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Kevin Na: “I don’t see a reason why you’d want to play a blade” – GolfWRXers have their say

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In our forums, our members have been reacting to Kevin Na’s recent comments that blade irons are too difficult to hit and that he last played one in his 20’s when he was “dumb”. Speaking on Golf.com’s Fully Equipped podcast, Na said

“I can’t play a blade. It’s too difficult, and I’m a pro golfer. I think a blade goes shorter. Off-center hits aren’t going to perform as well as cavity-backs. I don’t see a reason why you’d want to play a blade. I really don’t. I played blades in my early 20s, maybe one year — when I was dumb. But I’m wiser now and play a cavity-back.

In the longer irons, I even look for more — I don’t want to say a high-handicapper club — a more forgiving club.”

Our members have been sharing their thoughts on Na’s comments in our forum.

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.

  • llewol07: “If you have not figured it out already, golf is all about playing the equipment that suits you, the game that suits you and really playing your own game. The thing I like about Kevin Na is that he seems a bit cocky and can hold his own as seen when watching him on television. That being said, most tour pros end up playing a combo set anyways and rarely do I see too many blade players. Even pros need an edge to make the game that much more easier to reproduce. Lesson here is to play what works.”
  • the bishop: “Na’s remarks need to be taken in context. He makes a living playing golf. If you gave him a set of Apex MB’s and an hour on the range and went out and played with him, you’d probably say he plays blades just fine. But for him, the difference between blades and cavity backs could mean a 25 place difference in his proximity to the hole from 150 yds ranking or something similar. As ThinkingPlus said, “he plays what makes him money”.
  • golfpros1: “Play the bag that fits the course and game you play. There are pros and cons with everything. Do what works for you. Most good amateurs can play blades well because they play courses that are 6500 or less with little rough. They have 7 iron or less into most greens. You don’t have to be a pro to get a short iron blade into a receptive green. Start playing 7500-yard course and hitting 4 irons into greens, and you’d be silly to play blades if you do it for any other reason than it makes you happy. It’s all relative. I’ve played blades, CBs, GIs… really didn’t make much of a difference. I found the closer to a blade, the better the short irons would be. The closer to game improvement, the better the long irons would be. So for most people, a mixed bag makes the most sense. Best of both worlds.”
  • mcc0819: “Kevin Na is a relatively straight ball hitter from what I’ve seen from him. So it makes sense that a cavity back would work best for him. But someone like Tiger has a blade, and he loves to shape his shots in every which way possible. So I think it depends on the player. If you are a low handicap/scratch golfer, your ball striking would be good enough to play blades especially if you shape your shots. Blades to me equal easier shot shaping but also easier to mishit. So the question is, are you willing to take the hit on the occasional bad strike? I’m a 3 handicap and still playing CB’s because I’ll take any advantage I can get. At the end of that day, that’s what I believe works for me. If you’re a 15+ handicap and want to play blades then, by all means, go get yourself fitted for some blades.”
  • soap1984: “I like Na generally, but he’s saying you’re dumb for playing blades which I’m not sure is fair. Like Tiger and Rory play them, and both mis-hit the ball the odd time, the idea is why give up “forgiveness” for no gain, even if you only mishit one shot a round. Blades shouldn’t even exist I guess in his world. If I stink with blades, I will for sure go back to the ap2, but my numbers were not statistically different on mis-hits. If Mizuno made the jpx 919 tour in lefty, I’d prefer to play those, but I want new sticks and just can’t play clubs with thick soles, so my options are limited.”

Entire Thread: “Kevin Na vs GolfWRX”

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Gianni is the Managing Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected]

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  2. Pelling

    Apr 24, 2020 at 10:27 am

    I don’t think blades or cavity backs would have made much a difference when Na carded the 16 at the Valero Open…

  3. Vas

    Apr 24, 2020 at 9:56 am

    I play a combo set of 785s and Z-Forged irons. Should I play all 785s? Probably, but I’ve found very little performance difference between the 7-PW in both models… and the blades look and feel better and are more fun. If I have a great weekend, the difference (if any) may be a $350 pro shop gift certificate instead of a $500 gift certificate. Eh… whatever. My old MP-29s were blades. These Z-Forged are “blades”. The performance these days is really pretty close to the player cavities anyway.

  4. Alex

    Apr 23, 2020 at 10:30 am

    Kevin Na is a tool, but I couldn’t agree with him more on the blade thing.

  5. drkviol801

    Apr 23, 2020 at 8:40 am

    Lmao will you look at that, golfwrx braniacs arguing with a tour pro who’s won. What does Kevin Na know about golf?

    • Dave r

      Apr 24, 2020 at 11:07 am

      Could not agree more. I never thought I was good enough or had anything to prove to hit ” blades”. Tried them once my fingers are still numb.

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Titleist launches new Tour Soft and Tour Speed balls

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Titleist has today introduced its latest Tour Soft and Tour Speed golf balls.

Tour Soft

At 1.600”, the Tour Soft retains one of the largest core sizes in the Titleist golf ball portfolio and the same soft compression as the current generation. As such a large core requires an extremely thin cover, Titleist developed the thin 4CE grafted cover, which is designed to help generate reliable greenside spin for short game playability.

The Tour Soft golf ball features a new aerodynamic design – the 346 quadrilateral dipyramid dimple design – that bids to deliver optimized ball flight for longer distances.

Speaking on the new addition, Jeremy Stone, Vice President, Titleist Golf Ball Marketing. said

“The Tour Soft golfer prioritizes feel and seeks the softest possible, but they are also looking for all around performance. The new Tour Soft has been reengineered for improved performance from tee through green.”

Specs, Price & Availability

  • Color Codes: White and Yellow (#1-4)
  • Price: $35 per dozen
  • Availability: May 20

Tour Speed

The Tour Speed ball features a reformulated 1.550″ core that is designed to deliver high speeds and a proprietary high flex casing layer, uniquely designed for this golf ball to maintain low long game spin.

The reformulated Tour Speed golf ball maintains its proprietary Titleist Performance Urethane (TPU) cover – specifically formulated by Titleist Golf Ball R&D chemists – and 346 quadrilateral dipyramid dimple design, a combination designed to offer a penetrating, consistent flight and optimized greenside spin for short game control.

Speaking on the Tour Speed ball, Frederick Waddell, Director of Product Management, said

“The key to the development process was successfully reformulating the core and high-flex casing layer to perform in conjunction with the proprietary Titleist Performance Urethane (TPU) cover to our stringent quality tolerances, so the golf ball performs consistently on every shot.”

Specs, Price & Availability

  • Color Codes: White and Yellow (#1-4)
  • Price: $40 per dozen
  • Availability: U.S. on May 20th in White (#1-4) and on June 21st in Yellow (#1-4); Global May 20th

 

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Do I need a 5-iron? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the need for a 5-iron. WRXer ‘DarkAirPlane’ is new to the sport and kicks off the thread, saying:

“Beginner here. I would like to purchase a set of 2021 T300 irons. I’m thinking I should order 6-W1 in order to be somewhat close to “traditional” lofts. Do I really need the T300 5 iron (23 degree loft)? 23 degree loft is more like a 4 iron. I don’t think I can generate enough speed to hit 23 degrees longer than the t300 6 iron (26 degrees).”

And our members have been sharing their thoughts in our forum.

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.

  • PNW: “Nothing wrong with doing that at all, and it might help simplify things as you’re starting out. And you’re right that 23* is more like a modern-traditional 4 iron, so it won’t be easy to hit as a beginner even in a Game Improvement set. I would say save yourself the money and go without the 5 iron. As you get better and you figure out you need a club in that spot there will be options at that point to order a single club, either 5 iron or maybe hybrid.”
  • Vater: “It’s refreshing to hear you be honest and smart in talking about what clubs suit you. T300s, questioning needing a 5 iron, swing speed… I’m certain you’re going to enjoy the game and get pretty good through this kind of outlook – instead of forcing yourself into blades and 2 irons…I have a jacked 5 iron at 24 deg, and I put a Recoil shaft into it. With the stock shaft, it was pretty hit or miss, and I’d just go to my hybrid. Now that I’ve made it fit me, it’s useful for the gap between my new hybrid and my 6 iron.”
  • bellken: “No, you don’t need a 5 iron. You can always order a 5 iron later if you decide you want one. I ditched the 5 iron a while ago.”

Entire Thread: “Do I need a 5-iron? – GolfWRXers discuss”

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John Daly WITB: 2022 PGA Championship

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Equipment is accurate as of the 2022 PGA Championship (5/18/22)

Driver: PXG TD prototype (9 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS RDX 60 TX

3-wood: PXG 0341 X (15 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS 80 TX

Hybrids: TaylorMade SIM2 Rescue (17 and 22 degrees)
Shafts: Graphite Design Tour AD DI 95 S (17 degrees), KBS Tour Prototype 95 S (22 degrees)

Irons: TaylorMade P770 (4-PW)
Shaft: KBS Tour 120S

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM9 (50, 54 and 60 degrees)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour105 S (50 and 54 degrees), and KBS Tour 120S (60 degrees)

*Daly was testing two different putters on Tuesday ahead of the 2022 PGA Championship. He’ll decide between the two come Thursday 

Putters: Odyssey White Hot OG Double Wide, Odyssey Tri-Hot 5K One

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Grips: SuperStroke S-Tech Cord Club Oversized

Check out more photos here: John Daly WITB 2022 PGA Championship

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