I'm at home with sick kids with nothing else to do so I might as well spend some time typing out some thoughts on recent shaft fitting stuff I've gone through.
I am going to get new irons this spring. Most likely going to be a split set of MBs and XForged. Probably 7-A in MB, 4-6 in XF, with the 3 in either XF or XF UT.
In the fall, our club had The Golf Fix mobile fitters from Dallas come out. I did a full bag fitting with them. I was really interested in the shaft they would fit me into. For the past 25 years, I think every iron I've owned has had a DG S300 and I wanted to see if I was leaving any performance untapped.
I knew I wanted the MB or XF but the fitter only had the Apex in LH. To get a better idea of a blade performance he had me hit a Srixon Z765 (actually a nice club). We must have tested 20 shafts. The two best performing were the Aerotech Steelfiber and the KBS Tour V. Due to cost, the Aerotech was right out. That left the KBS Tour V. The fitter recommended a Regular flex. I was not swinging my best that day and was running about 5-7 mph slower than usual with my driver speed.
Fast forward until the XForged was released. My Local Golf Shop (LGS) got a demo LH XF with a PX 6.0 shaft. They did not get a demo MB so I ordered a 7 iron MB with a KBS Tour V shaft in Stiff. I went with Stiff because I thought my normal swing would be better suited to a Stiff than a Regular.
I have really enjoyed hitting the MB and have been hitting it fairly well. I am getting ready to buy the MBs but I am still a little unsure of which shaft would be best. So, I went to the LGS to try to solve my question.
Here's what I had to test: XF with PX 6.0, MB with KBS Tour V Stiff and an Apex Pro with changable shafts. For the Apex I had PX 6.0 & 5.5, a regular KBS Tour 100, a DG S300, and a Modus 3 XS.
After hitting each shaft quite a few times, I found I hit the stiffs best. My average carry with the XF/PX 6.0 was 163...MB/KBS Tour V was 161.
What I found most interesting was the Apex Pro 16. My longest carry with it was the Stiff shaft and it was only a 158 average. I was fully expecting the Apex to be longer than either of the forged clubs since it has Cup Face technology. With the XS shaft, my carry was about the same, but did not reach as high of an apex. With the regular shaft, club head speed was less and carry was 154 and the flight was very high.
I have no idea why I hit the MB and XF further than the Apex Pro 16. I wish I had the ability to try the MB and XF with mulitple shafts, but it's just not an option.
I have decided to go with the KBS Tour V in Stiff.
So, what did I learn from all of this?
1. Each swing can benefit from a fitted shaft
2. I have more confidence that I will have the correct shaft in my irons
3. The effort has been worth it
4. I really wish I had my own Trackman or GC2 or other high quality launch monitor
5. I am so ready to get my new irons...MBs of course...rollin like @AJVCG !!
@Stumpnavnot saying this is the case with you but just in reading your post it's funny how many guys shy away from Regular flex because of a macho stigma. I think there may be a hint of that in you just based on your story, however you seem to have at least tested a lot of options so you probably are at least informed.
@PC98 I don't care what the shaft says on it, I just want the ball flight to be good. I launched the Regs too high...and I'm already a high ball hitter. I will admit that I was a little worried that I had slid back into Regular...but it was out of fear my swing had slowed down too much.
It's like the Fitting Room podcast last year with Monty who said, "I have a perfect solution if I can't get there with an 8...I hit a 7"! The man knows a thing or two about this game.
@Stumpnav Based on the distances and assuming they were 7 irons, I would WAG that your might be a bit aggressive in the swing making the stiffer shafts feel and perform better. Although distance is king at the level you will be playing I would also take into acount dispersion and spin.
On the other question from youtube. I would not recomment the Rogue for the top end driving iron. It sucks the LH doesnt go lower however, I would suggest getting the 3 iron at 21 degrees which is not far from the 4 in loft. If you need a shorter distance choke down or have the 3 bent and re weighted to a 4. OR,,, use a hybrid.Look at the tour AD for shaft it also seems very popular for UT clubs, the trend is more forgiving shaft such as graphite to aid in getting the ball in the air.
@jimm9fa7 Thanks for the advice on the UT. When I tried out the shafts for the irons, I did look at dispertion. More than anything, I looked at consistency of carry followed by trajectory. Living in west Texas means there is more than a little wind to deal with. Keeping the ball from ballooning is important. The KBS, closely followed by the PX, was best at keeping the ball down on an aggressive swing. It also allowed me to hit it low when needed and high as well.