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I am a high handicapper shooting in the mid 90’s and have been using a set of Cleveland 588 cb irons for about 6 years(7-pw project-x stiff shafts). I have been a very casual player but recently decided I wanted to get serious about golf. My question is should I invest in a set of used “game improvement irons” ? I feel like my current irons are unforgiving although it may be my lack of practice and poor swing. Would the benefit be worth changing to something like the TaylorMade m2’s or similar clubs? Or should I just invest the money on lessons and learn to use my Cleveland 588 cb irons? 

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5 hours ago, Dylan_96 said:

I am a high handicapper shooting in the mid 90’s and have been using a set of Cleveland 588 cb irons for about 6 years(7-pw project-x stiff shafts). I have been a very casual player but recently decided I wanted to get serious about golf. My question is should I invest in a set of used “game improvement irons” ? I feel like my current irons are unforgiving although it may be my lack of practice and poor swing. Would the benefit be worth changing to something like the TaylorMade m2’s or similar clubs? Or should I just invest the money on lessons and learn to use my Cleveland 588 cb irons? 

Welcome to The Sand Trap. Without knowing much about your game, it would be hard to answer. Have you even been fitted? That may be a better starting point. Those are decent irons. The fitting will tell you if you’re playing the right shafts, length etc.

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Welcome to TST.     You will find this is the best place on the web to talk golf.

Before deciding on new/newer clubs, you'll need to try different clubs to have a comparison base.   All too often people buy clubs off the shelf based upon a recommendation from a friend w/o trying/hitting the clubs.     Definitely try before you buy. 

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Lessons are definitely a necessity, irrespective of whether you change the clubs or not.

WRT the clubs, get yourself fitted.  It may well be that your current clubs are alright.  What you will need to know is the setup which works best with your swing, and getting lessons and potentially changing your swing may well alter that.

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Welcome to The Trap!

This is an interesting time to shop for clubs as many places are closed preventing you from trying clubs. You would most likely benefit some from more forgiving irons, but your high handicap is more closely tied to your swing than your equipment. I'm not sure many people are allowed to do lessons, so you might need to learn how to video your swing and go with an online lesson site such as Evolvr.

Good luck and happy golfing!

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1 hour ago, pganapathy said:

Lessons are definitely a necessity, irrespective of whether you change the clubs or not.

WRT the clubs, get yourself fitted.  It may well be that your current clubs are alright.  What you will need to know is the setup which works best with your swing, and getting lessons and potentially changing your swing may well alter that.

I second this. Start with lessons and a fitting. 
Of course sometimes new things will give us that itch to use them and get out more often. So there is that. But don’t buy what someone on a forum says is good. Get fitted. Try out equipment and get what feels good. 
 

My $0.02

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I agree with all that has been said about fitting. BUT sometimes, for some people there is a good golf pro who can give some lessons and point a golfer in the right direction in clubs and shafts. It's a plain old fashion alternative. Best, -Marv

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I've read good things about the 588s...before new clubs, my vote is for lessons.  even 1 or 2 will do wonders....

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I got back in the game after years away and needed new clubs as mine were 30 years old. I tried several different sets from different makers and settled on Ping. I play G20s. Best irons I've ever used. But the key is finding what you like. If your swing is the problem than clubs won't matter. When I first came back I was shooting in the 90s. Now im consistanly in the low 80s and have broken 80 a few times. Get fit and take lessons if you really want to get serious about it. 

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Always get lessons first.  Your swing will change, so the clubs you can use best will change hopefully for the better:dance:  I invested in $100 of 4 to sw Nike CCIs, kept my old lob, bought a 3 H and putter from Play it again, Ebay for two year old Callaway driver and 3 W.  Total cost was about $300, but $175 was the driver and 3W,  Will upgrade the irons after 10 lessons if I need/want to and should be good with teh rst.

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On 4/24/2020 at 2:22 AM, Dylan_96 said:

I am a high handicapper shooting in the mid 90’s and have been using a set of Cleveland 588 cb irons for about 6 years(7-pw project-x stiff shafts). I have been a very casual player but recently decided I wanted to get serious about golf. My question is should I invest in a set of used “game improvement irons” ? I feel like my current irons are unforgiving although it may be my lack of practice and poor swing. Would the benefit be worth changing to something like the TaylorMade m2’s or similar clubs? Or should I just invest the money on lessons and learn to use my Cleveland 588 cb irons? 

PM me. I might be able to help you with this.

You should get some lessons, but the 588 CBs are players irons I think. Save your money get some lessons and PM me.

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Maybe all you need is new shafts more suited to your strength and swing. In my experience, shafts are 50% of a club

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