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Forum Thread of the Day: “Can’t hit my new irons?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Apd1992 who has made significant changes to his bag recently and is currently struggling to adapt to his new irons. From Apd1992

“I’m about a 12 handicap and recently switched from super old TaylorMade RaC OS irons with regular shafts to Titleist AP2’s with Project X LZ 6.0 shafts. I hit an average 7 iron about 170 yards. I made the club change at the advice of a PGA professional giving me lessons.

I hit my old irons reasonably consistent (at least for my handicap level), but I can’t hit my new irons very well at all. They are definitely the weakest part of my game and are preventing me from getting into single digits. I have pretty much every miss possible with them, and even my good shots don’t feel very pure. This has been surprising to me since I’ve heard such good things about AP2’s. The irons also feel very heavy, which I’m assuming is making them harder to hit.”

Our members give their suggestions to Apd1992 on methods to solve the issue he’s having, with many WRXers believing shaft adjustment holds the key to the fix.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • Z4ZR3: “I’m guessing it’s all the shaft. I helped fit a friend into a stiff flex for the first time, and it took him a while to adjust, especially on the confidence side. I personally could immediately see the ball flight becoming much flatter/better, but he had been swinging some regular flex graphite irons for so long that he didn’t like the feel even when the result was just as good if not better. If you hit a 7i 170, you probably shouldn’t be playing regular flex irons, and while it’ll be weird for a bit, ultimately the stiff shafts should improve your ball flight/dispersion. I’d say stick with it.”
  • Adam C: “Something else to consider as far as distance at least. I wouldn’t be surprised if your old irons are delofted at this point. Those old sub 100g shafts are very weak at the tip. I just did a reshaft for someone with some Burner 2.0s which are 5 to 10 years newer. Had sub 100g shafts and 7 out of 8 were bent strongly at the tip. So now you are coming from super strong lofts, and even more offset. That being said, you are changing the weights a lot. 30g shaft change will take some getting used to.”
  • craz-e: “I would say the shafts will take quite a bit to get used to, very different profile and feel quite a bit different.”
  • gopherlover: “There’s been a lot of talk about the weight and stiffness of the shafts, but are length and lie the same between the irons? I’ve got a buddy who’s about a scratch golfer who was an absolute ringer in high school but doesn’t play as much anymore. He’s been playing the same clubs for about a decade, and they don’t fit him at all. Ultralite and whippy shafts in his clubs and he hits everything sky high. I asked if he thought about getting new clubs and he said it was hard to justify paying money to get worse. He struggles to hit better equipment when he tries it and doesn’t play enough to get used to it. I guess what I’m trying to say is that you’re not the only person who’s gotten used to clubs that don’t “fit” them and then struggle to adjust to something that should fit them better.”
  • lawsonman: “Give them some time. You made a big change, and it will take time to adjust.”

Entire Thread: “Can’t hit my new irons?”

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  1. Jay holiday

    Oct 26, 2019 at 7:00 am

    A 12 handicapper doesn’t have the Ball striking ability for a pro level club. Go buy game improvement irons

    • Rubin Shirodkar

      Oct 27, 2019 at 11:21 am

      Agreed!!!. In addition, the OP’s lofts for the old TM Rac OS irons are much stronger that the AP 2’s. For example, the OP’s 7 iron is probably 31 degrees of loft and the AP2’s are 34 degrees of loft. That makes a huge difference of anywhere form 8-15 yards depending on swing speed. Unless the OP is practicing twice a week and playing twice a week, he’s not going to see the results that he wants with these irons.

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