Is a 7 iron a 7 iron?

Back in 1983 when I was a 2nd year trainee golf professional I had my golf club construction theory exam. To this day I can still remember the standard lofts of golf clubs. I have created a table below showing the different lofts of the same clubs 31 years apart. It makes interested reading.


CLUB 1983 2014
1 iron 18 degrees Hybrid
2 iron 20 degrees Hybrid
3 iron 24 degrees 20 degrees
4 iron 28 degrees 23 degrees
5 iron 32 degrees 26 degrees
6 iron 36 degrees 29 degrees
7 iron 40 degrees 32 degrees
8 iron 44 degrees 36 degrees
9 iron 48 degrees 40 degrees
PW 52 degrees 45 degrees
SW 56 degrees 54 degrees

From the table above. A Ping G25 7 iron is the equivalent of a 5 iron from 1983. So if we allow a 10 m difference per club, we are looking at a modern 7 iron going some 20m difference in distance to that of one from 1983.

As you can see down the bottom of the table there is a 9 degree difference in loft between the present day PW and the SW. This gap is difficult to cover and requires a great deal of skill touch and feel.between these clubs. So the golf club manufacturers have created new clubs called things like a Gap wedge, U Wedge, A wedge etc to fit in between this gap.

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  1. Hi Brian,
    Yes I am enjoying the videos & they are very helpful,ie sand bucket on foot, I try to imagine it there when playing some shoots.
    I mentioned a while ago re the video quality, what are you using? The shot from the club through the ball flight & landing I think is what looks good if it can be kept in focus. I guess the ones on tv are a million $$ camera. I have found that my I pad is really good from the back of our boat videoing kids skiing.
    If you want to try that I can pop down & try filming for you.

    The lesson on putting is serving me well, improvement about 75-80% using the grip & swing you showed me. Re “what’s in your bag” was interesting, but I don’t think my game is at the point where the finer sticks would help my game. I just need to play more for now & get strokes working properly.The video on forging was good, I am aware of the diff forge & cast (do you have a brother Peter, who is into cars etc)
    The number 2 iron sounds good as sometimes the ball is down in grass a bit and I think the iron would get it out & up.better than the 5 19 degree hybrid I have. Also the putter ( I have a odysse 2 ball one that came with the clubs I brought) but I left it at home & was playing at rosebud & browed one from a mate that looks like yours
    felt great, so have been thinking of a change, also my driver that is a maxfli 13 degree, which was the right one then on their computer 2 years ago. If I hit right its not bad but don’t know re distance. Cheers John

  2. Hi John thanks for the feedback.

    I have purchased a new video camera, GoPro camera and Lavalier microphone and the first tip I used it (the new camera) on was yesterdays tip the “Back To target Drill” and all subsequent videos are filmed with this. I have also changed the rendering of the video so even with my dodgy old camera the finished product had more clarity.

    I never have a camera operator when I do my tips (I usually film them when I have a spare hour and there is never anyone around at this time so the cameras are mounted on a tripod and fixed.

    The GoPro enables me to shoot reverse angle shots and will be good for all but full length shots. On those we won’t be able to track the ball flight all of the way on full shots.

    I don’t have a brother or any relative called Peter.

    Thanks for your feedback and I look forward to seeing you at the range.

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