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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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Forum Thread of the Day: “Anti-hook hybrid?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from kgeisler13 who is looking to replace his current 3-iron with an anti-hook hybrid. Our members give their thoughts on the subject to kgeisler13, with Ping’s G410, as well as Callaway’s ’19 Apex proving to be popular suggestions.

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.

  • Joelsim: “Ping G410. I’ve hit about 60 shots with my new one and not a single hook. I sold the G400 as it was prone to hooking.”
  • Banker: “G410 flat setting, KBS hybrid 95x. Swing as hard as you want.”
  • Golfingguru11: “Callaway apex has the highest toe and most open face of any I’ve seen since the original idea pro.”
  • eaglestan66: “Titleist 818 H1 can be very fade biased if weight and lie angles are set correctly. This is one of the reasons I purchased the 3 and 4-hybrid version.”
  • phil75079: “The Callaway ’19 Apex hybrid. Everyone who has hit it agrees it is neutral to fade biased.”

Entire Thread: “Anti-hook hybrid?”

 

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Shane Lowry’s winning WITB: 2019 Open Championship

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Driver: Srixon Z 585 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 70X (45.25″, tipped .75″, D3 swing weight)

3-wood: TaylorMade M4 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI-8X

Irons: Srixon Z U85 (2 [18 degrees], 3 [20 degrees bent to 21]), Srixon Z 585 (4 [23 degrees], 5 [26 degrees]), Srixon Z 785 (6-PW)
Shafts: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White TX Hybrid (2), KBS Tour 130X (3-PW)

Wedges: Cleveland RTX 4 (50 [bent to 51, 35.75″, D5], 58 degrees [35.25″, D7.5)
Shafts: KBS Tour Wedge X

Putter: Odyssey Stroke Lab Exo 2-Ball (Lowry’s putter has an all-black finish, and he switched into it earlier this year at the RBC; 34″)
Grip: SuperStroke Traxion Pistol GT 1.0 (custom shamrock)

Ball: Srixon Z-Star XV Pure White

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet 58R (logo down)

Image c/o Srixon (obviously, Lowry does not have all wedges pictured in play)

Additional Shane Lowry WITB notes, via Johnny Wunder

2019 Open Champion Shane Lowry, compared to Tommy Fleetwood, is on the other side of the spectrum in regards to brand loyalty. He is Cleveland/Srixon in 12 clubs including the ball with the only two exceptions being the TaylorMade M4 3-wood and his Odyssey Putter. In this case, that makes sense, those clubs seem to be a challenge to swap, especially the 3-wood, and Cleveland/Srixon isn’t really known for putters on the PGA Tour.

I got some interesting intel on his driver Switch from the TaylorMade M2 into the Srixon Z585.

According to Rodney McDonald, VP of Tour Operations for Cleveland/Srixon, Shane is a dedicated staff member that is always willing to get all Cleveland/Srixon in the bag.

On Lowry switching into the Z585 Driver McDonald had this to say

“The switch was very easy. Even though he had won early in the year with another driver, he was not driving it good at all. He is very loyal to our team and our products that he came to us to find a new driver. He instantly loved the look of the Z 585 and once we started testing the numbers were exactly what he was looking for. His main comment about the driver is how his misses are minimal and he can hit all the shots he wants to.”

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Tommy Fleetwood’s bag is as awesome as he is (Tommy Fleetwood WITB)

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I’m obsessed with this guy. If there was a movie about his life, Aaron Taylor Johnson would play him…can we make that happen?

His bag has taken over for my past obsession with Charles Howell III, David Toms, and Rocco Mediate. I’m drawn to players that tweak a bit, it keeps it fun for me on Getty Images at 3 a.m.

Much like a Bernhard Langer, there is no telling what OEM sticks will land in Fleetwood’s bag. It’s awesome and a sign of the non-contract “eat what you kill” mentality shared by some of the biggest names out there (BK and Patrick Reed to name a couple).

Tommy has messed around quite a bit in the past two years with his bag and the fun part is, he’s not afraid to shake it up.

Here is a partial list of clubs that were previously in the bag since ’17 leading up to his current setup

  • TaylorMade M3 driver (Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 70X shaft)
  • Titleist 917 D2 driver (@ 8.5 degrees) (Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 70X shaft)
  • Nike Vapor Fly 3-wood (13 degrees) (UST Mamiya VTS ProForce Red 7X shaft)
  • Nike Vapor Fly 5-wood (Mitsubishi Diamana Blue 80TX shaft)
  • Titleist 917 3-wood (14 degrees) (UST Mamiya VTS ProForce Red 7X shaft)
  • Titleist TS3 3-wood (12.75 degrees) (UST Mamiya ProForce Black 7X shaft)
  • Nike VR Pro Blades
  • Callaway MD4 wedges
  • Ping G410 3-wood (14 degrees) (UST Mamiya ProForce Black 7X shaft)
  • Ping G410 7-wood (18 degrees) (Mitsubishi Diamana BF 80T shaft)
  • Odyssey 2-Ball (plumbers neck)

His grips are also a fun one, he goes Blue Golf Pride TVC in his woods, Iomic Sticky in his irons, and black Golf Pride TVC in his wedges. God, I love this guy!

Tommy Fleetwood WITB @The Open

Driver: TaylorMade M6 (9 degrees @7.5)
*has lofted up a bit, his driver has been down to 6.5 I’ve heard.
Shaft: Mitsubishi DF 70X (45 inches)

3-wood: TaylorMade M6 (15 degrees @14)
Shaft: Mitsubishi DF 70X (42.5 inches)
*was in a Ping G410 until the Scottish Open where he switched into the M6.

Irons: TaylorMade GAPR Lo (@18.75), Srixon Z785 (4-iron, 23 degrees), TaylorMade P7TW (5-9)
Shafts: GAPR: Project X 6.5 (39.5 inches), 4-iron: Project X 6.5 (38.5 inches), 5-9: Project X 6.5 (38 inches @ 5-iron, minus 1/2 inch from there) (26, 30, 34, 38, 42 degrees)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (47, 52, 55, 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Wedge notes: 48.10F (bent to 47) Tour chrome finish
52.08F raw
56.10 (bent 55) raw
60.08 raw

Putter: Odyssey White Hot Pro #3
Grip: Super Stroke Mid Slim 2.0


Quick thought: I do see a specific trend when it comes to free agents, and it’s mildly telling. Keep in mind I understand that it’s not 100 percent, but the trends are there.

In woods and wedges specifically, TaylorMade seems to be a popular choice in the overall woods category for non-signed players and Vokey is hands down the wedge of choice. Makes sense in my opinion, I’m not a big “best company” guy, but I do understand the choice. Both companies make and have made extremely high-performing sticks for many years. Consistency in anything is a hard opponent to beat. When Nike bounced out of clubs Rory, BK, Casey, and a few others put Vokeys straight in, and a BK and Casey put TM woods in the bag. (Just an example for context)

Anyway, Tommy Fleetwood is four back going into the final round. I have a weird feeling if it blows he could be holding a trophy.

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