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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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Hideki Matsuyama testing new Piretti putter at the Memorial

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Hideki Matsuyama is testing an all-new blade ahead of this week’s Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village, less than two months after winning the 2021 Masters.

The Japanese star used a Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS at Augusta but could change things up this week with a new Piretti blade which you can see below (as well as its awesome headcover.)

Here’s what our members have been saying about the potential change-up from Hideki in our forums.

  • Walkerdb7: “Win the masters after a long drought. In the thick of it for 3/4 of the PGA. Change putters… Yup, I get it.”
  • Mookieb10: “That’s 100% awesome.”
  • bjive: “Pretty wide topline. Still an awesome looking putter!”

We’ll keep our eyes peeled to see what putter Matsuyama puts in play for the first round today.

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (06/3/21): Ping “Bubba Watson” Staff Bag

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At GolfWRX, we love golf, plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball. It even allows us to share another thing we all love – buy and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a Ping “Bubba Watson” Staff Bag ($335).

From the seller (@pingman4): “Mint condition, used for 2 rounds, Ping “Bubba Watson” Staff Bag. This bag is a great bag and a classic staff bag. It has a ton of pockets and does come with the rain hood. These sell for $499.00 plus tax. Shipping will cost a small fortune but let’s go $335.00 shipped.

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Ping “Bubba Watson” Staff Bag

This is the most impressive current listing from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

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How much do you spend on equipment each year? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing their annual equipment spending habits. WRXer ‘Shanker84′ says he has spent far too much over the past few years and wants to see if fellow members’ spending is comparable – with plenty of different buying strategies displayed.

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.

  • MtlJeff: “On average now, maybe 2000-3000$ Canadian. I’ll get a new driver every year plus a hybrid or 3 wood usually. Every couple of years new irons. It probably averages out to 2000-2500.”
  • MelloYello: “It’s fair to say I’ll spend a minimum of about $500 updating something in a given year. The more I play, the more likely it is I spend money tweaking something. Last year I played a lot. By the end of the year, I had swapped driver and irons. This year, I’m thinking about my 3w and my wedges. Not sure either will get replaced, though.”
  • ChipNRun: “Every four years or so, I will spend maybe $600 on clubs. In between, it’s maybe $150-200 or so for a new club or wedge. But, I can usually get a little trade-in or resale $$ for the item replaced. This summer, I will need to replace a rangefinder I lost at a local amateur event – no one turned it in.”
  • Haber: “This year has been an anomaly. Up until a month ago, nothing in my bag was replaced. The lefty phantom x5.5 changed that. I’m a recovering club addict. I went through 4 sets of irons and 3 drivers in the 2 years prior. I’d consider only $600 this year a win… the ping i59’s do look reallllly nice, though.”

Entire Thread: “How much do you spend on equipment each year?”

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