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Hi everyone,

 

In the market for a new set of blades and I figured I’d gauge the thoughts from you all. To start - I am not a fan of any major OEM’s current blade model. Mizuno, Taylormade, Titleist…you name it. I’m obviously being picky here, but who isn’t looking for the perfect shape?

 

I’ve started looking at JDM options including Seven, Fujimoto, Kyeoi, Epon, etc. I’ve had a set of Miura 001’s, but I couldn’t stand the sole. The Seven MB’s look perfect but I think we all know about the price tag. 
 

Curious to your opinions on the matter. Thanks for your help in advance!

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Wilson Staff and Srixon are pretty well liked. I haven’t hit them but that’s where I would start (and P7TW).

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D| Ping G400 9* UST Proforce V2 Black 7F5

UW| Callaway UW 17* UST Proforce V2 Black 7F5

2-E| Ben Hogan 1999 Apex DG120 X100

SW| Maltby TSW 56* DG X100

LW| Maltby TSW 60* DG X100

P| Ping Anser

Ball| Snell MTB Black

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2 hours ago, mrmccormack said:

I’ve had a set of Miura 001’s, but I couldn’t stand the sole.

Interesting observation. What didn’t work for you with the sole? Not a fan of the leading edge grind?

Driver: Taylormade M2 9.5* w/ LAGolf Trono 65X @45".

3W: Taylormade M2 15* w/ Aldila RIP 70.

5W: Taylormade M6 18* w/ Fujikura Atmos Tour Spec Red 7S.

Irons: Miura Retro Tournament blades 3i, 4i, and 7i. Miura MB-001 5i, 6i, 8i-PW. 3i with MMT 125TX. 4i-PW are Oak doweled, DG X100 Tiger Stepped 1/4”

lofts: 3i: 20* 4i: 24* 5i: 28* 6i: 32* 7i: 36* 8i: 40* 9i: 44* PW: 48*

Wedges: Fourteen RM4 56* DG X7, Miura 59* At 61* DG X7

Putter: Taylormade Spider

Grips: Golf pride MCC+4.

Ball: Snell MTB-X

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i've owned the most talked about irons in general from miura, ping, kyoei, etc.  I have 5 sets of miura, 4 of ping, and only the KK in kyoei's. 3 sets of pxg's as well for reference in the discussion. all 'players' irons. 

 

I will say the best of the bunch for feel is the kyoei KK raws.  the grind is superb with turf interaction and the shot off the face so solid/soft miura isn't comparable.  The grind is comparable to srixon which is great.  Mine have 120 PX 120lz with regular sized velvets.  

 

I would say the 99% as good as second can be are the pxg 211 ST irons.  They are very very very underrated.  So much so that I actually play them on all trips that I send my clubs to and "away' trips to travel locally for some reason. I suspect I should just change to them and drop the kyoei's.  They are silly pricey not to buy a set from 4-pw for 89bucks/stick.  great set.  I am not sure they are still available as they are an older set.  mine have the standard elevate 95's in them as I bought them as a set I sent to florida for a 30a trip and did not want to spend anything extra for them.  That shaft is great. Launches in my window and feels great to me.   I prob should buy a second set just to store so when they stop making them.  Feel is very close to the kyoei but honestly, nothing comes close to the KK's but i'd never set down the 0211ST for the price for sure.  

 

To each his own, but if price was a concern, the 0211st is a crazy steal and the kk's are icing on the cake. 

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If the "perfect shape" is your main criteria then you'll have to describe exactly what that means to you, otherwise you'll likely just get a list of blades you're already aware of. 

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Taylormade SIM V2 16.5* Kuro Kage Prototype 80TX || Taylormade M5 16.5* Diamana D+ LTD 80TX 
Taylormade M5 19* Tensei Pro White 90TX || Srixon ZX Utility 18* Fujikura Motore Speeder HB9.8 Tour Spec-X
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Bridgestone J40 CB 8i-PW 39*- 48* Brunswick Precision Rifle FCM 7.0

Taylormade Milled Grind Raw 54* Brunswick Precision Rifle FCM 7.0
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A Member on here had the MOI for the titleist MB 620s , which was surprising high for a bladed iron , over all IMOP and I’m bias that the 620s top the blade category.   Mizuno, you cannot beat their metallurgy IMOP.   Size of head, playability , 620 for this user .   Worth mention the Wilson Staff blade is a thing of beauty and def over looked 

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2i 19.5* T-MB AD DI 105x (Tipped 2.5”) 

Titleist MB 620 3-PW (47* PW) Tour Issue X100s (HSx1) lie angle 620mb std specs + .25 to .5” 

Vokey Wedge Works Sm8 D grind 54(@53*) bounce 12* | custom grind leading edge relief w/ DG s400 TI + 1” lie Sm8 K grind 58(@59*) low bounce 6* | custom grind heel relief w/ DG s400 TI + 1”  - Lie Angles @63

Putter Bettinardi BB8 Fly-Mill DASS blank trisole - 36" @ 68* Lie angle 2* Loft | Piretti Mid Grip 

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7 minutes ago, Valtiel said:

If the "perfect shape" is your main criteria then you'll have to describe exactly what that means to you, otherwise you'll likely just get a list of blades you're already aware of. 

Great point. Least amount of offset possible, square toe, smaller the better.

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3 hours ago, Chunkitgood said:

Now you’ve got me wanting some Ping Blueprints again.


great irons!

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Driver = Titleist TSR2 Tour AD IZ Stiff 

Hybrid = Taylormade Stealth Plus 18* Smoke Red RDX 6.0
Irons = 4 iron Callaway TCB DG S300

             5-PW Callaway Apex MB 2021 DG S300
Wedges = Bettinardi HLX 3.0 51*

                  Taylormade MG3 TW 56*

                  Nike SV Tour 60*

Putter = Odyssey White Hot OG 1WS

Ball = Bridgestone Tour B RXS or Taylormade Tour Response Stripe 

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On 9/7/2022 at 10:37 PM, Chunkitgood said:

Now you’ve got me wanting some Ping Blueprints again.

definitely softer feeling blades out there but I think Blueprints are the sleeper pick for best blade. Definitely most underrated cuz they don't have the sexiness that a Japanese irons offers or even a Titleist Blade

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Driver: PING G410 LST 9° (@ 8°, little -) w/ UST Mamiya Elements Earth 6F5 (45.5", tipped 1")

3 Wood: Callaway Epic Speed Triple Diamond 15° w/ UST Mamiya Elements Earth 7F5 (42.5", tipped 1.5")

Hybrid: ADAMS Idea Pro a12 18° w/ Graphite Design Tour AD DI 95-X Hybrid (40.5")

Irons: PING iBlade (4), PING Blueprint (5-PW) w/ Dynamic Gold 120 X100 Tour Issue

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM5 Tour Issue (52° @ 50°-12F), Vokey SM8 (56° @ 55°-10S), Vokey SM9 WedgeWorks (60°-06K) w/ Dynamic Gold 120 S400 Tour Issue

Putter: Scotty Cameron Select GoLo (36")

 

Grips: Golf Pride Z-Grip Cord Midsize, PING PP58 Midsize Cord

Ball: TaylorMade TP5X (2021)

Bag: PING Hoofer Craz-E Lite

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If I had to get some new blades I'd arrange a demo session with the following:

 

Titleist 620 MB - have tried them before and loved the feel and consistency. Not the softest blades known to man but perform well. 

 

TM P7-TW - my assumption on these is that they're the VR Pros with a TM badge on them, hence a fantastic set of irons. Heavier on price than the others but suspect I'd like them the most. 

 

Ping Blueprint - haven't hit them but love the look of them, plus like the troll aspect of my first proper set of Pings (not hand me downs) being a set of blades. 

 

I'd also probably try some ZX Forged and the latest Vega have to offer just for reference purposes. 

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Henrik - Titleist 917 F3 15 deg, Rogue Max 75x, B2 Setting

Brooksie - Nike Vapor Fly Pro 2 iron - KBS C-Taper 120S

The Blades - Nike VR Pro 4 - PW, S400 Tour Issue, +0.5 inch

Frankenwedge - Nike SV 52-10, DG Wedge Flex, Much Lead Tape

The Sand Iron - TaylorMade MG2 TW-12 Grind, 56 degree, S400 Tour Issue

The Flopper - TaylorMade MG2 TW-11 Grind, 60 Degree, S400 Tour Issue

The Putter - Nike Method 003 from The Oven

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I'd add New Level to the list if it were me.

Titleist TSi3 8* Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 6
Titleist TSi3 15* Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 7
Sonartec MD 19* Fujikura Banzai
MacGregor Pro-M 4-P S300
Scratch Golf JLM-SND 51*, JLM-SND 55*, JLM-SFU 59*
Scotty Cameron California Series Del Mar

 

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I'm intrigued by Haywood Golf and their MBs:

 

Haywood MB's – haywoodgolf UK

 

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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 or Mizuno MP4 4-PW
Vokey SM8 52/58; MD Golf 56
Radius Classic 8

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16 minutes ago, nvr3putt said:

Are there blades that are less prone to bag chatter?

That would be quite the engineering feat. Probably more of a bag issue

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Putter: Mizuno MP-A306; Mitsubishi MMT

Grips: The Grip Master roo midsize

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On 9/8/2022 at 1:15 AM, mrmccormack said:

Hi everyone,

 

In the market for a new set of blades and I figured I’d gauge the thoughts from you all. To start - I am not a fan of any major OEM’s current blade model. Mizuno, Taylormade, Titleist…you name it. I’m obviously being picky here, but who isn’t looking for the perfect shape?

 

I’ve started looking at JDM options including Seven, Fujimoto, Kyeoi, Epon, etc. I’ve had a set of Miura 001’s, but I couldn’t stand the sole. The Seven MB’s look perfect but I think we all know about the price tag. 
 

Curious to your opinions on the matter. Thanks for your help in advance!

Sans the retro script, I'd say the Mizuno pro 221 are the best current blade. Although only marginally better shape wise than the MP20.

Only thing that could top it for me woud be a ultra custom set of blades from national custom works, but that's silly amounts of money and waiting.

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Driver: Mizuno STG; Ventus TR black 7X

Irons: Mizuno pro 225/221 2-5#/6-9# ; Project X LS 6.5

Wedges: Mizuno T22 46S/50S/54D/58C ; KBS $ Taper X

Putter: Mizuno MP-A306; Mitsubishi MMT

Grips: The Grip Master roo midsize

Ball: Vice Pro Plus

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On 9/7/2022 at 10:41 PM, mrmccormack said:

Great point. Least amount of offset possible, square toe, smaller the better.

Sub70 649 MB Tour

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Titleist TSR4 Ventus 7X Tipped 1”

Callaway X Hot 3 deep 14.5° PX 8A4 7.0

TM GAPR Lo 17° KBS Graphite X

Sub70 TA3 3-5/ 649MB Tour 6-9

C-Taper S Tipped 1”

Titleist SM8 48/

Ping Glide Forged Pro 53/

TM MG3 58 

TT DG TI S400

Odyssey OG White Hot #7

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Currently gaming Callaway Apex MB 21's. Great iron with a ton of forgiveness. Despite them producing great numbers for me, I continue to toy with the idea of putting a set of Miura MB-101's in the bag. Titleist 620MB's are gorgeous as well. 

SIM2 8 degree - Ventus Black 7x

SIM2 3 wood - Ventus Black 8x

Srixon ZX Utility 2 Iron - Ventus Black 10TX

Mizuno MP-20 MMC 4-PW - Project X 6.5

Mizuno T20 50/55/60 - Project X 6.5

Scotty Cameron Phantom X 5.5

Titleist ProV1x Left Dash

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