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A buddy of mine is getting into the game and he wants to get a set of clubs.  He was looking at complete starter sets and I told him to not waste his money.  I told him we could build a set.  My question what iron set from the past would be good to get for $200.  I have always played blades, cb’s, or players clubs, so I am not up on the good game improvement clubs.  I was thinking about getting him a set of pings, but I don’t know which ones are better than others.  Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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Taylormade Stealth Plus// HZRDUS RDS Black 
Callaway X2Hot 5 Deep // Aldila Tour Green

Taylormade Stealth 7 Wood // Diamana D Limited

Taylormade P790 UDI // Tensei Pro White
Cobra F7 Hybrid 23.5// Diamana D+
Mizuno JPX 900 Forged 5-GW // Project X
Taylormade Mill Grind 52 // DG S400
Taylormade Mill Grind 58 // DG S400
Odyssey White Hot OG 7

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Ping eye 2

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TaylorMade Sim Max 9* @ 7* Aldila Quaranta Reg
Ping G425 3wd @ +1 Flat setting Grafalloy Pro Lite HL Reg 
Ping G425 7wd @ -1 Flat setting Ping Alta CB Reg
Ping G425 22 hybrid @ Flat setting Mitsubishi Tensei Orange Raw reg
PXG Gen 3 0311XP 5-PW Mitsubishi MMT 80 Reg

Cleveland CBX Zipcore 50*, 56*, 60* DG Spinner Stiff stepped soft
Evnroll ER7  33” Rosemark grip

 

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Just now, hammergolf said:

Ping eye 2

Black dot ... ZZ-Lite shaft, ideally.

 

Everything else is fighting for second place.

 

Still have mine in the basement. Not going anywhere, either.

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Driver: Adams Speedline F11, 9.5*

FW: TaylorMade Cleek, 19*
5I-GW: Titleist 718 AP1, 24*-48*
SW: Ping Glide 2.0 ES, 56*

LW: TaylorMade Tour Preferred ATV, 60*
Putter: Flanigan Designed By 35"
Ball: Maxfli Tour
Bag: Ping Mascot

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find an old set of bridgestone j33 or j36 irons, the pocket cavities are really good. And have a longer blade length.

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Mizuno Stz-220 9.5° PX Hzrdus Smoke Blue Rdx 60 6.0 

Callaway Diablo Edge Tour 15° Diamana Kai'li 80 x5ct s-flex

Callaway Diablo Edge Tour 18° Diamana S 83 x5ct x-flex

Taylormade TP Udi 18° Kbs C-taper lite s-flex

Bridgestone Tour-B X-CB 4-PW Project X LZ 6.0

Cobra MIM 50°, 56° V grind KBS Hi-REV 2.0 125 s-flex

Toulon Chicago Stroke Lab

Maxfli Tour X

Titleist Players 5 Stand Bag

Bagboy Nitron 

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Ping Eye 2s, 845s, X-14s or 90s Bertha Irons.

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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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Another vote for the Eye 2 or Eye 2+.  Both of my boys learned the game on used sets.  I still play mine that I bought new in the 80's.  Indestructible, easy to hit, and readily available.  

 

Use the Ping color chart as a base guideline if your buddy is larger or smaller than normal size.  But as @tatertot said, black dot, ZZ Lite shafts will be fine for most.

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Added benefit of Eye2 over many old sets, including the Eye2+, the Eye2 are conforming.  Except in pro competitions, that is.

 

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The Ever Changing Bag!  A lot of mixing and matching
Driver: TM 300 Mini 11.5*, NV75 X or HZRDUS 75 6.5, 43.5" 

3w: King LTD, Aldila RIP Beta 90 X -or- TM Stage 2 Tour, NV105 X
Hybrid:  TaylorMade Stage 2 Tour 2h, NV105 S -or- TEE CBX 17*, HZRDUS 85 6.0

2 iron:  Mizuno MP-20 HMB, Steelfiber i95 S, 39.5"

Irons grab bag:  3-PW Mizuno MP37, Recoil Proto 125 F4; 1-PW Golden Ram TW276, NV105 S; 1-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" -or- Rife Bimini, 34"
Balls: Chrome Soft custom TruVis, Bridgestone Tour B-RXS, OnCore Elixr

Grips are various GripMaster leather options

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Any of the Pings mentioned are a solid option. If you want something more modern I would look for a set of Adams irons. Their prices have remained relatively low compared to the other brands and the tech and quality is solid especially for a first set. If you look for something like the Adams A7 or A7OS the set also includes hybrids. For me these are the best modernish clubs for the money. 

PING G425 SFT DRIVER w/ACCRA TZX 255

CALLAWAY BERTHA MINI 1.5 w/ACCRA FX 2.0 

CALLAWAY EPIC FLASH HEAVENWOOD w/ACCRA FX 2.0 

ADAMS SPEEDLINE LP 9W w/ACCRA FX 2.0 

PING G425 5H w/ACCRA FX 2.0 

PING i210 6-UW w/TRUE TEMPER XP95

PING GLIDE 3.0 SS 54* w/Z-Z115

PING GLIDE 3.0 TS 60* w/Z-Z115

ODYSSEY TRI-HOT 5K THREE TOUR ISSUE

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38 minutes ago, Nelson.br.1515 said:

Any of the Pings mentioned are a solid option. If you want something more modern I would look for a set of Adams irons. Their prices have remained relatively low compared to the other brands and the tech and quality is solid especially for a first set. If you look for something like the Adams A7 or A7OS the set also includes hybrids. For me these are the best modernish clubs for the money. 


I’ve done what the OP is doing. The Adams lineup of irons are really fabulous clubs for very little money. The Adams Idea Pro Forged is a larger CB with tungsten weighting and a triple radius sole that feels fantastic and is as forgiving as any iron. Also has a nice top line and the shape is great.
 

I’ve in the past given a set of these as a gift to a player just starting out and I think the entire set was $150. Pretty incredible for the quality of that design. The MPF numbers on it place it as game improvement. High MOI, low and deep CG. 
 

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I actually like the Cleveland ta-5 or ta-7 for this request. Picked up a set for my brother in really nice shape for about $100 bucks recently. 

G400 Max 9* Ping tour 65r   

G410 17.5* Atmos Blue 7r

G25 23* oban devotion

G400 5-U AWT 2.0

Tour-W 56* AWT

Eye 2 XG 60* S300

Karsten Craz-e

Black Hoofer C-1 

K Sig

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I would say Ping Eye 2's.  The suggestion of the Maltby Pak's from Golfworks are good too as they have quality components.  The only issue is if your buddy only plays a couple of times and doesn't think golf is something he will stick with, the resale on the Maltby's would be considerably less than the Ping Eye 2's.  With the Pings he'd pretty much be able to sell for around the same price he bought them.

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Older Ping G series, Callaway Big Berthas, X12,14,HAWKEYES. Something along those lines from either brand or Eye 2s. Check out a local Play It Again sports store or local marketplace for deals. One could also go to a online site such as 2nd Swing or Global Golf and put together a 7-9 club set. Use the search function and look up “Minimalist Bag”. You’ll get some ideas. 

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Take an afternoon and visit pawn shops and thrift stores. Lots of good suggestions here, but I've found lots of good sets for about $3-5 per club at thrift, or $100-150 per set at pawn shops.

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WITB: Taylormade M6 ~ Ping Anser 4w ~ Ping G30 3h ~ Cobra King Forged One 4-P ~ Cobra King 50-V, Titleist SM7 54 & 58 ~ Cleveland HB 8

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An excellent set would be the Callaway X20 irons, circa 2008. Lots of sets available, although many cost in the $250-300 range.

 

TM Burners will work for a beginner, although halfway decent set of 5-PW will start at $300 for steel shaft, and $400 for graphite.

 

Ping G30 irons (2014) run around $300 and above, and follow-on Ping G irons (2016) start at $400 and up.

 

Again, these are online prices. You might be able to find a better deal at a second-hand sports store, or a private purchase.

 

Due to COVID-supply chain disruptions, used golf clubs have really jumped in price the past two years. Same for used cars. (I guess we should be thankful that golf club heads don't have computer chips inside.)

 

I was really surprised at how much the X20 and Burner sets cost - 15 years old.

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New OEM tactic: Some manufacturers are unloading prior-cycle iron sets through Second Swing and Play It Again Sports. That way, their own sites and the golf shops keep up the appearance of scarcity.

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What's In The Bag (Summary as of October 2021, post-MAX changeover)

 

Driver:  Tour Edge EXS 10.5°, set 9.5°; weights neutral   ||  FWs:  Calla Rogue 4W + 7W

Hybrid:  Calla Big Bertha OS 4H at 22°  ||  Irons:  Calla Mavrik MAX 5i-PW

Wedges*:  Calla MD3: 48°... MD4: 54°, 58° ||  PutterΨSlotline Inertial SL-583F w/ SuperStroke 2.MidSlim + 50 gr.

Ball: 1. Srixon Q-Star Tour / 2. Calla SuperHot (Orange preferred)  ||  Bag: Sun Mountain Three 5 stand bag

     * MD4 54°/10 S-Grind replaced MD3 54°/12 W-Grind.

     Ψ  Backup: Ping Sigma G Tyne (face-balanced) + Evnroll Gravity Grip

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Another vote for Ping Eye 2+.

 

Or Ping G10 or G20 if the price is right.

 

Be mindful of the dots.

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Ping G400 Max driver w Fujikura Vista Pro 55 

TaylorMade Sim2 Max-D 5W w Diamana s60 Limited

Cobra F8 One Length 3H and 4H

Cobra F7 One Length 5-GW

Cleveland CG15 55* & 60* 

Bridgestone TD-01 putter

Jumbomax JMX Ultralite XL grips

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Have a set of Adams a2os, lw-3h I am planning to list when I get back From vacation in a couple weeks. $250 for 10 clubs. Just add a putter and a driver. Fairway if he wants. Pm me if interested 

Cobra F6 @10*

TaylorMade M4 3W @15*

Adams Tight Lies 7W @22*

Callaway UT @24*

Miura CB-501, 5-pw

Vokey 8620 Raw, 52 & 58*

Mizuno/ Bettinardi BC-2

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Ping Eye 2’s are obsolete for modern irons imho. I would suggest trying to find a set of TM Rocketbladez or Speedblades at your target price. Anything in the Ping G line beginning with the G20 or the Titleist AP1 of any year. Wilson’s as mentioned above can be had for a little less and are good quality clubs too. Good luck.

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I've heard good things about the Speedblades and of course the Ping G irons

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Ping G400 w/Ping Alta S
Ping G410 5 Wood set to 16* w/Ping Alta S

Ping G410 5-W, Steelfiber i95R  

Ping Glide 3.0 SS 50* & 54* w/Steelfiber i95R
Ping Glide 3.0 TS 58* w/AWT 2.0 S
Odyssey O-Works 330M Black 

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