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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.” (Photo above proved by Tar_Heel_93)
  • 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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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. Mike

    Jan 14, 2022 at 4:34 pm

    I think the main differences are the lofts. But I do think a comparison would show that a 2021 iron will fly a bit higher w/ the same distance) as a 2005 iron.

  2. Hunter

    Jan 14, 2022 at 10:56 am

    I learned to play with TaylorMade Tour Preferred TD blades from the late 80’s. I then switched to Hogan Apex Plus irons and played them for many years. 5yrs ago I found a set of the old TM blades and started playing them again. I was loving them, but then I snared a set of Ping i210s, and the difference is night and day. I can miss-hit the i210s and still find the green. They go 10-15yds further than the TM blades. While I still like the look of blades better, I’ll never go back to playing them. The benefits of newer technology far outweighs old school looks.

  3. JungleJimbo

    Jan 13, 2022 at 9:25 pm

    To GolfWRX team/Gianni Magliocco: As you’ve used a contributor’s photo (i.e. @Tar_Heel_93 ‘s), as your thumbnail/ Leading photo…
    i think you should attribute a photo credit, in this article?

    Link to photo: https://forums.golfwrx.com/topic/1852273-how-old-is-too-old-irons-edition/?do=findComment&comment=23972310

    • Hugh Givzaphook

      Jan 13, 2022 at 9:47 pm

      Found the only guy in the world who gives a %$#@

  4. Ping Eye 2

    Jan 13, 2022 at 7:28 pm

    ………Don’t you know I’m still standing better than I ever did
    Looking like a true survivor, feeling like a little kid
    And I’m still standing after all this time
    Picking up the pieces of my life without you on my mind

    I’m still standing. Yeah, yeah, yeah
    I’m still standing. Yeah, yeah, yeah……….

  5. Everardo

    Jan 13, 2022 at 7:17 pm

    Just did a test myself with two sets of irons that were 15 years old vs a newer set from last year. My older sets (were fitted for me mind you) and performed the same or better than the newer set. So I’m selling the newer set since they have better resale value. I had all 3 sets checked for loft, lie, length, flex, etc to make it a fair comparison and tested them all on the same calibrated launch monitor, same ball and over multiple days just to keep things fair.

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Darius Rucker WITB 2022

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PGA Tour WITBs are great and all, but what about multi-Platinum Grammy winners? The Hootie & the Blowfish lead singer is a well-known lover of and ambassador for the game. He is also the originator of Monday After the Masters, a Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation charity pro-am started by the band in 1994 and recently signed on with PXG as a brand ambassador.

Let’s check out what the four handicap is playing.

Driver: PXG 0811 X GEN4 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder Evo V 569 R

3-wood: PXG 0341 X GEN4
Shaft: Aldila NV2KXV Blue 70 R

Hybrid: PXG 0317 X GEN4 Hybrid (19 degrees)
Shaft: Accra iSeries 80i

Hybrid: PXG 0317 X GEN4 Hybrid (22 degrees)
Shaft: Accra iSeries 80i

Irons: PXG 0311 P GEN4 (5-PW)
Shafts: AeroTech SteelFiber 110cw

Wedges: PXG 0311T Milled Sugar Daddy (52, 56), PXG 0311T Milled Romeo (60)
Shafts: AeroTech SteelFiber 110cw S

Putter: PXG Battle Ready Blackjack

What other celebrity WITBs would you like to see, GolfWRXers?

 

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Giveaway, member testing roundup: Cleveland CBX ZipCore wedge giveaway + much more!

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Our forum faithful are well acquainted with the incredible giveaways going on in the realm of threads and comments, but we want to make sure front page readers are able to get in on these unique opportunities.

Check out a roundup of our current giveaways and review opportunities below!

GIVEAWAY: Cleveland CBX ZipCore Wedge

Cleveland Golf and GolfWRX are very excited to bring you this amazing giveaway! We are giving one lucky winner the chance to win a brand new Cleveland CBX ZipCore wedge of their choice! Enter now for your chance to win and put a brand new wedge in your bag!

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GIVEAWAY: Precision Pro ACE Smart Speaker

Precision Pro now has the ability to help your golf game and keep you entertained on the course, at the same time! The new ACE Smart Speaker is not only a speaker that can crank out your favorite tunes, but can also help you lower your scores and improve your course management! This customizable speaker is the latest piece of technology from Precision Pro that offers you amazing performance at a great price! Enter now because we are giving 3 lucky GolfWRX members the chance to win an ACE Smart Speaker of their own!

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GIVEAWAY: Rapsodo Mobile Launch Monitor

Rapsodo and GolfWRX are very excited to bring you this awesome Mobile Launch Monitor giveaway! The Rapsodo Mobile Launch Monitor (MLM) not only offers excellent accuracy, but it also offers exciting features to help you analyze every part of your game! The MLM features indoor and outdoor modes so you can improve your game during the regular season or offseason! We are giving 1 lucky member the chance to win a Rapsodo MLM of their own! Enter now for your chance to win!

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GIVEAWAY: StrackaLine Yardage and Green Reading Books

GolfWRX is once again teaming up with StrackaLine to give five of our members a chance to get their hands on StrackaLine’s yardage and green reading books! With their precision guides, StrackaLine will help you achieve better course management and green reading.

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The reviews are coming in…

10 GolfWRXers received early access and are testing L.A.B. Golf’s new MEZZ.1 Putter.

Three GolfWRX members are testing Callaway’s Apex UW Fairway Wood.

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Mizuno unveils new ST-Z 220 and ST-X 220 drivers

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Mizuno Golf has today introduced its latest ST Series of drivers: the ST-Z 220 driver and ST-X 220 driver, which will both arrive at retail on February 3rd. 

The ST-Z and ST-X drivers both feature a 40% expansion of the carbon-sole area and thinning out the Titanium portion, alongside a doubling of the stabilizing back weight in design to provide excellent stability and consistency from off-center strikes.

“Any twisting or deflecting at impact due to an off-center hit is an energy loss and varies launch conditions. By working with the prior ST driver platform and familiar materials, we were able to find several adaptations to impact the internal weighting. Creating far more stable tendencies in both the ST-Z and ST-X.” – Mizuno’s Director of R&D David Llewellyn

Mizuno ST-Z 220 driver

The Mizuno ST-Z 220 driver features a balanced toe/heel carbon construction and central back weight designed to encourage a low spinning, efficient, straight ball flight.

The 460cc head aims to offer players a confidence-inspiring profile at address for elite players, while a heavier, 20g back weight creates a deeper center of gravity in design for more efficient performance, more often.

The ST-Z driver features Mizuno’s Z-Axis design with weight evenly distributed across toe and heel in design to provide a low spinning stable straight flight, while a highly resilient forged SAT2041 Beta Ti face and multi-thickness CorTech design aims to produce increased ball speeds.

In addition, an optimized Wave Sole is included in a bid to further increase ball speeds, particularly from low on the clubface, while 4 degrees of loft adjustability allows for fine-tuning of launch and trajectory.

“The ST-Z is the most played of all our drivers. It’s a modern driver for players who have grown up hitting long straight bombs rather than shaping the ball. The addition of a 20g back weight also makes it an exceptionally forgiving option,” says Chris Voshall.

Specs & Pricing

  • Lofts: Right hand – 9.5 and 10.5 degrees. Left hand – 9.5 degrees only.
  • Price: $449.95

Mizuno ST-X 220 driver

The ST-X 220 driver is a draw-biased driver with heel focused weight location aimed at players with moderate swing speeds who need help producing a more extended ball flight.

The new driver features a 20-gram heel biased back weight that creates a deeper center of gravity in design for more efficient, longer drives. The ST-X is also available as a J-Spec option with an ultra-lightweight HeLIUM NanoCore shaft for seniors and those with slower swing speeds.

The ST-X aims to deliver exceptional stability from off-center strikes via an expansion of the carbon sole area by 40% and thinning out the Titanium portion, alongside a near doubling of the stabilizing heel/back weight.

Featuring Mizuno’s X-Axis design, weight is focused deep in the heel, encouraging a higher draw bias flight, while a rounded 460cc profile seeks to offer a higher launch and mid spin performance.

A highly resilient forged SAT2041 Beta Ti face and multi-thickness CorTech design are also designed to produce increased ball speeds and the driver also includes an optimized Wave Sole, while 4 degrees of loft adjustability allows for fine-tuning of launch and trajectory.

“For a lot of golfers, the modern low spinning driver design preferred by tour players is a serious distance killer. The ST-X’s extra spin, slight draw bias and a higher flight will add driving distance for a surprising number of players.” – Mizuno’s Director of Product Chris Voshall

Specs & Price

  • Lofts: Right hand – 10.5 and 12 degrees.
  • Price: $449.95
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