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Forum Thread of the Day: “Talk to me about driving irons…”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from balls_deep who as a high ball hitter, has sought WRXer’s advice on what driving iron may suit him best. In balls_deep’s words, he’s looking for “something that goes straight and is easy to flight high or low when needed and doesn’t want to go left” and a club off the tee which he can use “for shorter par 4s I can knock down and run out but still use on long par 3s and second shots into par 5s around the 220-230 mark.” Our members share their suggestions.

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

  • jvincent: “I’m going to guess P790 UDI will be the best option. I’m not quite as fast as you but am looking for a similar club, low launch, low spin for off the tee. I’ve resisted pulling the trigger on a few UDIs I’ve seen on eBay. So far.”
  • Lefty96: “I switched to a driving iron this year for the same reasons you’re stating about the hybrid. I would say we are very similar statistically speaking with our ball flights and speed. I added an 18 degree Srixon u85, and it does everything I need it to. I find it very easy to hit both off the tee and the fairway. It’s become a solid 230 club for me. I still launch it fairly high on a normal swing, but it is still lower than my old 18-degree hybrid. If I want to flight it low into the wind, I can make it happen the same way I would my 4 iron which is something I couldn’t do with the hybrid. It’s been a great club. I looked at the tmb but found it much less forgiving. That should be obvious when looking at the size differences, but for me, the slightly chunkier look doesn’t offend me with a driving iron.”
  • Pwood28: “Since you’re already playing a T-MB in your 4 iron, assuming you like it, I’d throw in the 3 iron since height, spin and distance don’t seem to be an issue. I’d also vouch for the UDI as a good choice and throw in the new Mizuno HMB. I recently bought a HMB 3 iron, and it is large enough that it gives you all the confidence in the world to go after the ball, but still retains decent looking lines.”
  • drvrwdge: “Srixon U85 at 20* for me. Its 250ish off the tee and my 235-240 club of the deck. Went Recoil 95 F5. Can flight it, hit it high, turn it over, hold it off etc.. Does everything and is supper forgiving especially on toe side strikes. Had an i500 3i with an AD 95x for a while and it was just tough to elevate off of the deck. Not as forgiving as the U85 either.”
  • wam78: “I hit the u500 last week, and I came away impressed. Fantastic look at address without looking too GI. Felt good out the middle and was pretty easy to hit. If I were in the market probably would have purchased not the spot.”

Entire Thread: “Talk to me about driving irons…”

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  1. Bill

    Nov 4, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    I wouldn’t write off hybrids 100% yet. I dip into both worlds as I have a Mizuno MP H-4 bent to 22*. Shaft is X100 so probably around 130 grams. Love it. 215-225 window off the tee, 230 if I really lean on it. I also have an 18* Adams Idea Pro Black 9031 hybrid with a super stiff Aldila RIP alpha 105 gram shaft. I’m a pretty mid trajectory player most of the time and I can work both clubs pretty well. I hated hybrids for the longest time because I’d always hit this whippy snaphook that just hooked forever it seemed. The Aldila shaft solved all my problems so I guess the best thing for you to do would be to get on the range and hit everything you can. You could do a launch monitor obviously, but I’ve never really trusted them compared to the eye test. Also, the gap you are trying to fill is important as a hybrid or iron may just fit better there.

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Rasmus Højgaard winning WITB: Afrasia Bank Mauritius Open

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Driver: TaylorMade M5 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei AV Blue 65 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade M5 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana ZF 70 TX

5-wood: TaylorMade M6 (19 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Blue 90 X

Irons: TaylorMade P770 (4-PW)
Shafts: KBS C-Taper 125 S+

Wedges: TaylorMade MG Hi-Toe (50, 56, 60 degrees)
Shafts: KBS Custom Black X

Putter: TaylorMade TP Patina Ardmore 3

Ball: TaylorMade TP5

Grips: Golf Pride MCC

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Henrik Stenson’s winning WITB: 2019 Hero World Challenge

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Driver: Callaway Epic Flash (9 degrees @ 8.5)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei AV Blue 65TX

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3-wood: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero (13.5 degrees)
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5-wood: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero (18 degrees)
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Irons: Callaway Legacy Black (3-PW)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 120 X

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Wedges: Callaway Jaws MD5 (52, 58 degrees)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 120 X

Putter: Odyssey O Works #7
Grip: Garsen Max

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Wrap Cord

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WITB Time Machine: What Charles Howell III was playing in August, 2015

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Editor’s note: For as much fun as it is to see what’s in a player’s bag right now, it’s also pretty intriguing to take a backward glance at a golfer’s WITB to see what has changed—and what hasn’t. We’re calling this feature “WITB Time Machine.” We started with Tiger Woods’ WITB from August of 2015. Now, let’s take a look at one of our favorite pros’ setups from the same month. CH3 is one of our favorite tinkerers, and as you can see from the shot of his full bag, he was tinkering away earlier that year when we shot his bag—he set roster below for the 2015 Barbasol Championship.

Driver: Ping G30 LS Tec (9 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage XTS 60X

3-wood: TaylorMade R15 (15 degrees)
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5-wood: Titleist 915F (18 degrees)
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Hybrid: Ping i25 (22 degrees)
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Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Mizuno MP-T5 (56-10, 60-14)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Putter: Odyssey Metal X Milled #2 (Smooth Face)

Grips: Golf Pride MCC

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