Re: Best high handicap ironsYup hit everything, stress about what to buy, then buy the MX-100s. They should come in at half your budget and I challenge anyone to find a GI set that is as solid as the MX-100s. You will be light on the long end as the set starts at a 4 hybrid...that's what the other half of your budget is for. For a longer hybrid take a peek at the Ping G15...pretty close to the 4h and 5h in the Mizuno set. Fill in from there. I strongly recommend adding at least 1 wedge with the aggressive grooves (any 2010 model form whoever you wish) before the 2011 wedges replace the good stuff. Again, I prefer the Mizunos in the wedge department. Yes, Cleveland, Vokey, and Mizuno wedges will eat $100 a pop, but they are worth every single penny....seriously.
What sets the MX-100s apart from, say an Adams set or a Ping set is the feedback they give. I believe it is critical for any golfer to feel what a fat, thin, hook, slice, etc. shot feels like when it is hit. It's like an electric fence for a dog..."Ouch, don't do that again." Every other set I hit was dull no matter how I hit them. Not sure how you can improve unless your sticks are talking back to you.
Gear DOES matter. There is a reason we all aren't hitting Tommy Armour Silver Scots or ancient Titleist DCIs. Buying some old piece of crap iron set may do nothing at all for you. A modern GI set of clubs will most definitely increase your enjoyment for the game. Have fun in your search for the right set up. I see NO reason to go old school for your next set of clubs.