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Titleist DCI 981 Irons vs Modern Irons:

Mid‐capper here (~13).  I was screwing around at the range with my brother and hit a few of his old Titleist DCI 981 irons....and wow! I felt these irons were super easy to hit, went dead straight and had a nice piercing flight. I actually thought they felt better than modern GI clubs, like the Ping G425, Callaway Rogues or even the modern Titleist options. They were so easy to hit, yet not ridiculously sized or too offset.

 

It has me wondering...which, if any, modern irons share similarities. They just felt so great that I thought I'd explore further. I might be willing to purchase something similar, or even seek out a used set of these....thats how much I liked hitting them!

 

Whats up with that? Anyone have ideas why I would see and feel such a difference?

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Get yourself a set with the same shafts.  That's the best way to replicate them.  Forget about the year that they were released.  It's a chunk of metal at the end of a shaft, that has certain mass and

I looked up the Maltby (Golfworks) measurements on these.  Sure enough....a low Actual Vertical COG (.721").  A key detail that makes an iron really good for a lot of players

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I hit DC! Gold irons back when I played regularly in the early 90's. I loved them and they performed well for me - including a 1 iron I used regularly off the tee (I never knew exactly where my driver was headed). I'm finding that a mid capper with a good swing can often hit "players" irons without too much difficulty. Turns out that cavity back/perimeter weighting is a thing that works. How far you have to go with that is up for discussion...

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The 981s were the sh*t.  I thought I was a 962 player once, but the 981s in play were confidence-builders and way better for my game.  That's probably the only Titleist iron I'd own again...

Driver PING G400 Max // K15 (10.5*)

Fairway Wood Callaway Steelhead XR // GBB Hawk Eye (18*)

Irons PING G400 (5-7)/i200 (8-UW) // ISI-S (4-SW) // Eye2 (4-SW)

Wedges PING Glide 2.0 Stealth ES (56*,60*) // Eye2 XG (60*)

Putter PING Karsten 1959 Anser X // Anser X (35")

Bag Datrek DG Lite II // Superlite (Stand // Cart)

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The 981s are very solid clubs since the don't have any speed slots, hollow heads, tungsten weighting and other gimmicks that replicate a solid feel.  It is all solid stainless steel that gives you a truer feel.

 

They are also very tour proven.  I believe Karrie Webb used them when she was at her prime in the late 90s'-early 2000s but I know for sure that Ben Curtis won the 2003 British Open with them.

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10.5 deg Titleist 905R with stock UST Proforce V2 Shaft (Stiff flex)
Titleist 990 (3-PW) with stock Dynamic Gold in S300
Taylormade V-Steel 5W & 3W with Grafalloy Prolaunch Red shafts (Regular Flex)
2011 Adams Tom Watson signature wedges in 52 and 56 degrees with stock steel shafts (Player's Grind)
Rife Island Series Aruba Blade Putter

 

"Loft for loft, length for length, and shaft for shaft, the ball will go the same distance when hit on the sweet spot regardless how old the iron."

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I had 981s when they came out way back when. They were great clubs then and I’m sure, with the proper shafts, they are solid today. They came in a traditional lofted head and a 981SL version with stronger lofts. Honestly, the 981s were a great tweener club for low-mid handicap players. No bells and whistles and no gimmicks. Kari Webb won a bunch of tourneys with them. 

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I recently bought a DCI LW and I too was surprised how good it feels. I have come to the conclusion that it feels lighter than my modern blades because the weight is centered closer to the hosel, in fact the hosel is significantly longer. For those with a dominant left hand takeaway like me there is a big difference as clubs with a lot of weight toward the toe will feel really heavy. I am making the switch to DCI irons for myself and my daughters.

 

Taylormade R7 - Big Bertha 2, 4, 7w - Titleist DCI 962 4i, LW 990B 5i-PW - 8802

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