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Today from the Forums: “Forgiving 18-degree utility iron?”

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Today from the Forums, we take a look at a discussion on utility irons. WRXer ‘mark98ca’ is on the hunt for an 18-degree utility iron and has asked fellow members for their opinions on what is the most forgiving option on the market, with a variety of models getting a recommendation.

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: “Ping Crossover, Titleist U-500 and Wilson staff for me.”
  • mootrail: “From the tee, the Srixon Z U45. Forged, butter, soft, and long. The squared-off fat sole is clunky and not the best from the fairway. I’d guess ditto for the U65, but I didn’t like my U85 at the new higher D4 SW. From the fairway, the Cobra King Utility Black One. Large sweet spot forged face and the seven iron length makes center contact and play from the turf a breeze. The sole-turf interaction is the best of any of the many DI / UIs I’ve tried. Of course, you’re going to give up yardage, but there is the full-size one as well. What’s more forgiving? A 20° Utility or higher. Plus if you go up in loft, there are a lot of long and easy SGI / GI irons out there with quite a few making it into tour player’s bags.”
  • dekez: “Cobra F6 Baffler. An ultimate utility club. You can hit it like a 5 wood or like a hybrid. From any lie.”
  • wam78: “My top 3 that I tried this year are U85, mp 20 hmb and u500. Currently playing the u500 and absolutely love it. It was the best looking to my eye, and it fit my gap better than the other ones.”
  • QuigleyDU: “The cobra King Utility irons has been my favorite club the last two years.”

Entire Thread: “Forgiving 18-degree utility iron?”

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  1. Paul

    Mar 26, 2020 at 10:18 am

    If you need forgiveness you shouldn’t he hitting an 18* utility club.

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GolfWRX Classifieds Spotlight (05/28/20): Titleist, PXG, Cobra

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At GolfWRX, we love golf equipment plain and simple

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment for the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball, it even allows us to share another thing – the equipment itself.

One of the best ways to enjoy equipment is to experiment and whether you are looking to buy-sell-or trade (as the name suggests) you can find almost anything in the GolfWRX BST Forum. From one-off custom Scotty Cameron Circle T putters, to iron sets, wedges, and barely hit drivers, you can find it all in our constantly updated marketplace.

These are some of the latest cool finds from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

Member Snax – PXG Gen 2 0311T Irons

If you are looking for a compact, fast, forged iron set that feels like butter on a warm biscuit, then these are for you. PXG 0311 Gen2 irons 4-PW with ProjectX 6.5, Get them while they’re hot.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: PXG Irons

Member Tnord – New in Plastic Titleist 680 MB

Absolutely stunning is the best way to describe these Titleist 680MB irons. This 15th-anniversary set and is considered highly sought after and I can’t imagine there are many sets out in the wild still in plastic and the original box! They’re not cheap but considering you are buying a new rare set – they shouldn’t be.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Titleist 680MB Irons

Member Ihahn – Cobra SpeedZone Driver

Here is your chance to get one of the hottest drivers in 202o for well below the traditional retail price. Although it’s just the head, it comes with a cover and if you are just looking to upgrades from a previous Cobra driver within the last 3-4 years, then the shaft ( with adapter ) you have will work just fine.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Cobra SpeedZone

Remember that you can always browse the GolfWRX Classifieds any time here in our forums: GolfWRX Classifieds 

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What GolfWRXers are saying about iron covers

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In our forums, our members have been discussing iron covers with WRXer ‘anythingfinite’ championing the use of iron covers when walking. As a walker, ‘anythingfinite’ says

“I hated the sound of clubs clanking together with every step. So I used neoprene iron covers and endured the ridicule for years. They never, ever slowed my play as I average 18 holes in a little over 2.5hrs playing by myself. It was never about protecting resale value, just about the noise.”

And our members have been discussing iron covers and whether they currently use them or would be tempted to use them in the future.

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.

  • jvincent: “Clanking irons in the bag is like the sound of metal spikes on a path. It’s old school golf.”
  • Z1ggy16: “Toss your club cleaning towel in the clubs to help stop them from clanking *as much*. You can also use your one hand to kind of hold some of them in place as you walk.”
  • Windlaker_1: “I use the neoprene covers. Not for resale value, as I normally keep them so long they aren’t worth diddley-poo at that point. Use them to maintain a nice-looking set of irons.”
  • MtlJeff: “I don’t really notice it that much when I walk, to be honest. Maybe its how I arrange my clubs….If the clanging is bothering me, you can just move the clubs slightly, and it usually mitigates it. But if you’re like, breakdancing down the fairway, tough to stop it.”
  • puttingmatt: “It’s your choice. I use iron covers, lets me not forget a club around the green, as the cover in pocket is a quick reminder that something is a miss. Also, it’s a good way to protect your clubs, and at these prices, makes you wonder why not since woods and putters are sold with covers that are intended to be used. One other note, it may keep others from assessing what’s in the bag, and keep a thief wondering if the bag is worth the effort. Hate the feeling about club theft, but clubs are targets.”

Entire Thread: “Confessions of an iron cover user”

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Is 8 degrees between pitching wedge and sand wedge too much? – GolfWRXers have their say

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In our forums, our members have been discussing gapping degrees and whether 8-degrees between your PW and SW is too much. WRXer ‘jonsnow’ seldom hits his GW and is considering dropping the club from the bag and wants to know, if he does so, will the current 8-degree gap between his wedges be too much. Our members have their say.

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.

  • ZA206: “For years I played a 47 PW and a 56 SW. I had a big hole in my scoring irons range (115-105 yards) that I tried to avoid at all costs. It cost me many strokes over the years. I felt like that gap was way too big and eventually settled on 46, 51, 55 (I also play a 60 LW) as my preferred setup. No gaps and I can hit every yardage without any issue. I’m a much better wedge player now than I ever was back then, but that’s not due to having more wedges, that’s more about technique.”
  • RainShadow: “In theory, yes. In actual real world action, depends on how many types of shots you can hit with the PW.”
  • MtlJeff: “I’ve played with 52 to 60 gaps. It depends on what type of shots you want to hit. I never chip with sand wedge and would rather hit a 3/4 shot with a 52 than a full with a 56. So it all depends on your game.”
  • bazinky: “A lot depends on how often you have shots in that yardage range. For example, I replaced my 50 and 54 with a single 52 wedge because I hardly ever had a yardage that required my 50 (I would sometimes go weeks without ever hitting it). That said, my biggest gap is 6 degrees. I think it’s doable as long as you have the discipline to be smart when you have a bad yardage. It can be tough to just aim for the fat of the green when you have a wedge in your hand.”
  • Pingistheanser: “I don’t think so. I’m more of a believer that you should pick lofts based upon the distances that you need to hit from. If those lofts allow you to hit distances that you need to hit, then they’re fine for you. I’m not a believer that you should have 4-degree gaps between your wedges because what good is a club that you never hit because you never find yourself in that distance range? For a time last year, I carried a 46-degree AW and a 56 degree as my only wedges, and they worked just fine. I’d sometimes have to make some adjustments if I found myself 90 yards off of the green because it would be too far for the 56, so I would just narrow my stance, grip down a bit and only swing the AW at about 75%.”

Entire Thread: “Is 8 degrees between PW and SW too much?”

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