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Does ‘blade shaming’ exist? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing “blade shaming” in golf. WRXer ‘Fairway14’ kicks off the thread, asking whether fellow members agree that blade shaming exists, saying in part

“A few months ago, longtime blade user Ricky Fowler put in his bag a set of cavity back irons. My guess is that he was tired of the eye rolls from people who looked in his bag after he missed a cut.

Have you or someone you know been shamed out of playing muscle back blade irons? Do you agree that blade shaming is a real thing?”

And our members have been sharing their thoughts in our forum, with plenty of different opinions being held.

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.

  • ohioglfr: “I don’t have enough ego to be “club shamed”, and I feel sorry for anyone that would feel that way, regardless of handicap. Hit what works best for you and critics be damned . . . real or imagined.”
  • Pepperturbo: “Blade shaming exists, unfortunately for Golf, weasels that can’t hit the ball, lead the pack, and some of them exist on Golfwrx. Though recently NOT as vocal. I wouldn’t give a plugged nickel for any of them.”
  • craz-e: “Far from it in my opinion…..Everyone who I play with loves to see a set of blades in the bag, and after offering them the option of hitting them, most are surprised how they really aren’t any harder to hit than what they are possibly gaming, but everyone always comments on wow don’t they feel good.”
  • NHenson815: “I could be wrong, but the “shaming” is probably just a forums/social media thing. As a bad golfer, I’ve certainly received my share of suggestions that I should try something a bit more forgiving than my iblades or Miura MC-501s, but nothing I would consider “shaming”. For whatever reason, the game improvement irons just don’t seem to agree with me, but maybe anything takes time to get used to, so I am giving the Apex DCB a shot.”
  • Golfjack: “I think I’m more likely to joke about playing with shovels than blades. But then again, if said friend with the MBs is hitting worm burners with a 9 iron blade, I’d shame him into changing for sure. A stranger, he can do whatever the heck he pleases. As long as he doesn’t slow us down too much.”

Entire Thread: “Does ‘blade shaming’ exist?”

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. EastTNGolfer

    Jul 18, 2021 at 7:43 pm

    Hot take….you will get better performance and scores from a non bladed iron. You are not special and you do not hit blades better.

  2. Davys Doobies

    Jul 17, 2021 at 9:58 am

    “Blade shamers” are usually the “latest and greatest” guys trying to justify their yearly attempt at buying a game.

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Collin Morikawa’s winning WITB: 2021 Open Championship

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Equipment accurate as of The Open. 

Driver: TaylorMade SIM (8 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 60 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM Titanium (14 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 80 TX

5-wood: TaylorMade SIM2 (19 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 80 TX

Irons: TaylorMade P770 (4), P7MC (5-9), TaylorMade P730 (PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 (50 degrees), Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (56-14F), TaylorMade MG2 Hi-Toe (60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

(Photo courtesy of SMS on Tour)

Putter: TaylorMade TP Juno

Ball: TaylorMade TP5 (2021)

Grips: Golf Pride Z-Grip Cord

Featured image via @sms_on_tour

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Details of Collin Morikawa’s WITB changes at The Open

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Editor’s note: We filed this piece for PGATour.com’s Equipment Report.

Collin Morikawa’s superb play over the opening two days of The 149th Open Championship has come after the American made some equipment adjustments heading into this week.

The 24-year-old, who shot 67-64 in the opening two rounds at Royal St. George’s, swapped out three key irons before Thursday’s opening round.

Morikawa switched from his TaylorMade P730 irons to the brand’s P7MC model in his 7-iron through 9-iron, a decision made after finding the P7MCs aided his turf interaction and provided a more centered ball strike, as well as a touch more forgiveness.

“I changed my irons, my 9- through 7-iron that I normally have blades in. I changed to the MCs strictly because I couldn’t find the center of the face,” said Morikawa following his second round. “Those are three crucial clubs that are some of my favorite clubs. My 8-iron is my favorite club in the bag, and when I wasn’t able to hit it (well) last week well, I knew I had to try something different.”

Last week’s Scottish Open was Morikawa’s first experience on the links. He finished T71.

Full piece here. 

Featured image via @sms_on_tour.

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Jordan Spieth what’s in the bag accurate as of The Open.

Driver: Titleist TSi3 (10 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 6 X

3-wood: Titleist TS2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 7 X

Irons: Titleist T200 (2021) (2), Titleist T100 (2021) (4-9)
Shafts: Graphite Design Tour AD DI 95 X Hybrid (2), True Temper Project X 6.5 (4-9)

Jordan Spieth’s bag at The Open. (Courtesy of SMS on Tour)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (46-10F @8, 52-08F, 56-10S), Vokey Proto (60-T)
Shafts: True Temper Project X 6.0 (6.5 in 46)

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T 009
Grip: SuperStroke Traxion Flatso 1.0

Grips: SuperStroke S-Tech

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x (2021)

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