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



  • Marco ColoMarco Colo Members  711WRX Points: 223Handicap: 18.5Posts: 711 Golden Tee
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    Maltby DBM in place of G410 of last year. Dropped down from 17 to 15, now on hold....

    43 yo here and haven’t seen a massive distance loss (but they feel like a different game), but probably it has to do with better ball striking due to recent lessons.

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  • David_McCullyDavid_McCully Members  6WRX Points: 14Posts: 6 Bunkers
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    Had Mizuno MP-25’s for some time now. Flirted with TaylorMade P790’s after being seduced on trackman hitting off mats 🤦🏼‍♂️. Couldn’t take a divot to save myself with them on course.

    About to move into Titleist T100’s - turf interaction is a thing and they’re spectacular at it.

  • crazygolfnutcrazygolfnut CrazyGolfNut Omaha, NebraskaMembers  1246WRX Points: 170Handicap: 11.4Posts: 1,246 Platinum Tees
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    I am an 11 hcp and my irons are Titleist 718 AP1 6-W. Went with a graphite shaft which was a good decision. Less shoulder pain and good distance.

    Driver: _________ Ping G400 Max
    Woods: ________ Ping G410 3 & 5 
    Hybrids: _______ Ping  G410 4 & 5
    Irons: __________ Titleist 718 AP1 6-W
    Wedges: _______ Titleist Vokey SM6 52.08F & 56.08M
    Putter: _________ Ping Sigma 2 Tyne
    Ball: ____________ Snell MTB-X Yellow
    Bag: ____________ Datrek Lite Rider
    GPS: ____________ Bushnell NEO Ghost
    Rangefinder: __ Precision Pro NX7 Pro
    GHIN: __________ HCP floats between 10 and 12

    “Never bet against an old man with old clubs that have new grips”
  • sirparalotsirparalot Members  773WRX Points: 117Handicap: 7.6Posts: 773 Golden Tee
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    Just switched to Exotics EXS with Tensei blue shafts. I find myself going more GI over the last few years. I don't mind the larger more forgiving clubs. I play my best golf when I hit greens in regulation so I focus on that metric to guide my game. If I hit 9 greens I typically break 80 its that simple for me.

  • dekezdekez Dr. Strangelove Members  435WRX Points: 69Posts: 435 Greens
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    18 handicap. Mizuno 919 Hot Metal. Great irons.

    Ping G410 Plus driver
    Ping G400, Cobra F6 Baffler woods
    Callaway XR hybrids
    Ping G25 irons 
    Ping Stealth 54/WS and Zing 57 wedges
    Ping Sigma G Craz-E putter
  • theebdktheebdk Members  466WRX Points: 87Posts: 466 Greens
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    Wow, I have the Cobra Amp irons (2012 GI) and am in the process of upgrading the entire bag except the putter. Before the virus had a chance to be fit into the Driver, 3 wood, and hybrids. Now searching for the irons. Bummed I cannot try anything right now. At least I am playing golf. I am seriously looking at trying a hollow body iron and all of the technology that goes with that. But a hollow body in a game improvement or near game improvement. Have my eye on the Honma TW-X, Muira IC-610, and maybe Taylormade P790 TI. But I did have the chance to try the JPX Hot Metal before my store shut and I liked that iron. The only issue is that Mizuno and Srixon are likely to have new stuff in late summer. But with the virus I wonder if that will be pushed back.

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  • srjohnson913srjohnson913 Members  34WRX Points: 15Handicap: 16Posts: 34 Bunkers
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    Currently M5’s with project x rifle 6.5 shafts. I tend to hit it really high. Probably still considered game improvement irons but I like the top like and more compact shape compared to super game improvement irons. Hopefully my next set in a couple years are moving more towards players irons just because I like the top line look


    TM 2017 M2 9° - MCA Tensei CK Pro White 60TX

    TM M4 3w - MCA Tensei CK Pro White 70TX

    TM M3 3h - Project X HZRDUS 85 6.5

    TM M5 4-PW - Project X Rifle 6.5 +0.5" 1° up

    Vokey SM5 F 52°, SM6 M 56°, SM5 M 60°

    Scotty Cameron 2018 Newport 2 35"

    Vice Pro Plus Yellow

  • DHochDHoch Members  27WRX Points: 15Posts: 27 Bunkers
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    14 trending downwards, and I play the Cleveland Launcher CBXs 4-PW. Good distance with enough spin to hold greens. I would also recommend the CBX 2 wedges if you are struggling with that part of your game.

  • the_Danimalthe_Danimal Members  19WRX Points: 13Posts: 19 Bunkers
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    HCP 12 - TM P760 w/ PX LZ 6.0

  • player12player12 Members  83WRX Points: 65Posts: 83 Fairways
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    HI 11.3

    Have been Playing 2014 Cally Apex 4-AW with Steelfiber I95 S. Am now 65yo, thinking about either softstepping them 1x or even 2x or replacing with Reg I95 sf. Dont quite flush them as i did 5-6 years ago. but when i do, they still fly.

  • hanginnwanginhanginnwangin Members  20WRX Points: 15Handicap: 9.4Posts: 20 Bunkers
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    I'm at a 10.8 Handicap right now and have been playing Callaway X20 irons for about 8 or so years now. However, I just purchased the Apex 19 irons and am waiting for them to ship so I am pretty excited about that.

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  • sedonaredrockssedonaredrocks Members  4WRX Points: 60Posts: 4 Starters
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    JPX-900 Hot Metal 4-PW w/ Project LZ graphite. I'm a 13.8 index. Love'em. Between the jacked lofts and the hot club face, I've added a club and a half to my three previous sets of Mizzy irons

  • erock9174erock9174 North Canton, OHMembers  4176WRX Points: 252Handicap: 10.5Posts: 4,176 Titanium Tees
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    Usually float in the 9-12 cap range.

    Currently Cobra T-Rails 6-SW

    Previous: Cleveland Altitudes and G700’s.


    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

  • kcd38kcd38 Members  425WRX Points: 134Posts: 425 Greens
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    I play Mizuno JPX 919 Tour/Forged/HMP combo. Tour 6-PW, Forged 5 iron, Hot Metal Pro 4 iron.

    I am roughly a 12 handicap and have found that playing players irons that are smaller has improved my ball striking. I feel there is no where to hide, so I am forced to focus on making good contact and staying more controlled in my swing.

    Driver - PING G400 LST 8.5, Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black 6.0
    3 Wood - PING G400 14.5, AD Di 6s
    Hybrid - Ping G410 19 degree, Tour AD DI 95x Hybrid 
    4-PW - Mizuno JPX 919 Tour PW-6, 919 Forged 5 iron, 919 Hot Metal Pro 5 iron, all with Modus Nippon3 120s
    Wedges - Vokey SM7 50F, 55F, 60 D 
    Putter - Taylormade Spider Tour Black
  • FiggeduniFiggeduni Members  21WRX Points: 22Posts: 21 Bunkers
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    Played from 36 down to a 16 in a season with Wilson D300. Have now gotten fitted for a Wilson D7 Forged for this season.

  • BreimanBreiman Members  32WRX Points: 20Handicap: 14Posts: 32 Bunkers
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    Hc hovering around 14 for the past few years. Ive come to terms that my distance from my youth is gone. Being 60, I am trying to adjust. So I have been trying to find a game improvement iron that will give me the workability and some distance back. I even got fitted for a set of Taylormade M5's on a regular shaft, but did not like the interaction of the sole thru the turf (I hit a lot of knock down shots). So the list of clubs for last year was

    • Cobra F7 one length- Not for me
    • Cobra King OS (new model) - were ok
    • TaylorMade M5's - not what I was hoping for
    • Taylormade M4 - on a modules 105 shaft,- were ok, but the turf interaction was an issue.
    • Some old Ping eye 2's ….. decided to move forward again versus living in the past
    • Going forward Calloway Rouge X on the X95 shaft.... Like the sole interaction better than the TM's and I get my distance back. But now have to carry an extra wedge.

    So we shall see how this works when the courses open up for the season after the pandemic lifts.

    I tell people that the safest sport is Golf... but they don't believe me.

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  • taoslcltaoslcl Members  56WRX Points: 72Posts: 56 Bunkers
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    13-15 range last year. Using 919 forged G-8 and 919 Hot Metal 5-7. Funny thing is I tend to hit my forged much better than the hot metal. 8 iron is money for me every time and I can't hit the 7 well. Think I'm going to replace the HM 7 with a forged this year and just have the HM 5-6.

  • huyngo1986huyngo1986 Members  8WRX Points: 16Posts: 8 Bunkers
    Joined:  edited Apr 8, 2020 3:11pm #49

    13 hcp here, got fitted earlier in February and ended up with p790's with nippon ns neo shafts

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  • derekmunsterderekmunster Members  16WRX Points: 13Handicap: 19Posts: 16 Bunkers
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    When I first started getting back into golf a few years ago, I had TaylorMade r11 irons, they were great for a beginning forgiving set. I upgraded to the King Cobra F8 irons and love them! They are more punchful in hitting and great deal of forgiveness for me. I'm right around a 18 handicap. Unfortunately irons are too much my weakness as it is my driving and not staying in the fairway off the tee, and chipping I'm working on as well. Would recommend anyone to try out the F8 irons or even the F9 or higher!

  • Slick NickSlick Nick Members  4WRX Points: 30Handicap: 6.9Posts: 4 Starters
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    Srixon Z585 best of both worlds (Looks,Feel, Forgiving, Long) - currently a 8 HDCP

  • eastrivereastriver VermontMembers  124WRX Points: 96Handicap: 14Posts: 124 Fairways
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    13-15 HC range.

    full set of Mizuno MP20 HMBs. very happy with them. my goal was to find a club with some forgiveness that will also give me the feedback I need to become a better ball striker. besides, they a beauties.

    I also have a set of MP-32s which I plan on bringing into play if/when I can get down to single digits. I love the feel of well struck shots with the MP32s, but they're still too few and far between. The MP20 HMBs feel great and are a pleasure to play, so no complaints.

    Another option for if/when I improve is to gradually replace the HMBs with MP20 MBs or MMCs from P down.

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  • MD-GolfMD-Golf MarylandMembers, Paid BST  66WRX Points: 23Posts: 66 Bunkers
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    Callaway Apex 19. I might have to check the PXG 0211's. Really like my Apex tho.

  • ValentValent Secret Asian Man Bangkok, ThailandMembers  37WRX Points: 51Posts: 37 Bunkers
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    Floating around a 10-12 handicap at the moment. Currently playing a set of Mizuno MP-60s, prefer that softness and workability of a forged cavity back after growing up playing Ping Eye 2s for so many years. Have tried game improvement TaylorMades and Callaways on occasion, but while being able to hit it pretty straight, just can’t get used to the lack of feel. That being said, just got a set of Titleist 718 CB heads and looking forward to get out with them when I can get the right shafts installed after all this settles down.


       MAIN SET
    Driver - TaylorMade 2009 Burner TP 8.5° | Alidila Rogue 125 MSI Tour I/O 60 X Flex
    3-Wood - TaylorMade 2007 Burner TP 14.5° | Mitsubishi Diamana Blueboard 73X X Flex
    2-9 Irons - Mizuno MP-60 Cut Muscle | Dynamic Gold SL X100 Flex
    Wedges - Titleist Vokey SM6 50°/08F, 56°/14F, 60°/10S | Dynamic Gold X100 Flex
    Putter - Titleist Scotty Cameron Squareback 1.5 | Golf Pride Tour Tradition Grip
    Balls - Titleist Pro V1x

    Grips - Golf Pride MCC | Black/Grey Plus4 ALIGN Midsize

  • manima1manima1 ChicagoMembers  805WRX Points: 156Handicap: 9.8Posts: 805 Golden Tee
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    Currently a 9 but fluctuate between 9-11. I play Srixon Z745's. Definitely a players look and shape, but they are surprisingly forgiving.

    I saw a huge improvement in distance control when I switched to these from my AP1 GI set that I bagged for years.

    With a one-piece forging, you hit it on the button and you know it's going the distance it's supposed to go.

    M5 9.0->7.5 - Kuro Kage Dual Core 80tx 
    '16 M2HL 16.8 tour issued deep faced - Fujikura 8.3 TS
    zU45 18 degree - S400
    z745 4-PW - S400
    SM6 50.08F Steel Gray
    SM7 54.10S Raw
    SM7 60.12D Tour Chrome
    TM Spider X - Navy
  • RainShadowRainShadow Tucson AZ (for now)Members  4217WRX Points: 513Handicap: 8.2Posts: 4,217 Titanium Tees
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    My index bounces between 7.5 and 9.5.

    Played Srixon Z765 Modus 105 stiff for all of 2018, but after an injury, they became just a little too demanding for me on off days.

    Now playing Cobra Forged Tec Black 6-GW with Steelfiber 95cw R, which I just had reshafted after a fitting at Hot Stix in Scottsdale.

    Today will be my first round with them. Had a couple of range sessions.

    Was playing Modus 105 Stiff before. I'm coming up on 59 and and my 6iron SS is 80-82.

    Ping G400 10.5 (9.5) Hzrdus Yellow 75 5.5
    Callaway Rogue 17* 4wd Atmos Blue TS 70  
    Ping G410 19*, 22* & 26* Tensei CK Pro Blue 80
    Cobra Forged Tec Black 6-GW SteelFiber i95CW R (2019 Forged Tec Modus 105 R trial run ) 
    Vokey SM7 50/8 F
    Vokey SM7 54/8 M 
    Vokey SM7 58/8 M 
    Toulon Madison H1 neck (L)/ Bettinardi BB1/ '16 Tiki
     Wilson Staff FG Tour/ Bridgestone Tour B RXS / ProV1
  • el_heftyel_hefty Members  111WRX Points: 73Handicap: 15.0Posts: 111 Fairways
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    15 HDCP, playing Ping G410 irons I got for xmas.

    Or was playing anyway, until global calamity struck.

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  • pduviepduvie Chesapeake, VAMembers  157WRX Points: 36Handicap: 13.1Posts: 157 Fairways
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    14.7 handicap

    I play with the G410 irons, I really like how they look enjoy the forgiveness they give...I was playing the Titleist T300 in steel and I switched to graphite...playing much better now..

    PXG 0811 XF Driver- 10.5 Degrees - Fujikura Pro 2.0, Regular, 73 grams
    Ping G410 5-wood - 17.5 Degrees,  Alta CB , Regular flex, 65 grams
    PXG 0317 Hybrid - 22 Degrees, Fujikura Pro 2.0 53 grams
    Titleist U510 Utility iron - 22 degrees, Recoil ES 760 F3, Regular, 70 grams
    PXG 0211 Irons - 5-PW, Mistubishi MMT 70, Regular Shaft, 1/4 inch longer
    Cleveland CBX2 Wedges, 52, 56, 60 Degree, DG 115 Wedge flex
    Bettinardi Studio Stock Slotback, 34 inches
    Titleist AVX balls
    Srixon Z-Star XV balls
  • JtseringJtsering Members  14WRX Points: 7Handicap: 8.3Posts: 14 Bunkers
    Joined:  edited Apr 7, 2020 7:44pm #59

    8.3 handicap. I play a split set of Mizuno MP 18 MB from PW to 6 and MP 18 SC in my 5 and 4 irons, both in KBS C-taper 130 X flex

  • itsurboynelshyitsurboynelshy Str8 Cash Homie Sterling Heights, MIMembers  157WRX Points: 73Handicap: 'bout tree fiddyPosts: 157 Fairways
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    15 handicap and I play the Ping i500's with the PX LZ 6.5. I hit with a boatload of spin and these were the ticket at my Club Champion fitting.

    Driver-TM SIM 9* 
    3 wood-TM SIM Max 15* 
    5 wood-TM SIM Max 18*
    3H- TM M6
    5H-TM GAPR Mid 
    6-PW Ping i500 
    AW-Ping Glide 2.0 Stealth 50*
    SW-Ping Glide 2.0 Stealth 54*
    LW-Ping Glide 2.0 Stealth 60*
    Putter-Evnroll EV2
    Shoes-Jordan 1, 3, V, VI, IX, XI, XII, 13, Par 23, ST Trainer, ADG, and Runner
    Ball-Bridgestone B X/Prov1x Yellow
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  • masspellmasspell Fairfield, CTMembers  12WRX Points: 32Handicap: 11.4Posts: 12 Bunkers
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    11.4 - Have been playing Titleist 712 CB 4-7 + MB 8-PW w/ PX6.0 shafts; just picked up a set of Mizuno MP-69's, plan on putting them in play post-quarantine with the same shafts pulled from my old Callaway XR's

    Moving from GI to players iron has helped my game significantly, dropped 2 strokes last summer and shot my personal best of 81. Practice seems much more efficient and there is a lot more learning to be gained from hitting less forgiving clubs, hopefully the improvement trend continues...

    Callaway GBB Epic 10.5* - Aldila Rogue MAX 75G X
    Taylormade Aeroburner 3W 15* - Fuji Speeder 757 7.1 X
    Taylormade TP UDI 18* - True Temper XP 95g S300
    Titleist 712 CB 4-7 MB 8-9, PW - Project X 6.0
    Mizuno S18 52*, 56*
    Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind 60*
    Bettinardi Baby Ben - Superstroke 1.0 Slim

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