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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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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 @giannimosquito

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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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Forum Thread of the Day: “Scotty Cameron Albertsons Boise Open putter covers”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day showcases Scotty Cameron’s Albertsons Boise Open putter covers. The vibrant french fries themed covers have been receiving plenty of love from our members in our forums, with one WRXer calling the new additions their “favorite headcover in a long time.”

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

  • jschwarb: “Gave up french fries many months ago … this cover makes me happy and sad. I’ll probably grab one for my T22 Fastback.”
  • manVSgolf: “This is my favorite headcover in a long time. Can’t wait to receive mine. Orders are still available for Club Cameron members.”
  • chrisokeefe12: “Those are so sick would love to get my hands on one of those.”

Entire Thread: “Scotty Cameron Albertsons Boise Open putter covers”

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Top 10 most iconic driver and fairway wood shafts of all time

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If there is one thing we love as golf gear junkies, it’s driver (and fairway wood) shafts!

From the early years to today’s modern designs, materials, and profiles, there are some shafts that have maintained steady popularity—like a Ping Eye 2 lob wedge. There are a lot of graphite shafts that have stood the test of time, and they bring back memories of great driver combos gone by.

This is my top 10 list (in no particular order) of the most iconic driver shafts of all time.

Fujikura 757 Speeder

Fujikura golf shaft

Launched more than two decades ago, you could arguably say it’s the shaft that started the shaft craze. Built from advanced materials in a profile that was designed to work for stabilizing larger driver heads of the time—you know when 300cc was HUGE. The Speeder 757 was an instant hit among PGA Tour players, most notably Fred Couples, who used the shaft for over a decade and was said to have at one point remove all the remaining stock from one of the equipment vans for his personal use.

Aldila NV

Aldila NV Green golf shaft

One of the very first “low-spin monsters,” the Aldila NV took the PGA Tour and retail by storm when it was introduced. The unique green paint made it easily recognizable, and thanks to the many weights it was offered in, it was just as popular in fairway woods as it was in drivers. Honorable mention goes to its cousin the NVS (orange version) that was softer in profile and easier to launch. At a time when most off the rack drivers had three shaft options (low, medium, and high flight-promoting shafts), the NV was the staple as the low-launch option in many OEM offerings.

Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board

Diamana Blue Board - Tiger shaft

Originally very hard to find, the Diamana Blue Board was a shaft that fit a large variety of golfers. Its name was derived from the blue oval that surrounded the “Diamana” on the all silver/ion painted shaft. Just like others on the list, the Blue Board came in a variety of weight options and was made particularly popular by Tiger Woods. Best known by most shaft junkies as being extremely smooth, it is one of the first sought after shafts in the aftermarket.

True Temper EI-70

True temper graphite EI70

It’s hard to picture a classic 900 series Titleist Driver without an EI-70 shaft in it. The EI-70 was lower torque—when that was a big talking point in shaft design—and it had a fairly stout profile, which in turn made it very stable. Unlike others on the list, it was much more subdued as far as its paint and graphics, but the green shaft was a mainstay for many years on tour and in the bags or recreational golfers.

Graphite Design Tour AD DI-6/7

Tour AD Di7 Tiger orange shaft

It’s hard to figure out if it was the design and performance of the shaft or the performance of a certain golfer (a certain Mr. Woods) that to this day makes the Tour AD DI-7 so popular. Painted BRIGHT orange with a bend profile that offered a lot of stability and playability for a variety of player types, it can still be spotted on tour every week. You could call the DI-7 the grandchild of the YS6/7, which should also get an honorable mention for its well documented smooth feel.

UST ProForce

UST golf shaft gold graphite

The aptly nicknamed “Lakers Shaft” because of its original gold and purple paint job, this was another shaft that was just as popular at the retail level as it was on the PGA Tour. As driver head sizes were going up (400cc ), players were looking for stability and this offered it. The most notable player to use it was Jim Furyk, who won the 2003 U.S. Open with one in the bag.

Grafalloy Blue

Blue graphite shaft stenson

Henrik Stenson and the Grafalloy Blue in his 3-wood. Name a more iconic duo…(I’ll wait). An updated and stiffer version of the Prolite, the Blue stood out for a couple reasons—its color, and its extremely low torque. Most golfers wouldn’t consider the Blue a very smooth feeling shaft, because it took a lot of speed and a quick tempo to maximize its performance, but it did birth another shaft for average player: the Prolaunch Blue, which is still available to this day.

Matrix Ozik TP7HD

1000 golf shaft Matrix

$1,100 bucks! That was the original asking price for the Martix Ozik TP7HD. Matrix thought of this design as a concept car of shafts and threw everything they had at it including exotic materials like Zylon, and the fact that it was wrapped on a 16-sided hexadecagon mandrel. Some golfers said it had a fluid-like feel (we golfers can sure be weirdly descriptive) but it still had a LOT of stability thanks to the materials. Although never as popular as many on the list, if you did spot one of these in the wild you knew its owner was VERY serious about golf gear.

True Temper Bi-Matrix

bimatrix Bubba golf shaft

Bi (two) matrix (a surrounding medium or structure). The first and only truly notable shaft to be made from putting two very different and distinct pieces together. The bottom portion of the shaft utilizes a steel tip section that serves to add stability and additional weight. This shaft is quirky, which is something that could also be said about Bubba Watson, who has used this shaft for over a decade now in MANY different Ping drivers (although Tiger did give it a go for a short period).

Accra SE-80

ryan palmer accra 5 wood shaft

This shaft might seem like the underdog of the bunch, but if you talk to any longtime club builder and get into “vintage” aftermarket shafts, undoubtedly the Accra SE-80 is going to come up at some point. Originally launched in 2006, the SE-80 combined a very low torque rating with an active tip section to help increase launch—yet feel extremely stable. Even though this shaft design is officially a teenager now, you can still find it in the bag of PGA Tour winner Ryan Palmer, who uses it in a TaylorMade R15 5-wood.

 

Editor’s Note: Let us know any shafts you think should be included in the comment section, WRXers!

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Forum Thread of the Day: “TaylorMade Albertsons Boise Open putter covers”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day showcases TaylorMade’s Albertsons Boise Open putter covers. The covers have impressed our members, who are hoping that the new additions will now come to retail.

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

  • Green In Reg: “Name your price TM!”
  • chrisokeefe12: “Those are super cool. Would be sweet if they did one for every major college.”
  • Titletown: “Those are great.”

Entire Thread: “TaylorMade Albertsons Boise Open putter covers”

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