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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.”

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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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Today from the Forums: “Recommend me a 14th club…”

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Today from the Forums showcases our members helping out ewe8523 who is on the hunt for a 14th club. Per ewe8523:

“My home course is fairly short 6050 yards, so I’m not really in a position where I have to hit a lot of long fairway shots. There is one par 5 on each side – 548 and 449 respectively.

Open to other options as well.

Including current specs and avg distance.

  1. Driver – Cobra F9 – 250 yards
  2. 3-Wood – Cobra F7 – 220 yards
  3. Hybrid – Callaway Epic – 200 yards
  4. 5 Iron – Callaway Apex CF16 – 175 yards
  5. 6 Iron – Callaway Apex CF16 – 165 yards
  6. 7 Iron – Callaway Apex CF16 – 155 yards
  7. 8 Iron – Callaway Apex CF16 – 145 yards
  8. 9 Iron – Callaway Apex CF16 – 130 yards
  9. PW – Callaway Apex CF16 – 115 yards
  10. 50 Degree – Vokey SM6 – 100 yards
  11. 56 Degree – Vokey SM6 – 75 yards
  12. 60 Degree – Cleveland CBX – Bunker Only
  13. Putter – Scotty Cameron Newport 2
  14. ?”

WRXers have been giving their suggestions on what could work best for ewe8523, and also discussing what they have found most useful from a 14th club standpoint.

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.

  • heathpitts: “Very similar setup and gapping to my setup. Although my wedge lofts are a bit different. I have wedges at 50, 54, 58, and 62 but generally, only carry 3 per round. I adjust the 54-62 based on where I’m gonna play. I do also have a graphite shafted 3 utility iron that I play around with as a driving iron, but I see that you haven’t really found one that you like. I adjust the 14th club based on the course or conditions or time of year (due to different wedge grinds) sometimes but try to keep it as simple as possible. I think your setup is pretty good honestly. I always seem to score better with fewer options, so I don’t try to get cute with shot selection 🙂 I play 13 clubs a lot of times.”
  • MP4444: “I agree with the others on a club to hit that 185-190yrd spot. Either a hybrid or an iron with extra help compared to the CF16s. I personally have a 4 hybrid and a more game-improvement style 5 iron that I use interchangeably for this spot in my bag depending on how I’m striking the ball. When my ball striking is on, I usually prefer an iron in this spot because my misses are smaller, but it’s nice to have the help of a hybrid when I’m not feeling so on with my game. If you go the iron route just be sure to check out the lofts to ensure the proper gapping. Some game improvement and super game improvement type irons have stronger lofts so you may need to look at a 4 or 5 iron depending on the model. I would also recommend hitting both on a launch monitor and comparing peak height and spin numbers. You are still typically looking to hold a green at this distance, so you want to make sure you are getting enough height and spin to have a chance.”
  • Z1ggy16: “The obvious choice is like a 188-yard club but if you never need that shot… Why spend the money? Other option is like a 64* wedge, but that’s probably going to get you into trouble more often than not. I’d lean toward the 185-190 yard club, probably another hybrid, gives you more flexibility if you play other courses that are longer.”
  • crapula: “Higher lofted Callaway Epic?”

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Today from the Forums: “Best 54/56-degree wedge for a sweeper?”

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Today from the Forums we take a look at 54 and 56-degree wedges which are effective on full shots from tight lies. WRXer, 10of14, is a sweeper of the ball and has reached out to fellow members who have been giving their suggestions in our forum.

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.

  • dhen9: “M grind or ES Glide 2.0.”
  • PowerCobra98: “Callaway MD4 or MD5 with the C Grind.”
  • bsb70x7: “I am a sweeper and a low bounce player. I play Vokey 54 with 10* of bounce (as my highest bounce). You may want to go with 8* of bounce if you use your Lob wedge in the sand.”
  • NYCGolfNut: “I’m the same. M grind Vokey – 8 deg bounce, heel and toe relief. Works great.”

Entire Thread: “Best 54/56-degree wedge for a sweeper?”

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Today from the Forums: “Searching for a 5-wood”

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Today from the Forums we take a look at 5-woods, with WRXer, RAMDAN, on the hunt for a new addition to his bag. Our members discuss the options on the market and give their take on the best models from their experiences.

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.

  • Golf64: “Cobra F8 and 9s are still out there, and the new SZ is nice too. I prefer Ping, love the look and feel and easy to get in the air!!”
  • KGilma: “I just replaced my F6 baffler with the F9. It is a definite upgrade. I still have the F6 if you’re interested.”
  • bjh1: “Recently got an Epic Flash 5 wood (regular, not sub-zero), and I am loving it! Can’t go wrong sticking with the Callaway.”
  • jah7838: “I agree with those mentioning the Baffler and the other various Cobra offerings. F8+ and F9 Tour are really good clubs. I just got the F9 Tour 3 wood, and it’s really easy to elevate with the right shaft. I still have my Baffler that I’m going to mess around with as my 5 wood. I was using it as my 4 wood for last season, and really liked it, but I found a good deal on a like-new F9 Tour 3 wood that I couldn’t pass up. The issue I’m going to have with the Baffler as my 5 wood is that I’ve had my Adams 19* XTD Super Hybrid that it’s going to have to beat out. I’ve had that club for so long now, and I’m going to have a hard time not keeping that one in the bag. It’s not a knock on the Baffler; it’s just how much I trust the XTD.”
  • AG12: “I just was given a PING G410 5W to try, and I think it’s the easiest FW to elevate and just wants to go straight. I think j the Tour 75 shaft that PING offers is a great shaft as well. Worth a look if you’re in the market.”

Entire Thread: “Searching for a 5-wood”

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