After some lessons last year, the instructor informed that I needed to move up a flex. He also question my use of graphite, however, I have found I have less issues with elbow joint pain since the switch.
At the end of last summer through the winter, I found some of the PF RV2 95 (S) for $10 a piece at Dick's, so a project over the winter was hatched. Then my mother in-law gave my a gift certificate for Hireko for Christmas and that is when I decided to get the Acer XF Pro iron heads (I had previously posted about my experience with the purchase of these heads). The main reason for going with a new set of iron heads is that for the last 10 years or so, I have hit a regular 4i or 5i. I had problems with those in the past and went hybrid. After the lessons, I really wanted to try a regular 4i and 5i.
First off, the RV2 95's. Dick's had them a clearance and some had minor issues with the paint/finish (a few nicks and scratches) but at $10, I am not complaining. Ended up wit 13 of them, weighed them all and they ranged 95 grams to 98.3 grams with the average weight being 96.5 grams, the listed spec weight is 98 grams. A little under but that is fine.
The XF Pro heads I received look really good. A few seemed to have paint fill on parts of the head it shouldn't but they cleaned up. Weighed them up and 3 of the 7 heads were beyond the tolerances (+2/-3), two were slightly over and one was weigh under. Bitched about it, called up the company and bitched about and posted here and bitched about it. Then I added some tungsten adhesive squares and was good to go. Not sure what kind of steel the heads are made from, but I did drop my 7i on the pavement (cardinal sin) and it did leave a slight ding in the back side of the toe. Not visible at address, but sucks none the less.
I must admit, I really need to measure the finished length with the grip on, but with that being said, these had some nice weight to them. My previous experience had been with 80-85 gram shafts which worked fine, but I like the heavier weight. The heads have less offset than the ones I have been playing, but that didn't seem to bother me. The are also more compact, but after one round seemed to fine (they are about the length of my wedges).
The clubs were cut to + 1/2" as is the "typical" recommendation for graphite shafts. I thought at this weight, I could cut them to +1/4" and still have the feel I want, but ended up leaving +1/2", easier to cut them down after a few rounds if I need to.
I went with the Golf Pride G2 Wraps. If I make a change, it may be with the grips. I like them, but catch dusty easy (IMO) and then they are less tacky at that point. At some point, I will get some pictures are up, but until then
I will try to update as I get a couple more rounds in, but for the money, I think they are a good value.