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#1 Deege

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Posted 18 February 2017 - 09:19 PM

So am thinking of doing some work on my bag for an upcoming birthday. My options are new driver or new irons. Virtually everything else in my bag has been updated more recently, but these are both about 4 years old.

The driver has always had a question mark. I found out recently that I am playing a different flex shaft in the driver (ladies) than everything else in my bag (senior) - never realised before. Driver still has question marks - it is off set for everything else in the bag and I wonder whether getting a dedicated fit will help with some dispersion and confidence. Recent work with SuperCoach has improved this.

Irons go well generally, but are super game improvement clubs. I get a pretty high ball flight and I sometimes miss some of the flexibility of a less bottom heavy club (eg for punch shots, running chips etc). So I wonder whether it might be time to move to a less super game improvement iron.

Intend to ask my clubfitters opinion, but wondering what your thoughts are.

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Posted 18 February 2017 - 09:26 PM

Dan, get fitted for both, and look at the numbers.

See where you would get the most benefit by showing SC those numbers.

When i started redoing my bag 12 months ago, i got driver first.
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Posted 18 February 2017 - 09:28 PM

Dan, get fitted for both, and look at the numbers.
See where you would get the most benefit by showing SC those numbers.
When i started redoing my bag 12 months ago, i got driver first.


Good thought. Though this is going to take some time. I redid my fairway woods to replace my hated hybrids last year and it took a good while to test all of the options.
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Posted 18 February 2017 - 09:29 PM

But for what its worth, ive always been reasonable with my irons.
Driver has always been my downfall.

Have a big long look at where you reckon you could gain shots, that should be ell you which way to go

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Posted 18 February 2017 - 09:43 PM

It's not so much where I gain shots as where I lose them. I hit about 75% of fairways, but I feel least confident about my reliability with driver. And I need to hit fairways cause I am not so in range for GIR for many holes (unless I smoke a couple).

Plus driver is super fun

But irons feels like an upgrade would do me well for a good while and give me some versatility within 50 metres which would be more relevant to scoring. Having more flexible irons for less than full shots isn't going to show up on a track man, but it could well be significant

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Posted 19 February 2017 - 03:43 PM

You're not using wedges inside 50, rather than irons?

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Posted 19 February 2017 - 07:22 PM

You're not using wedges inside 50, rather than irons?


I am for a full shot (I am not Ghetto!). But before I got my current clubs, I used to use a 7 or an 8 iron for a bump and run, or chip with a 9 iron to get a better run out. I don't feel like I can do with my current clubs. Cause the clunky big soles make me less able to alter the loft and use them differently. So the flexibility I am looking for is with the short game, even though they are irons
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Posted 19 February 2017 - 07:30 PM

I am for a full shot (I am not Ghetto!). But before I got my current clubs, I used to use a 7 or an 8 iron for a bump and run, or chip with a 9 iron to get a better run out. I don't feel like I can do with my current clubs. Cause the clunky big soles make me less able to alter the loft and use them differently. So the flexibility I am looking for is with the short game, even though they are irons


Sounds to me like you want new irons more than a new driver.

New irons rule
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Posted 19 February 2017 - 07:41 PM

Scuse me..... i only hit 1 hybrid for the par 3's today, on the 16th understandably.

The rest were 6i on 2nd, 8i on 5th and hit it through the green, 6i 12th. Only green i hit was with the hybrid though lol.

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Posted 20 February 2017 - 09:19 AM

I'd look at the irons first too Dan, as you're going to hit them more than 14 times a round.

 

Depending on cost, etc, you could possibly just look at changing the shaft in your driver, instead of lashing out on a whole new driver (as much as that sounds like fun).

 

In my opinion, driver heads have pretty much "maxed out" in the last 5 years, and they are just putting gimmicks on them now, in order to sell the newer models.

 

The real bonus would be in getting a shaft that is correctly fitted to suit your swing with the driver Dan, as I suspect the one you have currently isn't giving you the results that you could be getting. (See Jon or your local pro)

 

Just my thoughts ...... :)


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Posted 20 February 2017 - 09:30 AM

As far as irons go ........ I wonder if there is a combo set of some description available for you?.

 

Some game improvement wide sole types in the long irons to aid in getting the ball up off the deck, and then some sleeker, thinner sole type in the short irons, for shot making flexibility.

 

Perhaps if your long irons do the job currently, you may only need to look at getting some short irons, in order to get the flexibility you need around the green etc.

 

Again, just a thought ....... :)

 

(Failing that, there are always Mizuno blades)


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Posted 20 February 2017 - 09:40 AM

What irons and driver/shaft combo do you play now Dan?



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Posted 20 February 2017 - 11:02 AM

As far as irons go ........ I wonder if there is a combo set of some description available for you?.

Some game improvement wide sole types in the long irons to aid in getting the ball up off the deck, and then some sleeker, thinner sole type in the short irons, for shot making flexibility.

Perhaps if your long irons do the job currently, you may only need to look at getting some short irons, in order to get the flexibility you need around the green etc.

Again, just a thought ....... :)

(Failing that, there are always Mizuno blades)


Cobra do a few ladies sets.
Or unisex combos as well

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Posted 20 February 2017 - 11:18 AM

I'd look at the irons first too Dan, as you're going to hit them more than 14 times a round.

 

Depending on cost, etc, you could possibly just look at changing the shaft in your driver, instead of lashing out on a whole new driver (as much as that sounds like fun).

 

In my opinion, driver heads have pretty much "maxed out" in the last 5 years, and they are just putting gimmicks on them now, in order to sell the newer models.

 

The real bonus would be in getting a shaft that is correctly fitted to suit your swing with the driver Dan, as I suspect the one you have currently isn't giving you the results that you could be getting. (See Jon or your local pro)

 

Just my thoughts ...... :)

 

Yes, I was surprised to learn that I had a different shaft in my driver, and intend to chat to my clubfitter to see whether a change would do better for me.  My most recent fitting for fairway woods we used some different shafts and the senior flex got the best results.


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Posted 20 February 2017 - 11:22 AM

As far as irons go ........ I wonder if there is a combo set of some description available for you?.

 

Some game improvement wide sole types in the long irons to aid in getting the ball up off the deck, and then some sleeker, thinner sole type in the short irons, for shot making flexibility.

 

Perhaps if your long irons do the job currently, you may only need to look at getting some short irons, in order to get the flexibility you need around the green etc.

 

Again, just a thought ....... :)

 

(Failing that, there are always Mizuno blades)

 

Yes I thought that would be a better suit for me at the moment as well.  We have had to do a bit of work trying to get my current set to work seamlessly with my wedges - there is such a difference in performance between the GI irons and my current titleist wedges.

 

If I had some more flexibility with the shorter irons that is where I really want it, and would be fine to keep a more GI look for the longer irons.


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