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Adjusting to Less Offset Irons


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#1 Kazfury

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Posted 13 March 2018 - 01:56 PM

I have been using Taylormade Rocketballz HL stock shaft Irons (Dick's Sporting Goods exclusive) the past two years.  I was fitted to Titleist 718 AP1 irons w/Steelfiber i110cw shafts. I think the less offset is throwing me off.  I know it's not by much but I can see the difference.

Should I stick with it or go with the Taylormade M4 irons w/i95 shafts?  

Has anyone had problems adjusting to less offset irons?


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#2 Derek666

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Posted 13 March 2018 - 02:33 PM

Stick with it because AP1 still have a fair offset and if you maybe eventually want to go AP2 or some other players type iron you'll have to make the jump. What's the problem your having?

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Posted 13 March 2018 - 02:43 PM

Iím not getting the height in the 4 iron that Iím used to and my short irons go straight left.

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Posted 13 March 2018 - 02:57 PM

Might be a shaft issue as I doubt offset could do any of that (Maybe the 4 iron hitting lower but AP1 should launch the 4 iron very easily).
I doubt you were fitted properly if this is the case, seems a bit dodgy.

Ive never tried those shafts so i cant really comment.

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Posted 13 March 2018 - 03:01 PM

Who fit you?
You could change your swing (hands more in front at contact) or change your irons (same swing requiring offset in order to get better contact).

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Posted 13 March 2018 - 03:06 PM

as monkeyboy says all more offset does is negate the need to have your hands so far in front of the ball at impact, that's why i prefer as little offset as possible.

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Posted 14 March 2018 - 04:14 AM

For some people, different visuals from different amounts of offset can play with the mind quite a bit and have a big impact on the swing and results.  Yes, many can adjust over time but I can't guarantee that everyone can adjust.   And quite frankly what's the point?   If you've found an alternative set that looks good to you (has the right amount of offset) and performs well - then there really is no justification for going with a set you are not as comfortable with.

Of course, it is possible that the problems you are having have nothing to do with offset and are caused by some other fitting issue - but that just means there is another reason not to get those clubs and it's still best to look elsewhere in your search.

Edited by Stuart G., 14 March 2018 - 04:17 AM.


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Posted 14 March 2018 - 07:03 AM

I have the opposite problem.  Too much offset gets in my head and just doesn’t look right to me and throws off my swing.  I tried playing some Ping G back in the day and it didn’t go well.  Had to go to some Bridgestone J40DPC to get forgiveness with low offset.  

So maybe you’ll get used to it in time, but maybe not.  I never could get used to having so much offset so I have to choose more of a player’s iron than I should probably play....but overall the results are much better for me on course.
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Posted 14 March 2018 - 07:16 AM

I tried a set of PING i15 irons some years back and struggled with the additional offset in the long irons.  I prefer minimal offset so the short irons weren't too bad, but the long irons really looked off to my eye an left me struggled with hooks.

I remember a thread about Lee Westwood playing the i-series irons instead of the S-series irons.  Someone wrote that Lee said he preferred the additional offset offered by the i-series because that's the type of iron he'd been playing since he was a junior golfer.
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Posted 14 March 2018 - 07:42 AM

View PostStuart G., on 14 March 2018 - 04:14 AM, said:

For some people, different visuals from different amounts of offset can play with the mind quite a bit and have a big impact on the swing and results.  Yes, many can adjust over time but I can't guarantee that everyone can adjust.   And quite frankly what's the point?   If you've found an alternative set that looks good to you (has the right amount of offset) and performs well - then there really is no justification for going with a set you are not as comfortable with.

Of course, it is possible that the problems you are having have nothing to do with offset and are caused by some other fitting issue - but that just means there is another reason not to get those clubs and it's still best to look elsewhere in your search.

Stuart is correct. However some people, myself included, found the the difference in visual orientation and effective loft caused problems in the swing. In short, Less offset forced me to advance the ball at address farther left so as to reacquire the effective loft I was used to. I had to play it that way for a while and backed it to the right over a bit of time to finally settle where I was more comfortable.

Fact is, the offset allows a greater visual of the club face than less offset. Less offset also required some minor swing changes but nothing worth the noise. These days I go back and forth according to mood knowing what to expect and, if surprised, knowing what I did wrong or different. I consider it a learning experience and as you have already bought that set, it's better to learn it by fiddling with ball position and simply looking down at the ball. In time it will become a lot easier.



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