Jump to content
Alohaed

How old are your irons?

62 posts in this topic Last Reply

Recommended Posts

Been reading posts, 30 year old blades, oldest club in bag, etc. I bought my Mizuno MX200, and MP T3 wedges, back in 2010. Been out of work for almost 4 years, and 60% of the time before that. If I were working, I would upgrade to new ones(AP2s, AP1s). BUT, I like the way they feel and they still look good(only golfed a few times the last 2 years).  Sometimes I think I need new shafts. I hit the ball high, not much distance. YET, at my age of 61, who knows how much more distance I can gain with new shafts. I hit my 8 iron, 140 - 145. The might be ok for my age? SO, how old  are irons many of you are using? Who knows, since my Woods and Hybrids are just as old, I might upgrade them first. 

Edited by Alohaed

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Want to hide this ad? Register for free today!

My irons are about a year old. I play a lot (3-4 times per week), so they don't look nearly that new, though.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

Which set :-D

I have a 35-40 year old set of Golden Bear blades, a 30 year old set of perimeter weighted MacGregor graphite shaft irons which to this day are my favorites. The set of Apex plus Hogan's my dad cast aside for these Spalding Executive irons that I also have. Both sets are from the mid 90s. The Apex clubs I'd swing with confidence any day. Then there's my TaylorMade RAC clubs which are maybe 10? I just picked up a set of Cobra AP irons thinking they'd out perform the Taylor's. I was wrong. Those cobras have to be 8-10 as well. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Mine are 19 years old, though they sat idle for almost 15 years, and they're almost certainly going to be replaced this winter even though I am still hitting the old ones reasonably well and they're in excellent condition. My eyesight, and hand-eye coordination will never be what they once were, time to give new technology and more forgiveness a try.

Edited by Midpack

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

I replaced the PW and 9i over the winter on my set due to face wear, but basically I've used my current set for a little more than 3 years. Im finicky about all my clubs with the exception of wedges, so i don't like to change it up too often. Probably due to switch them out in the next couple seasons. I actually use the same exact shafts in my irons from set to set. Only the heads change. Ive had my current set of shafts for over a decade. 

 

Edited by Groucho Valentine

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My everyday irons are Bridgestone J40s that were made five or six years ago.  I bought them used two years ago (in like-new condition).  

I also have a set of MacGregor Tourney PMB muscle backs that are around twenty years old.  I love to get them out and hit them once in a while.  I think they're the beautiful golf clubs ever made.  But, like most of the beautiful women I've known in my lifetime, they can be very unforgiving if you don't contact just the right spot.  If you know what I mean.  :whistle:  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Irons I play...

Main set: Callaway X20 Tours, made circa 2008 and acquired in 2011 (mint condition). Started with PX 5.0 shafts, reshafted with NS Pro 8950 GH, R-flex.

Backup set: TM SLDR, 2014. Came with KBS C-Taper 90 R-flex shafts, a proprietary item quite similar to KBS Tour 90, but launches lower.

I also have a set of Nike Vapor Speed irons w/ KBS C-Taper 105 R-flex shafts from 2015. New clubs I played for about 6 rounds, but the shafts are just too long. I plan to sell them.

I have three other sets I keep for sentimental reasons: Ping Eye2 clones from 1994 // MacGregor MTs from 1973 // and some PowerBilt woods and TopFlite irons from 1960s in a custom leather bag from the era (bag in great shape). I never played the PB and TF, just an interesting mix of period clubs.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

I have 2 sets.  My ap1's are 714 vintage, and my jpx 850 forged irons were introduced in 2014 as well -- I'm good for now. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

1 hour ago, WUTiger said:

Irons I play...

Main set: Callaway X20 Tours, made circa 2008 and acquired in 2011 (mint condition). Started with PX 5.0 shafts, reshafted with NS Pro 8950 GH, R-flex.

Backup set: TM SLDR, 2014. Came with KBS C-Taper 90 R-flex shafts, a proprietary item quite similar to KBS Tour 90, but launches lower.

I also have a set of Nike Vapor Speed irons w/ KBS C-Taper 105 R-flex shafts from 2015. New clubs I played for about 6 rounds, but the shafts are just too long. I plan to sell them.

I have three other sets I keep for sentimental reasons: Ping Eye2 clones from 1994 // MacGregor MTs from 1973 // and some PowerBilt woods and TopFlite irons from 1960s in a custom leather bag from the era (bag in great shape). I never played the PB and TF, just an interesting mix of period clubs.

Ooh...bet those Nike's are nice.  Ctaper regular at 105g?...are they the ctaper lites?  Stiff is what, 120 and x was 130. 

Anyway, my irons are 2 years old. Previous to that my eye 2 irons were from 1986.  I noticed the shafts were now better for me, clubs more forgiving, hitting shorter irons into greens with more control.  More GIR per round and consistently lower scores now with the new Ping ie-1 irons.

Upgrade would be good.  Plus balls from this era work better with clubs from this era...that's how it's all tested.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

2009 - My alternate irons, MX-100 and MX-200. Both sets reshafted, regripped and in great shape.

2011 - My current irons, JPX-800 HD. Bought them because I could not resist! Most forgiving clubs I have ever used. -Marv

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

I'm currently playing a set of 1994 +/-  Cobra Oversize Tour irons. So far I've played 3 of my best rounds ever with these irons, two 79's at the end of August and a 78 a couple of weeks later. I'm usually in the mid 80's to low 90's.

I sort of went "backwards" with respect to irons.. I was using my set of 2008 Cobra UFI's and last year I blew the face plate insert out of my gap wedge and the sand wedge was on it's way out in the same manner, At that point I decided I was not going to buy another set of clubs with face inserts or chunks of plastic, etc attached to the heads. Found the Oversize Tours used and in really nice condition.

I also have a back up set older than that... It's a set (2 - SW) of green dot Ping Eye's in beryllium copper. I think they're from the mid 80's.  Also found them used. In fact they were barely used, if used at all. There wasn't a scratch on any of the heads and the grips were / are brand new.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

1 hour ago, Typhoon92 said:

Ooh...bet those Nike's are nice.  Ctaper regular at 105g?...are they the ctaper lites?  Stiff is what, 120 and x was 130. 

That's right, C-Taper Lite 105. (I was going from memory in first response.)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

The 72 apexs are apparently the holy grail..snagged an original set by luck jw the worth and if anyone would be interested? From what I've seen it's steep. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My irons are 12 years old (Bridgestone j33 CB).  I got them new when they were just released and have had them in the bag ever since.  I used to have to test new and prototype clubs as part of my job, so I've hit other stuff, but my playing set doesn't change much.  My driver and wedges are much newer, but when I get locked into a set of irons, I'll play them until I wear them out.  My prior set (which I still have) came out in '90 or '91, although I didn't get them until '98 or '99, and played with them until '05.

my_j33.jpg.f907cec8cae31018202d6872d02e0ccd.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

18 hours ago, David in FL said:

7 years old.  Gotta be close to 900 rounds.  It's about time....

I wish I had THAT problem! :content:

Mine are 10 years old and I play anywhere between 10-18 rounds per year

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

My irons are about 5 years old now. It's about time to replace them. I think the golf shafts are compromised. Its either a fault in the KBS design or somehow water got into the golf shaft to rust it out a bit. The new Mizuno's and the Srixon irons look amazing.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now



  • Want to join this community?

    We'd love to have you!

    Sign Up
  • 2018 TST Partners

    PING Golf
    FlightScope Mevo
    More to come…
  • Posts

    • For me the Gamer Soft plays almost identically to the e6 soft, both good balls for my swing.
    • Not so much from the perspective of "classic courses", but a lot of places could benefit from getting rid of trees. ... Simple fact is a lot of us just aren't that good.  Lately, it seems that the ash borer has had more to do with tree removal at my area courses than any concept of design. Community GC in Dayton even more wide open than it was before. Truly fairway optional.   
    • I am comfortably in the fairway if I hit my normal fade and I am hitting 3 on the tee if I sliced my first drive. I line up on the right side of the tee as far as allowed and do not aim left but align myself to where I want the ball to end up.
    • I am in agreement with @saevel25 on this one. Design intent is important, and I wish that more courses out there would be "restored" to their original intent. In most cases the addition of trees just eliminated more angles to the green, while also making the holes play more penal for the average golfer than originally intended. I play a lot of tree lined courses, so I am not against the trees...just not a fan of them changing the intent of the design with them. 
    • Interesting that you mention this, because I just saw a couple of tweets about this pop up in my timeline. For example: I think tree removal is almost uniformly a good thing. Most classic courses were designed to be wider than they are today. Trees have narrowed it, making the course more difficult and not play as intended. In that picture above, you have the best angle to the green blocked out by those trees. The other, more important thing to me, is that classic courses doing tree removal sets an example for other courses. I've played many courses that are not nearly as nice as a "classic course" that have wild, unmanageable trees. A lot of those trees overhang the fairway, making the fairway narrower and the hole more difficult. A lot of these trees have low branches that make recoveries, and sometimes finding your ball, impossible. Most courses were not meant to have trees like that and have just been left unmanaged. If Shinnecock taking out trees filters down, I'm all for it. It makes courses easier, which is a good thing. I'm sure some people scoff at trees coming down and making courses easier. Remember that most golf is played by people who aren't very good. Making courses easier makes the game more fun for those people, and they're more likely to come back. As an example of this, my home course recently took out about a dozen trees. These trees only came into play off the tee for average players. Removing the trees made the tee shots look easier and play easier for average players. They also opened up sight lines for better players to take more aggressive (and risky) tee shots. Unfortunately, I don't have pictures to show of this, but it was a great decision by the course. The course plays just as hard for good players, but slightly easier for average players. I have heard no one complain about this. Sure, there's a time and place for trees. And recoveries from the trees can be really fun. But the vast majority of courses have not figured out that balance and are just letting their trees run wild.
  • TST Blog Entries

  • Blog Entries

  • Today's Birthdays

    1. bs1865
      bs1865
      (43 years old)
    2. DrMJG
      DrMJG
      (66 years old)
    3. Mikejanish
      Mikejanish
      (25 years old)
    4. Stu
      Stu
      (45 years old)

×

Important Information

Welcome to TST! Signing up is free, and you'll see fewer ads and can talk with fellow golf enthusiasts! By using TST, you agree to our Terms of Use, our Privacy Policy, and our Guidelines.

The popup will be closed in 10 seconds...