i am 6'5" tall and have 1" extensions on my clubs. i was fitted for these clubs. if i put my 7i up to my buddy's standard length 5i, they are exactly the same length. pretty much every club of mine is 2 up on him. also we all know shafts get longer as the irons decrease in numerical value. so a 4i is going to be longer in shaft size than a 9i, etc. essentially this means that regardless of your height, on some clubs you will be standing up straighter (4i/5i) than with other clubs (PW, SW), where you will be "slumping" over some.
so taking all of this into consideration, why exactly do tall people like myself get fitted with longer shafts? maybe i look like i'm slumping with an 8i, but it's the same look i'll have with a PW that has an extra 1" extension right? i ask because i have a really hard time hitting my 4i and 5i, and i'm thinking if they were the same length as my 6i and 7i respectively, i would hit them a lot better. right now they are playing like my buddy's 2i/3i as far as shaft length goes, and almost no one plays 2i/3i anymore because they are so tough to hit.
now, i know the club's loft plays a PART in their difficulty level, but wouldn't we all agree what makes longer irons harder to hit is the fact that they are physically longer clubs?
to be honest, $900 after, i'm starting to wonder if my i20s with 1" extensions were just a marketing ploy to get me to buy new since i couldn't find any on the used market. besides my wedges being longer than any wedge you will find in a standard set, all other irons will have similar length shafts as my current shaft, but the lofts will be lower per longer shaft rather than higher. for taller golfers like myself, it seems the most advantageous setup would be to get a 4i/5i at standard length and leave the 6-Ws at +1", since the physical position of your body on a 4i/5i with no extension will be exactly the same as a 6i/7i that has a 1" extension.
am i missing something here? what do you think?