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I think, (hope) I have it narrowed down to these two irons. Looking for something forged, easy to hit with forgiveness built in. Here are my two choices, Bridgestone J33 CB's and the MacGregor 685's. I play to a single digit but do not want to play true player's (Bladey) clubs. Share your thoughts and thanks in advance for your advice.

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Take it from someone who has been part of over 25 demo days this season, the M685 is working for your category of player better than anything else that I have seen. I sell a set of these every time I take them out. The reason is that they are soft, square, easy to hit and full of technology. I love when I am setting up my tent at a demo day and Mizuno or Taylor or Cally are next to me. They simply don't have an offering that gives you forgiveness and no offset in a pure forged iron. The Mizuno product is awesome but the older single digit player who wants forgiveness and less offset does not find it in the MP32 or MP60. Once you go to the MP 23 it becomes too big and offset. Usually 2/3 of the people who want to try the RAC MB leave still vibrating from the hard feel of mis-hits and don't find a more forgiving forged offering in their line up. I personally like the RAC LT and think it is a legitimate alternative but not forged.

As for your other choice, the Bridgestone J33, I think it is a fabulous iron! Great look, soft feel, good company but not as forgiving. I really think the Flighted Rifle shafts and New Decade grips make the M685 an easy sell as well. I find the ballflight and reduced vibration from the shafts create a great feel and performance.

This is a picture of Greg Normans bag at the last Shark Shootout.

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I think, (hope) I have it narrowed down to these two irons. Looking for something forged, easy to hit with forgiveness built in. Here are my two choices, Bridgestone J33 CB's and the MacGregor 685's. I play to a single digit but do not want to play true player's (Bladey) clubs. Share your thoughts and thanks in advance for your advice.

Have you seen both of them?

 

I would highly recommend you to see both of them before listening to our comment here.

 

Looking at your questions above, It looks to me that you might be happy w/ J33 cavity.

 

Plus, IMO J33 cavity is more simple and cleaner design w/ 1020 carbon steel should give you a nice soft feel.

 

Search under Bridgestone to see some of the pictures and comment for this iron for comparison, etc.

 

Good Luck!

 

Joe

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I'm reviewing a set of M685's right now. They fit more closely to the "easy to hit" side of the forgiveness spectrum that you describe. I've owned MX-23's in the past, as the other poster mentioned, and much prefer the M685 in terms of looks, size, and performance.

 

Mine came shafted with Dynamic Gold S300. They hit the ball a mile, especially the 3-6 irons with their high COR faces and the tungsten weighting. I'm glad mine came with the S300 for the lower trajectory. I can't imagine how high they'd hit the ball with a Flighted Rifle Lite shaft in them! I'd demo them if I were you with the stock shafts. They are really easy to elevate.

 

Not as soft in feel as say a Mizuno or B'stone forging, but still feel quite nice at impact. The feel of the 3-6 is really unique. Soft feel with a light "click" at impact, and I can really feel the face compressing, almost like a hybrid. Despite the hot feeling high COR faces, the distances have been very consistant for me, which was one of my main concerns. Can't beat the stock GP New Decade Multi-Compund grips. The soles seem quite versatile and aren't prone to digging. I've played them in firm and soft turf conditions without issue.

 

My only complaint is they feel a little harsh on off-center hits. Kinda like when you hit a driver too low on the face and miss the "HIGH-COR" area of the face and get that "Clanging" sensation at impact. With the tungsten in the soles and the mid size, they still don't suffer too badly on the mis-hits distance-wise. Better results on the bad hits than a forged cb like the B'stones. I have J33 Combos, which are quite nice, feel wonderful, are workable, and easy to elevate as well. But, if feeling like my swing was "off", I'd reach for the M685's in a heartbeat. They're not "shovels" either, so you won't feel awkward when the swing is "on" either. Great sticks. I'm looking forward to playing them some more. 2 rounds and a couple range sessions with them so far. Just got the NVG2 driver the other day, and I'm looking forward to trying that as well!

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Thanks for the feedback, the stock stiff shaft is a 5.5 rifle light. As a 46 year old I like the idea of the rifle lite if you think it is a good shaft in this head. I always thought that a stiff was a 6.0 not a 5.5. I am more of a swinger then a hitter however I know I generate decent club head speed and was wondering whether the 5.5 in rifle lite would play too soft. I called Macgregor in Canada and they said 3 weeks to do a custom order at 6.0. Heck up in Canada 3 weeks is half of our golfing season but I do want to get it right. Any suggestions?

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I think, (hope) I have it narrowed down to these two irons. Looking for something forged, easy to hit with forgiveness built in. Here are my two choices, Bridgestone J33 CB's and the MacGregor 685's. I play to a single digit but do not want to play true player's (Bladey) clubs. Share your thoughts and thanks in advance for your advice.

 

Both FANTASIC choices! You can't go wrong with either of these player's CB's. ;)

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I have actually switched to the M685 for the exact reason you describe. In our wet coastal climate, the M675 has too sharp a leading edge and digs too much. I am blown away by the positive results on shots hit slightly fat with the M685.

MacGregor used to use 5.0 and 6.0 rifle shafts in the old VIP combo set. I played that iron when it was in line with the 6.0 shaft and feel that there is no loss of performance in the 5.5 flighted lite shaft. My driver swing speed is 112-117mph and I have no problem with the 5.5 shaft.

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Take it from someone who has been part of over 25 demo days this season, the M685 is working for your category of player better than anything else that I have seen. I sell a set of these every time I take them out. The reason is that they are soft, square, easy to hit and full of technology. I love when I am setting up my tent at a demo day and Mizuno or Taylor or Cally are next to me. They simply don't have an offering that gives you forgiveness and no offset in a pure forged iron. The Mizuno product is awesome but the older single digit player who wants forgiveness and less offset does not find it in the MP32 or MP60. Once you go to the MP 23 it becomes too big and offset. Usually 2/3 of the people who want to try the RAC MB leave still vibrating from the hard feel of mis-hits and don't find a more forgiving forged offering in their line up. I personally like the RAC LT and think it is a legitimate alternative but not forged.

As for your other choice, the Bridgestone J33, I think it is a fabulous iron! Great look, soft feel, good company but not as forgiving. I really think the Flighted Rifle shafts and New Decade grips make the M685 an easy sell as well. I find the ballflight and reduced vibration from the shafts create a great feel and performance.

This is a picture of Greg Normans bag at the last Shark Shootout.

 

 

Agree 100%. They are amazingly soft and forgiving. Surprised me at the last Demo Day.

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Trevor, how do you like the 685's. Were they a good purchase for you. They seem to offer a great blend of performance but also forgiveness. Any thoughts?

 

I love them! Last fall I received only a 3-6-9 iron in an early version as samples. After trying them I actually mixed them in with my M675 set which sounds crazy because they are very different in style and shaft. I play more golf in the winter in wet conditions and the blunt leading edge of the M685 was a huge improvement for me. I actually got to the point where I would always go up or down a club to get to either a 3, 6 or 9 iron. I probably could have played with only those 3 clubs plus my wedges and woods. I find the parallel tipped 5.5 flighted rifle plays stiffer and more consistent than the taper tip S300 in the M675. The already blunt leading edge of the M685 prevents you from having to spend the extra dough for custom grind. Spencer Levin is playing very well right now with the 685 in play.

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