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On 8/31/2019 at 4:07 AM, russtopherb said:

I'll be interested in hearing everyone's experiences with using the D7 irons for touch shots around the greens, bump & runs, etc. If you get a chance to use them in a round or during practice for those purposes, post up your experiences if you can!

I have never been able to figure out a consistently successful bump & run. So I try soft lob shots that don't roll much or usually use my putter when close, even off the green. Honestly, because of the past, I haven't put in a good effort to try bump & runs with these irons. This is a nudge that I should and promise to try it. Maybe I'll surprise myself and have a new shot I can use!

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On 8/23/2019 at 2:25 PM, Wedgie said:

Are you seeing consistent distances with these irons when struck well?  When I did the D7 challenge my Cleveland launchers were all within 2 yards of each other.  The D7 irons not so much so I'm curious if this translates to the course for all of you.

Funny you ask this, Wedgie, as I was just lamenting to my local range pro that the 4-5-6 irons all had very similar distances to each other when well struck (Smash factor of 1.35 or greater). To give you an idea, the D7 4i was carrying about 210, 5i was about 205, and 6i was 198. Really got me thinking about how I might restructure my bag and maybe eliminate one or two of these irons depending on how well I find I hit them. 

 

Even the 7i was close to the group, but not so close as to lump it with the irons above, and I hit it well enough I'd probably keep it regardless, haha!

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:wilson_staff_small:  D7 4-GW, KBS 105

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Weekly update!

Took them to the range and had a solid session with the launch monitor. We'll call this my "initial" assessment of the full set of irons with data galore, for those that are interested:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1VAmCTdUzoEuKVd5bcShOowHTM_MM7jq0mS7RhtsW6bw/edit?usp=sharing

Disregard the Cobra testing at the bottom...that was me just having some fun, since I need a new driver (see signature...)

 

Initial impressions and takeaways:

- MUCH more forgiving than my current irons (DCI/R11) with rarely a mishit or shank

- Much straighter ball flight, so much so that I've already had to adjust my address to the ball for aiming purposes as I tend to push it right with my current irons

- Power Holes seem to be adding distance over my current irons, however as I mentioned before, there's a grouping problem with my 4-5-6irons all going about the same distance. Think some more practice with them could create larger gaps in distances

- The Re*Akt can be felt, slightly, in the hands when you make solid contact. However, if you have tried the Mizuno Hot Metals, it's not nearly as powerful a feedback as those. 

- Overall, solid improvements and i'm pleased with their design, construction, and play right now. Going to play a few rounds this week and next to see what kind of Stroke Gains I can make.

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:ping-small:  Eye 2 Persimmon Woods (3/5)

:wilson_staff_small:  D7 4-GW, KBS 105

:ping-small: Glide 2.0 Stealth 54.12 SS & 58.10 SS

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6 hours ago, Tarheelvolvo said:

- Power Holes seem to be adding distance over my current irons, however as I mentioned before, there's a grouping problem with my 4-5-6irons all going about the same distance.

Interesting that so far we seem to like the accuracy but have issues with distance. I can hit the 6 iron farther than the 5 iron but I don't know when it's going to happen. As I mentioned in a prior post, the ladies set didn't come with a 4 iron but ShotScope shows that a couple of times I hit the 6 iron an even greater distance than my TaylorMade 4 iron. Except for my 6 iron I'm not experiencing a significant increase in distance on a consistent basis. I'm not wild about the distance being a surprise factor. But my 3 lowest scores are now with the D7s, so that part I like.

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Had similar results a few weeks ago. Here is the avgs at that time. Depending how this week goes will try and see if these stay the same. IMG_7396.JPG


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2 hours ago, Steve2100 said:

4i and 5i way too close emoji849.png


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Feel ya, Steve...Kinda interesting that with the ever increasing lofts of irons to show YoY distance improvements, they've created a new problem of not needing as many clubs with the groupings! 😜 Although, this isn't just a Wilson problem, but probably an industry problem with all new iron sets.

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:wilson_staff_small:  D7 4-GW, KBS 105

:ping-small: Glide 2.0 Stealth 54.12 SS & 58.10 SS

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On 8/23/2019 at 2:25 PM, Wedgie said:

Are you seeing consistent distances with these irons when struck well?  When I did the D7 challenge my Cleveland launchers were all within 2 yards of each other.  The D7 irons not so much so I'm curious if this translates to the course for all of you.

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There is a lot more to this photo than appears. 9 iron from 170 out, playing approx 150-160.  3 different brand/model golf balls.  Two of these were caught a little thin, the other two were flushed.  But this is to illustrate distance consistency and hopefully answer your question.  

I wanted to give you an accurate photo  depiction of the 7 iron distance falling but the 9 iron results photo grouped better in frame.  However the 7 iron consistency was better distance wise, I just pushed them left and just barely off the green.

I must admit I did catch a flyer with my P wedge out of the rough yesterday and wayyyyy overshot the green. That really threw me off but per today’s testing that was an anomaly. 

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On 8/29/2019 at 9:15 PM, Nunfa0 said:

I love my 4 iron for this shot 😁😎

Confirmed, the D7 four iron will hit low punchy draws, but it takes a little coercion and quick pep talk before taking the swing.

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Week 3 Update for Wilson D7 irons

@russtopherb I can do a bump & run! I made a few successful ones in a round this evening. And with a coaching tip at the end from @downlowkey I now have a new technique to practice for better bump & runs. @downlowkey was able to see why I love the wedges for lob shots. I had only 1 really bad hit with a wedge that didn't make it high enough to go over a tree.

I played 3 times this week. The first two were 7:30am tee times. These irons were definitely better than my Pings (irons or hybrid irons) getting out of the wet morning grass that reached out a grabbed my ball. Getting in the tall wet stuff in the first place had nothing to do with the irons but they were the rescuers.

My lowest score of 90, and my next two lowest of 92 all included these irons. Decreased my handicap one more stroke. Darkness kept me from finishing the round this evening but it was shaping up to be another low round. 

My relationship with the 5 iron is improving. @downlowkey was trying help me hit down on the ball more which I will also practice. I'm still having issues with inconsistent distance until I get to the wedges and 9 iron. I'm using the mid irons less than the other clubs. This last round I never pulled the 7 or 6 out of my bag and used the 8 only once.

This will be my last D7 update for about 3 weeks, but I will happily respond to questions or other's posts. My husband and I are leaving tomorrow on a 40th anniversary golf trip to Scotland. We are traveling light which means renting everything rather than ship/lug our clubs around. The good part is I'll try to send you photos from the Solheim Cup. Cheers.

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5 hours ago, artful_golfer said:

Week 3 Update for Wilson D7 irons

@russtopherb I can do a bump & run! I made a few successful ones in a round this evening. And with a coaching tip at the end from @downlowkey I now have a new technique to practice for better bump & runs. @downlowkey was able to see why I love the wedges for lob shots. I had only 1 really bad hit with a wedge that didn't make it high enough to go over a tree.

I played 3 times this week. The first two were 7:30am tee times. These irons were definitely better than my Pings (irons or hybrid irons) getting out of the wet morning grass that reached out a grabbed my ball. Getting in the tall wet stuff in the first place had nothing to do with the irons but they were the rescuers.

My lowest score of 90, and my next two lowest of 92 all included these irons. Decreased my handicap one more stroke. Darkness kept me from finishing the round this evening but it was shaping up to be another low round. 

My relationship with the 5 iron is improving. @downlowkey was trying help me hit down on the ball more which I will also practice. I'm still having issues with inconsistent distance until I get to the wedges and 9 iron. I'm using the mid irons less than the other clubs. This last round I never pulled the 7 or 6 out of my bag and used the 8 only once.

This will be my last D7 update for about 3 weeks, but I will happily respond to questions or other's posts. My husband and I are leaving tomorrow on a 40th anniversary golf trip to Scotland. We are traveling light which means renting everything rather than ship/lug our clubs around. The good part is I'll try to send you photos from the Solheim Cup. Cheers.

Sounds like it's going really well. I am seriously jealous of your trip, hope you have a ball over there. Which courses are you hoping to play?

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Week 3 Update for Wilson D7 irons
[mention=78359]russtopherb[/mention] I can do a bump & run! I made a few successful ones in a round this evening. And with a coaching tip at the end from [mention=68431]downlowkey[/mention] I now have a new technique to practice for better bump & runs.@downlowkey was able to see why I love the wedges for lob shots. I had only 1 really bad hit with a wedge that didn't make it high enough to go over a tree.
I played 3 times this week. The first two were 7:30am tee times. These irons were definitely better than my Pings (irons or hybrid irons) getting out of the wet morning grass that reached out a grabbed my ball. Getting in the tall wet stuff in the first place had nothing to do with the irons but they were the rescuers.
My lowest score of 90, and my next two lowest of 92 all included these irons. Decreased my handicap one more stroke. Darkness kept me from finishing the round this evening but it was shaping up to be another low round. 
My relationship with the 5 iron is improving. [mention=68431]downlowkey[/mention] was trying help me hit down on the ball more which I will also practice. I'm still having issues with inconsistent distance until I get to the wedges and 9 iron. I'm using the mid irons less than the other clubs. This last round I never pulled the 7 or 6 out of my bag and used the 8 only once.
This will be my last D7 update for about 3 weeks, but I will happily respond to questions or other's posts. My husband and I are leaving tomorrow on a 40th anniversary golf trip to Scotland. We are traveling light which means renting everything rather than ship/lug our clubs around. The good part is I'll try to send you photos from the Solheim Cup. Cheers.
I hope you and your husband have a safe an enjoyable trip, and I can't wait to read about your experiences there. That sounds like a wonderful way to celebrate your anniversary, congratulations!

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Sounds like it's going really well. I am seriously jealous of your trip, hope you have a ball over there. Which courses are you hoping to play?

The only course I remember is St Andrews. We read the review by @golfspybarbajo and plan to follow it for good eats. Norwegian Air nonstop Austin to London is very, very reasonable when booked early.


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My stage 1 is up sorry for it being late but you will read my about my excuse

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"Obviously my iron play is incredible, and when I get going I can get hot, but this course just fits my eye. The shaping of the holes, and just a couple of the doglegs, I'm able to shape shots."

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@GeekingGolf I love your video. I thought big ships didn’t bounce.

 

 

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Oops looks like I flunked in trying to post from my phone. Don’t know how it ended up on page 1. Sorry guys

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Thanks wish it was mine a friend of mine took it but it was unreal been in 18 years but only the second time I have seen something like that

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"Obviously my iron play is incredible, and when I get going I can get hot, but this course just fits my eye. The shaping of the holes, and just a couple of the doglegs, I'm able to shape shots."

 Bryson DeChambeau

 

In my  :ping-small: Hoofer Lite

 

:srixon-small: Z765 9.5 with Miyazaka Kaula Mizu 6 Stiff Shaft (TrueGolfFit Recommended!!!)

:cobra-small: F8 3-4 wood 16* Aldilla Blue 70 Stiff shaft

:taylormade-small: Rescue mid 2 iron 16*

:cobra-small: One Length Forged Tec 4-GW with AMT Black shafts

:cameron-small: Futura Phantom 2

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Weekly update!

 

Went out and played a few rounds of 9 Fri/Sat/Sun to get a comparison between current DCI clones vs. D7. Overall, I would say the D7's gained me at least 2-3 strokes per 9 compared to current irons. 

 

Rounds were as follows:

DCI Clones - 44

D7's - 42

D7's - 40 

 

It did help that my putter was hot the last round, though, so I can't completely give credit to the D7's for the 4 stroke drop...BUT, they did get me closer to the pin, which lead to the hot putter...so, take it for what it is. Also, the amount of mis-hits and pushes to the right were very few, so the forgiveness is real with these clubs! If you're like me and don't have the most consistent swing, then these clubs are a great set to try during a fitting. 

 

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:wilson_staff_small:  D7 4-GW, KBS 105

:ping-small: Glide 2.0 Stealth 54.12 SS & 58.10 SS

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On 9/7/2019 at 1:08 PM, GeekingGolf said:

My stage 1 is up sorry for it being late but you will read my about my excuse

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Great stage one and glad to see you're back on dry land!

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Finally got to hit the D7s on flightscope with Srixon range balls today.  I am seeing a touch higher clubspeed now around 88-89mph  with a smash factor in the 1.3's.  Carry around 172 with the ball rolling out to 180.  It looks like peak ball flight being a little bit lower than with the Vapors. So on like for like good strikes I am about a club and a half stronger than my previous 7 iron as expected due to the lofts.  I was a little surprised to see 180 come up on the monitor though. 

I am still struggling with the long irons.  I think it is swing mechanics right now, I will work on that and see if I can get it to work out, but they are just not gelling. But on the other end of the spectrum the 9,P,G are coming alive.  They are absolutely flying and the touch around the greens with the gap wedge has been amazingly accurate as of late,  leaving a lot better looks and first putts dropping. 

What do you guys want to see tested?

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