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#1 PinehillShanka

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Posted 03 July 2018 - 01:55 PM

I am into my 70's and struggling.  I have been as low as a 4, but for decades I floated between 7-9.  

Six years ago, I was on an 8 handicap but it has been all downhill since then, mainly due to all the little problems that come with ageing.

My swing speed has dropped to around 80mph, my backswing finishes just part the vertical position, and not surprising, I don't have the full shoulder turn I used to have.

I am now on a 16 handicap, and find that I am no longer good enough to get the best out of my Mizuno MX-300 irons.

It has been suggested by a Club Pro that I really need a more forgiving iron.

Before I buy I would like some comments from those who have been in a similar position, or from an experienced club fitter etc.

I initially intend to purchase, 6-PW and build my new clubs around that.

In advance, thanks to those who take the time to reply. 


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Posted 03 July 2018 - 03:33 PM

Paging Mouldy....


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Posted 03 July 2018 - 03:34 PM

Actually scratch that, I just read the part about the OP once being a gun.

 

False alarm Mouldy, you won't be able to offer any meaningful insight here


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Posted 03 July 2018 - 03:35 PM

In my defence, the thread title had Mouldy written all over it though


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Posted 03 July 2018 - 08:45 PM

I am into my 70's and struggling.  I have been as low as a 4, but for decades I floated between 7-9.  

Six years ago, I was on an 8 handicap but it has been all downhill since then, mainly due to all the little problems that come with ageing.

My swing speed has dropped to around 80mph, my backswing finishes just part the vertical position, and not surprising, I don't have the full shoulder turn I used to have.

I am now on a 16 handicap, and find that I am no longer good enough to get the best out of my Mizuno MX-300 irons.

It has been suggested by a Club Pro that I really need a more forgiving iron.

Before I buy I would like some comments from those who have been in a similar position, or from an experienced club fitter etc.

I initially intend to purchase, 6-PW and build my new clubs around that.

In advance, thanks to those who take the time to reply. 

What does not getting the best out of the MX-300 irons mean to you? Are you losing distance? Is your strike less consistent? Do they have a steel shaft where maybe you would benefit from using graphite shafts? A proper fitting would surely benefit you at this stage. Swallow pride wherever possible to improve your game and allow you to enjoy the game as long as you can. 



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Posted 04 July 2018 - 08:55 PM

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Posted 04 July 2018 - 11:53 PM

More forgiving ?

 

I might suggest that the forgiveness will come from a better shaft combination, rather than a wholesale just throw everything out and buy something new method. Maybe get a club reshafted with a senior or ladies flex graphite/lightweight steel to try and then get a result. So many choices now days with steel as light as 60 grams in senior flex and these shafts can also be soft stepped to make them into a ladies flex if required.

Age shouldn't be a barrier to a good fitter and also to extend your golfing life !

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 11:18 PM

PHS,

I'd go straight to Jon  (aka Golfguy33)

I'm in your boat mate and a few years ago I was almost gonna give the game away due to soreness it was causing my hands and arms.

Jon helped me so much by just talking to me about what I could try and letting me experiment with shaft and head combinations that I now play (pain free) and am enjoying the game again (and maintaining my form!)

Jon's not a pressure salesman, he tinkered with my old Mizuno TP21's for 18 months before I decided to change things up. But he helped my understanding of what my clubs should feel like at my age (69) and he listens and acts on what you want to achieve as an athlete!

If you're in Melbourne ( i know the traffic sucks but do it anyway) get out to Jon's little shop in Oakleigh and I'm pretty sure he'll be able to give you great advice too.

 

(ps....This is not a paid ad for Jon, I make surfboards for a living and Jon just reminds me of a really good surfboard shaper. He makes things work for people!)


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Posted 10 July 2018 - 04:09 PM

PHS,

I'd go straight to Jon  (aka Golfguy33)

I'm in your boat mate and a few years ago I was almost gonna give the game away due to soreness it was causing my hands and arms.

Jon helped me so much by just talking to me about what I could try and letting me experiment with shaft and head combinations that I now play (pain free) and am enjoying the game again (and maintaining my form!)

Jon's not a pressure salesman, he tinkered with my old Mizuno TP21's for 18 months before I decided to change things up. But he helped my understanding of what my clubs should feel like at my age (69) and he listens and acts on what you want to achieve as an athlete!

If you're in Melbourne ( i know the traffic sucks but do it anyway) get out to Jon's little shop in Oakleigh and I'm pretty sure he'll be able to give you great advice too.

 

(ps....This is not a paid ad for Jon, I make surfboards for a living and Jon just reminds me of a really good surfboard shaper. He makes things work for people!)

 

All good points RR22,  but it would be a fair swim for him to come across and see Jon.  Maybe he could find Jon's equal in the land of the long white cloud and get that same professional assistance.  

 

NB:-  agree that the switch to lighter shafts will help.  Recently went from steel to graphite and things are becoming so much easier as I get attuned to them.  


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