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



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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GolfWRX Spotlight: Arias True Zero Offset D-23 irons



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?”



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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Whats in the Bag

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



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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19th Hole