Originally Posted by cooke119
I'm a 15 handcap and I play Ping G15's which are considered GI irons and I work the ball. GI clubs have nothing to do with being able to work the ball, period. You are still hitting a round ball with a flat surface, blade, GI or SGI, it doesn't matter. Working the ball has to do with your setup, swing etc., not the club you are playing. As a beginner I would recommend you buy yourself a nice set of clubs in your price range that come with a free fitting, get lessons to learn the basic then play, a lot.
Not just to cooke119, but his post leads into this:
I suspect the pros will correct me, but my impression on a couple terms "controllability" and "workability": (people seem to use the first term for both.....so it gets confusing)
1 - left and right bending, hitting a straight ball. If you can't keep that working right, you just need to hit it better, take lessons, learn repeatability and a good swing. A game improvement design isn't really made to help with that (as cooke119 notes above, flat surface, round ball) - though I suspect they do to some extent as a side effect. If one does have the ability to, on purpose, to bend it left and right to various degrees - that's called "Workability".
2 - the takeoff angle of the ball - up and down, a lot, a little, etc etc etc. If you can't control that, then that's what the game improvement designs are there to help on to make your ball flight a bit insensitive to those inputs that affect the take off angle. However, since they are designed to dampen out the inputs that affect the angle of launch, you don't want those clubs if you do it on purpose and want the clubs sensitive to your inputs (nice to fine tune distance and choose to take advantage of winds, etc etc). - called "Controlability"
I suspect pros want a lot more sensitivity in their club designs so they can take advantage of "Working" and "Controlling" the ball flight. Regular guys want to someday be able to do all that, but most of the time just want consistent yardage for each club and straight flight.
My set - Mizuno MP53's. The 4-7 irons have a pretty decent cavity (GI feature), and I have to put in a lot more input with these to up-angle and down-angle the ball flight. But can still do it. The 8-PW are shallow cavity only and it's a bit easier to hit higher and lower vs just my normal setup and swing.....FWIW -
IMHO - you can learn to work and control your shots with any club and the GI clubs are fine to learn on - the techniques work, but for learning, you don't have to be as subtle - I suspect the OP would learn faster than if he just skipped straight to blades.
(and, I might have this all wrong. Or, most likely, I have most of it right but someone won't like the way I described it..... but I'm here to learn)