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  1. This is my recollection, as well, except I recall they were made for Ernie Else. Shorter blade length, but thicker proportions with more bounce. All the Titleist blades from this series (670,680,690) had wood dowells in the tips.
  2. You bigger guys are speaking my language. I'm 6' and 235 with a baseball catcher's build. 36" waist and 46" coat, with thick chest, shoulders, arms, and thighs. Today's golf styles are not made for me. They squeeze in places I don't want to be squeezed!! Keep praying pleats return for the sake of comfort, but buy too big and make due until that day comes. Anyone thought about the online custom options like MTailor??
  3. Bad fit. Bought them with the stock s300 shafts, and they were just dead for me.
  4. I don't have a tree. I have a National Forrest. I have a real problem. Honestly, I've probably gone through 100 sets of irons since I started playing in 2000. I've slowed down a lot, but still probably go through 5-10 sets a year. Since Christmas, I've had: Titleist 718AP2 Titleist 718MB Ping i210 Ping G410 Miura CB57 Ping iBlade Srixon z785 Mizuno mp32 Ping Blueprint I'm about to pick up some TM p790s. My name is BCULAW, and I have a problem.
  5. All I know is that a set of Ping G410s (4-A) gives me a lovely loft spread from 50* in the A wedge to 20* in the 4, which is perfect in an 8 iron set. Is my 4 really a 3? Is my A wedge really a P wedge? I don't care. All of them go high, straight, and long. I hope Ping keeps doing what they do.
  6. It’s a fun project. I installed some years ago in a set of Titleist 690s that I had rechromed. I wanted to replicate the original feel. It was an easy enough process. That said, I ended up reshafting them and didn’t use the dowels. Not sure I could tell any difference between “dowelled” and “un-dowelled.” Don’t expect anything earth shattering.
  7. I didn't have any issues with knock downs, although I should note that I was playing a weaker shaft than I usually play. That was actually one of the cool things about the G410s. The faces were "hot," so you didn't have to swing hard for them to go a long way, but they were also really consistent so they put out what you out in. In other words, since the shaft was easy to load, I didn't have to hit every shot hard. Easy distance, but a lot of versatility. I moved on from the 410s into the Blueprints, it stayed with the weaker shaft for this reason. It's transformed my iron play.
  8. I've bagged most of the current Ping lineup, including g410, i210, i500, and currently Blueprints. Besides the BPs, the 410s were my favorite by far. 210s seemed very dead and muted to me, and the i500s were wildly inconsistent. By comparison, I found the g410s to have a lovely feel and sound, with easy, consistent distances. One of my favorite sets, and I've played a TON of different irons. Im currently hovering around a 2hdcp. If I were to ever go back to GI clubs (which I tend to rather frequently), I will ALWAYS start with the G series. Just love them, and the 410
  9. These were a tour only release many years ago. IIRC correctly, TM released these and the CBs in standard offset, onset, and “2mm” which denoted additional offset. I have traditionally enjoyed a bit of offset and had the CB version for a bit. Back in the day there was another golf board/forum that sold them in their online shop. The MB version were also available at the time I purchased mine. They were allegedly forged by Miura, but you never know whether those legends are true. For reference, I think I paid $699 for mine new (heads only) in 2005-ish.
  10. Those were my very first set of irons! Mizuno Trues! Picked them up on close out at the Edwin Watts in Tallahassee, Florida for $299 new. They even threw in a free matching lob wedge. WAY too much club for me to handle at the time, but they were gorgeous clubs that felt amazing on the few times I actually found the center of the face! Ha ha!!
  11. Agreed, but I do worry about the look of the wear and whether I would find it distracting. One of the things I love about the jet/stealth black of the SM wedges is that the wear doesn’t contrast too much with the matte finish. I’m curious how the glossy black looks after a few months.
  12. I can't recall the actual spin number difference, but the LST is an average of 9 yards longer for me and 17 yards longer for me on best strikes. I tested both for a while with the same shaft and set up. i had similar results with the G400 Max and G400 LST. The LST version is just absolutely perfect for me.
  13. BCULAW


    Anything Srixon or ping. Can't go wrong with them as a digger.
  14. Just a thought, but my experience is that a lot of people who are so inclined could play blades with a simple shaft change. I’ve been playing blades for the better part of 15 years. I’m a former pro baseball player and can still move the club a bit. I picked up my first set of blades at a time when I was really struggling with my iron play. Went from Callaway VFT Hawkeye SGI irons to a set of Titleist 680s with Rifle 5.0 shafts. The improvement in my iron play was immediate and substantial. I’ve tinkered with many heads and shafts over the years and “fit” into KBS Tour 13
  15. I agree with this. The srixons are some of my favorite irons for the exact reasons you mention with respect to the Hogan’s. Like you, I picked up distance, and more surprisingly, directional accuracy that I largely attributed to the sole grind. I believe the grind genuinely helped my game because it eliminated nearly all resistance from the turf. The result was a more relaxed and confident swing, as well as more consistent results. I’ve never had so many Iron shots fly directly at the flag.
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