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At what point is playing blades an advantage? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been talking blades. WRXer ‘Douglsss’ poses an intriguing question, “at what point is playing blades an advantage?” and kicks off the thread, saying:

“All things being equal – loft, lie, etc. – If I have a level of ballstriking to where playing blades vs player distance vs GI irons clubs each have similar average distances, why wouldn’t you play blades? IMO – easier to work multiple trajectories, easier to remove spin, better consistency( no hot faces ). 

Another argument could be made that in this scenario – what are you losing in the scoring clubs, say 8i – PW, by not using a bladed club?”

And our members have been responding in their numbers.

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.

  • Thebiles: “Considering that the majority of pros are moving away from pure blades, I don’t think there is an advantage given today’s technology.”
  • llewol007: “Your argument is watered down because you ultimately got rid of the big differences in playing a blade versus a player distance and game improvement. That is the main reason most would or would not play a blade. So the comparison is really not comparing. If all things are equal as you say, it just becomes personal preference.”
  • AsianGolfer1995: “It’s mostly personal preference at this point, but for most of the blade users I’ve played with, they want their mishits coming up short of the target instead of flying 3-5 yards longer so they know what a true ‘miss’ feels like so they can work on it in practice to hit the center more.”
  • Red4282: “Advantages of blades would be thinner soles and generally less bounce. Flighting becomes a little easier. Distance control is more consistent on good to slight misses. You really don’t see much advantages from GI irons until you get to the mid and long irons and on bad misses.”

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Gianni is the Managing Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected].

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  1. Michael Sarijoen

    Sep 18, 2022 at 6:01 am

    If you want to fine-tune your swing to the highest degree, blades can help

  2. Paulo

    Sep 17, 2022 at 8:24 am

    If golf clubs were cars the blades would be a 911. Beautiful to look at , probably going to make you look sexier but utterly impractical if you have a couple of kids and can’t practice every day . If there’s even one of the worlds
    Too 1000 golfers using cavities then everyone reading this should be too

  3. Brandon

    Sep 17, 2022 at 8:13 am

    In my experience my score doesn’t fluctuate based on what irons I have in the bag at all. Keeping my drive in play and not having any disasters around the green are all that matters. I can just as easily shoot 70 or 90 with blades or SGI clubs depending on how the other parts of my game go.

  4. S

    Sep 16, 2022 at 10:38 pm

    It’s so laughable what has become of golf. All that manufacturers want to do is sell you expensive clubs. They don’t even care if they fit you, because they know that if it doesn’t work, you’ll just buy another one.
    One of the most glaring problem with modern golf is general, is actually not the equipment but the courses. There’s literally barely any rough at most courses these days, and that makes it seem like you don’t need small heads in irons. As soon as there is some ankle high rough and the ball is sitting down in it, I dare you to try to hack it out of there with a shovel headed club. You can’t. You won’t be able to.

  5. Barney

    Sep 16, 2022 at 1:21 pm

    I’m glad we can finally address this topic! Well done!

  6. Prime21

    Sep 16, 2022 at 10:56 am

    This is the 4,167th time this has been a “subject” on this sight. Regardless of the situation, pick the club that allows you to score the best, period. Can we please stop using this topic?!

  7. Bhickey

    Sep 16, 2022 at 9:30 am

    Please ban this tired old subject.

    • Hogan

      Sep 17, 2022 at 7:06 am

      Why ban this subject! This is the kind of stuff this site was built on. So what should we talk about? How the newest driver gets you 30 more yards, or maybe how the new irons hit every green.. no I got it how the new putters never miss putts. Don’t read the topic if you don’t like it… easy!!

      • Bhickey

        Oct 11, 2022 at 5:34 pm

        Seriously get a life and use another name besides Hogan.

  8. Holden Tudiks

    Sep 15, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    They become an advantage when people gather around your bag in awe of blades. Men will do most anything to another man just to hold them.

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