bmeGT, on 11 February 2019 - 02:38 PM, said:
- Two year player
- Practice once/twice per week, play once per week.
- Average score: ~100
- Handicap: ~26.
I began playing golf two years ago. After a few lessons, I was advised to go get fit for irons, so last April I got fit for irons and hit everything from SGI's to blades. During the session, I made a comment to the fitter that I liked the look of the slim top line the Rogue Pro's although I couldn't strike them very well. Others I tried weren't as appealing to my eye, but they were easier to hit and I seemed to have better results (though I didn't comment on them). To my surprise, it was the Rogue Pro's that were recommended to me at end of the session. It struck me as odd to recommend players irons to a 25+ handicap, but I ignored my concerns and decided to trust the process and his opinion. I ended up selling my Taylormade RSI 1 irons and purchasing the Rogue Pro's a week later. To match my existing wedge lofts, he advised me to weaken each iron across the board.
After a few rounds, I realized I had lost a clubs worth of distance due to the loft differences even on flush hits, but I enjoyed the sound and feel much more than my previous clubs. To let you know where I'm at, if I swing a 7i ten times, I'll hit it flush three times. Six are slight toe/heel misses and one is probably a chunk. Because the Rogue Pro's aren't as forgiving and because center strikes aren't exactly common, I am losing even more distance than I had previously accepted.
I am wondering if I need to play a more forgiving set. At this point in my game I feel like my lack of distance is hindering my ability to improve. What are your thoughts? Do you see handicap as a determining factor of what irons you select? I know clubs aren't the end all-fix all, but sometimes I worry I'm making the game more difficult than it needs to be.
How much did the fitter weaken the lofts of the Rouge Pros? Based on the standard specs, the Rogue Pros and RSI 1 seem to be within 1* of each other with the Rogue Pros actually being slightly weaker. If he weakened them two degrees from the standard specs, you could be getting close to where you are losing a full club of distance vs. the RSI 1s.
Second, the Rogue Pros seem to have a bit less offset than the RSI 1s. If he weakened the lofts, the Rogue Pros will have even less offset. Most people around here hate offset, but without know anything else about your swing just based on your scores / contact you describe I'd say that offset probably isn't a bad thing (this is not saying you can't learn to hit a club with less offset).
Personally, I would recommend an easier to hit set of irons, but I am someone that plays "shovels" relative to a lot of people of comparative ability. There is a large debate as to how much the clubhead design helps mishits - you'll have to decide what you think the truth is here.
I do agree that dedication to practice is more important than anything related to the clubs in how you will improve. However, if you've had the Rogue Pros for almost a year now, are practicing consistently, but aren't seeing any improvements there may be something about these irons that just aren't a good fit for you.
Edited by agolf1, 12 February 2019 - 05:49 AM.