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Forum Thread of the Day: “Handicap to play blades?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from golfinguru11 who asks WRXers what they feel is the necessary handicap to possess before making the move to blade irons. Our members dismiss the notion that only players with a specific handicap should play blades and give their thoughts on what is necessary to game the irons effectively.

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.

  • rt_charger: “I think the overwhelming answer is that there is absolutely no handicap threshold to play blades – if like said before, you can elevate them; and you have the swing repeatability to find center more than not; you can play blades. Any handicap can play blades, not every player can. It is just statistical likelihood that fewer higher handicaps play blades and above a certain one you find any with blades because they don’t have the swing to play them. I think the test is, if you can hit a blade 5 iron that goes high enough, you can play blades.”
  • tets: “ANY handicap… try this, go over your last round. Take your score, subtract all the putts you hit, then subtract any wedges include chip shots, bunker shots etc., next take away 18 tee shots ( if there are 4 par 3’s you can choose not to subtract them if you want) .. your “ other” shots will be somewhere around 10, plus or minus a few. You may also choose to subtract hybrids and fairway woods if you want. My point is play what irons you want; you probably use them less than you think.”
  • uglande: “None. But every golfer (even most pros) reach a point of diminishing returns in their set. Anyone can hit a 9 iron blade, but when you get to 5 or 6 iron your consistency will fall off, and your yardage gaps will narrow. If you like to work the ball or flight the ball, blades are great. If you are mostly just trying to hit straight shots, then blades probably don’t make sense unless you just love the look and feel. Maybe try a blended set with blades in the short irons and just try to identify the spot in your bag where the “cons” of blades start to outweigh the ‘pros.'”
  • GSDriver: “There’s no handicap; it’s up to the individual. Clearly harder to hit than cavity backs but if you like them, play’em.”

Entire Thread: “Handicap to play blades?”

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  1. s

    Nov 10, 2019 at 5:31 am

    Hey, how good a driver do you need to be, in order to be qualified to own your dream car? We should judge ill-mannered drivers, not what they own.

  2. Rob

    Nov 8, 2019 at 11:11 am

    I’m a 14.4 handicap and have played blades my whole life. I have been as low as a 6. I rarely play and the bulk of my bad shots come from driver and short game issues. I don’t have time to practice so can’t complain too much.

    Heck, at one time you had to play blades. I never have issues with not being able to hold greens 🙂

  3. Michael

    Nov 4, 2019 at 11:08 am

    I have hcp 19,5, I am now playing fitted blades (just started 5 months ago) – the feeling is just great or better, the results are the same. It is a question of targets & money (you need very good fitting not just fitting with your Pro).

  4. Alex

    Oct 31, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    Golf is hard enough, but if you want to make it even harder buy some blades.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Courses that are now obsolete on Tour due to power in the game?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Titleist99 who asks WRXers if they feel some golf courses are now obsolete on Tour due to the ever-growing power element in the game. Some of our members list tracks which they think will struggle to host majors again, while others explain why they feel every famous course still has its place on the calendar.

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.

  • oikos1: “The courses aren’t obsolete because most fans enjoy seeing a course overpowered. Golf traditionalists may not like it but just look at other sports today. Sure, a no-no, once it gets to the 7th becomes interesting, but most fans want to see homers and runs scored. Same in basketball, no one wants a pro game ending at 60-54 and football clearly is shooting for high scoring passing affairs. The majority of golf fans just don’t want to watch pro’s grind it out every week. They want to cheer for birdies and eagles. They want to see if the impossible is possible, the potential for crazy good. Bring on the 54 in golf! So no, golf courses aren’t becoming obsolete. PGA Tour attendance has been on the rise the last three years. If anything, they are looking at ways to make the events bigger and will seek venues that allow for just that.”
  • LICC: “Some former Majors courses that are now too short for the majors: St. Louis, Canterbury, Northwood, Prestwick, Myopia, Five Farms, Wannamoisett, Chicago Golf Club.”
  • Obee: “The problem with the shorter courses is that the Tour players don’t like having driver taken out of their hands. And that’s really all it is. They get ‘bored.’I get it; it does take away a large part of the game. But I would love to see them play more short courses were drivers taken out of their hands on a good number of holes. But as far as ‘obsolete’ goes. None of the courses are obsolete. They are just different.”
  • NJpatbee: “Course design and not just length add to the difficulty of a course. Pine Valley will never host a pro tournament because of their inability to handle the crowds; I would speculate that even the regular tees would be a challenge for the PGA Tour pros. The Championship Tees would be a bear. Now, I have never played there, but I am available if any member wishes to invite me!”
  • Titleist99: “PGA TOUR might want to add a little rough to protect our classic courses..”

Entire Thread: “Courses that are now obsolete on tour due to power in the game?”

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Jason Dufner WITB 2019

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Jason Dufner WITB is accurate as of the 2019 RSM Classic 

Driver: Cobra King F9 Speedback (10.5 @9.5 degrees)
Shaft: LA Golf Shafts OLYSS RSC 65-TX (45.75”)jason-dufner-witb

3-wood: Cobra SpeedZone (14.5 degrees)
Shaft: LA Golf Shafts OLYSS RSC 75-TX (tip 1”, 43”)

7-wood: Titleist 915F (21 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue Silver 125 MSI 80 TX

4-iron: Cobra King Forged Utility
Shaft: LAGP Proto Rev A

  • Note: Dufner also has a set-matching King Forged 4-iron in the bag, leading us to assume the 4-iron is a game-time decision.

Irons: Cobra King Forged CB (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper AMT Tour White S400

Wedges: Cobra Raw Custom (52, 56 degrees), Cobra King MIM (60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron Tour Newport Circa 2001
Grip: Super Stroke Pistol GTR Tour


Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Grips: Super Stroke S-Tech Cord

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GolfWRX Spotted: Prototype Callaway Apex MB

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Callaway Prototype blade 2020 MB

“Its the most wonderful time fo the year” I’m talking testing and prototype season on the PGA Tour as we head into the winter break. At the RSM Classic, we spotted what looks to be some early Callaway prototype irons in the bag of Aaron Wise.

We’ve seen a few different Callaway Prototype MBs in players’ bags this year including a “special Japanese forged” version made for a few players, including Open Championship winner Francesco Molinari, and more recently, Maverick McNealy.

The new Prototype MB/Blade has all the telltale signs of a traditional Callaway-shaped blade including the thinner hosel-to-top transition—also known as the crotch of the iron—rounded lines, high toe, and short heel-to-toe length. What makes it a unique Callaway iron, of course, is the noticeable screw in the back of the head behind the center of gravity.

This design feature is not new, and for many gear junkies probably brings back memories of the original Adams Pro Black MB irons or the 2011 TaylorMade MBs.

 

By using a weight screw instead of traditional tip weights to get the club to spec, there is zero chance of moving the center of gravity horizontally towards the heel of the club. It helps add mass to improve feel. In most cases, a blade/MB iron from any OEM is built as a showpiece in a classic design. If we are looking at the new Apex MB from Callaway as a potential release in 2020, sticking to a classic style can be a great thing.

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