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I’m a 6 hdcp and ball striking is my strength. My current set for the last 10 years is the TM Tour Preferred MC’s that I love and like just like Daniel Berger, I have struggled to kick them out of the bag.
 

I prefer a thin top line and compact look at address but still want technology to bail me out on the occasional miss so not really thinking blades. I also need the buttery smooth feeling of a forged head and I am definitely not a fan of the “click” feel from the player’s distance category. I don’t care about price so what should be on my list? So far I’ve been geeking out over TM 7MC, Titleist T100’s, Callaway Apex Pro or CB forged and Mizuno MP 20 MCC... Would love any additional feedback for best feel and forgiveness combination you have played with. 
 

Thanks for your feedback!

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PXG Gen 3 T's are worth looking into if you like soft feel, low offset, thin top line, and a little junk in the trunk.   

My 20 year old MP 33’s have a higher Maltby Playability Factor than MP 20 MMC’s.   Point is...well, IDK except there’s a lot of hype out there.

New Level PF-2 ->thin topline, small offset New Level 902 ->a little more of both, but just a great design Mizzy MP-20 MMC ->what the others said   Check out Maltby‘s offe

I’m a 5 and love the Apex Pros (2019). If i had to buy another set right now I’d look at the Srixon 785. They both offer a lot of what you want. 

TM SIM 10.5* | Diamana D Limited 60tx

TM SIM 15* | Diamana D Limited 70tx
TM M3 19* | Tensei PW 80tx
Apex Pro '19 | KBS $-Saper 125
Vokey SM8 50|55|60 - KBS $-taper 125
Toulon Palm Beach
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Very cool, didn’t know Berger or any other Tour guys still gamed the Tour Preferred! I just picked up a combo set of 2014 Tour Preferred MC/MB late in the Fall and unfortunately only used them a handful of times before the snow fell. Looking forward to giving them a full season in 2021 and if they’re a fit I’ll have no problem using them at least another year+ after that. If not, I’ll pick up some different irons at demo day sales or used next Winter and would probably target TM P770’s, Srixon ZX7’s, or Mizuno JPX 919’s from everything I’ve heard about them...

Callaway Mavrik (10.5*) / Tensei AV Blue 65

Callaway Mavrik (15*) / Rogue White 130 M.S.I. 70

Srixon Z H85 (19*) / Hzrdus Black 6.0 85

TaylorMade P790 (4), (5-PW Coming soon...)

Cleveland RTX Zipcore (50-54-58 Mid) / Dynamic Gold Spinner

TaylorMade SOTO Tour Preferred (36")

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I’d be testing Srixon ZX7, Wilson CB’s and either the t100’s or t100S from Titleist.

Worthy mention to the MMC’s and 921 Forged from Mizuno as well 

Driver = Taylormade SIM 8* Hzrdus green 6.0

1 iron = Titleist U510 Hzrdus smoke 6.0
3 iron = Titleist U500 Hzrdus smoke 6.0
Irons = Wilson Staff FG59,  4-PW
Wedges = Bettinardi HLX 3.0 52*

                   Taylormade 56* and 60* MG2

Putter =Ping ZB3

Ball = Mizuno RB Tour

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I second the Mizuno MMC; great feel and consistency. They do hold their distance and direction on moderate mishits. They aren't Callaway Apexes, but if your missing the center (quarter instead of dime-size wear) then these will keep your ball speed up. I also love the spin, even on low or partial shots; I didn't realize until playing these, how lower spinning irons hurt my game.

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Can't go wrong w MMC. From your wish list, they check all the boxes.

 

I'd stay away from the JPX line. I went that route once and struggled coming from MPs. To each their own, but if you want buttery feel, thin top line and some easy to hit player irons, the MMCs are hard to beat.

 

I haven't tried many of the others because once I hit the the MMCs I was sold.

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I'm still playing Cobra Forged Tours and love them.  I haven't hit the King Tours yet, but I'd imagine they feel quite similar.  Clean look, great feel, a bit of tech help from some tungsten and TPU.  Great irons.

Cobra Radspeed (10)

Cobra F8+ (14.5, 19)

Cobra Utility (23.5)

Cobra Forged Tour (5-PW)

Cobra Black (50, 54, 58)

PING Heppler Fetch

Snell MTB Black

 

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ZX7, T100 and Wilson CB seem to fit the bill perfectly.

Callaway Epic Flash SZ 9.0* (Tensei AV Blue) 

Callaway Mavrik 15* (Evenflow Riptide)

Callaway XForged UT 18* (AD DI)

Mizuno JPX 900 18* (Fujikura Speeder Evo II)

Titleist 818H2 22* (Evenflow)

Srixon ZX7 5-PW (Project X LZ)

Cleveland Zip Core Tour Rack 50,54,58 (DG Tour Issue Spinner)

Mizuno M Craft IV Blue Ion

Srixon ZStar XV

Grab bag: Kirkland KS1, Ping G5i Ally, Oworks #7, White Hot 2ball

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I’m still gaming Callaway X Forged from 2017-18, such a great feeling iron. I would definitely take a long look at Srixon ZX 7, Mizuno mp20 mmc are good as well. Apex pro will offer more forgiveness and built in tech, but they don’t feel as good as it sounds like you are looking for.

Callaway Epic Flash SZ 9* w/Fujikura Ventus Blue 6x

Callaway Epic Flash SZ 15* w/GD Tour AD TP 7x

Callaway Apex hybrid 18* w/GD Tour AD IZ 85x

Callaway X Forged UT 21* w/PX6.0

Callaway X Forged 5-PW w/PX6.0

Titleist SM8 50 F, 54 S, 58 S w/PX6.0

Toulon Austin w/Stability Tour shaft

Srixon Z Star XV 

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new x-forged cb


Ping G400 Max Fuji Ventus Red 6x

Ping G400 5w 16.5* Blueboard 73x 

Cally Apex '16 3h 20* KK Silver 80x

Cally Apex '16 4h 23* KK Silver 80x

Srixon ZX7 5i  AD DI di 95x 

Srixon ZX7 6 - PW Nippon Modus 3 Tour 120s
Vokey SM2 50*, SM2 TVD M 56* & 60*, SM2 64.07

Scotty GoLo 7
 

 

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On 1/21/2021 at 9:44 PM, bigskybirdie said:

I’m a 6 hdcp and ball striking is my strength. My current set for the last 10 years is the TM Tour Preferred MC’s that I love and like just like Daniel Berger, I have struggled to kick them out of the bag.
 

I prefer a thin top line and compact look at address but still want technology to bail me out on the occasional miss so not really thinking blades. I also need the buttery smooth feeling of a forged head and I am definitely not a fan of the “click” feel from the player’s distance category. I don’t care about price so what should be on my list? So far I’ve been geeking out over TM 7MC, Titleist T100’s, Callaway Apex Pro or CB forged and Mizuno MP 20 MCC... Would love any additional feedback for best feel and forgiveness combination you have played with. 
 

Thanks for your feedback!

Hands down the Honma TR20 V  I have played the MMC and hit the T100s.  No contest in feel  and forgivness.

 

Good luck 

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oh man those TP MC's are my faovrite irons of all time!! had them for 7 years

 

Ive recently played Mizuno MP20 MMC, Srixon z785, Srixon Z Forged, and New Level 623. The z785's will be most forgiving IMO. MP20 MMC have the best feel and also very good forgiving

 

the Z Forged and NL 623 are the most "forgiving" and easiest to hit blade wise but not as forgiving as the z785 or MP20 MMC. I think it would be splitting hairs between any of them honestly. If you're a good ball striker with irons you shouldn't have a problem with any of them

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PXG Proto 0341 3w 15*.... Tensei AV Raw Orange 75tx 

PXG Proto 0317 17* hybrid.... VA Nemesys 90x 

New Level PF-1 Black 4-P ... KBS C-taper lite 115x black

Vokey SM8 50* F, 54* D, 58* M... KBS Tour V 125 wedge

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On 1/22/2021 at 11:35 AM, LukeDonaldsTiger said:

New Level PF-2 ->thin topline, small offset

New Level 902 ->a little more of both, but just a great design

Mizzy MP-20 MMC ->what the others said

 

Check out Maltby‘s offerings, too. Underrated and affordable. 

Maltby DBM in the matte black are so sweet, can’t go wrong, built my self a set 4-GW and don’t know if I’d switch irons for a very long time. As a relatively newer player, this was my first real set I bought new. They’re a great offering for those looking for something forgiving while still getting a nice sleek look similar to a players iron. 

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