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Hey I'm looking into a set of new irons. I've been playing the Hogan Edge CFT's for the past 5 years. They are great clubs but I want to try something a little smaller with less offset and a buttery feel, while maintaining some forgiveness. I also want older/cheaper clubs. I'm looking to spend $300 or less. Right now I'm considering the Tourstage z101s, Tourstage 202s, Mizuno MP-60s (though a bit out of my price range), Macgregor MT Pro-Cs, Macgregor MTs, and Srixon i506s off the top of my head. For those of you that have hit these could you compare the feel and the forgiveness between them. Also, any other irons you think I would like that fit my criteria?

Oh, and I would also like some input on how these feel on off center hits. Feedback is fine, but ideally I'd like an iron that is butter soft on the sweet spot and still ok feeling on off center hits, not wrist rattling.

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Try a set of MacGregor M685 Forged irons (era 2007) but still available in shops. They can be gotten on Ebay new, or like new, frequently for well under $300 per set, sometimes a lot less. I bought one set and loved them so much I bought an identical set and had them matched loft, lie and length as a spare. You get great high ball flight and wonderful distance.

 

You hit them well and it is like hitting a big blob of soft butter with a nice sound. Hit them thin and they tell you, but are very forgiving. Maybe not as much as the Game Improvement oversize but they set up beautifully without looking retarded like so many of the giant oversize offset versions. And despite being forgiving are designed to be a "players" iron.

 

Maybe their only negative is, like any forged club, they are not super durable. They are not blades, but can work the ball. The other nice thing is they have slightly weaker lofts than many clubs so you are not hitting an 8 iron disguised as a Pitching Wedge. That said, like mentioned above, distance is outstanding, but with great high ball flight. You can hit them low if you try, but naturally you get a high, yet long trajectory. Just my two cents.

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Nickent 3dx pros, long, good feel, forgiving, well made......and can be had for cheap

 

I gotta agree with this suggestion. The 3dx pro can be bought new off the bay for under 300 I think. I Would also suggest The Taylor Made Rac Lt2. They were designed by the same guy actually . Finally the Wilson pi5 is a very solid iron that can be had rather cheap. You cant go wrong with any of these 3 sets of sticks.

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Nike Pro Combo OS.

 

They are a great forged iron with great feel. Very soft. While they are OS, they don't look it. They are very forgiving and easy to hit. The offset is less in the short irons, and obviously due to be a combo set. They can be had pretty cheap, even a set in very good shape. IMO, one of the best sets of Nike irons made. I've had a couple of sets and am still wondering why I am not playing them now.

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Good Morning,

You might want to try the Wilson Staff fi5's, thet cann be had new in your price range. They are a progressive set and are dimonds in the rough..... they dont get a lot of love around here but you get the best of both worlds. Perimiter weighted 3 & 4 irons to cavity 5, 6, & 7 irons and then blade 8,9 & wedge. They are very forgiving and you get such great feedback on every shot, I love mine.

 

Google them and you will see a wide range in prices, but if you do your leg work you will find them in and around the 3 bill mark.

 

Good hunting and good luck in your search.

 

Cheers from up here turbs!

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An obvious one for a Hogan fan that I forgot is the Apex FTX. Really pretty clubs. Not as forgiving as some of the other stuff that's been mentioned, but definitely smaller with less offset and a buttery feel. They seem to be in the $100-$250 price range on ebay, depending on condition. Also, if you get a set of them you could keep your CFT long irons, then switch over to the FTXs around five or six iron. That would be a pretty nice set.

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I have hit or owned a number of irons suggested by posters ie srixon 302,hogan pros,mac 1025s,and more . No question all are very good sticks and to say one is better is total individual preference. You will never get a consensus. FWIW I think the Mac Pro -Cs ,Ms,CMs have to be one of the best deals I have seen in 30+ years of playing and buying lots of stuff. I have a set of Cs that are 2nd string ,at least when season starts then who knows, to AP2s and the Cs are beautifull,great feel and playability,forgiving for THAT style of club, and CHEAP. If you want more forgiving try the Mac MTs. I haven't hit those but I read they are very forgiving while maintaining a somewhat player profile and are CHEAPER than thr Pro Forged.

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