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Gents - perhaps this is the best ongoing thread for this question. While searching eBay for various old clubs (JNP, Muirfields, Ram Tour Grinds, etc.), it seems that there're no X-Stiff available. Many "regular" sets, some "stiff" sets, but little to zero X-flex available. Did the 70's-90's tour players use Stiff instead of say X-100's? One thread I read said some thing like, "... Jack used Stiff until the X-100 was developed." Where the Pro's just tipping S-300's to make them stiffer, or did then on-average play a whippier shaft compared to today's players? Thx Jim

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*Predictable answer klaxon*   It's the Nike VR Pros. Tried a few now but always come back to these - all the benefits of blades you would expect, and a level of forgiveness that you wouldn't

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Gents - perhaps this is the best ongoing thread for this question. While searching eBay for various old clubs (JNP, Muirfields, Ram Tour Grinds, etc.), it seems that there're no X-Stiff available. Many "regular" sets, some "stiff" sets, but little to zero X-flex available. Did the 70's-90's tour players use Stiff instead of say X-100's? One thread I read said some thing like, "... Jack used Stiff until the X-100 was developed." Where the Pro's just tipping S-300's to make them stiffer, or did then on-average play a whippier shaft compared to today's players? Thx Jim

 

Anecdotally speaking, the curve on shaft flex was steeper then, than today. Pre-1995 .355" tapered tipped S300's are plenty stiff and stout. The parallel type were heavy but not as tip stiff. A lot of today's' "S" offerings are of the SL variety and are much lighter. An S300 then is much like an S400 now.

 

Best recommendation I can offer is go with a tapered tip "S". Doubt it will be too whippy. If it's not heavy enough, add heavily corded or leather grips.

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Read like 4 pages and couldnt understand why the MB2 werent mentioned........Then I realized all the posts predate the MB2's lol

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Taylormade Original One Mini 9.5° - DG x100
Mizuno MP Fli Hi 18° - C Taper 125
Mizuno MP Fli Hi 23° - C Taper 120
Srixon z765 5 iron S300
Wilson Staff FG62 6-PW - S300 Hard Stepped
TM HiToe 52°/56°/62° 
Ping Dalehead - Odyssey Protype 3  - Toulon Atlanta
2016 RZN Platinum (15 dozen in the garage)

 

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Gents - perhaps this is the best ongoing thread for this question. While searching eBay for various old clubs (JNP, Muirfields, Ram Tour Grinds, etc.), it seems that there're no X-Stiff available. Many "regular" sets, some "stiff" sets, but little to zero X-flex available. Did the 70's-90's tour players use Stiff instead of say X-100's? One thread I read said some thing like, "... Jack used Stiff until the X-100 was developed." Where the Pro's just tipping S-300's to make them stiffer, or did then on-average play a whippier shaft compared to today's players? Thx Jim

 

Hogan Apex 5's are X-stiff. Apex shafts date back to the late 60's and were made into the 2000's.

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Are you a Wilson rep?

 

There are many terrific blades made the past 20-30 years. I believe the 1999 Ben Hogan Apex blades are one of the best blades ever made. The feedback was terrific. The playability to control shots was outstanding. This iron was even considered a forgiving iron to play but keep in mind you still have to put a good swing on the ball. This iron is so good I still game a set. I would also say the MacGregors of the 1980s were terrific. I have a mint condition set of Muirfield 20th irons (3-SW) in a bag sitting in my office. I gamed a set of these from 1989-1991 when I replaced them with a set of MacGregor VIP blades (reintroduced blades).

TaylorMade M3 440cc 9.5* driver, Graphite Design Tour AD DI 6S
TaylorMade M4 15* (small), Graphite Design Tour AD DI 7S
TaylorMade SLDR 2I Hybrid, Graphite Design Tour AD DI 8S
Ben Hogan Icon 4-PW, Nippon Modus3 Tour 120 stiff
Scratch Golf 50* GW, Nippon Modus3 Tour 120 stiff
Scratch Golf 54* SW, Nippon Modus3 Tour 120 stiff
Scratch Golf 58* LW, Nippon Modus3 Tour 120 stiff
Byron Morgan custom Epic Day putter




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I don't mean to blaspheme in the house of Hogan, but having played the '88, '99, and '03 Apex models, I think the '03's are the best of that bunch. I know the clamshell ridge on the back turns some people off, (me included, at first) but there is an extra feeling and extra forgiveness I feel the '99 lacks. That said, I do rotate both sets in and out of play; neither one is 'bad'

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LOL, there is no blaspheme the House of Hogan. Whether a person plays a particular Hogan iron, or even an iron from another brand, it's all good in the golfing world. This '99 Hogan Apex blade fan is certainly happy you have your preferred iron. Play well.

 

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TaylorMade M3 440cc 9.5* driver, Graphite Design Tour AD DI 6S
TaylorMade M4 15* (small), Graphite Design Tour AD DI 7S
TaylorMade SLDR 2I Hybrid, Graphite Design Tour AD DI 8S
Ben Hogan Icon 4-PW, Nippon Modus3 Tour 120 stiff
Scratch Golf 50* GW, Nippon Modus3 Tour 120 stiff
Scratch Golf 54* SW, Nippon Modus3 Tour 120 stiff
Scratch Golf 58* LW, Nippon Modus3 Tour 120 stiff
Byron Morgan custom Epic Day putter




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Phew, coming back to this thread a few days short of 10 years from the day it started. I figured I'd add some more to this list now that a full decade has passed - and it's become more of a comprehensive list of blades, rather than a short list of best blades.

If I had to choose a shorter list of the best blade irons (that I've also been able to have a good amount of experience with hitting), I think I'd say Miura MB-001, Mizuno MP 14, Mizuno MP 33, Nike VR TW, Taylormade MB TP, and Titleist 681.

 

Adams MB2 (previous gamer set)

Callaway X Prototype AKA Razr MB

Fourteen FH-1000

Miura MB-001 (current gamer set)

Mizuno MP 14 (not sure how I missed this the first time despite putting MP 29)

Mizuno MP 20

Nike VR TW (previous gamer set)

Nike VR Pro

Ping Blueprint

 

Additionally, I could probably add any Titleist MB, as they're all solid. This may be blasphemy for some, but none of the 710, 712, 714, 716, 718, 620, etc.. really stood out to me as having a different character than the previous generation. That's in comparison to the (mostly older) Mizunos, which I thought felt unique and had their own character (e.g. MP33 was far and away the softest, most "buttery" blade ever IMO, MP32 was quite forgiving for a blade, MP37 was a bit harder feel and looked a lot smaller/thicker than other Mizunos, MP14 felt like a nice in-between of everything, MP20 felt incredible with the copper underlay brought back from the TN87).

TaylorMade SLDR 10.5˚, Kuro Kage Proto TiNi 70X
TaylorMade R7 TP 17.5˚, GD Prototype Model 902X OR TaylorMade SLDR 17˚ Kuro Kage Black Proto 80X
Titleist 712U 3i, Nippon Modus3 120X
Miura CB-501 (4, 5) & Miura MB-001 (6-PW), Nippon Modus3 120X
Miura Wedge Series 51˚, Nippon Modus3 120X
Fourteen RM-12 56˚, 60˚
Odyssey Tank Cruiser V-Line, Garsen Max

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Mizuno fan here, so I'm definitely a little biased.

The MP4, to me, is the best pure blade out there. I game MP32 (as a backup set) and love them, but the 4s are as close as you can get to a perfect mix of old school looks and current technology for a blade.

Haven't hit the MP33, but based on what I've read here and elsewhere, they belong in this conversation as well.

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Blades are about playing the game with ball control and solid contact. The best I have played are the MacGregor 785 reverse muscle backs. Unmatched for controlling trajectory and spin makes it ideal for windy conditions and workability. Not among the longest or highest launching but hard to beat for shot making and ball control which are the best measurements for blades, imo.

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the only downside of x-protos is the offset. ted too much IMO.

Callaway Rogue SZ TC 9.0º + HOF Tour Black 55 SS / Fujikura SIX Tour Spec X 

Callaway Rogue SZ TC 14.7º + Fujikura Pro Tour Spec 6X

Royal Collection 505V BBD Hybrid #2 18º + NS PRO 950FW X

Nike VFP 4 + Accra TourZ M5

Nike VFP 5, VP Blades 6–9 + DG TI X100

Scratch 8620 47º 50º 56º DG S300, Scratch STI 60º + DG TI S400

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