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  1. I played a lot of golf as a kid- my dad was a big golfer and I actually got to play Valhalla a lot as I was a caddy there in high school. I was probably as good as I am now when I was 12 and couldnt hit the ball a full 70% as far as I do now. I started playing every week this summer and a couple of first rounds that exceeded my expectations got me hooked again. My set consisted of some iron set by the brand "PRIMA" and the OG great big bertha titanium woods I definitely needed some new irons- they were budget forged cavity irons with graphite shafts from maybe the year 1998- they were like $200 new at the golf shop back when Ping's were like $800 So i hit some clubs- my buddy sold me a set of callaway steelhead xr pro irons for cheap- and I hit them pretty good the few times on the course I used them. Off the tee I hit the 3 iron nearly 15 yards longer with ease (even with 1/2" shorter length steel shaft) Now I'm struggling with them out of the rough and off the fairway (and off the tee really). I'm sure my swing needs help. But I was killing my buddys taylormade RAC OS irons from like 2003. They have graphite shafts and aer super light compared to the steelhead pro's- they also have a ton of offset next to steelheads- but I hit them really really well. Like I was hitting them so far and high I thought I needed something with a more pro center of gravity I think I'm dealing with the adjsutment of weight and offset. The steelheads are heavier and have a LOT less offset than irons I'm used to. My normal bad shot is a slice. If I try to use my arms too much or try to ease up on the ball. I've fixed my slice off the tee with driver and can put it out at about 270 pretty consistently with a fade- still cant draw without closing the club face at address- oh yeh- i'm 33 and not in terrible shape or flexibility. But I am still slicing the steelheads or hooking them when I try to compensate. I feel like the wide soles of the steelheads are harder to take a divot with and in getting throught he rough. I dont want blade thin soles. But am I correct in feeling like the wide sole makes hitting out of the rough more difficult? I get severely limited distance out of the rough most of the time Then sometime I absolutely crush these irons 15 yards over the green. I'm sure my ball striking isnt great but I was way more consistent with the crappy irons, but I was feeling like my handicap would be at least a 11-14 HC pretty quick once I started rolling some putts and chips a bit better. I was hitting a lot of greens in regulation right when I started playing again (if you dont count the mulligans off the tee until I fixed my driver swing) Does anyone have advice for switching from offset to non offset irons? And I'm wondering if I should just use irons with some offset or try to overcome it- and I may be struggling with the weight. The steelheads feel super heavy even though they only have xp95 shafts. offset seems like a slippery slope- like do all my clubs need to be offset? I dont need offset in my driver apparently? though itd probably be nice to not worry about slicing it OB every once in a while. Sorry for the terribly long post and intro. I dont have the money to get custom fit- or take a bunch of lessons. But i do have some money to buy and sell clubs on ebay or demo them at shops until I find something that works a bit better. Thanks a bunch!
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