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As the title says I'm thinking about adding a driving iron to my bag. I like my hybrids from the deck, but not off a tee box with a tight landing area or coming out of a shoot. Right now my longest iron is a 5 and I hit it about 190 off the tee. It is my goto club when faced with a tight line off the tee, but I would like to get a little more distance. I feel more in control with an iron so I'm looking for an easy to hit & control iron. Whatcha got?

Driver: :cobra-small: Speed Zone 9* HZRDUS Smoke Yellow Shaft

3 Wood: :cobra-small: King Speedzone 13.5* HZRDUS Smoke Black Shaft

2 & 3 Hybrids: :cobra-small: Speedzone Recoil 480 ESX Shaft

Irons: :cobra-small: Speedzone 5-GW Recoil 460 ESX Shafts

Wedges::callaway-logo-1: PM Grind 54* & 58*

Putter: :odyssey-small: Dual Force Rossi II

Ball: Whatever I find in the woods

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As the title says I'm thinking about adding a driving iron to my bag. I like my hybrids from the deck, but not off a tee box with a tight landing area or coming out of a shoot. Right now my longest iron is a 5 and I hit it about 190 off the tee. It is my goto club when faced with a tight line off the tee, but I would like to get a little more distance. I feel more in control with an iron so I'm looking for an easy to hit & control iron. Whatcha got?

Hit driving irons during most wanted testing and the size and shape of these clubs really vary.  Some are more iron like and some are more hybrid like.  Overall I was impressed with this years clubs and for me the ones that were more hybrid shaped worked better.   I personally liked the Titleist U-505 but it has a pretty wide sole.  

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Driver:  :ping-small: G400 Max 9* w/ KBS Tour Driven
Fairway: :titelist-small: TS3 15* set  to 16.5* 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:      :honma:TR20V 6-11 w/Vizard TR20-85 Graphite
Wedge:  :callaway-small: 54-10S   :cleveland-small: 588  58-12
Putter:  :seemore-small: mFGP2

Backups:  :bobby-grace-1: 6330, :taylormade-small:TM-180, :odyssey-small: Milled Collection RSX 2, Bellum Winmore 787

 

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I just went back and read that most wanted report. I prefer a more iron like shape vs a hybrid shape.Saw Srixon was the leader, but the adjustability of the Cobra, and the fact that I'm a Cobra guy has piqued my interest. 

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Driver: :cobra-small: Speed Zone 9* HZRDUS Smoke Yellow Shaft

3 Wood: :cobra-small: King Speedzone 13.5* HZRDUS Smoke Black Shaft

2 & 3 Hybrids: :cobra-small: Speedzone Recoil 480 ESX Shaft

Irons: :cobra-small: Speedzone 5-GW Recoil 460 ESX Shafts

Wedges::callaway-logo-1: PM Grind 54* & 58*

Putter: :odyssey-small: Dual Force Rossi II

Ball: Whatever I find in the woods

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1 hour ago, Headhammer said:

I just went back and read that most wanted report. I prefer a more iron like shape vs a hybrid shape.Saw Srixon was the leader, but the adjustability of the Cobra, and the fact that I'm a Cobra guy has piqued my interest. 

I am not a cobra person so it wouldn't be my choice 🙂    If you want more iron shape the DTC brands seemed to be more iron like.  

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Driver:  :ping-small: G400 Max 9* w/ KBS Tour Driven
Fairway: :titelist-small: TS3 15* set  to 16.5* 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:      :honma:TR20V 6-11 w/Vizard TR20-85 Graphite
Wedge:  :callaway-small: 54-10S   :cleveland-small: 588  58-12
Putter:  :seemore-small: mFGP2

Backups:  :bobby-grace-1: 6330, :taylormade-small:TM-180, :odyssey-small: Milled Collection RSX 2, Bellum Winmore 787

 

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Srixon and Titleist IMO have the best iron like driving iron. TaylorMade udi have been good in the past 

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Driver: PXG 0811 X+ Proto w/UST Helium 5F4

Wood: TaylorMade M5 5W w/Accra TZ5 +1/2”, TaylorMade Sim 3W w/Aldila rogue white

Hybrid: PXG Gen2 22* w/AD hybrid

Irons: PXG Gen3 0311T w/Nippon modus 120

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 50*, Tiger grind 56/60

Putter: Scotty Caemeron Super Rat1

Ball: Titleist Prov1

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I've got the cobra king utility, I love it. I can't say it is better or worse than anything else, but for me it has the right look and produces consistently great shots. 

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Driver:   :taylormade-small: SIM2 Max 12° - Accra TZ6 M4

FW Wood:    :cobra-small: F7 17.5° - Fujikura Pro

Utility:    :cobra-small: King Forged 20.5° Utility - Catalyst X

Irons:   image.png.cbfb2d938ea45d82004d9bdeb23cf643.pngD7 Forged GW-5i - Recoils

Wedges:   :Sub70:  JB 52° , 286 56°

Putter:   :taylormade-small: MySpider X

Cart: image.png.5aa5e9b8c0d6e08a2b12be76a06a07ca.pngOnewheel XR+

 

 

 

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A lesser used product I would say, but i have the G410 Crossovers from Ping and do really love them. They have worked great for me and I even introduced one to replace my 4 iron. Not sure how the newest one performs, but love the look of the 410 overall and wish I could find a 425 to give a look and hit to compare. 

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Driver:   :callaway-small: Epic Sub Zero - Set at 10* with Aldila Rogue Max 65 gram 

Wood:    :cobra-small: F7 3 wood 14.5* w/ weight back

               :ping-small: G410 Crossover - 2 and 4 iron

Irons:     :ping-small: i210 5-U w/ Nippon Modus 105 stiff (2018 Tester)

Wedge:  :ping-small: Glide 2.0 54* 58* w/ Nippon Modus 105 Stiff

Putter:   :odyssey-small: Stroke Lab 7 35* and oversized grip (2019 Tester)

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I've got two three club options between driver and 5-iron.

 

The best option for my own club is

18, 21° fairway woods as the only fairway options between driver and 5-iron;

then a driving iron to use strictly as a driving club.

 

The more versatile option for playing at other courses would be

16.5º fairway wood with 19 and 22º hybrids. All three fairway playable.

(Downside is that for me, the hybrid feels less safe than a driving iron on scary driving holes.)

 

The eleven staying constant would be

driver

5-GW

56-08, 60-06

and putter.

 

To try a driving iron without paying too much, try to find an 18º Mizuno Fli Hi II with the stock Exsar Blue shaft  (circa 2004).  

Bending it to 19º makes it a touch easier to elevate.

Worked for me.  Newer ones are even better, but this one is pretty good..

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I use a Titleist U500 4 iron with a GD Tour AD-UT 85 S 3-iron length shaft in it. Hit it straight nearly every time, but sometimes much higher than I would like. I get great consistency off the fairway as well, but a pretty high trajectory for me either way, tee or turf. My U500 4 iron is only a degree stronger than my T200 5 iron, so if I had to do it all over again, I'd probably get the U500 in a 3i head. Of course, then it would be similar to my TS3 20* hybrid  (though, hopefully offering different trajectories.)  I've thought about bending it 2 degrees strong, but have been advised against it.....at least until it's out of warranty. Evidently, the U500s don't take well to bending. I don't know that for a fact, but it was suggested to me by my clubfitter when I brought up the idea.

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Titleist U500 4i/T200 5-PW/Vokey SM8 48/54/60

Scotty Newport 2 Select

 

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I have the Sub 70 699U pro in my bag and have been very happy with it.  I think you can demo it as well from them. 

I used to have the previous Cobra DI and the Sub 70 is much better IMO

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:callaway-small:Mavrik 4W - 16.5* Tensi AV Blue Stiff Tipped 1/2"

:titelist-small: 818 H1 19* Hybrid AV Tensi Blue Stiff

:Sub70: 699U Pro 3 iron HZRDUS Yellow 6.0

:Sub70: 699 Pro Black 5-PW KBS Tour 120 Stiff Black

:cleveland-small: RTX Zipcore 48* 54* 58* True Temper Dynamic Gold Spinner

Putter:

:titelist-small: See the source image Phantom X5- Current Gamer

:taylormade-small: Spider Tour Black on Black on Black

:Sub70: Sycamore 005 Wide Blade Putter

Ball: :titelist-small: . Pro V1 

Currently testing: Sub 70 848 Pro Driver 

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I keep a Titleist 816h1 18* in my bag that I use successfully off the grass and the tee....am a senior golfer (75) and can out drive most of the other seniors in our league with it over their drivers.       

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DRIVER - TSI3 10.75* - Fujikura Speeder 661 TR S

FAIRWAY - TSI2 16.5* - Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 6.1 S

HYBRID - 816H1 17.0* - Fujikura Motore Speeder HB 8.8 Tour Spec S

HYBRID - 818H1 21.0* - Fujikura Motore Speeder HB 8.8 Tour Spec S

IRONS - T300 (2019) - 5-53W True Temper AMT Red 107g-95gm R300

WEDGE - VOKEY SM7 58.12* D Grind - Nippon NS Pro 950 GH R (snow flaked z's)

PUTTER - 2020 SC SPECIAL SELECT CUSTOM PUTTER  - 35" Newport 2 w/GolfPride SNSR 104

GOLF BALL - TITLEIST PROV 1

GOLF BAG - TITLEIST MIDSIZE TOUR BAG BLACK 

 

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U-505 is going to be the most confidence inspiring / forgiving. Wide sole and graphite shaft. I replaced my 4 iron with a U-505 and its very versatile from a flight perspective. So far so good. 

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Driver: Cobra Radspeed 9* Motore X F3 S

3W: SIM2 Max 15* Ventus Blue S

3H: SIM2 Max 19* Ventus Blue S

Irons: Srixon ZX5 4-AW Nippon NS PRO Modus3 Tour 105 S

Wedges: Vokey SM8 Black (54*, 58*)

Putter: Scotty Cameron Phantom X 11 2021

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I've not long bought a 2, 3 and 4 Titleist 712U irons.  I picked them up for very reasonable prices off eBay.  The shafts weren't to my liking so I got them all re-shafted the same with TT Dynamic Gold SL shafts.

I've tried them against my 19°, 21° and 24° Titleist 910H hybrids and hit them just as well to about the same length but lower, so better for links courses in the wind.

I haven't bought a brand new club in 8 years.  Don't feel as though I need to.

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I use a U510 2I and it is my favorite club. It's what I hit from most tees and will often hit for long second shots. I usually get 210-240 yards off the tee with a good strike dependent on roll out. Interestingly that club also has my longest recorded tee shot at 285 yards (with the wind at gamble sands, just crested a hill and got all the roll). I rally have no complaints as I find it easier to hit than either my 3H (which tbh I hate and will probably replace next season with a 3I, excited to try the U-505) or my 3-Wood. Shaft wise I use the Tensei AV Raw White 90S, I absolutely love it but a lot of my friends are not huge fans because it is a very inactive shaft.

For adde context i'm a high handicapper (~36) and fairly tall (I play it +1.5 inches).

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Driver: :taylormade-small:M6 (Crown cracked, TSi2 on order)

3-Wood: :callaway-small: Mavrik, Project-X Riptide 60S + 1 Inch

2-Iron: :titelist-small: U-510, Tensei AV Raw White 90S + 1.5 Inch

3-Hybrid: :cobra-small: RAD Speed ONE Length, Aerotech Steel Fiber 110 + 1.5 Inches

4-Hybrid: :taylormade-small:  GAPR Mid, KBS Hybrid 90S

5-GW: :cobra-small: RAD Speed ONE Length, Aerotech Steel Fiber 110 + 1.5 inches

56°/60°: :cobra-small: King MIM ONE Length, Aerotech Steel Fiber 110 + 1.5 inches

Putter: :callaway-small:Toulon Las Vegas H7, Stroke Lab 37.5 inches

Bag: :Ogio: 2020 Convoy SE 

Rangefinder: Nikon CoolShot Pro Stabilized

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I have a Titleist U-I5 1 iron. I really like when I an having an off day with the big stick and I also us it instead of a 3 wood. Also when I need to go under branches limbs, or its windy. 

I also just got (last week), the Sub70 3 Hybrid. Haven't had it on the course yet, but so far on the range its pretty good.  

 

Both I feel will serve their purpose. The 1 iron is longer so I now I don't have such a gap from my driver to my 4 iron. 

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Epic GBB driver 10.5 turned down to 9.5 Hzruds 6.5 smoke shaft. 

Titleist U15 1 iron 

Sub 70 699 Pro 4-AW 

Sub 70 3 utility 19*

Callaway 56 and 58 wedge. 

OG White Hot #1 putter

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On 10/28/2021 at 3:28 PM, Headhammer said:

I just went back and read that most wanted report. I prefer a more iron like shape vs a hybrid shape.Saw Srixon was the leader, but the adjustability of the Cobra, and the fact that I'm a Cobra guy has piqued my interest. 

I highly recommend the Cobra King Utility Irons. I cant say much for the newest version but I just picked up the previous blacked out version in the 3 iron. It looks as close to a standard iron as you're gonna find but with all of the goodies that a UDI has packed into it. Top line is actually very thin considering and there's just the slightest amount of offset. Off the tee the thing just flies. I've only had it out for 1 round but off the deck I found it to work well on both fairway and rough lies. I bought it to take the place of an Epic Flash 3 hybrid. The hybrid was great when I made contact but for the few times per round that I actually used it, I found that I really only get a sold hit about 1 out of every 4 tries. Mentally, because you're using irons all throughout the round, when you need to pull out the driving iron, it isn't as much of a mental transition. It's just another iron but also happens to smash the ball 240 yds. 

I found mine in minty fresh condition for $100. I put a $25 Kuro Kage Black shaft in it and the things a consistency beast. 

 

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:cobra-small:  F6 3 Wood 14* / Fujikura MotoreX F1 
:cobra-small:  King Utility Iron 18.5°/ Kuro Kage Black 

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I have the #3- 712U for those days when I put the driver in a corner because it's being bad. Love it. Swing a bit too hard with it trying to out drive my mates drivers sometimes and miss the sweet spot which never turns out good. Off the deck is fine as well on the fairway with a flat lie.

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Cobra F9 3wood Atmos Tour spec

Titleist AP2 3-Gap X100

Titleist BV SM 54/58

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On 10/28/2021 at 1:46 PM, Headhammer said:

As the title says I'm thinking about adding a driving iron to my bag. I like my hybrids from the deck, but not off a tee box with a tight landing area or coming out of a shoot. Right now my longest iron is a 5 and I hit it about 190 off the tee. It is my goto club when faced with a tight line off the tee, but I would like to get a little more distance. I feel more in control with an iron so I'm looking for an easy to hit & control iron. Whatcha got?

I still hit a 1981, Ping Eye 1-iron, but only off the tee, for tight fairways. I used to be able to hit it off the deck, but not anymore. I used it between my 3 & 5 wood, but if I nutted it, I could get more distance than 3 wood. That was the benefit of the Ping Eye. Hit it right and it took off. 

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:callaway-small: 2019 Apex Pro black 3 & 4H Catalyst 70 or    

:titelist-small: TSi3 #2-3 depending on how I’m playing. Tensi Blue

:callaway-small: 2019 Calloway Apex Pro black, 5-PW, Catalyst 100 - 6.0, Super Stroker Jumbo   

:cobra-small:  2020 RadSpeed OL 4H, 5-GW … won’t get to actually use till warmer weather

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On 10/28/2021 at 1:46 PM, Headhammer said:

As the title says I'm thinking about adding a driving iron to my bag. I like my hybrids from the deck, but not off a tee box with a tight landing area or coming out of a shoot. Right now my longest iron is a 5 and I hit it about 190 off the tee. It is my goto club when faced with a tight line off the tee, but I would like to get a little more distance. I feel more in control with an iron so I'm looking for an easy to hit & control iron. Whatcha got?

Since you are a "Cobra guy", the Cobra King Utility Irons might be a good place to start.  Sub 70s 699U is also a pretty good choice, although from my experience it is not quite as forgiving as the Cobra King Utility Iron -- still pretty close, though.  I personally like the Tour Edge Exotics EXS Ti Utility Irons, as well as the last three generations of Exotics utility irons that preceded the EXS Ti model [I'm a Tour Edge Fitter/Dealer, so I have tried them all and actually have demos of the last few generations with a variety of shaft in them].

A compromise between modern (e.g. - larger headed, mini-fairway style) hybrids that may suit your needs are some more "iron-like" hybrid clubs.  This included a few of the Cobra models, as well as the Tour Edge Exotics hybrids that have "Pro" in their name (EXS Pro, and even better the CBX Pro).  The Sub 70 949 Pro hybrid also fits in this category, as do some older Adams "Pro" hybrids (standard pro or Pro Mini) that had more than a bit of a cult following around here (I have several of these clubs in lofts ranging from 17* to 23*).

Finally, if you can find a Mizuno Fli-Hi utility iron (NOT the JPX Fli-Hi hybrid/utility), or the newer MP18 Fli-Hi, I found these to be the best utiliy/driving irons that I ever hit.  However, you better strike them pure, or you will be punished in feel as well as distance loss.

I hope that this helps!

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Driver: Ping G425 Max, 9*, Miyazaki  Kuala Mizu Tour Issue 6S, 44.75" playing length

4-Wood: Titleist TS2, 16.5*, Miyazaki Kuala Mizu Tour Issue 7S, 42.75" playing length

5/7-Wood: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero set to 20* loft; Tensei Blue 75-S, 41.5" playing length

Hybrids: Exotics EXS Pro (22*), Mitsubishi Tensei Silver 75S

Irons: Exotics EXS220 5-iron and New Level MODB-1 (6-iron through PW), KBS TGI Tour 80 (stiff) shafts

Wedges: New Hogan Equalizer wedges (48* and 56* + Maltby TSW Forged 52-8, all bent 1* weak

Putter: Evnroll ER2, 34”with Gravity Grip

Ball: Snell MTBx

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