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Most Forgiving Driving Iron?

ace036ace036 Members Posts: 2,021 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
Looking for some feedback and insight on what everyone considers to be the most forgiving driving iron when struck off center. I plan to make the time to demo and be properly fitted in the near future, but until then I’m curious to hear what others think and have experienced.



At the moment I am looking at:



Srixon U85

Callaway UT

Taylormade GAPR Mid



Are there others I should be considering that are more forgiving?
Ping G410 Plus 10.5° - Fujikura Speeder Evolution V 757x
Titleist TS3 16.5° - Fujikura Ventus Red 7x
Srixon Z U85 20° - KBS Tour Hybrid Proto 85 s+
Titleist 718 AP2 (4-PW) - Project X 6.0
Titleist SM6 50.08F - Project X 6.0
Titleist SM6 54.10S - Project X 6.0
Titleist SM6 58.08M - Project X 6.0
Bettinardi Studio Reserve JAM-F
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  • cgasuckscgasucks Members Posts: 2,306 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    edited Mar 15, 2019 12:16pm #2
    2002 Big Bertha 2 iron

    I remember it was the rage back in the day on tour before driving irons were in vogue.
    Post edited by Unknown User on
    10.5 deg Titleist 905R with stock UST Proforce V2 Shaft
    1999 Ben Hogan Apex Blades (3-PW) with stock Apex 4 Steel Shafts
    1988 Tommy Armour 845 Silver Scot 56d Sand Wedge and 52d W3 Wedge
    Taylormade V-Steel 5W & 3W with Grafalloy Prolaunch Red shafts
    Ping Anser 2 Stainless Steel Putter
  • Bimmer1Bimmer1 Members Posts: 2,553 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭
    Tour Edge Exotics CBX Iron Wood 2 iron- 17 degrees

    3 iron- 19 degrees
  • kiw1982kiw1982 Members Posts: 1,212 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    gapr is forgiving then the others
    Mizuno        ST-180 Driver w/KuroKage HBP 50 S+
    Taylormade  M6 3 Wood w/NV 2KXV Blue 75 S+
    Taylormade  P790 2 UDI w/KBS Tour FLT 120 S+
    Taylormade  P790 4-G Irons w/KBS Tour 130 S+
    Mizuno        T7 56/10 Wedge w/KBS Tour 130 S+
    Mizuno        S18 60/06 Wedge w/KBS Tour 130 S+
    Odyssey      Arm Lock Double Wide Putter
  • John - MemphisJohn - Memphis Members Posts: 49 ✭✭
    I have both of these:



    Srixon U85

    Callaway UT



    Can't go wrong with either. Srixon higher flying. Callaway more bullet like. Right shaft is key
  • Jwin323Jwin323 Members Posts: 1,428 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    I just got a Ping G410 Crossover 2 and it’s pretty forgiving. Very easy to hit off the deck because of its sole camber.
  • GolfProTJGolfProTJ Members Posts: 690 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Srixon U85 good, Callaway x forged UT better! TM UDI no,



    Callaway Apex Hybrid! Hate hybrids but can’t miss the left
  • cargo8cargo8 Members Posts: 76 ✭✭
    GAPR lo is probably the most forgiving UT iron so mid is definitely more forgiving
    WITB
    Titleist TS3 9.5° Mitsubishi Diamana DF 50S
    Tour Edge Exotics CBX 3W Fujikura Speeder Evo II 661S
    Taylor Made GAPR Lo 2-17
    °KBS Tour Graphite Hybrid 65S
    Callaway X Forged Utility Iron 21° Oban CT-100 Steel
    Callaway Apex MB 5-PW Oban CT-100 Steel
    Taylor Made Milled Grind Chrome 50.09 Oban CT-100 Steel
    Taylor Made Milled Grind Black 54.09 Oban CT-100 Steel

    Taylor Made Milled Grind Black 58.09 Oban CT-100 Steel
    Bettinardi Studio Stock #28

    Retired + Bullpen

    Scotty Cameron Circa 62 No. 3 34" 350g
    Scotty Cameron Studio Style Newport
    Taylor Made RAC TP MB 3-PW
  • kiwiikiwii Members Posts: 771 ✭✭✭✭✭
    the bigger the more forgiving. The ping crossover series is probably the biggest. Adams DHy is very under the radar and underrated. You can hunt one down for cheap. Titleist TMB is small but it has tungsten weighting to increase the forgiveness.
    '17 M1 460 9.5/ Rogue Silver
    XR '14 Pro/ PX LZ
    Adams 9031 18°/ Diamana WB
    716 AP24-pw/DG AMT S300
    '14 TM TP 52/56/60
    2014 Squareback/ Lamkin DE + 2 wraps
    Ogio Ozone, TM targa tour
    Tour Boost 360
    TM TP5/ Srixon Zstar XV
  • ago33ago33 Members Posts: 2,198 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    Based on CG locations, Gapr mid is the most forgiving.



    Cobra F9 Speedback 9.................................Mitsubishi PO 70 TX
    Tour Edge CBX 13.5.......................................Rombax P95 X
    Tour Edge CBX 18..........................................Rombax P95 X
    Mizuno MP-18 FliHi 4,5................................DGTIX100
    Mizuno MP-25 6-9........................................DGTIX100
    Callaway MD Forged 46, 50, 56, 60........DGTIS400
    Scotty Cameron 5.5M...................................Grip Master
  • DasenergiDasenergi 84109Members Posts: 915 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Gapr Mid was very easy but my favorite is the King Utility.

  • ian-500ian-500 Members Posts: 869 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Epon 901.
    Taylormade Original One 13.5* + Tensei CK Pro Blue 80tx.
    Ping G400 no.2 17* + Oban Kiyoshi White 95x.
    Titleist VG3 Forged '18 4i - PW + Recoil Proto 125 F5.
    Titleist Vokey Forged 50 + Recoil Proto 125 F5.
    Callaway PM19 54/58 + KBS 115s.
    SeeMore SB1, Accra FX300.
  • kody17kody17 Members Posts: 763 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Srixon U85 is the sexiest, so that has to count for something doesn't it?

    Titleist 910 D2 10.5* w/ Fuji Motore Speeder 6.2 TS X
    Titleist 910H 21* w/ DG X100
    Srixon z785 4-PW w/ DG TI X100
    Mizuno MP-T5 52*, 56*, 60* w/ DG X100
    Odyssey Exo Indianapolis Stroke Lab

  • arobbins3arobbins3 MichiganMembers Posts: 59 ✭✭
    I play the Srixon U65 and it's the most forgiving one I've played (T-MB, Taylormade, etc.).

    Cobra F9 (9.5°) - Atmos Black 6s
    Cobra F9 (14.5°) - Atmos Blue 7s
    Titleist T-MB (3) - Modus 105s
    Callway Apex Pro 19 (4-9)
    Titleist Vokey SM7 Slate Blue (46°)
    Titleist Vokey SM7 Raw (51-56-60°)
    TaylorMade Spider X

  • stimpmeterpstimpmeterp Washington DCMembers Posts: 780 ✭✭✭✭✭
    arobbins3 wrote:


    I play the Srixon U65 and it's the most forgiving one I've played (T-MB, Taylormade, etc.).




    +1

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  • shredNECTARshredNECTAR Members Posts: 141 ✭✭✭
    Srixon U65 I would say as well.
  • Pi5seekerPi5seeker Members Posts: 887 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I've tried 4 including the Maltby HDI, Mizuno MMC Fli Hi, Tour Edge CBX Ironwood, and Cobra King Utility. I really like my Cobra but the Ironwood is really easy to hit.
    Cobra F8 9.5* Evenflow Blue
    Cobra F8 5-6 17* Evenflow Blue
    Cobra F8 Hybrid 19* Smacwrap
    Cobra King Utility 22.5* C-Taper Lite
    Ping I210 5-UW PX LZ 6.0
    Bridgestone XW-1 56* 60* DG Spinner
    Odyssey Strokelab Seven S
    Z-Star
    Clicgear 3.5/Cobra King Ultradry
  • FletchervilleFletcherville Cobra/Puma Apologist Members Posts: 50 ✭✭
    Nike Vapor Speed 3 iron, 19°, good size but still decent topline, flybeam forgiveness. $50 from Dallas golf on eBay but you gotta replace the shaft


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  • Blaker34Blaker34 Members Posts: 50 ✭✭
    I'm gaming the Callway X forged 18's right now and have been killing my 3 iron off the tee. I'm looking to dump my 3 wood and go with the UT 18. However I need to make sure I'm hitting it 20-30 yards farther than my 3 iron, or it wouldn't be worth it, especially if I'm dumping my 3 wood.



    I hit a UT21 in a simulator a couple of days ago and it felt realllllly good. Some of the utility irons I've tried in the past have been a little clunky and not very workable. This thing felt just like a regular long iron.
  • shredNECTARshredNECTAR Members Posts: 141 ✭✭✭
    I have a Mizuno mp 18 mmc fli hi both 2 and 3 iron. My friends kill them. However just doesn’t fit my eye. Going to be getting rid of both of them. PM me if interested!
  • cliffhangercliffhanger spruce grove albertaClubWRX Posts: 1,761 ClubWRX
    The Srixon U85 and the Callaway Apex UT are the two best in overall performance for me. Easiest to control and long. (with the right shaft that is)


    Driver: TM M6 (10.5 deg) with Project X Smoke 60X playing at 45 inches
    3Wood: TM M6 (14 deg) with Project X Smoke 70X playing at 43 inches
    2 iron: TM 790 UDI bent to 19 degrees with Project X HZRDUS 85 X (6.5) at 39.5 inches
    4-GW: TM P760 with KBS Tour X (all bent 2 deg flat) standard length
    Wedges: TM Hi-Toe 56/10 and 60/10 (all bent 2 deg flat) with 2.0 hi-rev shafts both standard lengths
    TM Mullen 2 TP putter @ 34 inches 
    TM TP 5 ball 

     All grips 360 tour velvet burgundy with 1 extra wrap

    Sun mountain 4.5 stand bag

  • Whiskey_fireWhiskey_fire Members Posts: 1,036 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    I’m going to go with the original Callaway x utility
    Titleist TS3, 9.5, D+70 
    Titleist TS2, 15, AD DI 7
    Titleist AP2 3-pw, Project X 
    Titleist Vokey 52,56, Project X 
    Taylormade HiToe 60, KBS $taper Black
    Scotty Cameron Studio Style GSS Newport 2
  • BogeyLJABogeyLJA Members Posts: 1,411 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    Miss my Apex UT with a PXI. Would love to have her back, club was money!
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    TM P750 | DG S300
    Vokey SM6 50|55|60[/font]
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  • ace036ace036 Members Posts: 2,021 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    So I ended up getting fit at Club Champion and the clear winner was the Taylormade GAPR Lo with a KBS Graphite Hybrid Prototype shaft. Shots were a perfect “medium-ish” trajectory (averaging around 30 feet or so in height) and producing some ball speeds at or just over 150mph. The GAPR was definitely more forgiving than expected and versus everything else I tested. Looking forward to getting it in the bag eventually. Thanks to all for the responses. 
    Ping G410 Plus 10.5° - Fujikura Speeder Evolution V 757x
    Titleist TS3 16.5° - Fujikura Ventus Red 7x
    Srixon Z U85 20° - KBS Tour Hybrid Proto 85 s+
    Titleist 718 AP2 (4-PW) - Project X 6.0
    Titleist SM6 50.08F - Project X 6.0
    Titleist SM6 54.10S - Project X 6.0
    Titleist SM6 58.08M - Project X 6.0
    Bettinardi Studio Reserve JAM-F
  • kiw1982kiw1982 Members Posts: 1,212 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    ace036 said:
    So I ended up getting fit at Club Champion and the clear winner was the Taylormade GAPR Lo with a KBS Graphite Hybrid Prototype shaft. Shots were a perfect “medium-ish” trajectory (averaging around 30 feet or so in height) and producing some ball speeds at or just over 150mph. The GAPR was definitely more forgiving than expected and versus everything else I tested. Looking forward to getting it in the bag eventually. Thanks to all for the responses. 
    Told ya. good choice!
    I wish I can swing a DI.
    It is great from the tee but am way better with hybrids from the deck.
    Mizuno        ST-180 Driver w/KuroKage HBP 50 S+
    Taylormade  M6 3 Wood w/NV 2KXV Blue 75 S+
    Taylormade  P790 2 UDI w/KBS Tour FLT 120 S+
    Taylormade  P790 4-G Irons w/KBS Tour 130 S+
    Mizuno        T7 56/10 Wedge w/KBS Tour 130 S+
    Mizuno        S18 60/06 Wedge w/KBS Tour 130 S+
    Odyssey      Arm Lock Double Wide Putter
  • shredNECTARshredNECTAR Members Posts: 141 ✭✭✭
    I keep hearing good things about the gapr that’s for sure 
  • ScottJNScottJN Members Posts: 60 ✭✭
    I picked up the u85 on a whim, got the stock recoil shaft and it flies higher than I’d like on a typical shot.  However, the club is so easy to hit and an automatic 250 off the tee (2iron).
  • 9ironiscash9ironiscash Members Posts: 696 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Anyone with a moderate swing speed (99ish with driver) play the gapr lo? Or would it be too hard to elevate without faster clubhead speed? 
  • justswingharderjustswingharder OhioMembers Posts: 6 ✭✭
    I have a Wilson Staff Fg Tour Utility iron that practically swings itself. It's a bomber for sure. Unfortunalty it's sitting in my basement. It's for sale on the cheap if anyone is interested. Xstiff shaft.
  • uglandeuglande Members Posts: 144 ✭✭✭
    The most forgiving driving iron is a hybrid.  ;)
    But seriously, I have the P790 UDI-2 and I like it. I'm not terribly consistent with it, but it offers strong distance and my misses are manageable. But I'm also experimenting with a low-loft, low-launch hybrid (at the moment, a Titleist 818 H2 at 17 degrees). I'm curious to see if it gives me similar distance numbers, still with a penetrating flight, but with a touch more forgiveness from the rough and sketchy lies.
    Wood (7.75) TITLEIST TS3 - Mitsubishi Diamana LTD 70-X
    Wood (13.5) TITLEIST TS3 - Mitsubishi Diamana LTD 70-S
    Wood (16.5) TITLEIST 917 F2 - Mitsubishi Diamana 80-S
    Wood (20.5) TITLEIST 917 F2 - Mitsubishi Diamana 80-S
    Iron (23.5) TAYLORMADE P790 - Project X 6.5
    Iron (26.5) TAYLORMADE P790 - Project X 6.5
    Iron (30.5) TAYLORMADE P790 - Project X 6.5
    Iron (35.0) TAYLORMADE P790 - Project X 6.5
    Iron (40.0) TAYLORMADE P790 - Project X 6.5
    Iron (45.0) TAYLORMADE P790 - Project X 6.5
    Wedge (50.0) TITLEIST Vokey SM7-F - DG S200
    Wedge (54.0) TITLEIST Vokey SM7-S - DG S200
    Wedge (60.0) TITLEIST Vokey SM7-D - DG S200
    Putter TAYLORMADE Spider Center-Shafted
    Ball TITLEIST ProV1x #68
  • kiw1982kiw1982 Members Posts: 1,212 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    Anyone with a moderate swing speed (99ish with driver) play the gapr lo? Or would it be too hard to elevate without faster clubhead speed? 
    am at 105.
    fitter told me that I should go with mid at least.

    Maybe it's just me.
    Mizuno        ST-180 Driver w/KuroKage HBP 50 S+
    Taylormade  M6 3 Wood w/NV 2KXV Blue 75 S+
    Taylormade  P790 2 UDI w/KBS Tour FLT 120 S+
    Taylormade  P790 4-G Irons w/KBS Tour 130 S+
    Mizuno        T7 56/10 Wedge w/KBS Tour 130 S+
    Mizuno        S18 60/06 Wedge w/KBS Tour 130 S+
    Odyssey      Arm Lock Double Wide Putter

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