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  • No_Catchy_NicknameNo_Catchy_Nickname Kyushu,_JapanMembers  6280WRX Points: 1,536Handicap: mePosts: 6,280 Titanium Tees
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    On -, @Bigmean said:

    KC, the akira can be had for a song on auctions, sometimes in 200s. I was never drawn to them but another blade you can steal that it’s always intrigued me is the BALDO MB (I want to say 12 or some number after it?). They are flyer prices but seen plenty in $300s and supposedly forged and look really clean to me. I haven’t hit baldo anything so who knows...

    Akira also has the weapon to win putters from Masuda-San (Masda) If I am not mistaken(I may be). That always catches my eye....

    Baldo MB-11 Prototypes? I have a set...
    Akira/Masda Weapon to win putter? I have one...

    The putter is a heel-shafted half mallet. Nice, but the lie is a little flat for me.

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    Driver: Ping G400 Tour 65S
    4w: TaylorMade R9 stock Fujikura Motore X flex
    7w TaylorMade V-steel, Quadra Fire Express RB 6SX
    Hybrid: RomaRo iBrid 23* Attas EZ 85S
    Irons (4i-PW): Mizuno MP4 Attas 115X 4-PW (+0.5")
    Wedges: Cleveland RTX4 Forged 52* and 58*, DGS400 (both at 35.5")
    Putter: Mac Jack Nicklaus Muirfield/Taylormade TPA XVIII/Wilson 8802

    Old stuff: Tons of persimmon and older irons. 
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    On -, @Bigmean said:

    KC, the akira can be had for a song on auctions, sometimes in 200s. I was never drawn to them but another blade you can steal that it’s always intrigued me is the BALDO MB (I want to say 12 or some number after it?). They are flyer prices but seen plenty in $300s and supposedly forged and look really clean to me. I haven’t hit baldo anything so who knows...

    Akira also has the weapon to win putters from Masuda-San (Masda) If I am not mistaken(I may be). That always catches my eye....

    Baldo MB-11 Prototypes? I have a set...
    Akira/Masda Weapon to win putter? I have one...

    The putter is a heel-shafted half mallet. Nice, but the lie is a little flat for me.

    You sir, are an apex hooore of awesome.

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    On -, @orangeology said:

    what 'modern' blades have less offset? i'm using Nike VR Pro, and talkin' even less offset. so maybe almost no offset at all? thanks for the insights in advance.

    I went from Hogan apex 1999 blades to Yonex Ezone MB and noticed less offset... & little higher CG

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    Mizuno ST-190 9.5 / AD-VR 7x 46'
    TEE CB Pro f2 15 / Fuel 70x TS 44'
    TEE CBX119 18 / UST ISA1000 Int 8x
    Yonex Ezone MB Irons DG-XP100
    Miura Wedge Series 51,55,59 DG
    SC Red X5 Putter 33.75 / Tour B xs

  • mahoniemahonie EnglandMembers  3034WRX Points: 609Handicap: 11Posts: 3,034 Titanium Tees
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    On -, @revanant said:

    I have zero issue with my offset in my MP-4s, but it looks like the Blueprints have almost half as much in the mid and short irons.

    Due to slow internet, I didn’t get to do a side-by-side comparison between the MP4s and Blueprints until now. Even though the MP4s have very little offset, the Blueprints practically have only a smidgen. Interesting that the MP4s have the same offset from 3 through 6-iron whereas the Blueprints are progressive through the set. I wonder what the thinking is behind that.

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    Callaway XR Speed 3W Project X HZRDUS T800 65 Stiff
    Wilson Staff FG Tour M3 21* Hybrid Aldila RIP Stiff
    Cobra King CB/MB Flow 4-6, 7-PW C-Taper Stiff
    Wilson Staff PMP wedges 50/54/58 KBS Hi-Rev 2.0
    Radius Classic 8
  • No_Catchy_NicknameNo_Catchy_Nickname Kyushu,_JapanMembers  6280WRX Points: 1,536Handicap: mePosts: 6,280 Titanium Tees
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    On -, @Kingcat990 said:

    On -, @Bigmean said:

    KC, the akira can be had for a song on auctions, sometimes in 200s. I was never drawn to them but another blade you can steal that it’s always intrigued me is the BALDO MB (I want to say 12 or some number after it?). They are flyer prices but seen plenty in $300s and supposedly forged and look really clean to me. I haven’t hit baldo anything so who knows...

    Akira also has the weapon to win putters from Masuda-San (Masda) If I am not mistaken(I may be). That always catches my eye....

    Baldo MB-11 Prototypes? I have a set...
    Akira/Masda Weapon to win putter? I have one...

    The putter is a heel-shafted half mallet. Nice, but the lie is a little flat for me.

    You sir, are an apex hooore of awesome.

    Thank you.
    I do what I can.

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    Driver: Ping G400 Tour 65S
    4w: TaylorMade R9 stock Fujikura Motore X flex
    7w TaylorMade V-steel, Quadra Fire Express RB 6SX
    Hybrid: RomaRo iBrid 23* Attas EZ 85S
    Irons (4i-PW): Mizuno MP4 Attas 115X 4-PW (+0.5")
    Wedges: Cleveland RTX4 Forged 52* and 58*, DGS400 (both at 35.5")
    Putter: Mac Jack Nicklaus Muirfield/Taylormade TPA XVIII/Wilson 8802

    Old stuff: Tons of persimmon and older irons. 
  • Nard_SNard_S Members  3922WRX Points: 879Handicap: 9Posts: 3,922 Titanium Tees
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    The real interesting thing about where Ping is headed is they designed their clubs so they can custom weight them to desire via their goo port. The Blueprints are solid blades (from what limited hitting done) and the fact I can specify weighting to desire along with other things, makes them real attractive to me.

    Btw took the VR Pro's out for a more intense range session, they are really good.

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  • ChemistChemist Members  13WRX Points: 18Handicap: 4Posts: 13 Bunkers
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    I currently have the following blades in my collection:
    2001 Maxfli Australian Blades - not forged, but very pretty and quite usuable
    Mizuno MP33 - my favorite Mizuno blades
    Mizuno MS-1
    Mizuno TP-9
    Macgregor V-Foil 1025M
    Mizuno TP-21 Prototype - these popped up on Facebook (I kid you not) in a golf group I am a member of, young guy in Southampton, UK selling them. He's a bit of an ebay wheeler dealer and I had traded stuff with him before and advised him on some rarer and/or more vintage clubs or gear he had managed to acquire from contacts in the game. He sent me a pic of these Mizuno's asking if I knew anything about them, he said the guy who sold them to him claimed they were a prototype given to a Mizuno Staff player back in the 90's. As soon as I saw them, I wanted them, 1-PW in very decent condition with Brunswick Rifle stepless 5.5 shafts on them. Did the deal but I've never been able to find anything much about them, I use them maybe once a year.

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    WITB?

    Well, today.....

    Driver: Nike Covert 2.0 Kuro Kage
    Hybrids: Nike Covert 17, 20, 23, 26 Kuro Kage
    Irons: Nike Covert 6-PW KBS C-Taper 125 S+
    Wedges: Nike Engage 50 & 58° KBS C-Taper 125 S+
    Putter: Nike Method Mod 60
    Ball: Pro-V1

    If you can't enjoy the game with borrowed clubs, you need to find another game.

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    Chemist. Those are beautiful.

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    Srixon - Z785 4-6  
    Srixon - ZForged 7-PW
    Bridgestone - 52*, 56*, 60*
    Odyssey,  White Hot #7 (ala Graeme McDowell)





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  • mahoniemahonie EnglandMembers  3034WRX Points: 609Handicap: 11Posts: 3,034 Titanium Tees
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    On -, @Nard_S said:

    The real interesting thing about where Ping is headed is they designed their clubs so they can custom weight them to desire via their goo port. The Blueprints are solid blades (from what limited hitting done) and the fact I can specify weighting to desire along with other things, makes them real attractive to me.

    Btw took the VR Pro's out for a more intense range session, they are really good.

    That’s an interesting thought. From my experience with my Mac VIP Limited’s, which feel really heavy to swing but give me good dispersion, testing different swingweights with the same club could be very beneficial.

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    Callaway Big Bertha Alpha Fubuki ZT Stiff
    Callaway XR Speed 3W Project X HZRDUS T800 65 Stiff
    Wilson Staff FG Tour M3 21* Hybrid Aldila RIP Stiff
    Cobra King CB/MB Flow 4-6, 7-PW C-Taper Stiff
    Wilson Staff PMP wedges 50/54/58 KBS Hi-Rev 2.0
    Radius Classic 8
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    On -, @mahonie said:

    On -, @Nard_S said:

    The real interesting thing about where Ping is headed is they designed their clubs so they can custom weight them to desire via their goo port. The Blueprints are solid blades (from what limited hitting done) and the fact I can specify weighting to desire along with other things, makes them real attractive to me.

    Btw took the VR Pro's out for a more intense range session, they are really good.

    That’s an interesting thought. From my experience with my Mac VIP Limited’s, which feel really heavy to swing but give me good dispersion, testing different swingweights with the same club could be very beneficial.

    Basically my next phase of hoedom is to do experiments with weighting and shaft profiles. Dowels, plugs head and handle side. My frustration with going rogue and buying sets is I can't feel them. They might be set "right" but who knows? You buy Miura you probably get solid numbers and specs, you buy old Macs, Mizuno's or maybe even Hogan's you might get lighter sided heads or you get more tour weighted variety. And with new gear it's the same. TW P7 irons are not Tiger weighted, certainly not like the T stamp was. So what Ping can do here is make a set C9 w/ graphite or D5 with X100's or any combo in-between. And do it with a forged blades no less. Pretty cool

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    On -, @Bigmean said:

    KC, the akira can be had for a song on auctions, sometimes in 200s. I was never drawn to them but another blade you can steal that it’s always intrigued me is the BALDO MB (I want to say 12 or some number after it?). They are flyer prices but seen plenty in $300s and supposedly forged and look really clean to me. I haven’t hit baldo anything so who knows...

    Akira also has the weapon to win putters from Masuda-San (Masda) If I am not mistaken(I may be). That always catches my eye....

    Baldo MB-11 Prototypes? I have a set...
    Akira/Masda Weapon to win putter? I have one...

    The putter is a heel-shafted half mallet. Nice, but the lie is a little flat for me.

    Yeah, the mb11 proto (I was trying to update it I guess).

    Yessir. What is the deal on them, just another blade, nothing to write home about? I always liked the clean look on them on photos.....

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    Ryoma Maxima 9.5*/Quadra Fire Express
    913F 15*/Tour AD MT7
    Roddio 21* hybrid/Tour AD DI75
    Miura 1957 small blades/Nippon 1150 tours
    Wilson Staff V4 tour modus 130
    Mizuno MP-14/DG300-raw finish
    Buchi 50/56. RomaRo 59
    Gold's Factory custom original flat-stick amongst a couple dozen others.
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  • No_Catchy_NicknameNo_Catchy_Nickname Kyushu,_JapanMembers  6280WRX Points: 1,536Handicap: mePosts: 6,280 Titanium Tees
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    On -, @Bigmean said:

    On -, @Bigmean said:

    KC, the akira can be had for a song on auctions, sometimes in 200s. I was never drawn to them but another blade you can steal that it’s always intrigued me is the BALDO MB (I want to say 12 or some number after it?). They are flyer prices but seen plenty in $300s and supposedly forged and look really clean to me. I haven’t hit baldo anything so who knows...

    Akira also has the weapon to win putters from Masuda-San (Masda) If I am not mistaken(I may be). That always catches my eye....

    Baldo MB-11 Prototypes? I have a set...
    Akira/Masda Weapon to win putter? I have one...

    The putter is a heel-shafted half mallet. Nice, but the lie is a little flat for me.

    Yeah, the mb11 proto (I was trying to update it I guess).

    Yessir. What is the deal on them, just another blade, nothing to write home about? I always liked the clean look on them on photos.....

    I got them fairly soon before I knackered my back in, so I haven't hit them much. They are shafted with Modus 120S, which I didn't like before but might like after I get back into the game with a slower swing speed. When I did hit them at the range, I liked their feel (not overly soft and pretty solid) and liked them at address. They have a bit of offset, probably enough to put the "no offset" crowd off. I bought them to flip, to be honest, and I do intend to put them up for auction. I've seen sets in worse condition -- and without the 3i --- go for between 45,000 and 50,000 yen, so I've got high hopes for my set.

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    Driver: Ping G400 Tour 65S
    4w: TaylorMade R9 stock Fujikura Motore X flex
    7w TaylorMade V-steel, Quadra Fire Express RB 6SX
    Hybrid: RomaRo iBrid 23* Attas EZ 85S
    Irons (4i-PW): Mizuno MP4 Attas 115X 4-PW (+0.5")
    Wedges: Cleveland RTX4 Forged 52* and 58*, DGS400 (both at 35.5")
    Putter: Mac Jack Nicklaus Muirfield/Taylormade TPA XVIII/Wilson 8802

    Old stuff: Tons of persimmon and older irons. 
  • wmblake2000wmblake2000 Los AngelesMembers  6026WRX Points: 768Posts: 6,026 Titanium Tees
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    On -, @Nard_S said:

    On -, @mahonie said:

    On -, @Nard_S said:

    The real interesting thing about where Ping is headed is they designed their clubs so they can custom weight them to desire via their goo port. The Blueprints are solid blades (from what limited hitting done) and the fact I can specify weighting to desire along with other things, makes them real attractive to me.

    Btw took the VR Pro's out for a more intense range session, they are really good.

    That’s an interesting thought. From my experience with my Mac VIP Limited’s, which feel really heavy to swing but give me good dispersion, testing different swingweights with the same club could be very beneficial.

    Basically my next phase of hoedom is to do experiments with weighting and shaft profiles. Dowels, plugs head and handle side. My frustration with going rogue and buying sets is I can't feel them. They might be set "right" but who knows? You buy Miura you probably get solid numbers and specs, you buy old Macs, Mizuno's or maybe even Hogan's you might get lighter sided heads or you get more tour weighted variety. And with new gear it's the same. TW P7 irons are not Tiger weighted, certainly not like the T stamp was. So what Ping can do here is make a set C9 w/ graphite or D5 with X100's or any combo in-between. And do it with a forged blades no less. Pretty cool

    I’ll be interested to read what you learn... Shafts remain the great unknown for me. I just seem to hit a wide range of shafts the same. Or maybe my swing has so much variance in it that this overwhelms whatever shafts contribute - except for the first time yesterday I could see a difference - have kbs tour-v in mp-4 and c-taper lite in Adams mb2. About the same weight but I definitely hit the c-taper higher (which I need) than the tour-v. Which is consistent with what the charts say should happen. We’ll see if this repeats and holds true..

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    Ping GMax 400 10.5 TPT 17 LKP
    Callawy Epic 5W 
    Callaway X-hot pro 3,4 h
    TM P790 5-W, DG 105 R
    Mizuno MP4 4-W, c-taper lite, 105 R
    Macgregor 1025M 4-W, KBS tour v, 110 S
    Vokey SM7 48, 52, 56
    Fourteen mt28v3 50, 54, 58
    Cameron Futura 5W



  • arobbins3arobbins3 MichiganMembers  164WRX Points: 103Handicap: 3.5Posts: 164 Fairways
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    3 Handicap - Playing my first set of blades: Cobra CB/MB combos. Love them. Confidence when looking down is key, as well as enjoying the feel and feedback. However, looking to switch into Ping Blueprints in the near future!

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    Cobra SZ (9.5°) - Tour AD-DI 6s
    Cobra SZ (14.5°) - Atmos Blue 7s
    Titleist T-MB (3) - Modus 105s
    Miura Y-Grind Blades (4-PW) - Modus 105s
    Titleist Vokey SM8 (50-54-60°)
    Scotty Cameron 2020 Special Select Newport 2

  • SizzFractorSizzFractor So. CalMembers  15WRX Points: 18Posts: 15 Bunkers
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    I think 2020 will be the blade resurgence. I feel like 2018-19 belonged to the hollow body irons but I think there has been an overwhelming outcry for modern style blades. I think in 2020 we will see classic looking blades with modern twists. Wider soles, tungsten weighting and possibly more tech in the muscle to give tour feel with added distance and forgiveness without such strong lofts.

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    PXG 0811X Gen2 9* / Aldila Rouge Silver 130 MSI 70s
    Callaway Epic Flash SZ 5 Wood / Oban Revenge 8S
    PXG 0341 22* Hybrid / Veylix Rome 988s WildEye
    Callaway Apex 5-PW / Catalyst 100 6.0
    Miura 51* / 55* / DG 115
    Vega VW-08 60* Shimada
    Bettinardi Custom BB0 Long Neck / EVNROLL ER2CS - STABILITY SHAFT

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  • LowAndLeft32LowAndLeft32 Members  231WRX Points: 73Posts: 231 Fairways
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    My question is has anyone significantly reduced their handicap after switching to blades? Serious question.

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  • wmblake2000wmblake2000 Los AngelesMembers  6026WRX Points: 768Posts: 6,026 Titanium Tees
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    On -, @LowAndLeft32 said:

    My question is has anyone significantly reduced their handicap after switching to blades? Serious question.

    The only thing that ever significantly reduced my hdcp was a better game.

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    Ping GMax 400 10.5 TPT 17 LKP
    Callawy Epic 5W 
    Callaway X-hot pro 3,4 h
    TM P790 5-W, DG 105 R
    Mizuno MP4 4-W, c-taper lite, 105 R
    Macgregor 1025M 4-W, KBS tour v, 110 S
    Vokey SM7 48, 52, 56
    Fourteen mt28v3 50, 54, 58
    Cameron Futura 5W



  • NRJyzrNRJyzr Minnesota, USAMembers  7364WRX Points: 1,422Handicap: 7Posts: 7,364 Titanium Tees
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    On -, @LowAndLeft32 said:

    My question is has anyone significantly reduced their handicap after switching to blades? Serious question.

    Yep

    https://forums.golfwrx.com/discussion/comment/10719605#Comment_10719605

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    The Ever Changing Bag!

    Driver:  Cobra King LTD, Aldila ProtoPype 80x, 43.5"
    3w:  Cobra King LTD, Aldila RIP Alpha 80 X, 42"
    3h:  TaylorMade Stage 2 Tour, DGS400
    3-PW:  Mizuno MP-37, DGS300
    GW:  Dynacraft Dual Millled 52*, DGS400
    SW:  Wilson Staff PMP 58*, DGS300
    Putter:  Snake Eyes Viper Tour Sv1, 34.25"
    Balls: in no particular order... Wilson Staff FG Tour, Duo Professional, or 50 Elite... will trot out Maxfli HT-100 or Elite 90 from time to time

    Sometimes carry 1-SW Golden Ram Tour Grinds w/Dynamic S or 2-PW Golden Ram TW282, Precision 6.5
    Also sometimes swap in old school woods at top of bag, various Golden Ram, MacGregor, or Orlimar persimmons
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    Playing blades makes me want to be a better man. Lol

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    TM SIM 8* Driver Ventus Black 7X 
    TM P790 UDI 2-Iron 2nd Gen HZRDUS Smoke 100g 6.5
    Srixon Z785 3-PW Project X 6.5
    TM MG2 Black Wedges 50.09, 54.11, 60.08 Project X 6.5
    TM MySpider X 34" Black on Black
    TM TP5X

    Bag Room
    Mizuno MP32 2-PW 
    Callaway Legacy Black 3-PW 
    Srixon Z745 3-PW
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    Thanks

    On -, @NRJyzr so how do I know which blades to get? Looks like you have been through a few sets.
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    On -, @wmblake2000 said:

    On -, @LowAndLeft32 said:

    My question is has anyone significantly reduced their handicap after switching to blades? Serious question.

    The only thing that ever significantly reduced my hdcp was a better game.

    Not sure how significant you are looking for but I literally can't hit anything but blades and I by no means have the best swing or shoot the best! But let me tell you it's all in what looks good at address and feels good. Got fit for some ap2 years ago and hit well at fitting then couldn't play with them to save my life for a year. About quit golf but I went back to 15-20 year old 690 blades and game has been rocking. Won't be changing away from blades anytime soon

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    Ping G410 LST 9° Ping Tour Shaft Stiff
    Titleist 915Fd 15° HZRDUS Smoke 70g Stiff
    Titleist 816H2 19° Diamana 100X
    Titleist 716 T-MB 4 Iron Project X 6.5
    Titleist 690MB 5-PW Project X 6.5
    Mizuno T20 52/56/61
    Goodwood/Piretti/Scotty

    WITB: https://forums.golfwrx.com/discussion/1795349/lukes-witb-for-the-end-of-2019

  • NRJyzrNRJyzr Minnesota, USAMembers  7364WRX Points: 1,422Handicap: 7Posts: 7,364 Titanium Tees
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    On -, @LowAndLeft32 said:

    Thanks
    On -, @NRJyzr so how do I know which blades to get? Looks like you have been through a few sets.

    That's the big question. :)

    There's no simple answer that can be applied across the board. It really depends on your swing and your preferences. Do you prefer little bounce or more bounce? Do you like longer heel to toe clubheads, or a more compact look? Do you like a softer feel, or a more crisp feel?

    I went through a fair bit of trial and error, but a lot of that was toy fever. I'd largely decided on Ram Tour Grinds, but kept dallying with others. I've got short arms and therefore have a slightly steeper swing than average, bounce is something I like fairly well for that reason. I don't care for Titleist, so they were never a consideration. When I first shopped, there was a set of Apex II blades, but regular flex, not a fit. Ironic, since the Hogan bounce would be good for me, LOL.

    Are you looking at recent models? Something in the last decade? Do older sets interest you at all?

    All that drivel aside, if you can find them, MP-33s are a real good set to start with, a real classic. TM TP MBs, either 2011 or 2014 model, are also good. Several recent Wilson Staff sets (FG100, FG59, FG62, etc) are excellent. The Hogan Ft Worths get good buzz, but one needs to be aware they have a high CG, which may or may not be good for you. Cobra stuff of the last several years, also quite good. And Srixons, and....

    I could go on for a while. :) Sorry for the varied answer, but there are a lot of variables...

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    The Ever Changing Bag!

    Driver:  Cobra King LTD, Aldila ProtoPype 80x, 43.5"
    3w:  Cobra King LTD, Aldila RIP Alpha 80 X, 42"
    3h:  TaylorMade Stage 2 Tour, DGS400
    3-PW:  Mizuno MP-37, DGS300
    GW:  Dynacraft Dual Millled 52*, DGS400
    SW:  Wilson Staff PMP 58*, DGS300
    Putter:  Snake Eyes Viper Tour Sv1, 34.25"
    Balls: in no particular order... Wilson Staff FG Tour, Duo Professional, or 50 Elite... will trot out Maxfli HT-100 or Elite 90 from time to time

    Sometimes carry 1-SW Golden Ram Tour Grinds w/Dynamic S or 2-PW Golden Ram TW282, Precision 6.5
    Also sometimes swap in old school woods at top of bag, various Golden Ram, MacGregor, or Orlimar persimmons
  • BearQBearQ Members  3667WRX Points: 855Posts: 3,667 Titanium Tees
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    My Z945 with SP Blue's is still proving to be a legendary pairing. Lasers

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  • LowAndLeft32LowAndLeft32 Members  231WRX Points: 73Posts: 231 Fairways
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    Thanks for the recs

    On -, @NRJyzr. I’m trying to buy a game?? Is that possible? I have always played GIs. Have hit blades at the big box stores for fun. Noticed a big distance loss which I assume is due to the the jacked up lofts of GIs. As far as blades are new blades better or worse than old school blades? Ive heard that VR pros and 681s are highly thought of. So I’m open.
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    Buying a game isn't really possible. Well, I don't really believe in it, but it's not like I know everything. Just ask my first wife. :)

    As for blades, the only way you'll know if they work for you is to try. I would suggest trying one or two clubs, which you might be able to find reasonably priced on ebay, and sometimes even on Ironfinder.com (not affiliated with Ironfinder, just a customer). Like a 6 iron, maybe adding an 8i, something like that. Maybe having GolfWorks build you one MMB club.

    Or you can dive in with a full set of something.

    I demoed a fair amount before buying my first set, including some extensive time with an MP14 5 iron. That was ultimately the convincing factor for me; I was hitting that 4* flat for me MP14 with DGS better than my own AVDP Tour with DGS 6 iron. And here I am.

    Some think older sticks aren't as worthy, but I don't share that opinion. They're shorter if you pay attention to the club number, but that's misleading. The nice thing is, older blade sets are much more reasonably priced than even 8-10 year old TM/Nike/Srixon/Cobra/etc sets, so you're out very little. You may have to pick your spots a bit more with the older sticks, as some of them will be quite sharp with the leading edge. :)

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    The Ever Changing Bag!

    Driver:  Cobra King LTD, Aldila ProtoPype 80x, 43.5"
    3w:  Cobra King LTD, Aldila RIP Alpha 80 X, 42"
    3h:  TaylorMade Stage 2 Tour, DGS400
    3-PW:  Mizuno MP-37, DGS300
    GW:  Dynacraft Dual Millled 52*, DGS400
    SW:  Wilson Staff PMP 58*, DGS300
    Putter:  Snake Eyes Viper Tour Sv1, 34.25"
    Balls: in no particular order... Wilson Staff FG Tour, Duo Professional, or 50 Elite... will trot out Maxfli HT-100 or Elite 90 from time to time

    Sometimes carry 1-SW Golden Ram Tour Grinds w/Dynamic S or 2-PW Golden Ram TW282, Precision 6.5
    Also sometimes swap in old school woods at top of bag, various Golden Ram, MacGregor, or Orlimar persimmons
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  • wmblake2000wmblake2000 Los AngelesMembers  6026WRX Points: 768Posts: 6,026 Titanium Tees
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    On -, @luke1333 said:

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    On -, @LowAndLeft32 said:

    My question is has anyone significantly reduced their handicap after switching to blades? Serious question.

    The only thing that ever significantly reduced my hdcp was a better game.

    Not sure how significant you are looking for but I literally can't hit anything but blades and I by no means have the best swing or shoot the best! But let me tell you it's all in what looks good at address and feels good. Got fit for some ap2 years ago and hit well at fitting then couldn't play with them to save my life for a year. About quit golf but I went back to 15-20 year old 690 blades and game has been rocking. Won't be changing away from blades anytime soon

    I understand your enthusiasm! I had a set of P790 and never played well with them. Right now I have a set of Miz MP-4 & MP-64. I'm kinda in a phase where a little older club with great lines, design is real appealing. I love these two sets, and they can blend. I also just had a set of Adams MB2 for a few days, but took them back because too many incredible irons means some are sitting around and tormenting me to play them.

    But after playing a LOT of different irons over several years, and a lot of everything else, I just think a better game (swing, short game, putting, etc) is 98% of the score unless you have clubs that are wildly wrong for you. Clubs just play a minor role in scoring compared to the skills you have.

    I also don't think blade hurt my score, either. I actually have shoot most of my best scores with blades when I am hot (of course, when my swing is humming, I also play blades more often because they are more fun), but I probably think I score better with a little forgiveness when my swing is off. Hard to say, I don't track things that carefully.

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    Ping GMax 400 10.5 TPT 17 LKP
    Callawy Epic 5W 
    Callaway X-hot pro 3,4 h
    TM P790 5-W, DG 105 R
    Mizuno MP4 4-W, c-taper lite, 105 R
    Macgregor 1025M 4-W, KBS tour v, 110 S
    Vokey SM7 48, 52, 56
    Fourteen mt28v3 50, 54, 58
    Cameron Futura 5W



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    On -, @LowAndLeft32 said:

    My question is has anyone significantly reduced their handicap after switching to blades? Serious question.

    I dropped 9 strokes in 4 months. Was playing Eye2's and DCI, never could break 90 and always, I mean always hit out on the toe. So knowing that an MB does not tolerate such drivel, I switched to Ram Tour Grinds and forced myself to get under plane and inside. It actually worked, did the same for being slightly fat on passes too. Found some blunt brick soles of clubs, after 2 months, no fat. Thin was in, found high mass sticks, that took care of the thin miss tendency. Tend to have too early of release,? Switched to high kick shafts. Sounds daft, but I've gotten better by exposing my weakness not masking it. Do it in a measured fashion, it will work. MB's are like schnapps on a wound. Might sting a bit but you'll kill the infection.

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    On -, @LowAndLeft32 said:

    My question is has anyone significantly reduced their handicap after switching to blades? Serious question.

    My handicap has gone from 28.6 to 25 this summer after introducing blades into my bag. More importantly, my iron striking has improved tremendously. I’m averaging about 6 GIR a round, up from 1 - 2. I also play a tough course where my short hitting means I can’t realistically expect to reach 4 of the holes within GIR, so my numbers are actually better than they may seem. Long story short, my iron play is accurate and consistent and I can shape the ball—I attribute 100% of my growth to having introduced blades to my range practice, as they essentially teach you how to hit them/hit the middle of the face (since mishits are very visible and can’t just be ignored when swinging a blade, and repeating good contact means you’re grooving a swing that gets the middle on the ball).

    If only I could learn to lag putt, I’d almost be an ok golfer. : )

    It’s a low risk proposition to try blades. Find a cheap blade 6 iron like an MP-14 or Hogan Apex and see if you like it. If yes, there are tons of great sets out there for under $100, and more recent sets are still often under $300 on the used market. This year, I picked up an MP-14 6 iron for $15 on eBay, along with a set of 1988 Hogan Redlines for $60 and my current MP-4s for $280. You can try a good set of MBs without harming your piggy bank.

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    Cobra King LTD
    Cobra F8 3W
    Cobra F6 Baffler 5W
    Callaway Apex MB 4-PW (Nippon Modus 120)
    Mizuno MP-4 4-PW
    Titleist Vokey SM5 54-10 M
    Mizuno JPX 58-14
    Ping Redwood D66

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    On -, @LowAndLeft32 said:

    My question is has anyone significantly reduced their handicap after switching to blades? Serious question.

    I've dropped from a 9 to an 8 in the month I've had my cobra cb/mb set. Came from an apex pro combo set but hated the size of the regular apex irons.

    My last round I was -2 through 10 holes and managed to squander it under the pressure with wayward tee shots but it was my first under par 9.

    These irons have significantly improved my ballstriking since my first round with them and I can see my cap continuing to drop.

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