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  1. 1. What is the longest iron you carry?

    • 2-iron
      0
    • 3-iron
      35
    • 4-iron
      53
    • 5-iron
      30
    • 6-iron
      10


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A 2 iron is 18 deg a one can be 18 bent strong or 16 deg. It makes no difference if your Ben Hogan or just the average Joe playing long irons only has marginal advantages compared to 5 woods and hybrids in fact it's almost non existent! Unless your a super high speed player who needs a club for the British open to tee off with on certain holes then woods are simply better it's a fact. A 1 iron is basically a shorter stiffer 15 deg 3 wood.

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Typical setup longest is 4i with 3h & 3w. Sometimes, I like to throw in a 2i and drop the 5i. Reason is I really like the 2i as a trouble club. If I get a cleanish lie on a poorly hit tee s

5 iron here only because that's the lowest the set comes with. There will be a 4 iron soon and I will get that. My previous set had a 2,3,4,5 6,7,8,9,PW,GW, SW. I like hitting irons because they go

6 iron (28 degrees) My new Adams iron set came with a 25* 5 iron and a 23* hybrid. The hybrid is a lot easier to hit consistently and the gapping between the 6 iron and the hybrid works out to

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2 iron. Dont use hybirds and I'm old school with the reasons why! I believe that hybirds are for average ball strikers. Spent alot of time on the range to learn to use long irons.

PGA Tour Pros use hybrids and they are better than average ball strikers, soooooooooooo........

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3 iron -- tee  it on par 4s that I feel that is needed for a lay up --- some fairways and out of the rough.

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4i, added a lob wedge and had to take out the 3i. I have a 3 hybrid that is easier to hit and goes farther than my 3i, so I don't miss it. 4i is for lower trajectory, punch, and big wind days.

 

edit to let you know my 4i is 23*

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Started off this season at 6i and am now at 4i

I've been really mulling over this part of my bag lately. Two years ago when I started and had a shitty swing, I was all about hybrids and carried various 3-4-5 hybrids (sometimes replacing the 3 with a 5w). As my iron swing has improved (a big reason being my MySwing Thread...thanks guys) my higher lofted hybrids began to hook BADLY and especially off the tee for some reason (4h is cobra s3 max and 5h WAS callaway Diablo Edge). I got an AP1 5i off Ebay for $6.50 and the thing is a total beast (its also stiff and my other irons are regular so that might be a factor) I then decided to go one step further and got an RBZ 4i (20 degrees) and try it out. I've only hit it on the range but it seems to go a tad further than 4i on good hits but MUCH less consistent off ground. Off the tee though, the 4i is absolute money so I'm gonna keep it for now as a driving iron. The problem is, my 4h although hookish off the tee is pretty solid in bad lies and when I'm 185 out.

I'm playing this sunday at course with a few short tight par 4s and long par 3s where the 4i could definitely be used. To make room, I'm taking out my gap wedge. For my handicap I'm pretty decent with partial wedge swings so I'm not too worried about that but still feel weird carrying D, 3W, 3H, 4i (20*)-4H(23*) at the top end.

It is glad to see that I'm not alone in tinkering with this area of the bag though...thanks guys!

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On 9/29/2015 at 5:48 PM, onthehunt526 said:

I was just wondering, what we were all carrying as our longest iron and why? I'll start, right now its 4i, but I have both 4i and 4h in the bag, at least until I get my wedges (50°, 54°, and 58°) then it will be 5i...

Nope. Still 4-iron even with 50°, 54°, and 58°.

I go with one of 4 set-ups now.

70% D, 4w, 3h, 4i-9i, PW, AW, 54°, 58°, Putter.

15% D, 4w, 7w, 4i-9i, PW, AW, 54°, 58°, Putter

10% D, 4w, Lumpy, 4i-9i, PW, AW, 54°, 58°, Putter

3% D, 4w, 3i-9i, PW, AW, 54°, 58°, Putter

2% Speed Golf set up. D, lumpy, 6i, 9i, 56°, Putter.

 

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4i - still hit it well, it's my 190 stick and playing in the wind as much as I do, it's pretty useful for flighted shots.  

My bud just went with a 4h and is crushing it so I'm considering transitioning.

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5i.   I like my 4i, but the hybrid I replaced it with hits better out of light rough.  And it's more forgiving in the fairway if you fat it just a little bit.  

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Normally a 4 iron but I have a 1 iron in the bag right now on windy days. I hit it well and it rolls forever off the tee. As soon as the grass turns green I'll probably shelve it. 

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I've carried a 2-iron since my first set of irons (Ping ISI's) in the late-90's.  I fell in love with that club off the tee on short par 4's, and demanding driving holes.  I was never able to find a hybrid that wasn't a hook machine for me, so I continued to carry a 2-iron, even as I changed clubs/OEM's over the years.  I finally found a hybrid last year, a Titleist 915 Hd 3 hybrid with a Tour AD-DI shaft, that has become my favorite club in the bag.  However, I still carry a 2-iron since I can control trajectory and spin better with that club than a hybrid.  The top of my bag looks like this:

Titleist 690 CB 2-iron w/ DG X-100

Titleist 915 Hd 3 hybrid w/ Tour AD-DI Stiff flex

Titleist 714 CB 4-iron w/ KBS C-Taper Lite Stiff flex

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The longest iron I use normally is my 4 but I carry the 3.  I tend to have a frequent need to punch out from under trees.  If I want it straight on the ground, I use my 4w.  If I have a few feet of clearance and I need to try to slice or hook it, the 3i. 

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My lowest is a 4I. I use it only for punch shots that need to go somewhere, however it only gets used once every 4 or 5 rounds. Knock on wood. 

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On 10/4/2015 at 3:52 AM, Mike Boatright said:

A 2 iron is 18 deg a one can be 18 bent strong or 16 deg. It makes no difference if your Ben Hogan or just the average Joe playing long irons only has marginal advantages compared to 5 woods and hybrids in fact it's almost non existent! Unless your a super high speed player who needs a club for the British open to tee off with on certain holes then woods are simply better it's a fact. A 1 iron is basically a shorter stiffer 15 deg 3 wood.

@Mike Boatright, your answer makes absolutely no sense whatsoever... It doesn't answer the question at all...

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4i for me. From the fairway, at the right yardage, it's my longest iron. Anything needed longer than my 4i, then my metal woods suffice. 

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