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I've hit them all and Srixon 785 has been the softest

Before I upgraded from 716CB 3-PW, I was already thinking about 620 irons.  My criteria was 3-PW and did NOT want strong lofts which left a limited selection of sets.  So, I decided to skip hitting ot

Ok so the best answer i can give you is the mizuno mp mmc 20. Ive hit alot of irons this past year all head to head... nothing and i mean nothing was softer to me then the mp mmc20. From 4 iron down t

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I'm not a lefty, so I have not tried the 801 or the SEL, but I have tried their counterparts. My impressions are below, with ranks for "softest" (1 being the softest) in brackets.

 

Miura 801 (301) - Very solid feeling, but not "soft." Great feel.  [3]

Mizuno MP20 sel (Standard MP20) - Great club. More solid than soft. [4]

Mizuno 921 sel (tour)(Standard 921) - I didn't like it. Not soft nor solid. Too clicky for my feel. [6]

PXG 0311 T (gen 3) - The softest, by far. But, it's a very different type of soft than expected. [1]

Titleist 620 CB - Great feel and the most traditional "soft" feel. [2]

Titleist T-100 - Not a fan. More clicky than expected. [5]

 

If you are looking for a traditional soft feel, I'd go with the 620 CB's. If you are looking for the softest feel out there, it'd be the PXG 0311 T's.

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These feel like butter.

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Cobra SZ Tour Length 9.0 with Ventus Black 60 stiff shaft
Callaway Mavrik 15 degree fwy with Ventus Blue 70 stiff shaft
PXG Gen2 19 and 22 degree hybrids with Fuji Pro 2.0 8 stiff shaft
Srixon zx7 5-pw with Steelfiber i95 stiff shafts
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On 9/18/2020 at 10:12 PM, leftycabe said:

Hey guys, I’m going to be making an iron switch this year. I’m a lefty, so keep that in mind. I live in the middle of nowhere and I don’t have access to test a lot of clubs, so I’m hoping you guys can share your experiences with me. Which of the following irons are the softest/best-feeling?

 

Miura 801

Mizuno MP20 sel

Mizuno 921 sel (tour)

PXG 0311 T (gen 3)

Titleist 620 CB

Titleist T-100

 

Feel free to order them from softest to firmest, below. My assumption is they would rank as I have them listed above. 

 I am a lefty. I recently got a CC fitting and hit all of these except the 921. Softest was mp20 SEL. Miura was equally great but I only hit the sweet spot 1 out of 4 or 5 swings. Then I would say 620, PXG, T100. Also hit callaway apex blades and that was closer to 620. Ended up buying mp20 SEL. 

 

Shaft also makes a huge difference. 

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For me it's PXG 0311P Gen 3 and nothing else is even close. I've had plenty of Miura and other premium forgings but nothing feels as soft to me as the 0311P Gen 3.

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PXG 0341X Gen 2 15* Tour AD GT 8
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PXG 0311XF Gen 1 4 Steelfiber i110
PXG 0311 5-GW Gen 1 Steelfiber i110
PXG 0311 54* Steelfiber i110
PXG Sugar Daddy 60* Steelfiber FC115
PXG Dagger 34"
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On 9/19/2020 at 5:48 PM, Chanceman said:

+1 for Wilson Staff. Very good woods and hybrids too.

 

I can't speak for all but you'd be hard pressed to find a better feeling set of irons than the Wilson Staff MB's. Best feeling irons I've played in 30 years. 

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My previous set of irons (until this summer) were the Cobra King Forged Tour and they were by far the softest irons I have ever hit. Ball melted into the face when struck like you're supposed to. Its a shame they had seen their better days and it was time to upgrade.

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6 hours ago, Aces-6 said:

For me it's PXG 0311P Gen 3 and nothing else is even close. I've had plenty of Miura and other premium forgings but nothing feels as soft to me as the 0311P Gen 3.

 

did you try to the "t's" when you bought the "p's"? If I went the PXG route, I would likely get the "p's" for 4 and possibly 5 iron, but go to the "t's" the rest of the way. 

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On 9/19/2020 at 7:21 AM, iNeedMoreGolf said:

Ok so the best answer i can give you is the mizuno mp mmc 20. Ive hit alot of irons this past year all head to head... nothing and i mean nothing was softer to me then the mp mmc20. From 4 iron down to pw and thats rate in my opinion to have each iron be consistently the same amount of soft throughout the set. Not just soft but a soft thats different then the rest and still very informative on what you put into the shot.

Yep this is spot on. MMC are lovely

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On 9/19/2020 at 3:16 PM, HSTNGolfer said:

Another set to consider is Wilson Staff Model blades. Tried everything, except the Miuras, at a golf expo in February and the Wilsons felt the best to me.

 

Or the D7 forged, when you hit them good they sound amazing and you dont feel a thing.  I've had more comments in a month about how those sound than I've had the rest of my life about any club sound lol.

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8 hours ago, leftycabe said:

 

did you try to the "t's" when you bought the "p's"? If I went the PXG route, I would likely get the "p's" for 4 and possibly 5 iron, but go to the "t's" the rest of the way. 

Not the person you asked, but I demo'd the P's and T's and the P's were just way too hot for me. Given the size and loft differences, I think it would be very difficult to blend the P's and T's without some serious tinkering. The T's have more than enough juice and forgiveness in the long irons that, IMO, the P's don't need to be considered. For reference, I'm a 6-ish cap and iron play is the best part of my game.

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Hybrid: PXG Gen 2 0317X 19* (standard setting) with Oban Kiyoshi Purple Hybrid O5 at 39.5"
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46 minutes ago, Philomathesq said:

Not the person you asked, but I demo'd the P's and T's and the P's were just way too hot for me. Given the size and loft differences, I think it would be very difficult to blend the P's and T's without some serious tinkering. The T's have more than enough juice and forgiveness in the long irons that, IMO, the P's don't need to be considered. For reference, I'm a 6-ish cap and iron play is the best part of my game.

This is awesome! I’ve been wondering about this. That is my approximate handicap as well so that is helpful. Thank you.
 

Do you have any comparisons as to feel? I’ve heard they are the best feeling club many have hit but feel is so relative. My preference is for softer. I’m just having trouble blending my preferred look with my preferred shape. For instance, my preferred shape is the Titleist T-100 from the top view because I like a smaller head with a shorter blade length but I’ve played Titleist 714s and 718s and found them both slightly “clicky”. 

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MacGregor 1025C's V-Foil's  are the best, softest irons I have ever hit. I've hit a number of Mizunos, number of other forged offerings, and the 1025s are just pure perfection in my opinion. 

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14 hours ago, leftycabe said:

This is awesome! I’ve been wondering about this. That is my approximate handicap as well so that is helpful. Thank you.
 

Do you have any comparisons as to feel? I’ve heard they are the best feeling club many have hit but feel is so relative. My preference is for softer. I’m just having trouble blending my preferred look with my preferred shape. For instance, my preferred shape is the Titleist T-100 from the top view because I like a smaller head with a shorter blade length but I’ve played Titleist 714s and 718s and found them both slightly “clicky”. 

If you like the smaller head and want that feel, might want to consider the new Srixon Z7 that will be out in January time frame.   I've been playing different combinations  of 565/765 and 585/785 for a couple three years now. They're great in their own right, and the new Z5/Z7 follow suit. What stood out to me was again how similarly they look from the top which makes the blending easy, but I felt like the Z7 appeared to be a smaller head than previously.

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17 minutes ago, gulpeg said:

If you like the smaller head and want that feel, might want to consider the new Srixon Z7 that will be out in January time frame.   I've been playing different combinations  of 565/765 and 585/785 for a couple three years now. They're great in their own right, and the new Z5/Z7 follow suit. What stood out to me was again how similarly they look from the top which makes the blending easy, but I felt like the Z7 appeared to be a smaller head than previously.

I will take a look at them. I've heard nothing but positive things about them and have hit them (right handed) a few times. The main thing I don't like is that they have a longer blade length. I know it is completely a mental thing but the longer the blade length, the more my strike pattern moves around. The shorter the blade length, the more compact my strike pattern. 

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14 hours ago, leftycabe said:

This is awesome! I’ve been wondering about this. That is my approximate handicap as well so that is helpful. Thank you.
 

Do you have any comparisons as to feel? I’ve heard they are the best feeling club many have hit but feel is so relative. My preference is for softer. I’m just having trouble blending my preferred look with my preferred shape. For instance, my preferred shape is the Titleist T-100 from the top view because I like a smaller head with a shorter blade length but I’ve played Titleist 714s and 718s and found them both slightly “clicky”. 

PM'd so as not to hijack the thread. ?

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I am just not familiar with all the newest sets, but from what I have played, a forged iron head, devoid of other materials, is going to provide the most "pure" feedback. Tungsten is very dense, for example, and changes the way the head will feel, despite efforts to "un-engineer" the denser feel in other ways.

Same goes for any other material added/used to change flight characteristics or feel. A simple forging will most likely feel the most "pure" and give the most feedback. I sacrifice some of that "feel" for some forgiveness. But I still prefer a forging, or forged materials.

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Broken record, but you have to hit them all and see for yourself. This is a common question, and a good one for opinions if that your ultimate goal, but at the end of the days it turns into a Ford vs Chevy conversation if you will.

 

All that crap above said- Miura hands down. If you're a ball striker you'll find that nothing feels as good. 

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I'm also a lefty.  I've never hit Miura's.  I've played 2 sets of PXG, Mizuno, Callaway, Titleist and Taylormade but my choice for softness is Srixon without a doubt.  They are very forgiving with a fantastic feel.  Try them, you will be surprised. Depending on your handicap I highly suggest the Z785 and the Z585.  The lofts are a little stronger than most so it's take getting used to them.  Or bend them weaker.  

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6 hours ago, bombs said:

921 Tour.

 

BUTTER.

Do they feel like stick butter or whipped butter in a tub?

Ping G410  10.5 Project X Evenflow 5.5
Ping Anser 20* Hybrid

Titleist 816H2 23* @ 24*
Srixon ZX5's  5-PW

Ping Glide 3.0  50*
Ping Glide
 54 & 58*ES

Bettinardi Queen B 6

 

 

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Softest for me are the Epon 302

Callaway Epic Flash Subzero Triple Diamond 10.5 down to 9.5 Diamana DF 60X

Callaway Epic Flash Subzero 15* Diamana BF 70X

Srixon Z-UTI 3 iron Aldila NV Green 105 Stiff

Epon AF302 4-PW Modus 105X

Titleist Vokey Cold Forged 54*

Titleist Vokey K Grind 58* low bounce

Bettinardi BB8 DASS RJB8158

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