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Driving iron with good turf interaction


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#1 Crooksc17

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Posted 15 June 2017 - 12:04 PM

I'm looking for a utility/driving iron that I would use mostly off the tee but would like to be able use off the turf. I tried the Apex UT, which was great off the tee but I found it a little difficult to get great contact off the turf. Am hoping to try something that has a little slimmer sole for good turf interaction but doesn't sacrifice performance off the tee. Obviously the tmb and UDI are possibilities but curious what other clubs people have tried and liked. Would also consider a 3i from a set like AP1 or Z565. Let me know. Thanks


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Posted 15 June 2017 - 06:34 PM

For better turf interaction, you'd better start thinking fatter soles, e.g., a hybrid, like a Cobra F7.

Edited by mootrail, 08 July 2017 - 10:25 AM.


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Posted 16 June 2017 - 09:32 PM

T-MB.
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Posted 16 June 2017 - 09:47 PM

I love my Z-U65 from the tee and from the turf.
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Posted 16 June 2017 - 09:55 PM

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Posted 17 June 2017 - 05:34 AM

I have a speedblade 4 iron and a rocketbladez 3 iron. They're a bit thick on the top line and you have to be aware of the extra offset, but they are so easy to hit and stupid long.
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Posted 17 June 2017 - 08:17 AM

Srixon is great off turf and tee

Edited by Jasonic, 17 June 2017 - 08:17 AM.

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Posted 17 June 2017 - 09:47 AM

View PostJasonic, on 17 June 2017 - 08:17 AM, said:

Srixon is great off turf and tee

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Posted 17 June 2017 - 09:47 AM

View PostBDoubleG, on 16 June 2017 - 09:47 PM, said:

I love my Z-U65 from the tee and from the turf.

2nd the u65

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Posted 18 June 2017 - 09:00 AM

View Postmootrail, on 15 June 2017 - 06:34 PM, said:

For better turf interaction, you'd better start thinking fatter soles, e.g., like the Crossover.

The Crossover can be terrible with its turf interaction. A lush lie is better with it.

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Posted 18 June 2017 - 09:31 AM

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Posted 18 June 2017 - 09:37 AM

Took me a bit, but I am loving my u45 20*.  I haven't found it to be so great out of the rough, but have had great luck with it everywhere else.  It's long off the tee and feel is superb.

Another one that is nice, with a more narrow sole, is the Honma.  Buddy of mine has one and it seems to perform really well without looking too chunky.
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Posted 19 June 2017 - 01:12 PM

You could try an M1 3-iron. Good shape and it's 18*. I think it's what I'm going to go with and I've had the same problem as you.
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Posted 07 July 2017 - 05:17 PM

View PostPCH, on 19 June 2017 - 01:12 PM, said:

You could try an M1 3-iron. Good shape and it's 18*. I think it's what I'm going to go with and I've had the same problem as you.

I just picked up a used '17 M1 3i with a Modus 120 X-flex for a steal at the nearby roger Dunn. It actually looks really nice at address. Chunky and DI-like, but still compact size wise, and not much offset at all. I can't wait to get on the range.
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Posted 07 July 2017 - 09:39 PM

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Posted 08 July 2017 - 12:23 AM

I'm using a covert forged 3i with a 100 x proto by you it's great off the tee and turf however I am debating a lower launching shaft but I like the head for sure and you can find them relatively cheap. I have a vrs forged 3 iron also but I'm not using that one
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Posted 08 July 2017 - 01:53 AM

Don't overlook the old Adams dhy...  I still have a 21*, that works great for me!  That being said I have a u65 in route to try to unseat dhy

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Posted 08 July 2017 - 02:55 AM

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Posted 08 July 2017 - 03:51 AM

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Posted 08 July 2017 - 07:13 AM

The Callaway Prototype Utility has the thinnest sole on any driving iron I've played. The scalloped grind makes it effectively like a Mizuno blade when considering turf interaction. Think extreme heel/toe/trailing edge relief.


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Posted 08 July 2017 - 08:07 AM

View Posttbonetw, on 16 June 2017 - 09:32 PM, said:

T-MB.

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Posted 08 July 2017 - 10:29 AM

View PostLCP, on 18 June 2017 - 09:00 AM, said:

View Postmootrail, on 15 June 2017 - 06:34 PM, said:

For better turf interaction, you'd better start thinking fatter soles, e.g., like the Crossover.

The Crossover can be terrible with its turf interaction. A lush lie is better with it.

Yes, I was fooling myself and just switched to a Cobra F7 Hybrid.  Now we're talking easy.

Have high hopes for the new G400 Crossover.

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Posted 08 July 2017 - 11:06 AM

MP H5 2 or 3 iron work well for me off fairway.  I can hit them high and very forgiving iron.  T-MB also is good iron from turf on demos I have done.

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Posted 08 July 2017 - 02:13 PM

You couldn't pry my 3 or 4 UDI out of my bag without a gun. Best driving/long irons I've ever hit bar none.
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Posted 08 July 2017 - 06:21 PM

I've got a #2 UDI for sale if anyone is looking

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Posted 08 July 2017 - 06:23 PM

If you can find one, the Adams DHy. It's like a rocket launcher.
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Posted 08 July 2017 - 07:19 PM

U65 for sure
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Posted 08 July 2017 - 07:55 PM

Another vote for the U65! Just got one a month ago and can't believe how versatile it is.

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Posted 08 July 2017 - 08:03 PM

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Posted 08 July 2017 - 08:26 PM

I kinda disagree with the guys saying go for something with a winder sole in a driving iron. I have a 712U in my bag and I have tried the T-MB and I just don't think they are giving me much when the ball is on the deck.

They are ok, but if my 3 iron was a club I was hitting off the deck a lot, I think I would be going with something with a narrower sole. My saying that could be down to the fact that I am playing either on a heathland or links course of course.

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