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I’m thinking of replacing my 4 iron with a utility iron, something like a Srixon U65/85, TM GAPR, Callaway X Utility. Anyone out there have any feedback?

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TaylorMade M4 8.5, Aldila Rogue White 130 M.S.I. 60S
TaylorMade M3 15, HZRDUS Black 75S
Callaway XR Pro 20, Project X LZ S
Srixon Z765 4-PW, KBS TGI 95 hs x1
Ping Glide 3.0 50 & 56 SS, KBS TGI 95 hs x1
Ping Glide 3.0 60 TS, KBS TGI 95
Ping Ketsch Armlock, BGT Stability
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  • BiggiE427BiggiE427 Members  88WRX Points: 32Posts: 88 Fairways
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    I’ve been gaming the cobra king utility with rogue aldila shaft and I have loved it. Great forgiveness, flight and feel for me. Easy to hit different shots as well. Currently awaiting a mizzy hmb that I hit just as well if not better.

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    Driver: Sim Max D

    5 wood: PXG 0341 x

    3 Hybrid: Callaway Super Hybrid

    Irons: Mizuno JPX 919 Hot metal Pro

    Wedges: TM MG2

    Putter: Evnroll Midblade

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  • Chuck905Chuck905 Members  1645WRX Points: 343Handicap: 7Posts: 1,645 Platinum Tees
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    I’d recommend the Srixon if you can get pass the looks and take on the forgiveness.

    Im currently on the ping G410 crossover; I like the stinger flight but it’s not as good feeling nor forgiving as my Srixon.

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    Mizuno ST200 Diamana Blue 7.5*
    Epic SZ Strong 3 Wood, 12.5*
    Ping G410 Crossover 17* Tour Shaft
    Ping i210 (3-PW), Px LZ 6.0
    Wilson Staff Model 54* SW and 58* LW
    Odyssey RX9 Putter
  • ProjectXProjectX I can a hit lob wedge 150...but only from a greenside bunker Members  1531WRX Points: 279Posts: 1,531 Platinum Tees
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    I use the MP 18 MMC Fli His which are the older brother of the HMBs. They worked exactly as planned. Gave me the higher ball flight I was looking for and added forgiveness. The thing to watch out for is the lofts and the hot faces. For instance my Fli-Hi 5 iron came at 25* and my regular 6 iron is 30*. The 5* gap is already big and mix it with the hot face of the hollow head in the 5 iron and I had a pretty big gap to deal with. So I bent the 5 iron weak to 26* to center it better between my 4 driving iron and 6 iron. I'm even toying with the idea of knocking my 6 iron down to 29* to tighten up the gap even more. Other than that I have no regrets. Just have to dial in your lofts to manage the gap correctly.

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    Titleist TS3 Driver 9.5* Diamana D+ LTD 60 TX
    Titleist TS3 Fairway 16.5* Diamana D+ LTD 70 TX
    Mizuno MP 18 MMC Fli-Hi 3 Tensei CK Pro White 90 TX
    Mizuno MP 18 MMC Fli-Hi 4-5 KBS Tour C-Taper X
    Mizuno MP 18 SC 6-9 KBS Tour C-Taper X
    Mizuno T20 Raw 46*, 51*, 56* & 61* KBS Tour C-Taper X
    SeeMore Nashville z3c Black Mallet
    Bridgestone Tour B XS

  • gripandripgripandrip Members  1266WRX Points: 246Posts: 1,266 Platinum Tees
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    I have a 20 deg U45 that stays in the closet. While I like the feel and performance of the head, I've never truly gotten along with the stock Nippon shaft. I prefer my Z745 3 iron with the SF i95S. I've been meaning to change out the shaft, just haven't gotten to it. It is a little longer than my 3 iron, so I can't decide if I should match the length and swing weight of the 3 iron or something else. Hence the inaction. I would say the driving irons are good clubs if you are looking for a hybrid that is an "iron", but I believe you need to find the right shaft.

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  • rx7markrx7mark Members  75WRX Points: 63Posts: 75 Fairways
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    I really like my Maltby FDI heads with Nunchuk shafts, really straight and forgiving.  I have them as my 5i (24), 4i, (21.5), and 3i (19) and they mix well with my Apex G-6i.  The lofts shown are slightly bent from stock, and the numbers on the clubs don't match how I use them, but I don't care.  I have even been thinking of trying a 19 degree bent to 17 for off the tee.  Not sure if I have enough swing speed for that club, but the 19 works so well I might try it, and I have one more Nunchuk sitting around waiting for a job, so a cheap experiment. 

    These three clubs have given me some of the most memorable golf shots I have ever hit including my first ace.

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  • craz-ecraz-e Members  4427WRX Points: 503Handicap: 3Posts: 4,427 Titanium Tees
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    I love my Titleist t500 3 iron, I have tried my friends Srixon a few times but I’m not as consistent as with the Titleist.

    Thinking off adding the t501. 1 iron as an option from the tee

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    Driver = Taylormade SIM 7* Hzrdus green 6.0
    4 wood = Titleist TS2 Even flow white 6.0
    3 iron = Titleist U500 Hzrdus smoke 6.0
    Irons = Wilson Staff FG59,  4-PW
    Wedges = Titleist Vokey SM6 52*, 56*
                  = Ping Glide 3.0 eye 2 60* 
    Putter = Scotty Cameron 2020 Special select Del Mar
    Ball = Taylormade TP5 Pix
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  • MyherobobhopeMyherobobhope hey there, blimpy boy. Flying through the sky so fancy free. Members  3309WRX Points: 885Handicap: 6Posts: 3,309 Titanium Tees
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    Sub70 is worth a look if you are on a budget. Great club.

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    As of 6/5/20
    9.5 Cobra LTD Pro with Aldila Silver 110 X
    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.

  • jas904jas904 Members  1593WRX Points: 223Handicap: 1.4Posts: 1,593 Platinum Tees
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    Thanks for all the replies. I could see the potential gapping problem. For example, I wonder if I would hit a 23° U65 significantly further than my Z765 4 iron which has 22°? Of course, when I played today I hit my 4 iron twice and striped it both times. Once off of a tee and another from 185 in the trees which was a punch hook.

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    TaylorMade M4 8.5, Aldila Rogue White 130 M.S.I. 60S
    TaylorMade M3 15, HZRDUS Black 75S
    Callaway XR Pro 20, Project X LZ S
    Srixon Z765 4-PW, KBS TGI 95 hs x1
    Ping Glide 3.0 50 & 56 SS, KBS TGI 95 hs x1
    Ping Glide 3.0 60 TS, KBS TGI 95
    Ping Ketsch Armlock, BGT Stability
  • BigtimeHCBigtimeHC Members  23WRX Points: 30Handicap: +.1Posts: 23 Bunkers
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    Love my HMB 3 iron with Tensei White 100 hybrid shaft for the most part. Head feels absolutely butter when you connect. Bomber off the tee no doubt, but off the deck it's fallen right in line with where it should be based on 4 iron distance.

    One caveat, it's not as consistent as I'd like from the fairway due to the extra length I had to keep on the shaft to remain at the stock swingweight. Be careful swapping shafts out (I'm on my second attempt at this build) and make sure you get the SW back into an acceptable range if you go that route.

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    Taylormade SIM 9° - Accra FX 2.0 360 M5

    Titleist 917 F2 15° - Aldila Rogue Max 75X

    Mizuno HMB 3 Iron - Tensei Pro White 100 TX

    Mizuno MP-20 MMC 4-PW - C-Taper 120S

    Mizuno T20 50° and 54° - DG TI S400

    Ping Glide 2.0 Stealth 58° - PING AWT

    Toulon Las Vegas H7

    Bridgestone Tour B X

  • letsgolfletsgolf Members  103WRX Points: 68Posts: 103 Fairways
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    Picked up a #3 HMB20 with the Modus 120 stiff shaft. I've always been a good long iron player off the tee, lesser competence off the turf. Compared with my MP-62 3 iron in my previous set, a major improvement in forgiveness. Also I've never been consistent with the hybrid from the tee, but ok from the turf. Put it all together, and you know why I picked my utility iron to be more iron like with a steel shaft. So far, on tighter par 4's less than 400 yards, this club does the job. Very pleased.

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  • wam78wam78 Members  844WRX Points: 268Handicap: NAPosts: 844 Golden Tee
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    Have the Bridgestone hf2 4 iron to go with the tour b x cb. Not as much of a utility club, but very much used as one. Surprised at the size of the top line. Very thin for a GI club. Very hot off the face and still holds onto the forged feel.

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    Ts3 8.5* Fujikura Motore Speeder vc 6.2x
    Ts3 15* Diamana S+ LTD Blueboard 70s tipped .5"
    U500 2 Iron  Fujikura Motore Speeder Tour Spec 9.8 HB
    Bridgestone Tour B JGR h2 4i Modus 120s 
    Bridgestone Tour B X-CB 5-pw Modus 120s
    SM8 Raw 50F, 54S bent to 53, 58S Modus 125 Wedge
    Toulon Las Vegas  KBS CT Tour Matte, Iomic I-Classic Mid Black 
    Bridgestone Tour B XS
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  • StanksStanks Everything I post is confrontational Members  1900WRX Points: 313Handicap: ?Posts: 1,900 Platinum Tees
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    GAPR LO. It’s basically cheating. Big fan.

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  • MarkripMarkrip Boss fan 62 Members  1813WRX Points: 364Posts: 1,813 Platinum Tees
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    I tried this back in February. The easiest to hit utility iron I hit last winter.

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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
  • SUITSSUITS Members  1068WRX Points: 103Posts: 1,068 Platinum Tees
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    U65 for me. I can’t seem to find a better fit shaft wise than a x100 SOft stepped once. I can keep it low but also have the tight distance to keep it useful. I tried a steelfiber 110 in it, was substantially longer but was also easier to lose on the pull side. It’s chunky looking which I really enjoy.

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  • anthanth From the Land Down Under Members  2820WRX Points: 219Handicap: 4Posts: 2,820 Titanium Tees
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    I play the 23 degree Srixon as my 4 iron and then have the 765 5 iron (25 degrees) as my next club. Works well in terms of gapping, but the U45 does go longer than my 4 iron would. That would be due to loft, design and shaft length.

    I also have the H45 in 19 degrees and I find that having both a standard hybrid and a utility iron works well because it’s gives me options. One thing I think the utility iron doesn’t do well is work out of rough and dodgy lies. It’s great from the tee and fairway though. Vs a 4 iron for me it’s a no brainer

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    Callaway Rogue 10.5
    Callaway BB Alpha 816 16
    Srixon Z H45 19 Hybrid
    Srixon Z U45 23 Utility
    Srixon Z 765/965 5 - PW
    TaylorMade Milled Grind 50 & 54
    TaylorMade Milled Grind Hi Toe 58
    TaylorMade Spider Tour Red
    TaylorMade TP5
  • Christen_The_SloopChristen_The_Sloop Members  1513WRX Points: 406Posts: 1,513 Platinum Tees
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    There are many like it.

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    D - Ping G400 LST Tour AD IZ 6x
    4W - Royal Collection V7 TI 17 with Attas G7 7X or something else
    3i - TMB 2016 DGX100
    4-P - Tourstage MR23 U.S. Spec CB DGX100
    52 - Cleveland RTX4 forged S400
    56 - Cleveland RTX4 forged S400
    60 - Vokey SM7 60-04L Raw S400




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  • coopscoops Members  1318WRX Points: 234Posts: 1,318 Platinum Tees
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    Srixon U85 should be good - and you already use Srixon irons.

    I'd just add that I recommend to use the same shaft as the rest of your irons - if Srixon don't offer it as an option, pull it out of your current 4 iron you're replacing and swap it in the utility.


    I use an Epon 19deg to replace a 2/3 iron and have always used the same shaft as the rest of my irons in it. Lovely.

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    Adams 9015d +DiamanaZF, Mizuno MP-650 15deg FW+Diamana Thump, Epon 901 19deg, 301 4-PW, 210KGX 50deg, TM ATVforged 56 & 64deg, Cameron Futura 2003

  • mattavery727mattavery727 Members  364WRX Points: 117Handicap: 12.2Posts: 364 Greens
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    Currently in u500 with Tensei 100x. I love the flight and distance I gain with this.


    I agree with others U85 is easy to hit if you can get past the looks. Other options I liked were the HMB and GAPR Lo were solid options as well. I would recommend getting a few to try and flip the other ones so you can try to see if graphite is better or steel is better for your game.

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    TS2 8.5 with Kuro Kage Dual Core XT 70TX 44.75 tipped 1 inch

    SIM 15 Degree Tensei Pro Blue 80TX tipped 1.5 inches

    U500 2 Iron Tensei Pro White 100x

    T100S 4-PW Project X 6.5,1 degree weak

    50,54,58: Titleist SM7 Project X 6.5

    Bettinardi Inovai 6.0 Murdered Out

    Srixon Z star XV

    Ogio Alpha Convoy RTC Stand Bag

  • carrier streetcarrier street Members  1286WRX Points: 222Posts: 1,286 Platinum Tees
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    I just added another wedge to my bag, and switched from a UDI to a U500 3 iron. The UDI went too far. It was nearly as long as my 3 wood. I don't love the sound of the U500 (bit of a metallic "tink" to it), but I absolutely love the flight I get out of it. It's still long and incredibly easy to hit. I could have carried this with my old setup and been better off yardage gap wise than with the UDI. If you are going to get a utility club more in the middle of your set, definitely worry more about the yardage you get out of them than the number of the bottom of the club so you don't end up with a crazy gap.

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    M3
    910 FD
    3 Titleist U500
    4-PW MP18 MB
    Vokey 52F, 56S, and 60T
    Scotty TEI3 Newport
  • dnash13dnash13 London, ON Members  44WRX Points: 40Handicap: 11Posts: 44 Bunkers
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    Srixon u85 4 (23*) dg x100. Swings like a telephone pole (I play s300 in my irons) but dead straight off the tee, easy to launch, easy enough to hit off the turf as well.

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  • m00ni3m00ni3 Members  5WRX Points: 8Handicap: 5Posts: 5 Bunkers
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    already sold u65, never really like GAPR, currently using ether 0311x or XforgedUT 2irons. i prefer super soft feels on everything in my bag.

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    10.5: Callaway Epic Flash Double Diamond TC - Tensei Pro Orange 60S

    2i: PXG0311X - TOUR AD DI 85S

    4i: PXG0311X - TOUR AD DI 95S

    5i-PW: Ping Bluprint ProjectX IO 6.0

    50: Callaway MD Forged2019 - ModusWedge Limited115

    56: Callaway MD Forged2019 - ModusWedge Limited115

    Putter: Bettinardi

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  • jas904jas904 Members  1593WRX Points: 223Handicap: 1.4Posts: 1,593 Platinum Tees
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    TaylorMade M4 8.5, Aldila Rogue White 130 M.S.I. 60S
    TaylorMade M3 15, HZRDUS Black 75S
    Callaway XR Pro 20, Project X LZ S
    Srixon Z765 4-PW, KBS TGI 95 hs x1
    Ping Glide 3.0 50 & 56 SS, KBS TGI 95 hs x1
    Ping Glide 3.0 60 TS, KBS TGI 95
    Ping Ketsch Armlock, BGT Stability
  • m00ni3m00ni3 Members  5WRX Points: 8Handicap: 5Posts: 5 Bunkers
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    PXG and callaway are more friendly to my eyes at the setup, also give me better ballflight and ballspeed

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    10.5: Callaway Epic Flash Double Diamond TC - Tensei Pro Orange 60S

    2i: PXG0311X - TOUR AD DI 85S

    4i: PXG0311X - TOUR AD DI 95S

    5i-PW: Ping Bluprint ProjectX IO 6.0

    50: Callaway MD Forged2019 - ModusWedge Limited115

    56: Callaway MD Forged2019 - ModusWedge Limited115

    Putter: Bettinardi

  • chippa13chippa13 Members  2696WRX Points: 449Posts: 2,696 Titanium Tees
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    I've been very happy with my GAPR Mid 3.

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  • PowerCobra98PowerCobra98 Members  509WRX Points: 136Posts: 509 Golden Tee
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    X Forged UT...Recoil Shaft...Love it.

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    Epic SZ

    Epic Flash 3H (18*)

    Apex 19 3H (20*)

    X Forged UT 21, 24, 27, 30

    Apex 19 8-PW

    MD4 48S, 54C, 60C

  • ericftericft Members  662WRX Points: 103Posts: 662 Golden Tee
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    I put a graphite shaft into my regular set 4 iron to try to get a little distance and closer to 3 iron. I have iblades and hit thinner sole clubs much better so struggle with the driving irons off the deck like the g410 crossover, TM UDI and some of the maltby offerings I have tried.

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  • sendtojohn1sendtojohn1 Members  15WRX Points: 51Handicap: 6Posts: 15 Bunkers
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    I have a 718 T-MB 4 iron (24*) and a Cobra F7 4 iron (20*). I only play one at a time depending on course and the hybrid i want to carry. I got the F7 head really cheap and found out the loft was only 20* so figure i'd try as a DI before buying the T-MB. It ended up being a bomber that I use on some courses that are tight but lengthy.

    I play S300 in my set but both these have Aldila NVs in them. the Cobra has a NV 105 S Hybrid shaft and the 718 has a NV MLTI 105 Iron shaft in it. Both are dead straight but give me some good distance and i feel the extra help in keeping the ball airborne, especially with a shot thats a groove thin or a little on the toe. Never got along with DIs or hollow long irons that came with a steel shaft.

    For you I'd recommend the Srixon or Try a T-MB. the Callaway and Mizuno DIs are really nice as well. I feel like with the right shaft they're all going to play nicely if you can hit a DI or long iron effectively

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  • SammyShafSammyShaf Members  425WRX Points: 152Posts: 425 Greens
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    I picked up my current irons preowned to try the x100 shafts 712mbs, in a 4-p set. The first thing I did was place the 4 iron in the closet. I shafted up a 712U 3 iron to live in the bag as the longest iron. It is my chickenstick and useful for mishitting long par 3s that would require a level of ballstriking I don't posses. I have tried a couple hybrids but never felt comfortable at address, and they have cost me more strokes than saved. Without regular play and practice, the 200 yard approach is unrealistic for me to have great expectations for, and something I saw most players chase to no avail.

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  • Brooner82Brooner82 Members  3WRX Points: 5Posts: 3 Starters
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    Not quite a utility club, but I swapped out my Wilson V6 4i for a D7 Forged 5i (same loft, but 4i length) and its a much more consistant and forgiving club (for me) than the V6 4i.

    I did try a Wilson 4i Utility, but it went too far for my gapping.

    I carry a Gapr Lo 2i as well, but I am considering getting a D7 become a 3i for my set (4i head, 3i length) to swap out the Gapr

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  • jlyjly Members  26WRX Points: 39Handicap: 3Posts: 26 Bunkers
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    I play Callaway X Forged irons 4-PW and just have a Ping i500 in the bag as my 3 iron. Same shaft across all (PX 6.0)

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