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Believe it or not I’m wanting to find a set of irons to keep in the bag for a while. Ive come to the conclusion that with the right shaft basically any most head can work for me. I’m a decent ball striker who just doesn’t have time to play a lot. Really the only part of the head design i cant work around is a lot of offset. Ive had the 919T in my bag for a few months and they are good but the short irons just look funky to me. Ive also hit irons that feel better although I’m sure that’s more to do with the shaft. Ive got X100 TI in them so they are consistent but by no means “smooth”. Really the only reason to try something else is the look of the short irons. Would you swap just for that?

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I want an iron that lets me play golf and not worry about my swing. Something that I can address easily with minimal thought so that I can focus on the target.

Turf interaction and consistency in distance control .  

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Forgiveness, with at least a 10 yard gap between clubs. 

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Looks (with a thin topline and sole), feel, and durability.

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Also like a thinner top line and sole, though honestly at address I block everything out and just hit the club. My confidence comes looking at it/pulling it out of the bag. Less offset is nice but I have played irons with a greater amount. I don’t like chrome finish very much, chrome anything is just such an outdated ugly look. 

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i'm only an average golfer but I play small blades with extra weight in the bottom because they have a little offset plus I like the looks of a smaller head. I tried some one length pinhawks because they looked kind of small with little offset(3 mm) but they were still too big I hit them all over the face which affected my swing. Anything that I can use that forces me to control my swing helps my overall ball striking.

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An appealing look at address, forgiveness and feel.

 

Kind of a hard combo to find at times.

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In order to put a set in the bag I look for:

 

This top line

Little Offset

Weight at the bottom of the club to stop me turning it over

Solid feel

Playable sweet spot

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It’s interesting to me that although a lot of you have mentioned looks no one mentions head shape. I cant think of a set i have had where every club looked right to me. Usually its like my current bag and the heel gets to tall and round in the short clubs. This bugs me much more than i thicker top line.

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* Leading Edge

* Crotch

* Topline Thickness

* Trailing Edge

* Blade Length

 

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It’s interesting to me that although a lot of you have mentioned looks no one mentions head shape. I cant think of a set i have had where every club looked right to me. Usually its like my current bag and the heel gets to tall and round in the short clubs. This bugs me much more than i thicker top line.

 

That's an interesting observation. I am very picky about how my clubs look too, I don't like them too long nor more than 3 mm offset nor abrupt hosels nor the wedges too round. The current set I have now is cheap but honestly its probably the first set of irons that the whole set looks appealing in about 25 years of playing golf. 

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1.  Look behind the ball.  I demand relatively compact size, relatively little off-set and a relatively thin top line.   Others need not apply

 

2.  Turf interaction.  In and out smoothly.  Killed leading edge and significant camber ti the sole. 

 

3. As much forgiveness as I can get with criteria 1 and 2. 

 

4.  For me that adds up to T-100s bent weak one degree from 4 iron to nine iron and a Vokey pitching wedge.

 

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In order of highest priority to least (but still required):

 

Proper distance/gapping (partly due to shafts)

Proper spin (partly due to shafts)

Proper turf interaction/sole grind

Great feel

Great looks 

Acceptable forgiveness

 

As for my current gamers (P760's), they are perfect on gapping/spin, have the best turf interaction I've ever played, have the best feel I've ever played, are forgiving (for me) and I've warmed up to the looks (wasn't a huge fan when they were first released).

 

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They've got to look good. I grew up with blades but a small cavity or hollow head might be ok. They have to feel good like they are forged metal or well damped cast steel. A thin top line and minimal offset. A straight edge and not too much bounce. Since I'm in the rough a bit they have got to be sharp at the leading edge to cut through the grass. Big Bertha's were ok on a tee or a mat or sitting up on Bermuda Grass but useless off tight lies or rough. Avoid clunky clumsy heads. I have tons of irons but fancy the new Mizuno blades.

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