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Members Choice: The Best Super Game-Improvement Irons of 2017


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Poll: Super Game-Improvement Irons (319 member(s) have cast votes)

What are the best Super Game-Improvement Irons of 2017?

  1. Bridgestone JGR Hybrid Forged (5 votes [1.03%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.03%

  2. Callaway Big Bertha OS (20 votes [4.11%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.11%

  3. Callaway Steelhead XR (60 votes [12.32%])

    Percentage of vote: 12.32%

  4. Callaway XR OS (13 votes [2.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.67%

  5. Cobra King Oversize (13 votes [2.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.67%

  6. Mizuno JPX-900 Hot Metal (91 votes [18.69%])

    Percentage of vote: 18.69%

  7. Ping G (110 votes [22.59%])

    Percentage of vote: 22.59%

  8. Ping G Max (36 votes [7.39%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.39%

  9. Srixon Z355 (19 votes [3.90%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.90%

  10. TaylorMade M2 (33 votes [6.78%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.78%

  11. Titleist 716 AP1 (46 votes [9.45%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.45%

  12. Tour Edge Exotics EXd (1 votes [0.21%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.21%

  13. Tour Edge Hot Launch 2 (2 votes [0.41%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.41%

  14. Wilson Staff D300 (15 votes [3.08%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.08%

  15. Epon AF-703 (5 votes [1.03%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.03%

  16. Fourteen Golf TC-544 (3 votes [0.62%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.62%

  17. Honma Be ZEAL 525 (1 votes [0.21%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.21%

  18. PXG 0311XF (10 votes [2.05%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.05%

  19. XXIO9 (2 votes [0.41%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.41%

  20. XXIO Prime (1 votes [0.21%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.21%

  21. Yonex EZone Elite (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  22. Yonex EZone Tri-G Composite (1 votes [0.21%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.21%

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#1 atursky

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Posted 31 May 2017 - 11:45 AM

Members Choice: The Best Super Game-Improvement Irons of 2017

Attention GolfWRX Forum Members! We need your help answering the question, "What are the best Super Game-Improvement Irons of 2017?” We define SGI irons as those that "focus on generating as much distance and forgiveness as possible for golfers."

Vote in the poll above by selecting exactly three models. Please vote based on your personal experience with the irons. Things to consider include distance, forgiveness, workability, trajectory control, looks and feel.

After you've voted, please explain exactly what lead to your decisions in a post below. You can use any format you'd like in your response, but we've provided an example below as a reference. We want to hear about launch angle, spin rate, stability on off-center hits, sound… everything. And don’t forget to tell us about the differences you saw in your fitting between your old and new.

-- Iron Model 1: I like the forgiveness this iron provides, and how high the ball went. It provided me the best over all numbers.
-- Iron Model 2: I like its look and buttery soft feel. The long irons fly longer and straighter than my gamer set and with better stopping power.
-- Iron Model 3: This iron, for whatever reason, just fits my eye the best and I can really control trajectory.

Thank you for participating, and the results will be posted in the coming weeks in an article on our front page!


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#2 DaRiz

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Posted 01 June 2017 - 12:53 PM

but WRXers don't play SGI irons
LTD HZRDUS Black 75
G25 16.5* Rogue Silver 70
913H 19* S+ 82
MP H4(4-8) / 4 (9-PW) /   T-11 (50.07*) s300
SM5 54.14F / TVD 60.12K s200
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Posted 01 June 2017 - 01:07 PM

 DaRiz, on 01 June 2017 - 12:53 PM, said:

but WRXers don't play SGI irons
It's blades it nothing at WRX!
260 yard 3 irons and 185 yard pitching wedges.

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Posted 01 June 2017 - 01:57 PM

Are AP1s really SGI irons?
Taylormade M1 9.75o Aldila Rogue Black 70x
Taylormade RBZ 3w 15o
Taylormade Rescue Dual 19o R-Flex
Mizuno JPX-850 Forged 4-GW XP-115 S300
Mizuno S5 Blue Ion (54, 58)
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Posted 01 June 2017 - 06:44 PM

I bet more people here havnt hit any of these compared to those that have

-----Current Gamers-----

Callaway Epic Sub Zero 9............................Kubuki J 70 X
Callaway Epic Sub Zero 13.5.......................Kubuki J 80 X
Adams DHY 18...........................................Fuji 904HB X
Callaway Apex CF16...................................Project X 6.5
Vokey SM4 46, 50, 56, 62...........................KBS 610 125
Odyssey Works #7 CH................................GP SNSR

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Posted 02 June 2017 - 06:56 AM

what does super game improvement mean?  I love the marketing!!  When does super super GI come out?

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Posted 02 June 2017 - 07:27 AM

I was surprised how much I like m2.    Super super long iron that felt not bad!   They are huge but not hideous

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Posted 02 June 2017 - 07:53 AM

When I was fitted for and started playing with my Steelhead set, I and my buddies saw an immediate improvement in my game. I guess that is the definition of game improvement.
I had tried Ping (G30) and Taylormade (M2) but hit the Calaways longer and more consistent.

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Posted 02 June 2017 - 08:59 AM

It's actually blades or Ping G's on GolfWRX ...
Driver - Ping G 10.5
5 Wood - Ping G
3 Hybrid - Ping G
Irons - Ping G 4-PW and i E1 5-UW Recoil 95
Wedges - Ping Glide 54/58
Putter - Ping Sigma G Kushin
Bag - Ping Hoofer 14

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Posted 02 June 2017 - 09:16 AM

Ping G for me.  Ping irons function the same today as they did with my first set in 1974 (Karsten II's):  High & straight ball flight.

VERY easy to use.  Why complicate things?


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Posted 02 June 2017 - 09:29 AM

Bridgestone JGR Hybrid irons are a forged super game improvement club that I would game if they came in Lefty.  A lot of the clubs mentioned are sort of blurry as to if they should be considered "super" game improvement clubs!!

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Posted 02 June 2017 - 09:40 AM

I haven't tried any of the irons on the 2017 list because Cobra wrote and closed the book on SGI irons with the 2016 Cobra Max hybrid/iron set: Strong lofts, tons of forgiveness, and excellent price-point.  They're guaranteed to improve your scores (if you can endure the social stigma of carrying a 6h).

Edited by tucsonsean, 02 June 2017 - 09:42 AM.


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Posted 02 June 2017 - 09:59 AM

I'm a proud member of the GI or SGI clubs!  I'm not too proud to admit....  I'm just not very good!  :)

Having played the Callaway XR irons for several seasons I decided to make a switch this off season so I got to hit a lot of the clubs on this list.  I ended up with the "game improvement" of Apex CF 16's but I have to admit there is a lot of days I wonder if I would have been better off in the "Super Game Improvement".  Hitting my Apex's better each day but like all things not as forgiving as my XR's were.  But I signed up for that as I told myself I'm going to get better!

For me the Ping G's were amazing, I had Ping G20's in my past and for me they were ho hum for feel and distance.  I liked them but never loved them, but swinging the Ping G's was an eye opener and a club I had on my short list for most of my trial period.

The Steelheads were great but they felt just like my XR's for my personal taste and I was ready for a change.

I also really like the Mizuno Hot Metals but they just kept coming up short on the distance for me.  Likely my swing or something but they did have GREAT feel.

The AP1's, I wanted to like, I really did but they were just more of a "oh, ok, what else do you have."

Last one I tried was the M2's.  (I think, I know I tried a couple different Taylormades) and they went a long way but felt like I was hitting the ball with a hammer, again, with all of golf, I might just have a different feel than you do.  Not better and not worse, just different.

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Posted 02 June 2017 - 11:07 AM

Ping "G"s for me, stupid easy to hit, distance and really straight flight.
Wash them after using they look as good as new.

Edited by jefftomahawk, 02 June 2017 - 11:30 AM.


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Posted 02 June 2017 - 11:27 AM

The BB OS irons are  ridiculously easy to hit, accurate, and long. I don't even consider XR Steelheads to be in the "super game improvement" category


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Posted 02 June 2017 - 11:48 AM

View PostAC in TX, on 02 June 2017 - 08:59 AM, said:

It's actually blades or Ping G's on GolfWRX ...
I use the S55s when I'm feeling froggy and the G's when I come crashing back down to earth (usually after a bad round with the S55s).
Driver - Ping G 10.5
5 Wood - Ping G
3 Hybrid - Ping G
Irons - Ping G 4-PW and i E1 5-UW Recoil 95
Wedges - Ping Glide 54/58
Putter - Ping Sigma G Kushin
Bag - Ping Hoofer 14

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Posted 02 June 2017 - 11:59 AM

The Wilson Staff D300 irons were the best for me.  Love the distance and height I get on my shots with them.
TM M2 9.5*/ ADDI 7S
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Posted 02 June 2017 - 01:48 PM

Hit the Ping G series, TaylorMade M2, Wilson D300 and the Callaway XR OS. The Pings just didn't feel right, TaylorMade actually hurt my hands on any mishits and since I currently play Wilson Di9's I was pretty taken with them as the distance and accuracy were excellent and really considered buying them. All of these had a Senior shaft since I'm about 71 now and than I tried the Callaway XR OS irons. Very light weight and the accuracy and distance were by far the the best of the group and I really like their looks which some will say that the looks have nothing to do with it but I disagree. I still want to hit the Callaway Steelheads but so far it's the XR OS's.

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Posted 02 June 2017 - 02:17 PM

View Posttrp245, on 02 June 2017 - 01:48 PM, said:

Hit the Ping G series, TaylorMade M2, Wilson D300 and the Callaway XR OS. The Pings just didn't feel right, TaylorMade actually hurt my hands on any mishits and since I currently play Wilson Di9's I was pretty taken with them as the distance and accuracy were excellent and really considered buying them. All of these had a Senior shaft since I'm about 71 now and than I tried the Callaway XR OS irons. Very light weight and the accuracy and distance were by far the the best of the group and I really like their looks which some will say that the looks have nothing to do with it but I disagree. I still want to hit the Callaway Steelheads but so far it's the XR OS's.

The XR OS irons are very forgiving. They are my back up set. Very good feel and great distance. I have tried the Steelheads. I think that the XR OSs are more forgiving. In the super game improvement category, I look forgiveness first then distance. Right now, the XR OSs will be hard to beat, The BB OS irons are better, but you pay for the difference.

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Posted 02 June 2017 - 02:47 PM

Not that I consider them SGI, but nothing I have hit comes close to the Ping G


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Posted 02 June 2017 - 02:58 PM

View PostRadeon962, on 02 June 2017 - 02:47 PM, said:

Not that I consider them SGI, but nothing I have hit comes close to the Ping G
I'd be interested to hear how you feel the Big Bertha OS compares. To me, they're not close.

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Posted 02 June 2017 - 07:46 PM

View PostBubb, on 02 June 2017 - 02:58 PM, said:

View PostRadeon962, on 02 June 2017 - 02:47 PM, said:

Not that I consider them SGI, but nothing I have hit comes close to the Ping G
I'd be interested to hear how you feel the Big Bertha OS compares. To me, they're not close.
I like the G irons, but they are not super game improvement. Not a fair comparison to BB OS irons.

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Posted 02 June 2017 - 11:48 PM

Adams Tech v4 (though not on this list)

Not the longest clubs out there, but they are super forgiving on misshits


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Posted 03 June 2017 - 05:46 AM

Srixon Z355 irons are not SGI. Good grief.

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Posted 03 June 2017 - 11:22 AM

Iron Model 1: Mizuno JPX 900 HM. IMO this is the perfect Goldilocks combination of super game improvement attributes with the added benefits of good feel and great looks. Mizuno's best attempt at a wide handicap range iron.

Iron Model 2: The Ping G takes what Ping have done for years an added in, increased ballspeed, improved feel and much better looks, this is a Ping club that will appeal even to Ping haters.

Iron Model 3: The G Max probably is the ultimate SGI iron, huge head, maximum offset, ultra high launch with high ball speed. If you want maximum help and don't really care about looks or feel then this is the club for the job.


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Posted 04 June 2017 - 02:23 AM

Can't comment on them all. I use Callaway XR - standard model - which I've had for two years now (matched with woods and hybrids)

Excellent, long and forgiving plus easy on the eye (my eye)

Thankfully you can still read the 2015 reviews to remind you how good they are

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Posted 04 June 2017 - 02:46 AM

View PostBForrester, on 01 June 2017 - 01:57 PM, said:

Are AP1s really SGI irons?

I was asking myself the same damn thing! LOL!

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Posted 04 June 2017 - 06:43 AM

View PostRadeon962, on 02 June 2017 - 02:47 PM, said:

Not that I consider them SGI, but nothing I have hit comes close to the Ping G
I tried most all of them and the G's felt and preformed best for me.  I've never played Ping irons, always Mizuno and recently since 2008, the TM Tour Burners (GI).  

I ordered the G's and should receive them this week.  Will post again after a few rounds on the course.  The 2008 TM's are workable and have almost a forged feel.  I'm sure I'm in a for a big change.

Edited by youraway2, 04 June 2017 - 06:44 AM.


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Posted 04 June 2017 - 07:04 AM

View PostRadeon962, on 02 June 2017 - 02:47 PM, said:

Not that I consider them SGI, but nothing I have hit comes close to the Ping G
+1

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Posted 04 June 2017 - 08:14 AM

I tried out several sets before landing on Ping G a little over a year ago. I still try a new set from time to time on a launch monitor but nothing so far has impressed me enough to kick my Gs out of the bag.


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