Best irons for under 500$...
Posted 23 January 2008 - 02:23 PM
Last year I started to work with a retired Canadian Tour Pro, who is helping scrape 20+ years of rust off my game. He suggested that I look to replace my 25yr. old Ram Tour Grinds with some new technology. I took the time to read Tom Wishon's "In Search of the Perfect Golf Club" and decided that I wanted to get properly custom fit with a set of clubs and that OEM weren't necessarily the best bang for the buck. I worked with my Pro to fit my swing and decided on a set of SMT 303CB2 Irons 4-9 & SMT Durometer Wedges. They were built to my spec by Mike, at 2Putt Golf. I was originally concerned about quality, as I ordered them over the internet and the price for the whole set was under $500.But, I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the build and how nice these clubs play.
SMT makes a series of irons 303MB (muscle back), 303CB (Cavity Back - game improvement) & 303CB2 (modified Cavity Back with a low muscle roll – players/game improvement). All three have traditional looks with small heads (almost the same size & look as my 25 yr. old Rams) and you can mix and match. SMT also has a very solid reputation for quality as they make many drivers for the Long Drive Competitors.
If you are more interested in performance than whether your friends will look down on you for using components, take a look at the SMT's. I never thought I would play anything other than OEM. Now I may never play OEM again. OK, I still have my woods to replace, when I can afford it. Right now I'm more interested in paying green fees to play my new clubs.
Edited by Sledge Hammer, 23 January 2008 - 02:24 PM.
Posted 23 January 2008 - 02:48 PM
Posted 24 January 2008 - 11:20 AM
But I'd really recommend getting a set of Tommy Armour Silver Scot blades (the cb's are great, too) on Ebay from Proshopwarehouse here: Link
They're forged, come with Rifle Flighted shafts in 5.0 or 6.0 (I got the 6.0), are incredibly soft, feel incredible, and I can work them like no other club I've ever hit. And you can get them shipped for about $150. Granted, the grips suck, but you can get them regripped for like $100 or less.
Everyone I've shown them to says they look beautiful, and they do, and the pro giving me lessons said they're one of the nicest sets he's ever hit with. They're absolutley worth the money, and used to retail for about $500 a couple years ago.
All the reviews on this site were very positive. Give them a try. If you don't like them, you can sell them on Craistlist for what you paid for them anyway!
Posted 24 January 2008 - 11:26 AM
Edited by sawmillphil, 25 January 2008 - 12:06 AM.
Posted 24 January 2008 - 11:33 AM
Posted 24 January 2008 - 12:02 PM
If you want DG S300 a different Seller which I don't know but has limited Positive feedback has them for 544.90 Buy It Now and it comes with a 706 Wedge. Another Seller, which again I don't know but has a bit more Positive Feedback, has an auction for DG S300 starting at 279.00.
Yet another seller has I701 Tours for 549.00 New with Project X 6.0 or Project X 5.5, both factory installed. The Seller has been on eBay for quite awhile with 100% Positive Feedback.
There are a few auctions going for the new I701 (non-tour) which I have seen this set won for 350.00 to 375.00.
Don't Delay Check it out. For some reason Srixon and Bridgestone do not get great new or used resale. . . and people complain about TaylorMade losing value, not any worse then those two. However, everyone on this board knows how good these two are so it's a fantastic deal.
(Not that TaylorMade is bad, or worse, or Srixon and Bridgestone is poor, or . . . you get the picture. Not trying to start any email war about brands. I like and appreciate all OEMs. I do despise Clones.)
Edited by 18th Legion, 24 January 2008 - 12:03 PM.
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Posted 25 January 2008 - 12:22 AM
How many GIR's on average?
Have you ever been fit? If so, when they put the impact tape, was your shot dispersion dime sized? Quarter sized? Silver Dollar Sized?
What's your ball flight? Do you compress the ball with your irons? Do you take divots?
If so, what are your divots like? Do they start even with the back of the ball? The front of the ball? A little past the ball?
The best irons under $500 for YOU really depend on those answers. Once you get them, do you know your proper lie angle? Length?
Edited by leekgolf, 25 January 2008 - 12:24 AM.
Posted 25 January 2008 - 12:29 AM
I think they are very forgiving. I play to a 7.6 USGA HCP right now and have been as high as a 8.something early in the year. Before this season I played game improvement irons (X14's, Hawkeye's). I really shouldn't have been playing the hawkeyes but I got a great deal on them so I played them for a couple of years. They were really forgiving but they were huge and I tended to lose everything left. I played them for a few rounds in the spring and then I picked up a set of X18 Pro Series. Then I tried some x20's and x20 tours before finally ending up with a set of 506's. Out of everything I tried this year the 506's seem to be the best. They are forgiving while still providing you with good feedback and some shot shaping ability. I don't normally try to work the ball, I only do it when it is absolutely necessary but it can be done with the 506's.
My scores got significantly better when I started using the 506's. I made more money in my weekly skins game and my handicap came down. I hit more shots closer to the pin then I had all year. Even my bad rounds were better than they had been with other sets early in the year. The biggest difference I noticed was distance control. Get your yardage, grab your club and hit it. With the srixons, they go the same distance every single time. There is no more second guessing myself over the ball, that makes a huge difference for me. I no longer get the nuked 8 iron that went 15 yards longer than it should have.
Brian- Like me you're an iron ho. You'll keep buying and selling irons until you either quit golf or die. How many sets did you buy this year? How many sets did you sell?
By the way, I will too. I bought 4 sets this year and sold 5! I still have 4 sets I play and a couple I don't
Posted 25 January 2008 - 12:44 AM
Wilson Staff Pi5.
I've been playing them 2 years and just can't seem to pry them out of my bag or hands. Now they're going for what???? $250 tops.
Second that. Great set of irons.
I would agree but for the Ci6 which is the real sleeper, great look at address, but plenty of GI assistance in a clean looking stick just waiting to take a 10 to single digits.
Oh yeah Adams a2 can be had for $300, the a3 in steel is available new at that price point, and yes you can work either club amply and they will easily play to single figures. They will also be much more forgiving if you havent tons of time to practice etc.
506s are lovely, but even Jim Furyk got them set up with more offset
I would advocate the most GI oriented clubs you can stand to look at for the everyday golfer even the tour players are going that way for a reason and its not cos they have bad swings.
Edited by mozgolf, 28 January 2008 - 12:35 AM.
Posted 25 January 2008 - 01:02 AM
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