Let me start out with a little about me, I'm 29 and just started really getting back into golf this year. When I was younger 13-18 I golfed 2-3 times a week with my father and played golf for my high school team. Back then My father bought me a set of brand new Tommy Armor 845 Oversized irons with a graphite regular flex shaft. When I started back up this year I went back to using the 845's needless to say they are no where near what I need....
With that being said I'm looking for some input from everyone on what would be a good set of irons to get. I was checking out the xr, the xr os, x2hot, even the steelhead Xr. My biggest thing is I'm not a huge fan of that chromey finish and everything I've read says after a couple rounds the irons are looking a year or two old already. I would like a new set but wouldn't be against a used set if they were in good shape. My thing is I'm a bigger guy with a pretty fast swing tempo. The guys at the dicks sporting goods near me said I would definitely need a stiff flex shaft and possibly have the irons lengthen and the lie/loft adjusted. I'm 6'4
Any input would be greatly appreciated
Welcome back to the game!
The first thing I would do is head to the Callaway website and find the Demo Day/Fitting locator. Try to find an opportunity to have a Callaway rep fit you.
Depending on where you live, there are other choices as well. I know the PGA Superstores have a good rep.
I have heard good things about Club Champion Golf...which has several locations throughout the US.
Our club is having The Club Fix out for two days of fittings. I've never heard of them before, but they are on the Golf Digest Top 100 fitters so I decided to have my entire bag fit.
If you want to stick with Callaway clubs, and its a wise choice, just tell the fitter you only want to look at Callaways and they will find the best option for you.
@TbrozdowskiGo for a fitting somewhere like a PGA Superstore. Many of their staff go through fitting classes from the brands like Callaway. You can get great used sets from Callaway Pre-Owned but tell them your specs and see if they can work with you. Of course ordering new through Callaway is great too! Good luck and have fun!!
The closet PGA super store is about 2 1/2 hours from me. That's the bad part about living in the sticks haha, I've checked Callaway's website for demo days but can't find any close to me. I may have to call that PGA store and take a road trip one Saturday
I'm definitely biased, my father plays all callaway down to his tees and my old driver and woods were callaway, now my new drive and woods are callaway as well so I think it's only safe to stay with what works lol
The clostest PGA SS to me is a little over 3 hrs...I feel your pain.
@Tbrozdowski Where are you located?
Im not a tour pro nor am I a sales rep but what ever clubhead you decide on going with make sure you get fitted. I am a big guy too 6'2 275 lbs and an amputee and for the first time I got fitted for clubs last year. I got new XR os's with a longer graphite shaft (660 recoils with a +1 shaft and more upright than stock), and wow what a difference. Im 10-40 yards longer with a better ball flight.
@Tbrozdowski. I read the same thing about the bottom of the clubs will show marks after using them, and my new Steelhead XR's are doing just that. I am going to go over to the course and take a picture of the bottom of them....hang on.
@Tbrozdowski. Here are the pics of my 8 and 9 irons. I hit these two clubs more than any of the others. I received these irons on the 18th of August and have played with them 3 times a week, plus some afternoon practice sessions since then, so lets say 15 rounds....
To me though, it looks like normal wear coming from using them. Hope this helps you, I am very happy with these irons and I believe you would be too. The green mark on the 9 iron wiped off after taking the picture.
Don't get fitted at Dick's Sporting Goods. Sometimes you may find someone in the golf department that knows their stuff, but...don't take a chance. Go to an actual golf store like PGA Superstore or Golf Galaxy and ask to get fitted. Or, you could even have a Pro do the fitting for you on a launch monitor. I recently got fitted for a new set of irons and I hit about 20 different models before deciding on Callaway Apex Combo Set 3 iron-Gap Wedge. That's the key. Hit a great deal of clubs from as many manufacturers as possible to find the set that works for you. Once you've decided on a model, look at your swing speed and trajectory on a launch monitor, combined with ball data...and that can be used to make the determination for the components. I went with Dynamic Gold AMT X100 shafts in my irons, because it's what suited me. You may need an X Flex with a fast tempo. But, the bottom line is: Get fitted by a proper clubfitter. Welcome back to the game.