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What was the best year for forged CB-ish type irons?


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I thought this would be a fun question, I've done a little research and the year that sticks out to me for true forged, soft, high performing CB-type irons is... 2015! Irons that come to mind from that year are...

 

Bridgestone J15 CB

Srixon Z745

Honma TW727V

Mizuno MP-15 (more of a MB type I know, but had some extra forgiveness in there with the TI muscle so leaving this one in. Mp-5 was the true blade)

Nike Vapor Pro Combo (first came out in 2014 I think, but I believe they made them in 2015 too?)

 

I know Callaway, Titleist, and Taylormade all made forged CB type irons too but I wanted to highlight some of the lesser thought about ones to shorten the list initially.

 

What do you think was the best year for these type of irons? What others am I missing?

 

Let the discussion begin!

 

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Cobra LTDx 3 wood, 15 - PX RDX Smoke Black 70 6.5/x

Cobra LTDx 5 wood, 18.5 - PX RDX Smoke Black 80 6.5/x

Titleist TS2 hybrid, 21 -  PX EvenFlow White 100 6.5/x

New Level PF-2, 5-PW - DG S300

Mizuno S18, 50/7 - DG TI S400

Mizuno T20, 54/8 - DG TI S400

Mizuno T20, 60/6 - DG TI S400

TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

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For me, can't say 2015 was THE year; more like 2019.

 

In 2016, I moved back to Titleist and bought 716 CB irons, which were fantastic.  But in 2019 switched to 620 MB and 620 CB, maybe the best forged CB iron ever made.

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Maybe 1996.

 

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Nike Ignite 410 10.5° Grafalloy Blue X

Nike T60 15° Fujikura Speeder 757 X

Titleist 913F 19° Mitsubishi Diamana BB 83X or Titleist 712U 2-iron 19° KBS Tour S

Titleist 712U 3-iron 22° KBS Tour S

Titleist 681 4-iron to 9-iron KBS Tour S

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3 hours ago, Eazy Mac said:

I thought this would be a fun question, I've done a little research and the year that sticks out to me for true forged, soft, high performing CB-type irons is... 2015! Irons that come to mind from that year are...

 

Bridgestone J15 CB

Srixon Z745

Honma TW727V

Mizuno MP-15 (more of a MB type I know, but had some extra forgiveness in there with the TI muscle so leaving this one in. Mp-5 was the true blade)

Nike Vapor Pro Combo (first came out in 2014 I think, but I believe they made them in 2015 too?)

 

I know Callaway, Titleist, and Taylormade all made forged CB type irons too but I wanted to highlight some of the lesser thought about ones to shorten the list initially.

 

What do you think was the best year for these type of irons? What others am I missing?

 

Let the discussion begin!

 

2015 was quite a time period for sure.  I remember a really long thread on here with people going back and forth between the J15 CB's and the Z745's....it went on forever!

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Titleist TSR2 7 Wood 21*| MCA Tensei AV blue Xlink 75 S

Mizuno JPX 923 Forged 4 iron| N.S. Pro 980GH DST S

Mizuno JPX 923 Forged 5-GW| N.S. Pro 1050GH S

Cleveland RTX 6 Zipcore 54* & 58*| N.S. Pro Modus³ Tour 115 Wedge
Ping 2023 Anser
Srixon Z Star

 

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I know this isn’t part of the exercise, but let’s acknowledge that the present day has no shortage of options, either…

 

620 CB

JPX 923 Tour

P7 MC

TC 201

ZX7*

King CB

Apex CB*

0317 CB

Haywood CB

SMS Pro*

AF Tour CB2

Staff CB

301 CBs

 

*Some have clever weighting systems, but are still generally one-piece forgings. 


 

 

 

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16 minutes ago, Poor Mans Ty Webb said:

I know this isn’t part of the exercise, but let’s acknowledge that the present day has no shortage of options, either…

 

620 CB

JPX 923 Tour

P7 MC

TC 201

ZX7*

King CB

Apex CB*

0317 CB

Haywood CB

SMS Pro*

AF Tour CB2

Staff CB

301 CBs

 

*Some have clever weighting systems, but are still generally one-piece forgings. 


 

 

 

I also have to give New Level a nod in the current list.  My oldest was a Titleist staffer for years and now has a set of New Level 623 CB's that he swears are the smoothest irons he's ever hit.  

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I’m a big fan of 08.  MP-62 and X Forged…. Both such good CBs.

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Ping G430 MAX 3W 15*, Ventus TR Red 7X
Ping G430 MAX 7W 21*, Ventus TR Blue 8X 

Ping i230 4i DG 120 S300

Ping Blueprint S, 5-PW DG 120 S300

Titleist Vokey SM9 50F, 54S, 58M

Odyssey Ai-One Jailbird Mini CH /or/ Tri Hot 5K Seven CH

 


 

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3 hours ago, Poor Mans Ty Webb said:

I know this isn’t part of the exercise, but let’s acknowledge that the present day has no shortage of options, either…

 

620 CB

JPX 923 Tour

P7 MC

TC 201

ZX7*

King CB

Apex CB*

0317 CB

Haywood CB

SMS Pro*

AF Tour CB2

Staff CB

301 CBs

 

*Some have clever weighting systems, but are still generally one-piece forgings. 


 

 

 

 

ZX7 is a nice iron. But put it next to a 745 and it's flat out ugly. 

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TSR2 15˚ Black 1K 75

Apex UW 19˚ RDX 80

T-150 4-PW - PX 6.0

RTX Zipcore Raw 48M/54M/60L 

Byron Morgan 029x PROTO-Carbon/2022 BB-1F

Pro V1X 

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Whatever the year…Mizuno MX-23’s  [/thread] 

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Titleist 915Fd, w/Aldila Rogue Black 80-2.8-S
19* TSR3 Hybrid, w/Fujikura Atmos HB Tour Spec Blue 85

24* TSR3 Hybrid, w/Fujikura Atmos HB Tour Spec Blue 85
Mizuno MP-18 MMC 6-P, w/UST Recoil 95 F4
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I have played Srixon ZX5 , ZX7 ,  ZX5 MKII , New Level 902PD Mizuno Pro 223 , Mizuno Pro 245 and still keep coming back to the 

2015 OnOff Kuro Irons.  I seriously have lost count how many sets I have bought and sold but they are back in the bag.  This photo is my 1st set 😁

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Ping G425 14.5  Fairway ,Tensei  AV Orange 75

Ping G425 17.5 Fairway  ,Tensei  CK Orange 75

Ping Anser 23 degree Hybrid

OnOff 2015 Kuro Irons ,Nippon Modus Tour 120

Scratch 50 ,54,58 Wedges  ,Nippon WV 115 Wedge Shafts

Scotty Cameron Champions Choice Newport  2+ 

Titleist Pro V1x

 

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