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I am waiting for delivery of new irons this week - scheduled to arrive tomorrow. I'm also playing a round Friday at Spanish Bay (Monterey, CA) with a group of guys I haven't played with in a long time and am really hoping to play well (last time we played I was probably a 40 cap). If the irons arrive in time would you play them or would you wait until you've had a chance to play a few rounds and dial them in? I could see where jumping onto a challenging course with brand new irons fresh out of the box might be a disaster. On the other hand I can hardly stand to look at my old irons since hitting the new ones at the store... What would you do?

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Play with new iron so that you will have an excuse if you don't play well ;-) .

Without knowing how big of a jump it is from you old to new club, it's hard to tell.

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Tough question!!!! I guess you can't put off the game? Just kidding, mostly. Only your gut can answer the question. Here are a few things to consider perhaps. How different are the new clubs from the old ones? Are the new ones more "players" clubs that are likely to be less forgiving of slight mishits due to unfamiliarity? Are the lofts different so you may be unsure which club to use from given distances? Are the swing weights different so they will just feel "different" when you hit the course? Those are all reasons to play with your old sticks. A lot of this could be mitigated if you have an opportunity to spend some quality warm-up time on the range without pooping yourself out for the actual game. Or it could confirm that you need to leave the newcomers in the trunk for the day. Go have fun, and don't second guess the choice once you get going!

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See Rory McIlroy...

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Yeah, you gotta be careful. Those new irons could cost you 5 places in the World Rankings.....

LOL...yes. He's only still up there because of 2012.  If he doesn't get his act together quick, he'll drop like a rock in 2014!!

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You have to play the new ones don't you?

I had the same problem earlier in the year and I chose to go with the new ones. Best move for me. I ended up winning the day.

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See Rory McIlroy...

Funny, I said that in the Nike post and people had aneurysms.

To the OP, play the new irons for sure.  You'll just be fantasizing about them the whole time if you don't.

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Goofy - would anyone NOT go and use their new toys?

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When it comes to new equipment I am like a kid at Xmas. Waiting to find out if I like it isn't an option for me. I keep grips, tape and solvent in my desk and have been known to sneak out for a quick 9 after buying something new.

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JPX825s? Play em! Yesterday I seemed to be on sort of a roll replying to threads for people determined to switch to blades that didn't seem up to them, so I guess I expected the worst. I bet you kick ass with the 825s. Please post us a follow up and game report.

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YES!   Got home to the box waiting for me.  I am absolutely playing these bad boys; can't wait.  Will report back on results.

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