Ok ok – because you twisted my arm, and I am so mysterious that I like to contravene my earlier “I’m mysterious like that comment”
Jon @ TPG fitted me many years ago and based on my swing speed and tempo, I was swinging and playing well enough to use the Mizuno MP 52s with a TT Dynamic Gold R300 shaft. Was very happy with his level of service and professionalism.
Just needed to adjust the lie angle 2deg flatter to allow for my shallower swing-plane. Handicap was dropped from about 20/21 and has been bouncing between 16-19 over the last couple of years.
FastForward 5 years later and after suffering a back injury, my swing speed had deteriorated and subsequently lost distance right through the bag.
There were some days when everything clicked and still managed to score well despite not getting my 6i past 100m (yes true story)
Unfortunately for Jon, he is located on the wrong side of town for me, and this time I caved in to having a chat to my local pro around testing some clubs and shafts.
The challenge was laid that if I can get my 6i close to 140m with manageable distance gaps between clubs, then I would buy a set – caveat being that it had to be the right price too!
Got fitted again using the Mizuno fitting system at the range at Sunshine GC trying out a bunch of different head and shaft combinations.
Eventually settled on the Mizuno JPX 900 Hot metal irons with a C taper Lite shaft, which was about 25gm lighter than my previous DG R300.
Proud to say that the total travel distance for my 6i is around 155m-160m and that I am now hitting more greens in reg.
Handicap is also at the lowest point ever of 12.5, no lessons (bar the one that screwed with my head about 6 years ago) and still chopping up the rest of the game.
Biggest difference now is the ability to pick the right tool for the shot at hand instead of grabbing my hybrid for any approach shot above 100m and manufacturing a shot with my 160m club.