Driving irons

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jhave_1jhave_1 Buffalo, NYMembers, Paid BST  19WRX Points: 24Posts: 19 Bunkers
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Been kicking the tires on getting a driving iron for a while now. In your opinion, which do you think is the best and why? Which is your favorite?

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  • Tim SherwoodTim Sherwood Members  421WRX Points: 140Handicap: HighPosts: 421 Greens
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    Srixon U85 is amazing. So easy to hit, a little bit of fade bias (in my hands at least) which is invaluable in saving me from my big hook misses. It's reasonably forgiving too

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  • taylormade4lifetaylormade4life Members  1466WRX Points: 201Handicap: 4Posts: 1,466 Platinum Tees
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    For me:

    1) Taylormade UDI

    2) Srixon U65/85

    3) TaylorMade P790 UDI

    4) Titleist TMB

    1 and 2 are very close for me.. personally found the UDI slightly easier off the deck but the srixon is awesome. Underrated to some degree for sure.

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  • simon1988simon1988 Members  11WRX Points: 15Posts: 11 Bunkers
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    Has anyone tried a 18* Cobra Utility iron in one length? Also looking at getting a driving iron for hitting off the tee.

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    • Taylormade SLDR S 14*
    • Titleist 917F2 21*
    • Titleist 818H1 25*
    • Titleist 816H1 27*
    • Ping G25 6-PW
    • Cleveland RTX 3 50* & 54*
    • Titleist Vokey SM6 58*
    • Scotty Cameron Pro Platinum Newport
  • Z1ggy16Z1ggy16 Members  9658WRX Points: 1,606Posts: 9,658 Titanium Tees
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    Depends what you want. If you want a more hybrid-like flight but it looks like an iron, then U85 is the best IMO, then maybe something like the new Titleist U510. If you want a more "players" look and lower spin lower launch flight, then P790, U500, TMB or maybe GAPR Lo would be where I'd look. There's also Apex but... when I used it I did not like it at all, it was a very short blade length and an odd amount of offset.

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    Incoming gear: Speedzone Xtreme 9* Driver,  Speedzone 5w, Speedzone 4i & 5i

  • MyherobobhopeMyherobobhope hey there, blimpy boy. Flying through the sky so fancy free. Members  2975WRX Points: 708Handicap: 6Posts: 2,975 Titanium Tees
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    Check out sub70. Love mine and it was $100... hard to beat price and functionality.

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    13 Degree Adams Speedline with Aldila Alpha X
    18 Degree Adams A12 with Proforce X
    6-PW Adams CMB with Project X 6.0
    5 iron Sub70 639 CB with S400
    4 iron / utility Sub 70 699 with Proforce 85 gram X
    50, 54, 60 Vokeys
    Tank Counter Balance #7
    Driver and Putter are set for now. Wedges are safe for time being.

  • LukeDonaldsTigerLukeDonaldsTiger Members  383WRX Points: 167Handicap: 19Posts: 383 Greens
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    What about the Wilson Staff? Haven’t heard much about it but like the company.

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    WITB 2020:

    Mizuno JPX 900 driver/3W

    Titleist 910F alt. 3W

    Mizuno JPX 850 5W

    Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi 2-iron

    Srixon H45 19° Hybrid

    Mizuno MP-H5 3i

    Mizuno MP-15 irons (4/5/6)

    Mizuno MP-33 irons (7-PW)

    Mizuno S5/T20 wedges (52°/56°/60°)

    Mizuno MP-T105 putter

    INESIS Tour 900 ball

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  • MarkripMarkrip Boss fan 62 Members  1797WRX Points: 345Posts: 1,797 Platinum Tees
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    I tried theirs at the Chicago golf show and really liked it. The ball explodes off the face and it seemed pretty forgiving. I already own a set of their irons so I know their equipment is top notch.

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    Driver - Cobra F7
    3w- Adams Tight Lies 2 16
    Hybrid - Cobra F8 19
    Irons- Sub 70 739 5-PW
    Wedges- Tour Edge CB Pro 50, 54 , 58
    Putter- Tour Edge HP Series 01
  • jhave_1jhave_1 Buffalo, NYMembers, Paid BST  19WRX Points: 24Posts: 19 Bunkers
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    I may go this route. I’ve just done some research on them and everyone raves about them. Can’t beat that price tag either...

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  • MattM97MattM97 Members  1302WRX Points: 542Posts: 1,302 Platinum Tees
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    Being a lefty options are limited for me but I'm leaning towards the P790, Cobra Forged Tec, Titleist U500 or Ping G410 Crossover. So 2 are driving irons and 2 are just hollow body irons, what I end up with will depend on numbers and shaft.

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    WITB - Lefty
    Driver: Ping G410 Plus - 9° Draw - Tour 65S
    Fariway: Cobra F7 - 15.5° Draw - Tensei Blue 65S
    Hybrid: Ping G410 - 19° - Alta CB 70R
    Irons: Srixon Z585 - 4i to 7i - Z785 - 8i to PW - AMT Tour White S300
    Wedges: Callaway MD3 51° - Ping Glide 2.0 Stealth 56° - Ping Glide 60°
    Putter Rotation: Edel E-3 - TP Mills Handmade Trad II SIK Tour Proto - and many more.
    Balls: TaylorMade TP5X
    Bag: Ping Pioneer 

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  • mattavery727mattavery727 Members  259WRX Points: 80Handicap: 10Posts: 259 Greens
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    i use a z585 3 iron 2 degrees strong. It works really well and blends nicely with the z765s I have.

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    Lefty WITB

    TS2 8.5 with Aldila Rogue 125 70TX

    TS2 15.75 Diamana BF 80TX

    3 HMB Project X 6.5

    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

    TP5X

    Ogio Alpha Convoy RTC Stand Bag

  • MattM97MattM97 Members  1302WRX Points: 542Posts: 1,302 Platinum Tees
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    I already play the 585's down to 4i, I might go with the 3i but might want something hotter, example the P790 the ball rockets off the club with my swing. It will get tested most likely as well.

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    WITB - Lefty
    Driver: Ping G410 Plus - 9° Draw - Tour 65S
    Fariway: Cobra F7 - 15.5° Draw - Tensei Blue 65S
    Hybrid: Ping G410 - 19° - Alta CB 70R
    Irons: Srixon Z585 - 4i to 7i - Z785 - 8i to PW - AMT Tour White S300
    Wedges: Callaway MD3 51° - Ping Glide 2.0 Stealth 56° - Ping Glide 60°
    Putter Rotation: Edel E-3 - TP Mills Handmade Trad II SIK Tour Proto - and many more.
    Balls: TaylorMade TP5X
    Bag: Ping Pioneer 

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  • Sons_of_PitchesSons_of_Pitches Members  153WRX Points: 64Posts: 153 Fairways
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    +1 Titleist U510. I play the 2i (18*) w/ HZRDUS Smoke 80 Hybrid and love it. Easy to hit, pretty forgiving and long. I play it off the deck and tee w/ no problems. That said, I am having the GOST shaft put in it. Should be back from the shop this coming week. Can't wait to hit it.

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    Sons_of_Pitches,

    • Callaway Mavrik SZ 9* /w Fujikura Ventus Black 6-S
    • Callaway Epic Flash SZ 15* /w Fujikura Ventus Blue 7-S
    • Titleist 818 H1 23* /w Aldia RIP Phenom Hybrid 80g S
    • Mizuno JPX 919 HMP 4-PW /w Project X LZ 6.0
    • Titleist Vokey SM7 Wedges 50.10F/54.8M/58.8M
    • Putter: Scotty Cameron 2018 Fastback / Tommy Armour Impact No. 3
    • Ball: Titleist Pro V1X


  • jhave_1jhave_1 Buffalo, NYMembers, Paid BST  19WRX Points: 24Posts: 19 Bunkers
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    I can’t wait for this shutdown to be over. Doesn’t seem to be anytime soon here in NY but I want to get to the local shop to test some of these out!

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  • lefty1978lefty1978 Charlotte, NCMembers  655WRX Points: 390Handicap: 8.7Posts: 655 Golden Tee
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    My MP20 SEL 3 iron is my driving iron. The MP20 SEL (mp20 lefty edition) 3 iron is the HMB and comes stock at 18°. So far it's great, most forgiving long iron I've ever played.

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    Mizuno ST190 9.5° w/ Fujikura Atmos Black TS 6s
    Mizuno ST190 15° w/ Graphite Design Tour AD DI 6s
    Mizuno MP-20 SEL HMB 3-4 iron w/ DG 120 S300
    Mizuno MP-20 SEL MB 5-PW w/ DG 120 S300
    Titleist Vokey SM5 52°/12° F Grind 
    Titleist Vokey SM5 58°/11° K Grind
    Titleist Vokey SM5 62°/8° T Grind
    Scotty Cameron California Del Mar Putter
    Titleist Pro V1 golf balls
  • zwiggyzzwiggyz Members  84WRX Points: 36Handicap: 3.7Posts: 84 Fairways
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    I'm a lefty also, I got a ZU85 18 bent to 19. The 18 went a little too far for my gapping, but it's one of my favorite clubs in the bag right now. I have it in a hybrid shaft and the thing just works. Hot off the tee and still good enough turf interaction off the deck.

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    Driver: TM M5 w/ Diamana DF 60 TX

    3W: Callaway Epic Flash SZ w/ TourAD FW7 S

    DI: Srixon ZU85 21 degree w/ Oban Revenge 85HBX

    4-pw: Srixon 785 w/ Nippon Modus Tour 120X / Miura CB Forged y-grind w/ Nippon Modus Tour 120X

    50/55: TM Milled Grind 2 w/ KBS 610 Wedge S+

    59: TM HiToe w/ KBS 610 Wedge S+

    Putter Rotation: Toulon Las Vegas, SC Newport 2.0, TM Spider Tour X

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  • MattM97MattM97 Members  1302WRX Points: 542Posts: 1,302 Platinum Tees
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    I tried the U85 and while nice not quite my thing. Always felt like I lost where the head was at when at the top of my swing and just couldn't get a clean strike.

    Also lately I've found I don't like seeing the backside of an iron much, some weird mental trigger makes me swing different.

    The U85 is nice just not what I'm looking for.

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    WITB - Lefty
    Driver: Ping G410 Plus - 9° Draw - Tour 65S
    Fariway: Cobra F7 - 15.5° Draw - Tensei Blue 65S
    Hybrid: Ping G410 - 19° - Alta CB 70R
    Irons: Srixon Z585 - 4i to 7i - Z785 - 8i to PW - AMT Tour White S300
    Wedges: Callaway MD3 51° - Ping Glide 2.0 Stealth 56° - Ping Glide 60°
    Putter Rotation: Edel E-3 - TP Mills Handmade Trad II SIK Tour Proto - and many more.
    Balls: TaylorMade TP5X
    Bag: Ping Pioneer 

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  • ValtielValtiel Konica-Minolta Bizhub Members  3572WRX Points: 1,611Handicap: 1.7Posts: 3,572 Titanium Tees
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    Driving irons are tough because they are a big time confidence club. All the specs on paper in the world won't matter if it doesn't inspire visual confidence. @Z1ggy16 is right in that you can, and should, break them down into your "iron-like" and "hybrid-like" options. Seeing which one you prefer will help your selection process as you can then eliminate a good chunk of them if you have a strong preference for one side or the other.

    The chunkier hybrid-like DI's such as the Srixon U-series, Titleist U510, GAPR Mid etc etc will launch higher, spin a little more, have bigger soles for a more hybrid-like turf interaction, and generally be more forgiving.

    The slimmer iron-like DI's such as the P790's/UDI, Titleist TMB/U500, PING G410 Crossover, Callaway UTs etc etc will launch and spin lower, have more traditional soles for more iron-like turf interaction, and be generally less forgiving.

    Then you also have the third sort of "dark horse" category in the GI and SGI long irons which will often fit in between the two categories above. Personally I think the 2016 M2 Tour irons are killer DI's and long iron replacements, especially since they are stronger lofted which makes bending them weaker to remove offset a viable option for slightly more traditional gapping.

    Another really important factor is shaft choice, mostly related to weight. Sometimes there can be overly light, softer graphite shafts fitted stock and they can really feel out of place next to the irons in your set if you're playing more traditional weighted steel. A good rule of thumb(s) is to either use the same shaft as your iron set, a slightly lighter version of the same shaft within 10-25g, or an equivalent graphite shaft. I personally love the formula that I have in my bag below; one with the steel from the set and the other, longer iron with a heavy weight graphite option.

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    Mizuno ST190 9.5* Diamana X'17 70XX || Taylormade M1 430 8.5* Tensei Pro Orange V2 70TX
    Titleist 915FD 15* Kuro Kage 80XTS || Taylormade RSI UDI 16* Fujikura Motore Speeder HB 9.8 Tour-Spec X
    Titleist 915FD 18* Kuro Kage 90XTS || Titleist 818H1 18.25* Diamana Kai'li s103x Prototype 
    Callaway X-Forged UT 20* Kuro Kage XT 100TX Hybrid
    Callaway X-Forged UT 23* Brunswick Precision Rifle FCM 7.0
    Bridgestone J40 DPC 5i-7i 27*- 35* Brunswick Precision Rifle FCM 7.0
    Bridgestone J40 CB 8i-PW 39*- 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 Rifle FCM 7.0
    Vokey Special 61* Black Oxide V-Grind Brunswick Precision Rifle FCM 7.0
    Scotty Cameron Newport Tour Red Dot

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  • Boricua GolfBoricua Golf Members  3506WRX Points: 165Handicap: 3.3Posts: 3,506 Titanium Tees
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    I own a Callaway X driving iron, it is very forgiving, but I feel that my hybrid gives me better results overall, it is 20* forged with an ADDI 105x (same as hybrid), truly a great club...

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    Ping G LS Tec 10.5*, Ping Tour 65X, tipped 1", 44.25"
    Ping G 14.5*, Diamana Whiteboard D+ 82X, tipped .5", 42.5"
    Ping G 19*, GD Tour AD-DI 105X
    Ping iBlade 4-P, Project X 6.5 Flighted
    Ping Glide 50*, 54*, 58* with Project X 6.5 Flighted
    Scotty Cameron Select Newport 2.5 33.25" with Scotty Custom Black Pistolero grip, Ping Karsten TR Zing Tour 32.75", built up blacked out Pingman Grip
    Bridgestone Tour XS (Tiger Edition) and new Pro V1
  • nzionzio Members  127WRX Points: 84Handicap: 6.4Posts: 127 Fairways
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    I game the new Wilson Staff Model Utility which I think is very underrated. Up there with the best.

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  • boggymanboggyman Members  2957WRX Points: 357Posts: 2,957 Titanium Tees
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    I tried them all but the new W/S , the Staff wasn’t in the store when I demoed. I came away with the G410 Crossover. It consistently gave me what I was looking for in this club. Great club.

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    I played one when I played a OL set. Was a good club. Mine had the stock reg flex graphite. Shaft played a tad stiff to flex for me. Produced a nice mid flight trajectory.

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  • mxskiermxskier DenverMembers  581WRX Points: 101Posts: 581 Golden Tee
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    For those with a DI and a hybrid, do you play the same shaft in both?

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    Ping G400 LST Tour 65
    Cobra F8+ 3W VA Slay 75
    Callaway Epic Forged 4i Aerotech Steelfiber FC90
    PXG 0311T Gen3 4-PW Oban CT 115
    Vokey SM7 50/54/60 Oban CT 115
    TaylorMade Spider X
    TaylorMade TP5
  • Russ757Russ757 Chesapeake, VAMembers  7840WRX Points: 248Posts: 7,840 Titanium Tees
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    Driving iron is the same as my Irons, just lighter int that it's a fiber 95

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    Driver: Ping G400 Max 9.5* Fubuki Alpha 70

    FW: Ping G400 16.5* Fubuki Ax 75

    Hybrid: Ping G400 19* Fubuki Ax 400

    DI: Srixon U65 22* Steelfiber 95

    Irons: Srixon 565/765 4-9 Steelfibers 110

    Wedges: Cleveland RTX 4 48*, 52*, 56*, 60* Steelfiber 125

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    I play a Vapor fly pro 3 iron with a modus 125x. It's my favorite club.

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  • DrivingrangeheroDrivingrangehero Members  147WRX Points: 93Posts: 147 Fairways
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    Many good clubs mentioned already.

    It boils down to what would best fit your swing. I hit the Titleist 716 T-MB with a mid launch steel shaft, because I like the way it looks, feels, I can shape and flight it, plus it seamlessly matches my set.

    If I were seeking distance alone, I would have went with the P790 in a graphite shaft. It was low spin, but that’s not what I was seeking. It was long, but I was looking for more than just distance. I was looking to flight, shape and gap as well.

    There are many factors that would go into a purchase for me like my launch, spin, angle of attack, swing speed, gapping, ability to flight/shape etc:......

    Perhaps people could give you some better insight on a purchase recommendation if you gave a bit more info about your swing and goals.

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    jhave...went to college at Canisuis College, lived in Buffalo for 5 years after college. I currently have a U510 and I love how the high it and the piercing flight, but you can player with a Srixon U85, a well maded club.

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    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
    Ping Crossover Utility iron - 22 degree, Alta CB Red, 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
  • Bobbo03Bobbo03 Members  32WRX Points: 46Handicap: 7Posts: 32 Bunkers
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    @Drivingrangehero There are many factors that would go into a purchase for me like my launch, spin, angle of attack, swing speed, gapping, ability to flight/shape etc:......

    Agree very much with the above, last season I went on search for a hybrid replacement since I was often launching it too high and with a big risk of hooking it. Hence my primary goal was finding a club launching a bit lower and less prone to go right on me. Went to a local demoday with an open mind to test pretty much all available options.

    Tested Callaway, Titleist (U series wasn't available at this time), Ping & Cobra and while both the Callaway Forged UT and Apex Hybrid felt great the standard shaft options didn't fit me at all and the demo guy from Callaway wasn't really interested in helping out. At Ping I tried the G410 hybrid, G410 Crossover and i500 3-iron, the hybrid was a great upgrade from my current one but went too far and still too high which would made me suffer in windy conditions. The i500 and G410 Crossover produced same result on good hits but on the less good swings the i500 fell short. Played around with shafts and found that a stout graphite was the best. Tried steel as well but that made the club feel dead and I lost head awareness. Had been eyeing the Taylormade UDI as well but realized it would most likely create an unwanted gap in the bag so in all I'm really happy with my G410 Crossover and have stepped up my tee game with it.

    Bottom line, try figure out what your requirements are and then start testing various options based on that.

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    Taylormade M1 '17 9,5° UST Elements Platinum Prototype PT6F5
    Callaway X-Hot Pro 15° Diamana Kai'li 70
    Ping G410 Crossover 20° Tensei Blue 80 TX
    Wilson Staff FG Tour V6 Irons 4-PW True Temper X100 AMT
    Mizuno T5 52° & 56° True Temper Gold S300
    Nike Method Core 01W

  • NorthandleftNorthandleft Members  17WRX Points: 31Handicap: 10Posts: 17 Bunkers
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    I have the callaway X forged UT 21, project X shaft. Point and shoot. I dream about it at night. Hot off the face, mid flight and accurate where my hybrid can miss when I need to thread the needle...which is what I think a driving iron is for.

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    F9
    F7 5
    F7H 3-4
    X forged U21
    MP-25 5-PW
    Mizuno S5 52/58
    Scotty Futura 5W

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  • cavanaghcavanagh Members  654WRX Points: 97Handicap: 9.2Posts: 654 Golden Tee
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    I have just had my 712u reshafting with a even flow hybrid shaft and it’s a dream to hit !!!

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    Callaway Great Big Bertha Hzrdus Smoke 6.0 75g

    M3 3 Wood Hzrdus Smoke 6.0 75g

    Callaway X2 Hot po 20 degree Hzrdus 85g Black
    P770 4-P Project X LZ 6.0

    52, high toe

    58 Hi Toe

    Taylormade Spider Red 
    TP5 X

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