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Forum Thread of the Day: “Are all blades equally playable?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Aggielefty who asked fellow GolfWRX members whether or not all blades are equally playable. For the majority of our members, different blades are more forgiving and more playable than others, and they give their suggestions for the most playable blades currently on the market, as well as some interesting insight behind their views.

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.

  • GolfChannel: “iBlades are ridiculously easy to hit through the long irons. This is the main reason I selected them over the MP18 MB’s, I didn’t feel like I had to rock a combo set to game them.”
  • Tigerlurch: “Google 690 vs 670 Titleist blades… Just one example of how different “blades” can look and play.”
  • dMeeksdc: “Vertical center of gravity, rearward center of gravity, blade length, MOI — all make a big difference and there are many differences among ‘blades.’ Generally, the lower AND deeper the COG, the easier the blade is to launch. A sweet spot moved more to the center of the clubface (traditional blades are hosel-biased) also helps many players. They can differ a great deal. A Srixon 965 is a lot easier to hit for me than an old Wilson Staff or a new TM 730, though all are blades.”
  • BMC: “There’s more mass behind the hitting area on a small blade.  You don’t want to hit it off the toe of a long blade. I’ve got a set of ’92 Mac VIP muscle backs that are very small, but not that hard to hit solid. Hosel length can make a difference, too.  A long hosel puts the sweet spot closer to the heel.”

Entire Thread: “Are all blades equally playable?”

 

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6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Mike

    Mar 8, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    A blade is a blade is a blade, just hit it a few times and get used to it, I’ve hit at least 20 different blades and after a few swings, it’s just like another blade. But, my Bridgestone J33b blades seem to be the best…

  2. sal

    Mar 8, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    Uh, no.

  3. Pm

    Mar 8, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    iBlade is not a blade

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Driver: TaylorMade M6 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI 7 X

3-wood: TaylorMade M5 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana S+ 80 X

Driving iron: TaylorMade P790
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD HY 85 X

Irons: TaylorMade P770 (4), TaylorMade P730 (5-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour 125 S+

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM6 (50, 54, 60)
Shafts: KBS Tour 610 Wedge 120

Putter: Scotty Cameron XPerimental Rev10

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

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WRX Spotted at U.S. Open: Justin playing just Rosey with new TPT

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We are a little more than halfway through the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, and so far the course is giving and taking as much as you would expect from a perfect setup by the USGA.

Taking the lead on Thursday and continuing to lurk into the weekend is Justin Rose. Since we have been paying close attention to his Honma golf bag all year, we noticed a shaft change in his Tour World driver.

We reached out to TPT to see if we could get an update on what Rose has put in play for what is often referred to as one of the toughest driving weeks of the year. Here’s the inside info

“Justin has put into play a TPT Golf 14 MKP-LT-SW shaft in his Honma driver. This shaft is a full 10 CPM ( Cycles per Minute ) stiffer than the 15 LKP-LT-SW shaft that he put in play at The Memorial after testing it that week. It’s also different in that it has a Mid Kick Point (MKP), where as the 15 LKP-LT-SW has a Low-Kick-Point (LKP) design.”

From a technical and fitting perspective (generally speaking) a lower kick point shaft will hit the ball higher with more spin compared to a mid or high kick point shaft if all other factors are equal. We don’t have access to his driver numbers but with the U.S. Open being played on what can always end up as a windy venue the theory would be that this change to the MKP is to help keep ball flight lower and more controlled — which will also be a benefit next month at the Open Championship.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Best budget driver?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Ivyguy who is on the lookout for the best driver to be had at an affordable price ($300 or less). Our members give their suggestions, with plenty of different drivers getting a mention.

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.

  • tbsbama: “Cobra King LTD is a wonderful driver. The pro model has lofts from 7 to 10 with fade settings. The regular from 9 to 12 with draw settings. Both heads are absolute bombers and can be found pretty cheap. Best driver I have hit in several years.”
  • zzyzxx33: “I won a Tour Edge EXS Driver, and it has been Awesome! Great Price, Look, Sound and Results! It’s longer than anything else I’ve hit.”
  • AG12: “I would say the regular PING G400…you can get new for $300 on PGA SS website, ’17 M2 is a good choice, and the M4 can be had at under $300 used in most shops.”
  • Badshaft: “I have the F8+ and bought the extra weights off of eBay (inexpensive, shipped from China)- 12g front 7g back- Blue Tensei 70g stiff. Longest for me – straight and as accurate as anything. Nice well-balanced combo. Looks to me it has the same moveable weight strategy as the F9.”

Entire Thread: “Best budget driver?”

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