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Forum Thread of the Day: “When did you start playing blades?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from GolfWRX member Lamb, who asks fellow members who play with blade irons, just when they began doing so. The thread contains an interesting mix of those that have always played with blades and those who have made the change at some stage.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and let your voice be heard at the link below.

  • High Plains Driver: “In 1987 when I started playing. Everyone either played blades or Eye2’s. I didn’t switch to a cavity back until after I had been playing for 4 or 5 years.”
  • RayGorman: “Those of a certain age all started playing blades. I started playing blades in 1974, played those for 10 years when I went to the original Hogan Edges. Played those for several years until they were stolen. moved on to various Cast GI clubs, Moved back to blades this spring when I moved into the new Hogan Blacks.”
  • Lamb: “The comments have def motivated me to get blades. The problem is this forum shouts at anyone who does not use GI clubs. I complained that I needed traditional lofts and someone said I wouldn’t make progress and missing out because I am not using Game improvement clubs.  I am sticking to my guns – traditional lofts and then blades in 2020.”
  • 11forgedblades: “I think the earlier you start with blades, the more comfortable you will be with them. I can’t imagine playing game improvement irons for my whole life and then looking down at scary blades. The same is true for me when I look at anything with a wide sole. It just seems completely unplayable from anything but a tee or fluffy stuff.  Start NOW and come over to the dark side!!!”

Entire Thread: “When did you start playing blades?”

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  1. Blade Buyer

    Nov 30, 2018 at 10:08 pm

    First set of clubs: 2-PW Wilson Super Stroke. To this day the smallest head I have ever seen.
    2nd set of clubs: 1-PW Ben Hogan Apex PC.
    3rd set of clubs: 1-SW Cleveland Byron Nelson 68.3
    I finally played a set of DCI cavity backs in the middle 90’s and they were actually really solid… unlike most thin faced cavity backs of the day.

  2. Scheiss

    Nov 29, 2018 at 2:16 am

    When I was born

  3. Adam

    Nov 29, 2018 at 12:04 am

    RAM TW 276 Frequency Matched Tour Grind…. 2 – PW… breasty beauties… 😀

  4. Jamie

    Nov 28, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    1975 MacGregor Silver Scots. Why? Tom Weiskopf was and still is a personal hero.

  5. stevek

    Nov 28, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    Definition: Blade irons do not have a cavity-back… they only have a muscle-back. Now, go ahead…..

    • stevek

      Nov 28, 2018 at 7:13 pm

      Additional Definition: Hollow-back irons are not true muscle-back irons… which are solid.

  6. Ken

    Nov 28, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    From the beginning. 1979, Wilson Staff tour blades

  7. Jamie

    Nov 28, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    Are we talking butterknife blades? Real blades? Few people here have ever played a real blade. Were TM Tour Preferred blades? No. Blade is just a cool kids word now who have never seen a real blade. God I hate the groupthink epidemic. MacGregor VIPs, Muirfield 20th, and Silver Scots (1975 – my first) are blades.

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Brian Harman, Patton Kizzire Winning WITBs: 2018 QBE Shootout

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Brian Harman

Driver: Titleist 917D2 (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Accra Concept Series X-flex

3-wood: Titleist TS2 (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder Evolution II 661 S-flex

5-wood: Titliest 917F2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder Evolution II 757 S-flex

Hybrid: Titleist 818 H1 (21 degrees)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold

Irons: Titleist 718 CB (5-9)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Wedges: Titleist SM7 (46, 50, 53, 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: TaylorMade Spider OS CB

Ball: Titleist Pro V1 (2017)

Patton Kizzire

Driver: Titleist TS3 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder TR 757 X-flex

3-wood: Titleist 917F2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Blue 95 X-flex

Hybrid: Titleist 913H (19 degrees)
Shaft: UST Mamiya Axiv Core X-flex

Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB (4), Titleist 718 CB (5-6), Titleist 718 MB (7-9)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Titleist SM7 (48, 52, 56, 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Onyx X100

Putter: Scotty Cameron Golo Tour

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x (2017)

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Eddie Pepperell is a singular quantity in to world of golf, so it’s not surprising that the Englishman has taken a unique route to becoming a Bettinardi staffer.

20 months ago, the two-time European Tour winner walked into Core Golf in Thame, Oxfordshire, and bought four putters, including a Bettinardi Studio Stock No. 8.

Pepperell, who jumped from No. 513 to No. 38 in the OWGR since putting the Bettinardi in play in April 2017, won’t have to pay for his putters any more. He joins the likes Francesco Molinari, Haotong Li, and Matt Kuchar as a Bettinardi staffer, the company announced the today.

“I’ve tried a number of putters and time and again, it’s the one model I keep coming back to.” said Eddie. “Positively I won’t have to buy a Bettinardi putter again, but having bought four putters from Core Golf I’m just hoping I haven’t put them of business as a result!” he added.

It was after Pepperell’s British Masters triumph in October that negotiations to bring him on board began in earnest.

“Once Eddie stayed ahead of a strong field at the British Masters to win his second Tour title of the year with a Bettinardi putter, we decided to reopen negotiations and we’re delighted with the outcome. It means that we now have another top 50 player in the world playing Bettinardi putters…” said Executive Vice President, Sam Bettinardi.

Here are the specs for his Studio Stock No. 8, courtesy of Bettinardi, which also provided the photos below of Pepperell’s putter (pre rust).

Material: Mild Carbon Steel
Finish: Mercury Gray PVD Finish
Face Milling: F.I.T. Face
Weight: 358 grams
Length: 33.25”
Lie: 71 degrees
Loft: 3 degrees

A more recent (and rusted shot) below of Pepperell’s putter at The Open.

 

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Miura offers fully assembled custom club e-commerce service

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Miura Golf has announced that the company now offers fully assembled custom clubs direct to consumers through its website.

The new e-commerce platform was launched over Thanksgiving weekend, and it allows golfers to build an entire set of clubs custom to their preference. Golfers can choose from 10 different types of irons and custom make their club by choosing between different head, shaft and grip options. As well as the irons, Miura also provides golfers with the opportunity to custom make their driving irons, wedges and putter.

For Miura’s premium club, the MC-501 Chrome (4-iron-PW), customers have the choice between eight different heads, 13 shafts, and 14 grips.

Speaking on the new service, Miura Golf President Hoyt McGarity stated

“We are committed to introducing more golfers to the pure pleasure of hitting a Miura club. With miuragolf.com’s new e-commerce capability, it has never been easier for golfers to have such direct access to Miura products.”

Lawrence Place, CFO, spoke to the target consumer for the fully assembled custom club offerings

“Miuragolf.com is primarily for someone who already knows his/her specs or doesn’t have easy access to an authorized dealer. Our eCommerce offering is not intended to replace a full fitting at an authorized dealer, as we still believe that this is the best way to fit into a set of Miura’s.”

While long-time Miura enthusiasts may be wondering why the company chose this route now, it seems the answer is simple economics: demand.

On that subject, Will Miele, North America Sales Manager, said

“At this point, we wanted to be able to fulfill the demand for consumers who did not have an option to order full built sets of Miura products. So this phase one release gives golfers, who have their specs, the opportunity to go online and place a custom order. We highly recommend golfers seek out Miura dealers in their area through our dealer locator on our website and get properly fit.

“As we develop our website we will be adding features that will help consumers who cannot get to a local dealer a way to narrow down their options for better performance.”

The most expensive custom made iron options begin at $1,960, while the most affordable options start at $1,350. The custom clubs are available now at MiuraGolf.com.

 

 

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