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Forum Thread of the Day: “Your favorite blade irons?”

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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.

  8. csinacole@hotmail.com

    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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Jon Rahm WITB 2020

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  • Equipment accurate as of the WGC-Mexico Championship

Driver: TaylorMade SIM (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Green 75 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM (15 degrees @ 16.5)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Green 75 TX

5-wood: TaylorMade SIM (19 degrees @ 20.5)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 8 X

Irons: TaylorMade P750 (4-PW)
Shafts: Project X Rifle 6.5

Wedges: TaylorMade Hi-Toe (52 degrees), TaylorMade MG2 (56-12, 60-TW-11)
Shafts: Project X Rifle 6.5

Putter: TaylorMade Spider X (36 inches)

Ball: TaylorMade TP 5 (#10)

Grips: Golf Pride MCC Red/Black Midsize (1 wrap of tape)

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Driver: TaylorMade SIM (10.5 @ 10 degrees, D4 swing weight)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 6 X (tipped 1 inch, 45.75 inches)

Fairway wood: TaylorMade SIM Max (15 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila RIP Alpha 90 X

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue (22 @ 19 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Black 105 X

Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), TaylorMade P730 DJ Proto (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (soft stepped)

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 (52-09, 60-10 @ 62 degrees)
Shafts: KBS Tour Custom Black 120 S

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Mini
Grip: SuperStroke Traxion Pistol GT 1.0

Ball: TaylorMade TP5

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet 58R (1 wrap 2-way tape + 2 wraps left hand, 3 right hand)

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Top 10 clubs of 2003—inspired by Adam Scott’s Titleist 680 irons

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As has been well documented, Adam Scott recently won the Genesis Invitational with a set of Titleist 680 blade irons, a design that was originally released in 2003. One of the great benefits of being one of the best players in the world is you don’t need to search eBay to find your preferred set of 17-year-old irons. Titleist has been stocking sets for Mr. Scott—even to the point of doing a limited production run in 2018 where they then released 400 sets for sale to the general public.

A lot of time has passed since 2003, and considering the classic nature of Scott’s Titleist 680, I figured now was a good time to look back at some other iconic clubs released around the same time.

Ping G2 driver

This was Ping’s first 460cc driver with a full shift into titanium head design. The previous Si3 models still utilized the TPU adjustable hosel, and this was considered a big step forward for the Phoenix-based OEM. The driver was a big hit both on tour and at retail—as was the rest of the G2 line that included irons.

TaylorMade RAC LT (first gen) irons

The RAC LTs helped position TaylorMade back among the leaders in the better players iron category. The entire RAC (Relative Amplitude Coefficient) line was built around creating great feeling products that also provided the right amount of forgiveness for the target player. It also included an over-sized iron too. The RAC LT went on to have a second-generation version, but the original LTs are worthy of “classic” status.

TaylorMade R580 XD driver

Honestly, how could we not mention the TaylorMade R580 XD driver? TM took some of the most popular drivers in golf, the R500 series and added extra distance (XD). OK, that might be an oversimplification of what the XD series offered, but with improved shape, increased ball speed outside of the sweet spot, and lower spin, it’s no wonder you can still find these drivers in the bags of golfers at courses and driving ranges everywhere.

Titleist 680MB irons

The great thing about blades is that beyond changing sole designs and shifting the center of gravity, the basic design for a one-piece forged head hasn’t changed that much. For Adam Scott, the 680s are the perfect blend of compact shape, higher CG, and sole profile.

Titleist 983K, E drivers

If you were a “Titleist player,” you had one of these drivers! As one of the last companies to move into the 460cc category, the 983s offered a classic pear shape in a smaller profile. It was so good and so popular, it was considered the benchmark for Titleist drivers for close to the next decade.

Cleveland Launcher 330 driver

It wasn’t that long ago that OEMs were just trying to push driver head size over 300cc, and Cleveland’s first big entry into the category was the Launcher Titanium 330 driver. It didn’t live a long life, but the Launcher 330 was the grandaddy to the Launcher 400, 460, and eventually, the Launcher COMP, which is another club on this list that many golfers will still have fond memories about.

Mizuno MP 33 irons

Although released in the fall of 2002, the Mizuno MP 33 still makes the list because of its staying power. Much like the Titleist 680, this curved muscle blade was a favorite to many tour players, including future world No. 1 Luke Donald. The MP 33 stayed in Mizuno’s lineup for more than four years and was still available for custom orders years after that. Unfortunately, if you are looking for a set now you are going to have to go the used route.

Callaway X-16 irons

The Steelhead X-16 was a big hit at retail for Callaway. It offered greater forgiveness than the previous X-14’s but had a more compact shape with a wider topline to inspire confidence. They featured Callaway’s “Notch” weighting system that moved more mass to the perimeter of the head for higher MOI and improved feel. There was a reduced offset pro series version of the iron, but the X-16 was the one more players gravitated towards. This is another game improvement club for that era that can still be found in a lot of golf bags.

Ben Hogan CFT irons

The Hogan CFTs were at the forefront of multi-material iron technology in 2003. CFT stood for Compression Forged Titanium and allowed engineers to push more mass to the perimeter of the head to boost MOI by using a thin titanium face insert. They had what would be considered stronger lofts at the time sounded really powerful thanks to the thin face insert. If you are looking for a value set of used irons, this is still a great place to start.

King Cobra SZ driver

In 2003, Rickie Fowler was only 15 years old and Cobra was still living under the Acushnet umbrella as Titleist’s game improvement little brother. The Cobra SZ (Sweet Zone, NOT 2020 Speed Zone) was offered in a couple of head sizes to appeal to different players. The thing I will always remember about the original King Cobra SZ is that it came in an offset version to help golfers who generally slice the ball—a design trait that we still see around today.

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