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What number iron to learn for beginners?

 Darkside7 ·  
Darkside7Darkside7 Members  8WRX Points: 42Posts: 8 Bunkers
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New beginner learning to play golf. What number iron is best to learn your swing? I got lots of different feedbacks. Some say 8 or 9 iron. Others say 6 or 5. So confused??? What do you guys think?




  • cadoipicadoipi Members  153WRX Points: 153Posts: 153 Fairways
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    There is no single correct answer to this question. I would say anything in 6, 7, 8, 9 would serve you well.

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  • dbdorsdbdors Houston, Clear Lake areaClubWRX  2313WRX Points: 317Handicap: 15Posts: 2,313 ClubWRX
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    If it helps, most all the time when I work with an instructor they have me start with a 7i. Sometimes with a 6i


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    Thanks for the feedback. Maybe I should get a hold of an instructor.

  • 7ironDave7ironDave Members  51WRX Points: 43Posts: 51 Bunkers
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    I may be partial but I say 7 iron.

  • RoejyeRoejye Members  140WRX Points: 64Handicap: 19.4Posts: 140 Fairways
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    definitely get ahold of an instructor. I just went to a lesson with my friend who's a total beginner as well and the instructor said to focus on driver, 7 iron, pw, and lw for chipping.

  • RoejyeRoejye Members  140WRX Points: 64Handicap: 19.4Posts: 140 Fairways
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    but in response to your actual question I would say 7 iron and pitching wedge.

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  • oikos1oikos1 Members  2986WRX Points: 729Posts: 2,986 Titanium Tees
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    Eddie, you joined WRX nearly 7 years ago. Why do you see yourself as a "new beginner".

  • Hawkeye77Hawkeye77 IowaClubWRX  21795WRX Points: 5,791Posts: 21,795 ClubWRX
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    So much info about clubs flying around here from even day to day he's probably still trying to decide what set to buy!

    It's part of the incre--mental game. ;-)

    My vote, with ever changing lofts is 8, but seems like everyone says grab 7i. There may be good reasons for that, I have no idea.

    At age 14, freshman golf practice the "coach" told everyone to grab 5 iron which for everyone back then were cheap blades and darn hard to hit. Hated it, lol, and always practiced with my 8 or 9 back then when I could, not that it really mattered, lol.

  • Krt22Krt22 East BayMembers  9564WRX Points: 3,179Posts: 9,564 Titanium Tees
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    7 or 8..but make sure its a blade so you know when you miss the sweet spot ;)

  • indianagolf2indianagolf2 Members  204WRX Points: 39Posts: 204 Fairways
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    8 without a doubt

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    If you get a set of single length irons, which would be a good idea for a beginner, you can use 1 swing throughout the bag.

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  • PepperturboPepperturbo Midwest and SouthwestMembers  16996WRX Points: 1,082Handicap: 4-5Posts: 16,996 Titanium Tees
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    I suggest a 5i but 6i works too. I am not the only one that thinks that either. Most demo clubs are one of those two. Longer is easier to use for a full-swing. IMO people tend not to full-swing shorter irons like 8i or 9i etc.

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  • Hawkeye77Hawkeye77 IowaClubWRX  21795WRX Points: 5,791Posts: 21,795 ClubWRX
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    Almost every demo iron I see supplied these days for iron demo with removable head is 7i. Never see 5i, but I don’t get out much.

  • bluedotbluedot Members  3993WRX Points: 636Handicap: 7.5Posts: 3,993 Titanium Tees
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    FWIW, I did a full rebuild of my swing at the end of 2019; three months of lessons, 30 minutes once a week, with a top notch teaching pro. For the most part all he had me hit as we worked on my swing was a 7 iron.

    Late in the process, we did a couple of short game lessons, and we worked one session on partial wedge shots. But other than that, just the 7 iron. He never saw me hit a driver or hybrid until we did a playing lesson at the end of the process.


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