Should we use players irons or game improvement irons?

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Scott Rushing
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Should we use players irons or game improvement irons?

So last year I bought yet another set of 'players' irons. My game was doing pretty well, scoring in the upper 70's to low 80s most of the time. Had been playing with game improvement (GI) irons but thought I needed better sticks in order to get better. Well that never really happened and then this year, I played one round on a really tough course and shot 78 with my old GI irons. I know, that's not enough rounds or evaluation to make a strong case for sticking with the GI irons but its at least intriguing.

With more players on tour using more forgiving irons, I think I may just stay with game improvement. So I may be selling the Pings and looking at some used game improvement irons. Not that I need new ones, the Wilson's and pretty good. but who needs an excuse! :)

What do you think?

DocT
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I'm sticking with my game

I'm sticking with my game improvement clubs. But to each his/her own when deciding to upgrade to better clubs. The clubs are just an extension of the player. Not every shoe fits a runner.

Practice like you play. Play like you practice.

I don't normally hit a sand wedge 170 yards. But when I do, it's from a greenside bunker.

Scott Rushing
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Well, took the plunge

Well, took the plunge yesterday

Traded the Ping s57 irons in on a used set of Cobra Amp Cell irons. The AMP Cell are 2 years newer (2013 models) and should be a bit more forgiving. Had the Pings for a year and liked them but I think I like the extra forgiveness the GI irons give you. Never had any really low scores with the PINGS and then going out and shooting 78 with my old Wilsons just made me think I should stick with GI irons. The AMP Cells are similar in lofts and length to the Wilsons so I should get my old distances back.

But got a good deal...basicaly the Pings and $60 for the Cobra's. GlobalGolf has a nice selection.

Saw they finally got a set of the newer Wilson Ci11's in..nice looking irons. Actually cheaper than the Cobra's so I gave them some thought. but the reviews of the Wilson's were good but not awesome. Golf Digest just raved about how the Cobra's were one of the top irons in every category whereas the review on the Wilson's was more "they are a solid offering..' That plus the fact Golf Galaxy doesn't carry the Wilson's so I couldn't hit them, I went with Cobra.

Should get them this week. Maybe next week after all the rain leaves us, I'll be able to hit them.

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Aimee
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irons

good luck with the new sticks. There is no golf, or even range time, in the foreseeable future here. Until the snow melts, the range won't open (can't pick up balls). As to which types of clubs to hit, it's got to depend on your own swing and whether your swing faults are amplified by one type of club vs another. Plus, don't discount the mental aspect, doubt the tools and pffft.

It's not how...it's how many

scomac
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Interesting subject that

Interesting subject that always generates lots of discussion. Last year, I enjoyed my best ball striking season with my irons. So, I went out and "rewarded" myself with a pieced together set of forged player's irons. I have no idea how this will work out, but I intend to give them a fair shake of a full season's use barring a complete disaster. I know that these clubs will punish my miss-hits more so than the irons I have been using, but the old clubs aren't exactly idiot proof either. I'm hoping to get a bit more consistency with the players irons even though the really bad swings my leave me worse off. I've never shied away from using traditional blade wedges, so I don't really see this as being all that different. Time will tell.

I have this theory that too much of a good thing -- as in forgiveness or corrective characteristics -- can make the player sloppy. That certainly was the case for me with my bowling game when injury forced me to change from an aggressive ball/drill pattern to something much more conservative with a conventional grip. I didn't have near the room for error that I once did. My scores weren't as good, but as I adapted to the new equipment and approach, my accuracy has improved quite a bit. It will probably take me a full year to get back to where I was, but i believe i will have a firmer foundation going forward from that point.

Scott Rushing
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Sco, Didn't know you were a bowler

Cool. I've begun bowling in a few leagues over the last couple years. Trying to get smarter about reading the lanes and the reaction of the ball. Went from having 1 ball to having 4! I'm learning but it takes time. My average has come up from 150 to 175 but sometimes I have some wide variations...last week shot 112, 247 and 178. Consistency!!! Ha

But i agree on the clubs. I thought I would be spending enough time at the range and it would help / force me to develop a better swing. But it didn't happen for me. I want to improve but kids, work, life, all impede my range time. So while I still hope to get a better swing, I think I'm going to stick with some forgiveness for now.

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scomac
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Yes, I'm a bowler. I started

Yes, I'm a bowler. I started when I was a kid in the YBC program. When I was younger, I bowled competitively (amateur) for a while. I gave up on it when it started to feel like a job. I had one of those, I didn't need another! From that point on, I have simply been a league bowler like thousands of others. Up until I blew my arm out, I was a steady 200 bowler for 20+ years. Since then, 175 seems to be the range as I don't have the striking power anymore and have to rely on accuracy and spare bowling. It was through bowling that I actually got started playing golf as a bunch of the guys in the men's money leagues I used to play in were golfers as well.

Scott Rushing
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I enjoy bowling. In addition

I enjoy bowling. In addition to being something to do in the evening when I can't golf, I really enjoy the technical aspects of it. None of which I realized or learned until the last couple years. how a ball reacts to the lane conditions, how the lane conditions change through the game or match, etc. it's very similar to a golf swing in that it's also a gam of inches. Screw up your takeway, it's tough to get the proper release. very similar. And, like the bounces of the golf ball, you can't control what happens after you release the bowling ball. Flush the pocket and still leave an 8 pin? yeah..that happens...

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