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  1. Seems like TaylorMade's answer to the PXG irons. From TaylorMade: TaylorMade Golf, the industry leader in iron technology and innovation, announced today the expansion of its globally successful P700-series iron lineup with the addition of the P790 irons, a forged players distance iron engineered with new SpeedFoam Technology for golfers seeking the forged look and feel of a players iron with increased distance, forgiveness and playability. With P790, TaylorMade’s engineers have answered the challenge of creating a forged iron that delivers remarkable distance and playability combined with remarkable feel in a medium-compact head design with a thinner topline and reduced offset preferred by discerning players. This was accomplished by incorporating technologies that improve on feel, sound and consistency while delivering significant distance. The P790 features a soft, 8620 carbon steel body combined with a high-strength forged 4140 carbon steel WrapFace in a hollow body design. The P790’s hollow cavity incorporates SpeedFoam Technology, a new proprietary construction which serves a dual purpose of generating ball speed as well as the management of sound and feel. Injected into the clubhead, SpeedFoam provides the face support and damping properties that make the performance of the P790 unlike any other iron in the TaylorMade family. The incorporation of the WrapFace construction creates a cut-thru Speed Pocket on the sole with extreme flexibility in the lower part of the clubface; it’s this flexibility which creates greater forgiveness and consistency than is typically seen in a distance iron design. The P790 also features an ultra-thin 1.75mm face thickness with re-engineered Inverted Cone Technology optimized for the slightly smaller face area. Whereas the company’s previous ICT which had a larger, heavier profile, the new, smaller Inverted Cone allows for reduced face thickness at the edges of the face, thus increasing flexibility from heel to toe and low on the clubface, resulting in more ball speed across the entire face. For forgiveness and playability, P790 irons feature strategically placed internal metal-injection-molded (MIM) tungsten weighting for precise CG placement and higher moment of inertia (MOI). Pricing and Availability Available at retail on September 15 (U.S. & Canada) & September 29 (globally), P790 irons will be offered in 3-PW, AW equipped with True Temper’s Dynamic Gold 105 steel shafts ($1,299) or UST Mamiya’s Recoil 760/780 ES SmacWrap graphite shafts ($1,499) with Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360 grips. Numerous other custom shaft options are also available.
  2. I have the taylormade rocketballz (RBZ) irons. I have had them for almost 5 years and I'm ready to upgrade so I need some advice. I'm around 12 handicap. Short game is what kills me. My ball striking isn't the best and by this I mean I don't think I'm ready for blades. I'm also not wanting to drop a fortune on a brand new set. So I need some advice for a new set. I don't want anything to bulky. I like the look of a thin iron. Some that I have been eyeing: rsi1 ap1 jpx850 any others to consider please let me know! thanks
  3. I started looking at the Maltby Playability Factor of various clubs and I'm wondering how valid this system is? I always just assumed I didn't have the swing to play musclebacks but I was surprised to see how low my current clubs are: 2016 Callaway Apex - 349 It's actually lower than the Pro version, as well as a number of musclebacks from other manufacturers. It's surprising because I felt these clubs are very forgiving and I have no problem hitting them at all. So going by the MPF, I should have no problem with most modern clubs, including blades. Is that really the true or are there design elements in the heads that aren't factored in the MPF? Here is a link for those interested: https://www.golfworks.com/iron-head-mpf-ratings/a/870/
  4. What's Your favorite club and why?

    Would like to know more about types and brands of clubs? I'm new to the lifestyle and well I can read reviews till I bleed from the eyes but actual users and reasons would be a great help. I personally like my irons (ping eye2's blue dot). I can hit them straight and each club up or down I can get about 10 yards plus or minus. 60-75% I hit them where I pray they go. I know there old as dirt but they hit nice and well just starting I figure I'll upgrade next season. Kinda why I'm looking for input. I have a tour edge bazooka QL 11 degree driver. Still trying to figure that monster out and a Ben Hogan 3 hybrid but have not hit it yet. I also have an older odyssey white hot putter with a fat grip.
  5. So today I was hitting into a net for a short while working on a few key pieces mostly revolving around creating a centered turn and keeping a stable head. It was a very experimental session and for the second half of it I was really visualizing hitting ball then ground which is of course what we are looking for when it comes to striking irons. Typically my good iron strikes are relatively clean picks of the ball right off the ground which I know is not ideal. However during the second half of this session where I really focused on ball first contact I instantly began taking nice looking divots starting at or just after the ball and the contact felt incredible. What I'm wondering is this: are proper divots the result of better control of low point, are they the result of a steeper angle of attack, or is it a combination of both of these? My assumption is that it is a mix of these two things since simply moving the low point more forward on one of my normal strokes where I cleanly pick the ball off the turf will not cause a divot.
  6. Should I buy a practice set? I'm considering buying a practice set of players' clubs. I currently play Callaway Apex's, game-improvement, but my thought is that if I practice with some blades it'll lessen my misses when I take the more forgiving clubs out on the course. Has anyone done this and how'd it workout for you? I appreciate any thought, thanks.
  7. Hi, I'm recently coming back to golf after a couple of years of not playing. When I finished playing I was a 12 handicap. I've been going to the range, have played a few rounds and have generally been playing well, around an 18-22 handicap. I've been striking the ball very well (just not hitting it too straight!), and am looking to get back into golf seriously. When I finished playing last time, even though a 12 handicap I was still using 'beginner' irons that were very easy to hit. The only reason I didn't have new ones was because myself and my dad couldn't afford to buy them, so I just stuck with the ones I had. I feel as though I need some new irons to improve my distance, as these beginner irons were designed to help you get height on the ball (which I don't need anymore). I'd also think they'd help improve my accuracy/flight as my beginner irons are offset, which I also don't need anymore. All that being said, can anyone recommend a good set of mid handicapper irons which I could buy? Price isn't an object at the moment, I'm more likely to weight the cost of irons against each based on benefit etc. I don't mind which brand, but have usually steered towards better-known brands (my driver and current irons are TaylorMade, woods and LW are Cleveland Golf). Thanks for any input!
  8. Unique Iron Purchasing Situation

    Hi there, thanks for reading also, I signed up specifically to seek help with this unique issue so I am grateful of any feed back. Okay so heres some background, Ill try to not be overly wordy. I am 28, not the best at golf and was given a set of taylormade R7 irons years ago. I usually shoot 105-110 but I hit pretty decent shots and 3 putt or lose a ball and 1 putt. I have started golfing more and wanted to get a newer (used set under 250) of irons. Hit a few dif 7 irons, jpx-800, tm 2.0, ping g15 and liked jpx's the best. So I found a set on ebay, ordered them, they were supposed to show up today and I got a CAR DASHBOARD. Thats a whole nother thread. So ill get my money back, no big deal but heres the dilema. I went to play it again sports (sporting goods store that pays cash for unwanted gear) and I sold my R7 Irons today. Needless to say, ebay turned me off bc I am just frustrated (more at USPS) but what are thoughts on getting a few brand new custom irons aand slowly piecing together a bag. I am 6ft 7 and big hands, so maybe a custom fitting would benefit me? I cant afford a new set of irons custom, but I could work with my Driver, 3 wood, SW, and putter. If I pay 80-90 for a custom ping g30 for my 'bigness' as my friends put it, would that benefit more? I can stock the rest of the bag with a set of spalding something or others that are at my parents. Was thinking a 6, 7 iron (can hit that off the deck about 150 with my r7) and possibly a 9? Anyways thanks for any input. I really appreciate it.
  9. I dont know why but I can crush and hit straight hybrid irons. If i try to use regular irons from 3-8 irons I suck. Anybody have and idea why this could be?
  10. Rare Stats

    To know my weeknesses i record my stats with a stroke gained approach. After 15 rounds i can see clear that i was bad with long irons and short irons. But what was rare is that my average spected score of my mid irons (7.8.9) where better than my short irons (P,W,G). Avg Wedges: 2,92 Avg Short Irons: 3,25 Avg Mid Irons: 3,21 Avg Long Irons: 3,54 I agree the fact that closer is better but in my case beetween a 7 iron and a Gap wedges there practically no different, moreover it´s better to have a mid iron in hand than a short iron. I know i have to work to improve my short irons but how could you explain that numbers? Note: the average only take in consideration the iron shot, not the result of the chip/putt after that.
  11. Forged Iron Opinions

    Hi all, I wanted to swing by here to quickly get opinions on some of the better forged iron sets that are relatively modern (post 2005 at least). I'm in the market for a second-hand iron set to tinker with and wanted feedback on what you all had great experiences with or have seen great reviews of. I'm not locked into any brand specifically but have seen fantastic things about early Nike blades and really any Mizuno forged blades. I'm looking to spend no more than 350 if that helps at all. I'm looking to lock down a purchase in several weeks before the season in the Midwest really picks up. Thanks for any opinions or suggestions! I look forward to scoping them all out!!
  12. Ultra-premium, Japanese-crafted Models Available Mid-Spring (COVINGTON, GA) – Bridgestone Golf – Innovator and manufacturer of premium golf balls, clubs and accessories – unveils its ultra-premium TourB Series of drivers, fairway woods, hybrids and irons, available in limited quantities through specialty retailers beginning mid-Spring. The drivers are offered in three unique models, the XD-3, XD-5 and XD-7, each featuring a matte finish and adjustable hosel that allows eight face-angle / lie configurations. Details include: XD-3 – 455cc head, round shape with deep face to promote a medium launch, neutral shot shape. XD-5 – 460cc head, flatter, shallow-face design to promote a high launching draws. XD-7 – 445cc head, classic pear shape that encourages low launching, fade-biased shot shape. Each shares a variety of innovative features, including Flex Action Speed Technology (FAST), which increases ball speed for maximum distance, even on off-center hits. Working in conjunction with F.A.S.T., are Power Ribs in each driver’s base, promoting stability for increased ball speed and dampening vibration for excellent feel. The face of each of the TourB woods feature the company’s Power Milling, which stabilizes the ball at impact to increase quality compression and reduce surface slipping or skidding. All three driver models come with a set of interchangeable weights (2g, 4g, 6g, 8g, 10g, 12g) to help players dial-in preferred trajectory and shot shape. Additionally, a variety of exotic premium shafts are offered stock, including top models from Mitsubishi Diamana, Fujikura, UST Mamiya and Aldila (estimated added value of more than $300). “We wanted to do something really special this year and decided to go ultra-high-end in every facet to create a line that combines incredible craftsmanship with the latest technological innovations,” says Zack Kupperbusch, Golf Club Marketing. “To launch the product, we will be working with a select group of authorized fitters, who will custom build each club to perfectly suit customer needs and preferences. Further information on fitting locations will be available shortly.” The XD-F fairway woods feature a shallow-face to encouraging solid contact from both the fairway and tee box and are available in 15* and 18* lofts. Designed with the compact shape preferred by better players, the XD-H hybrids are available in 18*, 21* and 24* options. Both fairway woods and hybrids include the same technological features outlined above for driver models. Adding to Bridgestone Golf’s celebrated line of forged irons for low handicappers is the cavity-backed X-CB and traditional X-Blade. Both feature high-quality 1020 Endo forging, 15 premium shaft options and minimal offset for a clean address and excellent workability. Additionally, the two have a forged mass strategically placed behind the impact zone for incredibly solid feel and response. The X-CB is engineered with a wider sole to prevent digging and encourage smooth turf interaction, while the X-Blade has a narrow sole, preferred by many Tour players, to help shape shots of all varieties. Drivers will be priced at $699, while fairway woods and hybrids are listed at $399 and $249, respectively. Both the X-CB and X-Blade will be $1200 (4-PW). The Tour B Series joins the respected Bridgestone line-up of Tour-proven drivers, fairway woods, hybrids, irons, wedges and putters tailored to players of all abilities. Bridgestone’s professional staff features 14-time major championship winner Tiger Woods, FedExCup champion Brandt Snedeker, Olympics bronze medalist Matt Kuchar, Masters winner Fred Couples, three-time major champion Nick Price, Bryson DeChambeau, and LPGA Tour star Karrie Webb.
  13. I went to a Titleist fitting centre yesterday to get fitted for some new irons with the view of either getting the AP1's or AP2's. I am a 10 handicap, decent ball striker, 7 iron 165-170 yards. I went in with the view of maximum forgiveness (AP1's) but after hitting both clubs my numbers were virtually the same (except AP1's went little further due to lofts). My fitter was leaning towards recommending the AP2's as he didn't feel with my swing speed I would get anymore forgiveness out of the AP1's. However I still feel I would be giving up some forgiveness. I preferred the looks, sound off the face and flight of the AP2's, butmy current mindset is still whatever makes this game easier to score low! I want to get down to 8 this year and keep progressing lower so I guess my question is which would you go for out of the 2 sets? Ideally I'd combo the set but the lofts don't allow it which is annoying. For the record I am not at the level of shaping the ball my focus is generally on a consistent straight flight. Advice & opinions welcome?
  14. I'm getting a new toy for Christmas. I'm getting a new driver and it's going to be a Ping G30. I'm stuck between the regular G30 and G30 LS Tec. My solid/proffered hits are push draws with a mid launch. My mishits are blocks and the occasional push slice. My straight hits tends to be slight fade bias. Which way should I go? I'm leaning toward the LS.
  15. The internet is failing me! I want to buy M2 Tour irons (heads only) and get fit for them with the shafts that I want. I can't seem to find them anywhere on the Internet without shafts. Can anyone help me? Thanks
  16. So i picked up a nice set of Ping E1 irons this summer for $100 and once I got home realized the set was missing both the 7 and PW irons. There was so many other wedges in the bag with it and I was so excited. The lady that sold them for her brother sold two sets and apparently they were sold with the other set. I've posted ads on CL hoping the other buyer would see but haven't had any luck, Anyway, I really like the clubs and think I will keep them ( they are stiff shafts which makes me question if I will) but am worried about how big of a deal for both me and a prospective buyer not having the two clubs. I think the 7 iron is a bigger deal than the pitching wedge but maybe I'm wrong. So I've been watching ebay and there have been a couple single irons with stiff shaft and blue dot for around a $100 each which I think is redicoulous but this weekend someone posted one for $50 however discovered theirs has the Ping CFS shaft and mine have the Nippon Tour105 shaft on them. That being said in your all opinions is it better to be missing a club or have a club with a different shaft? Or any other recommendations on where I could possibly find some matching single irons for sale? Thanks in Advance
  17. First time poster here, A while ago I bought a set of used Dunlop XTI irons (image attached). I cannot find any information on them though. Does anyone know what model they might be? Thanks
  18. which irons? 10hdp

    Hello All, Im currently a 26yr old fairly athletic slight build male, who plays off 10. I have been playing for the last 3 years coming down from 25. In past season i have moved from 12 to 9.5 making steady progress. I currently play with Ping G25 CFS reg shaft yellow dot. I have found these a pleasure to play, however i feel i want better dispersion, which i get with my ping gorge wedges 50, 56, 60 stiff shafts. Driver/ 3 wood wise i use G30 tour reg shafts. I tend to swing within myself speed wise (i dont try hammar the shit out of it) However my coach always like to pick me up on my over swing, which looks something like john daly, ha. So while the rain was setting this afternoon i thought id head up to the proshop and try couple out; Ping i-series Stiff- Best dispersion lost a little distance - felt solid Callaway Apex Stiff- medium dispersion medium distance- felt solid Callawat Steelhead XR stiff- couldt get on at all with these - ew Ping G25 reg- good distance weak dispersion.- feld solid What im wanting to know, will shaft make a difference on dispersion? Should i try any others? , is dispersion king over distance? Will "player" irons be beneficial for me in long run since my handicap is coming down? Should is stick with the G25s? Should i be bothered about losing distance? Sorry if this post makes no sense, hope you can fathom what im trying to achieve here. Thanks George
  19. Hi guys, I'm a 6-handicap (floating between 5 and 6 for a few years now) although being honest my long game is more like a 8/9-handicap. I've been using Callaway Big Bertha irons for about 10 years (big chunky heads on them) and am looking to buy some second-hand irons. I've always had an eye for Titleist irons - anyone have a recommendation? I hit a 5-iron 175, hit the ball pretty consistently so I don't think I need the heads I have at the moment. Would appreciate any advice! Thanks
  20. Hello, I'm Jack, and I'm an intermediate golfer. I know how to play the game and I'm just working on improving my mechanics and such. However, my clubs are a clear beginning set and are absolute crap and I need some suggestions on clubs. I have a budget of about $400-500. I am fine with a complete set, or a mix of wood, iron, and wedge sets and a driver. I'm looking for whatever gets me the most for my money. For irons, I'd prefer graphite, but I'm fine with whatever. Please send me either a complete set or parts to make a set and the total price. Thanks, Jack
  21. Hello all, I am planning to upgrade my irons. I shoot around 100. I want irons with a lot of forgiveness, and buying used ones is ok. My budget is $300-$400. I know that i should go to a golf store and try a bunch of irons in my price range on the golf simulator and see which ones I hit best. Then i should get them fitted. Is that a good way of approaching this? So far I am interested in Ping G series and Cobra Fly-Z. Thanks for your help!
  22. Hi all, Been out of the golfing scene for a couple years (wife in grad school means we have no money)... Currently I have old hand me down graphite irons, not sure what brand but they aren't good. I want to upgrade to some newer Callaway/Taylor Made/Cobra or whatever I can get a good deal on while maintaining quality. I'm going to buy used because I do have a budget and I want to replace all of my clubs, so I'm hoping my irons can stay under $250 if possible. Looking on eBay and Craigslist. i found a guy on Craigslist selling his Callaway X20 iron set with a lob and approach for $200 w/ a bag. Without the bag I got him down to $130 for all the clubs. I know these are 8-9 years old (maybe more?) so I'm curious if innovation and updates to clubs are too far beyond these. At the moment, my thought is for $130, it's worth it just to buy them and see how I like them for a few months. If I don't, I should be able to sell and get my money back. Is this a good price? Are the x20's too old at this point? Anyone have opinions on the x20s? I see mixed stuff online, but my assumption is it's Callaway and it'll be light years better than my trash I have now. Mostly I want very forgiving irons that are easy to hit. I'm not exactly a pro :) thanks in advance!
  23. I have been having trouble properly filling my gapping when I get over 200 yards right now I am hitting my 4 iron 205 and my 3 wood goes 240. I am currently playing a 3 hybrid but I don't like the feel of it. Im thinking about adding maybe a 5 wood. i have a three iron currently out of my bag because it is difficult to hit and it only goes about 210 right now.
  24. Club Question Here: So I'm not the best at hitting a driver (I slice viciously), but lately I have been killing my 5 iron long and straight. Drivers are expensive, and I don't see myself stopping my slice anytime soon, so what clubs would you recommend for an iron that I can hit longer than a 5, without sacrificing any accuracy? What brands have the best irons? Should I stick with the 5 or upgrade to a 4 or something lower? All answers welcome.
  25. I have been using an old set of Ben Hogan Apex Plus irons for about 7 years now. I like the shape of the head and thought it was good enough to improve my swing without having to get the latest and greatest expensive irons. Now I want to explore a new set of irons that will contribute to better control and consistency. Any recommendations on which new set would be a good candidate having been used to Apex Plus? I like the blade like perimeter weighted club head. Please share your thoughts! Thanks!