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Best player iron under $500


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#1 eddie3392

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 10:17 AM

Looking to get a nice set or near mint set of player irons with forgiveness. I have tested all AP2 and not a fan for some reason. I don't want to spend a lot of money and have had a hard time kicking out my old set of TM MC 14. Looking for suggestions or opinions on what set of irons are worth buying that is some what newer than my TMs.


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Posted 08 November 2018 - 10:52 AM

Mp64's new can be found for under 500 on eBay. Mp54s can also be had for cheap new.


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Posted 08 November 2018 - 12:43 PM

... Imo the best all round players irons with a great combination of size, workability, excellent feel and forgiveness are the Cobra's Amp Forged/Fly Z+/Forged Tours. I have played all of them. The Fly Z+ 5-pw can be ordered direct from Cobra for $534, as single irons for $89 each:

https://www.cobragol...ons-single-iron
Cobra F8 ... Even Flow Blue 65s
Cobra F8 15* ... Even Flow Blue 75s
Cobra F6 Baffler ... Kuro Kage Black 75s
TaylorMade UDi 19* ... HZRDUS Black 85hy
4-pw TaylorMade P790 ... Recoil Prototype 95's
SM6 52* F Grind /SM7 D Grind 58* ... Recoil 110s
Scotty Cameron Newport 2.5 Select  33"

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 12:55 PM

Ping S55's or 56's.
Welcome to where dumb opinions are better than no opinion. :)

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 01:12 PM

All of them? They are all good.
Seriously $500 is a high ceiling for a set of irons in very nice shape. Heck I just bought a set of really tidy i210s (4-PW) for $540. Probably the equivalent of 1 month's steady use 'wear' on them.

Be patient, know what's a good deal and what isn't and have at it.
Srixon 7 series, Bridgestone J15CBs, Ping S or I series... soooo many choices.


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Posted 08 November 2018 - 01:43 PM

Throw in Nike Vapor Pro Combos

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 01:51 PM

Maltby DBM...look like a blade, but as forgiving as anything on the market. You can shaft them up with anything under the sun and still have money left in your budget.

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 02:04 PM

JPX 900 tours.  Amazing feel, looks fantastic , very workable, gets played on tour by non-contracted players. It's more forgiving than a blade.

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 03:46 PM

You can get a set of Wilson Staff V4's for ~$250.  I think the V6's can be had for ~$400

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 05:14 PM

Adams CMB

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 06:04 PM

View Posthawkinsi1, on 08 November 2018 - 01:51 PM, said:

Maltby DBM...look like a blade, but as forgiving as anything on the market. You can shaft them up with anything under the sun and still have money left in your budget.

Just came here to post that. Beautiful looking clubs. Mine just arrived here today!

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 06:06 PM

Agree on the Maltby TE or DBM
Cobra F8 10.5* Evenflow Blue 65
SMT 3390 16* Grafalloy Epic FWY
Maltby KE4 Tour 19* AXE XCaliber
Cobra King Utility 22.5* C-Taper Lite
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Posted 08 November 2018 - 06:12 PM

View Posteddie3392, on 08 November 2018 - 10:17 AM, said:

Looking to get a nice set or near mint set of player irons with forgiveness. I have tested all AP2 and not a fan for some reason. I don't want to spend a lot of money and have had a hard time kicking out my old set of TM MC 14. Looking for suggestions or opinions on what set of irons are worth buying that is some what newer than my TMs.

New might not be better.  Ping I200 is similar to the TP MC.

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 06:24 PM

Iím in the same boat. ~$500-600 is what I want to spend. Hereís my list...(been a Mizuno guy my whole life)
MP 18 SC
JPX 900T
Srixon Z765
TM P770
Callaway X Forged

Edited by WidespreadPanic, 08 November 2018 - 08:51 PM.

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Cobra F7 15.5*
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Mizuno MPH5 4i
Mizuno MP33 5-PW
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Posted 08 November 2018 - 09:01 PM

Like others have said you will have lots to choose from with $499.99 to spend.

Stenson Legacy Blacks are pretty forgiving for a player iron just ask Henrik. They feel wonderful as well.

i200's

765/965 combo set.

Let me know if your pulling the trigger soon, I have a few contacts.


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Posted 08 November 2018 - 09:09 PM

View Postduffer987, on 08 November 2018 - 01:12 PM, said:

All of them? They are all good.
Seriously $500 is a high ceiling for a set of irons in very nice shape. Heck I just bought a set of really tidy i210s (4-PW) for $540. Probably the equivalent of 1 month's steady use 'wear' on them.

Be patient, know what's a good deal and what isn't and have at it.
Srixon 7 series, Bridgestone J15CBs, Ping S or I series... soooo many choices.
seriously yea if cost is the most important part and you dunno what you want, just go on ebay, type "iron set" with whatever shaft you want also in the search, and filter by most bids.

You will know they are solid that way. Vote of the people lol.
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Posted 08 November 2018 - 10:09 PM

J15cb, 745s, and X-Forged (2013).

Arguably the best Player's CBs ever made.
AB TP 10.5*/ DI6X
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XTD 19*/ Fubuki Ax
DWS 24*/ VS Proto
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Posted 08 November 2018 - 10:29 PM

Maltby DMB or Srixon z765

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Posted 09 November 2018 - 09:15 PM

FG Tour V4s

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Posted 09 November 2018 - 09:22 PM

View PostWidespreadPanic, on 08 November 2018 - 06:24 PM, said:

Iím in the same boat. ~$500-600 is what I want to spend. Hereís my list...(been a Mizuno guy my whole life)
MP 18 SC
JPX 900T
Srixon Z765
TM P770
Callaway X Forged
Have narrowed my list down to 18 SC, Z765, and 900T. Hit the 716 cb today, and the shape and size is just about perfect but I didnít like the feel at all.

Taylormade M2 ('17) 10.5*
Cobra F7 15.5*
Taylormade M1 ('17) 19*
Mizuno MPH5 4i
Mizuno MP33 5-PW
Cleveland RTX 588 2.0 52**, 56**, 60**
Taylormade TP Red Ardmore 3
Taylormade TPx

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#21 eddie3392

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Posted 09 November 2018 - 09:27 PM

View PostWidespreadPanic, on 09 November 2018 - 09:22 PM, said:

View PostWidespreadPanic, on 08 November 2018 - 06:24 PM, said:

I'm in the same boat. ~$500-600 is what I want to spend. Here's my list...(been a Mizuno guy my whole life)
MP 18 SC
JPX 900T
Srixon Z765
TM P770
Callaway X Forged
Have narrowed my list down to 18 SC, Z765, and 900T. Hit the 716 cb today, and the shape and size is just about perfect but I didn't like the feel at all.

I was just looking at 716 CB.... we are in the exact same boat!

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Posted 09 November 2018 - 10:35 PM

Should definitely look into Maltby clubs. My TE Forged look just like a butter knife blade from address but are as forgiving as any club Iíve hit.

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 09:59 AM

Srixon 745s are tough to beat IMO.  The 716 cb are also really great, just a tad less forgiving than the 745s for me, but as forgiving as the AP2.  I have a lightly used set of 716 cb I am considering parting with but they are so beautiful I don't want to regret it!!  

There are tons of options here if your budget is that high.  Even the Srixon 945s are a good option, look a bit more player like than the 745s and are nearly as forgiving.  Also like the MP15..... tons of options.
Ping G400 9*
Ping G400 14.5*
Srixon Z745 3-P
Titleist Vokey SM6 52/58
Taylormade Spider Tour red

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 10:22 AM

JPX 900 Forged... $599 right now at Global Golf.  3-PW, AW.  4 solid shaft choices and free shipping too.

https://www.globalgo...orged-iron-set/
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Posted 10 November 2018 - 01:30 PM

Ap2. I bought 716 ap2 4-gw for 500 brand new over the summer. Loving them so far.

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Posted 11 November 2018 - 02:22 AM

Oh chit, that is a long list....just about any players set tht is few yrs old

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Posted 11 November 2018 - 05:55 AM

View Postchisag, on 08 November 2018 - 12:43 PM, said:

... Imo the best all round players irons with a great combination of size, workability, excellent feel and forgiveness are the Cobra's Amp Forged/Fly Z+/Forged Tours. I have played all of them. The Fly Z+ 5-pw can be ordered direct from Cobra for $534, as single irons for $89 each:

https://www.cobragol...ons-single-iron

This was my immediate thought as well. I'm in the UK, not the US, but you can pick up the fly-z plus or forged tours (they are essentially the same) either nearly new or as clearance for well inside the OP's budget. They are a fantastic combination of size, looks, sound, feel, forgiveness yada yada.

As cobra doesn't have the high profile in the players club market that some of the other brands mentioned do, you get a lot more for your money.

I know that the amp forged are also considered as from the same cloth, but examples will be tired by now, and personally I found the fly-z plus to play a good bit nicer. Also looks a ton better sans orange.

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