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Your favorite driving / utility irons?

stimpmeterpstimpmeterp Washington DCMembers Posts: 779 ✭✭✭✭✭

Searched and didn’t find a thread on top driving iron choices amongst WRXers. Curious to know what people are playing and why. Wish I was savvy enough to do a poll!

For me, it’s the Srixon ZU65 model. The 45 and 85 are great but the 65 has been the best to me. I bag a 23* and also an 18*. The sole is thick and has a blunted leading edge that won’t dig so it always gives me confidence from the fairway. The face is long from heel to toe which is also great for a shallow swing path. I use steel shafts in both of mine but have tested these heads in graphite and they are as consistent as it gets. The forged feel and blade-like appearance are perhaps as good as its gets in my opinion. It won’t balloon and mishits are not punished. I’m shocked and surprised to be honest with you that I can miss the center as often as I do and still achieve distance with minimal dispersion. The reason I stopped using traditional “hybrids” is that they all went left. I also became somewhat of a head case figuring out if I was putting a fairway metal or iron swing on the ball. I made the decision to go to utility iron and won’t look back.

I also tried the Callys, Titleist MB, Fourteen and TM (truthfully haven’t tested a newer TM than the RSI TP) but keep sticking with Srixon. They figured it out for me and so that’s what I play. I’m a 9-10 hcp, played in college and don’t consider myself a strong long iron player.

Anyhow what are you guys gaming and why?

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  • MahamiltoMahamilto NYCMembers Posts: 1,955 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    The u510 1-iron is absurd off the tee, and playable off the deck too.

    Arrow straight, and I'm hitting it 255-270 off the tee (~115 driver ss) with around 240-255 off the deck. No more difficult to hit off the deck than a fairway, though I will admit I'm a much better iron player than FWY player to begin with.

    I have loved the T-MBs for a long time. The 3i in my bag is by far my most consistent club, but the u510 is a bit more forgiving on misses (even with less loft). I assume the u500 is studly too.

    Titleist TS3 - 9.75* - HZRDUS Smoke Black 6.5 (C1 Setting, STD Fade)
    Titleist U510 1-iron - HZRDUS Smoke Black 6.5
    Titleist 716 T-MB 3 and 4-iron - KBS C-Taper 130x
    Titleist 716 T-MB 5-9-iron - DG AMT x100
    Titleist 718 AP2 PW, 50* - DG AMT x100
    Titleist SM7 55* S-Grind - DG AMT x100
    Titleist SM3 60.07 - DG Tour Issue x100
    Evnroll ER6-B
    Bridgestone Tour B X
    Titleist Staff Stand Bag
  • YoungJediYoungJedi Members Posts: 1,446 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    I have nothing but good things to say about PXG. To be honest I’m not a fan of any of their other equipment. Average at best. But their driving irons are tier 1!

    Ping g410 LST 7° w/ Fujikura Ventus 6s, tipped 1/2”
    Ping g410 LST 13° fairway w/ Fujikura Ventus 7s, tipped 1/2”
    PXG 0311X gen2 DARKNESS 2 iron w/ Tensei pro 70g hybrid S
    PXG 0311x gen1 DARKNESS 4 iron w/ kbs $taper S
    Ping Blueprint 5-pw w/ KBS tour limited black C taper 125 s+ SST pure
    Ping Glide Forged 50° w/ KBS tour limited black C taper 125 s+ SST pure
    Vokey limited Slate Blue sm7 54F/58D w/ DG tour issue s400 SST pure
    Custom Bettinardi BB0 - RJB022885
    Mackenzie Walker bag
  • apg7apg7 Members Posts: 26 ✭✭

    TMB-18 3i bent to a 2i loft goes comically far for how easy it is to hit. Put in a brand new UDI tonight though to get a little more penetrating ball flight.

  • Lefty96Lefty96 Members Posts: 235 ✭✭✭

    Srixon U85 2 iron is everything I need and more. I can’t say enough good things about this club.

    Callaway Rogue Subzero 9*/Hzrdus Yellow 6.5
    XR 16 15* 3w/fukijura 565 Stiff
    Adams Red 18*/Matrix altus Stiff
    4-PW 718 AP3/AMT tour white Stiff
    50* cleveland RTX 2.0 (10* bounce)
    56* cleveland RTX 2.0 (12* bounce)
    60* cleveland RTX 2.0 (6* bounce)
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  • chippa13chippa13 Members Posts: 2,384 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    I'm a big fan of the GAPR mid 3.

  • Chuck905Chuck905 Members Posts: 1,360 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    edited Sep 8, 2019 8:28am #7

    I can understand all the praises for the Srixon but best feeling and control will go to any MB, especially off the tee.

    The Srixon is fatty and ugly offset, to the point is fugly but it works.

    The one advantage I do miss with the Srixon is that I can putt from off the green, and now I will use a 3 wood but it’s not the same.

    Epic SZ 11* Tensei White 75
    Epic SZ Strong 3 Wood, 13.5*
    Callaway Apex 18mb (2-PW)
    RTX-4 54* and 60*
    Odyssey RX9 Putter
  • ValtielValtiel Konica-Minolta Bizhub Members Posts: 2,393 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    The U65 is definitely a winner big time. The only reason I have a UDI 1-iron is because they don't make a U65 16*, otherwise I would have that.

    Mizuno ST190 9.5* Diamana X'17 70xx || Taylormade M1 430 8.5* Tensei Pro Orange V2 70TX
    Callaway XHot 3Deep Pro 14.5* FujikuraMotore VC 8.3 Tour Spec X || Nike SQ2 13* DiamanaBlueboard 83x
    Nike Tour Issue SQ2 17* Diamana Blueboard 103x || SQ2 15* Diamana Blueboard 93x
    PING Anser 20* Aldila Rogue Black 110MSI 105h Tour-X || Taylormade V-Steel 21* Project X Rifle Satin 6.5
    Mizuno MP-H4 3i 21* Project X PXi 7.0
    Mizuno MP-H4 4i 24* Project X PXi 7.0
    Mizuno MP-59 4i-PW 24*- 48* Brunswick Precision Rifle FCM 7.0
    Vokey Mild Raw 8620 54* Brunswick Precision Rifle FCM 7.0
    Vokey  SM6 58* Oil Can Low Bounce K-Grind Brunswick Precision FCM 7.3 SSx1
    Vokey Special 62* Black Oxide V-Grind Brunswick Precision FCM 7.3 SSx2
    Scotty Cameron Santa Fe Bullseye shaft

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  • coopscoops Members Posts: 1,226 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    I've been using an Epon AF-901 blobby '2' (19 degree loft) iron for about 8 years now.
    Same shaft as my irons (now Nunchuk XI).

    Almost as forgiving as a hybrid but with the bonus of being able to bend the lie angle to what you need, and it looks more like an iron at address which I prefer.

    This thing:-

  • Crazy_BikerdudeCrazy_Bikerdude WisconsinMembers Posts: 39 ✭✭

    P790 UDI 2 iron for me.
    Goes long and straight. Wish I would have picked this up a long time ago. Easy to hit, out drives my 3W.

  • cflo2382cflo2382 Members Posts: 395 ✭✭✭✭
    edited Sep 9, 2019 9:04am #11

    New Level 4995 HB. I play the 18* and love it. It's a bomber. Feels incredible. Easy to hit off the tee and deck. Not as clunky looking as most DI/utilities. Second choice for me would be the PXG 0311X. That thing was great too but couldn't stand the large sole.

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    COBRA F9 Tour - Tensei Pro Orange 80TX
    New Level 4559HB 18* DI/Utility - HZRDUS Red 105 6.5
    Miura MC-501 4-PW - SPBx
    Miura 1957 51y, 55c, 60y - SPBx
    SC Studio Select Newport 2 Mid Slant
    ProV1x | Vessel Players 2.0 Stand
  • ckayckay Members Posts: 4,110 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    I have an M2 LIFT that I’m absolutely murdering right now.

    Taylormade M4 440 10* Tensei White Pro 60TX
    Taylormade M2 Tour 16.5* Atmos Blue 7x
    Taylormade M2 L.I.F.T. 2 KBS Hybrid Proto 85x
    Miura CB57 Nippon SPB X
    Vokey CF 52F/56M/60M S400 Onyx
    Cameron Cami & Co Newport Beach 34/350

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  • lyons107lyons107 Members Posts: 35 ✭✭

    Ive been playing the 2014 Taylormade TP UDI 18* for the last few seasons. Real easy off the tee and great ball flight. Can be found cheap as well.

  • boggymanboggyman Members Posts: 2,686 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    I’m still partial to my W/S V4 18* utility.

  • manima1manima1 ChicagoMembers Posts: 725 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Another vote for the Srixon U series. I have the 18 (2i) and it's incredible. So consistent off the tee and is easy to elevate off the deck.

    The only downside of this club is the wide sole will get caught up easily in not-so-great lies out of the rough. If it weren't for that I'd be playing the 23-degree as well and in lieu of my 4i. The 745 4i however is very forgiving for a one-piece muscle cavity iron and the narrower sole makes it much easier to play out of tricky rough lies.

    Ernie Els plays the U-series all the way down to his 5-iron.

    M5 9.0 - Kuro Kage Dual Core 80tx 
    '16 M2HL 16.8 tour issued deep faced - Fujikura 8.3 TS
    zU45 18 degree - S400
    z745 4-9 - S400
    SM6 46.08F - S400 Chrome
    SM6 50.08F - S400 Steel Gray
    SM7 54.10S - S400 Raw
    TM Hi-Toe 60.12ATV - S400 Black
    TM Spider X - Navy
  • lazyjc4lazyjc4 Members Posts: 879 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @chippa13 said:
    I'm a big fan of the GAPR mid 3.

    +1

    Srixon Z565 8.5 Attas Elements Prototype
    TM GAPR Hi 17.5* Speeder Tourspec HB 9.8 
    TM GAPR Mid 19* Hzrdus Black 
    Hogan PTx 21*, 25*,29*, 33*, 37*, 41*, 45* S300
    Callaway Mack Daddy Forged 50*, 54* S200
    PM Grind 58* KBS Hi-Rev
    Bettinardi B55 Counterbalanced 38"
    Titleist AVX or Srixon Z-Star
  • manxytagmanxytag Members Posts: 536 ✭✭✭✭✭

    MP H5 1 is a rocket for me, best club in my bag

  • shredNECTARshredNECTAR Members Posts: 140 ✭✭✭

    It’s been a love hate relationship at the start but once dialed in I love my mizuno mp18 fli hi 2 iron. Although it is 16.5 degrees of loft, I’m still able to launch it pretty high from both off the tee and the fairway. It’s my fairway finder on the shorter par 4s and able to run it up to the green on short-mid length par 5s with my second shot. It’s also cheaper then most driving irons at $150, pretty sure you could even get it now for $125. I tried the srixon, and although most people love it, the footprint was just too large for my eye. I thought about the new ping crossover but saw someone have the clubhead rocket off of it into a lake. It’s also a little too expensive asking $240 for the club. The mizuno looks good behind the ball and can’t argue with the the results.

  • jokerusnjokerusn nice shoes Northern NJClubWRX Posts: 4,863 ClubWRX

    Not as forgiving as the 790 UDI but the ball feels like it explodes off the face and goes like a bullet. Great for those windy days but too demanding so it doesn't see the bag like the 790 does.

    M6 9°  Fujikura Ventus 6
    TS2 15°  Diamana S+ Ltd 70
    790UDI  PX Catalyst 80 -or- 818H2 19°  HZRDUS Red 85
    0311T 4i / Z745 5-9  Nippon 950GH 
    SM7 46F 52F 58D  DG 115
    SM7 62M  KBS Tour
    custom putter

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  • ValtielValtiel Konica-Minolta Bizhub Members Posts: 2,393 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    @jokerusn said:
    Not as forgiving as the 790 UDI but the ball feels like it explodes off the face and goes like a bullet. Great for those windy days but too demanding so it doesn't see the bag like the 790 does.

    Ah good call! Same thing with the 2016 M2 Tour irons, I have a 3-iron built up that is pretty killer. I need to bend it to proper 3-iron loft because it is basically a 2-iron @18.5*.

    Mizuno ST190 9.5* Diamana X'17 70xx || Taylormade M1 430 8.5* Tensei Pro Orange V2 70TX
    Callaway XHot 3Deep Pro 14.5* FujikuraMotore VC 8.3 Tour Spec X || Nike SQ2 13* DiamanaBlueboard 83x
    Nike Tour Issue SQ2 17* Diamana Blueboard 103x || SQ2 15* Diamana Blueboard 93x
    PING Anser 20* Aldila Rogue Black 110MSI 105h Tour-X || Taylormade V-Steel 21* Project X Rifle Satin 6.5
    Mizuno MP-H4 3i 21* Project X PXi 7.0
    Mizuno MP-H4 4i 24* Project X PXi 7.0
    Mizuno MP-59 4i-PW 24*- 48* Brunswick Precision Rifle FCM 7.0
    Vokey Mild Raw 8620 54* Brunswick Precision Rifle FCM 7.0
    Vokey  SM6 58* Oil Can Low Bounce K-Grind Brunswick Precision FCM 7.3 SSx1
    Vokey Special 62* Black Oxide V-Grind Brunswick Precision FCM 7.3 SSx2
    Scotty Cameron Santa Fe Bullseye shaft

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  • 95124hacker95124hacker Rare putter collection Members Posts: 1,319 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    @coops said:
    I've been using an Epon AF-901 blobby '2' (19 degree loft) iron for about 8 years now.
    Same shaft as my irons (now Nunchuk XI).

    Almost as forgiving as a hybrid but with the bonus of being able to bend the lie angle to what you need, and it looks more like an iron at address which I prefer.

    I bag the 22* version as a long iron replacement. Love the spring face.

    ‘17 M2 “K serial” 10.5* turned down a notch, Fujikura Pro Tour Spec 63S
    '16 M1 3HL (17*), Fujikura Pro 70S
    King F7 2-3 (19*), Fujikura Pro 75h, S
    Epon AF-901 22*, Roddio Pentacross I-8, S
    '09 Yamaha Inpres X V-Forged Tourmodel 4-PW, Roddio Pentacross I-10, S
    Cleveland RTX-3 V-MG 52* & 58*
    Odyssey WHP CSM 400g
    Ball: Performing validation testing of the M G S test
  • Red4282Red4282 Members Posts: 424 ✭✭✭✭
  • jaffabelljaffabell Members Posts: 71 ✭✭

    Cobra utility black with a project X LZ 6.5, looks amazing and easy to hit... Not too much offset etc. The black head on steel shaft looks awesome too. Great combo!

  • JJK947JJK947 Members Posts: 3,209 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Srixon U45/65/85 for mid launch/spin, easy to hit, looks a little chunky. HMB seems like it will be similar but better looking.

    P790 long iron or P790 UDI. Less forgiving than true driving/utility irons in the low lofts but performance is top of the category if you want lowerer spin and ability to vary trajectory. Original UDI is great too, just a little thicker and I like the P790 a hair better in every category.

    Taylormade M5 (9) - Tensei Pro Orange 60
    Taylormade M3 T3 (14) - Tensei Pro Orange 70
    Taylormade M3 5W (19) - Tensei Pro Orange 80
    Srixon Z945 3-PW - DG Tour X100
    Mizuno MP T7 52.09 - DG Tour S400
    Mizuno MP T20 58.04 - DG Tour S400
    Scotty Cameron Studio Style NP2

  • Still thinkinStill thinkin Members Posts: 16 ✭✭

    I vote Callaway apex UT. I have the 18 and 21 bent 2.5 weak. Also have a U85 21 but for some reason I ordered it with the graphite recoil that does not work for me. I have KBS tour-V 130 in the cally's and they are money. After reading all the replies I think much like driver's the shaft is key in this category.

  • ChipNRunChipNRun Members Posts: 1,564 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    My Exotics CB Pro Tungsten irons have a .370 hosel. The model comes with a 22° 4i which was OK off the tee but iffy from the fairway. I got it refitted it with a SteelFiber HLS 780 hybrid shaft (75 grams R-flex), and it works great. Very good off the tee - I can even flight it up or down a little with tee height and ball position. I can now hit it off the fairway, and it is especially good into the wind.

    The pro I work with plays Srixon 585 irons, but as a driving iron uses:
    a Nike Covert 3-iron head fitted with an offbrand 80-gram R-flex graphite shaft, tipped 1.5" and butt-trimmed at 1-iron length. (Besides giving lessons, he has a thriving club repair and fitting enterprise.)

    Some Tour Edge fans have tried the CBX 119 iron-woods: Model offers 2i-5i with hollow-body construction and rounded hybrid sole camber. Stock shafts include Hzrdus and Kuro Kage graphite and KBS steel.

    What's In The Bag *...

    Driver: Calla XR16 Pro 10.5° (set open) / Fuji Evolution II TS Speeder 665 R-flex 63 gr.
    FWs: Tour Edge XRail 4W + 7W / GraphiteDesign G60 R-flex 60 gr.
    or Calla Alpha 815, set 16° + 20° / Fuji Motore Speeder 665 R-flex 62 gr.
    Hybrid: Cobra FlyZ 3H 19° + 4H 22° / Matrix VLCT Altus Lite flex 73 gr.
    Irons: Tour Edge CB Pro Tungsten 4i - PW** / KBS Tour 90 R-flex 101 gr.
           4i refitted with SteelFiber 780 HLS Hybrid shaft R Flex 75 gr.
    Wedge: Calla MD3 48°/8.SS + 54°/12.WS +
    MD.PM 60°/10  | KBS Tour R-flex 110 gr. |
    Putter: Ping Sigma G Tyne (face-balanced) / 34" w. Ping Pistol PP60 grip (stock)
    Bag: Sun Mountain Three 5 stand bag
    Ball: Calla SuperSoft
    * Either 7W or 3H left out, depending on course.
    ** Wedges: 46°and 48°are competing for bag space.
  • texcellence86texcellence86 Funky Town, TXMembers Posts: 146 ✭✭✭
    edited Sep 9, 2019 6:01pm #27

    Titleist C16 4 iron set to 24* with a DG S400 105. Normal carry is 220 - 230ish. Can hit it High and low, had the H5 before and couldn't hit it low at all.

    M2 10.5 AD-MDQ 7X
    M2T 16.5 ilima 80X
    M4T 21 Diamana S 93X
    C16 4i DG Black 105 S400
    716 CB 5-PW AMT S400
    SM6 52.F 56.S 60.V DG S400
    Black Series 1W
  • noaces06noaces06 Members Posts: 412 ✭✭✭✭

    Mizzy MP-H5 3 iron with a Project X Catalyst 100 6.5... absolutely in LOVE with this monster.

    Noaces' WITB...

    Callaway Rogue 9* w/ Handcrafted HZRDUS Yellow (playing at 43.5)
    Cobra F8+ @ 13.5* w/ Fubuki J 70x
    Titleist 816 h2 23* w/ Diamana D+ 92x
    Titleist 718 T-MB 4i w/ DG X100
    Titleist 712 AP2 5 - PW w/ DG X100
    Vokey SM6 50/54/58
    Scotty Cameron Futura 6M
  • OrlokOrlok ArgentinaMembers Posts: 34 ✭✭
    edited Sep 9, 2019 7:13pm #29

    Titleist T-MB 718 17° (L)

    Driver - Ping G410 Plus 10.0° - Project X EvenFlow Black 75
    3 Wood - Ping G410 Plus 14.5° - Project X EvenFlow Black 85
    2 Iron - Titleist T-MB 718 17° - True Temper AMT Tour White S300
    4-PW - Titleist AP2 718 - True Temper AMT Tour White S300
    Wedges - TaylorMade Hi-Toe 52°/56°/60°
    Putter - Oddysey White Ice
    Ball - Bridgestone B330 RX

  • iceman1118iceman1118 NortheastMembers Posts: 18 ✭✭

    The TM P790 UDI is a monster. Easily flies 250 off the tee for me and I get about 240 or so off the turf.

    Quick note, I have X flex in my woods and irons but have S flex in the 2 iron, found it launched better off the turf than the X. X and S flew pretty much exactly the same off the tee for me.

    Driver: Taylormade M6 Hazardous Smoke 6.5 X
    3 Wood: Taylormade M6 Hazardous Smoke 6.5 X
    Driving Iron: Taylormade UDI Hazardous Smoke 6.0 S
    Irons: Taylormade P790 4 - AW KBS C Taper 130 X
    Wedges: Taylormade Hi Toe Copper 54/58 KBS C Taper 120 S
    Putter: Evnroll ER 1.2
    Ball: Titleist Pro V1

  • StevenGlennStevenGlenn Members Posts: 15 ✭✭

    Gapr lo 2 iron with kbs tour prototype shaft. It is long and straight everytime. It kicked my 3 wood out the bag. It is pretty forgiving too.

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