I'm 59 years old, 14 handicap, formally playing miz JPX 850 irons in graphite regular (tennis elbow). I consider myself a researcher who studies before buying and am fairly set in my ways when I make a decision. I was looking at the AP1 irons. The long irons are what I was interested in mostly due to a slowing swing and having to hit longer shots into the par 4's.
In early October I went to a fitting day at Poppy Ridge golf course in Livermore California. My fitter was Charlie Beitpoulice. He had me hit the AP1's but after a while switched me over to the AP3's. For the first few balls I thought he was just experimenting but I was hitting them fairly well. I kept thinking that these clubs looked to "player" like for my ability. Charlie then put me into stiff flex shafts. The combination of a "player" looking club and a stiff flex shaft sure had me thinking. I would have never considered this going into the fitting. But I kept hitting them using various shafts and I was hitting them better with each swing. Charlie must have saw the wonder in my expression and he said to just trust him. The balls were going higher, farther and with better dispersion then the Mizunos. The trajectory was strong and the ball seemed to have a steeper decent angle. The miss hits also had better results. I ended up ordering the AP3's in graphite stiff.
Over the next week, while waiting for the clubs, I still had concern whether I did the right thing or not. How could this be? AP3? Stiff flex? The day they arrived I happened to have a lesson scheduled so I hit the 7 iron on the launch monitor and found I was 5-7 yards longer with more spin. I played the next two days and am ecstatic over the results. Even considering the newly added length I was still long on a few holes and based on the pitch marks the longer irons were stopping much closer to the hole.
End result, get fitted. I am a convert.
Thank you Charlie and Titleist