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    Journeyman Pro Orikoru's Avatar
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    Had Iron Fitting, Need Advice

    I'm looking at replacing my irons next year so I had a club fitting at AG. I knew they get mixed reviews but it's free and I had days off to fill so I figured why not. We ended up agreeing that the Callaway Steelhead XRs were the best for me, and the spec he had for me was standard length but 2 degrees upright.

    My issue now is that money being tight I can't really afford to spend the 500-600 quid outright that it would cost to get these brand new. Second hand I could get some for nearer 375 which is more doable, especially as on golfbidder you can do the monthly payment thing, but obviously with second hand it's going to be harder to find ones that are 2 degrees upright.

    Is it worth me just getting a standard set and trying them out? Or even buying the standard set and then getting them adjusted to 2 degrees upright - how much does that typically cost?? I have no idea.

    If it's of any relevance the fitter was a young lad who plays off 5 he said. I didn't doubt his knowledge of club tech and so on but I would have felt more like his word was gospel if he was a pro, if you know what I mean.
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    Re: Had Iron Fitting, Need Advice

    I think it might worth getting a second opinion - no harm it it and you want to be sure. Maybe go to a different AG and book in with the Pro rather than the apprentice...
    Cast clubs can be tricky to bend,not impossible but not always easy as the metal isn't particularly soft.
    Check with a Pro as to whether they would do it.

    As regards buying them, it depends on whether you have to sell your current clubs to finance the new ones.
    If not, then wait. Scour eBay/Golfbidder/Gumtree and a suitable set will probably come up in a few weeks.
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    Re: Had Iron Fitting, Need Advice

    Why not put away a tenner a week until spring/summer then when you have the money go to a callaway fitting centre. Removes any doubt of a bad fitting and you'll have the clubs and spec that's right for you
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    Re: Had Iron Fitting, Need Advice

    I bought some titleist AP 1's a couple of weeks ago from my own club pro and came out 4 * up on lie. I'm currently doing some swing changes that may change the impact position and he is àbsolutely confident of changing the clubs to suit if necessary.
    removed list of clubs as they change too frequently !

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    Re: Had Iron Fitting, Need Advice

    I was exactly the same as you - have the same clubs and the same spec - I was fitted at three different AG stores for my own piece of mind and then sat back and waited for a set on eBay or gumtree - a set ended up being sold by a local club to me on eBay and I got lucky - get another couple of fittings to be sure then be patient - it will be worth it and they are lovely clubs

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    Re: Had Iron Fitting, Need Advice

    just to let you know that callaway are bringing a new line of irons out in March. its rumoured that the rouge irons are replacing the steelhead or apex. if you can wait until then you'll save a pretty penny
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    Re: Had Iron Fitting, Need Advice

    Whilst waiting is sensable for me it also depends how often you change your irons

    Since “adult age” as in adult sized clubs I have had 3 sets.. one cheap and cheerful Texan classic that lastest me from 15-25 (£150 the lot) £15 a year

    A previous model set of ping g15s £400 think they were lastest from 25-29 , 4.5 years in total .. so £100 per year

    At 29 I upgraded to (at the time) current titleists.. took advantage of the trade in at AG cost me £560, minus £233 for the previously mentioned pings traded in, sold the 4 iron for £50 .. net cost £277 .. aim to keep them until I’m 40 at least

    Basically consider how many rounds you play.. how often you upgrade ..

    If I averaged 20 rounds a year with the pings that was £5 a round over 4 years.. good value for clubs I loved

    Wait until you find the perfect price for you but factor in every angle Aswell

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    Re: Had Iron Fitting, Need Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by pauljames87 View Post
    Whilst waiting is sensable for me it also depends how often you change your irons

    Since “adult age” as in adult sized clubs I have had 3 sets.. one cheap and cheerful Texan classic that lastest me from 15-25 (£150 the lot) £15 a year

    A previous model set of ping g15s £400 think they were lastest from 25-29 , 4.5 years in total .. so £100 per year

    At 29 I upgraded to (at the time) current titleists.. took advantage of the trade in at AG cost me £560, minus £233 for the previously mentioned pings traded in, sold the 4 iron for £50 .. net cost £277 .. aim to keep them until I’m 40 at least

    Basically consider how many rounds you play.. how often you upgrade ..

    If I averaged 20 rounds a year with the pings that was £5 a round over 4 years.. good value for clubs I loved

    Wait until you find the perfect price for you but factor in every angle Aswell
    or waiting 3 months saves you £200 before you do your calculations

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    Re: Had Iron Fitting, Need Advice

    There all sales people even the PRO at your local club.(we need the cash) somebody will be selling a set that spec in the near future I'd wait.

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    Re: Had Iron Fitting, Need Advice

    Std length 2deg upright is pretty common. I'd imagine there'll be a few around on eBay or the various 2nd hand sites f you bide your time.

    Bear in mind that the previous 2 or 3 generations of callaway irons in that space will be almost identical and even more of a bargain. I'm not familiar with their output, but I'm sure it would be easy enough to identify the previous models. Callaway releasing new lines every few months, they would still be pretty new.

    For a club golfer, the difference on the course in normal play would be infinitesimal.

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