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I'll keep it short and sweet: I want to build a set that starts with a "retro" blade head, that incorporates a modern shaft (Nippon Modus Pro 130 for this guy).

Though I like what everyone else does in a blade design: minimal offset, thin top line, narrow sole, crisp scoring lines, traditional lofts, and the feel, I LOVE finding all of these qualities in an lesser-known/underrated manufacturer (i.e. MacGregor 1025M, KZG ZO).

Anyone else in this same boat? Any reccos?

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OG Nike Forged Blades

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Callaway Mavrik 10.5° w/ Aldila Rogue White 70 130MSI X
TaylorMade M2 DF 16.5° w/ Mitsu Diamana W 80X
TaylorMade Sim Max Rescue 19° w/ HZRDUS Red 105 6.5
Yonex Ezone CB-301 3-9 w/ Nippon Modus 125X
Cleveland RTX4 Raw 48°,53°,58° w/ DG S400 Tour Issue
TaylorMade Spider Tour Black 34"

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Mizuno mp37


Ping G400 Max 10.5* Fubuki K 60x

Ping G400 5w 16.5* Blueboard 73x
Callaway GBB 19* Aldila NVS 85x
Apex '16 4h 23* Fubuki ax400h 82x

Apex ‘16 5h 27* Mitsu KuroKage 90s

Ping s55 6 - PW Fujikura MCI 100s

Ping Glide 49*, 54* & 59* wrx Recoil 110s
Piretti Matera Elite
 

 

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Maybe you want to look for Japan brands too like Yonex, TourStage, etc.

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Driver: For now. Tour Issue Epic Flash TD 10.5 w/GD AD-TP6X   3wd: Titleist TS2 15 w/ Atmos Black 8s Tour Spec Tour Stiff Hybrid: Titleist 915 w/ Diamana 90 Stiff 4Iron thru GW Titleist T100 w/ Nippon Super Peening Orange HSx1  Wedges: Miura Tour 55, 59 w/ Nippon 125 Putter: PXG Bat Attack Gen1

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8620 it will be

easier to look at Yoro Mizunos on

Ebay? My MP100

qualify..2006 they

are mp33.Yes mp37 are similar toHoganPersonal

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search thats where the Mizuno

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Ping Rapture 2006 10.5
Nike VrS 3wood
Callaway Razr Edge5 wood

MP100=33 9876 5/mp63
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60     RTX2
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Dont hesitate to buy one!






 

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I've been keeping my eye out for two head sets, these are one of them. Problem is finding a set that has moderate wear. Haven't considered a refinishing service... yet.

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bridgestone mb's, love my j15's


Ping G400 Max 10.5* Fubuki K 60x

Ping G400 5w 16.5* Blueboard 73x
Callaway GBB 19* Aldila NVS 85x
Apex '16 4h 23* Fubuki ax400h 82x

Apex ‘16 5h 27* Mitsu KuroKage 90s

Ping s55 6 - PW Fujikura MCI 100s

Ping Glide 49*, 54* & 59* wrx Recoil 110s
Piretti Matera Elite
 

 

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Hate to be a contrarian, but most of the ballyhooed blade designs of circa 2005 were overrated!

Perimeter weighting and cavity backs in the GI line gave better performance overall than most blades.

What's In The Bag (Summary)

 

Driver:  Calla XR16 Pro set 11.5°  ||  Fairways:  Tour Edge XRail 4W + 7W or Calla Alpha 815s set 16° and 21°

Hybrid:  Cobra FlyZ 4H  ||  Irons:  Tour Edge CB Pro Tungsten 4i-9i

Wedges:  Calla MD3 / 48° and 54°... MD4 / 58° ||  Putter: Ping Sigma G Tyne (face-balanced)

Ball: Calla SuperHot (Orange preferred)

For details see: WITB_Long.docx

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The Ever Changing Bag!  A lot of mixing and matching
Driver:  Cobra Fly-Z+, Xcaliber 7.5 TS, 44", King LTD, HZRDUS 75 6.5, 44.25"
3w:  Cobra King LTD, Aldila Tour Blue 85 S, 42.5"; Stage 2 Tour, SO Fiber Tour Trac 100 X, 42.5"
Hybrid:  TaylorMade Stage 2 Tour, NV105 S or DGS400

Irons grab bag:  Mizuno MP-37, DGS300; Golden Ram TW276, NV105; Golden Ram TW282, Precision 6.5; Ram TG-898, Super Peening Blue X; 1980 Golden Rams, Dynamic S; MacGregor Muirfield, Dynamic S; Wilson Staff 78 Tour Blades, Dynamic S
GW:  Dynacraft Dual Millled 52*, DGS400
SW:  Ram Watson Scoring System 55*, DGX 7i shaft; Ram TG-898, DGS400; Ram TG-898, NV105 S; Wilson Staff PMP 58*, DGS300; Ram 1982 Commemorative Nickel 58*, Dynamic S; Ram TW282, DGS; Ram TW276, DGS
LW:  Maltby Design 60* mid sole, DGS400; Maltby Design 60* mid sole, NV105 S
Putter:  Snake Eyes Viper Tour Sv1, 34.25"; Yes! Nicky, 34"
Balls: Wilson Staff Duo Professional or 50 Elite, TP5

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Mizuno MP67. Awesome blade that never really caught on due to the popularity of it's predecessor (MP33) and its sister offering (MP32). Also, the small "cut muscle" gives it a bit of an old school vibe like the old Wilson bullet backs.

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Not sure it fits in the date range but I would have to vote for the Adams Pro Black MB and the MB2. Awesome clubs that I have always loved in the blade design. Still have a set of the MB3 in black with 7 Tungsten weights in sole sitting in my study

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Wishon 575MMC.

Cobra SZ 9* : Tour AD TP 7-S

Cobra F9 Tour 4W : Tour AD TP 8-S

Cobra ForgedTec 3-iron : Nippon Modus3 105-S

Srixon Z785 4-PW : Nippon Modus3 120-S

Cleveland RTX3 50, 54, 58 : Nippon 115-S Wedge

Piretti Potenza 370g : Breakthrough Technology Stability Shaft - 34"

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As counter-contrarian (if that's logically possible)...One thing I miss about the blades is you could hit a shot low if you needed to. If I was in first cut of rough and branch hung down to about 3 feet, I could half-top a draw or a slap slice and get it where I needed. From 180 out, could hit a 3 iron that never got 5 feet off the ground, landed 40 yards short and rolled up to the fringe.

Hard to keep shots low with helpful iron heads.

What's In The Bag (Summary)

 

Driver:  Calla XR16 Pro set 11.5°  ||  Fairways:  Tour Edge XRail 4W + 7W or Calla Alpha 815s set 16° and 21°

Hybrid:  Cobra FlyZ 4H  ||  Irons:  Tour Edge CB Pro Tungsten 4i-9i

Wedges:  Calla MD3 / 48° and 54°... MD4 / 58° ||  Putter: Ping Sigma G Tyne (face-balanced)

Ball: Calla SuperHot (Orange preferred)

For details see: WITB_Long.docx

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Was going to suggest the MB2's as well, but get a raw set.

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SM 3.5 Bag:

Titleist TS3 8.5* w/ DI BB-6X

TM Sim Ti 14* w/ Kai'Li 80X

Titleist TS3 19*  w/ Atmos HB TS Blue 8X 

Ping I20 4-UW w/ Rifle 6.5 SS x1

Edel 54/58 w/ DG TI S400

Odyssey Tank Cruiser 

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If you decide you want the Macgregor 1025M, I have a set of heads (5-W) that are just sitting in a basket. I am not eager to sell them (and they are pretty inexpensive now, low demand), but I hate just seeing them lying around.

Ping GMax 400 10.5 TPT 17 LKP
Callawy Epic 5W 

Callaway X-hot pro 3 h
TM P790 4-W, DG 105 R
Vokey SM7 48, 52, 56
Cameron Futura 5W


 
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Hogan released their last line of apex blades in 05. They were a great set.

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Driver: Taylormade SIM 9 Project X Green 60TX

Fairway Finder: Taylormade Original One 13.5 UST Proforce V2 8F5
Taylormade Gapr low 2 
4-PW Cobra king forged CB KBS $ Taper 130 X flex
Wedges 50, 54, 60 Cleveland ZIPCORE
PUTTER; Kronos release long neck
BALL; Bridgestone BX, OR Taylomade TP5x PIX

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This interests me as I played Mizuno SPL blades for a decade and still have the heads in very good condition, thinking about a reshaft for them to have some fun.

WITB: always a WIP with lots of shaft options but right now:

Cobra F8+ 9°, XCaliber 6+ S 45" or XCaliber Tour SL TS 45.75"

Cobra Fly-Z 14.5°, XCaliber FW S 43.25" // Srixon F45 19.0°, XCaliber FW S 42.50"

Srixon Z565 3I-PW Nippon N.S.Pro 980GH DST S

Cleveland CBX 50.11 // Cleveland RTX3 56.14 bent 55.13 // Nike VR X3X Toe Sweep 58.10  

Wilson Infinite Windy City

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I could not agree more. Because I was a Justin Leonard fan back in the day, I tried (and fell in love with) these irons. Had timing been a little different, these probably would've been my first REAL set of irons.

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