October 07, 2021 at 08:54 PM
I'm wondering if anyone has had a similar experience.
Please skip the last paragraph if you don't enjoy reading my life iron narrative haha.
I played 714 AP1 irons for 6 years. I was a higher handicap when I bought them, and despite being fit for everything else in my bag, I bought these off the rack, unknowingly with light 95 gram stiff shafts. Over the years and with lessons, I've learned to hit these really well, and iron striking has been usually the strongest part of my game. My handicap came down to 12 and seemingly on its way lower, and that's despite my Tee game matching that of a 25 HCP. Think 20-25% FIR, but 40-50% GIR. Courses with fescue or tight OB kill me.
So being a decent iron player with game improvement irons, and maybe a shaft that wasn't fully suited to the rather jerky tempo I have, I sought out to see if I could improve the situation. Yes I messed with something that wasn't broken.
I walked away from the pre-eminent fitter in the country completely open to any brands, and sure enough fit to a Titleist T200/100S combo set narrowly outperforming srxn. I was having my best results with Modus 120 shafts. Thankfully I received them much quicker than anticipated and have had a chance to game them.
First round, on the range and in the fitting, the 100S felt absolutely beautiful, they slice through the turf and just felt so unbelievably solid. I was hitting the 8 iron with a reasonable draw, 6 iron was playing fairly straight. I go on to the course and play the 8 iron draw into the first two greens, but with about 10-15 yards of draw, and from there the first 6 iron I hit was a hook (pull draw to save my ego) and the round went miserably. I fought hard to keep the iron face square or open with little success. My hands were dominating my swing.
Now my main question. 714 AP1's with 95 gram stiff shafts -- T200/100S with 120 gram stiff shafts. Equal length and lies.
Has anyone made a similar jump and had a hard time adjusting? with a little extra range time, I can seem to straighten out new irons, but at set up, I need to leave the face looking what feels like exceptionally open to not hook the ball. In the 2 months since I was fit, I did adjust my balance just a tiny bit which helped me hit a playable straight/5 yard draw on the 714's. (I was over my toes a little previously) The contact on the new irons feels amazing. It's just obvious that I'm closing the face severely at impact.
I would have thought if anything the 714's would have been a bit more draw prone with the offset, but I still hit them with the same shape, I'm not hooking them. Trying to gather feedback. No differences in my shot shape at the fitting (unless I tried the project X shaft and then I pushed everything.) I do have a mild-moderate strong grip on my old irons. Just not sure why it never lead to hook problems, and has on these ones. Maybe I'm just a swing weirdo. Any thoughts are appreciated.
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