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Forum Thread of the Day: “Best Distance Irons for Seniors?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from disco111, who asks fellow GolfWRX members for their opinion on what are the best distance irons for seniors. Plenty of different clubs get a mention, and some of our older members also offer their advice on how to solve the issue of decreasing length.

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

  • jjfcpa: “I’m 71 and been looking for more distance since I started playing just three years ago.  Took a few lessons last year from Golftec just to make sure I had the fundamentals down and was not grooving a bad swing.  I have pretty good luck with the short irons, but the long irons are a real problem for me.  I’ve tried many irons and brands and just recently acquired a set of Z585’s from Srixon with lofts jacked 2 degrees and UST Recoil senior flex shafts.  I’m finally seeing distances that I’ve expected from my mid irons and long irons.”
  • Cslade: “Rogue X are very strong lofts, but they also have a very low and deep CG. They should launch at about the same angle as more conventional lofts, spin a little less and go really far.”
  • farmer: “At 68, I play hybrids through the 7 iron.  Easy to hit, easy to get into the air, distance is as good as any iron I’ve hit in my senior years.  Easily 150 with the 6, easily 140 with the 7, good decision for me.”
  • wmblake2000: “I’m 66 and this getting older is a real thing.  But I also notice I still have days and swings where I still hit it like I think I should.  It just takes a better swing than it used to.”

Entire Thread: “Best Distance Irons for Seniors”

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  1. Methusalem

    Jan 14, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    Sorry but this makes no sense. What does that even mean „Distance irons for seniors“? Distance irons need a certain amount of clubhead speed so the proper question would be „Are there any distance irons for people with a low clubhead speed?“ And there is only one answer to this: If you can‘t generate enough clubhead speed for your distance iron, replace it with a hybrid. Why is this the forum thread of the day? Its a stupid question.

  2. budT

    Jan 14, 2019 at 10:58 am

    Don’t mess with Senior Golfers. We’re the ones who have the time and the money to play golf.

  3. Tom

    Jan 10, 2019 at 12:21 pm

    Senior golfers are more concerned about peeing every other hole than distance of their iron shots.

  4. Brad

    Jan 9, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    The irons that the majority of seniors should be playing with are the Cleveland Launcher HB irons, or similar from Tour Edge or even the older Cleveland Altitude hybrid irons.

    Most of the “distance” irons on the market have lofts that are far too strong for the swing speeds of most senior golfers. Because of D-plane, stronger lofts are also harder to hit compared to clubs with more loft, no matter how low or deep the CG.

    Golfers need to get off of the ego train and stop drinking the kool-aid from the marketing machines of these golf companies, so they can actually play better golf and save a few dollars.

  5. Johnny Penso

    Dec 26, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    The best distance irons for seniors are called hybrids.

    /end thread

  6. abe

    Dec 26, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    If your core is compromised with a loose weak enlarged belly and no x-factor between your hips and shoulders, you will never be able to generate enough kinetic energy to power up your kinetic chain. You are terminal.

    • geohogan

      Dec 27, 2018 at 12:05 pm

      Power in the golf swing comes from the turning of the torso. Clubhead speed from LAG.

      So called X factor is simply an illusion created by proper use of the scapula(loosest joint in the body)

  7. Jamie

    Dec 26, 2018 at 11:28 am

    Lofts being equal, it’s the shaft that will help seniors hit it further in a meaningful way and not the head.

    • smz

      Dec 26, 2018 at 2:18 pm

      Nothing will help seniors hit it further… it’s ‘old age despair’ creeping into the rest of their life on the golf course. Pathetic.

      • JAMES BERRY

        Dec 27, 2018 at 8:28 am

        Just remember, getting old is a pleasure denied to many. I hope you get the pleasure.

        • geohogan

          Dec 27, 2018 at 12:08 pm

          A truth for every golfer, the day will come when we will have hit our last golf ball.

          True at any age, we know not when that shot is our last.

      • Drbopperthp

        Dec 28, 2018 at 12:46 pm

        GFY

        • Howard

          Dec 28, 2018 at 2:38 pm

          The cultured and educated reply from a moron. No/fewer seniors = fewer players = higher costs.
          If you are lucky you will live long enough to reach our “old age”.

      • Robert Dicks

        Dec 29, 2018 at 9:48 am

        SMZ, if you worded your comment more cleverly, it might be taken tongue-in-cheek or as satire. But nope, it’s just mean. And the #1 reason for slow play is jerks of all ages playing from the wrong tee, not seniors on the course. And for distance as seniors, nothing beats a hybrid, as others have mentioned.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Low handicapper switching to game improvement irons”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from jasonTel3 – a low handicap player who plays blades but who has had his head turned by game improvement irons. According to jasonTel3, every ball was hit straight when testing out a set of Ping G400’s at a simulator, and he’s been asking fellow members for advice on whether he should make the move to GI’s.

Here are a few posts from the thread discussing jasonTel3’s conundrum, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • balls_deep: “My first thought is to say don’t do it.. but then if you’ve hit them, liked them, and the numbers were right, it could be a good option. A friend I play with uses G400 and they have too much offset for my liking. I also don’t like that you can see the cavity on the 4 and 5 iron. Top line is actually very nice for a SGI iron. I just read the Ping Blueprint article on Golf Digest where they were talking about how some players hit small heads better. I definitely fall into that category. That said, I just ordered a set of i210 to try as I had really good luck with the i200 and should never have sold them. Have you tried the newer I series? IMO it’s GI help in a players look with an acceptable sole width. Long story short though – if you felt comfortable and the fit was right, why not try them? If you don’t work the ball a ton, I don’t see any issue with it. High and straight is a good way to go!”
  • hammergolf: “I’ve been playing Ping G25’s for 6 years. Still can’t find anything I like better. I can hit any shot I need to whether it’s my stock draw, fade, high, or low. And when I hit it a little thin, or on the toe, it still lands on the green. My thought is why play golf with a club that will punish you for mishit when you can play one that will help you.”
  • azone: “Everyone has an opinion, and here is mine. If you are/have been a good ball striker with a sound mental game, your mind will keep writing checks your body may not be able to cash as you get older or don’t practice enough. Those “ugly” forgiving irons look beautiful when a miss ends up on the green, and you are putting– not in rough or deep in a short side bunker. Those irons won’t be AS ACCURATE as, say, a blade, BUT if you aren’t as dependable as in the past, your results will be better. I used to keep two sets of blueprinted irons; blades for practice and CB for play. I play with guys that have cashed checks playing…and they don’t care how ugly the iron is.”
  • Jut: “As a decent player (and ball striker) and a sweeper/picker (I could hit off of a green and not take any landscape with me), I’ve found much success with the F9s (which, with the wide sole, are very similar to the G410 irons). In the past 4 years I’ve gone from Mizuno MP-68 to Callaway Apex CF16 to Ping i500 (a brief and bad experience) to the Cobra F9’s. For what it’s worth, the Cobras have been the best of the bunch by far.”

Entire Thread: “Low handicap going to game improvement irons”

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WRX Spotlight: Stitch headcovers

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Product: Stitch headcovers

Pitch: From Stitch: “Your game should match your style. At Stitch, we aim to merchandise our line of products so you can easily put together items that not only match your bag and what is it in it, but also match your style and personality. We want to make it easy for you to have a unique and color-coordinated golf bag. We have designed unique products that have defined color schemes so that choosing which items to put in your bag becomes easier. We aim to provide you with various looks, mixing and matching our head covers to give you confidence that the purchase you make for your bag will take you to the course in style. Let us help you dress your game.”

Our Take On Stitch Headcovers

Stitch is a relatively new company – founded in 2012. The company initially only created premium headcovers but has grown into so much more, with all sorts of golfing accessories now on offer on their site StitchGolf.com. Their bags, in particular, are now some of the most popular amongst golfers, with the quality and uniqueness provided leading multiple Tour players to sport them in tournament play.

That sign of quality in the bags bodes well for what the company was founded on – their headcovers. Stitch provides both leather and knit headcovers in a variety of designs that do as good a job as any in covering the needs of all golfers.

Stitch describes the companies Monte Carlo headcover as being their “classic, timeless design”, and for those looking for that vintage style to add to their set up then they can’t go wrong with this headcover. A mainstay in the likes of multiple tour winner Paul Casey’s bag, the Monte Carlo headcover, as with all of the companies leather covers, is hand-crafted from 100% leather and is both water and stain resistant. The cover comes in four color codes: Black, White, Navy and Red, and at $68 is the most affordable of all their leather headcovers.

Other options in the leather department range from their intricately designed Camo cover which comes in a multiple color design, as well as Stitch’s tribute to “The King”, through their Arnold Palmer headcover.

The AP cover comes in a minimalist black with white stripes for a classic feel, but it also comes in a white color code decorated with red, white and yellow stripes which, for myself at least, looks even more alluring. Part of an exclusive collection, the only issue with the AP cover is that only those located in the U.S. are currently eligible to get their hands on one. But for those in the states, the company is now offering a set of three AP leather covers for $128 instead of $298 should you use the code APLEATHERS on their site.

From their Tour Racer, USA, Shamrock and Bonesman editions, Stitch provides a great choice when it comes to their leather covers, and as previously mentioned, all are hand-crafted from 100% leather, water and stain resistant and will assure an excellent fit on your clubs.

Stitch also provides knit headcovers which contain not only excellent designs but also the same quality which has gone into their leather covers. All of the companies knit covers are made from Techno Wool, which is 100% acrylic and designed in order for your clubs to stay entirely dry. Another feature of the knit covers from Stitch is their smart fit design which ensures all of the covers retain their shape over a long period, as well as providing for a cover that will reliably stay on your club.

The knit covers from Stitch cost $68 ($72 for the limited AP cover), and there are currently seven different designs available to choose from over at StitchGolf.com. The leather covers are, unsurprisingly, a little pricier, but still very affordable, ranging from $68-$98. The covers deliver in both style and performance, and for a relatively new company, it speaks volumes that the likes of Jim Furyk, Paul Casey, Bryson DeChambeau and many more tour pros are now sporting the company’s creations.

 

 

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Bettinardi signs Jason Kokrak (he’ll play custom Tour Department DASS BB8 Triplane putter)

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Bettinardi Golf has announced Jason Kokrak as the latest player to join the companies Tour staff, and the Canadian will play the companies custom Tour Department DASS (Double-Aged Stainless Steel) BB8 Triplane putter.

Kokrak began using the Tour Department DASS BB8 Triplane putter which features Bettinardi’s  F.I.T. Face Milling at the Honda Classic back in February. Since then, the 34-year-old has risen over 40 places in the Official World Golf Ranking up to 65th, and he has also leapt 30 spots in this season’s strokes gained: putting category in the same period.

Speaking on the new partnership, Kokrak praised the “quality, touch, and feel of the putter” from Bettinardi.

“Since switching to a Bettinardi putter earlier this year, I have been so impressed with the quality, touch, and feel of the putter. Bettinardi has the ability to craft anything I want from a solid block of metal, all milled in the USA. This was a big confidence boost to my putting and I look forward to a great partnership.”

Speaking on the addition of Kokrak to the companies tour staff, Robert Bettinardi, President and Founder of Bettinardi Golf stated

“Since switching to a Bettinardi putter earlier this year, I have been so impressed with the quality, touch, and feel of the putter. Bettinardi has the ability to craft anything I want from a solid block of metal, all milled in the USA. This was a big confidence boost to my putting and I look forward to a great partnership.”

Kokrak will next tee it up at the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Course next month after finishing T23 at last week’s PGA Championship.

 

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