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First of all I really enjoy this site, very informative. Although I don't post often, I visit the site daily and have learned a great deal. Now, I was hoping to get some opinions on an issue I'm having with some new irons. This season I purchased a set of Cleveland CG4's. Fit to stiff shaft (action lite steel), standard length and loft, and bent up 2 degrees. I've played a few rounds and I'm having a hard time getting use to them. Compared to my old irons, (Titleist DCI 990 all standard specs), the Clevelands's are much lighter, have a thicker top line, and obviously have a much larger head. I purchased the Cleveland's because I wanted game improvement irons, (generally I shoot in the mid to high 90's), and when I demo'd them they felt great. So far this season my scores haven't improved with the new irons and I'm wondering how much time should I give them/or me to get use to them? Thanks for any feedback.

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Make sure you really need 2 degrees upright. What degree were your old irons? If they were standard and you hit them pretty good, chances are you do not need the upright club. When you did the demo, were you at a range to watch ball flight? Did you hit them off the grass or the mat? Did they actually give you the 2 degree upright club and have you hit them?

 

I learned my lesson the hard way on Demo Days. Make sure you are hitting in the grass area and not the mat and watch your own ball flight with each club, shaft change, lie change, etc. You do not play golf on a mat so why try to figure out which club is best on a mat.

 

I was fitted 2 years ago and they fitted me completely wrong. They advised 1/2 inch longer and 2 degrees upright and regular flex. I quit playing for a few years and just picked the game back up. I figured he knew what he was talking about. I could not hit these clubs accurate to save my life. I ended up changing to standard lie/length and s300 shafts. Night and day difference. I noticed improvement immediately on the course and the range.

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Be patient. You may have adapted your swing to your clubs that were not properly fitted and have picked up some bad swing habits. If I were you I would go to my local pro and get a lesson. They can usually give you alot of insight of what is going on with your clubs and your swing.

 

Good luck and keep us posted on your progress.

 

Welcome to Golfwrx, We are glad you are here.

 

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Thanks for the replys. I actually did get a lesson early in April and I did ask the pro about my clubs and my fitting. He said that from the skuff marks he could see on the bottom of the clubs that the 2 degree upright bend was PROBABLY ok for me and that the stiff shafts were appropriate based on my swing speed. He also said that when he fits clubs for students/clients he needs at least 3 one hour lessons so he can get a better feel for the students particular swing characteristics and ball flights. Makes sense to me. When I was fitted I was inside hitting off a mat into a net. This was the first time i was ever fitted for clubs and I didn't know any better. Live and learn I guess. I'm going to give the Cleveland's a season and see how it goes. I guess I just don't understand why I was hitting "players irons", equal to my new "game improvement irons" which were supposedly fit to my specs. Thanks again for the responses.

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