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If you were given a budget of only $200 for hardware (excluding labor) to build the best possible set of 8 irons with only new components (no used bargains), what components would you use?

 

Here are some ideas that I found online today:

 

Option 1:

 

Heads: Acer XV Tour Blade [4-GW] - $15 x8 = $120 or Alpha Silver Diamond MDC Tour (also $120)

Shafts: FST 115 - $6 x8 = $48

Grips: TackiMac Tour Select = $3 x8 = $24

Shipping: $8

 

Total: $200

 

Option 2:

Heads: Acer XV Pro - $10 x8 = $80

Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Pro = $73 (for set of 9 shafts: 3-PW, SW)

Grips: Champ C8 = $3 x8 = $24

Shipping: $22

 

Total: $199

 

Ferrules, epoxy, grip tape etc. assumed to be available already.

Titleist 915D3 driver, Graphite Design YS-SIX NanoReloaded S

Wishon 950HC 3 fwy, Aldila Tour Blue 75 S

Wishon 949MC 5 fwy, Aldila Tour Blue 75 S

Wishon 575 MMC CB irons, 4 - GW, Nippon NS Pro 1050GH S

Cleveland RTX-3, 56 deg, KBS Hi Rev 2.0 R

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I'd go for Option 2. The Acer XV Pro are excellent heads. Really awesome feel and the size of Ping i-series clubs. Those clubs would rival a set several times are much money.

Ping G400 Max driver w/Aldila Rogue 125 Silver 60S
Cobra (Lexi blue) F7 5 wood w/Aldila Rogue Black 70S
Cobra (Lexi blue) F7 Hybrid w/Aldila Kuro Kage 80S
Ping G410 irons w/Recoil 95S
Ping Glide 55/60 wedges w/Recoil 110S
Ping Anser/Arna putter - the "real deal!"

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Adams CMB

 

No denying Adams CMB are great clubs, but can you get NEW clubs for <$200

Titleist 915D3 driver, Graphite Design YS-SIX NanoReloaded S

Wishon 950HC 3 fwy, Aldila Tour Blue 75 S

Wishon 949MC 5 fwy, Aldila Tour Blue 75 S

Wishon 575 MMC CB irons, 4 - GW, Nippon NS Pro 1050GH S

Cleveland RTX-3, 56 deg, KBS Hi Rev 2.0 R

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Adams CMB

 

No denying Adams CMB are great clubs, but can you get NEW clubs for <$200

 

sorry missed the new part, used probably

CALLAWAY EPIC MAX LS 10.5  - PX IM 10 50

CALLAWAY EPIC FLASH TC 15.0  - Tour AD TP 7
COBRA RADSPEED 19 - MMT 80

SRIXON ZX5/ZX7 - 4-PW - Project X IO 6.0 

VOKEY SM7 Raw Black 50F / 54F / 58L- Hi Rev 2.0 / SCOTTY CAMERON Special Select Newport 33.5

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I made a set of irons, but only the 6-sw (7 clubs) for about $250. To me, it's a great way to go because you take pride in what you build and it really isn't difficult at all. I don't think I would ever buy a new set of irons again from a major manufacturer, I will always build my own. The irons play great!

>Mavrik Max 12.5* 

>Mavrik 16.5* 4w

>Mavrik Max 4, 5, 6, 7 hybrids

>7--SW Dynacraft Prophet Muscle Blade Irons

>MD5 Jaws 58* W grind LW

>Odyssey Stroke Lab Double Wide Putter

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"Option 2:

Heads: Acer XV Pro - $10 x8 = $80 / Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Pro = $73 (for set of 9 shafts: 3-PW, SW)"

 

Good price on nine DG Pros!

Ping G400 w/Ping CB Alta S
Ping G410 5 Wood set to 16* w/Ping Alta R

Ping G410 5-U, Steelfiber I95R  
Ping Glide 2.0 Stealth SS 54* w/AWT 115
Ping Glide 2.0 Stealth SS 58* w/KBS Hi Rev 2.0
Odyssey  330M Black 

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True Temper Dynalite Gold XP R300 3-P .355 are $45. The best deal on irons shafts that I know about.https://www.rockbottomgolf.com/golf-clubs/club-making-gear/shafts/true-temper-golf-dynalite-gold-xp-tapered-8-piece-shaft-set/

Ping G400 Max driver w/Aldila Rogue 125 Silver 60S
Cobra (Lexi blue) F7 5 wood w/Aldila Rogue Black 70S
Cobra (Lexi blue) F7 Hybrid w/Aldila Kuro Kage 80S
Ping G410 irons w/Recoil 95S
Ping Glide 55/60 wedges w/Recoil 110S
Ping Anser/Arna putter - the "real deal!"

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That deal was on eBay, but 2 years ago in 2018, unfortunately. The best deal for new DG Pro 3-PW that I can find now is about $140.

Titleist 915D3 driver, Graphite Design YS-SIX NanoReloaded S

Wishon 950HC 3 fwy, Aldila Tour Blue 75 S

Wishon 949MC 5 fwy, Aldila Tour Blue 75 S

Wishon 575 MMC CB irons, 4 - GW, Nippon NS Pro 1050GH S

Cleveland RTX-3, 56 deg, KBS Hi Rev 2.0 R

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Looks like they are sold out now, but what a deal while it lasted!

Titleist 915D3 driver, Graphite Design YS-SIX NanoReloaded S

Wishon 950HC 3 fwy, Aldila Tour Blue 75 S

Wishon 949MC 5 fwy, Aldila Tour Blue 75 S

Wishon 575 MMC CB irons, 4 - GW, Nippon NS Pro 1050GH S

Cleveland RTX-3, 56 deg, KBS Hi Rev 2.0 R

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Oddly, I just put about $200 into a set of adams cmbs... $50 on the heads here, $100 on pulled shafts and $50 on grips.

As of 1/24/21

9 Callaway Mavrk Sub Zero with RipX

13 Degree Adams Speedline with Aldila Alpha 

18 Degree Adams A12 with Proforce V2

4 Utility Sub70 699u 22 degree Proforce V2

5 iron Sub70 639 CB with S400

6-GW Adams CMB with Project X 6.0

Sub70 286 54

Sub70 JB Low Bounce 58

SeeMore milled Tri-Mallet fit and built at SeeMore 

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The joys of someone buying their competition.

 

The Ever Changing Bag!  A lot of mixing and matching
Driver: TM Original One 11.5* set to 10*, Aldila RIP Alpha 80 X, 43.5"
3w:  Cobra King LTD, Matrix 8m3 X, 42"
Hybrid:  TaylorMade Stage 2 Tour, NV105 S or DGS400

Irons grab bag:  3-PW Mizuno MP37, Recoil Proto 125 F4 (reshaft pending); 1-PW Golden Ram TW282 or Vibration Matched Golden Rams, RIP Tour 115 R (coin flipping for the reshaft project); 1i & 3-PW Golden Ram TW276, NV105 S
Wedges:  Dynacraft Dual Millled 52*, DGS400; Scratch 8620 DD 53*, SteelFiber i125 S; Ram Watson Scoring System 55*, DGX 7i shaft; Ram TG-898, DGS400; Ram TG-898, NV105 S; Wilson Staff PMP 58*, DGS300; Ram 1982 Commemorative Nickel 58*, Dynamic S; Ram TW282, DGS; Ram TW276, DGS; Ram Troon Grind 58*, Dynamic S; Maltby Design 60* mid sole, DGS400; Maltby Design 60* mid sole, NV105 S
Putter:  Snake Eyes Viper Tour Sv1, 34"
Balls: Wilson Staff Duo Professional or TaylorMade TP5

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Honestly, on that budget, if I had to have brand new, I’d build my set with a Sw, Pw, 8, 6, & 4 iron only. With only 5 clubs, I’d still end up paying $40 just for the grips I like.

 

On second thought, I couldn’t do it. I’d rather spend more and get what I like. Even if I had to pass up playing and saving up greens fees to put towards the irons I really wanted.

“I think getting advice from guys who are sitting at the computer in their underwear while taking a break from porn is a very solid way to choose clubs.” - bluedot
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Under $200 for all new seems to be cutting it pretty tight. To me getting decent quality shafts (very important) would use a large portion of the budget and is the key item. Most decent quality shafts are typically between $20 and $30 each. I don't know if I would want to trust (or expect much performance from) a shaft under $10. So for under $200 I would likely look at used clubs that when new would have cost much higher. In the end its your money and your decision.

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