2016 MyGolfSpy Iron Buying Study

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2017 is shaping up to be a banner year for irons. We’ve already covered new releases from PING, Mizuno, Callaway, Wilson, and most recently Cobra.

Have you seen anything you like?

Time for an Upgrade?

Even with the constant lure of new technology, the average iron replacement cycle remains roughly 4.5 years.

Is this the year you upgrade?

What’s stopping you? What are you looking for in your next set? What would compel you to pull the trigger on new next set of irons?

Take the Survey

Please take 5 minutes or less to complete this quick survey. Let us know what you’ll be looking for in your next set of irons, or tell us why you’re not looking at all.

Stay Tuned

We’ll be sharing the results with you so you can see what golfers just like you are looking for in their next iron purchase.

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{ 53 comments… read them below or add one }

Winston October 20, 2016 at 6:31 am

Bought a set of Yamaha forged impress d irons in hk in 2012. Oversized irons very forgiving and good distance. These are Jap irons NS Pro 850 shafts expensive but for me will by my set for rest of my golfing life.


Alfredo Smith October 14, 2016 at 6:24 pm

Right on schedule for me also, 4 sets of clubs in 20 years. Although this last set of PXG irons, because of my age is my last set! Well maybe, haha


Gil Bloomer October 14, 2016 at 3:16 pm

The 4.5 year number is exactly right for me too. It probably takes me that long to feel comfortable and confident with the new irons in my bag. Then it’s time to move on to another set of irons.


Colorado Golfer October 14, 2016 at 11:14 am

I’m on an iPhone and I see no survey. I bought my AP1 716s about a year ago. I don’t think I’ll upgrade until these wear out. I look for high launching, forgiving irons.


Rob Nieth October 14, 2016 at 2:56 pm

Third set this year. Went from Adams CMB to TM M2 Tour and now Callaway Apex Black.


Jeff Haddock October 14, 2016 at 2:25 pm

Took me 12 years before I upgraded my set. All I can say is wow! I was playing with a starter set of Dunlop irons and moved over to a set Cobra Fly-Z’s. Such a huge difference. I had no idea what I was missing out on. Loft, forgiveness, spin, those were all words that had no meaning to me until my upgrade. One of the best things I could have done. I’m actually enjoying the game much more then I ever have. Next upgrade will be my woods and I cannot wait to see how that works out.


Springbok October 14, 2016 at 9:36 am

I filled in the survey. However, I have some comments.

Something tells me that MGS is NOT the one that wrote the survey. I may be wrong, but I hope I am not.

You see… if “I” were to write the questions for this survey, it would have included the following:

1) How long have you had your current irons…. not “Have you owned your current irons for more than a year”.

2) WHAT are your current set of irons.

3) What is it about the irons you like?

4) Why have you not changed from your current irons…. not JUST “what are you looking for in your next set of irons”

5) What irons currently appeal to you, why do they appeal to you, and why have you not bought them.

Without those 5 questions, It seems like the survey is almost meaningless.

So here are my answers

1) How long have you had your current irons

4 years

3) WHAT are your current set of irons.

TaylorMade Rocketbladez (Non-Tour)

3) What is it about the irons you like?

I like the fact they don’t ding. I like the medium offset. I like the top-line. Not too thin, and not too thick. I like the distance and forgiveness they provide. I like the shaft in them (KBS C-Taper)

4) Why have you not changed from your current irons.

Purely financial. I don’t have the money for new irons.

5) What irons currently appeal to you, why do they appeal to you, and why have you not bought them.

Hogan PTx 6-PW, Hogan Hi 5 iron, Hogan Wedges.

I hit them at the PGA demo day, and they were fantastic.

Also REALLY liked the SRIXON 545 with Modus 120 shafts. Very close second

I like the dual bounce on both the hogans and SRIXONs


Augustine Fan October 14, 2016 at 12:30 pm

Umm…. since I started on club making 5 years ago I have have gone through 20+ sets of irons and still have around 5 sets in play. Not always upgrading to new but rather buy slightly used newer models from people who buy new and sell after a few rounds when it didn’t work out. This year I’ve settled on 2 sets and will probably stop changing equipment as it hasn’t really lowered my scores so in the end it’s my swing more than my clubs. Still I will try new equipment in the future just for enjoyment but not for the sake of lowering my scores.


Jackson Pavletich October 14, 2016 at 6:29 am

Ive had mine at least 8 years, can i buy 2 new sets?


Rich O. October 14, 2016 at 12:27 am

Oversize forged irons are the best performing in my opinion. I’m now using JPX EZ Forged with NS Pro 950GH shafts. I think a lot of golfers would benefit from trying them out.


Grant Cavin October 14, 2016 at 2:09 am

2008… OG AP2 irons still going strong. But on the look for a new partner in crime.


Buckical October 13, 2016 at 7:22 pm

Just completed survey…Only club I might get interested in would be a driver….if I can find one that gets my attention. Sure would like an update on the PowerBilt Air Force One N7…I’ ve had 3 or 4 (still have 2), and they compare extremely well with my Callaway Big Bertha Alpha.


Jon October 13, 2016 at 5:32 pm

I am always on the lookout for a new set of irons. Right now I play 2006 Taylormade R7 XD’s with graphite shafts.

I have found some that I think are better. But the rub is they seem only marginally better. I keep hearing that if clubs that are 10 years old or older can’t standup to the new technology which is supposed to be so much better for forgiveness and distance. Some of the sets I have tried seem to be a little more forgiving but none of them give me any more distance at all. The extra overall performance is negligible at best.

I buy new wedges and a new Driver every couple of years but I can’t pull the trigger on new irons. If I could be wowed at a decent price I would be all in. That has not happened.

I guess if it is not broke though, why try to fix it?


Pointer October 13, 2016 at 3:43 pm

Carbite irons, graphite stiff, 20 years old.
Not good a enough player justify new irons.


Kenny B October 13, 2016 at 2:51 pm

Currently playing MacGregor Tourney VIP 1025M that I reshafted with UST ProForce graphite. Love the feel. I also play Ping i20. 9i through 58* are SCOR. If I could gain height and keep the same distance or increase distance with the mid irons, I would be happy.


Trevor D October 13, 2016 at 2:50 pm

Will be trading in my 690.CB/MB for MP-5’s this off season


Sean Farrell October 13, 2016 at 3:41 pm

I have a set I bought this year that I’ll be selling.


Fred October 13, 2016 at 11:27 pm

I’m not good enough to play MP-5s, but I still think they’re the most beautiful irons I’ve ever seen.


Mbwa Kali Sana October 13, 2016 at 2:31 pm

I play HONMA BERES irons -MG 712-4 star shafts -handpicked -very expensive .
These SAKURA ARMRQ shafts are far Superior to any shaft you find on the market.
I see no need to change
I play to a handicap of 7 .I am over 82 years in age .I play 3 times a week,18 holes ,all year around .No winter ,no so called winter greens on the FRENCH RIVIERA .
My Driver and Fairway woods are KRANK ,fully forged heads .They deliver towering distances .


Thomas Crisan October 13, 2016 at 2:16 pm

Interested in trading my 714 AP2 set for Titleist 716 CB


Mikey October 13, 2016 at 2:05 pm

No survey on the link

I bought the ben hogans
Then changed the shafts from 110 to 95
Purred them and am using them
I’m hearing of new things but not willing to buy just yet


Bryan LaRoche October 13, 2016 at 5:59 pm

Had TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB/MC’s 2013-2015. 1 year ago, got Miura Small Blades. Yesterday, got PXG 0311.


Albert Eng October 13, 2016 at 5:42 pm

I’ve had five sets of irons and 20+ drivers through the last 5 years. What can I say, I’m a tinker with golf clubs.


Miguel Dabu October 13, 2016 at 5:06 pm

I got my Burner 2.0 in 2012 when I started golfing again. Then 2014 I got Speed Blades. 2015 I got the TM TP CB. Halfway 2016 summer I got the Titleist 714 AP1. I won’t be changing for a while.


Gregory S. Addis October 13, 2016 at 5:18 pm

I just replaced my burner 2.0 tours… Longest I’ve ever had a set. Back to mizuno with 850 forged.


Miguel Dabu October 13, 2016 at 5:20 pm

The Burner 2.0’s were a great set of irons. Tour or regular, they got praises every where.


Vince October 13, 2016 at 12:55 pm

Like me interested in seeing if there are other golfers that gravitate by to there old reliables


Gary G October 13, 2016 at 12:44 pm

Did you ever see the commercial about the women that has a ton of shoes in her closet and keeps buying more and her husband comes in and can’t believe she keeps buying more? Well that’s me with golf clubs and my wife keeps saying when a new club comes “Not another golf club. Will you ever stop”? My reply to myself is “Is the Pope Catholic?”


dcorun October 13, 2016 at 12:26 pm

Still playing my Cleveland 588 MT irons. They are still one of the best irons I’ve ever played. I would consider the Srixon 355 but, I’m really interested in trying the one length and only Cobra offers those at this time. If I don’t care for them I will look at Srixon.


Jason P. October 16, 2016 at 2:43 am

I’m still playing my 588 MT’s as well. I just regripped them 4-DW with brand new Royal Grip X-Treme V Grips. They are perfect now. I used to think the Traction 85 Steel Shafts were too light in weight the past couple years but since I decided to slow my swing down just a bit they are fine. I believe these MT’s will stay in my bag until my Wife gets me cremated.


Jess-Dawn Kitchens October 13, 2016 at 4:05 pm

Don’t tell my wife


Stephen Jordan October 13, 2016 at 4:00 pm

Every 6months for me. Get good value for them and can get into something new at a significantly reduced rate. Lots of fun to swip n swap.


Bob October 13, 2016 at 12:00 pm

Zip Code? Come on, guys…


Tony Covey October 13, 2016 at 12:16 pm

Added provisions for Non-USA participants.


eric October 13, 2016 at 11:48 am

What if you traded your set for a gently used set at your local PGA Big Box Store and little to no money changed hands? Did you really purchase anything???…Because, I told my wife I “traded” my irons. There was no designation for “trading” irons in the survey…


Christopher Strickland October 13, 2016 at 3:47 pm

I went through an 18 month stretch where I had 6 different sets after getting rid of my Titleist 981 SL irons trying g more forgiving clubs and still shot the same scores should have worried more about my swing than the equipment. Now I have a set of Rocketballz and I like them just fine.


Fires van Vuren October 13, 2016 at 3:45 pm

Still playing with Callaway x14 irons since it arrived and with the first type Odyssey 2ball putter.


Gary Lee October 13, 2016 at 11:43 am

Interesting survey, but thought it was going to ask what we were looking for in our next set of clubs. I’m looking now but have a limited fixed income so I have to be very easy to please to get what I can afford.


Ben Clabaugh October 13, 2016 at 3:42 pm

In March. Before that, the March before. Before that, 2006. Lol. Played 4 different sets of the same clubs, 2005 taylormade tp. Had the grooves redone so they conform. Wish they made irons like that now.


Tony Agnew October 13, 2016 at 3:39 pm

Good for them. I have 2 more years on my Cobras


Chris Crandall October 13, 2016 at 3:29 pm

I’ve play 4 or 5 different sets this year


Nate Nagy October 13, 2016 at 3:28 pm

2003, good old Callaway X-14’s, still trying to find something longer or more importantly straighter.


Philip Borbely October 13, 2016 at 3:28 pm

still 710 MB in the bag.


Chris Bourquin October 13, 2016 at 3:25 pm

Right on schedule lol


Mark Bauer October 13, 2016 at 3:24 pm

I finally upgraded 2 summers ago after playing the same irons for 10 plus years. I guess I will need to upgrade next summer. Any suggestions for a 13 index?


Michel October 13, 2016 at 11:23 am

No comment


Chisag October 13, 2016 at 11:13 am

I have a Mac laptop and there is no survey to take.


Dave S October 13, 2016 at 11:08 am

Also, what if you purchased new irons, but don’t like them and have gone back to your old ones? :(


Dougal October 13, 2016 at 2:08 pm

Dave…totally agree. I purchased some 2013 Rocketbladez Tour irons earlier this year thinking they looked nice..2nd hand but basically brand new. Have the KBS Tour shaft in them. They are okay but nowhere as nice as my 2001 Cleveland TA3s with Project X 6.0 Flighted. Have gone back to the Clevelands…many due to the shaft. Thinking about reshafting the Rocketbladez but will make them way too expensive.


MBU October 14, 2016 at 3:40 am

I did the same, a few weeks ago. I changed to Rocketbladez tour but with KBS C TAPER S from x forged 2013 with 5.5 PXI. But I couldn’t be happier. And for me it was probably the weight of the shaft. I can now feel my shaft through transition. Also I personally love the feel of the heads up from 8 iron…
And I was in love with the looks of my old irons.. AND, I swore to myself I’d never buy Taylormades!


Carolina Golfer 2 October 13, 2016 at 10:49 am

Took the survey, I only see one problem with it. It only allowed you to enter one set of irons that you purchased. What about those of us who have purchased two in the past 12 months…LOL


Tony Covey October 13, 2016 at 10:56 am

Love it! We’ll have to figure something out for next time.


Carolina Golfer 2 October 13, 2016 at 2:33 pm

Sounds good, Can you make it capable of entering more than two sets while you’re at it….asking for a friend….of course :)


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