Hooking my beautiful new irons

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By EStan

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  1. 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.

  2. Best guess is it comes down to club path and face angle. If your club path is in to out you are going to hit the draw/hook even with a square or open face. The AP1's you had may have had a lower spin rate which would minimize the excessive hooks. Your current clubs would not be hook prone unless you got your club path dictating the ball flight. Get on a trackman with a pro, it will show right away what the issue is.
  3. From what I can gather, I have a Garmin which gives rudimentary path data..... I'm actually coming in neutral, or even slightly out to in, and am just hooding the clubface a tonne, and getting toe down at impact. So I'm hitting a straight hook or a pull draw. When I actually try to swing more inside out, it actually seems to help, but also introduces a push that doesn't play well.

    So far, a very open face at address counteracts that problem.... but the biggest fix has been when I drop my hands and address the ball with a flatter lie angle, the same swing produces a very nice straight ball flight on target.

    Despite all of that, I guess my question was just more, has anyone made a jump from Game improvement, to Player Irons, and all of a sudden seen a big change to ball flight/swing plane etc? After hitting the T100's for a few rounds, I tried to pick up my AP1's again was hitting bad shots out to the right.... pushes and small fades, but no hooks/draws.

    Very interesting.... I seem to be figuring out the new irons, and they feel wonderful when hit well, I just wasn't expecting to have to change my set up/swing at all.
  4. Don O

    Don O
    Madison, WI

    By no stretch of a recommendation, the offset of a T300 decreases going to a T100. With less offset, the usual initial contact would be a fade.
    A top fitter should be willing to review with you on this problem for a short session It may be a technical flaw you’ve added since the fitting
  5. Dale V

    Dale V
    Escondido, CA

    Yes, I have seen this and even experienced it a bit. I feel like it's the longer club length and extra mass on the end of the face. That weight might be slowing down the natural turning of the club during the swing the same way having weight adjustments in drivers works. The shorter, lighter toe of a players iron would rotate a bit faster and take some adjustment to a swing that was used to turning hard previously to square a longer faced club. I may be crazy but it seems to make sense to me. I also had a problem hitting too close to the inside on shorted faced clubs which leads to that dreaded short I dare not mention. Started practicing by putting a second ball just outside of the one I was hitting until I got used to them.
  6. Doug E

    Doug E
    Urbana, MD

    One thing I might consider is lie angle. With a better swing than you once had, you may need a flatter setting. I found back when I was playing my second set of AP2s (I had 712s and 716s), as my swing got better, my need for the 2* upright lie angle I was fit for originally began to give me a draw I never had before. (Upright could promote a more closed face at impact, in theory.) It seemed the more technically solid my swing became, the more often I tended to over-draw the ball. When I switched to T200s, I went with a flatter lie angle and it seems to have corrected the problem for me. I can still draw them fine, but it seems to be more under control now. Just something to consider.
  7. Chuck Z

    Chuck Z
    Mt Pleasant, SC

    Agree with Dave. New clubs do require a break in period as mine did even when going from AP1s to T300s which were basically same club. Went to see my best friend, who is a PGA pro and he got me squared away. The newer clubs are stronger. I prefer the game helper clubs and I went from a stiff to a regular lighter weight shaft based on my fitters recommendation and trackman's numbers over my previous set. It was an adventure for a while.
  8. Eric H

    Eric H
    Ridgway, PA

    Unless in your fitting you had the lie angle adjusted in anyway then its most likely an issue in your swing, setup or grip. I think its unlikely that its iron related. Even more reason to get to the range and hit your new sticks!
  9. I had a similar sort of thing. I had a set of game improvement irons which were off the shelf with stock regular shafts. I could hit them really well and thought it was time to reward myself with a newer set. I got 712 cb/mb irons with kbs 120 stiff. Took me about 10 rounds and time in the range for me to start hitting them well. Just keep plodding on with it, it's quite a big adjustment changing irons and I think we tend to overtime it when they don't go right especially as they have been fit for you. Don't let it get to you and just keep trying and you will get there
  10. Appreciate all the discussion!

    The interesting thing was I was 1-4 degrees toe down at strike in the fitting, but given I was playing a small draw they didn't see the benefit in going upright.

    I have a hunch Dale is on to something. I think I had a lot of strong elements in my swing, helped me square up the bigger AP1's better, and I may need to undo some of those on the new clubs which are easier to turn over. I'm going to try to give it a few rounds and probably the off-season before I run back to my pro, or consider bending anything.

    Last range session, still had similar struggles but noticed instant improvement when I dropped the club a little and flattened the lie angle at address. Draw/hook was gone.

    I realize this isn't the golf tips forum haha, but if I mange to conquer them overtime, I'll be sure to add an update.

    Thanks again
  11. Don O

    Don O
    Madison, WI

    LOL as long as you appreciate that often the advice from other amateur golfers here is worth what you paid for it (nothing), then you can use it knowing that time with a pro may still be the final answer.
  12. Not to worry.... Between self diagnosis on launch monitors, and being just at the end of my last 8 pack with the pro I've worked with, I certainly don't neglect data and expert advice. I e-mailed him as well, and the advice was to play with them a little longer, before I try to overhaul anything.

    More range time/rounds, slowly weakening the stronger grip I used with the old clubs, and things seem to be improving quite well. Amazing how awkward it can feel to weaken one's grip by a knuckle. Reminds me of when I transitioned from interlocking to overlap.

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