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#1 CCUgolfer23

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 12:11 AM

Thinking about dropping my 3 hybrid and going to a utility iron/driving iron. Wondering what are some of the best ones out on the market?

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 12:19 AM

Just got my Mizuno H4 2-iron and haven't hit it yet, but I'll keep everyone posted.  The Callaway utility irons also look excellent and they could have a winner there.  Those aren't out until December I think.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 12:33 AM

I just ordered mine today, MP-H4 2 iron. Mizuno is selling its product as an easy to hit iron, Callaway marketing theirs as a player's iron. And taking into account is a 2 iron, the hardest to hit club in the bag, I decided to go for the Mizuno instead of the Callaway.
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Posted 15 November 2012 - 12:55 AM

aside from the newer offerings i really like my bridgestone airmuscle 19* 2-iron and 21* 3-iron...

i only carry one or the other for really windy days and hard fairways...

i also have an older callaway big bertha 1-iron which i sometimes trying hititng at the range...always with a tee!!
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Posted 15 November 2012 - 07:59 AM

 BigHook25, on 15 November 2012 - 12:19 AM, said:

Just got my Mizuno H4 2-iron and haven't hit it yet, but I'll keep everyone posted.  The Callaway utility irons also look excellent and they could have a winner there.  Those aren't out until December I think.

 linkerpan, on 15 November 2012 - 12:33 AM, said:

I just ordered mine today, MP-H4 2 iron. Mizuno is selling its product as an easy to hit iron, Callaway marketing theirs as a player's iron. And taking into account is a 2 iron, the hardest to hit club in the bag, I decided to go for the Mizuno instead of the Callaway.

Definitely post reviews when you have chance to hit them. I'm ordering one of these too, so would love to see what others think of it.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 08:36 AM

Mp fli-hi with px5.5 is awesome

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 08:52 AM

I'm a self-confessed driving iron ho, and have a PRGR 200i 2 iron, a PRGR 040i 3 iron and a Bridgestone J33 Airmuscle 3 iron in the rotation. Still deciding which one I like best, but theyre all excellent. The PRGRs are ridiculously long, but the J33 has the most iron like profile. Like them all much better than the Fli HI I used to have.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 09:34 AM

 freddyottawa, on 15 November 2012 - 07:59 AM, said:

 BigHook25, on 15 November 2012 - 12:19 AM, said:

Just got my Mizuno H4 2-iron and haven't hit it yet, but I'll keep everyone posted.  The Callaway utility irons also look excellent and they could have a winner there.  Those aren't out until December I think.

 linkerpan, on 15 November 2012 - 12:33 AM, said:

I just ordered mine today, MP-H4 2 iron. Mizuno is selling its product as an easy to hit iron, Callaway marketing theirs as a player's iron. And taking into account is a 2 iron, the hardest to hit club in the bag, I decided to go for the Mizuno instead of the Callaway.

Definitely post reviews when you have chance to hit them. I'm ordering one of these too, so would love to see what others think of it.

Will do.  I'll know on Saturday, which is the next time I'll play.  I played a 2-iron throughout high school and college, but most 2-irons were almost obsolete by then or shortly after.  Plus, the older 2-irons were difficult to hit if you weren't swinging well, so I'm curious about this new H4.  I've hit the H4 4-iron and thought it was nice.  The 2-iron shouldn't play much differently.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 11:04 AM

+1 on the MP Fli-Hi
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Posted 15 November 2012 - 11:12 AM

I guess I'm a driving iron junkie, too!  I actually stopped carrying anything longer than that. Keep in mind that many of the modern hollow-body "driving iron" are not going to be adjustable for lie angle like your normal irons.  So integration into the set of irons needs to be considered.  I bought a hollow-body Mizuno Fli-Hi and ended up trading it for an older forged model for adjustability.

I do have an extra old forged Hogan one-iron I'd sell for dirt cheap ($10) plus shipping in case anyone wants a taste of a driving iron before spending lots of money. Consider it charity,... sort of.


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Posted 15 November 2012 - 03:45 PM

The most played Mizuno iron on tour is the MP-FlHi.

That says a lot.

The FliHi has a deep CG and launches the ball perfect, smooth stop on the green and it´s really very forgiving.

For all guys, who hook their hybrids, IMO the FliHi is the perfect club.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 04:25 PM

I was considering getting a matching 3 iron for my MP 53 set, would you guys recommend going with a 3 fli hi instead?

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 04:39 PM

It is my understanding the J33 is no longer allowed in tournament play, it was a great club but it seems many WRXers play in tournaments.  Looks like the Mizzy's are in the lead
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Posted 15 November 2012 - 04:54 PM

Best I've hit is Srixon ZR UTI
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Posted 15 November 2012 - 05:08 PM

 Jack Pearsall, on 15 November 2012 - 04:54 PM, said:

Best I've hit is Srixon ZR UTI

At $250 a pop off ebay they better be good!

Can you still buy the Fli-Hi from Mizuno, or only on the secondary market?

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 05:16 PM

I've been loving my Miura IC-2003 3 iron! Been looking everywhere for a 2 iron that I could bend a few degrees strong to get a true driving iron, but no luck so far...

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 05:39 PM

 Stetson, on 15 November 2012 - 04:39 PM, said:

It is my understanding the J33 is no longer allowed in tournament play, it was a great club but it seems many WRXers play in tournaments.  Looks like the Mizzy's are in the lead

Why is this club no longer allowed?
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Posted 15 November 2012 - 05:51 PM

http://www.bridgesto...airmuscle-irons

Sorry, I was wrong.  They are conforming until 2014, but for the pro's they were noncomforming effective 1/1/10.
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Posted 15 November 2012 - 05:54 PM

hmmm, I can't be because of the grooves though, right? I thought anything under 25 degrees was exempt.

Edited by freddyottawa, 15 November 2012 - 05:55 PM.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 05:58 PM

 freddyottawa, on 15 November 2012 - 05:54 PM, said:

hmmm, I can't be because of the grooves though, right? I thought anything under 25 degrees was exempt.

Not sure, simply passing along what is on the bridgestone site.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 09:21 PM

The most costly is always the way to go.
I mean, you just don't want to skimp on your driving iron, c'mon now... :)
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Posted 15 November 2012 - 10:23 PM

For the guys who have played them, what are the differences between the original forged fli hi and the newer cast version?

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 11:00 PM

 Tarkata, on 15 November 2012 - 09:21 PM, said:

The most costly is always the way to go.
I mean, you just don't want to skimp on your driving iron, c'mon now... :)

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 12:04 AM

 bulldurham, on 15 November 2012 - 08:52 AM, said:

I'm a self-confessed driving iron ho, and have a PRGR 200i 2 iron, a PRGR 040i 3 iron and a Bridgestone J33 Airmuscle 3 iron in the rotation. Still deciding which one I like best, but theyre all excellent. The PRGRs are ridiculously long, but the J33 has the most iron like profile. Like them all much better than the Fli HI I used to have.

I second that on the PRGR!  I miss mine already.....Ha!  I made the mistake of selling it recently on here to some dude named Bulldurham!  Just kidding with you bull!  Well, I don't guess there's any need to ask how you're liking it!

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 12:29 AM

I have the MP-H4 in 2 and 3 irons....love them both...higher trajectory than a typical iron, but lower than a hybrid...very, very forgiving as well....


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Posted 16 November 2012 - 01:10 AM

I'm likely to add the wish on 870ti 3 iron to the bag. The 4 iron added 20 yards to what I had been hitting my 4 in my old set at the same loft, I would love the 3 bent stronger yet and see how long she will go.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 02:40 AM

Can you still buy the Fli-hi new from Mizzy?
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Posted 16 November 2012 - 02:52 AM

 Stetson, on 16 November 2012 - 02:40 AM, said:

Can you still buy the Fli-hi new from Mizzy?

..i see many available at ebay....both new and used between $80-$90@...
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Posted 16 November 2012 - 09:44 AM

I bent my forged Fli-Hi to 15*. Its a great club but the one I have does have some offset and closed face (if I recall), do it can be a hook monster at time. But it does feel like I'm hitting the ball with a hammer,... and make the ball feel like a marshmallow.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 09:52 AM

I saw them on eBay also, just would rather buy new with the right shaft then used and pay to reshaft

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