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Longest iron you can play

Poll Results: What's the longest iron you hit consistently good?

 
  • 8% (8)
    2 iron
  • 17% (17)
    3 iron
  • 27% (26)
    4 iron
  • 27% (26)
    5 iron
  • 13% (13)
    6 iron
  • 5% (5)
    7 iron
95 Total Votes  
post #1 of 85
Thread Starter 
Which is the longest iron you can hit consistently good?
post #2 of 85
I voted for the 5 iron because that's the longest that came in my set, and it's not a particularly cranked loft. Swung a friend's X2 Hot 4i and I was fine after a few swings but not sure if that qualified. I wish I had a 4i instead of a 4 hybrid.
post #3 of 85
Quote:
Originally Posted by Reval14 View Post

Which is the longest iron you can hit consistently good?

I can consistently hit a 3i very well, because I choose not to hit it from the rough/gunch...but I now typically carry a 3h instead because it is much more versatile in being able to hit it consistently from less than fairway lies.

post #4 of 85

4 iron.  I have a 3H.

post #5 of 85

Hard for me to say because it depends on how well I'm playing at any given time.

 

When I'm playing fairly well (that's as good as it gets from me) I hit my 3 iron very well.

 

When I'm not playing very well I very often would rather take something off of a 5W than to hit an iron. Lately I've had a 3 hybrid in the bag instead of my 3 iron because I'm not playing very well.

 

The 3 is my longest iron but I did borrow a friend's 1 iron one day and smoked it every time (but I was hitting irons very well that day).

 

So I guess to answer the question I would have to decide if I was Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde.

post #6 of 85

4 iron. I have a 3 Hybrid.  I love hitting a 4 iron off the tee.  

post #7 of 85
Quote:
Originally Posted by boogielicious View Post

4 iron.  I have a 3H.
My longest iron was 4i, so I bought a 3h, turned out the 3h has the same loft as my 4i, and goes the same distance, but so much easier to hit! So I ditched the 4i. Damn cranked lofts!! Now I need a 2 h!
post #8 of 85
Can play? 2-iron. Choose to play? 5-iron. Hybrids are so easy to hit higher and longer that I just can't justify carrying a long iron any more!
post #9 of 85

I have more trouble hitting a hybrid off the fairway than I would a 3 iron.  I think I need to hit down on it more, like I would with an iron.  

post #10 of 85
Thread Starter 
Can someone explain me why hybrids are so easy to hit compared to long irons?
post #11 of 85

I don't have 2-iron, so my longest iron (see my signature below) is 3 iron, which I hit around 230 yds.

post #12 of 85
Choose to hit 5 iron as highest. Just took the 4i out of my bag just not enough height off my 4 iron.
post #13 of 85
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Originally Posted by David in FL View Post

Can play? 2-iron. Choose to play? 5-iron. Hybrids are so easy to hit higher and longer that I just can't justify carrying a long iron any more!

 

I'm in this boat.

post #14 of 85

Oh well, I'm on the wrong side of the peak. Seems more people can hit their 5i. I need to work on this club more too.

 

I answered 6i even though I am only semi-marginally able to hit it. I get a variation of 15 yards in distance from a decent strike to a mediocre one not counting thin shots.

7i is more reasonable, but aiming can be an issue sometimes. GIR is iffy.

8i is the longest club I can comfortably hit. If I am an 8i away from the hole or less, I have almost a 30% chance of GIR.

 

My 5i and 4i are only useful off a tee for 185 to 195 yard par 3s, any longer than that and I use my two hybrids (much higher and nicer flight). Even for this length, I might choke up on my 4H.

post #15 of 85
3I.

I have a ping 2 iron that I liked and was tempted to answer 2 iron, but it hasn't been in my bag for so long I had to go with the three iron I still carry.
post #16 of 85

I said 3i, my longest iron, cause I have days where it's my favorite tee club and I feel confident going for par 5s in two or long par 3s with it.  Of course, I'm not claiming I'm as consistently good with it as, say, my 6i, but if I were to answer 6i, I might as well answer PW, cause I'm consistently better with that than, say, my 7i or even 8i.  But I figured that's not the point of the question :-) 

 

I've never found a huge advantage in hybrids.  My 19˚ hybrid probably only averages 8 yards farther than my 20˚ 3i, and I alternate which I use as my safe tee club cause I alternate which I'm hitting better on a given day.  Given that, my dream set has evolved over the years to run 18˚ 2i through 48˚ PW, with driver, 3w, 54˚ SW and 60˚ LW rounding out the bag.

post #17 of 85

I voted 3 iron ... however, the longest in my bag now is a 4 iron.  The reason I voted 3 iron, though, is that I remember when I did have my old set, which included a 2 iron as well, I frequently hesitated to hit the 2-iron when it was called for and skipped over it in favor of the trusty 3 iron.

 

I'd love to demo a G30 3 iron though to see how it compares to my hybrid (which I don't use all that much still)

post #18 of 85
Quote:
Originally Posted by Golfingdad View Post
 

I voted 3 iron ... however, the longest in my bag now is a 4 iron.  The reason I voted 3 iron, though, is that I remember when I did have my old set, which included a 2 iron as well, I frequently hesitated to hit the 2-iron when it was called for and skipped over it in favor of the trusty 3 iron.

 

I'd love to demo a G30 3 iron though to see how it compares to my hybrid (which I don't use all that much still)

 

So you're saying I shouldn't extrapolate my love of my 3i to a 2i?  Boo!

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