Hi Everyone. I had an interesting question pop up this weekend while playing a foursome with some friends of mine.
One of our group is a long hitter--he is not very consistent yet and still is scoring well over 100 but he gets great distance throughout his bag. He is currently playing a beginner set (top flite box set i think) but has upgraded his woods and putter and told us that he is looking into upgrading his irons within the next couple of months since he has been taking lessons and is getting very into the game. Since he is inconsistent he told us that he is looking in the GI category and has had his eye on xhots, x2hots, Rocketbladez, Rocketballz,or something along those lines. When he mentioned this another player in our group who is about a 4 handicap (he has played as good as scratch before) told him that the stronger lofts and extra distance he will get from those clubs will more likely hurt his game and he would be better off getting a pro or tour version which have more traditional lofts and still offer some forgiveness. His reasoning was that since he is currently hitting his 6 iron (which i believe has 30 degrees of loft) around 185 and even out to 190 he can expect to hit the 7 iron of the new set that far (or even further depending on the set) meaning his 8 will go roughly 170, his 9 will go 155-160 and his PW will go about 145-150. This will leave a huge gaps between his wedges which he argued would essentially negate his ability to hit it long off the tee because chances are that he would end up within 140 yards on par 4's where he will most likely to be forced to play half and 3/4 shots which can be tough even for good players.
So my questions are....
-Is there any merit to what our friend was arguing and would clubs like the xhot pros or rockebladez tour offer enough forgiveness for him to use them?
Any thoughts are appreciated!