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Callaway XR and XR Pro Irons



Callaway ‘s new XR iron line, which includes the XR and XR Pro irons, uses the company’s new Face Cup 360 technology that improves ball speed and forgiveness for longer, more consistent iron shots.


Cup 360 technology was first introduced in the fall with the company’s hollow-bodied Big Bertha irons. The XR irons have a slimmer, cavity-back profile, however, and the XR Pro irons are even slimmer — some golfers would call them blade-like, or players irons. That made engineering the Cup 360 an even greater challenge.

The reason Callaway engineers went through the trouble?


Cup 360 works because it allows Callaway engineers to better control the face thicknesses of the irons, creating more ball speed on good shots, but especially on mishits. According to Williams, they particularly shine on shots struck low on the face.


While the XR Pro has a thinner topline and narrower sole, both irons also use Callaway’s Internal Standing Wave — a weight pad (see it in red above) that better positions the irons’ center of gravity (CG). Because the Internal Standing Wave is unattached to the iron’s face, it gives the face the freedom to flex more that Callaway’s previous irons.

XR irons

XR Product Shots-41 copy


  • Steel: $799
  • Graphite: $899

Design Features:

  • Cup 360 Face Technology
  • Internal Standing Wave for higher MOI and ball speeds
  • 2-piece construction that includes a dual heat treatment

Release Date: 2/20/15

XR Pro irons



  • Steel: $899

Design Features:

  • More compact, thiner top line and narrower sole width than XR irons
  • Cup360 Face Technology
  • Internal Standing Wave for higher MOI and ball speeds
  • 2-piece construction that includes a dual heat treatment

Release Date: 2/20/15

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  1. Don

    Nov 3, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    Spent about 2 weeks trying different heads and shafts. Both Titleists (AP1 and 2), RSi, Ping i, Mizuno, and the Callaway Apexes. Have owned Callaway X18s for 12 years and go by the mantra ‘you need to beat the champ for me to buy you’. My swing isn’t consistent enough for anything like a blade (am a 12 with hopes…) but didn’t find anything I hit well enough to take the plunge.

    I went last week and tried the poorly badged XR Pros (add me to the list of guys who hate the red and blue on the back). Oh. My. God. I hit my 7i about 170 yds, and I gained 10-14 yds with XR Pro. I don’t care about distance very much but I care about accuracy a lot, and these were also more consistent with their dispersion. I was back and forth between the Ping i and these, tried them both multiple times on different days (my fitting guy loved me coming back and coming back ; ) and went with the XR Pros. I completely share the concern about what you do when you get to the PW and you’re hitting it 150 – how the heck do you gap down to 100 yards with 3 wedges (or even 4)? Well, once I figure that out I’ll let you know. They’re coming in the next 2 weeks and I’ll take all 90 days to determine whether I can work with them or not. I hope so. Long and straight – for me, what a concept! ; ) Happy playing, guys.

  2. Kujan

    Apr 27, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    I looked over a number of irons today in Golfsmith and the Pros were my favorite. Smaller head and shorter in length than RSi2.

    • Kujan

      Apr 29, 2015 at 5:16 pm

      Oops my bad. Checked the store again after checking specs. I must have been looking at the RSi1. The RSi2 is compact like the XR Pro and the club length is the same. The RSi2 has a thinner top line.

  3. stephen

    Mar 18, 2015 at 6:37 am

    I just demo the xr pro yesterday what abeautiful club much nicer looking then the xhot 2. I currently have cg 16s and I know what I will be changing too the xr pro that’s for sure topline is not that thick and the sole was good with the interaction to the turf get your self fitted then you find out how good they are . they mightn’t suit every one but someone who wants to step into the players iron area its a very good glub to look at

  4. Kurt

    Mar 12, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    I hit the XR Pro irons a few times and was getting more distance than many of the other irons I was hitting and was pretty much ready to buy them. I starting looking around at the specs and noticed the loft or face angle was at least usually a few degrees steeper. For example, on the 7 iron, the Callaway XR Pro is 31 degrees while the Nike Vapor Pro is 35 degrees, the Pro Combo is 34 degrees, the Titliest AP1 is 32 degrees. When I was hitting, I was also hitting the two Nike 7 irons mentioned above and was getting about 10-15 yards extra carry with the XR Pros. Since the Nike XR Pro 6 iron is a 31 degree club, I guess this would be a more comparable club to hit XR Pro 7 iron.

    Is this some kind of little game they are playing so that when you compare various makes of irons the XR Pro’s will appear to travel a lot further?

  5. Rick

    Mar 1, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    Playing Callaway irons for all these years, I am used to a little wider soles. I’m with LB, they look better than the resent Callys.

  6. Rick

    Mar 1, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    I can’t wait to try these out. I have been using x14 irons since they came out. I keep hitting them well but now I’m getting older and have lost a half club or more in distance. I’m hoping these irons help me out. Sounds like they might even open up room for another club in the bag with the 6 iron being as long as a typical 5 iron. Just need to hit both models.

  7. Sd

    Feb 19, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    Compared the xr pro irons to the 714 titleist ap2 on trackman. The loft of the xr 7iron (31) is the same as the ap2 6 iron (31). The callaway goes 5 yards further. Great feeling club but let down by this need for distance. Writing 7 iron on a 6 iron club is not how distance should be gained.

  8. Dave

    Feb 19, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    I had just bought a set of X2hot Pro’s 4-AW, they are very good irons and solid, I have not put them into play yet however I made the mistake of hitting the XR and the XR Pro at GolfSmith today. Unbelievable feel at impact, it is like hitting an AP-1 in steel only more solid, with the same impact sensation and sound, similar distance and control to the X2hot, I F’d up again I am going for the 5-AW in the Pro model, I thought this was going to be a gimmick, IT ISNT! I am an 8-10 handicap so a descent player and I am falling for it again! (cheaper than boating but expensive), old Chinese proverb, THE PROOF IS IN THE TEST- take your wallet and trade in’s with you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and they are to my dislike .25 of an inch over on the X2hot for those interested in that model, the pro is 38″ 5 iron. Callaway has done a complete make over from just 3 years ago. It is remarkable really, I thought they were done!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. David

    Feb 18, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    To the folks who are deriding these clubs without having hit them, here are the facts:

    1. The lofts and lengths of the standard set are the same as last year’s models. No gamesmanship there.
    2. The XR heads are actually an innovation in that the have a trampoline cup face adhered to a thin steel shell. The bottom of the club also flexes quite a bit. This is useful for amateurs, like me, who will miss low on the face.
    3. The shaft offerings are quite nice and are currently a free upgrade. I purchased a new set of XR irons with recoil 680s for less than it would have cost to reshaft my Mizuno JPX. My need to switch to graphite prompted my iron purchase in the first place.
    4. Distance gains are variable depending on how well you strike the ball. The better you strike it, the less distance increase you will see as compared to a standard set. However, I expect you will see 5-7 yards minimum for the same loft. If you consistently mishit your current irons, as many amateurs do, you will see large gains. This is because the areas of the face that would otherwise be miss hits, have a similar trampoline effect.
    5. My clubs were standard length with the 680s and Callaway achieved a consistent (within less than 0.5 SW) of D3 SW for all of the clubs, as I had requested. They are not, in fact, overly lightweight heads.

    I haven’t played Callaway clubs since the X18 irons and FT-5 driver days. While I will continue to play Ping woods, Callaway got my iron purchase.

    I encourage others to do their homework before posting their ignorance on the Internet.

  10. Teaj

    Feb 11, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    I agree its great for the consumer if they are willing to wait. But if your looking to purchase last generation Titleist through my experience you will have to do some looking around as Titleist seems to control their inventory a little better then the rest so if you want titleist your most likely going to have to buy new or hope that the 1 offs they have on the shelves fit your spec. A month before launching the new driver we were out of the previous model.

  11. JoeJoe

    Jan 28, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    Not seen these in person but does anyone know if the lofts are still about the same as the Xhots (I’ve attached the Xhot lofts below)? I’ve played those for two years and really like the club and forgiveness and I typically replace (or get the itch to replace) my clubs about every two years so I’m looking. XR seems to be about what I’m used to and XR Pro maybe not as much confidence at address as I might like. I’ll be demoing soon once I find somewhere that has these available.
    3 18°
    4 20°
    5 23°
    6 26°
    7 30°
    8 34.5°
    9 39°
    PW 44°
    AW 49°
    SW 54°
    LW 59°


  12. Steve

    Jan 17, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    They look like the xhot line. Hated the look of the x2 hot irons. I don’t play callaway, but I don’t see a lot reason to upgrade from the previous models.

    • sam

      Jan 17, 2015 at 5:08 pm

      Interesting that you take the time to comment at all being you do not play Callaway. Myself? I’ve been with Callaway since 1990 and do comment from time to time, pro or con, but I feel I can because I play Callaway.

      • Steve

        Jan 19, 2015 at 9:47 am

        Interesting that you take the time to comment on my post. Since you having been playing Callaway since 1990, but make no reply to the article itself or the clubs. I appreciate that I interest you more then the article. I feel I can comment since I live in th U.S and have the freedom to do so. And you are yelling at kids to get off the lawn. Your a troll.

  13. KT

    Jan 16, 2015 at 7:49 am

    Looks like X hot pro.

    • sam

      Jan 17, 2015 at 5:11 pm

      OK, So what?

      • Birdeez

        Feb 16, 2015 at 1:37 pm

        you seem like a miserable person to be around

      • Rick

        Mar 1, 2015 at 5:20 pm

        Right on Sam. First off you did not say Steve had no right to give his comment. Steve is just not smart enough to realize that this is about people that are interested in Callaway irons. But he has to make a comment that tells everyone that he doesn’t think much of the Callaway iron lineup. you know, to put down the people that do like Callaway irons. He probably won’t get what I am saying either unless I make it simple for him.
        So Hey Steve, Try being more of a gentleman, After all, golf is a gentlemans game. What you said in your post shows you are not a gentleman. And Sam was pointing this out without going through all this explaining. So really Steve, you are the troll.

  14. Tom

    Jan 15, 2015 at 11:16 am

    There seems to be a lot of suedo club engineers on this blog. Try the clubs then post your opinions.

  15. Gogio

    Jan 15, 2015 at 1:53 am

    Really wish McGregor golf could have capitalized on this tech since it really does work. They had “360° cup face technology” (their exact slogon also) in their irons back in the early 2000’s and most people who hit them know they were crazy long. Mac tec nvg2 irons were one set with 360 cup face technology but they had a couple others also. Callaway won’t say this obviously but wonder why it took so long for another manufacturer to pick up on this? It’s probably the only technology left that will legitimately give anyone more distance imo.

    • DSD

      Jan 15, 2015 at 4:27 pm

      As someone who worked in golf retail at that time (03-04), I can tell you the public thought those products were awful and we returned them all to MacGregor.

      • Gogio

        Jan 15, 2015 at 7:08 pm

        I never said anything about them looking good. Go ahead and google 360° cup face technology or nvg2 and you will get a bunch of info regarding McGregor. Hell the photo above is almost identical to theirs from 2004. Quite a few old wrx threads about them to. I didn’t imply about anything except for the (tech) involved. It works and Callaway knows that very well.

      • TJF

        Jan 16, 2015 at 2:55 pm

        The ORIGINAL NVG2 irons were very awkward, Way too much offset and too long from heel to toe, but the NVG2 MIDS were a much improved design…. powerful and solid thru the 7 iron. midsize head, and minimal offset in relation to the original NVG2. The 8-pw though was the weak leak in the set. I used a combo set back them of NVG2 mids 4 thru 7 , and PING I3 8-pw. I remember hitting a 205 yard par 3 in 42 degree weather with a NVG2 MID 6.

        • JT

          Jan 23, 2015 at 7:45 pm

          Rick Shiels has a good video on youtube.. that brought me here.. he hits the the 6i around 200y in the vid, and temp is probably in the 40’s.. I couldn’t believe that kind of distance so I guess you guys validate

          Btw, I picked up an Adams dhy hybrid iron in 2014 (2013 model) with a matrix white tie and love it.. so easy to hit.. Is that concept (hollow body) what Callaway is going for here?

  16. Andrew

    Jan 14, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    I hit the XR and XR PRO 7 iron tonight on the LM at Edwin Watts with Project-X 6.0 steel shaft and KBS C-Taper steel shaft. I currently game Ping I20’s with CFS X-stiff steel shafts. I can carry the XR and the PRO an average of 10 yards longer than my Pings. I normally carry my Ping 7 iron about 160 – 163 yards, with roll out to 170 – 173 yards. I consistently carried the XR and PRO 170 – 174 yards, with roll out to 185 yards. Not to say I can do this every time, my last swing carried the XR head with C-Taper shaft 188 yards, with roll out to 199 yards. These irons are extremely long and forgiving, with an outstanding feel to the face. I think the PRO’s are going to be in my bag this year.

    Last note, the numbers I quoted were produced with the new Callaway Chrome Soft golf ball. I alternated between the new Chrome Soft and the Speed Regime 2, and the Chrome Soft is incredible.

    • Andrew

      Jan 20, 2015 at 12:32 pm

      A 10 handicap is going to have a little inconsistency in distance. Instead of commenting on other people without knowing anything about them, maybe you should test the irons for yourself and post your own commentary on the irons.

    • Simon

      Feb 5, 2015 at 8:05 pm

      These types of irons are not made for precise yardages and functional gapping. This is why the philosophy of modern golf companies (or just Callaway and TM if you like) sucks big time. All the gaps in the long irons are squashed up and the scoring irons have large gaps – and these are the irons you need to be precise to score. There should be rules around what a 7 iron loft should be. This will also end the confusion around advertising distances.

  17. Tom

    Jan 14, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    I hit these today. My pro did not have the XR Pro heads yet. The regular XR heads felt great once he put a DG S300 shaft in them for me. I could tell about miss-hit location and got good distance and reasonable dispersion on my miss-hits. The XR 7I was comparable to the AP2 6I with equivalent shaft for me today in distance and actually launched a bit lower. (could be the Indian…) Anyhow these stand a real good chance of being in my bag come spring.

  18. WILSON

    Jan 14, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    A guy in our men’s league just barely bought a set of big bertha irons. I’ll have to ask him what it feels like to have obsolete irons already.

    • LB

      Jan 14, 2015 at 8:25 pm

      They release new irons all the time, what exactly are you mad about?

    • Jafar

      Jan 16, 2015 at 9:29 am

      They still work. It’s golfers that are obsolete, not the clubs. If you know how to strike a ball with a golf club, it doesn’t really matter who made it or when it was made. I’d take a set of Big Berthas ten years from now.

    • Dave

      Feb 11, 2015 at 5:36 pm

      Wilson, he doesn’t have obsolete irons. In fact the set he has are very good. The BB have more of a hybrid look with a deeper bounce that offers more forgiveness than standard irons. He’ll be able to score quite nicely with his clubs.
      I fit and sell clubs. I hit everything in my Edwin Watts store. They feel great.
      If your buddy bought his clubs from us he has 90 days to play them. If he’s not satisfied, bring them back and get full credit towards something else; but I’m pretty sure, if I fit him in the irons, he’ll have no complaints. You might when he starts taking the pot every week. 😉

  19. Rich

    Jan 14, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    What are the stock shafts please?

  20. Golfraven

    Jan 14, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    Can someone stop this marketing BS? We know those are the best irons, drivers ever build – nobody wants to go back in evolution. Like the Pro model, looking sharp and seems like there is enough tech stuff in them.

  21. Corey

    Jan 14, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    The PRO Model is unreal. I played apex pro all last year and thought those were long. I got 12 yards more with xr pro 7 iron over apex pro same specs.

    PGA Fitter

    • WILSON

      Jan 14, 2015 at 4:41 pm

      Way to be another shill, Mr. Corey. We definitely need more of those around.

  22. Troy

    Jan 14, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    The irons look nice overall, but do not like the red and blue inside the iron cavity, makes the iron look a bit cheap.
    I have the XHot Pro Irons and have loved them from day one, am not seeing anything with these irons that would make me want to give up what I have.

  23. other paul

    Jan 14, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    Bertha irons are super game improvement to the extreme. These are as well, just less so.

  24. Ron H

    Jan 14, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    colour me skeptical. The kind of golfer who wants more distance on gross mishits will just push/slice/pull/hook shots even Further off line and into trouble. A little help on mild mishits is a good idea. Too much help too far off the sweet spot and toe and heel strikes produce much worse problems, not better outcomes.

  25. harleyweewax

    Jan 14, 2015 at 11:56 am

    “Bladelike”?…….ummmmm, no. That topline is an immediate turn-off. Nice though that Cally is already out with their “latest and greatest”, sucks for all you guys with the new berthas that have barely gotten dirty yet. Any difference b/w TM and Cally anymore?

  26. Gregg

    Jan 14, 2015 at 11:52 am

    So what is the point of the Big Bertha irons at an extra $200 retail? Good job on Callaway pushing that iron on the retailers before bringing these out

  27. Eugene Marchetti

    Jan 14, 2015 at 11:40 am

    At least the price of these irons are more in line with other brands. The Big Bertha’s were over priced and, in my opinion, over hyped.

  28. Teaj

    Jan 14, 2015 at 10:21 am

    if you need a little extra distance with a pro model these will most likely fit the bill as the previous ones for me anyways were a club longer. Most likely due to them being delofted

  29. BL

    Jan 14, 2015 at 10:01 am

    The XR Pro irons are slim and blade-like? I must be looking at the wrong pictures.

    • jgpl001

      Jan 14, 2015 at 4:50 pm

      Me too, don’t see any blade like characteristic or slim top line here….

      These are just rehashed x hot 2 pros and will be clearing at half price in March

  30. Ian

    Jan 14, 2015 at 9:44 am

    cast club mean inconsistent distance control, also the heads are sooooo light that you lose all swing timing because you cannot tell where the head is on the down swing.

    Look pretty, though that top line is still too thick, the sole unit is too thick so turf interaction plays a huge part

    If I were callaway I would look at the AP2 714 iron range and look to replicate what Titleist do, this would increase their market share

    also stop launching new clubs every year, I mean come on last year the V series, big bertha, big bertha alpha, big bertha 815 and now the XR range

    what is wrong with every two years, jeez it was just two years ago you launched the Xhot pro

    • Rick

      Mar 1, 2015 at 5:43 pm

      I agree Ian. but they want as much market share as they can get I guess.

  31. LB

    Jan 14, 2015 at 8:32 am

    these look good! much nicer than Xhot and X2hot releases

  32. James

    Jan 14, 2015 at 8:10 am

    Still a pretty wide sole and a thick topline on the Pro than what I would prefer but as always I will demo them like I do most new clubs.

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Puma unveil new Ignite NXT Crafted footwear



Puma Ignite NXT Crafted footwear

Puma Golf has launched its new Ignite NXT Crafted footwear – a new version of the NXT with premium leather accents.

The upper of the shoe features a premium leather saddle wrapped around Pwrframe reinforcement. The Pwrframe TPU is an ultra-thin frame that is placed in high-stress areas of the upper for lightweight in a bid to offer added support and increased stability.

Puma Ignite NXT Crafted footwear

The new additions feature Puma’s Pro-Form TPU outsole with an organically-altered traction pattern, containing over 100 strategically placed directional hexagon lugs in proper zones, designed to provide maximum stability and traction.

Puma Ignite NXT Crafted footwear

The Ignite NXT Crafted footwear contain a full-length IGNITE Foam midsole, wrapped in Soleshield in design to offer maximum durability, comfort and energy return. Soleshield is a micro-thin TPU film that is vacuum-formed around the midsole designed to make cleaning off dirt and debris effortless.

Puma Ignite NXT Crafted footwear

Speaking on the new Ignite NXT Crafted footwear, Andrew Lawson, PLM Footwear, Puma Golf said

“The Ignite NXT Crafted perfectly fuse the beauty of handcrafted shoemaking with modern development techniques to deliver optimum elegance and peak performance. With the combination of style and performance these shoes will appeal to a wide variety of golfers – those who appreciate the classic look of a leather saddle shoe and those who value modern comfort and stability technologies being a part of their game.”

Puma Ignite NXT Crafted footwear

The Ignite NXT Crafted shoes are available in 4 colorways: White-Leather Brown-Team Gold, Black-Leather Brown-Team Gold, Peacoat-Leather Brown-Team Gold and White-Hi-Rise-Team Gold) and come in sizes 7-15.

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The shoes cost $140 per pair and are available online and at retail beginning today, June 5, 2020.

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What GolfWRXers are saying about the best Nike driver ever




In our forums, our members have been discussing Nike drivers. WRXer ‘DixieD’ is currently building up a Nike bag and has reached out to fellow members for driver advice, and WRXers have been sharing what they feel is the best Nike driver ever made.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • Ger21: “VR Pro LE? I have two I was still playing last year.”
  • mahonie: “The STR8-Fit Tour was one of the best drivers I’ve played. Still have it the garage and take it to the range occasionally…it would possibly still be in the bag if it hadn’t developed a ‘click’ in the head which I cannot fix. Long, straight(ish) and nice sound.”
  • jackr189: “The VR_S is one of the best.”
  • Finaus_Umbrella: “I played the Vapor Fly Pro, and still do on occasion for nostalgia sake. Sound and feel are great, but it demands a good strike.”
  • PowderedToastMan: “I enjoyed the SQ Tour back in the day, the one Tiger used forever. Do I miss it? Not at all, but it was a pretty good club for its time.”

Entire Thread: “Best Nike driver?”

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What GolfWRXers are saying about driving irons for mid-handicappers



In our forums, our members have been discussing whether mid-handicappers can benefit from a driving iron. WRXer ‘jomatty’ says:

“I average about 230 off the tee on good drives. I can get a little more sometimes, but 230 is probably the average. I’m 42 years old and shoot in the mid to low 80’s. I do not get along with fairway woods very well, especially off the tee, and really don’t get enough extra length over my hybrid to consider using it aside from very rare situations on par 5’s (I’ve considered just going from driver to 19-degree hybrid and getting an extra wedge or something).”…

…and wants to know if he would be better served by a driving iron. Our members have been sharing their thoughts and suggestions.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • MtlJeff: “If you can shoot mid 80’s, you probably hit it well enough to hit a bunch of different clubs. Personally, I think hybrids are easier to hit….but some driving irons are quite forgiving. I use a G400 crossover that is very easy to hit and looks more iron-like. Something like that you might like. Be careful with some of them though because they aren’t always super forgiving, so you’d have to hit them first.”
  • HackerD: “G410 crossover is my version of a driving iron, feel like I hit it straighter than a hybrid. Just as easy to hit as a hybrid.”
  • hanginnwangin: “I shoot in the low 80s normally and in the 70s on my really good days. I have probably around the same or similar swing speed as you. I have been hitting my 4 iron off the tee on tight holes, and it’s been working pretty well so far. I hit it about 190-220. I have a 4 hybrid but just can’t hit it as consistently as the 4 iron, and it doesn’t even go much farther. I have a 5 wood which I only use for 220+ yard par 3s or wide-open fairways. Basically, it’s all personal preference and what you do best with. Everyone is going to be different. Try new stuff out and see what works. But if irons are the strongest part of your game (they are for me as well), I would give the 4 iron a shot. You can get a lot of roll out on the tee shots with it,”
  • Hellstrom: “Don’t laugh, but I bought a 17* hybrid with a senior flex shaft at a garage sale for $5, and I can hit it nice and easy and keep it in play without losing any distance. My driver SS is between 105 and 110 usually and swinging this thing feels like swinging a spaghetti noodle, but it works. I don’t have it in the bag all the time, but I do use it for certain courses. I take my 6 iron out and throw that in, so if I struggle with getting the ball off the tee, I just go to that.”

Entire Thread: “Driving iron for a mid-handicapper”

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