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Why do so many pros play blade irons but mallet putters? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing why professional golfers would choose to play blade irons but mallet putters. WRXer ‘2717B’ queries why players would opt for less forgiving options in their irons but desire more forgiveness on the greens, and our members have been having their say.

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.

  • bombs: “Blades, when struck well, are the most predictable in terms of carry, consistency and workability.”
  • gbartko: “I think forgiveness is more important with the putter. With an iron, you may be off a few yards but still on the green/in bounds/over the hazard. But a small miss with the putter means you miss the putt period.”
  • shortset: “I believe that the skill that carries players to the pro ranks is ball striking. Hence the blades. Tour players are not necessarily the best putters in the world hence the need for forgiving equipment.”
  • 1Mordrid1: “Less than 30% of PGA Tour players use blades, so pros and blades do not go hand in hand. The same reason that less pros are using blades now days is the same reason more players are using mallet putters. The stigma of what’s in the bag just does not matter much any more, as long as what is in the bag is working for them.”
  • greenwavegolfer: “There’s absolutely no downsides to a forgiving design on a putter whereas there’s a performance tradeoff between a blade and a chunky, forgiving GI type iron when you’re a pro looking for consistent ball speeds and spin control on good shots. They don’t want “flier” shots or reduced spin on irons, and that’s what dictates their choice of clubs. For a putter, they want what they can get a good roll with and align properly, and if that’s a mallet, it’s a mallet.”

Entire Thread: “Why do so many pros play blade irons but mallet putters?”

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  1. Primal

    Sep 4, 2020 at 2:08 pm

    Majority of “pros” use what they’re told too!

  2. Sean

    Sep 3, 2020 at 10:05 am

    The market influences what players use from the time they take up golf all the way to the tour. Take an old blade putter in its simplicity it would be very hard for OEM to charge big money for a blade like putter. One of the reasons they are not great putter are the putters alignment lines, they don’t encourage a arc stroke for a beginner or amateur.

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Uther launches golf ball collection featuring 9 unique icons

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Uther has introduced its iconic golf ball collection which includes both three-piece and two-piece constructions.

The nine iconic golf balls are designed to resonate with golfers of various skill levels and feature dual icons on the top and bottom of the balls which are designed to provide an easier visual to see how much your golf ball spins in the air, especially on chip shots.

Speaking on the new additions, Dan Erdman, Founder of Uther, said

“I noticed a need for golf balls to be unique as all current golf balls lack personality. With our debut iconic golf ball collection, Uther golf balls provide another visual form of expression with playful icons.”

The golf balls have been in development for more than nine months, and per the company ensure precise consistency and soft feel with long distance.

The Uther iconic golf ball collection is available to purchase now at Uthersuuply.com with prices ranging from $30-$40 per dozen.

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What GolfWRXers are saying about forgiving 4 and 5 irons to pair with blades

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the best long irons which offer some forgiveness to pair with blades. WRXer ‘That’s two thus far Shooter’, says:

“Currently playing T100 4-P but I don’t like how much they spin and can lose distance. I went back to my MP-18 MBs and have been liking that lately, but need a 4-5 iron that can help a little more than the blades or the spinny T100 long irons. 

Was thinking of getting the 770s in 4 and 5, but any other suggestions for some semi forgiving long irons that won’t flight the ball so easily?”

And our members have been sharing their suggestions 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.

  • Yoshifan151: “Maybe MMC? Should pair nicely with the MBs.”
  • md_mueller: “May have to adjust the lofts to get the gaps right, but Srixon 7 series irons were noticeably lower spinning for me. The 5 series even more so, but too big of a jump from blades IMO.”
  • CyFan: “MC18 MMC Fli Hi.”
  • getitdaily: “Mp20 HMB. I play 5-PW in 921 tours. Played 900 tours prior to them. Have had the HMB 4i in the bag for about a year and I love it.”

Entire Thread: “Forgiving 4 and 5 irons to pair with blades”

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Christian Bezuidenhout’s winning WITB: 2020 Alfred Dunhill Championship

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Driver: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana DF 60 TX

3-wood: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana DF 70 TX

Hybrid: Callaway Mavrik Pro (19 degrees)

Irons: Callaway X Forged ’18 (4-PW)
Shaft: KBS Tour 125 S+

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy Forged Wedges (50, 54, 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

Putter: Odyssey Works Big T #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

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