Handicaps 10 - 18 - What type of irons are you playing?

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jjfcpajjfcpa Golf NutOmaha, NEMembers  843WRX Points: 287Handicap: 12Posts: 843 Golden Tee
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Just curious what the majority of mid-handicap golfers are playing in terms of golf irons. Do you gravitate towards players, distance, game improvement or super game improvement.

I know the lines between the types of golf irons has kind of blurred and in my particular case, I play what you would probably consider distance irons (Callaway Apex CF19's), but I probably should be looking at some game improvement because of my age (72). How about you?


Mavrik Driver 10.5* Recoil ES440 F2

Mavrik 3w Recoil ES440 F2

Mavrik 5w Recoil ES440 F2

Mavrik 4h Recoil ES Smacwrap 760 F2

Callaway Apex CF19's 5i - PW Recoil 760 F2

Callaway MD5 48* - 54* Project X Catalyst 80

Callaway Chrome Soft 2020

Stroke Lab One



  • MacklessdaddyMacklessdaddy Members  543WRX Points: 123Posts: 543 Golden Tee
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    G410 now last irons SLDR

    Ping G 10.5 Kuro Kage
    Ping G 3W
    Ping G 3 and 4 Hybrid Tour 90
    Ping G410 PX LZ 6.0
    Cleveland CBX 54 58
    Bridgestone TD-03 
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  • cpeckcpeck North new jerseyMembers  651WRX Points: 302Handicap: leftyPosts: 651 Golden Tee
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    mp 68 5-pw mp 54 3&4 iron,

  • tangojaytangojay Members  1053WRX Points: 183Posts: 1,053 Platinum Tees
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    PING G-700, Alta CB graphite shafts, hitting them long, high and straight

    Hitting them same distance and higher than my 7 year old G-25's with steel shafts, am 58.


  • 4x4GGG4x4GGG Members  128WRX Points: 73Handicap: 15Posts: 128 Fairways
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    I was playing i15s that came from a much better players bag. Played them a for a few years and got OK with them but I wanted the switch. I have a weird attack angle and slower swing speed so I was in need of some distance. I really fell for the Haywoods and was ready to buy. I emailed them and they told me I should compare to the G410s or G700s for my fitting. I tried both and just couldn't. Something about them was off and I couldn't get a clean shot off of them. The fitter was trying to find a way to meet the online stats but they weren't working. I tried the 210's and they hit very well. We adjusted the shaft into a Ctaper for better results. Then I hit the i500s for same grouping, but now a full club longer. Saved that idea and dabbled with a few other clubs outside of the Ping family but nothing produced the numbers the i500s did. So that's what I walked out with. A Players Distance iron.

    My only disappointment was that I didn't look at the Sub70 699s first. Also Haywood is releasing a less offset more compact version of their current line up. I got 4 rounds in on grass with the i500s and I'm down a full HCP point. I also have the chance to play a lot of virtual courses. Not the same, I know, but they've done me quite well.

  • hagimihalehagimihale Members  164WRX Points: 93Posts: 164 Fairways
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    Was playing a hybrid set of JPX-825 Pro 4-7 and MP-54 8-PW. Went to a full set of MP-54 in December.

    My miss is left, bordering on a hook. GI irons have too much offset for me, and I like knowing when I missed the sweet spot.

    Sending the JPX-825 Pros up north to reside with family, so I have a set up there and don't have to travel with my clubs.


    Titleist 913D2 9.5*, Diamana 'ilima 80X

    Titleist 917F2 15*, Diamana B-series 80S

    Titleist 818H2 19* Tensei Pro White 90S

    Titleist 818H2 21* Tensei Pro White 90X

    Mizuno MP-54 4i, 6i-PW, Dynamic Gold X100

    Mizuno S18 50* 54* 58* Dynamic Gold S400

    Scotty Cameron Select Fastback

  • Tim SherwoodTim Sherwood Members  421WRX Points: 139Handicap: HighPosts: 421 Greens
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    John Letters MM Forged Prototype. I bought a set of Srixon z765's but I just can't take the JL's out of the bag.

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  • jbandalojbandalo Members  140WRX Points: 65Handicap: 10.7Posts: 140 Fairways
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    I used to play players everything but I've learned to just play what makes the game easier. Currently playing 919 HM's.

    WEDGES - CLEVELAND CBX2 52, 56 & 60
    CART - CLICGEAR 3.5+
  • SouthLandSouthLand Members  52WRX Points: 61Handicap: HighPosts: 52 Bunkers
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    Right now it's a set of Cobra Amp Cells (~2013 GI) but I am in the process of upgrading. Need more spin on the ball, as I'm way below the desired range for spin metrics mainly. Pro thinks I could pick up some distance with improvement there. Driver too.

  • pwgj1478pwgj1478 Members  50WRX Points: 49Posts: 50 Bunkers
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    MP18 MMC

  • averysdadaverysdad Members  1412WRX Points: 264Posts: 1,412 Platinum Tees
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    Ping g410’s right now. Haven’t played a lot due to weather and then CV but hey fit the bill for me. Not too chunky not too much offset.

  • TwinsgroupieTwinsgroupie Phoenix, AZMembers  71WRX Points: 77Handicap: 16.8Posts: 71 Bunkers
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    Coming from Cobra Tour Forged and just ordered a set of PXG 0211's. I tend to like a little bit more of a players iron than game improvement. Ball striking of the irons is better than my handicap would lead you to believe - let please not talk about my short game and putting...

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  • steventoosteventoo Members  171WRX Points: 73Posts: 171 Fairways
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    I have gone from 6 to 11. I probably spend 10 times more time hitting irons than I do on my short game, so my iron (and driver) striking is pretty good. I play Titleist T100's, 3 iron to pitching wedge. I also have a Titleist U510 1 iron, which I really like.

    I have been thinking about my game and as soon as I'm allowed to, I'll try to make that a 50/50 balance. The main trouble is that the practice facilities at my club are pretty crappy and the driving range is the best part.

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  • mantanmantan Members  2694WRX Points: 265Handicap: 13.5Posts: 2,694 Titanium Tees
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    Srixon 565s that replaced PING G25s that I played for years.

    WITB (as of 5/8/20)
    Cobra Speedzone Extreme 10.5 (TL)
    Cobra Speedzone 5W
    PING G25 23* Hybrid
    Srixon Z565 5-PW
    Cleveland CBX 2 50*
    Cleveland CBX 2 54*
    Cleveland CBX Full Face 58*
    Cleveland Frontline Elevado
    Bridgestone Tour B RX/RXS
  • mattavery727mattavery727 Members  244WRX Points: 72Handicap: 10Posts: 244 Fairways
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    I’m playing Z765 currently. Played AP2 for a while before but really love the way the Srixon cuts spin and cuts through the turf. Irons are my strength of my game.


    Lefty WITB

    TS2 8.5 with Aldila Rogue 125 70TX

    TS2 15.75 Diamana BF 80TX

    3 Iron bent to 18 - Srixon Z585 Modus 120x

    4-5 Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal Project X 6.5

    6-PW Mizuno JPX 919 Forged Project X 6.5

    50,54,58: Titleist SM7 Project X 6.5

    2020 Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport 2


    Ogio Alpha Convoy RTC Stand Bag

  • gpleonardgpleonard New Smyrna Beach, FloridaMembers  1353WRX Points: 159Handicap: 15Posts: 1,353 Platinum Tees
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    Callaway Mavrik 5-PW. Regular Flex KBS shafts. Long and straight. Super easy to hit.

    Gil Leonard
  • RodrigoNicelyRodrigoNicely Members  1026WRX Points: 211Posts: 1,026 Platinum Tees
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    Sitting on 8 to 10 right now. I just picked up a set of Titleist t-200 with a T300 4 iron. Haven’t got to hit them much but seem fairly easy to hit so far

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  • gsrjcgsrjc TOC Members  1882WRX Points: 597Posts: 1,882 Platinum Tees
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    4-6 mp20 hmb

    7-pw mp18 mmc

    Steelfiber i95s

  • WardmanWardman Members  221WRX Points: 66Handicap: 13Posts: 221 Fairways
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    P790's - wish I could get out right now!!!

    EvenFlow Black Ping 410 LST 9deg Driver
    EvenFlow Black Ping G 3W
    EvenFlow Black Ping 3 G Hybrid
    KBS Tour 90 Stiff TM P790 4-W
    KBS Wedge Shaft Ping Glide 3.0 50, 54 and 58 degree
    Bettinardi Queen B 9 Putter
  • NoTalentLeftyNoTalentLefty Members  3707WRX Points: 268Posts: 3,707 Titanium Tees
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    Titleist 718 AP1 6 - 53 degree

    4-5 hybrids Cobra Baffler XL

    Livin' proof that Lefties are not naturally talented.

    Driver Callaway Epic Flash 10.5 set to 9.5
    3 and 5 Wood Ping G15
    3-5 Hybrids Cobra Baffler XL
    6-PW Titleist AP1s
    50 degree GW Titleist SM4
    56 degree SW Vokey SM7 
    Ping Anser 6 Milled Putter
  • dannym53dannym53 Members  30WRX Points: 34Posts: 30 Bunkers
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    Ping g410’s

  • pat_katopat_kato ClubWRX  178WRX Points: 157Posts: 178 ClubWRX
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    Was playing Nike Vapor Pro Combos then went with the Mizuno MP-20 MMC and I love them

    Driver: TaylorMade SIM Max 9º Ventus Black 6s Stiff Flex
    Fairway: TaylorMade SIM Max 3 Wood Ventus Blue 7s Stiff Flex
    Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM MAX 3H Ventus Blue 6s Flex
    Irons: Mizuno MP-20 MMC 4-P True Temper Dynalite 105 Stiff Flex
    Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8 52º F Grind, 56º M Grind, 60º M Grind 
    Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 
    Ball: Bridgestone Tour B XS
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  • BicknellCCBicknellCC Members  1491WRX Points: 1,131Posts: 1,491 Platinum Tees
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    !3 Hc,

    playing Wilson Staff Di 5's, with 48, 52, 56, Cleveland 588 wedges at the bottom of the bag.

  • fore leftfore left Members  203WRX Points: 70Handicap: 10Posts: 203 Fairways
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    10 hcp

    919 HM

  • CwingCwing #TaylorMade TwistFace Experience 2018 Go Big Blue!!! 8x Champs. Who Dey !!! Go Bengals,Members  8404WRX Points: 349Handicap: 12.1Posts: 8,404 Titanium Tees
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    Good question.

    Irons most likely to be in the bag for my next round?

    Actually, it’s a toss up and could be either the PING g410 dg105 stiff vs Callaway Apex CF19 $-taper 125 stiff soft stepped.

    I’m still hanging on to my PING g25 DG XP s300 and Adams Pro Gold with steelfiber i95 stiff.

    TaylorMade Kingdom M4 9.5* Red 5S stiff Atmos 44.5”
    TaylorMade M4 3HL 16.5* fairway stiff Atmos
    TaylorMade M4 3 hybrid stiff Atmos
    TaylorMade M4 4 hybrid stiff Atmos
    PING G410 5-U w/DG 105s
    Callaway Apex CF19  5-A w/KBS $-Taper 120
    Cleveland RTX 54*
    Cleveland RTX 58*
    Seemore si5, si3 and Directed Force 2.0
    Garmin g6/Precision Pro Nx7 Pro slope
  • BPetryBPetry Members  100WRX Points: 60Handicap: 13Posts: 100 Fairways
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    Just got a set of Cobra Forged Tec players distance irons and so far I really like them. I came from hitting Callaway Razr X MB’s or a set of MP-54’s that I still hit well when I swing well, but needed the extra distance with a bit slower swing speeds as I get older.

    Cobra F9 Fujikura Atmos Tour Spec 6R
    Mizuno JPX850 - Fuji Motore 6.3 (Possibly Retired!)
    Cobra F9 3 wood 14.5* Fujikura Atmos 7R
    Cobra 2H 17* Fujikura Atoms 7R
    Cobra 4H 21* Fujikura Atmos 7R
    Cobra King Forged Tec 5-P KBS Taper Lite R
    Titleist Vokey SM8 48* SM 7 52*, 56*
    Scotty Cameron Newport Notchback
  • PworldPworld Members  398WRX Points: 98Handicap: 10.5Posts: 398 Greens
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    11.5 hdcp

    Sets the past 6-7 years

    titleist 714 AP1

    Nike Vapor Pro Combos (current gamers)

    TM P790 (quarantine pick up. Haven’t hit yet)

    Ping G410+ 9 degree / Titleist 917D2 10.5 degree

    Titleist 917F 16.5degree
    TM rescue hybrid 18 degree
    King Cobra UI
    TM P790 5-AW
    TM MG2 54/58 wedges
    TM Spider X (Chalk) / Nike Method Origin B1-01 Putter
    Nike Air Hybrid II Bag x 2 (camo and all white)

    Balls: Nike Tour Black/Platinum, Bridgestone B330-RXS, TM TP5x
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  • sfong33sfong33 Members  74WRX Points: 79Posts: 74 Bunkers
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    Another here playing Mizuno JPX-919 Hot Metals with Recoil F3 shafts. Only 2 rounds on them before CV halted play.

  • duffer18duffer18 Members  372WRX Points: 81Posts: 372 Greens
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    13 hi. Played Cobra F9s last year (without a fitting). Nice clubs---long, fairly accurate. But trajectory was very low. Was just fitted for Callaway Mavriks---longer, straighter, higher on the launch monitor. Looking forward to them in the event the we ever get back to golf.

  • Mr. GrumpyMr. Grumpy The Quintana Changeup, sit em dwn Members  2605WRX Points: 394Posts: 2,605 Titanium Tees
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    11.2 hcp

    Cobra F7 One Length..

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  • Bobb3rdownBobb3rdown Bothell, WAMembers  762WRX Points: 210Posts: 762 Golden Tee
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    I'm a 18 and play the same irons. Dont think sgi irons would help on my bad days. But when I'm playing decent theres nothing better. I played j36 pocket cavities until last season.

    Mizuno St190 9.5
    Callaway Rouge Sub Zero 15
    Cobra F6 Baffler 18.5
    Adams Pro Mini 23
    Bridgestone Tour B X-CB 5-pw 
    Vokey Sm7 50.12, Sm7 56.10, Sm6 62.08
    Maltby Ptm-4
    2018 Players 5 Stand Bag
    Srixon Z Star

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