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Anybody ever use a driving iron ?

post #1 of 8
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A buddy of mine gave me a driving iron - it has a hollow head, and is stamped 15°.    I hit my long irons much better than my woods, so I've put alot of time on this driving iron in the last 2 range sessions - has a great ball flight & soooooo much easier for me to hit off the tee than my 3 wood (it's about an inch and a half shorter as well).     Distance is every bit as far as my 3 wood, often longer because I hit it purer.     I'm not replacing the driver, but am thinking about replacing the 3 wood with the driving iron (I rarely hit the 3W off the fairway unless it's a perfect fluffy lie anyways).      

 

Anybody have any experience with driving irons ??    Thx

post #2 of 8

I used to play a Billy Club driving iron I really liked. I was consistently just a little shorter than my Driver but a whole lot more accurate with it.

post #3 of 8

a friend of mine still uses an old mizuno driving iron.  there are an abundance of short par 4's on the courses around here so something like that comes in handy.

post #4 of 8

i ordered a nike tiger woods victory red forged 2 iron about 6 months ago on ebay.

been working on it alot

it took me a while to figure it out,but i tee off with it alot now on

short par fours

 replaced my 4 wood and so far am happy

 

btw it was 27.99 with free shipping and from a reputable seller so i figured i would try it and

am glad i did

post #5 of 8
I used to have a full set of Mizuno MP Fli-Hi hybrids which are basically driving irons. They were OK but I found that I got a much higher launch and had more confidence with a wood or a woolike hybird.
post #6 of 8

I'm always willing to take in a club, even if I'm not going to use it, just for the sake of having a backup set. A buddy was ready to throw away an old Dunlop driving iron so I told him I'd take it. I then gave it to my dad who consistently uses it in bad rough lies from 200+ out and he is usually a chip shot off the green or better. He definitely enjoys it. Personally, I'd rather use my extra wide-soled, cavity back 3i to get the same result.

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I then gave it to my dad who consistently uses it in bad rough lies from 200+ out and he is usually a chip shot off the green or better. He definitely enjoys it. Personally, I'd rather use my extra wide-soled, cavity back 3i to get the same result.


i've had similar experiences. i have a Tommy Armour 845s Driving Iron that has only seen the course a few times. i can hit whatever shot i could with the driving iron (mostly low punches that had to travel some distance) with my current 3-iron, and on full swings, the 3-iron goes just as far with a much more playable ball flight. i don't think most people would/should remove a club to add a driving iron. maybe in really windy conditions, but even then, i'll take my chances trying to keep a 3W low, and possibly losing a few yards if it balloons. 

post #8 of 8

I had one in high school and it was great in the dry summer but not so much in spring/fall. I hit it very low so without a good amount of roll it really was not a club for me plus I hit my 3 wood fine.

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