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buy new irons or buy a new 8 iron for current set?

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Hi All,

I hesitated to post this, because most of the "what iron set should i buy" threads turn into people telling you to buy what feels good, which is fine.  However, I have a bit more complicated situation and I'm really not sure what to do due to ignorance of price points.

When I started playing about a year ago, my dad gave me his old iron set, a 2007 s9 cobra 4-GW.  Over the past year, I've added a used driver for approx. $30, two hybrids for a little more used, and some nice new wedges from cleveland i love.  I also have a hand me down putter I like.  My best round is an 86, and my usual round is about 93-94.

About a week ago, I lost my 8 iron.  I have no idea where; tried courses and range, nobody turned it in.  Not sure where it is at all.  I priced out some options, and it turns out replacing the 8 iron with an identical setup is quite expensive, costing almost 1/3rd or so what a new whole set would cost.  I like the irons, but I don't have much experience with anything else.  My options:

1.  Buy a new 8 iron with the same shaft and grip (golf price wound and Y5.1 graphite regular shaft).  This would cost $89.99 from ironfinder.com.  Even assembling the parts myself, it would be no less than $80 or so, plus installation.  An email to ironfinder askin them to come down in price they said the 2007 s9s were popular, and the y5.1 graphite is an in-demand model and to replace would be about $90.  I would then be spending $90 to have a full set of 4 year old used irons.

2.  Buy a new 8 iron with a steel shaft.  This would be my only club with a steel shaft... does this really matter?  It is about $59.99 for a 2007 s9 8 iron steel shaft.

3.  Buy a 2008 s9 8 iron with graphite shaft.  For some reason, these are much less expensive on ebay than a 2007, about $34.99.  The club looks different, but would it play similar?  Not sure.

4.  Look at buying a used iron set.  What could I get for about $170-200?

I feel really wierd dropping $90 on a new iron to end up with a used set that isn't fitted for me or that I didn't shop for.  Any suggestions on where you would go?  If I do have to look for a new iron set, where should I look?  How should I go about buying something 170-200 that feels like the s9s?

Thanks,

John

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Originally Posted by johnclayton1982

Hi All,

I hesitated to post this, because most of the "what iron set should i buy" threads turn into people telling you to buy what feels good, which is fine.  However, I have a bit more complicated situation and I'm really not sure what to do due to ignorance of price points.

When I started playing about a year ago, my dad gave me his old iron set, a 2007 s9 cobra 4-GW.  Over the past year, I've added a used driver for approx. $30, two hybrids for a little more used, and some nice new wedges from cleveland i love.  I also have a hand me down putter I like.  My best round is an 86, and my usual round is about 93-94.

About a week ago, I lost my 8 iron.  I have no idea where; tried courses and range, nobody turned it in.  Not sure where it is at all.  I priced out some options, and it turns out replacing the 8 iron with an identical setup is quite expensive, costing almost 1/3rd or so what a new whole set would cost.  I like the irons, but I don't have much experience with anything else.  My options:

1.  Buy a new 8 iron with the same shaft and grip (golf price wound and Y5.1 graphite regular shaft).  This would cost $89.99 from ironfinder.com.  Even assembling the parts myself, it would be no less than $80 or so, plus installation.  An email to ironfinder askin them to come down in price they said the 2007 s9s were popular, and the y5.1 graphite is an in-demand model and to replace would be about $90.  I would then be spending $90 to have a full set of 4 year old used irons.

2.  Buy a new 8 iron with a steel shaft.  This would be my only club with a steel shaft... does this really matter?  It is about $59.99 for a 2007 s9 8 iron steel shaft.

3.  Buy a 2008 s9 8 iron with graphite shaft.  For some reason, these are much less expensive on ebay than a 2007, about $34.99.  The club looks different, but would it play similar?  Not sure.

4.  Look at buying a used iron set.  What could I get for about $170-200?

I feel really wierd dropping $90 on a new iron to end up with a used set that isn't fitted for me or that I didn't shop for.  Any suggestions on where you would go?  If I do have to look for a new iron set, where should I look?  How should I go about buying something 170-200 that feels like the s9s?

Thanks,

John


If it was me I'd work on hitting shots shorter with my 7 and farther with my 9 when required. Or I might see this as a gift from the golf gods, find a used set of Cobra blades and replace 8 through GW.

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You wont find anything new and fitted under $200 IMO.

I got by for 4 years on used standard clubs. Today im going to bite the bullet and shell out 400$ for a new set of fitted combo irons. I also just shelled out 100$ for a 50* GW and 56* SW both cleveland(love those wedges).

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After having been fitted already, I build my new set of irons for under $250.  Not only was it a lot of fun, but I learned a lot about the things I am swinging.

FWIW, there is a graphite shafted Cobra S9 8i on eBay for $69.99.

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A used Iron set from a decent Brand will probably run you about 300-500 from a reputable dealer and 200-400 on ebay. Your particular set is probably somewhere between 250 and 300 used. Basically what I'm saying is that spending 90 bucks on your 8 Iron is cheapest method available to you of getting a good solid complete set of Irons. Also worth noting, if these are in decent condition. A complete set's trade in value is around $130 so if you pay 90 now and keep them in good playable shape it stands to reason when you finally do get something new the trade in value will probably be more then that $90 you paid.

If it were me? Id say f**k it and play without an 8 :D

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