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#1 Mr. Wolfe

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 11:56 AM

I am 5' 6" and recently bought a set of MP-52's off a member here. Regular length irons. Here are my questions:

1.) I have always used normal length clubs, but I am wondering if that is hurting my game. At address, the toe seems to be up in the air a little.

2.) If shortened, can I get the Project X shafts cut down or do I need new shafts?

3.) Any ideas on the length I should b playing?

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#2 Mr. Wolfe

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 11:58 AM

BTW, whenever I choke up 1"-1.5" on the 3 iron, the club sits flat on the ground.

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 12:12 PM

1.5 inches is a LOT to cut off in my opinion. You'd do a lot better if you had a fitting session. Where do your misses go (hook/slice, push/pull)?

Edited by Chappie, 27 January 2010 - 12:12 PM.


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Posted 27 January 2010 - 12:16 PM

I'm 5'6" and play mizuno MP 58s (if my TMs are misbehaving). Mizuno suggests that I take 3/4 inches off the irons.  However, I only do half inch down instead of 3/4.  I also play the club 3 flat as well on the lie. It really depends on your swing and misses.

Edited by jlam1127, 27 January 2010 - 12:17 PM.


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Posted 27 January 2010 - 12:16 PM

For a static fit you will need to know your left wrist measurement from the floor (wear your golf shoes for fit) then you will take your height and look on a fitting chart to see if you need to shorten or lengthen your shafts.


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Posted 27 January 2010 - 12:18 PM

View PostMr. Wolfe, on 27 January 2010 - 11:58 AM, said:

BTW, whenever I choke up 1"-1.5" on the 3 iron, the club sits flat on the ground.

Mr. Wolfe


I am only 5'7" and I use standard length also.

Its not how the club sits at address where that is the problem, its where it hits during the swing. You want the center of the sole to hit the ground, thats where the lie angle comes into play, not from address.

Go to a club fitter and hit some balls off a lie board and w/ lie tape and he should be able to bend the clubs to the specs you need.

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 12:25 PM

I am 5'10.  Whether someone your height uses shorted vs standard clubs has more to do with arm length.  If the toes up but your shots are still going straight that means the lie angle is fine for your swing.  Butt cutting PX to fit could have serious SW complications.
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Posted 27 January 2010 - 12:35 PM

Thanks guys. I also found this referenced above.

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 12:40 PM

I'm 5'6" and play my mizzys 1/2" short and 1* flat.

But I'm not sure if that'll help you any.

As mentioned above, I'd go get fit.
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Posted 27 January 2010 - 12:41 PM

The chart will get you in the ballpark.  However, I would get a dynamic fitting with a professional fitter to make sure that you are getting the best fit based off your playing characteristics.  Also taking off a half inch will change the SW of your clubs by 2 points and could based on the type of shaft make it play stiffer.


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Posted 27 January 2010 - 12:42 PM

View Posthbear, on 27 January 2010 - 12:40 PM, said:

I'm 5'6" and play my mizzys 1/2" short and 1* flat.

But I'm not sure if that'll help you any.

As mentioned above, I'd go get fit.

How do you get fit if you already have clubs? Do I just go to a custom golf shop and they will fit the clubs to me? Sorry if I sound very ignorant about this. I have actually been golfing for around 14 years, but I have never been fitted.

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 12:46 PM

View PostMr. Wolfe, on 27 January 2010 - 12:42 PM, said:

View Posthbear, on 27 January 2010 - 12:40 PM, said:

I'm 5'6" and play my mizzys 1/2" short and 1* flat.

But I'm not sure if that'll help you any.

As mentioned above, I'd go get fit.

How do you get fit if you already have clubs? Do I just go to a custom golf shop and they will fit the clubs to me? Sorry if I sound very ignorant about this. I have actually been golfing for around 14 years, but I have never been fitted.

Mr. Wolfe

Yes bring your clubs to the fitting, you will be then measured etc. Then a competent fitter will have you hit balls with your clubs and based off of that will have you hit other irons already made with different shafts/flexes and lengths. Make sure you get fitted hitting balls outside and not into a net.

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 12:49 PM

Yes, take your clubs and they'll do what they can. Get a dynamic fitting. The fitter will figure out what you need by how the club is working at impact. Sounds like you may need the irons bent a bit flat (hard to say w/o seeing impact markings), you may need to have them shortened, you may need both.
A good fitter can work with what you already have to make it better. It is not always about a whole new set ;)
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Posted 27 January 2010 - 12:56 PM

Thanks guys. Now I have to find a place that does this. Any ideas? Certain golf courses? I am in the Pittsburgh area.

BTW, I just bought these clubs and have never hit them. I kept my old set in case these do not work out for me. I would really like to get these fitted this spring.

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 01:00 PM

In fitting for length, you want to use the longest shaft that you can hit consistently.  Club-fitters will put face tape on and see how consistent your shots are.  If you hit standard length pretty consistently in the middle of the clubface, then standard length is good for you.  After selecting the right shaft length, then you need to get fit for the correct lie angle.  If your swing is pretty much on plane, then I would say a flatter lie angle would be needed (you definately should get fit for correct lie angle.  Shortening the club could sacrifice distance and isn't necessary if you have a good golf swing.  I'm 5' 6" and have no problem hitting standard length, even in my long irons.


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Posted 27 January 2010 - 01:03 PM

I just found a local golf course that does full fittings outside. Sweet.

Thanks for everyone's help.

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 01:04 PM

I am 5'6" and am playing MP-52 as well, I did the irons fitting sessions and ended up replacing the DG S300 shaft with Aerotech SteelFiber i110cw, shorten .5" w/ 1 degree flat (see sig below). Love the results!

Edited by freed0m, 27 January 2010 - 01:06 PM.





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