Originally Posted by LuciusWooding
I believe you can hit it that far, but I'm curious, how do you get on with long irons? Usually that kind of distance that high in the set comes from delofting the club and often the players who do so struggle with lower lofted clubs as a result, especially since you mention your flight is a bit low. Also, do you take the club back to about 45˚ or do you bring it to parallel with your short irons? Especially with such a big frame and in all likelihood +1" shaft length, that big of an arc plus a full swing can make for some wild club speed. I personally hit a standard 43˚ 9 iron about 150 on a 3/4 backswing and I got a ton more accurate since I stopped bringing all my clubs past parallel. If you look at most of the best iron players like Rory for example, you can see he never takes the club back much past 45˚ unless he's hitting a wood. I shortened my swing and it improved my game immensely within 200 yards, especially my short irons.
Up until recently, I was a parallel swinger. I was a college pitcher, and was seriously into yoga for a few years, which combine to give me good flexibility and balance, but I'm starting to see that using all my flexibility isn't necessarily a good thing in this game.
That is exactly what the pro who did my fitting told me. My long irons do not hold greens right now. I was carrying the demo six for the MP-53s 230 with my typical swing, and some of them were rolling out to 240-245. When he told me to keep my back knee bent and take it to about 3/4 of parallel, it started carrying about 225 and actually checking up a little, which I was ecstatic about. I ordered them an inch and a half long, same as my old ones, but also 1* upright to eliminate my constant toe digs and 2* weak on the lofts. When I took my short irons (still from the old set; apparently my new Mizunos are on back order) out to the range last night, I tried the same thing. After I got the chunks out of the way, I noticed a much higher ball flight, but surprisingly I didn't seem to lose any distance, and picked up a little accuracy right away. I'm about to head back to the range as soon as the girlfriend gets here. She just bought a new set and wants me to teach her how to play. I don't see a possible win in this situation. But that is another thread...