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Ping G400 irons - "strong" ?

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I was fitted for G400 irons, lie, length, shaft, grip. 

An item that was left open was whether to have the irons set to "strong".   Apparently this yields more distance and less loft.  I already hit VERY high irons (old Titleist DCI's) and receive a boat load of verbal abuse about nose bleeds and seeding clouds.  I play to about a 6.    Nevertheless, is there a downside to going "strong" if there really isn't a quest for more height?

Any opinions appreciated...

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I found this buried on their site.   I don't necessarily want to decrease spin as I hit my irons into the green and typically have no roll, just 2-6 feet of suck up.   Works for me as I "high loft" my shots in.  The boost in iron distance by decreasing loft might be beneficial but it looks like just going with standard vs "strong/power spec" would probably be fine.    Opinions appreciated.

  • Power Spec: A fitting option for players looking to boost their iron distance or decrease spin to hit a desired trajectory window. The Power Spec is a custom-designed loft configuration that delivers a power boost in a calculated fashion without sacrificing the integrity of the club’s design.

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My opinion is if you hit it really high then the Power Spec option might be right for you.  Do you have a way to contact your fitter and ask him about it?

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What is wrong with hitting your irons high? Especially your long irons! With the right amount of backspin, it helps hold slick greens. Check your yardages. Do you really need more? Or is this just dialing in to the never ending quest to hit it farther?  Analyze this and determine what works best for your game!

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Hitting it longer is, typically, a good thing.   However, standard G400's as they are, will produce longer shots than 18 year old Titleist DCI's.   Height.... apparently G400's hit "high" in their standard state.   If I already hit high with my old beater clubs I really don't need higher (and higher and higher).    I supposed I need to go back to the fitter with more questions... 

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31 minutes ago, altos said:

I supposed I need to go back to the fitter with more questions... 

Just out of curiousity, if you already went through a fitting for the G400s, why didn't your fitter have you demo them in the Power Spec?

Seems kind of odd that they would fit you for a set of irons and then when you're deciding on your purchase for you to decide if you want the clubs with a different setting that can alter your fitting results.

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There are, particularly with Ping, a rather large set of variables.  And a large number of part options.  PowerSpec irons, as I understand, are "hosel bent" to reduce the loft.  Probably a bad description of what is done on my part but it, apparently, utilizes the cavity indentation near the heal/hosel.    Imagine doubling the number of parts in a Ping demo area.  Actually.... that's probably what they should do if they are going to offer it.  Regardless, it's back to the fitter time I am afraid.   

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All Mfgrs. have found a design that is strong and still get the height most people need.    If you want to hit it lower go to a stronger shaft, there is not that much difference anyway.   Shaft flexes do vary per mfgr. and ones R is another ones S, or whatever.     Fact is if you have a competent fitter get what works best for YOU.    Most fitters have no clue.    Hit it on a range to actually see what you get and not into a net.    Ever hear of a Tour player getting fit in a net?     You have to see flight, distance, and direction to really know.

I am not knocking the guys that fit, it is just that  a lot of them don't get it or know.   They are trying but it is an art to do it right.                                                        

 

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