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"Best Game Improvement" Irons 2014/2015

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I'm looking to replace my Wilson Tour RX (entry level) clubs and heard that I should look into "Game improvement" clubs since I am just starting. 

Any suggestions? I'd like to keep it under $230 since I'll still have to buy the other clubs.

I do have the opportunity to pick up these below for between $75-$160 but it was suggested that I try and get something within the last 4-5 years.

Callaway: Big Bertha X12, X14 Steelhead and Hawkey titanium

Taylormade: TP 360 XD

Titeist: DCI Gold 981

Cleveland: TA 7 Tour Action

Ping: i3T+ Blade Red Dot , i3T Blackdot O-size

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13 hours ago, Ballgame59 said:

heard that I should look into "Game improvement" clubs since I am just starting. 

You might check the Maltby Playability Factor for ideas in the "Game Improvement" category. You might be surprised that some older (and less expensive) clubs are more forgiving than the newest, if that's what you seek. Also, do NOT forget to research the right shaft for your swing speed. A competent club seller can help you with this. That said, some will tell you to get blades and learn to play into them. Up to you, but I'm an old guy and my own golf goals nowadays are such that I play high forgiveness clubs and shafts that fit my swing speed and assist my shots. Best of luck in this great adventure, -Marv

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2 hours ago, MarvChamp said:

You might check the Maltby Playability Factor for ideas in the "Game Improvement" category. You might be surprised that some older (and less expensive) clubs are more forgiving than the newest, if that's what you seek. Also, do NOT forget to research the right shaft for your swing speed. A competent club seller can help you with this. That said, some will tell you to get blades and learn to play into them. Up to you, but I'm an old guy and my own golf goals nowadays are such that I play high forgiveness clubs and shafts that fit my swing speed and assist my shots. Best of luck in this great adventure, -Marv

Thanks! I'll check it out here in a few. As well as the Adams mentioned above.

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sounds like you're pretty new, and forgiveness would be a big factor in a good club for you.  

Those Callaways are a really forgiving club and will consistently give you extra distance.  

 

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4 hours ago, lastings said:

sounds like you're pretty new, and forgiveness would be a big factor in a good club for you.  

Those Callaways are a really forgiving club and will consistently give you extra distance.  

 

Yes, pretty new. I've actually owned a set of clubs for about 22 years but have only played about 15 times during that time so I do consider myself new. 

Which Callaways were you referring to? 

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11 minutes ago, Ballgame59 said:

Yes, pretty new. I've actually owned a set of clubs for about 22 years but have only played about 15 times during that time so I do consider myself new. 

Which Callaways were you referring to? 

either one.   they are both basically the same.  The X14s are newer, but the difference is negligible.  

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8 minutes ago, lastings said:

either one.   they are both basically the same.  The X14s are newer, but the difference is negligible.  

Thanks! That does help. I also am going to look at some Mizuno JPX  800 Pro irons tomorrow. 

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Avoid the TP/Pro irons and blade type clubs, especially if you are inconsistent with your swing.  It gives very little forgiveness on off-centre hits.  There is a reason many people recommend GI/SGI clubs.  They do not require you to hit the centre or be penalised a great deal.

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I have a set of Ping G25s sitting in my garage, 7,8,9,W,U,S, black dot (standard) that I used for a couple of years. I use hybrids for anything higher then a 7 iron. But if you are interested let me know, say $150 plus shipping. I purchased new Cleveland Launchers so I don't use the G25s anymore. They are in good shape.

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15 minutes ago, cooke119 said:

I have a set of Ping G25s sitting in my garage, 7,8,9,W,U,S, black dot (standard) that I used for a couple of years. I use hybrids for anything higher then a 7 iron. But if you are interested let me know, say $150 plus shipping. I purchased new Cleveland Launchers so I don't use the G25s anymore. They are in good shape.

BTW, shafts are graphite regular flex.

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50 minutes ago, cooke119 said:

BTW, shafts are graphite regular flex.

I'm going to try some Mizuno JPX 800's and some Callaway Rzrs tomorrow. I'll let you know.

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On 4/19/2019 at 4:30 PM, cooke119 said:

I have a set of Ping G25s sitting in my garage, 7,8,9,W,U,S, black dot (standard) that I used for a couple of years. I use hybrids for anything higher then a 7 iron. But if you are interested let me know, say $150 plus shipping. I purchased new Cleveland Launchers so I don't use the G25s anymore. They are in good shape.

Thanks but I'm going to have to pass on the Pings. I'm pretty short and was told that I would most likely need orange or red dot (or have them adjusted). I appreciate the offer though. 

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On 4/19/2019 at 4:36 PM, Ballgame59 said:

I'm going to try some Mizuno JPX 800's and some Callaway Rzrs tomorrow.

What happened? Best, -Marv

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18 hours ago, Ballgame59 said:

Thanks but I'm going to have to pass on the Pings. I'm pretty short and was told that I would most likely need orange or red dot (or have them adjusted). I appreciate the offer though. 

No problem, good luck with you search. Let us know what you decide to buy.

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9 hours ago, MarvChamp said:

What happened? Best, -Marv

The Mizunos were Dynamic Gold X100 steel. Was like swinging a telephone pole. The RZRS were not at that store (I got that mixed up) but I did swing Callaway X14 Steelheads just so I could experience a difference from my Wilson Box store set. I have to admit that I did like those. I was skeptical about noticing a difference but I did.  An old friend of mine is the golf pro at a local Muni . They get used clubs in all of the time and we both really liked the Mizunos for me - if they had different shafts. He said that with the X-14's, I'd still have to have them adjusted to something like 2-3 degrees flat. I think that's what he said. With the Mizunos, I'd have to send them away but the X-14, he could have them done locally. I'm learning so much that my head is spinning haha.

 

1 hour ago, cooke119 said:

No problem, good luck with you search. Let us know what you decide to buy.

Thanks! Will do. 

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@Ballgame59 I have a had Mizunos re-shafted in the past with lightweight shafts soft-stepped to be a little softer. Not inexpensive, but believe me, the right shaft for you will add to the enjoyment. I bought pulls from new clubs to keep costs down, and all were professionally installed, frequency tuned, etc. Best, -Marv

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