Best Distance Irons for seniors

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disco111disco111  1120Members Posts: 1,120
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Did the obligatory search and only found a thread on 7 iron SS and there were a few references to some brands, but mostly just data reference to smash factors = SS. So now the question for those seniors that have lost serious iron distance and regained that distance. Now a little personal back round to refine choices. Age 75, 7 iron SS was averaged at 75 and that was at Dicks on their swing monitor with a new Ping 7 with an "R" steel shaft. Average carry was 138 with total at 143. As for exercise and stretching to increase SS, I'm tapped out as far as the body will comply, so whatever can help must be derived from equipment. In fact, the last 2 rounds played just this weekend, showed an even more drop in distance. Example; sitting at 152, no wind to affect the shot, hit a 6 on the button and was 20 yds short. This shot, along with others during the round, but particularly this shot, really frustrated me.



So what irons would you seniors advise?............
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  • KParksKParks  83Members Posts: 83
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    Not a senior but I think you sound like the perfect candidate for graphite shafts in your irons. Modern graphite shafts are WAY better than they used to be and I think you'll be able to see a nice increase in clubhead speed and corresponding distance with less stress on your joints from contact as well. My dad was in a similar instance a year ago and finally switched to graphite and it seemed to bring his game back about 10 years.



    For an older golfer graphite shafts really are a win win these days (I guess ignoring the incremental cost).
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  • duffer18duffer18  361Members Posts: 361
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    I'm not quite up there with you, but I'm 66 with bad knees and a swing speed that has declined in recent years. Lots of potential irons out there for you, and yes, as KParks says, take a look at graphite. It's easier on the arms and elbows, as well as likely longer. Depends on whether you want new or used, but any of the PIng Gs (Gs, G400, and older), Callaway Rogue or Rogue X (or some of the older XR irons). Cobra F Max (I think that's the name) has lighter shafts specifically designed for slower swings. XXIO makes irons for slower swingers, and a bunch of folks rave about Cleveland HB Launchers--hybrid-like irons that are for slower swingers. I have G700s and they can put the ball out there. Go to a golf shop in your area and they will also certainly have some demo clubs to compare against your current clubs, and you'll probably find a set of winners.
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  • disco111disco111  1120Members Posts: 1,120
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    KParks wrote:


    Not a senior but I think you sound like the perfect candidate for graphite shafts in your irons. Modern graphite shafts are WAY better than they used to be and I think you'll be able to see a nice increase in clubhead speed and corresponding distance with less stress on your joints from contact as well. My dad was in a similar instance a year ago and finally switched to graphite and it seemed to bring his game back about 10 years.



    For an older golfer graphite shafts really are a win win these days (I guess ignoring the incremental cost).




    Appreciate the response, but I should have offered a little more info, equipment wise. Currently play with both graphite and senior lite flex steel shafts. Neither one has helped, but they are both attached to older standard (what every that may be) lofts. I recently played with a set of Wilson D100 with "A" graphite's and was still coming up short on many shots and then got that explosive shot or 2 that just went super long. Really can't rely on sporadic shots like that to play well. Just really wondering if there are any irons that don't jump up and surprise, but rather offer predictable distances and help slower SS's.
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    I have G700s and they can put the ball out there.



    Just how much of an increase in distance did you you achieve with the PINGs?
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  • johnnylongballz72johnnylongballz72  559Members Posts: 559
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    PING G700

    XXIO

    Callaway Rogue



    These would be the top irons for distance that I see on a daily basis. Match the right shaft and specs for your game.
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    Ping G400 Max 9 degree with Ventus 6X
    Ping G400 3 wood with Kuro Kage XT 70TX
    Ping I210 4-U with KBS Tour 125 S+
    Ping Glide 2.0 Stealth 56 SS and 60 ES with KBS Tour 120 S
    Bettinardi SS #28
    Snell MTB-X 
  • Soccerrick10Soccerrick10  93Members Posts: 93
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    Callaway Rogue X

    TaylorMade P790

    PXG 0311XF

    Mizuno 919 HM



    I like the PXG and P790’s the best. I’ve also found the Fujikura Pro iron or KBS TGI fit me the best.
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  • lambo428lambo428  165Members Posts: 165
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    I have a slow ss also but when I hit my graphite irons I consistently pull shots, currently use steel for accuracy: my suggestions are Cobra S3, Titleist 718 AP1 length and accuracy, and Taylormade Rocketbladez (they're not blades) = these things are really long with 85 g steel shafts
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  • llewol007llewol007 4KidsGolfer  3449ClubWRX Posts: 3,449
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    I see it alot in my older golfing buddies bags but the tendency is to carry more hybrids.
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    Cobra F8 9* Aldila Rogue 60 3.0 X Stiff
    Cobra LTD 14.5 Degree Aldila Rogue 70 3.3 X Stiff
    Cobra LTD 17.5 Degree Aldila Rogue 70 3.6 X Stiff
    Cobra Utility 20.5 DG AMT S300 Black HHx1
    Cobra MB/CB 4-PW DG AMT S300 Black HHx1
    Cobra Pur 52/58 S200 
    Odyssey Grim Reaper 
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  • garflysgarflys  40Members Posts: 40
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    I'm 69 and was fitted for regular graphite G10 13 years ago ago. While it does help elbows and shoulders it never helped me with distance I have switched to s300 and I'm hitting my 7 iron 150. Also switched to i15s it took a little practice but I don't hit those balloon shots now. So like everyone says go and hit the ones you like to look at and you may surprise yourself.
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  • DaveMacDaveMac  3162Members Posts: 3,162
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    disco111 wrote:


    So what irons would you seniors advise?............




    75 mph of clubhead speed with 7 iron is very respectable, I’d certainly take it for sure.



    There are only a few optimisations that can be made to maximise iron performance from equipment changes. Given your comments on the disappointing 6 iron shots, the first port of call might be, a quick swing check up with your local golf coach. There is no offence intended here and I am not talking perfect swing, major swing change, gym work and the like, just a second set of eyes looking over the basics, to make sure you are giving yourself the best chance of consistent solid contact.



    Speaking of contact, the only other way you can increase distance, is to get more out of the club for your input. This means checking the ball speed, launch angle and spin to see if there is any room for improvement. This is also a worthwhile time to find the spot in your bag where your iron carry distances compress, the point where a change to a hybrid will offer an advantage.



    The usual advice here will be light weight shafts and high speed irons and you are sorted but the solution is more personal and subtle than that, for example you still need your short game and some of the distance irons don’t shine in this area. You need to identify where hybrids help and if a combo set would be worthwhile. Armed with the information from a gapping session you will be better placed to maximise any advantage an equipment change might offer by making the right combination choice.



    My best equipment change this year was to drop my 6 iron for a 28 degree hybrid which give me more consistent carry distances through higher ball speed and better stopping power, due to higher flight. It hurt the ego but helped the score.



    Best of luck and I hope you get something you like.
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  • Rbert831Rbert831  131Members Posts: 131
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    Callaway Rogue X I have a 84 year old buddy that loves them.
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  • jmtbkrjmtbkr Palm Beach Gardens 791Members Posts: 791
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    Callaway Rogue 12.5* Synergy 50S
    Callaway X20 3-SW
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  • jjfcpajjfcpa Driver - Tour Edge EXS 10.5 Omaha, NE 608Members Posts: 608
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    I'm 71 and been looking for more distance since I started playing just 3 years ago. Took a few lessons last year from Golftec just to make sure I had the fundamentals down and we not grooving a bad swing. I have pretty good luck with the short irons, but the long irons are a real problem for me. I've tried a number of irons and brands and just recently acquired a set of Z585's from Srixon with lofts jacked 2 degrees and UST Recoil senior flex shafts. I'm finally seeing distances that I've expected from my mid irons and long irons. Nothing amazing, but at least I'm able to get my 7 iron out in the 140 range. Most would argue that my 7 iron is really a 6 iron, but I can live with that.



    I do car a 4 hybrid and will use it if I don't feel confident hitting the 5 iron.



    I'll be watching this thread for suggestions.
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  • 20six20six  572Members Posts: 572
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    Give the Ping G700 with Alta CB graphite shafts in A flex a try.
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  • Golf64Golf64 Go Habs Go! Ontario, Canada 7875Members Posts: 7,875
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    I have had luck with G700s with graphites with my customers. Another to look at is the new Big Bertha that just came out. They are long too. image/wink.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=';)' />
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  • Rbert831Rbert831  131Members Posts: 131
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    jmtbkr wrote:

    Rbert831 wrote:


    Callaway Rogue X I have a 84 year old buddy that loves them.




    I demoed the Rogue X irons at our club. I was hitting them 20+ yds more and I thought these will get my distance back.

    When I checked the specs, I found out the lofts are jacked +5 deg!!! No wonder the 7i was going 180yds!!!




    Yes the lofts are really strong I can hit his 7 as far as I can hit my 5... They are just so ugly to look at down at the ball LOL!
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  • drifliboydrifliboy  175Members Posts: 175
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    I am in the same boat as you. I would recommend Bridgestone's Tour B JGR HF1 irons. I play the previous version which is the JGR Hybrid Forged Irons. These irons made a big difference for me. They added distance, control and feel. Almost made me feel like I was 30 years younger when I use to play some very unforgiving blades. I have tried many other distance irons in the past 8 years, including Cleveland, Callaway, Cobra and Ping and for me the Bridgestone's were the best.
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  • LaymanMLaymanM Cincinnati, OH 2211Members Posts: 2,211
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    My dad is 68. He had best results with G400 irons and Alta CB regular shafts. He does not swing fast. G400 were 10 feet higher than most other irons he tested including p790.



    Really pay attention to height. It's really important for senior golfer.



    I would check out Steelhead XR, g700, g400, ap1 and Cleveland Launcher HB
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  • asw7576asw7576  1094Members Posts: 1,094
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    I think super game improvement clubs with matching graphite shafts will be the best choice for seniors.
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  • jjfcpajjfcpa Driver - Tour Edge EXS 10.5 Omaha, NE 608Members Posts: 608
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    I don't want to hijack hour thread, but would some senior golfers like to share their preference for senior golf shafts?



    I've been partial to UST Recoil senior graphite shafts.
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  • puttingmattputtingmatt puttingmatt Summer/ Michigan-- Winter/ Florida 5256Members Posts: 5,256
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    Can only advise you seek a good clubfitter, and get on a launch monitor to assist you in creating

    a set of mixed clubs that will meet your personal yardage needs. A little time and knowledge will enable you to still

    play and with changes make the game less frustrating. Be honest and open to suggestions from the club fitter. And get what you

    need.
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  • ronnbeeronnbee  1114Members Posts: 1,114
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    Rogue X image/golfer.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':golfer:' />
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    2019 Big Bertha Irons or Rogue X
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  • CsladeCslade  4Members Posts: 4
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    Rogue X are very strong lofts, but they also have a very low and deep CG. They should launch at about the same angle as a more conventional lofts, spin little less and go really far.
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  • pmcukpmcuk  5601Members Posts: 5,601
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    I have to go against conventional wisdom here. I've tried and failed numerous times to play with graphite shafts - they just don't work for me and I've tried a lot of good ones.



    What does work is my Speedblades with the standard 85g steel Reg. flex shafts. Plenty of those about and I'd still recommend them - they just simply perform.



    You'll lose distance as you age. Just accept it and plan your game differently. I spent hours and hours researching and trying different "solutions". There weren't any dramatic solutions. Small changes perhaps, but the distance clubs with hard faces felt and sounded horrible. Just enjoy your golf - if you're healthy enough to keep playing that's the main thing.





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  • Soccerrick10Soccerrick10  93Members Posts: 93
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    For me, I’ve found help in getting back some ball speed and distance in graphite shafts. But, with most I tried, I really wasn’t happy with the loss in accuracy.



    For that, the best shaft I’ve found is the Fujikura Pro iron, 75g, R flex. But, I could have easily gone with the R2 (senior) flex. The distance is great and best accuracy for this old guy. Also, if you build them yourself, very easy to swing weight.



    The second best shaft I found for me is the new KBS TGI and I am gaming those in PXG 0311 Gen 1 heads I put together. Very long and very forgiving combo too.



    If you are younger and haven’t gone through that game suffering change, it’s really tough. I as about ready to give up golf this past year it was so frustrating.



    This year, I’ve tried Accra, SteelFibers, 760 SmacWrap, etc. But, I think I’m on the right track now.
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  • JoelsimJoelsim  1347Members Posts: 1,347
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    LaymanM wrote:


    My dad is 68. He had best results with G400 irons and Alta CB regular shafts. He does not swing fast. G400 were 10 feet higher than most other irons he tested including p790.



    Really pay attention to height. It's really important for senior golfer.



    I would check out Steelhead XR, g700, g400, ap1 and Cleveland Launcher HB




    Yep, the G400 irons with Alta CB touch the moon, I love mine. They’re also very consistent on distance, I’m more often that not pin high unless I hit a poor shot.
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    Driver: Ping G400 10.5 Reg Ping Alta 44.5”
    Fairway: Cobra King Ltd Black 5 Wood Aldila Rogue Stiff
    Hybrid: Titleist 818 H1 23 Hybrid Regular Tensei Blue
    Irons: Ping G400 4-UW (#4 at power spec loft)
    Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy Jaws 60W Low and Mack Daddy 4 64S, Cleveland CBX 2 54 Rotex 
    Putters: Bettinardi Studio Stock #3 (Jumbo Lamkin), Bettinardi Studio Stock #28 Slotback (Winn Dri-Tac), Bettinardi Queen Bee #9 (Winn Dri-Tac), Odyssey Toulon Stroke Lab Palm Beach (Winn Dri-Tac),  Cleveland Huntington Beach #10 (Winn Dri-Tac), Piretti Forza (Piretti Fat Grip), Piretti Matera Elite (Piretti Fat Grip), Piretti Cottonwood II (Piretti Fat Grip), Piretti Cortino 2 (Piretti Grip), Kronos Mandala (G-Rip Fat Wave)
  • farmerfarmer  8243Members Posts: 8,243
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    At 68, I play hybrids through the 7 iron. Easy to hit, easy to get into the air, distance is as good as any iron I've hit in my senior years. Easily 150 with the 6, easily 140 with the 7, good decision for me.
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  • asw7576asw7576  1094Members Posts: 1,094
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    pmcuk wrote:


    I have to go against conventional wisdom here. I've tried and failed numerous times to play with graphite shafts - they just don't work for me and I've tried a lot of good ones.



    What does work is my Speedblades with the standard 85g steel Reg. flex shafts. Plenty of those about and I'd still recommend them - they just simply perform.



    You'll lose distance as you age. Just accept it and plan your game differently. I spent hours and hours researching and trying different "solutions". There weren't any dramatic solutions. Small changes perhaps, but the distance clubs with hard faces felt and sounded horrible. Just enjoy your golf - if you're healthy enough to keep playing that's the main thing.



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    Yes , another suggestion , instead of tweaking or changing golf equipments ... how about playing from White ?
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  • collingsom1acollingsom1a Chicago, IL 848Members Posts: 848
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    I work at a major gold discount store and have access to every brand out there. I am 70 years old and play to a 6 handicap.



    If you are looking for a distance iron, I'd highly recommend Callaway Rogue X and Ping G700. With the Pings, I'd make sure to order the Power Spec loft, which is a slightly lower loft, which equates to longer distance. The Rogue X loft are really jacked up lofts, their 7 iron is the equivalent to 5 or 6 iron loft in other sets. Ping G700 lofts with Power Spec aren't quite as strong but is stronger than most iron sets.



    The Ping G700 is probably the easier to hit iron as compared to the Callaway because of the head weighting (added width and weight in the sole).



    The new graphite shafts are the way to go, and I'd try and get shafts in the 55g - 70g area.



    Good luck.
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