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First adult set iron suggestions for a 14-year-old – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the best irons for a 14-year-old’s first adult set. WRXer ‘CMatthews77’ kicks off the thread saying:

“So trying to decide on first set of irons for my 14YO. He’s currently gaming his 63” US Kids Tour Series w/ steel shafts. He could probably game them a bit longer, but he’s also ready for first adult set. Couple of thoughts…

1. His current PW is 47 degrees, so trying to avoid the super strong loft stuff. Thinking 45 PW at least but may not be doable…

2. However, it’s getting increasingly hard to find an iron with some forgiveness that isn’t super juiced.

My local pro has a set of Taylor Made M4 irons new offered at $500, which is a good price point but they’re huge like shovels to me and super strong..

Also curious anyone may have a shaft weight recommendation for this age. I know ‘get fit’. He’s about 5’6″ and 125 lbs.”

And our members have been sharing their best picks in our forum.

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.

  • DHoch: “I’d look into Sub70 or another direct to consumer company. You’ll get great value, and they have a lot of options. Customer service is also their strong suit, so they’ll be able to walk you through the right setup for your son.”
  • SolarBear88: “Hard to escape the jacked lofts. Might go with something like the Maltby STi2, considering their overall size, shape and price. Considering them with the Kuro Kage for my 13-year-old.”
  • jomatty: “I’d look at ping i210s. You can get him some in red dot if he needs them a little flat, which is probably the case with his height. Other clubs to think about would be cobra forged tec, or the new Mizuno pro 225, or Mizuno JPX forged. A set of gen 3 PXG’s might also fit the bill and are fairly cheap.”
  • drl1543: “I got my first set at about that age, and they were the TM 09 burners. I’m sure the tech on the newer stuff is a little better, but I’d imagine you can get these for a pretty solid value. Not sure if you’re trying to go new or used either. If you’re going to go new and if he’s serious about wanting to get better, a fitting would probably be best. There’s a ton of choices out there, especially when you don’t have any experience with any brands/combinations yet.”

Entire Thread: “First adult set iron suggestions for a 14-year-old”

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  1. Jones

    Jan 13, 2022 at 9:52 am

    That kid should’ve been out of US kids clubs a long time ago. When my daughter was 13 she was playing men’s players cavity backs cut down and re-swing weighted. She went on to play D1.

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How old is too old for irons? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing older irons. WRXer ‘R5Two’ kicks off the thread, saying

“I pulled my old Titleist 695 CBs (cr 2006) out of storage to hit a few balls. I have seen many videos about how much faster the ballspeeds are these days, but I don’t know if I care. I’m a blade guy. Isn’t a hunk of metal a hunk of metal? 

How old is too old for forged irons? What are we missing? Non-confirming grooves maybe? Maybe a little forgiveness?”

And our members have been sharing their thoughts in our forum.

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.

  • PEI_Golfer: “Irons are all about accuracy and distance control, not ball speed… Nothing wrong with the 695’s (my first OEM set of irons); I still bring out my 690.CB’s from time to time and OG Nike blades.”
  • Tar_Heel_93: “I’m with you. I prefer a solid forged iron. Not looking for a lot of tech. Here are the irons I am testing for next season. Apex MBs have been in the bag for several seasons. Others are recent additions. Titleist CB and Wilson Staff CB have Tungsten in the mid and long irons. However, so far my favorite CB is the Bridgestone J33 CBs circa 2006.”
  • mrfuz: “I recently regripped my old 690MBs and pulled out my Eye2s. They’re not replacing my Sim2 Maxes, but they’re fun to play with.”
  • HoosierHacker89: “695 CB irons are great! One of my all-time favorites. I found them to be really forgiving especially the long irons. This was one of the few sets I was confident in the 4/5 irons. I played a set of Srixon 765 irons the last 3 years. Honestly can’t say there was much if anyone difference in the heads Of both sets.”

Entire Thread: “How old is too old for irons?

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (1/13/22): TSi3 driver with Ventus Black

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At GolfWRX, we are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of the game in many ways.

It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball. It even allows us to share another thing we all love – buying and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a TSi3 driver with Ventus Black

From the seller: (@Tverrall): ” TSi3 Driver w/ Ventus Black. This was my gamer from July until October. I love this thing and I hate to part ways with it, but I can’t argue with the numbers I am getting from an Epic Max LS. 8-degree head. Ventus measures 44″ tip to grip. No tipping. Asking $500 for the combo OBO. I will separate if I have a buyer for both.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: TSi3 driver with Ventus Black

This is the most impressive current listing from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

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XXIO unveils next-generation X lineup

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XXIO has today introduced its all-new XXIO X family of clubs that launch at retail on February 11, 2022.

At the core of the new lightweight X drivers, fairway woods, and hybrids is ActivWing: a technology that stabilizes the clubhead by altering aerodynamic forces at work in the first half of the downswing. The airfoil generates lift to guide the club to its optimal impact angle in design to provide maximum speed and distance.

Speaking on the new additions, Brian Schielke, General Manager at XXIO. said

“XXIO X has the DNA of every XXIO product – lightweight and easy to swing. However, it’s tuned to the more accomplished player. More compact irons, lower spinning woods, and stiffer shafts make X a great choice for better players looking to increase their speed and experience the benefits of XXIO.”

The woods feature Rebound Frame Technology, with four alternating layers of stiff and flexible zones enhancing overall COR.

In addition, for the first time, X drivers feature Rebound Frame with a Cup Face in design to offer more power on strikes across the face, while on the irons, a thinner face allows the entire face to flex more extensively while grooves etched deep into the interior of the iron body further enhance flex.

The clubs contain a heavier clubhead and an extremely lightweight shaft which work together in a bid to increase ball speed and swing speed at the same time, while manufacturers positioned mass under the grip, behind the hands in design to help players find the ideal spot at the top of their swing to make the downswing more consistent.

In addition, XXIO is also introducing its Rebound Drive golf balls which feature the company’s proprietary Rebound Frame Technology, which interposes areas with high and low rigidity in a bid to produce just the right amount of flex for higher initial ball speeds along with a pure feel at impact. 

Specs, Availability & Pricing

XXIO X

  • U.S. Retail Launch Date: February 11, 2022
  • Pricing: $699.99 for XXIO X driver, $399.99 for XXIO X fairway woods, $299.99 for XXIO X hybrids, $199.99 for individual steel irons/$224.99 for individual graphite irons, $1,199.99 for six-piece steel set/$1,349.99 for six-piece graphite set

XXIO Rebound Drive Golf Balls

  • Colors: Premium White, Lime Yellow, Premium Pink and 4 Color Pack (Premium Pink, Lime
  • Yellow, Orange, and Ruby Red)
  • U.S. Retails Launch Date: February 11, 2022.
  • Pricing: $49.99
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