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Do they exist?
I am a high handicapper interested in some new game improvement irons but everything I look at seems to have a ton of offset. I am not a slicer (normally) and my regular shots go left so from what I understand less offset would be preferable. So, does anyone make high-handicap irons for someone in my shoes?
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Offset helps get the ball in the air and is very much a "look" issue. Usually bending irons flat or upright effects left to right movement. Have you looked at something like a Callaway X-16 PS?

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I did some research on this a while ago. Alas, some manufacturers do not provide a figure for offset in their specs, but of those who do here is a list. All offsets are for a 6 iron:

 

Nike Slingshot Tour .125

Nike Slingshot (original) .145

TM LT2 .153

Srixon i506 .157

Cleveland CG4 .160

Ping i5 .180

Mizuno MX 23 & 900 .181

Cobra 3100 .218

TM RAC OS .236

Ping G5 & G2 .260

 

 

Callaway do not publish figures, but are around Ping G5 figures for the Big Berthas based on my observation.

 

The Callawy Fusions are about the same as Ping I5s

 

So, the answer to your question is that the most forgiving iron with the least offset is the Nike Slingshot originals. Not the OSS.

 

However, as someone who has the same shot shape as yourself, I am not entirely convinced that offset makes irons go left. It makes them go higher, but I have a feeling I hit offset irons left because I unconsciously hood the clubface in an attempt to make it look squarer at address.

 

Cheers

 

Steve

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As a few already mentioned the Callaway Pro Series are worth looking into, I haven't played the 16 and 18 versions but the X-14 Pro's were very forgiving with minimal offset and a relatively thin sole and topline. I play and love the MX-23's, they have more offset in the longer irons than the Cally Pro Series but not as much as most OEM cast cavity back offerings.

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was just in the same boat

 

Looked at NDS but would have had to reshaft making them more $$$ then I could have afforded

Really wanted to like the X-18 Pros but couldn't sell the wife on the cost

Then I stumbled upon a set of Macgregor M 565's which I had hit at a demo about a year ago and was shocked at the results. This set had everything I wanted, forged, low offset, with tons of forgiveness. I've lost some ability to shape the ball but I'm hitting way more greens in reg with these clubs, Given the fact that they're discontinued they can be had for quite a good price

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i would add the tour edge exotics irons to the list. they are very easy to hit do to the low center of gravity and have a very traditional look.

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My last set, Cleveland Ta7 Tours, had little offset and had great game improvement characteristics. I think the Maltby Playability Index said super game improvement or something like that. Aren't the new Cleveland CG4s similar in design, but made with their carbon metal matrix material? They should also fit the bill. I thought the TA7Ts felt very sweet, soft feel when impacted with a good swing near the center of the club face. It was as good a sensation as I have experienced in a cast club.

 

I am not a uber player, usually struggling to stay between high single digits and say 15. But, I hit it high enough not to need the help that offset provides and I really could not chip well with a set that had a great deal of offset.

 

FYI - my current set, MP-60s, really are pretty forgiving, but not as much as the TA7 Ts. I accept the greater challenge for the sweeter feel and greater feedback. But, back to the topic of game improvement with minimal offset, I remember one 3 par where I hit a TA7T 6 iron closest to the pin in my group 10 feet away at 4 o'clock (short and right), despite hitting it so far off the toe the paint from the tee marked the iron half on the groves and half in the chrome!

 

Good luck.

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