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Looking to upgrade my clubs. I've been playing for 17 years with the Peerless set my parents bought for me for high school graduation. I hit them fine (high 80s), but technology has changed so much, they need to be regripped anyway, and it is becoming a bit of an embarassment. I'm just tired of people asking me if I bought the clubs at Sam Sneed's yard sale :D. Like my car that I reluctantly gave up with 270,000 miles, I guess I resist change...but it is time.

So any idea on what irons are decent? I'm looking at the Callaway X-22s, the TaylorMade burners, and maybe the Nike VR Pro.

Any recommendations? Is it worth it to get fitted? I'm of average height & weight.

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I love golf, I'm not that great the best round I ever shot was an 83. And like you I am consistently in the high 80's and low 90's (depends on how much I practice).

If you want to be even remotely serious (i'd say golfing more than 10 times a season), get your clubs fitted. It makes a world of difference in the swing.

I have last years Taylormade Burners 4-GW I enjoy them. Not my favorite clubs ever I had a set of pings 4 years ago that are all time favorite because they are the most forgiving. In 2, probably 3 years I'm going to buy another set of pings.

And as such you should also consider looking at the ping G15's.

They are going to pressure you into getting graphite shafts, yeah they are lighter and might be able to get faster head speed but for graphite shafts to really make a difference in a swing you need to have enough club speed to make the shaft whip the head of the club through the hitting zone.

I don't have enough speed in my swing to make that happen, and you probably don't either (if you have a speed of 85mph or better then graphite is good for you so is a stiff flex)

Alas there is nothing better than an August afternoon out on a golf course with an ice cold beer some friends and some golf.

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Alas there is nothing better than an August afternoon out on a golf course with an ice cold beer some friends and some golf.
Agreed!!!

I'll look into the Pings. I'll spend a few bucks, but there are limits. I need a new bag, shoes, putter, driver, 3W, and SW too. So this could get ugly. But my golf shoes are 10 years old, my bag is 17 years old, my putter was given to me, and my SW cost me $6 at a yard sale. So it is much needed...

Regarding shafts, funny my brother in law has X forged and taylor made X9s, both with graphite shaft. But I have two friends that went to golf school and are scratch to +3 players (neither is a golf pro because they get paid peanuts). And both of them wouldn't get caught with graphite shafts. They think graphite is for "those under 15 or over 80". I really don't know what to think. To me, I think it seems like a way to burn another $200 with little benefit.

I'll check out the Pings. Txs-

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Yeah, when you need that much stuff it can get pretty costly. What you could try to do is update an item per season. Maybe get the shoes this year (you can get decent ones for $40, there is no reason to spend $90 on the name brand ones). My bag I won in a raffle at a golf outing so I got pretty lucky there.

Also for a SW, I don't even have one. I have a wilson lob that I use in the sand and I love it, it was like $12 at sports authority. I like the lob in the sand because I was taught to swing as hard as I can in the sand and with that degree of club, when I strike the ball correctly, it will pop straight up and have range to go about 9-15 feet. which is usually all you need to get out of a green area trap.

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Bought the X-24s today with uniflex shaft. I tested them out at a local golf shop. They wanted $700 for the irons. With tax, they would have cost $742.

I don't know if anyone is from Michigan, but I found them online at a store called Carl's GolfLand. The place is HUGE. They sold them to me for $499 with no tax and free shipping. I'm hoping I get them by Saturday so I can try them out this weekend.

Now onto drivers. Looking at G15 and R9. For pete's sake, one driver can cost as much as an entire set of irons.

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Thanks!

In this debate about getting fitted:

You say get fitted. My brother-in-law says he always gets fitted. On the other hand, my friend in Atlanta says its a waste of money, and my friend who is a card carrying pro says it isn't worth it.

In the end, I am quite average in height & weight with a pretty routine fluid swing. So I opted not to get fitted, no special situations to deal with.

Regarding drivers, I'll look at the TourBurner, G15, R9...

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I've gone through a ton of drivers in the past 3 years. I have a TaylorMade Burner, the ping g10, TaylorMade R9, and the Callaway FTiQ. Finally last summer at a golf outing my dad let me try out his like 4 year old Tommy Armour crappy driver that came in a standard set and it instantly became my favorite, and I traded him my $200 R9 for it. So even though the newer ones might seem more fancy/expensive keep your mind open to lesser known and less expensive models too.

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  • 6 months later...

Well, six months have gone by and I've been hitting these X24s nicely. Bought a nice set of used wedges (PW, SW, 60 degree), a used Odyssey putter, and a used Nike driver. I love them all.

Now I'm hunting for a hybrid 3 iron before my Vegas golf trip in two weeks. I'm playing with a few bankers/lawyers from LA, and these guys can play because they manage to put in +100 rounds per year out there (go figure....;)). So I have to be on my A game.

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I feel your pain. In my case, full-time job, wife, two kids under three, and rental property commitments (repairs) have made playing golf this year a real treat.

One day I'm going to wake up and my kids are going to be grown and I'm going to have endless time on my hands. I'll play golf then. And probably wish I spent even more time with the little ones that I did. So as much fun as playing golf is, it can wait :p

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