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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Hello all. I am a 16 HC looking to upgrade to new irons, but there is a lot out there so I was looking for some advice. I currently am using 2002 callaway big berthas w/ uniflex shafts. While they are ok, I feel like my play has outgrown them over the years, and I feel like I am hitting them sky high. I also am thinking of getting a stiffer shaft. I hit an 8 iron 150-155 yards on average.
I was looking at callaway pre owned, and there is just so much there. Do you guys have any suggestions? Thank you for your help!
post #2 of 14
First of all, welcome to the Sandtrap!

Personally, I would tell you to go with what looks good to you. I think feeling confidence when looking down at your club is very important. Also hitting an 8 155 yards means you're probably plenty long to play most courses. Get fitted for loft, lie, length and see what they say about shaft flex. Good luck!
post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thank you for the advice! There is a local golf galaxy in my area to look at some clubs, but I've heard mixed reviews about their club fitting. Is that a decent place to go for a quality fitting?
Thanks!
post #4 of 14
I don't know much about golf galaxy but I recently purchased and fitted my clubs.....just go to one of those fitting days at golf town. I went with Mizuno, fitted (jpx pro) and I really have say it was a great experience all around.
Good luck!
post #5 of 14

If you are interested in Callaway preowned, perhaps x18-22 tour irons.  Have a cavity but little offset.

 

Sounds to me like you need a different shaft.  

post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by innohockey View Post

Thank you for the advice! There is a local golf galaxy in my area to look at some clubs, but I've heard mixed reviews about their club fitting. Is that a decent place to go for a quality fitting?
Thanks!

 

iron fitting is not really rocket science.  they put impact stickers on the bottom of the club and see where you contact the ground to adjust the lie, the length a lot based on your wrist to floor measurement, its not too hard to do.

post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thank you for the advice, I will take a look at a golf galaxy fitting.
post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 
After some research, I ended up going with a used set of Cleveland TA7 Tour Irons. They have stiff Dynamic Gold steel shafts in them, which are definitely an upgrade from the uniflex shafts I've been using. I really like the clean simple look of the clubs and feel as well.
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by innohockey View Post

After some research, I ended up going with a used set of Cleveland TA7 Tour Irons. They have stiff Dynamic Gold steel shafts in them, which are definitely an upgrade from the uniflex shafts I've been using. I really like the clean simple look of the clubs and feel as well.

 

are you going to get fitted for length and lie angle?

post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 

Yes, they were able to determine I was well suited for standard lie and length.  I am 6' with a 35" wrist to floor measurement.

post #11 of 14

Fitting based on height and wrist-to-floor is a static fitting -- best kind of fitting IMHO. My wish for you would be to see if you can find a pro that you like and get a lesson. He/she should be able to confirm your club specs for THE SWING YOU HOPE TO HAVE during that first lesson. A few lessons will help more than that new driver we all lust to have in our bags.

post #12 of 14
Thread Starter 

Just an update on this one.  Have been playing with the TA7 tours for a couple weeks, and these clubs are a much better fit for me than my big berthas.  The dg s300's are much better suited to my swing, and I am hitting the ball about 5 yards farther per club.  I can also control the trajectory of the ball much easier. This may be due more to the different iron heads though.  I like the increased weight of the shafts, it feels more comfortable for me throughout the swing.  Also I have also increased my accuracy quite a bit, I played 9 holes on Sunday and hit 6 GIR. I can't remember the last time I was able to do that.  My putting on the other hand...need to practice a bit more. Gotta eliminate those 3 putts a3_biggrin.gif

post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by solarbear View Post

If you are interested in Callaway preowned, perhaps x18-22 tour irons.  Have a cavity but little offset.

 

Sounds to me like you need a different shaft.  

 

Take a look at the X20 Tours. The X22 Tours proved a bit difficult to hit, in comparison, according to side-by-side reviews.

 

Many of the X20 Tours came with PX 6.0 shafts, which are about the stiffest of the normal Stiff range. Most golfers often found the 6.0 too harsh. Get an idea of what shaft you need, and see if you can find a match.

 

(I was really lucky - stumbled across a set shafted in PX 5.0)

 

If the TA7 Tours are working, congrats. Another solid iron set.

post #14 of 14
Thread Starter 
Just a quick update and a question. So far really enjoying these irons, I have added some photos. They have been great, and I have been very happy with their performance. In all honesty it is probably the stiffer shaft that has been the best improvement over my old clubs. The only issue that I am having is that the Pitching wedge has a really harsh upright lie angle, different by quite a large margin to my 9 iron, but the 3-9 irons are just fine (standard, similar to the big bertha set I have). I have actually been using the 46* 10 iron from my BB set because of it. Was that typical of Cleveland irons at that time (2002), or was that probably adjusted by the previous owner? Thanks! http://s1285.photobucket.com/user/jtw5050/media/photo2_zps8a7a423c.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0#/user/jtw5050/media/photo_zpsf0ae3f42.jpg.html?sort=3&o=1&_suid=137348389227903653685256719143
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