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Im thinking of getting a backupset of irons

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What does "backup", mean? Like a second set to keep in a second location so you can have a set at different locations? Or are you talking about a complement set, ie, a set that you use for special conditions? The goal of the clubs will likely dictate what clubs are best. In the former case, wouldn't you want the set you already have?

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If you're talking about the X20 Tours, I'd go that route.

Certainly an odd idea, a "backup" set, but it is pretty obvious to me that they should be exactly the same as your other set in every single resppect

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I'm thinking what he means is that he's a club ho and that he just wants another set to play around with. I highly encourage this action. That being said, I'd go for the x-20s

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Certainly an odd idea, a "backup" set, but it is pretty obvious to me that they should be exactly the same as your other set in every single resppect

There should be a Sand Trap glossary so that people can ask legitimate questions without other people questioning their motives.

The guys wants another set of irons, probably to a.) to travel with (hence the durability concern), b.) to leave somewhere he visits occasionally (hence the forgiveness), c.) to play courses that are a bit sketchy and he doesn't want to damage his good irons, or even d.) to loan to a friend or co-worker because that's the only way he can get the lazy oafs out on the course. Who cares what his motivation is, or the fact he should have said "a spare set" or "alternate set" or "extra set because I just want one"? Focus on his question. A question that we can't possibly answer because we're not him. I could have told him that the X20s are slightly less ugly than the Burners, but since I've seen people hit some great shots with both, both are good options.

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Certainly an odd idea, a "backup" set, but it is pretty obvious to me that they should be exactly the same as your other set in every single resppect

Hmm, seems to me you would want a set that is significantly different in some respect, otherwise what's the point in buying another set? For example, if his current set is a low-launching iron, pick up a set that puts the ball up in the air. Or maybe pick up a set of blades since you already have cavity-backs for when you are striking the ball really well. Anyway, some set of irons which you would actually have an occasion to use.

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Hmm, seems to me you would want a set that is significantly different in some respect, otherwise what's the point in buying another set? For example, if his current set is a low-launching iron, pick up a set that puts the ball up in the air. Or maybe pick up a set of blades since you already have cavity-backs for when you are striking the ball really well. Anyway, some set of irons which you would actually have an occasion to use.

That makes sense. Imagine someone buying two cars. One for pleasure and one for every day commuting. Now imagine that guy buying two base model Honda Accords because they're just so darned reliable. Booooring.

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Well the reason I want a backup, forgiving, durable set is because I am a United States Marine, and I often find myself out at sea on floats away from home. I'm sure that it may be hard for some of you to imagine, but life at sea is rough (especially on amphib ships), and a lot of the places I'll be visting and playing golf at are sometimes sketchy and rough locations. If I brought my $900, custom fit, Mizuno MP-53's out to sea with me, well lets just say that it would certainly not be beneficial to the clubs, or my investment. I'd like to have a set for at home that I can keep nice (the MP-53s), and a set that I can travel the world with that can get banged up a bit, without me worrying if they get lost, busted or stolen.

I hope that answers all the other questions so that we can now get back to my original question.

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Well the reason I want a backup, forgiving, durable set is because I am a United States Marine, and I often find myself out at sea on floats away from home. I'm sure that it may be hard for some of you to imagine, but life at sea is rough (especially on amphib ships), and a lot of the places I'll be visting and playing golf at are sometimes sketchy and rough locations. If I brought my $900, custom fit, Mizuno MP-53's out to sea with me, well lets just say that it would certainly not be beneficial to the clubs, or my investment. I'd like to have a set for at home that I can keep nice (the MP-53s), and a set that I can travel the world with that can get banged up a bit, without me worrying if they get lost, busted or stolen.

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1.) Don't dismiss older irons like PING G2/G5, Tommy Armour 845, Titleist DCI Gold, or even Lynx Parallax. Mucho playable and durable. 2.) What are you doing for woods? The Callaway BB Warbird series is built like a tank and with the warbird soleplate you can hit the driver from the FW (imagine a 260 yard powerfade). 3.) what are you doing about wedges and a putter? Random thoughts but hey, you asked.

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No, right on, I understand. For woods, wedges and a putter Im covered. Ive got gear from way back when that I dont mind busting up. I just dont have any other iron sets, just the 53s. I'm trying to hunt around for some used clubs that would be nice, but I saw that Golf Galaxy had Tour Burners and X20s on the cheap at the moment (Especially when you figure in all my gift cards and reward points I have for GG).

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My old set of clubs is my backup set, you never know what might happen, might lose a club, get stolen, get rearended on the way to the course and my clubs get destroyed(as they're in the trunk of my car) Although i would still buy a new set, id have something to use while i was replacing them. And maybe i would let a friend use them if they wanted, im letting a friend use the pw now as his current set didnt have one, the old set has any one of 3 drivers that i want to use, a 5 wood, 3 hybrid, 5-9 iron and a putter and a bag.

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I didn't vote because personally, my backup set would mirror exactly what I play. For example, I play mp57's with s300 shafts and a standard L/L/L. I'm dialed in with these clubs and having a "backup" set would not benefit unless they mirrored the set I play. Now, with this mirrored set, I could replace a club in my current "game" set if I lose a club or use the mirrored backup set to practice with at the range which, will lenghten the life of my game set.

The only time where a backup set would be different from my game set is if I decided to upgrade my game set with say, the new Mizuno MP-63s for example and if after a couple of months I wasn't feeling comfortable with them, my old mp 57s (that I kept) would act as a "backup" set of clubs that I know worked for me. Really though, that is a therotical comment and in reality, upgrading to the Mp 63s wouldn't really be that big of a change to my game.

That all said, I can understand having a selection of backup putters. While too much variation could cause more harm than good, a couple of differnet putters i.e. playing a blade and having a mallet as a back-up or second option makes total sense to me.

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I would love to take my game a little less seriously and have some back ups to play with and not think I am compromising my play or mind goofing off a round. I think I would buy a esteemed old school set like the Hogan Apexs or Ping Eye 2 BeCu's. I guess get whatever floats your boat.

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I am getting backup irons too....

The reason? I live in NE Ohio. In the winter, it gets cold. I hit the range regularly during the winter, as that's when I tweak my swing. I'm hitting in cold, sh*t conditions - off mats. I'm not going to take forged irons and destroy them. So, I'm getting some cast irons or some beat up, old, hard to hit forged irons to beat the hell out of all winter. Yeah, call me a snob for having a backup set, though.

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I am getting backup irons too....

snob!

But really, does buying an extra set of clubs ranging from $200-$400 really make one a snob? Sorry but Im just not bringing my Mizunos to the South Pacific/Atlantic/Persian Golf anytime soon

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