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Most Forgiving Driving Iron?

ace036ace036 Advanced Members Posts: 1,984 ✭✭
Looking for some feedback and insight on what everyone considers to be the most forgiving driving iron when struck off center. I plan to make the time to demo and be properly fitted in the near future, but until then I’m curious to hear what others think and have experienced.



At the moment I am looking at:



Srixon U85

Callaway UT

Taylormade GAPR Mid



Are there others I should be considering that are more forgiving?
[font=tahoma, geneva, sans-serif]Ping G400 Max 10.5° - Aldila Rogue Elite Blue 65x[/font]
[font=tahoma,geneva,sans-serif]Callaway Rogue 17° - [/font]
[font=tahoma, geneva, sans-serif]Aldila NV 2KXV Orange 75s[/font]
[font=tahoma,geneva,sans-serif]Titleist 917F2 21° - Aldila NV 2KXV Orange 75s[/font]
[font=tahoma, geneva, sans-serif]Titleist 718 AP2 (4-PW) [/font][font=tahoma, geneva, sans-serif]- Project X 6.0[/font]
[font=tahoma, geneva, sans-serif]Titleist SM6 50.08F [/font][font=tahoma, geneva, sans-serif]- [/font][font=tahoma, geneva, sans-serif]Project X 6.0[/font]
[font=tahoma,geneva,sans-serif]Titleist SM6 54.10S - [/font][font=tahoma, geneva, sans-serif]Project X 6.0[/font]
[font=tahoma, geneva, sans-serif]Titleist SM6 58.08M - [/font][font=tahoma, geneva, sans-serif]Project X 6.0[/font]
[font=tahoma, geneva, sans-serif]Bettinardi Studio Reserve JAM-F[/font]

Comments

  • cgasuckscgasucks Advanced Members Posts: 2,147 ✭✭
    edited March 15
    2002 Big Bertha 2 iron

    I remember it was the rage back in the day on tour before driving irons were in vogue.
    Post edited by Unknown User on
    10.5 deg Titleist 905R with stock UST Proforce V2 Shaft
    Titleist DCI 990 Irons (3-PW) with stock Dynamic Gold shafts in S300
    Taylormade ATV 54 deg & 58 deg wedges with stock KBS shafts
    Taylormade V-Steel 5W & 3W with Grafalloy Prolaunch Red shafts
    Ping Anser 2 Stainless Steel Putter
  • Bimmer1Bimmer1 Advanced Members Posts: 2,527 ✭✭
    Tour Edge Exotics CBX Iron Wood 2 iron- 17 degrees

    3 iron- 19 degrees
  • kiw1982kiw1982 Advanced Members Posts: 1,113 ✭✭
    gapr is forgiving then the others
    Mizuno        ST-180 Driver w/KuroKage HBP 50 X
    Taylormade  M6 3 Wood w/NV 2KXV Blue 75 X
    Mizuno        CLK 3 Hybrid w/Tensei CK Blue 80H X
    Taylormade  P790 4-G Irons w/KBS tour 130 X
    Mizuno        T7 56/10 Wedge w/KBS tour 130 X
    Mizuno        S18 60/06 Wedge w/KBS tour 130 X
    Odyssey      O-Works 1WS Putter
  • John - MemphisJohn - Memphis Members Posts: 48 ✭✭
    I have both of these:



    Srixon U85

    Callaway UT



    Can't go wrong with either. Srixon higher flying. Callaway more bullet like. Right shaft is key
  • Jwin323Jwin323 Advanced Members Posts: 1,422 ✭✭
    I just got a Ping G410 Crossover 2 and it’s pretty forgiving. Very easy to hit off the deck because of its sole camber.
  • GolfProTJGolfProTJ Advanced Members Posts: 686
    Srixon U85 good, Callaway x forged UT better! TM UDI no,



    Callaway Apex Hybrid! Hate hybrids but can’t miss the left
  • cargo8cargo8 Members Posts: 75
    GAPR lo is probably the most forgiving UT iron so mid is definitely more forgiving
    WITB
    Titleist TS3 9.5° Mitsubishi Diamana DF 50S
    Tour Edge Exotics CBX 3W Fujikura Speeder Evo II 661S
    Taylor Made GAPR Lo 2-17
    °KBS Tour Graphite Hybrid 65S
    Callaway X Forged Utility Iron 21° Oban CT-100 Steel
    Callaway Apex MB 5-PW Oban CT-100 Steel
    Taylor Made Milled Grind Chrome 50.09 Oban CT-100 Steel
    Taylor Made Milled Grind Black 54.09 Oban CT-100 Steel

    Taylor Made Milled Grind Black 58.09 Oban CT-100 Steel
    Bettinardi Studio Stock #28

    Retired + Bullpen

    Scotty Cameron Circa 62 No. 3 34" 350g
    Scotty Cameron Studio Style Newport
    Taylor Made RAC TP MB 3-PW
  • kiwiikiwii Advanced Members Posts: 664 ✭✭
    the bigger the more forgiving. The ping crossover series is probably the biggest. Adams DHy is very under the radar and underrated. You can hunt one down for cheap. Titleist TMB is small but it has tungsten weighting to increase the forgiveness.
    '17 M1 460 9.5/ Rogue Silver
    XR '14 Pro/ PX LZ
    Adams 9031 18°/ Diamana WB
    716 AP24-pw/DG AMT S300
    '14 TM TP 52/56/60
    2014 Squareback/ Lamkin DE + 2 wraps
    Ogio Ozone, TM targa tour
    Tour Boost 360
    TM TP5/ Srixon Zstar XV
  • ago33ago33 Advanced Members Posts: 2,138 ✭✭
    Based on CG locations, Gapr mid is the most forgiving.




    Current Gamers


    Cobra F9 Speedback 9.................................Tensei Pro Orange 70 TX
    TC Callaway X Hot 3 Deep 14.5...................Rombax P95 X
    Taylormade GAPR Mid 3..............................Recoil Utility 110F5
    Mizuno MP-18 FliHi 4,5................................AMT TI X100
    Mizuno MP-25 6-PW....................................AMT TI X100
    Callaway MD Forged 50, 56.........................AMT TI S400
    TI Taylormade Hi Toe 60.09..........................AMT TI S400
    Scotty Cameron 5.5M...................................Grip Master
  • DasenergiDasenergi Advanced Members Posts: 902 ✭✭
    Gapr Mid was very easy but my favorite is the King Utility.

  • ian-500ian-500 Advanced Members Posts: 612 ✭✭
    Epon 901.
    Cobra F9 9* + Tour AD IZ 7x.
    Callaway Rogue SZ 15 Tour Issue + Tour AD IZ 7x.
    Callaway Rogue 19 Tour Issue + Tour AD IZ 8s.
    Adams Pro 23 Tour Issue + Tour AD UT95x
    Adams DHY Pro 27 + Irod 105x.
    Adams XTD Forged Tour Issue 6i - GW + Recoil Prototype 125F5.
    Adams XTD Forged SW/LW + KBS Hi-Rev x.
    SeeMore SB1, Accra FX300, Garsen.
  • kody17kody17 Advanced Members Posts: 740 ✭✭
    Srixon U85 is the sexiest, so that has to count for something doesn't it?
  • arobbins3arobbins3 Members Posts: 10 ✭✭
    I play the Srixon U65 and it's the most forgiving one I've played (T-MB, Taylormade, etc.).
  • stimpmeterpstimpmeterp Advanced Members Posts: 712 ✭✭
    arobbins3 wrote:


    I play the Srixon U65 and it's the most forgiving one I've played (T-MB, Taylormade, etc.).




    +1
    G400 LST 10 HZRDUS Black | F7 14.5* HZRDUS Red | F6 Baffler 17.5* HZRDUS Red
    Srixon U65 23* (4), Z565 27* (6), Z765 32* 36* 41* 46* (7-PW) KBS Tour FLT
    Japan Forged Vokey 52F* + 58K* S200
    Wilson Staff Infinite Loop 34"
  • shredNECTARshredNECTAR Members Posts: 94 ✭✭
    Srixon U65 I would say as well.
  • Pi5seekerPi5seeker Advanced Members Posts: 825 ✭✭
    I've tried 4 including the Maltby HDI, Mizuno MMC Fli Hi, Tour Edge CBX Ironwood, and Cobra King Utility. I really like my Cobra but the Ironwood is really easy to hit.
    Cobra F8 10.5* Evenflow Blue 65
    SMT 3390 16* Grafalloy Epic FWY
    Maltby KE4 Tour 19* AXE XCaliber
    Cobra King Utility 22.5* C-Taper Lite
    Maltby DBM 5-GW S300
    Maltby Tour Grind MG 56* 60* R300
    Odyssey Works Versa 1W
    QST
    Clicgear 3.5/Callaway ORG. 14l
  • FletchervilleFletcherville Cobra/Puma Apologist Members Posts: 50 ✭✭
    Nike Vapor Speed 3 iron, 19°, good size but still decent topline, flybeam forgiveness. $50 from Dallas golf on eBay but you gotta replace the shaft


    "Not Rich, Just Rad"
  • Blaker34Blaker34 Members Posts: 42 ✭✭
    I'm gaming the Callway X forged 18's right now and have been killing my 3 iron off the tee. I'm looking to dump my 3 wood and go with the UT 18. However I need to make sure I'm hitting it 20-30 yards farther than my 3 iron, or it wouldn't be worth it, especially if I'm dumping my 3 wood.



    I hit a UT21 in a simulator a couple of days ago and it felt realllllly good. Some of the utility irons I've tried in the past have been a little clunky and not very workable. This thing felt just like a regular long iron.
  • shredNECTARshredNECTAR Members Posts: 94 ✭✭
    I have a Mizuno mp 18 mmc fli hi both 2 and 3 iron. My friends kill them. However just doesn’t fit my eye. Going to be getting rid of both of them. PM me if interested!
  • cliffhangercliffhanger ClubWRX Charter Members Posts: 1,623 ClubWRX
    The Srixon U85 and the Callaway Apex UT are the two best in overall performance for me. Easiest to control and long. (with the right shaft that is)
    What's In The Bag This Week:

    Epic Flash SZ driver
    Epic Flash SZ 3 wood
    Callaway Apex UT 3 iron
    new irons pending (Srixon Z Forged are looking good)
    new wedges pending (vokey maybe)
    Cameron Newport 3 @ 34 inch
    Chrome Soft X ball
  • Whiskey_fireWhiskey_fire Advanced Members Posts: 964 ✭✭
    I’m going to go with the original Callaway x utility
    Titleist TS3, 9.5, AD DI 6x
    Titleist TS2, 15, AD DI 7x
    Titleist AP2 3-pw, Project X 6.5
    Titleist Vokey 52,56, Project X 6.0
    Taylormade HiToe 60, KBS $taper Black
    Scotty Cameron Squreback 2
  • BogeyLJABogeyLJA Advanced Members Posts: 1,379 ✭✭
    Miss my Apex UT with a PXI. Would love to have her back, club was money!
    [font=lucida sans unicode,lucida grande,sans-serif]EPIC SZ | Atmos Black 6x
    TM M3 15* | Atmos Black 8x[/font]
    TM M3 19* [font=lucida sans unicode,lucida grande,sans-serif]| Rombax P95x
    TM P750 | DG S300
    Vokey SM6 50|55|60[/font]
    Toulon Portland
    [font=lucida sans unicode,lucida grande,sans-serif]TP5x[/font]
  • ace036ace036 Advanced Members Posts: 1,984 ✭✭
    So I ended up getting fit at Club Champion and the clear winner was the Taylormade GAPR Lo with a KBS Graphite Hybrid Prototype shaft. Shots were a perfect “medium-ish” trajectory (averaging around 30 feet or so in height) and producing some ball speeds at or just over 150mph. The GAPR was definitely more forgiving than expected and versus everything else I tested. Looking forward to getting it in the bag eventually. Thanks to all for the responses. 
    [font=tahoma, geneva, sans-serif]Ping G400 Max 10.5° - Aldila Rogue Elite Blue 65x[/font]
    [font=tahoma,geneva,sans-serif]Callaway Rogue 17° - [/font]
    [font=tahoma, geneva, sans-serif]Aldila NV 2KXV Orange 75s[/font]
    [font=tahoma,geneva,sans-serif]Titleist 917F2 21° - Aldila NV 2KXV Orange 75s[/font]
    [font=tahoma, geneva, sans-serif]Titleist 718 AP2 (4-PW) [/font][font=tahoma, geneva, sans-serif]- Project X 6.0[/font]
    [font=tahoma, geneva, sans-serif]Titleist SM6 50.08F [/font][font=tahoma, geneva, sans-serif]- [/font][font=tahoma, geneva, sans-serif]Project X 6.0[/font]
    [font=tahoma,geneva,sans-serif]Titleist SM6 54.10S - [/font][font=tahoma, geneva, sans-serif]Project X 6.0[/font]
    [font=tahoma, geneva, sans-serif]Titleist SM6 58.08M - [/font][font=tahoma, geneva, sans-serif]Project X 6.0[/font]
    [font=tahoma, geneva, sans-serif]Bettinardi Studio Reserve JAM-F[/font]
  • kiw1982kiw1982 Advanced Members Posts: 1,113 ✭✭
    ace036 said:
    So I ended up getting fit at Club Champion and the clear winner was the Taylormade GAPR Lo with a KBS Graphite Hybrid Prototype shaft. Shots were a perfect “medium-ish” trajectory (averaging around 30 feet or so in height) and producing some ball speeds at or just over 150mph. The GAPR was definitely more forgiving than expected and versus everything else I tested. Looking forward to getting it in the bag eventually. Thanks to all for the responses. 
    Told ya. good choice!
    I wish I can swing a DI.
    It is great from the tee but am way better with hybrids from the deck.
    Mizuno        ST-180 Driver w/KuroKage HBP 50 X
    Taylormade  M6 3 Wood w/NV 2KXV Blue 75 X
    Mizuno        CLK 3 Hybrid w/Tensei CK Blue 80H X
    Taylormade  P790 4-G Irons w/KBS tour 130 X
    Mizuno        T7 56/10 Wedge w/KBS tour 130 X
    Mizuno        S18 60/06 Wedge w/KBS tour 130 X
    Odyssey      O-Works 1WS Putter
  • shredNECTARshredNECTAR Members Posts: 94 ✭✭
    I keep hearing good things about the gapr that’s for sure 
  • ScottJNScottJN Members Posts: 13 ✭✭
    I picked up the u85 on a whim, got the stock recoil shaft and it flies higher than I’d like on a typical shot.  However, the club is so easy to hit and an automatic 250 off the tee (2iron).
  • 9ironiscash9ironiscash Advanced Members Posts: 609 ✭✭
    Anyone with a moderate swing speed (99ish with driver) play the gapr lo? Or would it be too hard to elevate without faster clubhead speed? 
  • justswingharderjustswingharder OhioMembers Posts: 5 ✭✭
    I have a Wilson Staff Fg Tour Utility iron that practically swings itself. It's a bomber for sure. Unfortunalty it's sitting in my basement. It's for sale on the cheap if anyone is interested. Xstiff shaft.
  • uglandeuglande Advanced Members Posts: 102 ✭✭
    The most forgiving driving iron is a hybrid.  ;)
    But seriously, I have the P790 UDI-2 and I like it. I'm not terribly consistent with it, but it offers strong distance and my misses are manageable. But I'm also experimenting with a low-loft, low-launch hybrid (at the moment, a Titleist 818 H2 at 17 degrees). I'm curious to see if it gives me similar distance numbers, still with a penetrating flight, but with a touch more forgiveness from the rough and sketchy lies.
    Wood (08.5) TITLEIST TS3 - Diamana White 70X
    Wood (13.5) TITLEIST TS3 - Diamana White 80X
    Iron (17.0) TAYLORMADE P790-UDI - Diamana White 90S
    Iron (21.0) TAYLORMADE P790 - PX 6.5
    Iron (23.5) TAYLORMADE P790 - PX 6.5
    Iron (26.5) TAYLORMADE P790 - PX 6.5
    Iron (30.5) TAYLORMADE P790 - PX 6.5
    Iron (35.0) TAYLORMADE P790 - PX 6.5
    Iron (40.0) TAYLORMADE P790 - PX 6.5
    Iron (45.0) TAYLORMADE P790 - PX 6.5
    Wedge (50.0) TITLEIST Vokey SM7-F - DGS200
    Wedge (54.0) TITLEIST Vokey SM7-S - DGS200
    Wedge (60.0) TITLEIST Vokey SM7-D - DGS200
    Putter TAYLORMADE Spider
  • kiw1982kiw1982 Advanced Members Posts: 1,113 ✭✭
    Anyone with a moderate swing speed (99ish with driver) play the gapr lo? Or would it be too hard to elevate without faster clubhead speed? 
    am at 105.
    fitter told me that I should go with mid at least.

    Maybe it's just me.
    Mizuno        ST-180 Driver w/KuroKage HBP 50 X
    Taylormade  M6 3 Wood w/NV 2KXV Blue 75 X
    Mizuno        CLK 3 Hybrid w/Tensei CK Blue 80H X
    Taylormade  P790 4-G Irons w/KBS tour 130 X
    Mizuno        T7 56/10 Wedge w/KBS tour 130 X
    Mizuno        S18 60/06 Wedge w/KBS tour 130 X
    Odyssey      O-Works 1WS Putter
  • valdezrlvaldezrl Advanced Members Posts: 359 ✭✭

    Adams Dhy is pretty good off the tee and the deck. I have had one in the bag for about 3 years now. Nothing has been as consistent from tee to green.

    Nike Covert Tour w/ Accra Tour Z 65
    TM RocketBallz Stage 2 w/ Accra LT70
    Adams Dhy 18 w/ Nunchuk
    Nike VRS Forged 4-GW, DGX100
    TM ATV Wedges 56* and 64*
    Odyssey Black Tour #2
  • NortheasterNortheaster Advanced Members Posts: 200 ✭✭

    I think we first need to define What you mean by forgiving. Most companies call a club forgiving when you can hit it all over the face and it preserves distance. This is the opposite of what I want. It means that my Off-line shots are going to go just as far and end up in trouble. To me, a club is more forgiving when it Does not preserve distance on mishits. Short is safe.

  • pgetzenpgetzen Advanced Members Posts: 197 ✭✭

    Easiest to hit for me was the Ping Crossover, could not believe how easy it was to hit that club. Hit it as high as a hybrid, if that is a good thing. Could never get used to the look of it, so, not in my bag anymore.

    King Cobra LTD Driver
    Tour Edge Exotics CB2 3 Wood
    Tour Edge Exotics CB2 19 Hybrid
    Mizuno JPX 900 Forged 4-GW
    Mizuno MP T5 54, 60
    Seemore Nashville Z3C
  • MaddygirlMaddygirl Advanced Members Posts: 157 ✭✭

    First. I live driving irons and hate hybrids. Second, wilson v4 utility irons are the absolute best. I am so pissed that i sold mine as part of a set. They are virtually impossible to find

  • Russ757Russ757 Advanced Members Posts: 7,654 ✭✭

    Play the U65 and it's good. Also good for cheap is the 588mt.

    WITB Link
    Bag 1
    TM 2017 M2 10.25 * Tour Ad DI 6
    TM 2017 3HL 16.5* Tour Ad Di 7
    TM M1 Rescue 19.5 Tour Ad Di 85
    Srixon U65 22* Tour Ad 95
    Srixon 565/765 5-9 110 Fibers
    Cleveland RTX 4 47*, 51*, 55*, 59* 125 Fibers
    Cameron Del Mar


    Bag 2
    Cobra F6+ 10.5 * Fubuki Alpha 70
    Cobra Baffler 16* Fubuki Ax 85
    Cobra F7 19.5* Fubuki Ax 465
    Cleveland 588 MT 4 95 Fiber
    Srixon ZTX-2 5-PW 110 Fiber
    Cleveland RTX2 51*, 55* 59* 125 Fiber
    Odyssey X Milled 9ht
  • shankeyshankey Members Posts: 11 ✭✭

    I have to give another vote for the u65. I have the 3 iron and it’s super easy to hit. Stock miyzaki shaft too

  • Millhill88Millhill88 Advanced Members Posts: 468 ✭✭

    What Bimmer1 said. The TourEdge Exotics CBX Iron-Wood.
    Line up your shot... Take your swing... Grab your putter... and go make your Birdie putt. It's that easy!!

    Driver: Srixon Z585
    4 Wood: Titleist TS2
    Hybrid: Srixon Z H85, #3
    Ut Iron: TEE CBX Iron-wood
    Irons: Srixon Z585, 5-UW
    Wedges: Titleist Spin Milled 7 @, 54 & 62
    Putter: Toulan - Portland
  • 9ironiscash9ironiscash Advanced Members Posts: 609 ✭✭

    @Millhill88 said:
    What Bimmer1 said. The TourEdge Exotics CBX Iron-Wood.
    Line up your shot... Take your swing... Grab your putter... and go make your Birdie putt. It's that easy!!

    Let me guess- no lefty option lol

  • SefSef Advanced Members Posts: 894 ✭✭

    I have tried just about all of them and the King Utility has been my favorite by far and was my gamer last year... that said I’m using the Apex 19 2HY this year instead.

    Ping G400 Max - Speeder Evolution IV 757 X
    TEE CBX - Diamana S+ 70TX
    Cobra King Utility - AD DI 95X
    Ping i210 4-9 - DG X100
    Glide 2.0 Stealth 46, 51, 56, and 60 - DG X100
    Cameron & Crown M1
  • uglandeuglande Advanced Members Posts: 102 ✭✭

    Not many P790 votes here. Interesting.
    Anyway, I’d also like to see a “longest DI” thread and a “favorite DI shaft” thread.

    Wood (08.5) TITLEIST TS3 - Diamana White 70X
    Wood (13.5) TITLEIST TS3 - Diamana White 80X
    Iron (17.0) TAYLORMADE P790-UDI - Diamana White 90S
    Iron (21.0) TAYLORMADE P790 - PX 6.5
    Iron (23.5) TAYLORMADE P790 - PX 6.5
    Iron (26.5) TAYLORMADE P790 - PX 6.5
    Iron (30.5) TAYLORMADE P790 - PX 6.5
    Iron (35.0) TAYLORMADE P790 - PX 6.5
    Iron (40.0) TAYLORMADE P790 - PX 6.5
    Iron (45.0) TAYLORMADE P790 - PX 6.5
    Wedge (50.0) TITLEIST Vokey SM7-F - DGS200
    Wedge (54.0) TITLEIST Vokey SM7-S - DGS200
    Wedge (60.0) TITLEIST Vokey SM7-D - DGS200
    Putter TAYLORMADE Spider
  • kiw1982kiw1982 Advanced Members Posts: 1,113 ✭✭

    @uglande said:
    Not many P790 votes here. Interesting.
    Anyway, I’d also like to see a “longest DI” thread and a “favorite DI shaft” thread.

    1. longest DI: TM UDI
    2. Any steel shaft from your iron set.
    Mizuno        ST-180 Driver w/KuroKage HBP 50 X
    Taylormade  M6 3 Wood w/NV 2KXV Blue 75 X
    Mizuno        CLK 3 Hybrid w/Tensei CK Blue 80H X
    Taylormade  P790 4-G Irons w/KBS tour 130 X
    Mizuno        T7 56/10 Wedge w/KBS tour 130 X
    Mizuno        S18 60/06 Wedge w/KBS tour 130 X
    Odyssey      O-Works 1WS Putter
  • mpf08796mpf08796 Advanced Members Posts: 129 ✭✭

    I do enjoy my p790 UDI. Awesome off the tee with a great penetrating ball flight for me. It can be hard to elevation from none fairways lies. Misses are manageable, but it always stings when your friend laugh at you for missing a driving iron.

    revolving door of clubs
  • kiw1982kiw1982 Advanced Members Posts: 1,113 ✭✭

    @mpf08796 said:
    I do enjoy my p790 UDI. Awesome off the tee with a great penetrating ball flight for me. It can be hard to elevation from none fairways lies. Misses are manageable, but it always stings when your friend laugh at you for missing a driving iron.

    Yeah..
    When I hit it off the tee passing third driver, they say nothing.
    But, when I mishit off the deck, my friends get really happy. lol

    Mizuno        ST-180 Driver w/KuroKage HBP 50 X
    Taylormade  M6 3 Wood w/NV 2KXV Blue 75 X
    Mizuno        CLK 3 Hybrid w/Tensei CK Blue 80H X
    Taylormade  P790 4-G Irons w/KBS tour 130 X
    Mizuno        T7 56/10 Wedge w/KBS tour 130 X
    Mizuno        S18 60/06 Wedge w/KBS tour 130 X
    Odyssey      O-Works 1WS Putter
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