we believe that we categorized these irons as fairly as we could.<br />
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    Please help us out by voting based and providing feedback and what three iron models you voted for and why. We so much value your choices and feedback, and we're looking forward to sharing it with the golf world.<br />
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    And be ready for the SGI list with the Ping G, the Titleist AP1, the Mizuno Hot Metal and the TaylorMade M2. It's coming next!
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  • Shayan1121Shayan1121 Members  573WRX Points: 35Handicap: 4.8Posts: 573 Bunkers
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    Not really sure about the list/choices.<br />
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    Went with srixons because they are just the whole package. The callway apex are phenomenal as well. The third spot was hard but I decided to pick the one length's from cobra because I felt like they were trying to do something different for the game improvement side of golf. And while SL clubs have been out for a while, I do give cobra props for trying to make them more mainstream.
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    Link: http://www.golfwrx.c...72-juices-witb/
    Callaway Epic 12.5* w/ AD GP 5 S
    Taylormade M2 HL 3 wood w/ AD DI 6 S
    Callaway Epic 19* Hybrid w/ Speeder 865 S
    Callaway Epic 22* Hybrid w/ Speeder 865 S
    Srixon U65 23* w/ Steelfiber i110 S
    Srixon Z545 LE Black 6-SW w/ Steelfiber i110 S Hardstepped
    Mack Daddy PM 58* w/ Steelfiber i125 S
    Scotty Cameron Prototype Newport 2 Beach CS
  • erock9174erock9174 North Canton, OHMembers  4177WRX Points: 252Handicap: 10.5Posts: 4,177 Titanium Tees
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    Are Ping G and Callaway Steelhead (non pro) not considered Game improvement irons ? I wouldn't place them in SGI like Ping GMax, Cobra Max, Bridgestone JGR, Cobra King OS. <br />
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    3/4th of the irons on your list I'd consider for Pro lower cap type irons.
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    Callaway Epic Flash 12*

    Callaway Epic Flash Heavenwood

    Exotics Xrail  4h | 5h

    Cobra  T-Rail 6-SW

    Cleveland CBX 60* 

    Callaway Sure Out 64*

    Ping Sigma 2 Tyne 4 Platinum

    Titleist ProV1x Yellow

    Handicap: 9.2


  • erock9174erock9174 North Canton, OHMembers  4177WRX Points: 252Handicap: 10.5Posts: 4,177 Titanium Tees
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    <br />
    I certainly understand some of the confusion about the categories. It's always challenging to decide what exactly is the cutoff between a players iron, a game-improvement iron and a super game-improvement iron, and just about all golfers have their own definition. That being said, we believe that we categorized these irons as fairly as we could.<br />
    <br />
    And be ready for the SGI list with the Ping G, the Titleist AP1, the Mizuno Hot Metal and the TaylorMade M2. It's coming next!<br />
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    Hmm to me these are all GI. <br />
    Ping has Gmax as SGI<br />
    Titleist and Taylornade currently doesn't make an SGI set. <br />
    Mizuno has the EZ<br />
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    Nessism wrote:
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    jimb6golf wrote:
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    Nice survey but it looks as though you've got the categories a little mixed up. Both the Ping I 200s and the Mizuno JPX Forged, and a few others as well, as players clubs and not GI irons. Ping lists the G series as their GI iron for example. Still the Ping, Mizuno, etc. are all good irons to choose from.<br />
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    I agree. This poll is completely off the wall. <br />
    <br />
    I'm one of the biggest GI fans on this board, and I didn't vote.<br />
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    Same here.
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    Callaway Epic Flash 12*

    Callaway Epic Flash Heavenwood

    Exotics Xrail  4h | 5h

    Cobra  T-Rail 6-SW

    Cleveland CBX 60* 

    Callaway Sure Out 64*

    Ping Sigma 2 Tyne 4 Platinum

    Titleist ProV1x Yellow

    Handicap: 9.2


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  • xkilgorextroutxxkilgorextroutx Members  345WRX Points: 75Handicap: 19.5Posts: 345 Greens
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    Srixon 565 are tops for me. The V sole is fantastic.<br />
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    Still love the C200s. Great feel and sound, so forgiving. Almost SGI category.
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  • rblmp32rblmp32 Lefty Boomers  4362WRX Points: 120Posts: 4,362 Titanium Tees
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    i200's are hardly game improvement. Those heads are tiny.
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  • StrokerAceStrokerAce Supreme Commander Members  302WRX Points: 68Posts: 302 Greens
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    You left out the TWG Sterling Single length from the poll.... As far as irons go, these are point and shoot and you only need to groove 1 swing.
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    cobra-small.jpg King F7+ 4w Fujikara 65s
    titelist-small.jpg816 H1 21* hyb Diamana red 60s
    TEE CB Pro H 24* DI UST Mamiya Recoil 670s
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    ping-small.jpgGlide 2 54/58* TT XP95
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  • Willstuart2328Willstuart2328 Members  142WRX Points: 33Handicap: 4Posts: 142 Fairways
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    I voted for Mizuno 900's because I game them - I feel they are a pretty solid mix of players irons and game improvement. It was a tough adjustment for me at first because I've played players irons since high school. I just only get to play maybe 8- 10 times a year now so I need the help in the long irons. I can honestly still work the 8 - wedge though in these... I also like them because they are a little fade biased where as the others I tried were all draw biased if anything with my swing.
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  • 5UnderPar5UnderPar Members  916WRX Points: 86Posts: 916 Golden Tee
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    Lot's of players irons in this list. Small heads, little offset.<br />
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    If you are a scratch golfer then sure, these are GI irons.
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  • WarrenpeaceWarrenpeace Members  15WRX Points: 0Handicap: 4Posts: 15
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    i200's are better player irons that feel great, look great and deliver consistent yardages/trajectories. Tour pros are using these so game improvement? Maybe not<br />
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    Mizuno JPX 900 forged are great irons although the lofts are super strong but they feel great. Look a lot like the tour model but are longer and stronger- no tour players are using these- <br />
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    Apex CF16 are nice feeling but are so long it's hard to know just what is going to happen when you hit one good- will my 7 iron go 165 or 195? Tour players using the Apex Forged but never the CF16- definitely game improvement..<br />
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    I like these 3 the most- should have included the Srixon 765 irons- they are the most under rated iron out there and are fabulous. I am currently gaming the i200's.
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  • cbole22cbole22 Members  145WRX Points: 52Handicap: 12Posts: 145 Fairways
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    Got Fitted 2 weeks ago and the I liked the JPX900 forged they felt the best for my game, I liked the i200's but the Mizuno were the one for me.
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    WITB
    Ping G 9.5* LST Oban Devotion 7x05
    Ping G25 FW 15*
    Ping G25 Hybrid 19*
    JPX-900 Forged 4-GW Dynamic Gold X-100
    Cleveland RTX-3 54, 58
    Bettinardi SS28
  • hurricanes7hurricanes7 Members  2846WRX Points: 3Posts: 2,846 Titanium Tees
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    try the srixon 565 if you have hit the others on the list to compare, they are that good
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    3 WOOD- GBB Epic Oban Kiyoshi Gold 75s
    HYBRID- Titleist 818 H1 19/23 Hybrid Atmos HB Tour Spec 85s
    IRONS- Srixon 765/565 Nippon Modus 105s
    GAP- Callaway MD4 Chrome 52 Modus 105
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  • TonsOfSteelTonsOfSteel Members  122WRX Points: 60Posts: 122 Fairways
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    <br />
    try the srixon 565 if you have hit the others on the list to compare, they are that good<br />
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    I did. At a demo days. I hit everything. 3 times. I kept going back to the i200's. Nothing like them.<br />
    My own personal opine, of course.
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    Ping G400 LST 8.5* Tour 65 Stiff
    Wilson D300 15 3 Wood
    Tour Edge Exotics EX10 4, 6 Hybrids
    Ping i200 5-UW
    Cleveland RTX 4 53, 58
    Ping Zing 2
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