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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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  1. pelling17

    Apr 24, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    Mizuno MP5 4-PW TT Dynamic Gold S300
    Vokey SM5 wedges
    Ping G30 driver, 3,5 and hybrids Ping Tour shaft
    PING Zing2 putter
    Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

    Have a new set of 2013 Taylormade Rocketbladez Tour irons 3-PW and some Taylormade V Steel woods, and a Titleist 905R with ACCRA SC75 shaft I goof around with, too.

  2. Pelling

    Apr 24, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    Currently playing Mizuno MP5, True Temper Dynamic Gold S300. Vokey SM5 wedges, Ping G30 driver, 3, 5, and hybrids, Ping Tour stiff shaft.
    Recently bought a great set of Taylormade Rocketbladez Tour 2013 just to try as alternative, KBS 120 Stiff
    Have played Mizuno MP 32, MPT wedges
    Ping G2 driver, Titleist 905R, Titleist 975D
    Taylormade V Steel 3,4,5, woods
    Adams Idea Pro hybrids

    In the old days, played:
    Walter Hagan Haig Ultra fluid feel
    Spalding Top Flite Professional
    Powerbilt Citation
    Wilson Staff Dynapower
    Wilson X31 (1968)
    Toney Penna irons/woods
    Tommy Armour 845 EVO v25
    Pederson persimmon
    Ping Zing2 putter, Ping O Blade, Odyssey White Hot 2 Ball

    Always have played Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

  3. Tom54

    Apr 24, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    Best blade irons I ever saw was a 1982 Ben Hogan limited edition that I think was only a thousand numbered sets. They were $1000 back which was a lot of dough for clubs back then. I was told from a good source that the Mizuno mp 29s were pretty much a direct copy of those. I was never a fan of Ben Hogan irons but those were something special.

  4. Pelling

    Apr 24, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    Going back to 1968, I’ve played Walter Hagan “Haig Ultras”, Toney Penna Originals, and Penna woods, Spaulding Top Flight blades, Tommy Armour EVO V-25, Mizuno MP 32, and Mizuno MP5 irons. I recently bought a set of Taylormade Rocketbladez Tour irons from 2013, beautiful wrenches! Play Ping G30 Woods, hybrids. In the past, played Taylormade V-Steel Woods. Have also used Adams Idea a2 hybrids, Mizuno F50/60 woods, and Titleist 975D and Titleist 905R drivers. Ping G2 driver. Mizuno MPT wedges, Vokey SM5 wedges. Ping Zing 2 putter. Ping O blade putter. Odyssey White Hot 2 ball. Golf Pride Velvet Cord grips, True Temper Dynamic Gold S300. Graffaloy Pro Launch Blue shaft. This covers almost 52 years…

  5. KevinK

    Apr 24, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    I played Wilson Staff blades in high school and college then switched to MP-14’s. The rounded leading edge on the MPs gave much better turf interaction – less digging in compared to the Wilson Staffs. Played the MPs seemingly forever, up until about 4 years ago when I switched to AP2’s. I still have 2 sets of the MPs in my closet though…

  6. vasquez

    Apr 24, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    1971 wilson staffs and 1988 hogan redlines. The distance control is phenomenal on these kinds of old blades. Much easier to hit than you would expect.

  7. Alex

    Apr 23, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    I don’t really understand the blade thing for am golfers when only 35% of tour players use blades? Bad shots get killed with blades.

    • Dad

      Apr 25, 2019 at 4:17 pm

      Bad shots are bad shots no matter what iron you use. In my opinion, a bad shot gets compounded by a game improvement iron. Going further into the woods left or right if missed. A fat shot still falls short. A thin shot still comes out low spinny.

      Blade or game improvement, you still need to find the middle of the club and control face to path to hit a good shot.

    • Dad

      Apr 25, 2019 at 4:20 pm

      Not to mention, blades are seen as a classic club. Hence why many of the comments note older clubs. They’re seen as traditional and are often sought after for nostalgic purposes. And if you have the confidence in your ball striking to game them, knock yourself out.

      Irons these days are too expensive to not play exactly what you want to play with.


    Apr 22, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    Ive played MP-14’s, MP-29’s, MacGregor VIP’s, and MacG pro-m series, but i mixed 3,4,5 irons from my mizuno MP-29’s with the 6,7,8,9,PW from the MP-29set, along with Titliest Vokey sand wedge and Titliest Vokey gap wedge with a cobra trusty rusty lob wedge, Cobra Driver and 5 wood, that set worked the best, gave me playability, and easiness thru the rough, gotta love the blades man !

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Whats in the Bag

Brooks Koepka’s winning WITB: 2019 PGA Championship



Driver: TaylorMade M5 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 70 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade M2 Tour HL (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 80 TX shaft

Irons: Nike Vapor Fly Pro (3), Mizuno JPX 919 Tour (4-PW)
Shafts: Fujikura Pro 95 Tour Spec X (3), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (4-PW)

Wedges: Vokey Design SM7 Raw (52-12F, 56-10S); Vokey SM4 TVD Raw (60-08M)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Image c/o Vokey Wedge Rep Aaron Dill

Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 SLT T10

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord (Midsize) with one wrap of 2-way tape and one wrap of masking tape

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x


See more pics of Koepka’s clubs and shafts here.

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Bettinardi releases military-inspired BB8-Wide Armageddon putter in honor of those who have served



Bettinardi Golf has unveiled its limited-run military-inspired BB8-Wide Armageddon putter in honor of those who have served, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Veteran Golfers Association.

Limited to 250 pieces worldwide, the new release from Bettinardi features a unique full tactical F.I.T. Face over Honeycomb face milling which is designed for extra soft feel at impact. The neck, bumpers, and sole of the flat-stick features engravings inspired by military insignias used in the army.

Handpainted in a military-themed “sniper” navy, gray and white color scheme, the putter is milled to 355 grams from Soft Carbon steel and comes with a matching Made in USA headcover and a red Lamkin Deep Etched Cord grip.


The BB8-Wide Armageddon putter costs $550 and will be available to buy at Bettinardi specialty dealers around the globe on May 23, and online in the Hive on


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Forum Thread of the Day: “Ball in the thick rough – what club to use?”



Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from jjfcpa who asks fellow members what their preferred choice of club is when their ball is in thick rough. A variety of irons and hybrids are mentioned by our members who delve into the discussion of course management.

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.

  • RainShadow: “For me, that sot would be a 7 iron, open the face a little and play a runner up to the front of the green. Open face will help a bit with getting stuck in the grass.”
  • golfgirlrobin: “Club choice depends on whether you’re willing to accept a bogey or whether you insist on making double.”
  • ChipNRun: “I would try a hinge and hold action. Take a half swing with plenty of hinge action and punch down on the ball with limited follow-through. Use the big muscles of the shoulders – you don’t want to hurt yourself trying to muscle it. Probably choose something between a PW and a 7i. You’ll need to hold firmly with L hand, so the grass doesn’t wrap around the hosel and deloft the club face.”
  • kcd38: “If it is 200 plus from the green and a decent lie, hybrid. If it is less than 200 from the green and sunk down a little, I usually go with my 8 iron and play the face slightly open knowing the grass will grab the hosel and shut the face. Definitely need some speed to get out of the thick stuff.”

Entire Thread: “Ball in the thick rough – what club to use?”

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