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Forum Thread of the Day: “Best clubs for a strong newbie?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Sparty47 who is on the hunt for the best clubs for a strong newbie. In our forums, Sparty47 disclosed the following information on his game 

“Started golfing seriously in Feb. of this year and looking to replace my old irons. Current gamers are some Callaway Diablo Edge irons/hybrids. They’re “R” flex w standard LLL.”

“Little info on my game… I’m a younger guy, and former athlete so don’t have any problem generating clubhead speed (7 iron 105+mph) but my ball striking is not good (yet?). I’ve taken a few lessons, and the pro insists I have a “good” swing just lack consistency in my sequence/delivery. Also said I NEED new irons, “R flex” with my speed and fast tempo is a bad combo. Also, the heads I’m using have very poor feedback on strikes.”

Our members have been giving their thoughts on what direction Sparty47 should now take, and how he can get the best out of his game going forward.

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.

  • mtiger10: “Sounds like you’ve done all the right things for somebody new to the game – lessons, fitting, having right shafts and LLL is certainly important. Cavity backs may not always provide that feel you desire but certainly will help until your swing consistency is where you want. There are certainly great options in between SGI and players irons. The “players distance” category or “game improvement” targeted at mid handicappers may be a good place to start. Demo, demo, demo before purchasing!”
  • drumdude96: “I would seriously consider simply re-shafting your current clubs. The Diablo Edge is a pretty good set for someone new to the game. They will give you the high launch and forgiveness you need right now. You likely need some heavier and stiffer shafts to get the most out of them though. There are some really good shaft options nowadays with parallel tips to fit into those heads. Dynamic Gold X100, Nippon Pro Modus 3 Tour 120 and 130, KBS Tour and C Taper are just a few off the top of my head that might work well for you. If I were in your shoes, I would work with a fitter to find the right shafts and then just have the Callaways re-shafted. That approach will save you some money that you can spend on more lessons, which are very important at this stage in the game.”
  • Larry14: “Try Ben Hogan Edge irons, you can go to their web site and order two irons to try out for $20….Being athletic you may find the smaller “Forged” head a blessing as to learning to hit the sweet spot…I found they made me really put effort into all parts of my swing from set up to contact…you will know by feel what a center hit verse a toe or heel hit feel like. Even just doing their demo deal is well worth the time….tip is to find a range you can hit off grass before you buy any new irons…”
  • lawsonman: “The first thing I would tell you to do is quit worrying about swinging so fast. If you swing your seven iron 105+ mph on the course, you’re 15 mph faster than the average on the PGA Tour. Slow down and get some control in your game or it won’t matter what kind of irons you’re playing.”

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  1. Anthony Bekiaris

    Sep 9, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    you’re a quick study or a deep thinker to be so new to the game and have already got your head around the fitting/technical side of golf wow… i was to struggling enough trying to learn to get up and down out of a bunker to even know what L,L,L were?

  2. Brandon

    Sep 4, 2019 at 10:07 pm

    If you are picking up the game quickly you shouldn’t buy a set of game improvement or super game improvement that you will want to replace in a year when you are striking the ball more consistently. A players distance iron is probably what you want, and you definitely want to chill on that 7 iron. Smooth is fast.

  3. Prime21

    Sep 4, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    Doesn’t sound like ur clubs lack feedback, sounds like you don’t know what you’re looking for. Learn to control your swing. Know the difference between 105, 100 & 95 mph. Speed is irrelevant if you don’t know where center is or if you can’t repeat it. Obviously speed is great, but if it is not channeled, it is wasted. Stop searching and learn how to hit those clubs, then get fit by a reputable fitter and see if swinging harder with proper flex makes sense. A “new” golfer does not know the definition of feedback so ignore the lingo and do the work.

  4. James

    Sep 4, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    A used set of game improvement irons with X100 shafts.

    • dat

      Sep 4, 2019 at 1:32 pm

      Easy. Get some X stiff shafts in a moderate set of USED “game improvement irons” and then take lessons.

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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.

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Honma launches new XP-1 Series driver, fairway woods, and hybrids for 2020

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new 2020 Honma Driver

For 2020, Honma Golf is launching the all-new XP-1 line of clubs comprised of an entire family holistically designed to help players maximize forgiveness and get the most out of their games with one set. The new Honma XP-1 drivers, fairway woods, and hybrids, all the way to irons, is a new direction for the premium Japanese company that brings together ultimate craftsmanship with performance.

The highlight of the XP-1 line from Honma is the fact that they were designed from top to bottom to work as a comprehensive set of tool to achieve maximum performance. The technology in the metal woods flows from the driver to the hybrids with a seamless transition that creates consistency for feel and looks for the player.

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new 2020 Honma Driver

New 2020 Honma Golf Driver

Honma is known for its dedication to quality and craftsmanship, and every part of the XP-1 line was developed with the golfer in mind to both look appealing and perform to the highest standards. The XP-1 driver packs a lot of technology into a very classic looking club, and we’re here to take you under the hood—or in this case, the carbon fiber crown—to show you how it can help you hit better shots.

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Honma XP-1 Driver Toe

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Flip the driver upside down, and we have a lot more going on with the sole than initially meets the eye. Honma is introducing a new double slot in the sole for increased ball speed across a much larger area of the face. What starts off smaller in the middle increases in width and depth as it reaches towards the heel and the toe of the club. These slots, along with improved MOI, keep ball speeds up and misses closer to the intended target. The last part of the equation: How these wider parts of the face, flex around the more narrow middle to also increase gear effect—think of it like one more way to help the bigger misses stay in play.

New 2020 Honma Driver XP1

2020 Honma XP-1 Driver sole and shaft adjustment connection

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Honma 2020 xp1 driver shaft

Honmq Vizard 43g shaft

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New for 2020 Honma XP-1 Fairway wood

New for 2020 Honma XP-1 Fairway wood

The Honma XP-1 3-wood uses the same weight-saving ET-40 crown to position a large amount of the club’s total mass low and on the sole for greatest possible launch and spin consistency. The 3-wood is the second-lightest club in most players bags by total weight and head mass, and unless you are carrying a second driver, it’s also the second-largest by volume. By using the carbon crown designers get everything they can from the other technologies including the double slot sole and thin fast face without having to sacrifice the overall design of not just the head but the entire club.

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Honma XP-1 3 wood crown

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New Honma 53g Vizard Fairway Shaft XP1

Honma 53g Vizard Fairway Shaft

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Honma XP-1 hybrid

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New 2020 Honma XP1 hybrid

Honma XP-1 Hybrid

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