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Hi All,

 

I play callaway X-20 irons 7-SW, and Cobra Baffler rail hybrids 4-6 (sig needs to be updated).  I really like the setup, but I have a few issues.  Over time, I've lost a few of the clubs on the course, and a car ran over my original AW.  As a result, I've been buying irons from callaway pre-owned and ebay to replace, but due to stock issues and price issues (as well as me not really getting into golf until xmas of this past year), I didn't pay much attention to the shafts in the irons.  As a result, I have different shafts across several of my irons.  In my 7,9, PW and SW I have Callaway Uniflex Steel, in my 8 iron I have Callaway Graphite, and in my AW I have an aftermarket graphite.  In the 4 hybrid I have an alida NV shaft, and in the 5,6 Hybrids I have the stock Motore shaft from Cobra.  

 

I hit my 8 iron about as far as my 7, and the only difference is the shaft.  For some reason that graphite shaft in the 8 gets the ball up and gets it far with the same swing.  I have a much harder time getting the four off the ground than the five and the six.  Sure, some is due to loft, but after looking up the shaft in the 4 hybrid I found it has a low launch, where the stock shaft is mid-high so that might have something to do with it.  I also love the Callaway grips and hate the cobra grips.

 

Due to an uptick in business recently, I want to go ahead and get new shafts so that they are consistent across the set.  I have searched old threads and found quite a few discussing new iron shafts but haven't found answers to exactly what I am looking for.

 

Some stuff about me:

 

My 150 club is my six iron hybrid (this didn't use to be the case, but after taking lessons my distance went down and my accuracy went way, way up).

I shoot in the high eighties on the relatively easy course I play at, and mid-90s at the hard course.  My handicap is 18.

I swing about 86-90 mph.

I would like a high launch angle, as my shots by nature are usually low flight (too low) rather than higher.

 

Questions:

 

Can I put the same shaft in my hybrids as the rest of the irons?

Should I use a different shafts in the wedges?

My favorite club is the 8 iron, regular flex, graphite - and it goes about 135-140, the same as the seven iron with uniflex steel.

I think I want graphite because I don't experience with the graphite shafts the "ball spray" problem that some discuss.

Ever since I got steel shafts (my previous Iron set, a cobra s9 2007, had graphite), my hands have experienced some significant pain after playing 3 or 4 days in a row.

 

So, I think I want graphite, regular flex, high launch angle for the irons and hybrids?

 

Any input would be much appreciated.  I'd like to get 4-SW new shafts and the callaway grips and would love suggestions on the shafts.  Thanks!

 

John


Edited by johnclayton1982 - 6/22/11 at 1:27pm
post #2 of 4

I looked at the cost of doing this, and found the cost to replace the shafts on all my irons with anything decent was more than a new set would cost.  It may not be the same for you, but I'd compare prices.  The Callaway Uniflex is between a regular flex and stiff flex.  The graphite shaft might be regular flex which would indicate your swing speed is better suited to regular shafts.  I'd go to a pro shop and get fitted. 

 

As for shafts between irons, hybrids and woods I've never heard of matching the woods and irons, but some have matched hybrids and irons. 

post #3 of 4

I think you should find a used set of Adams "a" series irons with regular Grafalloy red graphite shafts.  Based on your swing speed and experience with graphite, this is my #1 recommendation.  If you want to go the shaft route, get on ebay and order some Aldila VS Proto 85 gram regular shafts.  They are a bit pricey, but worth it.  I think you will need the .355 size tips, but you can check with Callaway to be sure.  Aldila makes the VS Proto for hybrids too, so matching will not tbe a problem. 

post #4 of 4

This would be my thinking as well.  You are probably looking at $45 per club for the shaft, intallation, and grip.  So probably close to $400 by the time taxes are figured in.  Your best bet would be to sell what you have and hit up the used market for some new sticks.

 

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Originally Posted by newtogolf View Post

I looked at the cost of doing this, and found the cost to replace the shafts on all my irons with anything decent was more than a new set would cost.  It may not be the same for you, but I'd compare prices.  The Callaway Uniflex is between a regular flex and stiff flex.  The graphite shaft might be regular flex which would indicate your swing speed is better suited to regular shafts.  I'd go to a pro shop and get fitted. 

 

As for shafts between irons, hybrids and woods I've never heard of matching the woods and irons, but some have matched hybrids and irons. 



 

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