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USKG (steel) irons to OEM Fitted - Expectations?


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11 Year old Son just hit 60", so according to several fitters I spoke to he is at a height that fitting for OEM is feasible.  He's getting to the end of the line on his USKG 57" steel irons & wedges...so its either the 60" set or OEM.   **Not seeking advice on IF this is the right move**, but please share personal experience when your kids made the jump.  No doubt there is a bit of an adjustment period (heck he had an adjustment period every time he jumped a level in USKG).   Thanks in advance! 

 

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35 minutes ago, hangontight said:

11 Year old Son just hit 60", so according to several fitters I spoke to he is at a height that fitting for OEM is feasible.  He's getting to the end of the line on his USKG 57" steel irons & wedges...so its either the 60" set or OEM.   **Not seeking advice on IF this is the right move**, but please share personal experience when your kids made the jump.  No doubt there is a bit of an adjustment period (heck he had an adjustment period every time he jumped a level in USKG).   Thanks in advance! 

 

My 10 yo daughter has broken through two TS3-60 shafts over the last four months--a 7i at the grip and 8i toward the club head.  Her driver SS sits in the low 70s, occasionally spiking to 74+.  To be fair, we bought these irons used and the girl who had them before her swung perhaps a little harder then (even harder now) when we acquired them in March, so maybe those graphite shafts can only take being swung at those speeds for so long?  I hope she has another 6 months in them before she needs to move on from these irons, because spending big for adult clubs, and having to cut them down and/or reshaft them does not excite me in the least. 

 

Perhaps not coincidentally, the girl who had my daughter's irons before her went to T-200 irons with notable success.  I have never swung these clubs, but I gave some with a senior flex shaft a waggle a few weeks back and I can see them as being a natural to transition to from the TS-3 in club shape, weight and certainly the better tech.  That price tag, though, is brutal.

 

I have no concerns about her being able to handle an adult shaft right now, as she has them in her everything but her irons.  When my son gets his TS3-57 irons/wedge set next month, I'm definitely interested in seeing how he handles the switch from graphite to steel.  He only swings in the high 60s.  I recently took him out of his Flynn Velocity irons because they are just too light--and now he's swinging a Cobra King Junior 7i and 9i that are a little too heavy for him (I don't recommend these clubs, but it's a stopgap that we had in the garage from two years ago).  The Prodi G PW, 52 and 56 he has are ideal IMO for him at this point in time, as is his Prodi G FW and hybrid.  I never bought the irons because I didn't find the right deal, but looking back I should have just bit the bullet.

 

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My son was 12 yo and 60" when we made the jump. 

We tried several shafts until we found one where he was consistently striping it.   

Proceeded to shoot his personal best with them the following week.  

 

Oh, and to give you an idea if your wallet is ready, picture this.

My son will be 14 at the end of the month.  We just took delivery of his 4th adult set few week ago.

 

Growth spurt is truly a scary thing...

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When my son was  late 11 early 12  we moved to Callaway Apex and Recoil 460s.   6-9 months into that we got stiffer (i believe regular), slightly longer shafts but kept the same irons head.

Last year, we kept the same shaft but weakened the Apex loft by 1-1.5 degree on each club to get more spin and launch higher but not give him a ton of distance. 

He just got fit from T100 in KB Steel 105 gram shaft S flex. Will cost a bomb.

FWIW.  We made the jump and i do not think it changed his scores or ability to play.  As his swing has improved he has become a lot more demanding of his irons.  hence the weaker lofts on the Apex and now moving to T100.. 

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50 minutes ago, kekoa said:

FWIW, my son plays recoil 460's in TM p7Mc's.  Amazing combo for him thus far.  I think I have extended the shafts just once so far so next step will just be replacing shafts as he gets taller.

We have Recoil 660 SCs in Sub70 699/699 Pro and it has been, so far, a great combo. 

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16 hours ago, kekoa said:

FWIW, my son plays recoil 460's in TM p7Mc's.  Amazing combo for him thus far.  I think I have extended the shafts just once so far so next step will just be replacing shafts as he gets taller.

Thanks, @kekoa.    I've seen a lot of recoil 460's in his peers...A- flex(F2) shows 63g weight....any thoughts on how that weight "Feels" compared to USKG TS steel ?(no shaft weight spec available for USKG - double top secret, I guess)  You may not know, I recall your boy being out of USKG for years now.   

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