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Tuesday January 28, 2020 8:49 AM
Well I snapped my 5-iron of reshafted Ping Eye 2s.

Time to repair the club and consider what kind of shaft is best for me now.

I mean I hear steel shafts now are as light if not lighter than graphite with about or better feel than graphite. Any suggestions?

Currently rehafted the 5-iron to a 85gram stiff steel shaft and so far I am liking it. Perhaps I could do that for my whole set? Any thoughts?
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Tuesday January 28, 2020 8:58 AM
Try to get fitted.
I'm playing graphite shafts OTi shafts at 95g and they feel as great as any steel shafts I've played with.
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Tuesday January 28, 2020 9:48 AM
Vic,

Why are you snapping your clubs? Golf cant be that stressful!
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Tuesday January 28, 2020 9:52 AM
snapped it on a root LOL... and yes golf is that stressful LMAO
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Tuesday January 28, 2020 10:12 AM
No, steel does not feel like graphite. The light steel is even worse.

I've found the Nippon steel shafts to be the best feeling steel, and add ProSoft type inserts and that can make steel feel closer to graphite. Still not as shock resistant, but Nippon/ProSoft at least does not make by elbow pain flare up again.

Nothing wrong with the 85gm steel if the feel is ok to you. Go for it.
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Tuesday January 28, 2020 10:14 AM
It's a good idea to have all the irons in the same type and flex as you probably know.

I've played both graphite and steel and I do like them both with their own characteristics. When it's down to the bottom line, steel is the one with desirable results with my swing. I also think Nippon Shafts has some of the best shafts I have tried and compared and ultimately played in with. Particularly the N.S.PRO MODUS3.

Hope you get it all together.
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Tuesday January 28, 2020 3:37 PM
What a timely post! I just got fitted for new irons. I waited a long time to do this because I did not want to get fitted with a crappy swing. After many, MANY years of trying to get my swing to a better place, I was finally ready to pull the trigger.

For reference, I am 55 years old. Been golfing 35 years now. Index is currently 11.8. I stand 5'7" and weigh 185 lbs. Current set is off-the-rack Titleist 710 AP2 3 - PW. The only adjustment I ever did was to have the lie adjusted 2 degrees flat. GREAT clubs. The problem? Not hitting them as far as I used to. I used to be able to hit my 7-iron 150+ yards. Now it averages around 135 yards.

I practice at Golftec in Torrance and was fitted by my instructor, Ryan. Being my instructor, he already had in mind what shaft I was going to end up with but put me through the paces as a good fitter should. He being sponsored by Callaway had access to the new Mavrik irons which had not been officially released at the time of my fitting. So I got to be one of his first to hit them. Not bad but the numbers were no good and I did not like the sound or feel of them.

I played blades back in the day and forged at the time of my fitting. Steel shafts, of course. My 710 AP2's have KBS Tour 90 Stiff shafts. I'm not hung up on playing steel but Ryan felt like I would not be open to graphite so each head I tried (Titleist, Callaway, TaylorMade, etc.) he fitted with steel shafts. Numbers were okay with all of the different offerings. He asked me to try one more head and shaft combination. I should have known that something was up because he had a sh*t eating grin on his face when he handed me the club.

The head was a Mizuno JPX-919 Hot Metal Pro. The numbers were great, the feel was great and the sound was great. He asked me how I felt about them and I told him that this was it. He then asked me to look closer at the shaft. The b*st%rd slipped a graphite shaft in on me. I didn't notice the difference because it was painted silver and looked like a steel shaft at a glance.

So here is what I ended up with:

Head: Mizuno-JPX-919-HOT-METAL-Pro-RH-Irons
Shaft: Mizuno-UST-Mamiya-Recoil-95-R-0.355 CPM Flex: R
7 Iron Length: 36.75"
7 Iron Lie: 61.5°
Included Clubs: 4 Iron, 5 Iron, 6 Iron, 7 Iron, 8 Iron, 9 Iron, PW

Shaft length shortened 0.25" from standard. This done instead of manipulating the head 2 degrees flat.
Standard grips with 2 wraps because my hands are a bit larger than normal. Never, ever, would've seen this had I not been fitted.

The point to my lengthy reply is:

1. Get fitted!
2. Do not ignore graphite shafts as a possibility.

[[Edited by jbishop637 on Tuesday January 28, 2020 3:39 PM]]

[[Edited by jbishop637 on Tuesday January 28, 2020 3:41 PM]]
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Wednesday January 29, 2020 10:11 PM
Depends on what you are looking for. I LIKE the feel of steel shafts and I don't really care for graphite. However I KNOW from fittings and demos that graphite will likely add quite a bit of distance to my game at my age. So I have to decide if the final score is more important to me than the feel of every stroke I take! :-)
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