Been lurking here for a while, finally decided to join to ask this:
At my FLGS, which deals in preowned and trade-ins, sits a set of Ping G10 irons with steel shafts, 4-PW. They've obviously been used but are in very good shape; they don't even need regripping. $240. I took the 6 to the indoor range and hit a few; very easy to swing, gave me just under the 150 yards I'd expect from a 6, and just a slight push (which is all player, and I was able to straighten it out with some ball address changes). Every review I can find says that these irons were a very good choice... in 2009. Newer than my current "Sunday bag" of Callaway Big Bertha knockoffs, but I wonder if maybe I'm leaving some genuinely helpful tech on the table by buying nearly 5 years old.
The reason I started looking again is that Golfsmith posted their e-mail ad for slashed prices on older model years of the TM Burner series GI irons, specifically the Burner Plus ($300) and Burner 2.0 ($400). I didn't get to demo either of these, but I did take an R11 6-iron for a spin... and *hated* it. I realize that's not an accurate comparison; the R11's a high-end "workable" set intended for people with actual ball-striking skill, while the Burners are GIs intended for... well, players like me, but it's still a bit of a stigma for the lower-end iron sets to overcome. I do have a Burner driver, 3w and "Heated" 4h (Burner knockoff), so I think TaylorMade makes some good stuff for me in this line, but I just dunno...
So, I guess the question for the gallery is, would the Ping G10 iron set be a good buy today for a high handicapper? Or, have there been any quantum leaps in GI club design between 2009 and now, and I should keep looking for a new set (or at least a newer used set)? I'm aware of the 2010 regulation changes that will *eventually* make these G10s non-conforming for the casual golfer, but that's 10 years down the road, and I don't plan on playing any elite tournaments in the meantime.