fairwaysroverated, on 18 November 2012 - 08:07 AM, said:
First, a little history about me and my game. I have been playing golf for 2 years now. My strength is ball striking, tee to green. I'm a 16 cap and if I had any kind of short game I would shot well into the 80's consistently. It's not uncommon for me to be just off the green on a par 4 then chili dip a chip and three put for double boogey. Just thinking about that makes me want to pull my hair out, but onto my expirience.
I recently switched from S56's to MP 59 and 69 combo set up (I used to hit my S56's great just for refference). I have the full set of both clubs, but mix and match according to how I feel that day. Since Ive switched I've been hitting what look to be beautiful shot's in the air and feel great off the face, but always fall short of the green. I've gone from hitting my I20 9 iron 160 yards, to my S56 9 iron 150 yard, to my MP 69 9 iron 135 yards. Talk about depressing. After this happening consistanly now for about 25 rounds, I realize that even though it feels like I'm hitting the center of the club face I must be just a hair off and it makes a huge difference on the distance.
After I played in a local tournament yesterday and hit only one green with my MP 59 4 iron from 208 yards I went straight from the course to my local golf shop and started comparing my blades to the JPX pro 825's and AP2's. I hit the JPX pro 6 iron consistantly 180 yards with 1 out of every 10 going for 190 plus. Took out my MP 69 6 iron and hit it 170 yards 1 out of every 10, and 1 out of 20 it went 180 yards. The AP2's were about 5 yards shorter than the JPX pro's, but just as consistent.
So I hope this saves someone out there thinking about going to blades and having the question we see on here all to often, "should I play blades" some money. I guess bottom line, if you have to ask wether or not you should play them, you should probably stick with what you have.
The I20 9-iron is made of stainless steel (harder than the carbon steel used in forged clubs), is 41* in loft and 35.75" in length. The S56 9-iron is also of 17-4 stainless steel, is 42.5* in loft and is 35.75" in length. The MP-69 9-iron is made of 1025E (a very soft carbon steel), is 42* in loft and is 35.75" in length. All other things being equal, you should lose a couple of yards just to the difference in loft between the I20 and the MP-69...but you will typically lose about a clubs worth of distance due to lower ball speeds and higher spin because of the softer club.
If you are losing more than that, then its because you have either been improperly fitted...or you are missing the sweetspot
. Blade clubs and cavity-backs typically have their sweetspots in very different places.
Cavity-backs are typically engineered so that their sweetspot is at (or near) the geometric center of the clubface. Blades, OTOH, because of the more even distribution of weight, will typically have its sweetspot near the HEEL of the clubhead (because of the effect of the weight of the hosel).
At the end of the day, playing blades is about shot control...not distance. But anyone who is considering blades should have a consistent enough swing that they can hit about a silver-dollar sized area around the sweet spot. If you can't...play something more forgiving.