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Game improvement irons vs Players irons – GolfWRXers discuss



In our forums, our members have been comparing and contrasting game improvement irons with players irons. WRXer ‘ DaveLeeNC’ has seen his handicap rise from single digits to 10.6 as he’s reached his 70s, and says:

“I was considering going to ‘full-blown GI irons’ as an experiment. Are GI irons really that much less controllable? I have hit a few at the range and that was not obvious to me, but I am guessing that my reaction might be different after a couple of rounds.

I can’t be the only guy who has gone down that path, so I was curious about experiences in this regard.”

And our members have been sharing their thoughts on the subject 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.

  • MOShii: “I think Game improvement irons require less effort to hit, which is definitely a good thing if you are older. They do feel a little jumpy/springy maybe because of the stronger lofts and because of that they do feel like they spin less, but you can always offset this by using a different ball or experiment with graphite shafts to increase your trajectory/peak height or both to get more control with your approach shots. Just because they are “game improvement” doesn’t mean they aren’t workable. If you hit with a draw swing or a slice swing the ball will still curve. It just softens up the curvature a touch.”
  • CDLgolf: “I’ve bounced back and forth between Ping g or i series irons for the last 20 years. My scores are the same with either. I don’t find the game improvement irons any less accurate. When I put a good swing on it, the ball goes where I want it to. For me, it’s just what I feel like looking at at the time. Sometimes the larger game improvement irons give me more confidence, and sometimes the smaller i series do. I regularly play with 2 guys 70+ who both shoot in the mid to low 70’s and both use G series irons and play well with them. I’ve never heard them complain that they are not accurate with those irons.”
  • martinbns: “I’m 57, play to a 10 on a dozen rounds a year so for me it’s GI irons, I play Mizuno 825 GW to 5I then 3&4 hybrid. Over the years I have played lots of golf with guys sporting “players” clubs and other than them not liking too much offset I never see them bending shots on purpose with any degree of regularity. I have a straight to slight fade natural swing; I can make my 825’s draw but oddly can’t hit a bigger fade. As we all get older our margin for error goes down as we lose distance, why make the game harder?”
  • INeedMoreGolf: “I’m 32 next month, and I have the reverse experience that you have.. I started with super gi irons then gi and now players irons. In my experience so far I’ve played best with gi and now the players irons… I have the mp 20 MMC, and although they are players irons, they are quite forgiving but smaller like I like. I think you switching to gi irons will be very beneficial for all the reasons you probably think. I think there is no shame at all in playing a gi iron either. Let’s be honest we can all thin, chunk, shank, push or pull. any iron weather its pi gi or sgi.”

Entire Thread: “Game improvement irons vs Players irons”

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  1. wally detler

    Sep 10, 2020 at 8:23 pm

    BEst ever!

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