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Forum Thread of the Day: “Best current generation blades?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from ghoonk, who asks fellow GolfWRX members for their thoughts on what are the best current generation blades on the market. Ghoonk opens the thread with his musings, after having used plenty of different blade irons at his local shop, and our members are quick to join in and offer their views on the subject.

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.

  • ghoonk: “Callaway Apex MB – tried the raw ones in the shop. Buttery soft, slightly on the heavy side but feeling more solid, and go a bit longer than my MC-501 irons. TaylorMade P730 – surprisingly nice to hit. I expected harsh and unpleasant, not a fan of the blingy chrome, but it feels quite a bit lighter than the Callaway and Miura. Decent distance makes a nice alternative to paying through your nose for the MC501.”
  • craz-e: “Tried most of the current offerings but have been put off by a lot of them as they are getting a bit on the large size. Favourite offerings are the Callaway, Titleist and Cobra blades. Still rocking my FG59’s and Baby Blades though. I’m looking forward to 2019 and seeing the new Wilson Staff and Srixon blades.”
  • nanosg: “TM 730s are really good after hitting them with my shaft at CC.  I have been playing Mizuno a long time, but would get the 730s over MP18MBs at this point. Hit them as well as my MP18SCs but they sound/feel better, and I think the looks are classic.  I’m tempted to get a set.”
  • No Gimmes: “Miura MB-001 are the best looking blades I’ve ever seen.”

Entire Thread: “Best current generation blades?”

 

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  1. Senorsooner

    Dec 31, 2018 at 9:51 pm

    Srixon Z-945. Been trying to kick em out of my bag but they keep going back in.

  2. Ted Till

    Dec 31, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    Don’t short change Mizuno blades, they are and have been the gold standard for quite some time.
    In particular, MP4s, MP5s and MP18s are the best from Mizuno. MP18s the most recent true blades may be a little better than the 4s and 5s due to the dam flow forging enhancement to grain flow forging begun in 1998.

    I’ve tried most forged blades over the years and nothing beats Mizuno.

  3. Bud

    Dec 31, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    Agree that Callaway MB’s are the best with Ben Hogan FW’s a close second. Call away gets the edge because the blade looks more comp[act at address.

  4. Jack Nash

    Dec 31, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    Due to a couple of major surgeries in the last year I’ve lost some strength and have been looking at Mizuno Hot Metals reg shaft in steel. Like the look, and feel. Haven’t bit the bullet yet but am leaning in that direction. Thoughts?

  5. William Davis

    Dec 31, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    I take out a 32 year old set of Mizuno TP9 now and again and find I can hit bad shots just as easily as with my latest JPX. Apparently handicaps are ever increasing which is strange given all the improvements in equipment and current obsession with fitting.

  6. Lionel Mandrake

    Dec 31, 2018 at 11:17 am

    Ben Hogan FWs. Better than the rest. Full stop.

    • Shane

      Jan 1, 2019 at 1:15 pm

      ^^^^ what he said! If you haven’t tried them you are truly missing out!

  7. wilbur

    Dec 31, 2018 at 12:54 am

    I’ll wait for the next generation of new and improved blades…. because the current generation are obsolete now.

  8. Joe4Jet

    Dec 30, 2018 at 9:18 am

    Switched to Mizuno MP5’s last summer and it was the best transition I’ve ever made.

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Top 5 golf grips of all time

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Tour Velvet Cord Golf Grip

Grips might seem simple, but there is a lot that goes into making good ones. From formulating compounds, and adding color, to creating tooling to make sure they hit all of the required specs. Grips are often the most overlooked part of a golf club, and they shouldn’t be. The grip is the singular connection you as a player have with your clubs, and it should offer equal amounts of control and comfort, depending on how often you play and the weather conditions.

Yes, golfers generally pay a lot of attention to their putter grip,s but when it comes to the rest of a set, many golfers will just say “give me whatever is stock,” which is not a great idea.

These are the top-five grips of all time.

Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

Tour velvet Cord Grips

How could we begin to talk about great grips without starting with the Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord? It’s the gold standard of durable all-weather performance. A soft rubber infused with a tight-weave cotton twill fiber (cord) adds additional traction that you just can’t get from an all-rubber grip on its own. It’s the most-used cord grip on tour and a favorite of golfers needing weather defying traction. (Honourable mention the classic non-corded Tour Velvet)

Winn Grips Excel

Winn Excel soft golf grip

The Winn Excel might not be the most durable or best all-weather grip ever made, but I challenge anyone to find a grip that offers greater comfort for fair-weather golfers, or players needing maximum shock absorption. The Winn Excel is Winn’s number-one selling grip of all time by a large margin, and speaking from experience, I have installed my fair share of full cases of these back in my big box retail golf days. From Winn “The Excel grip has been hailed by arthritic and hand fatigue sufferers as the reason they can still play golf.” With that in mind any product that is able to help golfers enjoy the game more belongs on the list!

Lamkin Crossline Cord

Another cord grip might seem like an odd addition to the list, but hear me out. Grip aficionados will tell you right away why they prefer the Lamkin Crossline Cord over others on the market. The taper is slightly different, the cord is a bit rougher, and for those in need of anything bigger than a standard grip—the Lamkin Crossline Cord is the ONLY full cord grip on the market that comes in an oversized option (weighing in at a whopping 76g). That alone makes it unique and earns its spot in the top five.

Iomic Sticky

Iomic Stick Golf Grips

Bold, colorful, and tacky are all words best used to describe the Iomic Sticky grip. It was one of, if not the first, mainstream grips in North America to offer a HUGE selection of color options and there’s a scientific reason why. Iomic grips are made from an elastomer resin, which is neutral in color: this means that any change to the color won’t change the weight of the grip, and that means you can mix and match up your set without having to worry about changing feel. It also gives grip designers endless freedom to come up with wild combinations too. According to Iomic, the elastomer resin offers a number of distinct advantages over rubber which includes lower torque, greater durability, and all-weather traction.

Golf Pride New Decade Multi-Compound

Golf Pride New Decade golf grips

Easily making its way into the top five is the Multi-Compound or as many call them the NDMCs. This grip was a game-changer for Golf Pride and the industry as a whole. It made grips “show up” on TV and got regular golfers to rethink their grip buying habits from just plain rubber to multi-material colorful options. From a performance perspective, the NDMC offers the best of both worlds, cord on the top (gloved hand) and a softer material under the bottom hand for additional traction and comfort.  Still considered a premium option, you can find New Decade grips on a lot of OEM stock products.

What do you think GolfWRXers? Are their any grips you think belong in the top five that aren’t included? Any that are included you don’t think should be?

 

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Tour professionals and their Vokey wedges”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from SMAC43 who created a topic dedicated to Tour player’s love of Vokey wedges. SMAC43 asks fellow members just why so many Tour pros choose to play Vokey wedges, and WRXers weigh in with their reasoning.

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

  • Downtown_Brown_4: “I think it has a lot to do with Aaron Dill. He’s able to take feedback from the players and custom grind anything they could ever want.”
  • straightshot7: “Vokey is probably what most of them played with as a junior and in college. Some guys don’t like to tinker with their short game equipment. Vokey is tried and true.”
  • Matty01984: “Vokey’s definitely seem to be the most popular wedge out there, and they have been for some time. The grind options and the guys that Titleist have working for them are definitely a big part of that. Interesting to see them cropping up in bags of guys that are on staff with other companies.”
  • Pepperturbo: “Remember, next to putters, wedges are the most used clubs on the PGA Tour. For that reason, Tour players replace wedges multiple times per year. A few players with contracts have been known to replace them every two-three months. However, if a tour player uses forged wedges, they are replaced more often because the sole and grooves wear quite fast with excessive use; cast not so much. I played forged for years before switching to Vokey SM6 when they were introduced; still have them in the bag too, even though I practice near daily with the LW. Last but just as important. Even though wedge grooves wear a good player can still spin the ball. Spin is about how you impact the ball and speed.”

Entire Thread: “Tour professionals and their Vokey wedges”

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Henrik Stenson WITB 2019

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henrik stenson witb 2019

Equipment is accurate as of the 2019 Houston Open.

Driver: Callaway Epic Flash (9 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Yellow Prototype 6.5 62 (unconfirmed)

henrik stenson witb 2019-driver

3-wood: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Yellow Prototype 6.5 62

henrik stenson witb 2019-3-wood

5-wood: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Blue 80 TX

henrik stenson witb 2019-3-wood

Irons: Callaway Legacy Black (3-PW)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour120 X

henrik stenson witb 2019-3-wood

Wedges: Callaway MD3 (46-08S), Callaway Jaws MD5 (52-10S, 58-08C)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour120 X

henrik stenson witb 2019-3-wood

Putter: Odyssey O Works #7
Grip: Garsen Max

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Wrap Cord

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