It is one of the most commonly debated topics in golf: “What are the real advantages/disadvantages between a set of blade and cavity-back irons?” It goes even further when we start comparing traditionally lofted clubs to those with stronger lofts and faster club faces.
I sit in the crosshairs of this debate. As a fitter, I rarely fit any golfer into a full set of blades and instead opt for combo sets to offer better performance into the longer irons. On the other hand, as a lover of traditional equipment, I often play a full set of blades, but prefer to pick my battles on shorter courses that emphasize the ground game and shaping the ball. I fully acknowledge my contradictory approach.
Note: My go-to set is a smaller multi-material players cavity that offers the best of both worlds
Kevin Na even entered the debate when he made this statement on Golf.com‘s Fully Equipped Podcast,
“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.”
I’ve heard the same thing from other PGA Tour players, including Charles Howell III, who was quoted as saying “I really wish I was good enough to play these (Titleist 620MB’s)” when he was first shown them during prototype testing. Now Mr. Howell and Mr. Na are both tremendous players, but when a 200-plus yard shot over water in a stiff breeze can mean the difference between a top ten and tie for 20th, I can understand why some players would want something a bit more forgiving—you know, just in case.
It’s all about choices
When it comes to equipment, there is more than one way to choose what goes into your bag—you can rely fully on optimizing performance or choose the equipment you want to play based on other factors and do your best to maximize the available performance. I believe both ways of approaches have merit, since every golfer enjoys the game differently, although at the most competitive level, I would still choose total performance over other factors.
Unlike a driver fitting, where distance is almost always the main objective, finding a set of irons involves—as the name suggests, an ideal set of clubs designed to hit shots precise distances and land closer to the intended target. We covered one of the most important iron fitting parameters, descent angle here—Buying new irons? This is the most important fitting parameter
The proof is in the data
If you are curious to see the real difference in performance between blades, cavity backs, and then faster-faced irons, check out the video below featuring Titleist Master Fitter Glenn Mahler going through the results of a fitting with Titleist 620MB, 620CB, T100, and T200 irons.
Rickie Fowler WITB 2021 (October)
- Rickie Fowler what’s in the bag accurate as of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. We’ll confirm what putter and 3-wood Fowler puts in play on Thursday.
Driver: Cobra King F9 (7.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana White 73 X
3-wood: Cobra RadSpeed Big Tour (14.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour ATX 75 TX
3-wood: Cobra RadSpeed Big Tour (12.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana White 83 X
Irons: Cobra King F9 SpeedBack (4), Cobra King Forged MB (4-PW)
Shafts: Graphite Design Tour AD Prototype (4), Mitsubishi MMT 125 TX (4-PW)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (52-12F, 56-14F), Vokey Design SM WedgeWorks (60-T)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100
Putter: Cobra King Vintage Sport-45
Putter: Cobra King Vintage Sport-45 Prototype
Putter: Scotty Cameron GSS Prototype
Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet
Ball: TaylorMade TP5 Pix
Callaway unveils new Apex UW utility wood
Callaway Golf has introduced its new Apex UW utility wood, which features a design aiming to combine the best features of higher-lofted fairway woods, hybrids, and a more neutral ball flight.
The new utility wood contains the brand’s Jailbreak A.I. Velocity Blades, which are designed to increase vertical stiffness near the club’s sole in a bid to create more speed low on the face where players often mishit their hybrids.
The A.I. face is forged using a high strength C300 Maraging Steel designed to provide greater speed and spin consistency across the face.
In addition, the new Apex UW features MIM’D Tungsten Weighting (18g per club on average), which Callaway has utilized to precisely position the Center of Gravity (CG).
The CG configuration is in a neutral location and is engineered to promote higher launch and steeper landing angles for better stopping power, along with optimized spin rates, all while reducing unwanted draw bias.
The clean, compact shape bids to create workability for better shot-making with more control. With 17% tighter downrange dispersion, the new Apex UW woods also seek to promote enhanced accuracy both off the tee and from the fairway.
Specs, Pricing & Availability
- Lofts: 17, 19, 21-degrees
- Pricing: $299.99. each
- Availability: October 14th, 2021
Softest-feeling current production blade irons? – GolfWRXers discuss
In our forums, our members have been discussing the softest feeling blade irons. WRXer ‘Jaconbits’ is looking for a new set of irons and kicks off the thread saying:
“I’m unable to try all types of irons without shelling out cash, but I’m looking for the absolute softest blade irons on the market today.
I’ve tried Ben Hogans (very soft), Titleist 620mbs (firmer), and Blueprint (somewhere in the middle). I’m open to DTC brands as well, like Haywood, New Level, Sub70, etc., as well as any major brand.”
And our members have been sharing their candidates 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.
- Phizzy30: “Miura or Epon if money isn’t an issue.”
- braincramp52: “Softest are probably Mizunos. Best, in my opinion, are still the Wilson staff blades.”
- craz-e: “Surprised the Callaway Apex MB’s haven’t been mentioned yet, they have been the softest I have hit in the last few years. As others have mentioned, though, try everything because sole design can really influence feel, especially when testing off grass.”
- Soccerrick10: “PXG 0211 ST – $99.99 / club. Great feel and turf interaction.”
- wam78: “I found the MP20’s to be very soft! Apex MB’s right behind them.”
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