Re: Which type of iron for a 15 handicap
Originally Posted by supoffset
Your handicap isn't the real issue with what irons you should play; consider the stories of Wild Bill from the early days of the modern era. His typical par-4 would be a drive in the fairway, his second shot to 2 feet, and his fourth shot from the bunker. Iron striking wasn't a problem for him. While I doubt your game is as wild as his, the issue is more why
you're a 15 handicap and not so much that
you're a 15 handicap. There are general rules of wrist for handicap range and iron choices, based on averages for those handicaps, but you aren't necessarily an average of other players with your handicap.
I got players' irons when my handicap was in the mid-20s. I love them and can't imagine going back to GI/SGI irons. My iron striking has improved immensely; much in the early days of them, then a lot more lately when I practiced again. By contrast, Stacy Lewis is a plus handicap (and a tournament professional) and uses GI irons. Brian Gay won twice on the PGA Tour last year - by a total of 15 strokes - with two irons from an SGI set in his bag.
So, there are some questions:
- what are your current irons? Why?
- How well do you hit your irons? Are you all over the clubface? Are you dead solid perfect each time?
- What do you want to do with your irons? And what do you want your irons to do for you? If all you want is high and straight, SGI might be it for you. If you want to work the ball, or get great feedback, Players' Irons - or, as I like to say, Swing Improvement Irons - might be in the cards for you.
- What do you want out of golf? Is it just a low score? The satisfaction of pulling off a great shot? That awesome feeling of hitting a blade nicely?
- What iron slots are you getting? Do you want an integrated set? Are you using hybrids, and if so, for which slots?