GIVEAWAY: Odyssey Stroke Lab Rossie Putter - ENTER HERE, Vokey SM8 52* Wedge - ENTER HERE

Iron suggestions for a sweeper who needs help

2»
2

Comments

  • gvogelgvogel Members  8573WRX Points: 1,470Posts: 8,573 Titanium Tees
    Joined:  #32

    On -, @gdb99 said:

    I’m more of a sweeper. My Pro always told me a thin miss is better than a fat one, so it’s just how I play the game.
    I just bought the T200 irons from Titleist. Coming from 712 AP1’s. They feel better, fly higher, and seem very forgiving. Only played 1 round so far.
    Good luck!

    I'm interested in how they work out for you, because I play a combo set of 712 AP1's and 714 AP2's. I like the AP2 in 8 to PW, at the moment the AP2 7-iron is also in the bag.

    Posted:
    Unseen, in the background, Fate was quietly slipping the lead into the boxing-glove.  P.G. Wodehouse
  • GolfWRXGolfWRX Warning Points: 0  11 Members Posts: 11 #ad
    Joined:  ...

    Advertisement
  • wkuo3wkuo3 RELEASE Members  4374WRX Points: 390Posts: 4,374 Titanium Tees
    Joined:  #33

    On -, @CROUSE99 said:

    I take very little to no divot with my irons. Unfortunately, I am also a poor ball striker so I need some forgiveness. I am going to try as many models as I can over the next few weeks, but would like to hear some suggestions from the golfwrx folks.
    Thanks!
    Oh, before you suggest lessons, know that I am taking lessons, but I don't know if divot taking will ever be in my future. :)

    Take a iron design that has a medium to wider sole. The bounce is your friend, a design with slightly more bounce angle will help you go through the turf better.
    Move the golf ball an inch toward the back of the stance, Most of the sweepers contact the turf with the irons before the golf ball, it can also be caused by gripping tightly with the right hand ( for a right handed gollfer ). Thnk push with the right fist instead of hit with the right hand.

    Posted:
  • CROUSE99CROUSE99 Members  231WRX Points: 146Posts: 231 Fairways
    Joined:  #34

    On -, @gvogel said:

    It might have been the shaft selection available from Ping.

    True dat. May have been the very light swing weights. Either way, I'm a little Ping-shy at the moment.

    Posted:
  • PepperturboPepperturbo Midwest and SouthwestMembers  16995WRX Points: 1,080Handicap: 4-5Posts: 16,995 Titanium Tees
    Joined:  edited Sep 10, 2019 #35

    In answer to the OP's question, with irons concern yourself with low bounce and narrow/medium width of the sole (wide simulates bounce.). However, because you're learning that may or may not be problematic. Higher ball flight is found in head design.

    I scrape the turf with my irons and take divots with 9-LW. If someone were to ask I sweep the ball yet steep enough at impact to apply excessive spin. Good Luck.

    Posted:
    Titleist TS2 9.5, Ventus 5 "S"
    Titleist TS2 16.5*, Ventus 7 "S"
    Titleist 718 T-MB 17* 2i, Steelfiber i95cw "S"
    Titleist 620 3i i95cw "S"
    Titleist 620 4i-PW, Steelfiber i110 "S"
    SM6 F-52/8, Steelfiber i125 "S"
    SM6 M-58/8, DG-S200
    SC California Monterey
    ProV1 & AVX





  • chafitachafita Members  192WRX Points: 51Posts: 192 Fairways
    Joined:  #36

    Sweeper/picker here. Srixon V Sole I feel helps me with turf interaction. I'm a higher handicap than you so I take in to account how dispersion and distance are affected by my mishits as well.

    The Srixon 5 series cavity back irons serve me well but my slow swing speed leaves me desiring distance.

    Picked up a set of 790's from the classifieds so I'm hoping this will be as forgiving as my Srixons on my less than great strikes.

    Lessons are in my near future for sure. Hope this helps.

    Posted:
  • miles2gomiles2go Members  350WRX Points: 103Handicap: 10Posts: 350 Greens
    Joined:  #37

    Sweeper here also. Slightly lower HCP. Could use players cavity backs no problem but really like the Ping G400's. The clubs just seem to dig a bit which is exactly what I need. Super forgiving.

    Posted:
  • GolfWRXGolfWRX Warning Points: 0  11 Members Posts: 11 #ad
    Joined:  ...

    Advertisement
  •  SwooshLT SwooshLT Members  7455WRX Points: 460Handicap: 5Posts: 7,455 Titanium Tees
    Joined:  #38

    On -, @chafita said:

    Sweeper/picker here. Srixon V Sole I feel helps me with turf interaction. I'm a higher handicap than you so I take in to account how dispersion and distance are affected by my mishits as well.

    The Srixon 5 series cavity back irons serve me well but my slow swing speed leaves me desiring distance.

    Picked up a set of 790's from the classifieds so I'm hoping this will be as forgiving as my Srixons on my less than great strikes.

    Lessons are in my near future for sure. Hope this helps.

    When you say slow.....what are you exactly? I'm a 90mph driver guy and the 585 long irons (4-6) lofted weak one degree have simply been amazing....along with better feel than P790....those are crazy long but stronger lofted and less consistent I found....I'm back to 5i carry....in the air carry of 180ish ;been awhile since I've seen the ball off the deck stay in the air for that kind of yardage

    Posted:
  • fullio21fullio21 Members  9WRX Points: 19Handicap: 15Posts: 9 Bunkers
    Joined:  #39

    Also a sweeper and everything I've read suggests Hot Metals. Been looking for a set for myself. It goes without saying to make sure you're for the correct shaft for your swing as well.

    Posted:
  • chafitachafita Members  192WRX Points: 51Posts: 192 Fairways
    Joined:  #40

    On -, @ SwooshLT said:

    When you say slow.....what are you exactly? I'm a 90mph driver guy and the 585 long irons (4-6) lofted weak one degree have simply been amazing....along with better feel than P790....those are crazy long but stronger lofted and less consistent I found....I'm back to 5i carry....in the air carry of 180ish ;been awhile since I've seen the ball off the deck stay in the air for that kind of yardage

    7 iron swing speed is about 80ish MPH. That's keeping a tempo that doesn't throw my swing off center violently. I fight a solid toe hit on my irons constantly. I have Z545's and the lofts aren't too far off the P790's but when I hit the respective 7 irons on the launch monitors the distance on the P790's is longer on carry and the launch angle is similar. I don't remember spin or ball speed numbers but I was impressed enough that I wanted to try a set. Hopefully they are all they are cracked up to be.

    Posted:
  • Frisco KidFrisco Kid Members  296WRX Points: 172Posts: 296 Greens
    Joined:  edited Sep 11, 2019 #41

    As others have suggested and IME, the Maltby DBMs are as good as it gets for a picker/sweeper. My miss is usually thin...these clubs have been the least penalizing I’ve found for that type of miss. My last sets have been Mizuno EZ, AP2 714/716 and Ping I200. The Pings are are backups to a set that cost me around $250, that’s how good the DBMs are.

    Posted:
    Taylormade SIM MAX driver 10.5 Ventus R
    Taylormade SIM MAX 3w 15 Ventus R
    Taylormade SIM MAX 5w 18 Ventus R
    Taylormade SIM MAX 4h 22 Ventus R
    PXG 0211 5-LW
    Taylormade Spider X Chalk
    OUUL Gator cart bag
  • gpleonardgpleonard New Smyrna Beach, FloridaMembers  1353WRX Points: 159Handicap: 15Posts: 1,353 Platinum Tees
    Joined:  #42

    I switched from the Srixon Z585 irons to the Titleist T300 irons and so far my ball striking has greatly improved. I have been making much better contact and scoring much better with the Titleist T300 irons.

    Posted:
    Gil Leonard
  • GolfWRXGolfWRX Warning Points: 0  11 Members Posts: 11 #ad
    Joined:  ...

    Advertisement
  • SurfDaddySurfDaddy Members  78WRX Points: 42Posts: 78 Fairways
    Joined:  #43

    Ditto on the Srixon 500 series recommendation. I play the Z-565 and the versatile v-sole works really well for my shallow attack. However, when the lie dictates the v-sole also cuts through the turf nicely. You would not be disappointed!

    Posted:
  • flagseekerflagseeker Members  12WRX Points: 60Posts: 12 Bunkers
    Joined:  #44

    I would also highly recommend you try a lightweight low-kick shaft. Regardless of what head you go with, the kick point is going to play a huge role for you. Obviously select a head that appeals to you with some forgiveness, but the shaft will be very crucial in order to help you maximize your striking. Good luck in your search!

    Posted:
  • Golf ScientistGolf Scientist Members  185WRX Points: 76Handicap: 1Posts: 185 Fairways
    Joined:  #45

    On -, @CROUSE99 said:

    I take very little to no divot with my irons. Unfortunately, I am also a poor ball striker so I need some forgiveness. I am going to try as many models as I can over the next few weeks, but would like to hear some suggestions from the golfwrx folks.
    Thanks!
    Oh, before you suggest lessons, know that I am taking lessons, but I don't know if divot taking will ever be in my future. :)

    It's good that you plan to try a number of different clubs. First determine by looks what you like and don't like the look of (thickness of topline, amount of offset,etc). Rule out the clubs you don't like the look of first. Next factor in what type of ball flight you desire. Is there something (a type of shot) you want to hit, but can't with your current irons? Some irons are designed to encourage particular ball flights. You may be able to rule out some models based on what they are capable of doing. You can get a large range of different shafts with different head combinations. Try different combinations and see what feels too heavy, too light, or is balanced good or bad for your feel (swing them without hitting balls). Then hit the models you have remaining and see how they feel and sound. After that you can tweak thing further with shafts that hit the ball higher or lower, and ones that have softer feel or harsher feel. By that time you should have a good idea what clubs may work best for you.
    Being a sweeper of the ball is pretty much irrelevant to choosing clubs. Many of the greats have been sweepers of the ball during their primes. (Greg Norman, and Payne Stewart swept the ball when they were playing good). Nick Price was steep in his early years, and became a great ball striker when he became much more shallow through the ball.

    Posted:
    Current set makeup:
    M5 driver with Evenflow shaft
    M5 3 and 5 metals with Evenflow shafts
    GAPR 4 and 5 hybrids with KBS hybrid shafts
    P790 irons 6-AW with Nippon 950 shafts
    Callaway PM 60*, PM 56* wedges with KBS Tour-V shafts
    Spider putter





  • Ace_twice_overAce_twice_over Members  5WRX Points: 14Posts: 5 Bunkers
    Joined:  edited Sep 12, 2019 #46

    What about no irons at all? I have noticed several good players over the years who gamed off named hybrids throughout the set...Im talking 3-SW here. I brushed it off until one of my buddies who carries a sub 8 HC was gaming a $50 all hybrid set he got from Play it Again Sports while I was hacking my Callaway XR Steelheads all over the place. I went on Ebay and ordered a few hybrid irons (8-PW) just to try them. I now have the entire set and those Steelheads are sitting lonely in the corner this season. I think its just a matter of time before the big 4 (Callaway,Ping,Titleist & TM) produce complete hybrid sets because they are way better for sweepers of all ages.

    The best iron for sweepers is a hybrid.

    Posted:
  • chippa13chippa13 Members  2696WRX Points: 449Posts: 2,696 Titanium Tees
    Joined:  edited Sep 12, 2019 #47

    The best iron for this sweeper isn't an hybrid, it is the Rocketbladez I bought on closeout 3-4 years ago and put some mid-sized grips on.

    Posted:
  • GolfWRXGolfWRX Warning Points: 0  11 Members Posts: 11 #ad
    Joined:  ...

    Advertisement
  • CCPGOLFERCCPGOLFER Members  5WRX Points: 9Posts: 5 Bunkers
    Joined:  #48

    I, too, am a sweeper of the ball. I sometimes take a little divot with my wedges, but with my irons, I sweep. I was fit with the Mizuno 919 Hot Metal Pro irons with the N.S. Pro Modus 3 Tour 105gm. I got these earlier this year and have been very pleased. They offer a great launch angle, even the 5 iron. I got the Pro model because the regular HM irons have a bit of offset and I tended to hit them left. I'm 68 and have lost a bit of distance, but these clubs have allowed me to have about the same distance as I had 10-15 years ago. My handicap is around 18, but my game has been getting better since I got this set of irons. I had my best round in quite some time a couple of weeks ago. I actually shot an 84, so I was thrilled, and that was with leaving a few strokes on the course. Good luck in your search. My only suggestion is to get fit for your irons. Most golf shops will include that the purchase of a set, at least in my area.

    Posted:
  • guowei0724guowei0724 Members  3WRX Points: 5Posts: 3 Starters
    Joined:  #49

    Try a Maltby KE4, this is claimed "Extremely low center of gravity produces solid shots for a variety of swing types, especially those players with a sweeping type swing." And build an iron with the lightest iron shaft or even a graphite shaft, then add custom weight to adjust the swing weight back to the preferred level. this should be a sweeping monster with lowest CG possible. Do try with one first and then complete set :-)

    Posted:
  • Fairway14Fairway14 Members  377WRX Points: 133Posts: 377 Greens
    Joined:  #50

    Ping G700 with Project X LZ shafts.

    Posted:
  • guowei0724guowei0724 Members  3WRX Points: 5Posts: 3 Starters
    Joined:  #51

    Try Maltby KE4, this is claimed "Extremely low center of gravity produces solid shots for a variety of swing types, especially those players with a sweeping type swing." And build an iron with the lightest iron shaft or even a graphite shaft, then add custom weight to adjust the swing weight back to the preferred level. this should be a sweeping monster with lowest CG possible. Do try with one first and then complete set :-)

    Posted:
  • NoTalentLeftyNoTalentLefty Members  3936WRX Points: 358Handicap: 12.9Posts: 3,936 Titanium Tees
    Joined:  edited Sep 14, 2019 #52

    Sweeper here, using AP1 718s 6-PW and Cobra Baffler 3-5 Hybrids. Works for me. But actually I never had a set or demo’d a set of irons that I couldn’t sweep.

    Posted:
    Livin' proof that Lefties are not naturally talented.

    Driver Callaway Epic Flash 10.5 set to 9.5
    3 Wood Epic Flash set to 16 degrees
    3-5 Hybrids Epic Flash 18 20 23 degrees
    6 hybrid Big Bertha 26 degree 
    7-AW Callaway Mavrik Irons 
    50 degree GW Vokey SM7
    56 degree SW Vokey SM7
    Odyssey White Hot V-Line Fang

  • GolfWRXGolfWRX Warning Points: 0  11 Members Posts: 11 #ad
    Joined:  ...

    Advertisement
  • ketoketo Members  104WRX Points: 60Posts: 104 Fairways
    Joined:  #53

    Saw the Apex's on your list....they are very forgiving down low. The blade width might be intimidating for some. They're also very long, with no known reports of 'hot shots' that I've seen yet - those who gamed both have said CF16 did, CF19 does not, though it's anecdotal. Good feel, not Mizuno level. I have some on order with Recoils, they launch high with good spin (6Kish for me in the 7i).

    Posted:
  • Z1ggy16Z1ggy16 Members  9789WRX Points: 1,672Posts: 9,789 Titanium Tees
    Joined:  #54

    I've usually heard thinner soles are more ideal for shallower swingers, but usually "forgiving" clubs like say G410, etc have pretty wide soles. Perhaps something like P790s which are in the medium range of sole width but still offer some forgiveness is a good middle ground.

    If you have a decent instructor... he should get you taking at least a little bit of of a divot with the 7 or 8i pretty quickly. By 3 or 4 lessons in if you still aren't seeing improvement, maybe consider a new teacher.

    Posted:
    D - SIM Max 9* Ventus Black 6x
    4w - SIM Ti Diamana B 80x
    5w - Speedzone FX 2.0 380 or Speedzone 4i Modus 105x
    Irons - P760 4-PW | Modus 120x
    Glide 3.0 50/54/58 S400 Tour Issue
    Spider X or Huntington Beach #1 or Toulon San Diego
    Ball - BXS


2

Leave a Comment

Rich Text Editor. To edit a paragraph's style, hit tab to get to the paragraph menu. From there you will be able to pick one style. Nothing defaults to paragraph. An inline formatting menu will show up when you select text. Hit tab to get into that menu. Some elements, such as rich link embeds, images, loading indicators, and error messages may get inserted into the editor. You may navigate to these using the arrow keys inside of the editor and delete them with the delete or backspace key.