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So I have been looking to fill the 14th slot in my bag and the gap between my 4W and 3I seems to be the weak spot (230-195ish). I do have a 5HY that I won at an outing years back that is currently in that spot, but it goes about the same length as my 3 iron and I have always preferred irons. I am looking for something with 19.5 or 20 degrees of loft because that fills the gap in lofts just about right (16.5 for the 4W and 23 for the 3I). Does anyone have stories about their experiences with driving/utility irons? I think this is the route I am going to go but have never owned one before and was wondering what advantages/disadvantages people have seen with these clubs.

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 Driving irons tend to be used primarily off the tee, hence the name.  Often with a large, lower, muscle back not really designed to interact well with the turf.  It sounds like you’re looking for something to fill a gap in your approaches.

Am I understanding that you hit your 4W 230?  Have you considered a 5W since you obviously hit the 4W so well?

 

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Was with a lad today who used a driving iron off the tee, never used a driver. For me, I can't see the benefits. The range is down on a driver, and there seemed to be zero forgiveness. And as for taking it off the deck, you may as well have a spade in your bag! 

As with all things golf - it's all down to personal taste I guess.

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3 hours ago, NavyDave said:

Was with a lad today who used a driving iron off the tee, never used a driver. For me, I can't see the benefits. The range is down on a driver, and there seemed to be zero forgiveness. And as for taking it off the deck, you may as well have a spade in your bag! 

As with all things golf - it's all down to personal taste I guess.

I hit a 18* 2 Ironwood off the tee. It's s not a driving iron, as far a loft goes, but the extra mass of the head works well for me. 

It also works well for me off the turf, sometimes thin lies, and fairway sand. 

Not being a long hitter of the ball anymore, also helps with this club.

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I picked up a Srixon 20* Utility Iron this year instead of a hybrid.  I really like it.

I hit it more from the fairway then off of the tee.  I like to hit irons as you  @Bonvivant mentioned you prefer to also.

I am not concerned about using it from the rough also.  Fun club to hit.  I have spent a lot of time at the range learning and getting comfortable with it also.

I also bag  5 Wood and really like that as well.  I would suggest going to a Fitter and seeing which of these options would best fit your bag.  You might be surprised and it will take the guess work out it.

 

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2 hours ago, djake said:

I picked up a Srixon 20* Utility Iron this year instead of a hybrid.  I really like it.

I hit it more from the fairway then off of the tee.  I like to hit irons as you  @Bonvivant mentioned you prefer to also.

I am not concerned about using it from the rough also.  Fun club to hit.  I have spent a lot of time at the range learning and getting comfortable with it also.

I also bag  5 Wood and really like that as well.  I would suggest going to a Fitter and seeing which of these options would best fit your bag.  You might be surprised and it will take the guess work out it.

 

This was the club that I was interested in the most. They call that a 320 iron on the bottom right? This would be the best for gapping of lofts (not necessarily distances but it should be in between my 3i and 4W).

Thanks to others for the good input. I will probably end up playing the rest of the season here in Ohio with what I have, and do some more extensive research and trying out by the beginning of next season. Hopefully I can find someone that has one I can test hit. I know that it won't be fitted for me, but it should give me an idea if I want that over a wood.

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