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Forum Thread of the Day: “What are the best Maltby irons ever, and why?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from AbSWFPGA, who asked fellow GolfWRX members for their opinion on what Maltby irons they consider to be the best and why. Plenty of different Maltby irons get a mention, and the thread even inspired one of our members to pick up a set.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • Shifty76: “This forum is bad for my wallet. Really had no desire to switch irons from the AP1s I bought a couple of years ago, but you buggers sold me on the Maltbys. In the process of buying a set of like-new 4-GW DBMs now…not even sure if I’ll hit the 4i as my Heavenwood covers that distance, but if I can hit it well enough maybe it’ll go in the bag on windy days.”
  • Perrkka: “I have only played the DBM. They are excellent. I put them together with Project-X 5.5 shafts. The result was great.”
  • Nat: “I’ve hit almost every Maltby iron since ’03. I have to agree on the DBM/TE/MO5 as the best. I currently play the KE4 Tour + which is a tad more forgiving, but not nearly as sexy looking. The TS2 is up there as well, clean look, very solid feel, just not enough to warrant the $ over my KE4 tour+.”
  • Sparky14: “I just picked up a DBM set. Even on graphite shafts, I’m shocked how harsh those heads feel. And being the ho that I am, I also picked up a set of Honma 737V irons on steel shafts, and they feel so much softer than the DBM. I’ve always loved the M05/TE line, so I’ll stick with the non-black Maltby versions.”

Entire Thread: “Best Maltby irons ever and why?”

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Gianni is a freelance writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Diploma in Sports Journalism. He can be contacted at gmagliocco@outlook.com. Follow him on Twitter @giancarlomag

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  1. ogo

    Nov 15, 2018 at 2:24 am

    Macho golfers only buy big brand name clubs… and leave the junk brands to the losers.

  2. Jr.

    Nov 12, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    Gearheads are not real golfers, they are only club collectors. They change their WITB yearly so they can list their WITB on the main forum for bragging and boolsh!t rights. Really pathetic.

  3. ogo

    Nov 9, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    How about reviewing BANG ( http://www.banggolf.com/ )golf clubs, particularly the drivers offered in 14-16-18 degree lofts… which is what most of the world’s golfers (and most WRX denizens) should be bagging…. not the low loft fantasy driver$$$…

    • JP

      Nov 12, 2018 at 11:09 am

      Blasphemy! Wrxers all need 7.5 degree lofted drivers that are super low spin shafted with X flex low launch low spin drivers! And these still balloon too much! But that’s just to be expected with a 350 yard average drive. Uphill. Into a headwind. First tee. No warmup or stretching. Blindfolded.

      • Jr.

        Nov 12, 2018 at 3:06 pm

        …. and they all use 3 inch tees to swing up into the ball cause when they use 2 1/4 inch tees they get worm burners.

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GolfWRX Spotlight: Arias True Zero Offset D-23 irons

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Product: Arias True Zero Offset D-23 irons 

Pitch: From the company…

  • Easiest irons to align at the target on the market.
  • Classic no offset look at address reminiscent of past generation’s most iconic iron designs.
  • Full cavity back, midsize blade length, blade height and sole width
  • Modern friendly sole grind with beveled leading and trailing edge makes this iron easy to play both from the fairway and the rough
  • 431SS with proprietary heat treatment.

Our take on the Arias Zero Offset D-23 irons

There are a lot of parameters involved in the design of an iron, including, but not limited to: material, blade length, sole width, camber, bounce, hosel length, groove configuration, and of course offset. Offset is one of the design characteristics that can be quite polarizing from a looks perspective, depending on the golfer. We golfers are a picky bunch when it comes to how our clubs look, but that has less to do with handicap or skill level and more to do with just plain personal preference.

That’s where J.R Robert comes in. Hailing from a custom fitting and building background, with years of experience and having a preference for zero offset clubs, he set out to design an iron that would be both preferred by the better players but playable for golfers of varying skill level that prefer a club with no offset. The result is the Arias D-23 with True Zero Offset.

I got the chance to speak with J.R about his design and he explained his goals for the D-23 irons

“The goal was to create an iron model that was forgiving enough for a higher handicap player while blending together features the better player would demand.”

Through prototyping and testing, J.R found the D-23 zero offset helped golfers with alignment issues get set up to there intended target easier, and for those who had issues with missing left (speaking to right-handed golfers) the Zero Offset D-23 helped correct for that too. J.R admits that although they are very playable, golfers that struggle with leaving the face open at impact might not be the ideal candidates.  Also, those who are used to offset in their clubs might at first be turned away from the design, but for players that have always enjoyed the look of a club with less offset, these are clubs that should go right to the top of the list.

For more information on the D-23s, along with the line of M-29 onset wedges from Arias Golf, you can visit their website at True Zero Offset

 

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Your favorite blade irons?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from moorebaseball, who asks fellow members what their favorite blade irons are. Our members discuss what blades they consider to be best for them, and why, while also contributing plenty of great photos of their prized possessions.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • greenpiece: “MP-14 is my all-time favorite. Great feel, turf interaction, and control.”
  • BMC: “The Callaway 2018 Apex MB feel incredible and are fairly easy to hit. I started playing blades in 1988 – Wilson Staff fluid feel. Those Apexes are sweet.”
  • bodhi555: “I’d say any of the models Nike brought out when they were in the game – the OGs, VR TW or VR Pros. Current favourites are the VR Pros, usual great Nike looks and crisp feel, but the grooves are savage and put unreal amounts of spin on the ball. No harder to hit than a player’s CB either. Only challenge is finding a decent set. It took me 18 months of scouring eBay and Golfbidder to find mine.”
  • bfp9: “My favorites: 2006 Hogan Apex. OG Nike Blades. Taylormade RAC TP MB. Mizuno MP-32. I’ve only hit older blades as you can see. I tried the PXG experiment, and that failed, so I’m sticking to what I know. To me old blades = new blades. Nothing has changed significantly enough to warrant new ones for me, except the grooves wearing thin on my Hogans.”
  • kiwi1982: “MP-69. Traditional, proper weighting, great feel.”

Entire Thread: “Your favorite blade irons?”

 

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C.T. Pan’s winning WITB: 2019 RBC Heritage

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Driver: Titleist TS2 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Atmos 6 Blue X

3-wood: Titleist TS3 (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK 70 TX

Irons: TaylorMade M3 (2/3), Titleist 718 T-MB (4), Titleist 718 AP2 (5-9 iron)
Shafts: Project X HZRDUS Red 85 (M3), Project X 6.0 (others)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (46-10F, 52-08F, 62-08M), Titleist Vokey 2017 Prototype (58-10K)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 (Purple)

Putter: Scotty Cameron Prototype

Ball: 2019 Titleist Pro V1x

Grips: Golf Pride MCC

Another look at Pan’s wedges, c/o Vokey wedge rep, Aaron Dill on Instagram

 

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