I have received the approval to get a new set of irons this year. I am currently using a custom built clone like version of Callaway's 2008 Big Bertha Irons. The clubs have been a fine companion for 3-4 years but I think I have cut my teeth enough and learned my swing so that I am ready to make the investment in a name brand set.
On courses that I am comfortable with I generally shoot in the 44-46 a side range, with my biggest struggle being off the tee and long approach shots. When the driver is working I have shot as low as 42 on my favorite par 36 nine hole course and my favorite full distance 18, I shot an 81 over the summer last year. On those same courses on a normal day I am closer to 44-46 and 88-90. So I think my handicap is somewhere in the 17-19 range.
My plan is to narrow down my selection to 1-2 manufacturers, find a demo day and schedule a fitting for each brand. Then after that purchase the set that makes the most sense.
Thus far in my evaluation, I have liked the Ping G15 and the Titleist AP1. I like the feel of clubs with TT Gold shafts (the lite and standard seem to be the same) and my club head speed puts me squarely in the S300 range.
I have not hit too many clubs at a range to see ball flight, just into a net at golf stores. So I am basing this on address, balance of the club (how it feels in the backswing) and feel at impact.
If I finally decide on the Ping, is it possible to get a set of Ping G20's made to order even with the Ping G25's on the way out?
I won't be ordering anything until closer to spring (march time frame)