Newbie here - I'm puzzled about why irons with graphite shafts average a 1/2" longer each than steel shafted shafts, other than to gain distance. I would assume the manufactures use the same "head" with the same lie for each. Technically with a graphite shafted iron, one would have to stand further from the ball with the toe up versus an steel shafted shaft where you would stand closer with the toe pointed lower.
I seem to hit my irons better when choking down on the grip allowing me to stand closer to the ball. I'm 5'9" with a 33 1/2" wrist to floor measurement and saw a chart where my clubs should be a 1/4" shorter than "normal". I have a reasonable swing but sometimes I get too much "arm and club" between me and the ball and hit a lot of fat shots. I play Cobra S9 irons with R graphite shafts and when I do hit them, I'm a 1/2 club longer than any other set that I've had.
I'm about ready to regrip the irons and was wondering how much damage I would do if I trim the shafts about a 1/2" each? I can live with a shorter distance for my irons if I can hit them cleaner every time. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.