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I've been playing the Cleveland 588 MT irons for about 3 years now. They still perform well for me and are one of the best irons I've played. That said, is it time to look for new irons with all the new tech and distance that is advertised with the BB OS, Cobra King OS, Z545 etc. Thanks for your comments.

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Irons - Cleveland Launcher CBX 4-PW Miyazaki Kua 6 / R Flex

Wedges - Cleveland Launcher CBX 50* & 54* Rolex Wedge Flex

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Most people change irons when their game changes, the clubs wear out or they get a tax refund their wife doesn't know about.   M father is an interesting guy with a different philosophy...   My fa

Great suggestions -   I've been guilty of pulling the trigger on irons too quickly at times - I play my best golf when I find a set that is well fit and just stick to it.    If you're happy with w

When I feel the urge, is usually the right time for me. Ha   But seriously, some good suggestions from above. I will say I think all three of those are great options. I'd be happy with any of th

It really depends on whether you see a big improvement in other irons.  The MT's are a great set and personally, I don't think you'll see that much of a difference and if you're hitting them well, it may not be worthwhile to change.  But if you have the urge, I'd hit the other sets multiple times and see if one catches your eye.  

 

With the 545, you may get similar forgiveness with a thinner profile if you prefer that.

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It really depends on whether you see a big improvement in other irons. The MT's are a great set and personally, I don't think you'll see that much of a difference and if you're hitting them well, it may not be worthwhile to change. But if you have the urge, I'd hit the other sets multiple times and see if one catches your eye.

 

With the 545, you may get similar forgiveness with a thinner profile if you prefer that.

Agree, and this general subject has been discussed in other threads also ..... demo, test, go and re-test and then demo some more!

 

Be open to trying brands or models you may not have considered, and always bring in one of your current irons (usually the 7i) to compare.

 

If you're picky about your ball then (to eliminate that variable) bring in one or two of your own to use in the shop hitting bay. And buy some balls or a hat or whatever on your way out :)

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Great suggestions -

 

I've been guilty of pulling the trigger on irons too quickly at times - I play my best golf when I find a set that is well fit and just stick to it. 

 

If you're happy with what you have you may want to keep riding that pony until it breaks down. 

 

Good luck

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When you get tired looking at your current irons  :unsure:, jk...If you find another set that you are comfortable with and like everything about them, I would push the button and get them.  If you can't, I would wait until you find the right ones.  Check out your local golf store and get a feel or try them out and see what catches your eyes.  Happy hunting.  :D

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When I feel the urge, is usually the right time for me. Ha

 

But seriously, some good suggestions from above. I will say I think all three of those are great options. I'd be happy with any of them

 

I know not everyone is a fan of Rick Shiels, but I rather enjoy him quite a bit. I litter lay just saw his review of the Cobra F7 yesterday. I was surprised he liked them as much as he did, he wasn't put off by the size at all really.

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Great suggestions -

 

I've been guilty of pulling the trigger on irons too quickly at times - I play my best golf when I find a set that is well fit and just stick to it. 

 

If you're happy with what you have you may want to keep riding that pony until it breaks down. 

 

Good luck

 

I've been riding my pony (Cally Razr XF) for a looooong time now.   It would take a good size bronc to knock my arse off too.   With that said, those Srixon irons are pretty enough to make a country boy blush.   Sooooooo yea, I wouldn't mind taking em around the course a time or two.

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I don't know that there is a set amount of time with irons. I'd compare it to putters, if you feel like you need a switch then that's the time otherwise I'd leave it alone. Even in drivers and fairway metals I'm skeptical about companies improving on designs every year so I stick with equipment till it wears out or I see major improvement in performance.

 

 

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Whenever you want! That's the beauty of golf. Play what makes you happy!

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I would make a change if A) I felt like I needed something more forgiving/more workable. If you're not playing as much, find something easier to hit. If your game is going to the next level, find something that looks good, feels good and allows you to do what you want with the club or B) if I felt like I was leaving something on the table with what I had. My 8 year old set had s300s in them and they weren't stiff enough. I put the C-Taper Xs in my new irons and my dispersion really tightened up. Test a bunch of stuff and if it performs and you can't live without it, you have your new irons!

 

 

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Needless to say I have been playing the same old irons mostly since 1990. There have been a couple of times when they have been out of the bag. Once when I played a set of MP-33s for a couple of years and when I was doing the R&D work for Championship Golf LLC with Infiniti and Alpha equipment. Now I did upgrade shafts a few years back. Now those old Macs are really worn and a friend of mine from another site sent me a pristine set just like them and I plan on rebuilding them this winter. But lately I have been playing a set of Callaway 2013 Forged X players CBs. I have sorta fell in love with those but not fully comitted yet like I am to old Macgregor blades. What really honestly scares me though is the fact I can work those Callys as good as any of my old Mac blades. I mess around with wedges a lot because I am an admitted wedge ho but when the money is on the line my old 588s are in the bag. I guess i am a little different from the average Joe on these golf forums but that is just me. I have a tendency to stick with works for me. Heck I have been with Direct TV since it started and I have been with Sprint on the phones ever since it started dating back to Nextel with the 2 way beep phones. Sorta off topic but when we got a new flat screen digital TV a few years ago my DTV boxes would not work with it. DTV sent a guy out to see. He gasped at our receiver boxes and remotes. He had to call in and talk to his boss. He had never seen any like ours. Ours were over 15 years old at the time. They ended up giving us new stuff for free. The supervisor even came out and told us we had been elegible for several updates for several years. I shrugged at him and said heck it has worked and has never given any trouble why change? The boxes worked good until I got the new fangled TV. Same thing with the phones I carried the same flip phone for 8 years 

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I'm a bit like Stu - I seldom change anything for the sake of change. Having said that, if there's something new out, I'll certainly try it to see if there's any noticeable advantage. Since around 2005, I have been using more or less the same set up - so I guess that tells you something.

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Same thing with the phones I carried the same flip phone for 8 years 

 

Ha ha! I have a very good buddy that is going on 9 years with his flip phone. He see's no reason to buy a "smart phone" since... in his words..... this old thing does a dumbass like me just fine...lol.

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Ha ha! I have a very good buddy that is going on 9 years with his flip phone. He see's no reason to buy a "smart phone" since... in his words..... this old thing does a dumbass like me just fine...lol.

My Fiance still has a flip phone. She doesn't call her self a dumbass bit does say she's a dinosaur. Ha

 

She doesn't text much. But will occasionaly bang out one to me by having the the numbers three times to get the correct letters.

 

It seems so long ago, that is now we texted. Ha

 

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Ha ha! I have a very good buddy that is going on 9 years with his flip phone. He see's no reason to buy a "smart phone" since... in his words..... this old thing does a dumbass like me just fine...lol.

Ha Ha I had to change mine was so old and used that all the writing was worn off the keys but that did not stop me because the frequent numbers I dialed were on speed dial. But the pad under the keys wore out and it got where the numbers would not respond when punched. In fact the guy at Sprint pulled the face plate off and showed me what was up. He said he had never seen a touch pad worn that bad. Yep I have had a smart phone for a year now but like your friend a dumba$$ owns it too

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Driver --- Honma G1-X Stock R Flex----  3W Callaway Steelhead UST Pro Force Gold 65 stiff--- 2 iron 1980 Macgregor VIP Nike R flex-------- Irons 3 thru PW 1980 Macgregor VIP Hogan Apex shafts--- SW Cleveland 588 Sensicore S-400-- Putter Rusty Santa Fe Bulls Eye Fluted shaft-- Bag Old School Hoofer I had in the stash--- Goes along with my raggety persona

 

 

 

 

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Like everyone else said the best thing to do is to just hit them all against your current set and see how it plays out.

 

I'll also be the first to say it, and I can't believe it's not been said yet.  Go get fitted!  A good fitter is going to be able to tell you if a new set if going to be a big improvement over your current set.  It's also going to be very nice to get length/loft/lie/swing weight etc dialed in along with what shaft you should be playing.  It'll save you money in the long run and give you peace of mind that your new or current set works for you.

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Like everyone else said the best thing to do is to just hit them all against your current set and see how it plays out.

 

I'll also be the first to say it, and I can't believe it's not been said yet. Go get fitted! A good fitter is going to be able to tell you if a new set if going to be a big improvement over your current set. It's also going to be very nice to get length/loft/lie/swing weight etc dialed in along with what shaft you should be playing. It'll save you money in the long run and give you peace of mind that your new or current set works for you.

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I was fitted for the 588 and had them adjusted a 1/2 degree upright. I may just have a itch that needs scratching. I will follow the advice I got and hit my 7 iron against the irons I listed. I may throw in the G series and the M1 and M2 since they seem to be on everyone's list also. Thanks and Happy Holidays to everyone.

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Irons - Cleveland Launcher CBX 4-PW Miyazaki Kua 6 / R Flex

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Look, deep down inside we all want new shiny clubs :D  The question that needs to be answered is SHOULD WE.  If you have the itch to change to something new, then definitely go out there, look at what fits your eye, then test those clubs against what you have to see which one if any will have a practical benefit to you.  It may be that you don't get anymore distance or accuracy with the new set, but being the fact that it's a new set is enough to sway your decision to purchase it.  It may be that you find that the new irons increases your accuracy and distance while giving you the new club "smell".  It may be, like a great marriage, you know the 588 and how it fits your game and stay with it.  Either way do what makes you happy.  I will caveat this by saying once you start looking at new clubs, your old club's feelings will be hurt and will start mis-performing, forcing you to get a new set regardless  :lol:   Either way, make sure get fit and check out the shaft options that can potentially maximize your swing a bit more.

 

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Hacker I will defer one thing but will admit I may be the only one. I like old beat up rusty clubs. In fact those 2013 Callys in my bag look out of place but I still have the rusty old 588s and rusty Cameron so all is not lost. I just like rusty old clubs but I will admit I ain't normal anyhow. I am the MGS resident rusty club ho

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Driver --- Honma G1-X Stock R Flex----  3W Callaway Steelhead UST Pro Force Gold 65 stiff--- 2 iron 1980 Macgregor VIP Nike R flex-------- Irons 3 thru PW 1980 Macgregor VIP Hogan Apex shafts--- SW Cleveland 588 Sensicore S-400-- Putter Rusty Santa Fe Bulls Eye Fluted shaft-- Bag Old School Hoofer I had in the stash--- Goes along with my raggety persona

 

 

 

 

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