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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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  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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Tursky vs. Knudson WITB Battle: Which bag would you rather trade with?

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This week on GolfWRX’s “Two Guys Talking Golf” podcast, co-hosts Brian Knudson and myself (Andrew Tursky) go deep into their entire WITB setups.

As a reminder, the goal when setting up your own bag of clubs is to find the golf clubs, shafts and grips that work best for your particular game and preferences. In reality, WITBs should not be a competition; getting fit into the right specs is of utmost importance.

That being said, we wanted to have a little fun this week and reveal our current setups. We put it to a vote on our @TG2WRX Instagram page to figure out which WITB the people like better: Tursky or Knudson?

Cast your vote in the Instagram comments below…

Below are the full bag setups for both Knudson and Tursky:

Brian Knudson WITB 2022

Driver: Callaway Rogue ST Max LS (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus TR Blue 6X

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder NX 70X

7-wood: PXG 0311XF
Shaft: Nippon Regio Formula MB+ 75X

Utility: Tour Edge C722 Ti
Shaft: KBS Tour PGI 90

Irons: TaylorMade P770 (5-9)
Shafts: KBS Tour Lite 100S

Wedges: TaylorMade MG3 (46 degrees), Titleist Vokey SM8 (50-12F) and PXG Sugar Daddy II (54 and 58 degrees)
Shafts: KBS Tour Lite 100S (48), True Temper Elevate Tour S (50, 54 and 60)

Putter: Bettinardi BB8W
Shaft: Fujikura MC Firm

Check out much more from Knudson over on the Club Junkie Podcast Instagram page!

Andrew Tursky WITB 2022

Driver: Callaway Rogue ST Triple Diamond LS (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei AV White 65X

Mini Driver: TaylorMade AeroBurner TP (12 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 7X

Hybrid: Callaway Epic Super Hybrid 4h (21 degrees)
Shaft: (To be determined…see video above for more info)

Driving Iron: Callaway Apex UT (18 degrees)
Shaft: Project X 6.5

Irons: Titleist T100 (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper AMT Tour White X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM9 Raw (50-12F, 56-08M and 60-12D)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Putter: Ping PLD Anser Custom Raw

Check out all the photos of Tursky’s WITB here

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Jordan Spieth WITB 2022 (June)

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Driver: Titleist TSi3 (10 degrees, A1)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 6 X

3-wood: Titleist TS2 (15 degrees, A1)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus TR Blue 7 X

Hybrid: Titleist 818 H2 (21 degrees @ 20.25 degrees, 0.75 degree flat lie, C1)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD Hybrid DI 95 X

Irons: Titleist T100 2021 (4-9)
Shafts: Project X 6.5

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM9 (46-10F @ 46.5, 52-08F @ 51.5, 56-10S @ 55.5), Vokey WedgeWorks Proto (60-T @ 60.5)
Shafts: Project X 6.5 (46-56), Project X 6.0 (60)

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T 009
Grip: SuperStroke Traxion Flatso 1.0

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Grips: SuperStroke S-Tech

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Alex Noren WITB 2022 (June)

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Driver: Callaway Rogue ST MAX LS (9 degrees @ 7 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus TR Blue 6 X

3-wood: Callaway Epic Speed Triple Diamond (15 degrees @ 14 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana DF 80 TX

Hybrid: Callaway Apex Pro (18 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX 90 6.5

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro (2019) (4-9)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Callaway JAWS MD5 (46-10S, 50-10S, 56-8C, 60-8C)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X
Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

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