I have owned many sets of Maltby irons over the last 15 years. All have been very good to excellent. About a year ago I bought the STi club pak with Kuro Kage R shaft assembly by Maltby two degrees upright. Love them and still play them a couple times a week The sand wedge in the set is one of the best I have ever owned.
So, a month ago I purchased the STi OS club pak with Kuro Kage A shaft and assembly by Maltby at one degree upright. My thinking was that as I got older I could hit the A shaft a little higher and further plus the OS head looked interesting .
These clubs are terrible! Every shot goes wide right with low flight. No distance maybe twenty yards shorter than my STis. What might be wrong and what can I do?
I doubt the 1 degree of upright difference is going to matter much. Both heads are solid performers. I would first look at shaft flex. What is your index and how far do you hit your 7-iron? Is shaft length the same? Grip? Swing weight? Grip the same? You may want to take the regular shaft from the 7 iron of the STi and drop it into the STi OS and see what happens. The look of an iron at address has a lot to do with how you think about and hit that iron, but it should not affect things this much.
Because you did a ‘self-fitting’ your assumption as to age and swing speed may be inaccurate. The ‘A” shaft has less torque and will flex more as you come into impact without the kick you had hoped for at impact, it will be delayed most likely because your swing speed has not slowed down sufficiently to benefit from this soft shaft; therefore the clubface at impact will be open and de-lofted. Also, I see you went from a 2° upright to 1° upright setting. Doing this results in lowering the toe from what you are accustomed to using, possibly hitting the ground on the toe side of the clubface and causing the clubface to open. Check your divots for a toe down hit and compare to your divots of the 2° irons. I hope this discussion is of some value to you.
First, I am sorry you’re experiencing a problem with one of our products. That being said, without knowing if the clubs “fit” you precisely, and without watching you hit balls, it is impossible to determine the issue. Secondly, the STi OS has been one our best sellers and I have not heard anything from any players like you describe. If you made them longer, less upright, etc. from the STi set your comparing them to, you might begin looking at the specs. If you want to return them to my attention I will be happy to take a look and evaluate them. However, I can’t think of anything in the clubs themselves that could cause what you’re describing. The fit, the specs, yes, could possibly not work for you. The design of the head, shaft, no. Nothing dynamically in the components could cause what your describing.