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Looking for an older backup set of irons.  Something I can play when my main set is getting worked on (I tinker a lot) or when I may not be in my A game and don’t want to hit blades that day. Or just for fun to mix things up. 
 

anyway, I’ve never hit. But always heard good things of the old Bridgestone irons. But I don’t know which model are the good ones? J15 CB?  J40?  Thinking maybe something along these lines or some old Srixons or something similar. 
 

thanks in advance. 

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J33 cb 1st choice

J36cb are good

The attached pic,2009 Tourstage are forged, even softer than mp33 great value.......i sold my j33cb to my Boss..still got a job...then he bought Mizuno😃

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I have both the Tour B X CB and the J15 CB.  I am in the minority in that I prefer the Tour B X CB.  Little more compact than the J15 CB and feel more solid/dense out of the middle.  The J15 CB feels almost too soft at times IMHO.

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J38cb’s and J40cb’s were very very solid. 

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Just shipped mine off to their new home but the J15 CB are the best, at least for me and it isn't even close.

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Ping G25  TFC 189s

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As most of us are Off Contract and Free Agents at present,hence playing Mizuno Irons, i didnt think  groove compliance was important,sorry

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The tour b x-cb's will never get  the attention and love of the j15's, but they are incredible irons as mentioned above.  Slightly smaller footprint than j15's with a very addicting feel.  The tour b's are  basically a continuation of the ts 201 as mentioned above.  Another one of my favs that I wish I still had are the tourstage 709 mc.  One of the best shaped irons ever IMHO.  Very crisp feel at impact with a lovely top line and pinched toe.  I might have to find another set...

 

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My J15 CB's have been in the bag for 4 years.  Best combo of looks, feel, and forgiveness of a players CB iron that I've ever played.  Plan on keeping them until they wear out. 

 

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So much love for the J40s ! I wish they just kept going eg J33,36,38,40 then 42,44etc they lost shelf space and sales after the 40 series!

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1 hour ago, Moonlightgrm said:

Go here: https://www.golfworks.com/iron-head-mpf-ratings/a/870/

 

Click on Bridgestone, or any other manufacturer, and trust what the numbers tell you. Maltby is usually spot on.

Interesting comparing the J40 CB (labeled as “V” cavity) versus DPC (labeled as straight cavity). The dual pocket cavities move the horizontal CG almost 0.2” towards the toe and increase MOI from 11.5 to 13.1. That ain’t nothing. Were the DPCs longer heel to toe? That might explain the “C” dimension difference.
 

This is slightly off topic, but New Level cavity back irons appear to be heavily influenced by these classic Bridgestones. The 902s feature a single slot cavity and, most interesting, the same number font as the J15 line. Hmmmm. They follow a similar offset progression as the J15 and J40. Anecdotally, they have a very dense and solid feel on pure strikes, not the soft feel most people crave. These are probably the closest you can get to brand new Bridgestone irons.

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I've been looking at various Bridgestone irons, but there aren't a ton of lefties on the open market and that one's that exist tend to be pricey. I am taking notes based on this thread. 

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46 minutes ago, lefthack said:

I've been looking at various Bridgestone irons, but there aren't a ton of lefties on the open market and that one's that exist tend to be pricey. I am taking notes based on this thread. 

Would like to find a set of lefty J15CB or Tour B heads.

 

If anybody has something, let me know.

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Tourstage Z101. Best feeling irons I've ever hit in over 40 years in golf. The J40CB is their 1st cousin and the best Bridgestone I ever struck followed very closely by the J33B.

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14 minutes ago, Llefty said:

Would like to find a set of lefty J15CB or Tour B heads.

 

If anybody has something, let me know.

 

I was just looking at these. If I sold a set, I could justify these.

 

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Left-Handed-Bridgestone-J15CB-Iron-6-Set-5-Pw-/403013607246

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Honma XP-1 3 wood 

Taylormade M1 5 wood

Taylormade GAPR Lo 19* Hybrid 

Byrdie Golf Designs split cavity 4-PW

Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 80g iron shafts

Lazrus 52/8 and 56/12 wedges

Nike Blue Chip 002 putter

Golf Pride Concept Helix grips

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5 hours ago, RolandofGilead said:

Interesting comparing the J40 CB (labeled as “V” cavity) versus DPC (labeled as straight cavity). The dual pocket cavities move the horizontal CG almost 0.2” towards the toe and increase MOI from 11.5 to 13.1. That ain’t nothing. Were the DPCs longer heel to toe? That might explain the “C” dimension difference.
 

This is slightly off topic, but New Level cavity back irons appear to be heavily influenced by these classic Bridgestones. The 902s feature a single slot cavity and, most interesting, the same number font as the J15 line. Hmmmm. They follow a similar offset progression as the J15 and J40. Anecdotally, they have a very dense and solid feel on pure strikes, not the soft feel most people crave. These are probably the closest you can get to brand new Bridgestone irons.

Glad I'm not the only one that noticed the striking similarities.

 

This thread got me looking into sourcing a set of X-blades. I can see some 705s becoming a nice project build in the future. Darn you Golfwrx!

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