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Iron set for a Senior

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Hi Everyone. I am trying to find a new set of irons for my father. Hes about 5'6 and can drive the ball around 200 yards. He has some issues getting his irons up in the air and most of his shots land short. I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for him? I'd like him to be able to get his irons back up in the air and add some distance. Does anyone have experience with any hybrid iron sets? Are these good for seniors with slower swing speeds? Also, we don't have access to any club fitters where we live. Is it possible to get fitted online these days? Thanks!

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  • C6 SnowboarderC6 Snowboarder Members  156WRX Points: 114Handicap: 6.6Posts: 156 Fairways
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    I am a super Senior also - I have found Recoil Graphite shafts for irons do very well.. I put a 65 gr shaft in my 6 and 5 iron - they are now the best they have ever been. I put 80 Gr shafts in the 7 iron, and 95 gr in the 8,9 and PW.

    for hybrids or fairway - I have found thru lots of experimenting - the Chrome Elements shaft in Epic Flash Fairways do great - specially the Heaven Wood - WOW - what a club for old farts.

    Driver - the Ck Tensei Blue is doing well for me as well as the ProLaunch Platinum - both great shafts for Old guys.

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  • emdjunkemdjunk Members  3WRX Points: 5Posts: 3 Starters
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    i guess my question now is, are these hybrid iron sets actually worth it? will they truly give a senior more distance and height? are there any alternatives?

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  • txgolfer45txgolfer45 Members  299WRX Points: 104Posts: 299 Greens
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    I retooled my entire bag last year from Driver down to wedges. Callaway Epic Flash Driver with 55 gram graphite shaft, Callaway Epic Flash 3, 5 and sometimes 7 fwy with 65 gram graphite shaft shafts, Callaway Big Bertha 4H and 5H with 70 gram graphite shafts and 6 - U wedge with Recoil 65 graphite shafts. I have no problem getting proper ball flight with that set up and have regained yardage as well.

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    Driver: Callaway Epic Flash 10.5 w/ Project X Evenflow Green 55 R shaft
    Fairway woods: Callaway Epic Flash 5 and 7 wood
    Hybrids: Callaway Big Bertha 4i and 5i
    Irons: Ping G700 6 - U wedge
    Wedges: Cleveland RTX4 56 and 60 degree
    Putter: Vons SS398 / mySpider X

  • Golf64Golf64 Go Habs Go! Ontario, CanadaMembers  8480WRX Points: 488Handicap: ScotchPosts: 8,480 Titanium Tees
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    Slower SS need more loft to get the ball in the air and lighter shafts help too. Cobra Air Speed might help?! As far as an online fitting tool, Ping has a new Web-fit out. It is better than the old one, maybe take a look at that one!? Demo/get fit if possible in all cases!!

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  • ItsjustagameItsjustagame Members  1393WRX Points: 217Handicap: 8Posts: 1,393 Platinum Tees
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    Hybrids/fairway woods will benefit older, slower swinging golfers (and many amateurs in general).

    Probably no need for your fathers bag to have any irons lower than a 6/7 iron.

    Graphite shafts can also help with shock absorption for older bodies/joints.

    All the major manufacturers sell perimeter weighted irons and hybrids that would be suitable.

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  • slolaneslolane Members  49WRX Points: 31Posts: 49 Bunkers
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    I am 67 years old 5ft 7in with two artificial hips so the swing speed has slowed down a lot. A couple weeks ago I went to a fitting and hit a lot of the new offerings. I told the fitter I was looking for irons that would work now and 5 years down the road. I ended up getting Ping G710 irons they were very high and forgiving I got them with the senior graphite shafts. Have only been on the course a couple times but so far everything I was looking for. Lots of youtube reviews on the 710s good luck to you and your father.

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    Driver Ping g400max Distanza shaft
    Ping g400 3w
    Ping g400 5w
    Ping g400 7w
    Ping G 710 5- Uwedge Alta senior graphite
    Ping Glide 3.0 52 wedge
    Callaway 58 sure out sw graphite
    Bettinardi studio stock #3 putter
    Garmin s60
    Retired and enjoying life

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  • Sean2Sean2 Members  32795WRX Points: 3,242Posts: 32,795 Titanium Tees
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    I am a senior and with stronger lofts the first iron in my bag is a 7. The 5 and 6 irons in many of today's set make up are like the old 3 and 4 irons in loft (I have seen more than a few seniors struggle to get those 5 and 6-irons airborne). I haven't had much luck with hybrids so I have three fairway woods: 25º, 21º, and a 17º. They go nice and high and land softly.

    If you get him a set with the stronger lofts, you might want to replace some of the irons at the high end of the bag with hybrids and/or fairway woods.

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  • mootrailmootrail Members  615WRX Points: 121Posts: 615 Golden Tee
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    Take a look at my Bridgestone JGR Forged Hybrid Irons and the current sucsessor, the TOUR B JGR HF1 Irons. The look is unique and the wide flange design gets the ball up high and long with a hot and forgiving face. The wide sole works surprisingly well in all conditions including hardpan.

    The stock steel Zelos 8 shafts in mine are a big reason they launch so easy. Although in an S flex, they have a very soft bend profile that gets the ball up fast without feeling unstable. I'd recommended the lightweight Nippon steels over graphite like the excellent Recoils in my current irons if you're looking for some extra speed and height.

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  • gvogelgvogel Members  8470WRX Points: 1,398Posts: 8,470 Titanium Tees
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    I used to know a gentleman who played the Cleveland hybrid irons (like the launcher HB Turbo irons) and he swore by them.

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  • emdjunkemdjunk Members  3WRX Points: 5Posts: 3 Starters
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    so what im picking up is that the shafts are more important for getting the ball up in the air, rather than the clubs? in that case, anyone have shaft recommendations?

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  • OttoVonBizMarkieOttoVonBizMarkie Members  17WRX Points: 11Posts: 17 Bunkers
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    One thing to consider is what clubs he is currently using. My dad had been using Ping G2s for the round or two a year he played since I was a kid then retired, started playing more and wanted to get new clubs. Ended up with some G410s with recoils and was really surprised at how much easier it was to get those in the air. I'm sure it's a combination of shaft and club, but technology has definitely progressed in the past decade or so.

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  • disco111disco111 Members  1296WRX Points: 379Handicap: 7Posts: 1,296 Platinum Tees
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    I have a set of strong loft irons (7 is 28*) with senior shafts and have had a difficult time dialing in distances. Using the 7 as an example, it can go any where from a 140 to 160+ with what feels like the same swing. They have that flex face tech and I guess the 160+ comes from the optimum sweet spot or as some call it a hot spot. So I have opted to now go with a full set of hybrid irons senior graphite (from Power Bilt Golf - at a great price) and they do launch the ball high. As far as gaining any distance, not that much if any to speak of, but they are easy to hit. Regardless of which offering you choose, it all comes down to swing speed. equals distance. But that distance should be specific for optimal scoring.

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  • ChipNRunChipNRun Members  2401WRX Points: 589Posts: 2,401 Platinum Tees
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    Not really. Loft is the first consideration, and the shafts are next for fine-tuning. If his shots come up short, chances are the shafts may be to heavy, and he's "fighting the shaft." Lighter ones would help out if matched with the right iron heads.

    Sounds like a good time for a fitting. IF money is tight, a good shop could check him out on used trade-in irons. They want to turn them around to get their money back.

    He would benefit from a gap analysis on his irons. Let's say the 5i and 6i both go the same distance. Solution: probably drop the 5i and insert a hybrid or two in that spot in the bag.

    That said, some players do better with high-lofted fairways (7W and 9W) as opposed to hybrids. Again, it sounds like a fitting is in order.

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    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.  | Note: MD4 58°/8.C-grind may replace MD/PM
    Putter: Ping Sigma G Tyne (face-balanced) / 34" w. Ping Pistol PP60 grip (stock)
    Bag: Sun Mountain Three 5 stand bag
    Ball: Calla SuperHot - orange
    * Either 7W or 3H left out, depending on course and season.
    ** Wedges: 46°and 48°are competing for bag space.
  • Golfer4yearsGolfer4years Members  8WRX Points: 7Posts: 8 Bunkers
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    An older friend of mine is really enjoying his Tour Exotics irons and hybrids that he bought at Golf Galaxy straight off the shelf. I hit the hybrids. They are long! He got a great price, too.

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    Launcher HB Turbos, HL4's, T-Rails or Launchpad. I still use the HB3's from Cleveland. Very forgiving and launch high. Slicing is not a possibility with hybrid irons.

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  • AC in TXAC in TX Members  769WRX Points: 113Handicap: 2 HiPosts: 769 Golden Tee
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    Lots of choices in the game improvement/super game improvement categories. I would vote for Ping G400/G410 or G700/G710 with graphite regular or senior shafts ... maybe 6 to UW. Father's day is coming (Christmas for golf retail - I worked at Golfsmith HQ back in the day)!

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    The Ping Hoofer 14 bag:
    Ping G400 MAX 10.5*
    Ping G400 5W
    Ping G400 3H
    Ping G410 4H
    PXG 0211 5 to GW
    Cleveland CBX 54 and 58
    Scotty Cameron Circa 62 No. 6 33"
  • TxMike3TxMike3 Members  7WRX Points: 16Handicap: 24Posts: 7 Bunkers
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    I am 72 (almost) and coming back to playing regular golf after about a 10 year lay off and getting irons to work for me has been the biggest challenge. I've settled on Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metals, 6-LW with Recoil ESX F2 shafts. I really like the Recoils. I also got some JPX Fli-Hi's with the same shafts in 4 & 5H but haven't had as much luck with them. I'm currently using some old Adam's Idea Pro a12 hybrids with the green Aldila NV regular shafts in them. I hit them really well and consistently. Good luck with your search.

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    WITB

    Driver: TM M4 D-Type w/Fujikara Vista Pro shaft

    4 Wood: Adams RPM 16* w/Aldila NVS green shaft

    7 Wood: Adams Blue 21* w/ProLaunch Blue shaft

    4 hybrid: Adams A12 Pro w/Aldila Tour ATX shaft

    5 hybrid: Adams A12 Pro w/Comp CZ shaft

    Irons: 6-GW & LW Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metals w/Recoil ESX 460 shafts

    SW: 56* Callaway Sure Out 2

    Putter: TM Ardmore2 or Odyssey Stroke Lab 7s

    Bag: Sun Mountain Phantom

    Push Cart: Clicgear 3.5+

  • sedonaredrockssedonaredrocks Members  5WRX Points: 65Posts: 5 Bunkers
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    I'm 64 and a 14 hdcp. Have always played Ping or Mizuno irons. Switched last year to Mizuno JPX 900 Hot Metal with Project X LZ 4.5 graphite 5-PW and the difference in distance and higher ball flight is substantial. Much higher and a club longer with no change in lofts (previous Mizuno set also had strong lofts like the 900s).. Would definitely take a look at these or their successor, the JPX 910 Hot Metal. Should be able to get the 900s on sale price given the new 910s.

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  • acemandrakeacemandrake ROCHESTER NYMembers  381WRX Points: 119Handicap: 12Posts: 381 Greens
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    Recoil for irons

    Mitsubishi Diamana or Tensei for Driver, Fairways, & Hybrids

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  • mootrailmootrail Members  615WRX Points: 121Posts: 615 Golden Tee
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    TxMike3 Posted: Jun 05 2020 10:52AM

    "I've settled on Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metals, 6-LW with Recoil ESX F2 shafts. I really like the Recoils. I also got some JPX Fli-Hi's with the same shafts in 4 & 5H but haven't had as much luck with them."

    Great set:) Hot Metals are super long and the Recoils are great shafts. I can't understand about your JPX Fli-Hi Hybrids though. The are as long as most standard length hybrids I've played even with the shorter iron length shafts. More importantly, they've taken away my hooky hybrid misses. Make sure you setup with the ball back a bit in your stance. I tend to sweep everything like a fairway, but if you swing them like an iron they are definitely easier to hit. I liked the 4 so much it knocked out my DI & 5w and I picked up a 5 & 6.

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    Thanks for the tip, I'll give them another try. I have played the 4 & 5 and have the 6, just in case . :)

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    WITB

    Driver: TM M4 D-Type w/Fujikara Vista Pro shaft

    4 Wood: Adams RPM 16* w/Aldila NVS green shaft

    7 Wood: Adams Blue 21* w/ProLaunch Blue shaft

    4 hybrid: Adams A12 Pro w/Aldila Tour ATX shaft

    5 hybrid: Adams A12 Pro w/Comp CZ shaft

    Irons: 6-GW & LW Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metals w/Recoil ESX 460 shafts

    SW: 56* Callaway Sure Out 2

    Putter: TM Ardmore2 or Odyssey Stroke Lab 7s

    Bag: Sun Mountain Phantom

    Push Cart: Clicgear 3.5+

  • McCleodMcCleod Old Dude Members  54WRX Points: 52Handicap: 17Posts: 54 Bunkers
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    I am 74 with 15 index, drive the ball 190 - 210 total. I switched from Hogan PTx Pro irons ( P- 5) to this set. Cobra F Max Superlite P - 6, T Rail 5, 4, with F Max Superlite 4 and 3 Hybrids, F Max 3W, Mavrick Max 10.5 driver. Dropped my index from 18 to 15 in about 3 months! Cannot believe how easy it is to hit this set,

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    Forgot to add am 5’6” and weigh 200 lbs - short, fat and old. Putt with Toulon Austin.

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  • DaveMacDaveMac ScotlandUnregistered  3214WRX Points: 203Handicap: 9Posts: 3,214 Titanium Tees
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    Why not buy him a lesson / iron gapping session. While there is merit in many of the models / combinations mentioned, if your dad’s current iron impact dynamics, present very little dynamic loft (which is likely) then a new iron set won’t solve the issue.

    Understanding the reason for the low iron flight, might be a quick and cost effective solution.

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  • bullie76bullie76 Members  2301WRX Points: 239Handicap: 9Posts: 2,301 Platinum Tees
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    I'm almost 66 and have accepted my fate as a senior. I never thought I would be down to just 3 traditional irons in the bag but that's what I have done. I couldn't be more pleased with how I am playing. See signature.

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    My senior bag.......
    Callaway Rogue 9 * driver & 3,5 fw woods reg
    Callaway Rogue X 4-6 hybrids reg
    Cobra SL f9 7-gap
    Callaway Mack Daddy 4 52*
    Cobra King Black  56*
    Seemore rst2 si4 putter
    Datrex 15 way IDS cart bag - black
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  • BreimanBreiman Members  41WRX Points: 27Handicap: 14Posts: 41 Bunkers
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    Im not a super senior, but i am in that age range now. I went on a search last year for a club that would restore my youth..... no such luck unless i get back my swing speed. Its more about being fitted to the right shaft, not the clubhead. I hit a cavityback as far as i hit a blade. I got fitted, refitted.. finally i found the right shaft for the irons. Something in the 110 gram range helps me keep my tempo and swing faster.

    Now woods and hybrids is still an adventure

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  • Jim In SCJim In SC JiminSC Members  219WRX Points: 76Posts: 219 Fairways
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    Age 77, hdcp 11. Mavrik 6-AW, Project X Catalyst A flex, Mavrik 11W for my 5 iron.

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    Ping G410+ 10.5
    Ping G400SFT 3W, 5W 7W
    Mavrik 6-GW
    Cleveland CBX 52, Titliest SM8 57
    Odyssey DoubleWide F LStrokelab
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    An inexpensive great option are the Callaway Rogue X irons and Hybrids. Get them at Callaway Pre-owned in graphite. I play them. Best combination of distance and forgiveness on the market.


    CJ

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    One of the most impressive clubs that I've tried, and now play, are the Honma XP-1's. In my opinion, they are the perfect senior set. Even though they are a cast club, they feel like forged to me. Off center shots do not punish you and center of the face shots are just long and predictable. They also deliver more spin going into the greens with the lofted clubs.

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    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

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