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Will cavity back irons only be for better players soon? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been having an interesting discussion regarding cavity back irons. WRXer ‘Dejaid’ has asked the question whether cavity back irons will soon transition into the new blades, saying:

“It seems the days of the cavity back iron being geared towards mid to high handicap players have come to an end. With all the club manufacturers pushing hollow/filled head irons with construction similar to metal woods as the most common iron type for performance across the range of handicaps, it seems cavity back irons are becoming as dated as blade irons in their design.

This had me wondering, in 5 years, will playing cavity back irons be viewed the same as playing blades today? Will we have threads asking “I’m I good enough to play cavity backs?” because spring face hollow head irons will be the new standard for performance, and playing anything else will be only for low handicaps?

I love my forged KZG cavity backs but must admit I see a few different clubs that catch my eye that are a little more technologically advanced.”

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.

  • Bye: “I truly hope at least one OEM continues to make blades/small CB irons. Clearly they are not for everyone, but for some, that look is just as important as any other feature. There are plenty of options for in the cavity back section. Most of the new stuff looks chunky and oversized. I hope there will continue to be an option for those who prefer the traditional look.”
  • Hoff_19: “I’m not sure about seeing a huge swing in hollow body irons; I still think there will always be average-player CB irons (maybe not GI CB’s though). As a material, metal is too inconsistent when it gets thin, and no matter what marketing says, I don’t think thin, hollow body irons can compete with a fully forged CB in distance consistency.”
  • RCGA: “I think we’ll start to see more “driving iron” style clubs replacing the 3/4/5/6 cavity back heads.”
  • tcb121: “The trends are all pointing to more hollow filled iron heads, but everything is moving to thinner, lighter, more forgiving material in the iron market. I think there was a lot of uproar about strong lofts on irons, and folks would point out lower spin rates and such or state that 28 – 30 degree 7 irons were basically the equivalent of 6 or 5 irons of the past. All true, but the huge difference was those 28 – 30 degree 7 irons have 49 degree descent angles and even with only 4500 spin will stop and hold greens just like a 6000 rpm 34 degree 7 iron with a 46 degree descent. The game is changing. Some tour players are taking on hitting driver further, and with clubhead speeds getting to where I think they are going to go to, having a more forgiving iron head will probably be needed.”

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  1. Madeline Morgan

    Feb 9, 2022 at 7:01 am

    As long as there’s Mizuno, there’ll be forged blades and player’s cavity backs.

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