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Poll: How Often Do You Replace Your Irons (full set)?

How often do you replace your irons (full set)?  

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  1. 1. How often do you replace your irons (full set)?

    • Every year or more often
      7
    • About every 2 years
      10
    • About every 5 years
      29
    • About every 10 years
      14
    • Every 15 years or less often
      4
  2. 2. Do You Tend to Buy The Same One or Two Brands of Irons

    • I tend to buy one or two brands
      25
    • I’m not married to a few, I’ve owned many different brands
      39


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I was going to ask about whole bags, but woods and especially putters are probably a different frequency so I chose irons as a decent indicator. This is not about replacing for damage (that’s why the poll is full sets), just how often do you act on the itch to have new irons? I chose broad frequency choices, just pick whichever is closest to your norm please.

I kept my last set of irons over 20 years, but that included a hiatus of about 15 years. But I’m planning on about every 4-6 years (2-3 product cycles for my favorite brand). I can’t imagine buying every time a new model comes out, but I know some club ho’s do.

And I have two favorite brands of irons, that could change, but slowly. I’ve owned three brands of irons in 56 years...


  • Callaway Rogue 10.5° 9.5°D & 3W
  • Mizuno MP-20 HMB 3i 19°, JPX900 Forged 4-GW, S18 56.10
  • Evnroll ER5B (replaced ER2)
  • and Mizuno CLK 3H 19° OR Mizuno S18 60.06
  • Snell MTB-X (replacing Black)

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I tend to change every couple of years.  I don't necessarily wear them out, but I get the itch to swap them out.  I'll try any brand, I tend to gravitate to what I think looks good when I'm purchasing.


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Driver: Titleist TS2 10.5º w/ Diamana DF 60 TX

3 Wood: Titleist 915F 16.5º w/ Diamana Blueboard

5 Wood: Titleist 909F2 18.5º w/ Diamana Blueboard

Hybrids: Titleist 816 H1 21º & 25º w/ Diamana Blueboard

Irons (6-PW): Srixon 765 w/ Project X LZ

Wedges: 50º Ping Glide, 54º & 60º PXG 0311

Putter: Titleist Scotty Cameron Pro Platinum Newport Mil Spec

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Every 30 years - like clockwork.  But that was before I joined MGS... significant likelihood that recipe will change. 🙂

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I used to work retail golf and got a nice discount and would get a new set every year, selling the old set for about the cost of the new set.  But, those days are well behind me.  Recently, I've bought new irons about every 3 years or so.  However, prices have really gone up and I'll likely extend that period since my most recent purchase last year.

Wedges, yearly.  Putters, don't ask.  Driver, again don't ask.  Fairway/hybrids seem to last longest in my bag.

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FW: :taylormade-small:M4 - 3HL (16.5 degrees) Atmos shaft R

Hybrids: :taylormade-small: M6 --- 3 (19 degrees), 4 (22 degrees), and 5 (25 degrees) Atmos shaft R

Irons: :callaway-small:Apex CF19 6-W KBS Tour Graphite  70g shafts R

Wedges:  :cleveland-small: CBX-2 60*

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48 minutes ago, CarlH said:

Wedges, yearly.  Putters, don't ask.  Driver, again don't ask.  Fairway/hybrids seem to last longest in my bag.

Glad I chose irons instead of whole bags. I’d agree putters especially are a different category altogether. Some people change putters often. OTOH occasionally I’ll run into someone with late model clubs but a really old favorite putter. I actually ran into someone still using an Acushnet Bullseye a few months ago - the rest of his bag was only a few years old. With putters, you go with whatever works for you - there’s no right answer for everyone.


  • Callaway Rogue 10.5° 9.5°D & 3W
  • Mizuno MP-20 HMB 3i 19°, JPX900 Forged 4-GW, S18 56.10
  • Evnroll ER5B (replaced ER2)
  • and Mizuno CLK 3H 19° OR Mizuno S18 60.06
  • Snell MTB-X (replacing Black)

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No set timeframe but it is generally every 5-10 years.   Been more frequent over the past few years due to a forum test and then I found a used set of Srixons that I really loved.   I don;t see the Srixons coming out of the bag anytime soon.   


Driver:  :ping-small: G400 Max 9* with UST Proforce V2
Fairway: :titelist-small: TS3 15* set  w/Project X Hzardous Smoke
Hybrids:  :titelist-small: 816H1 19* set at 18* w/KBS Tour Graphite Hybrid Prototype
                :titelist-small: 915H  21*  w/KBS Tour Graphite Hybrid Prototype
               :titelist-small: 915H 24*  w/KBS Tour Graphite Hybrid Prototype
Irons:      :srixon-small: 765 6-AW with KBS Tour shafts
Wedge:  :cleveland-small: 588 54-14, 58-12
Putter:  :odyssey-small: Ten S      Backups:  :bobby-grace-1: 6330,   :EVNROLL: ER2.2,  

 

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In my early teens I learned on a hand-me-down set of Henry Griffith Blade irons my Dad had just replaced, played those until I could break 80. Around 2005 or so, I upgraded to the Mizuno cut back MP32. Loved those clubs, but wore the grooves off the irons to the point that stores wouldn't even take them off my hands, let alone buy off me. Replaced them with the Ping iBlades the day they came out in 2016 and I expect to use them for another 5 years or so depending on how well they hold up. I am in the process of building a simple simulator set up in my yard so I expect I may be putting some additional wear and tear on them that the other clubs I used never saw. 


Driver: :taylormade-small: M5 9.5* head set to 8* loft 3*open, weights set slightly lower Launch and fade bias
3 wood: :taylormade-small: M1 13.5* Head set open w/ Fade bias weights. 
Irons: :ping-small: I-Blades PW-3i, 2* up standard length.
Wedges: :ping-small:Glide 1.0 TS 60*, :ping-small: Glide 2.0 56 ES, :titelist-small:Vokey 52* 
Putter: :ping-small: Sigma G Kushin .
Ball: Various: :titelist-small: AVX, :bridgestone-small: B X, and currently testing the Vice Pro + Neon just for fun

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Irons, if they are fitted, at least 4 years in the bag. Tend to skip 1 product release. And I like this approach and certainly hope to apply it to drivers and wedges. For some reason, I don't wear out wedges that quickly.


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:callaway-small: X2 Hot 3 Deep 14.5* w/ Aldila Tour Green 75 S
:taylormade-small: JetSpeed 5W 19* w/ Matrix Velox T 69 S OR :adams-small: Super LS 3H 19* w/ Kuro Kage Black S 80
:mizuno-small: JPX919 Forged 4-PW w/ Modus3 105 S
:titelist-small: Vokey SM7 50/08F, 54/14F & 58/08M w/ Modus3 115 Wedge
:EVNROLL: ER1 34" w/ SuperStroke Fatso 2.0
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Where are the club ho's? I remember at least one forum member who bought clubs more often than once a year - though come to think of it I haven't seem him post in a while.


  • Callaway Rogue 10.5° 9.5°D & 3W
  • Mizuno MP-20 HMB 3i 19°, JPX900 Forged 4-GW, S18 56.10
  • Evnroll ER5B (replaced ER2)
  • and Mizuno CLK 3H 19° OR Mizuno S18 60.06
  • Snell MTB-X (replacing Black)

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Irons every other year. Tested Cobra Bio Cells then 2 years later Cobra F6’s. the year I purchased new Ben Hogan Ptx’s I was selected to test Cobra F8’s. This year I purchased Wilson D7’s .....don’t need irons, still using Cobra F8 Fairways and King wedges. Also still using the Cobra bag.


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Driver: Cobra King F8 w/Mitsubishi ck Blue regular shaft Fairways:  Cobra King F8 3W(14.5*) & 5W(18.5*) w/Mitsubishi ck Blue regular shaft Hybrids: Tour Edge CBX 119 4H(22*)  with Project X Evenflo regular shaft Irons: Wilson Staff D7 5 - PW w/Recoil 460 regular shafts Wedges: Cobra King F8 GW(50*) SW(54*) LW(58*) Putter: 33" Tommy Armour Impact No. 3 mallet putter Bag: Cobra Ultralite Cart Bag(Peacoat Blue).

 

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I tend to get DIFFERENT irons sets about every year sometimes more. I have never been through a professional fitting before always just fit myself. I have also only owned 2 brand new iron sets and they came from MGS testing with the latest set to arrive in the coming hours. Otherwise I strictly stick to used sets and really enjoy seeing how each set reacts to my swing. 
Drivers and putters were multiple times a year trying to find something that works but I believe I have found a something with a lot of potential that has kept me from looking at anything since I got them ( PXG 0811x Gen2 and a flow neck X5).
I don’t change wedges very often as they are the most personal club in the bag to me. 

I may also be buried with my Srixon F85 5 wood. I haven’t come across anything that can touch it for distance or dispersion and that includes 3 woods as I don’t carry one because of the F85. 

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Driver:    PXG Gen2 0811x 10.5* set to small + with a VA Composites Nemesys 55s @ 44.75"

Fairway:  :srixon-small: F85 5 wood with a UST Elements Chrome 7F5 @ 41.5"

Irons: Testing the Titleist T200 irons 4-W2 with Project X LZ 5.5 shaft -1/2" and 1* Up

Wedge: Titleist SM7 56* with Project X LZ 5.0 shaft

Putter:  :scotty-cameron-1: Custom Futura X5 flow neck with a UST Frequency Filtered shaft -1" with a SS wristlock grip

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I generally get new irons every 5 to 7 years.  The last few sets were MacGregor JNP, Mizuno MP30, Titleist AP2 714, and the new Titleist T200s I just posted a couple of pictures of.  I'm a big believer in the "archer not the arrow" philosophy.

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:titelist-small: Irons Titleist AP2 714, KBS Tour S, 3 flat

:callaway-small: Rogue SubZero, GD YS-Six X

:vokey-small: 52, 56, and 60 wedges

:ping-small: B60 G5i putter

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I have been replacing mine every 4-6 years, and while I have some favourite brands, I check out everything that is available when it is time for new ones. I have changed brands 5 times over the 35 years I have golfed. 

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I have been playing just under 3 years and have had 5 sets of irons so it looks like every year?

  1. $35 set off Craigslist broke in 4 weeks
  2. Hand me down set of Taylormade Supersteel Burner irons with S-90 stiff Bubble graphite shafts - got my hole in one with this set. played about a year or just under. Also, these went back in rotation from time to time if I got hurt or just felt off with the Titleist irons
  3. Titleist 735.CM Reg flex +1/2" ($160) then another set with stiff, S300 shafts ($67) shortly thereafter but after a year or so ended up being too heavy causing a flinch I had to stop playing them. It wasn't the smaller head that was the issue - I loved the head design. 
  4. Ping G2, Stiff ($150) about a year seems to be a good balance of a lighter steel shaft and lots of forgiveness. 

I would like to try another set but not in the budget right now.

As you can see, I buy used clubs. 

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So I voted about ~5 yrs & I'm not married to particular brand (although some might argue I am -- will attempt to explain)

So if you told me I had a tournament with you tomorrow, my go to iron set is ~6 yrs old. Its Wishon 771 CSI's with mix of Maltby/Wishon/Ping wedges that I rotate (the wedges). To be fair the oldest wedge is 2 years old. I rotate wedges 1-2 years.

Regardless, I just can not part ways with my current ~6 yr old set of Wishon irons. Note I have re-shafted the Wishon/Maltby club heads about 2-3 times and obviously re grip when I think I need to. 

I religiously attend demo days when I can find one and test all brands. I am not brand specific regarding fairway woods, hybrids as that is one area I experience continual improvement each year-- at least for me, a slow swing type player. 

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I will go two years at the most but will keep sets longer. They may drift in and out of the bag. I build demos of all of the newer Maltby stuff. I'll try a lot of the new oems as well but have only strayed from components for the Srixon 745s in the last 20 years.

My latest set the PTM blacks have flat out floored me how well they seem to fit my all around game. Really caught me off guard as they just were not on my radar for a gamer..... I'm fairly certain ill buy a second set before they cycle out of production.

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every 2-3 years. 

I was really tied to nike. but with them going out of business, and my game improving. I have been open to trying everything. 

With that said. I find myself probably gravitating to Mizuno and Titliest more. But i will be open to "try" something new. 

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Looks like I was in the majority with both.  I've had 4 iron sets in the past 16 years, so I probably fall into the every 4 year category, but each set I had was varying lengths of time.  Really dependent on how I get along with them and if the faces stay in decent shape.  Usually go for the "players cavity" iron.  

Tend to gravitate to Mizuno and Titleist first, but hit the Srixon 785 about a year ago and really like them.  Would be open to just about anything, but probably not PXG or Miura just because of the price tag.


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3 Wood: :titelist-small: 917F2 Fujikura Pro 84 Tour Spec S

3 Hybrid: :titelist-small: 818 H2 Hybrid Tensei Blue 80 X

Irons 4-PW: :mizuno-small: MP 18 SC Dynamic Gold AMT X

Gap/Sand Wedge:  :titelist-small: Vokey SM6 49*  SM8 54* 

Lob Wedge:  :titelist-small: Vokey SM6 58* Nippon Modus Wedge

Putter:  image.png.cca2328f4144a299c795aa9b8f3bf677.png Inovai 6.0              :scotty-small: Pro Platinum Newport 2 35"  

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I replace my irons too often, honestly.  In terms of brand, Im pretty brand agnostic.  I really need to stop messing around and just stick with what I have.  Having said that, Im probably going to replace my TA Atomics with a set of TA 845s. LOL

I favor Tommy Armour right now because they are very good clubs at an amazing price.  If you watch the sales, you can often get them for half as much or less than any of the mainstream OEMs and I honestly find that TAs perform just as well as anything else.

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Whats in my Sun Mountain 2.5+ stand bag?:

Woods: Titleist 913FD 13.5* 3-wood

Hybrid: Titleist 915HD 3H 

Irons: Titleist DCI 822 OS 6, 8 and PW

Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 56*

Putter: Titleist Bullseye Standard

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

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