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You'll get a lot of answers and it comes down to what look/feel you prefer. I'd go with Callaway Apex cf19 personally. They check all the boxes.

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Callaway Epic Max LS Tensei 1K
Tour Edge EXS Pro 3W RDX Black
Cobra Radspeed 5W RDX Blue
Callaway Apex cf19 4-PW PX IO
Titleist SM8 Blue 50f, 54d, 58s
Toulon Garage Atlanta

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https://www.callawaygolfpreowned.com/single-irons/by-player-type/game-improvement/irons-2019-apex.html?cgid=game-improvement-single-irons

Buy a used 7I on CPO, try it, and return it if it isn't for you for a store credit good for a year.  Keep trying clubs until you find the one you like.

CPO sells return UPS shipping labels for $5.  I returned a club via the nearby CVS and was only out the restocking fee as I had $5 in awards cash.

Calling CPO for a RMA # was quick and hassle free.

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Those 825 Pro of yours have a decent MOI, they're already in the i200 class.  And (sorry) higher than the Srixon 5 series. 

 

The JPX921 Forged is another tick up the scale.

 

Adding a visual aid.  MOI from GolfWorks, converted to gm-cm² (same scale we usually see used for drivers)

 

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Adding i200, since I mentioned them

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The Ever Changing Bag!  A lot of mixing and matching
Driver: Original One 11.5* (tuned down), NV75 X -or- SpeedZone 10.5*, Aldila ProtoPype 80S, <44" TBD

3w: King LTD, Aldila RIP Beta 90 X -or- TM Stage 2 Tour, Aldila NV105 X
Hybrid:  TaylorMade Stage 2 Tour 2h or 3h, NV105 S -or- RIP Alpha 105 S

Irons grab bag:  3-PW Mizuno MP37, Recoil Proto 125 F4; 3-PW Golden Ram TW276, NV105 S; 2-PW Golden Ram TW282, RIP Tour 115 R
Wedges:  Dynacraft Dual Millled 52*, SteelFiber i125 S -or- Scratch 8620 DD 53*, SteelFiber i125 S; PM Grind 19 58* -or- Wilson Staff PMP 58*, Dynamic S
Putter:  Snake Eyes Viper Tour Sv1, 34" -or- Cleveland Huntington Beach #1, 34.5" -or- Golden Ram TW Custom, 34"
Balls: Wilson Staff Duo Professional, TaylorMade TP5, Chrome Soft custom TruVis

GripMaster Roo or Kidd leather grips

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5 minutes ago, forrester_fire said:

 

I can't like this post enough.  I take exception to these manufacturers that stamp "Forged" on an iron where only a part of the clubhead is forged.  If it isn't a one-piece forging, it isn't "forged" as far as I'm concerned.

 

And once you put goo in there, are you even feeling the steel at that point? I could be wrong, my goo filled clubs aren't here yet.

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Taylormade M6 D Type driver Mitsubishi Kuro Kage TiNi 70G shaft (cut to 44.5")

Honma XP-1 3 and 5 wood 

Taylormade GAPR Lo 19* Hybrid 

Byrdie Golf Designs split cavity 4-PW

Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 80g iron shafts

Haywood 52/10 and 56/12 wedges

Nike Blue Chip 002 putter

Golf Pride Concept Helix grips

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I'll throw another vote in for PXGs. I can also vouch for the 790s (I've only hit the first gen of those though) and the Apex line (obviously not talking about the blades, but the bigger ones). 

Driver:  (9) Taylormade SIM Graphite Design YS-6 X (Tipped 1.5", playing @45")

3-Wood: (13) Taylormade V-Steel T/S Graphite Design YS-6 S

5-Wood: (18) Taylormade V-Steel 5 Graphite Design YS-8.1 TX

Hybrid: (21) Callaway RAZR Tour 3 True Temper Dynamic Gold X100

Irons: (5-P) PXG 0311P Gen 2 Nippon Modus3 125 X

Gap: ???

Sand: (54-12 Full) Cleveland RTX Zip Core Nippon Modus3 130 S

Lob: (58-12 D) Vokey SM8 True Temper Dynamic Gold Wedge
Putter: Odyssey 2-Ball Ten Broomstick 45"

Ball: ProV1, Snell MTB Black, et al 

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11 hours ago, Hawaiigolf4ever said:

PXG is having a ridiculous sale and the 311 XP’s get unbelievably high praises from most. I personally ordered the 311 P’s (Gen 4) for myself, but that was only due to Callaway, Ping, and Mizuno all claiming they need months for supply delays for my shaft selection which was Nippon Modus and then Mitsubishi MMT as my second choice. I’m spending less for PXG (including shaft upgrade) than for Callaway Apex Pros or Ping i59s with steel shaft pricing. 

 

So how did those 311 XPs feel when you demo'd them ?

 

Callaway Epic Flash SZ Tour AD TP

Ping G425 14.5 Fairway Tour AD TP

Adams Idea Pro 20* Aldila Stiff

Ping G20, 5-PW, DGS300 Yellow Dot

Ping Glide Forged, 48, 52, 60, DGS300

Cally PM Grind 56 KBS Tour 115

Odyssey OG 7 (Today)

Titleist ProV1x

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On 11/24/2021 at 5:14 AM, NRJyzr said:

Those 825 Pro of yours have a decent MOI, they're already in the i200 class.  And (sorry) higher than the Srixon 5 series. 

 

The JPX921 Forged is another tick up the scale.

 

Adding a visual aid.  MOI from GolfWorks, converted to gm-cm² (same scale we usually see used for drivers)

 

image.png.63b71ed710fba13210dccbd2a129bdf1.png

 

Adding i200, since I mentioned them

image.png.fb78fb7ce20bcb2bbe03462fb28996f0.png

 

Are you personally tracking iron MOI on a spreadsheet? Can you send it to me or possibly make it public on a Google sheet? 

G400 8.5* Ventus Blue 6x
G400 14.5* Ventus Blue 7x
Apex Pro 18* Kuro Kage 80x
MP-20 HMB (4) MP-54 (5) MP-4 (6-P) s300
RTX4 50 mid / 54 mid / 60 low s400

MXM #7 Tour SNSR Contour Pro Firm 

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Coming from a PXG 0311 XP Gen 4 user? PXG 0311 XPs though Apex DCBs are okay just not PXGs.

Livin' proof that Lefties are not naturally talented.

Driver PXG 0811 X G4 10.5 set to 9.5
3 Wood Adam’s Tight Lie 16 degrees
3-5 Hybrids Epic Flash 17 20 23 degrees 
6-GW PXG 0311 XP G4
52 Degree PXG 0311 wedge 
56 degree PXG 0311 wedge 

Sacks Parenti 39 Putting Instrument 
 

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3 hours ago, DaRiz said:

Are you personally tracking iron MOI on a spreadsheet? Can you send it to me or possibly make it public on a Google sheet? 

 

I could send it to you, but its nothing special, it's only the data already existing in MPF.  The only thing I've actually done is adding a column to calculate the MOI in gm-cm².  Which anybody can also do by multiplying the MOI listed in MPF by 182.9.  <shrug>

 

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The Ever Changing Bag!  A lot of mixing and matching
Driver: Original One 11.5* (tuned down), NV75 X -or- SpeedZone 10.5*, Aldila ProtoPype 80S, <44" TBD

3w: King LTD, Aldila RIP Beta 90 X -or- TM Stage 2 Tour, Aldila NV105 X
Hybrid:  TaylorMade Stage 2 Tour 2h or 3h, NV105 S -or- RIP Alpha 105 S

Irons grab bag:  3-PW Mizuno MP37, Recoil Proto 125 F4; 3-PW Golden Ram TW276, NV105 S; 2-PW Golden Ram TW282, RIP Tour 115 R
Wedges:  Dynacraft Dual Millled 52*, SteelFiber i125 S -or- Scratch 8620 DD 53*, SteelFiber i125 S; PM Grind 19 58* -or- Wilson Staff PMP 58*, Dynamic S
Putter:  Snake Eyes Viper Tour Sv1, 34" -or- Cleveland Huntington Beach #1, 34.5" -or- Golden Ram TW Custom, 34"
Balls: Wilson Staff Duo Professional, TaylorMade TP5, Chrome Soft custom TruVis

GripMaster Roo or Kidd leather grips

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4 hours ago, Valtiel said:

 


Agreed with the above, exactly what I came here to suggest (JPX Forged 921). The JPX 825 Pro is already pretty forgiving so pretty much any other forged GI iron is going to be a lateral move. The Forged 921 is a tick higher MOI as mentioned, but nothing that will rock your world. The ZX5 also as mentioned would be a step down in terms of overall forgiveness. 
 


I get that from a purist perspective, but there are still several tangible benefits to a forged body club that IMO negate the "impure" nature of the forged marketing claim. It will still feel softer than a cast body, and the ease of bending is very nice. 

 

I agree that it's easier to make adjustments to a forged-body club, but I would wager than the overwhelming majority of golfers never have their loft or lie angles checked, let alone adjusted.

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2 hours ago, forrester_fire said:

 

I agree that it's easier to make adjustments to a forged-body club, but I would wager than the overwhelming majority of golfers never have their loft or lie angles checked, let alone adjusted.

 

I have had 3 clubs bent 1* weak to match my combo set. That's the only time I've ever even had a club checked. 🤣

Taylormade M6 D Type driver Mitsubishi Kuro Kage TiNi 70G shaft (cut to 44.5")

Honma XP-1 3 and 5 wood 

Taylormade GAPR Lo 19* Hybrid 

Byrdie Golf Designs split cavity 4-PW

Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 80g iron shafts

Haywood 52/10 and 56/12 wedges

Nike Blue Chip 002 putter

Golf Pride Concept Helix grips

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8 hours ago, Valtiel said:

I get that from a purist perspective, but there are still several tangible benefits to a forged body club that IMO negate the "impure" nature of the forged marketing claim. It will still feel softer than a cast body, and the ease of bending is very nice. 

Except this isn't true. certainly not for everything. 

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Titleist TSi2 9* AV Raw Blue 65TX

Titleist TS2 16.5* AV Raw Blue 75TX

Titleist TS3 19* AV Raw Blue 75X

Edel 4-PW Nippon SPB X SSx1

Edel 50/54/58 DG TI S400

SC PP Mid-Slant

 

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3 hours ago, Kyfra said:

Bridgestone JGR Hybrids are as forgiving as it gets in this category 

 

By any chance, did you read the title of this thread ? 🙃

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Callaway Epic Flash SZ Tour AD TP

Ping G425 14.5 Fairway Tour AD TP

Adams Idea Pro 20* Aldila Stiff

Ping G20, 5-PW, DGS300 Yellow Dot

Ping Glide Forged, 48, 52, 60, DGS300

Cally PM Grind 56 KBS Tour 115

Odyssey OG 7 (Today)

Titleist ProV1x

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6 hours ago, Twists said:

How about the Miura PP9003?

 

These get my vote if the discussion is limited to one piece forged irons.

Ping G400 Max driver w/Aldila Rogue 125 Silver 60S
Cobra (Lexi blue) F7 4 wood w/Aldila Rogue Black 70S
Cobra (Lexi blue) F7 Hybrid w/Aldila Kuro Kage 80S
Mizuno JPX 929 Hot Metal w/Nippon 950S
Ping Glide 55/60 wedges w/Recoil 110S
Ping Anser - the "real deal!"

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