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?