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The title says it all. Does anyone has the same issue?

 

A little bit of background story: so i’ve been gaming old Mizuno MP58 with NS 950GH stiff flex and i love it. I can even hit the 3 iron easily off the deck. I usually have 5 woods in my bag but i’m not very consistent with it. More than 50% i cant hit it nice on fairway on long par 5. Then i thought i was gonna give utility 18 degree a try. I live in indonesia where most of the golf stores dont have a place to try, so i just pulled the trigger and bought online a Srixon ZX utility 18* S flex. Once i hit it on the range i couldnt hit it well, always went slice and i dont think the distance is significantly farther than my 3 iron. I thought utility iron should be easier to hit..

 

oh i’m new here but not in golf. I’m a 8 handicapper.

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Obvious things to compare between the 3i and utility.   - Are they the same length? - Are they the same total weight? - Is the lie of the utility more upright or flat than the 3i.

Utility is not easier to hit automatically. Some are still very unforgiving especially off the deck and not using a tee. Due to the club design but also your swing possibly (higher club CG).  

I think the main thing is your mp58 3 iron is 21 degrees of loft and 38.75" compared to 18 degrees of loft and 40" of the srixon zx utility.

Obvious things to compare between the 3i and utility.

 

- Are they the same length?

- Are they the same total weight?

- Is the lie of the utility more upright or flat than the 3i.

 

After those three it may just be that the shaft in the utility isn't right for you.

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Utility is not easier to hit automatically. Some are still very unforgiving especially off the deck and not using a tee. Due to the club design but also your swing possibly (higher club CG).

 

If you hit a 3i well, stick with it, or try using a CB 3i from a set like the Mizuno HMB or the P790 if you like that look and hit them well but need a little more forgiveness.

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The ZX Utility 2 is 40.5" long.  One of the reasons I opted for the 39" ZX4 4 (21°) iron instead of the too long looking 40" ZX U3 (20°).  The Srixon irons are measuring a .5" over spec.

 

Both stock shafts, the 950GH Neo and the Recoil are much stiffer than the 950GH.  The 950GH Neo R that I mistaken received is noticeably stiffer than the 950GH S in my U45.

 

Maybe 18° is just too strong for your SS.  Collapsing gaps between irons is one sure sign.  I'd trade the ZX U2 back in for a ZX U3 with a Neo R or a Recoil F3.  It will still be miles longer than your 3 iron.

 

 

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Thanks for the replies. one thing i noticed right away was how much longer the zx utility is compared with my 3i. I thought that was how utility iron worked; a forgiving head with longer shaft (never tried one before). Then i decided to have it reshafted with a slightly lighter than my 3i steel shaft and make the length to 39.5”. Now i can hit it way more consistent with this new shaft. It perfectly fills the gap between my 3i and 3w now.

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5 minutes ago, wsagolfer said:

I thought that was how utility iron worked; a forgiving head with longer shaft (never tried one before).

 

Some golf marketers cite demographics: club shafts have gotten longer the past 20 years in part because people are getting taller.

 

Clarification: Some people are getting taller than in past generations. But, some of us aren't... so, a 45.5" driver shaft or extra long U-iron shaft may be too hard to control.

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Many people find wider soled irons like that harder to hit.  I’m guessing you swing pretty shallow ?  

 

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