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  • 29-12-2019 8:00pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 2,425 ✭✭✭ Pierce_1991


    Tl:Dr - Good Irons for 10 handicap? / custom fitting worth it when on a budget? / Anyone played M6 Irons?

    Looking for any advice people may have to offer on getting a new set of Irons. Down the years I've built a bag from clubs here and there mainly purchased on Adverts. I did buy a set of Irons about 6 years ago brand new, Mizuno JPX 800HDs. I have enjoyed playing these Irons but I feel maybe the time has come for a new set. Last year I bought a brand new Ping G400 driver and loved it, but I found it was much easier to research a new driver than it is for Irons.

    Basically I'm a 10 handicap and looking to spend about 500 euro (specifically in McGuirks as I have some vouchers). If anyone of a similar level has recently bought new Irons I'd love to hear your thoughts on your new set. I see McGuirks are selling the Taylormade M6 Irons for about 425 on sale atm, although I believe if you get custom fit this price will really shoot up, do people think this is worth it? My previous set weren't custom fit and always seemed fine. Any thoughts opinions be much appreciated.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,331 mike12


    Might not shoot up for a custom fit but they may be on sale at that price.
    M6 are the most forgiving irons TM make M5s are a bit sleeker.
    I would say any set u get make sure it has a gap wedge that matches the set, think it's often too big a step going from a chunky PW to a bladed GW.
    Mcguirks will have a M6 to hit at the Grange driving range and will do a custom fit that u get back in the price.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,425 ✭✭✭ Pierce_1991


    mike12 wrote: »
    Might not shoot up for a custom fit but they may be on sale at that price.
    M6 are the most forgiving irons TM make M5s are a bit sleeker.
    I would say any set u get make sure it has a gap wedge that matches the set, think it's often too big a step going from a chunky PW to a bladed GW.
    Mcguirks will have a M6 to hit at the Grange driving range and will do a custom fit that u get back in the price.

    Oh nice I hadn't realised you could hit the clubs out at the range. That might be a good idea. Be nice to feel comfortable with the club before buying. From what I've seen the M6 might suit n me, I think at that price point they seem very reasonable. That said I'm looking at those P790s for like 750 euro and they really do look sick


  • Registered Users Posts: 209 ✭✭ newindublin


    I posted a thread about Ben Hogan golf here before, I tried there demo program and was very impressed with the clubs. Every inch as good as the Taylormade Speedblades I am playing now. Since they only sell direct to consumers they knock out the middle man mark up so the prices are quite reasonable.

    It's not Mcguirks but you could get a set of irons from Ben Hogan and use the gift certs to round out the set with some new wedges or something.


  • Registered Users Posts: 61 ✭✭ jp101


    I would recommend getting Mcguirks to give you a fitting for the M6s they will at least confirm that you have the right shaft which is one of the key issues when getting new clubs. I was able to do this when buying a reduced price driver last year from them.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,425 ✭✭✭ Pierce_1991


    I posted a thread about Ben Hogan golf here before, I tried there demo program and was very impressed with the clubs. Every inch as good as the Taylormade Speedblades I am playing now. Since they only sell direct to consumers they knock out the middle man mark up so the prices are quite reasonable.

    It's not Mcguirks but you could get a set of irons from Ben Hogan and use the gift certs to round out the set with some new wedges or something.

    I've heard good things about the Ben Hogan clubs alright but the vouchers are for 350 so I only really want to add another 150/200 to that myself.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 209 ✭✭ newindublin


    I've heard good things about the Ben Hogan clubs alright but the vouchers are for 350 so I only really want to add another 150/200 to that myself.

    Wilson might do the trick, another good brand that sells for a little less. My last coach uses them, fine clubs.

    Was in to Mcguriks two days ago and they had a load of sales, this time of year they will be moving the 2019 clubs out (which are going to be 100% as good as 2020).

    I would see if you can get a fitting though, or at the very least do your measurements and get the clubs properly sized to you for your height. You can find instructions on how to do that online, it only takes a tape measure.


  • Registered Users Posts: 88 ✭✭ jamfer


    I got M6 irons in their Black Friday sale a few weeks back. I got fairways and a driver too. I'm a high handicapper and was moving up from a set of clubs from the mid naughties. I am at home with the 6, 7, 8, 9 and PW already. The 5 iron is taking a bit of time to adjust. The 3 and 5 fairways are suiting me perfectly and the driver is growing on me. I had a great day with it today, 11 fairways on 12 holes.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,425 ✭✭✭ Pierce_1991


    jamfer wrote: »
    I got M6 irons in their Black Friday sale a few weeks back. I got fairways and a driver too. I'm a high handicapper and was moving up from a set of clubs from the mid naughties. I am at home with the 6, 7, 8, 9 and PW already. The 5 iron is taking a bit of time to adjust. The 3 and 5 fairways are suiting me perfectly and the driver is growing on me. I had a great day with it today, 11 fairways on 12 holes.

    What would ye say are the big difference from your old set? Nice to get the full set right through to driver, the M6 woods are sweet clubs.


  • Registered Users Posts: 209 ✭✭ newindublin


    What would ye say are the big difference from your old set? Nice to get the full set right through to driver, the M6 woods are sweet clubs.

    There is no such thing as a full set through driver, not really. Yes you can buy the same brand of clubs but they are not really a "set" (generally, and even the ones with the same brand are not really a set just a brand).

    In general clubs are usually sold in a few categories:
    - Irons (4 or 5 Iron through PW)
    - Drivers
    - 3, 4, 5 woods all sold separate
    - hybrids, all sold separate
    - wedges, all sold separate
    - putters

    There are exceptions of course(i got hybrids with irons as a replacement for lower irons) but if you are expecting a M6 driver/3 wood with your irons you are going to be disappointed. Nor is a M6 driver for sure the best for you even if M6 irons are..


  • Registered Users Posts: 88 ✭✭ jamfer


    I'm finding a big difference yes Pierce 1991, I am shooting better with the longer irons the 6 and 7 and the 8, 9 and PW are going really well. I am hitting the green on the approach shots where before I was short. Overall I am happy with the new clubs, set or not :-)


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  • Registered Users Posts: 687 ✭✭✭ eamondunphy


    jamfer wrote: »
    I got M6 irons in their Black Friday sale a few weeks back. I got fairways and a driver too. I'm a high handicapper and was moving up from a set of clubs from the mid naughties. I am at home with the 6, 7, 8, 9 and PW already. The 5 iron is taking a bit of time to adjust. The 3 and 5 fairways are suiting me perfectly and the driver is growing on me. I had a great day with it today, 11 fairways on 12 holes.

    Sorry to enter barge in on the thread, as a high handicapper, did you get custom fitted?

    I'm a beginner golfer with a 28 handicap, am taking lessons, ive a mixed set of hand me down steel, stiff, irons from my brothers.

    Was looking at getting a new set like the mizuno jpx919 hot metal irons and getting them custom fitted.

    My brother have alot of vouchers for mcguirks that they're kind enough to put towards a set for me.

    Is it recommended for beginners to get customer fitted as i'd really like a new set of my own, i've a slow swing so think id need graphite clubs


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,116 ✭✭✭ blue note


    Sorry to enter barge in on the thread, as a high handicapper, did you get custom fitted?

    I'm a beginner golfer with a 28 handicap, am taking lessons, ive a mixed set of hand me down steel, stiff, irons from my brothers.

    Was looking at getting a new set like the mizuno jpx919 hot metal irons and getting them custom fitted.

    My brother have alot of vouchers for mcguirks that they're kind enough to put towards a set for me.

    Is it recommended for beginners to get customer fitted as i'd really like a new set of my own, i've a slow swing so think id need graphite clubs

    As a beginner I would imagine getting custom fitted would be a waste if money. If you're off 28, with some practice you should come down significantly from that. And your swing will change in the process which means the custom fit will not be for your new swing. They'll essentially be no longer custom fit for you.

    If you want custom fit clubs someone will take your money. But if you want to spend money on getting better spend it on lessons. You can ask them about your equipment while you're there and they'll advise you on whether you need to change anything soon, but at the end of the day there's no real shortcut to getting better. It takes practice and a few lessons.


  • Registered Users Posts: 687 ✭✭✭ eamondunphy


    blue note wrote: »
    As a beginner I would imagine getting custom fitted would be a waste if money. If you're off 28, with some practice you should come down significantly from that. And your swing will change in the process which means the custom fit will not be for your new swing. They'll essentially be no longer custom fit for you.

    If you want custom fit clubs someone will take your money. But if you want to spend money on getting better spend it on lessons. You can ask them about your equipment while you're there and they'll advise you on whether you need to change anything soon, but at the end of the day there's no real shortcut to getting better. It takes practice and a few lessons.

    Thanks for your reply, i had thought that myself about my swing eventually changing, am in the middle of lessons, so hope to improve over the next few months. I'm currently a 28 handicapper but if i entered competitions my handicap would not be cut but would go the other way.

    Would it be safer to get the graphite mizuno in the normal regular shafts and grips etc, and then in a few years look at customisation.

    With the current sale in mcguirks and becuase of my brothers vouchers, i could get a brand new set of mizuno 5-pw for about 150e cash, i really dont like my mixed 2nd set so would like a new set


  • Registered Users Posts: 85 ✭✭ tropics001


    you're getting lessons? ask your teacher for advice on what shaft to get based on your swing. other than that you probably don't need any fitting advice.

    unless you're an older player, i'd expect regular iron shafts rather than graphite will be suitable. certainly you need to lose the stiff shafts ASAP.


  • Registered Users Posts: 88 ✭✭ jamfer


    I am a high handicapper too and didn't get custom fit, just regular ordinary off the shelf. I changed to take advantage of current tech rather than 2005 tech I had.


  • Registered Users Posts: 687 ✭✭✭ eamondunphy


    tropics001 wrote: »
    you're getting lessons? ask your teacher for advice on what shaft to get based on your swing. other than that you probably don't need any fitting advice.

    unless you're an older player, i'd expect regular iron shafts rather than graphite will be suitable. certainly you need to lose the stiff shafts ASAP.

    am getting lessons yes, have another lesson tomorrow so will ask a few questions then.

    The pro did say that grpahite wouldnt do me any harm for a while and that i could go to steel eventually, so i'm thinking o f getting graphite for a few years and as i improve, maybe move to steel, i'm 36 but dont have the fastest swing and my technique isnt great either.

    I can get a decent deal on a used set of irons that i had my eye on, except they are stiff graphite shafts, would that make much of a difference?

    I've stiff steel at the moment, but dont like them. I cant try the irons out beforehand unfortunately


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