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I understand that this has been a question asked all the time. Mine is a bit different because of my health condition. I currently play with an AP2 710 with oversize grips and a Project x 5.5 shaft. I have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and it is hard for me to practice. It almost takes all my energy to just play one round a weekend. I am a 31 handicap player when my body is in pain but sometimes I hit the high 80's when I have no pain which is very seldom now since my disease has progressed.
I went to a golf shop and they told me I should get rid of my AP2's and go for maybe a TM RBZ irons. I am not a fan of TM so I was thinking of the AP1 however holding the clubs side by side there is very little difference.
Do you think switching to an API with graphite shaft would help? I use the stiff flex in my woods. I tried the regular flex and I could not get consistent results.
Thanks Norris for giving a response, I know what you feel and I am 50 years old.
I'll be 56 in October. I have a rather unconventional setup because that is what WORKS. I carried 3-4 wood, 2-PW and Dual Wedge between 1979-2003 (even used a 1 iron off the tee in the 1980s). I used to also hit a 3 wood close to 300 yards back in the day. Since I took up golf again in 2006, the longest iron I have carried is a 7 iron. I also found out rather quickly that a 7 wood works much better than a 19 or 21 hybrid. I quit carrying a 3 wood back in 2009 because I hit an 18 fairway just as far.
Yes, I have A flex on the driver (TM HT Draw 2007 - 13* loft) and 910F 19* (set to A3 with 41" shaft). I agree that TM as a whole is too long and upright (my driver is set to 44.5" but I use a Dri Tac Lite grip).
9 wood (Call Steelhead III), 910H 27*, DIY 31* and AP1 7-PW are all regular (I decided to drop the 7 iron because its distance varies 20 yards and I hit within +/- 3 yards with the 31H and can work it to overlap the 8 iron; I'm also +/-2 yd with the 8 iron).
My wedges are all wedgeflex.
The nice thing about the AP1 irons is that I can use them for long bunker shots in soft sand.
From what I gather is that I would be better off using an AP1 with a graphite shaft. Than my AP2 with the Project X shaft (5.5 flex)
I am currently working at a golf shop and have done a lot of reading in how to properly fit clubs. The way it sounds Jay, with your condition I would seriously look into graphite shafts. First they are lighter and more forgiving on miss hits allowing you to still hit a decent shot without the shock. Also, the AP1 iron is a more forgiving iron head then the AP2, though it may not feel as soft since the AP2 has a forged head, but none the less it is considered a more forgiving head. Therefore, the combo with graphite and the AP1 head I would look into getting to the nearest Titleist dealer and getting fit, preferably I would like to see you in the combo. But again, that is my opinion from my knowledge and reading.