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I admit. I love blades. Right now I am playing the 8-PW in blades. However, in my "backup" rotation I have the following sets:

 

MP-14

MP-9

Bridgestone Blades

Wilson staff 79 blades

MP-33

 

I think that I might have "issues"!

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There is just something about the look of a blade that is mesmerizing! I don't play blades currently, but have thought about adding some to the bag in the shorter irons. I just haven't pulled the trigger yet.

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I wish I had the game to play blades, but sadly I don't. So given that fact I wish I could afford a nice set of Scratches :)

I love my set of scratch irons. I have only taken out one other set since I bought them and it was a set of Ping Eye2 Becu.

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I currently have these set of blades:

 

1963 Hogan IPT's (2-PW)

1967 Hogan Percussions (4-9)

1978 MacGregor Custom Tourney 985's (3-PW)

1983 Hogan Apex PC (2-PW)

 

The Hogan forgings feel awesome. Plus the leading edges on the 60's Hogan irons are really sharp and feel good cutting thru the grass. Just love hitting blades...should've never gotten away from hitting them.

 

 

 

 

3JACK

Author of Pro Golf Synopsis. The Moneyball approach to golf strategy and analysis.Driver: Wishon 919THI, 10° loft, UST Mamiya VTS Red 7x, 44-3/8” long, 2,825 kg/cm^2 MOIGONZO WOOD: confidential2-Hybrid: Mizuno Fli-HiCLK, 17° loft, 40-7/8" KBS Tour Hybrid shaft (stiff)3-Hybrid: Mizuno Fli-HiCLK, 20° loft, 40" KBS Tour Hybrid shaft (stiff)4-6 iron: Wishon 575MMC (CB)7-PW: Wishon 575MMC (MB)SW: Edel Golf driver grind, 52° loft, 16° bounce, Nippon WV 125 shaft.LW: Edel Golf Digger Grind, 60° loft, 27° bounce, Nippon WV 125 ShaftPutter: Edel Golf Columbia Custom Made, 35" long, 72° lie angle, 3° loft. Ball: Titleist Pro V1xGrips: PURE Grips P2 Wrap (red)Shoes: FootJoy Dry-Joy (black, size 14)3Jack's Golf Blog - http://3jack.blogspot.com

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Here's a look at my various blade irons:

 

1963 IPT's

 

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1967 Percussions

 

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1978 MacGregor 985's

 

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1984 Apex PC's

 

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3JACK

Author of Pro Golf Synopsis. The Moneyball approach to golf strategy and analysis.Driver: Wishon 919THI, 10° loft, UST Mamiya VTS Red 7x, 44-3/8” long, 2,825 kg/cm^2 MOIGONZO WOOD: confidential2-Hybrid: Mizuno Fli-HiCLK, 17° loft, 40-7/8" KBS Tour Hybrid shaft (stiff)3-Hybrid: Mizuno Fli-HiCLK, 20° loft, 40" KBS Tour Hybrid shaft (stiff)4-6 iron: Wishon 575MMC (CB)7-PW: Wishon 575MMC (MB)SW: Edel Golf driver grind, 52° loft, 16° bounce, Nippon WV 125 shaft.LW: Edel Golf Digger Grind, 60° loft, 27° bounce, Nippon WV 125 ShaftPutter: Edel Golf Columbia Custom Made, 35" long, 72° lie angle, 3° loft. Ball: Titleist Pro V1xGrips: PURE Grips P2 Wrap (red)Shoes: FootJoy Dry-Joy (black, size 14)3Jack's Golf Blog - http://3jack.blogspot.com

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Wow, awesome looking blades - thanks for those photos!!!

 

I've heard many say that the MP32s are perhaps the most forgiving blades out there. Would any of you agree with that statement?

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I'd check the Maltby playability rankings.

 

I don't want blades that are impossible to hit, but I really don't want very forgiving blades as it sort of ruins the idea behind the blades...which I believe are in part created to make your swing more precise. That's what I don't think people get, they say 'I don't have the game for blades' but often times playing with blades allows you to develop that game.

 

 

 

 

3JACK

Author of Pro Golf Synopsis. The Moneyball approach to golf strategy and analysis.Driver: Wishon 919THI, 10° loft, UST Mamiya VTS Red 7x, 44-3/8” long, 2,825 kg/cm^2 MOIGONZO WOOD: confidential2-Hybrid: Mizuno Fli-HiCLK, 17° loft, 40-7/8" KBS Tour Hybrid shaft (stiff)3-Hybrid: Mizuno Fli-HiCLK, 20° loft, 40" KBS Tour Hybrid shaft (stiff)4-6 iron: Wishon 575MMC (CB)7-PW: Wishon 575MMC (MB)SW: Edel Golf driver grind, 52° loft, 16° bounce, Nippon WV 125 shaft.LW: Edel Golf Digger Grind, 60° loft, 27° bounce, Nippon WV 125 ShaftPutter: Edel Golf Columbia Custom Made, 35" long, 72° lie angle, 3° loft. Ball: Titleist Pro V1xGrips: PURE Grips P2 Wrap (red)Shoes: FootJoy Dry-Joy (black, size 14)3Jack's Golf Blog - http://3jack.blogspot.com

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In my opinion, most golfers can play forged bladse designns in the 7-PW clubs. The golfer may lose overall distance, but like suggested above, they may actually teach you to be a better ball striker in the end. I've only played forged blades for 30 years, with the exception of a two year break placking 1996 DCI Black Triangles. With the older lofts and shorter shafts, I was hitting my 7-iron 150 yards in my prime. Now I hit my TaylorMade 300 7-iron 170. I have a friend who is pushing 60 and he's a short hitter who's currrentl, and has been playing a set of TourStage blades for the past 4-5 years. He's lost some overall distance, but he's still as accurate as ever with them.

 

As they say, it's the arrow, not the Indian. If you practice with purpose correctly and on a regular basis, you will hit the ball better.

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I have a set of MP-62's. The 5-iron measures about 38.5" long and the loft is about 27*. I just started using my Apex PC iron today and I was hitting it as long as my MP-62 give or take 5 yards. The Apex PC 5-iron has a shaft length of 37.75" and a loft of 30*. The COG is higher, thats why the added loft.

 

But pretty much the same length in distance.

 

If I wanted to really gain some distance with the irons, I could go with longer, lighter graphite shafts and much lower lofts and use some type of cavity back with a thick top line and sole. But with irons it's more important to be accurate and consistent than be long. I think the blades make your motor skills better and your swing more precise and I think you'll be more accurate with blades. I think people get too put off by the feel of a mis-hit and the loss of distance on a mis-hit. But if they would learn that feedback is crucial to getting better I think they would be shooting lower scores in the end.

 

 

 

 

3JACK

Author of Pro Golf Synopsis. The Moneyball approach to golf strategy and analysis.Driver: Wishon 919THI, 10° loft, UST Mamiya VTS Red 7x, 44-3/8” long, 2,825 kg/cm^2 MOIGONZO WOOD: confidential2-Hybrid: Mizuno Fli-HiCLK, 17° loft, 40-7/8" KBS Tour Hybrid shaft (stiff)3-Hybrid: Mizuno Fli-HiCLK, 20° loft, 40" KBS Tour Hybrid shaft (stiff)4-6 iron: Wishon 575MMC (CB)7-PW: Wishon 575MMC (MB)SW: Edel Golf driver grind, 52° loft, 16° bounce, Nippon WV 125 shaft.LW: Edel Golf Digger Grind, 60° loft, 27° bounce, Nippon WV 125 ShaftPutter: Edel Golf Columbia Custom Made, 35" long, 72° lie angle, 3° loft. Ball: Titleist Pro V1xGrips: PURE Grips P2 Wrap (red)Shoes: FootJoy Dry-Joy (black, size 14)3Jack's Golf Blog - http://3jack.blogspot.com

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No feeling like striking my MP-32s on the button. Just switched to MX-300s though, a little bit of forgiveness with very little sacrifice in feel.

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I admit. I love blades.

 

I think that I might have "issues"!

 

I don't see the problem here. :P

Driver: TM Original One 11.5* set to 10*, Aldila RIP Alpha 80 X, 43.5" -or- King LTD, ProtoPype 80X, 43.25"
3w:  Cobra King LTD, RIP Beta 90, 42"
2h or 3h:  TaylorMade Stage 2 Tour, Aldila NV105 S
Irons:  3-PW Mizuno MP37, Recoil Proto 125 F4 (reshaft in progress, slowly); 1i & 3-PW Golden Ram TW276, NV105 S; TBD iron set, RIP Tour 115 R
GW: Dynacraft Dual Milled CNC 52*, Steelfiber 125 S; Scratch 8620 DS 53*, Steelfiber 125 S
SW:  Ram TG-898 56*, DGX ss2x; Ram Tom Watson 55*, DGX ss2x; Wilson Staff PMP 58*, DGS; PM Grind 19 58*, stock shaft
Putter:  Mizuno TPM-2, 34"
Ball:  Wilson Staff Duo Professional, TM TP5, Kirkland Signature 3pc v2

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You are the WRONG person to be saying that :blink:

 

Me? ;)

Driver: TM Original One 11.5* set to 10*, Aldila RIP Alpha 80 X, 43.5" -or- King LTD, ProtoPype 80X, 43.25"
3w:  Cobra King LTD, RIP Beta 90, 42"
2h or 3h:  TaylorMade Stage 2 Tour, Aldila NV105 S
Irons:  3-PW Mizuno MP37, Recoil Proto 125 F4 (reshaft in progress, slowly); 1i & 3-PW Golden Ram TW276, NV105 S; TBD iron set, RIP Tour 115 R
GW: Dynacraft Dual Milled CNC 52*, Steelfiber 125 S; Scratch 8620 DS 53*, Steelfiber 125 S
SW:  Ram TG-898 56*, DGX ss2x; Ram Tom Watson 55*, DGX ss2x; Wilson Staff PMP 58*, DGS; PM Grind 19 58*, stock shaft
Putter:  Mizuno TPM-2, 34"
Ball:  Wilson Staff Duo Professional, TM TP5, Kirkland Signature 3pc v2

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Im gaming some Callaway Prototype blades 3-pw project x 6.5 flighted and I must say they are some of the easiest blades I have ever hit, super good looking and by far Callaways best looking iron to date

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Hitting a blade long iron pure is absolutely the greatest feeling in sports. While CB have come a long way blades are just easier to keep the ball low if your a high spin, high ball flight guy. I don't play enough for this to impact my club choice, hence the Bridgestone combo's...

 

Specs

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If I were you I'd practice a ton with the 1-iron off the ground. If you can hit that, you can practicaly hit anything.

 

Great training club.

 

 

 

 

3JACK

Author of Pro Golf Synopsis. The Moneyball approach to golf strategy and analysis.Driver: Wishon 919THI, 10° loft, UST Mamiya VTS Red 7x, 44-3/8” long, 2,825 kg/cm^2 MOIGONZO WOOD: confidential2-Hybrid: Mizuno Fli-HiCLK, 17° loft, 40-7/8" KBS Tour Hybrid shaft (stiff)3-Hybrid: Mizuno Fli-HiCLK, 20° loft, 40" KBS Tour Hybrid shaft (stiff)4-6 iron: Wishon 575MMC (CB)7-PW: Wishon 575MMC (MB)SW: Edel Golf driver grind, 52° loft, 16° bounce, Nippon WV 125 shaft.LW: Edel Golf Digger Grind, 60° loft, 27° bounce, Nippon WV 125 ShaftPutter: Edel Golf Columbia Custom Made, 35" long, 72° lie angle, 3° loft. Ball: Titleist Pro V1xGrips: PURE Grips P2 Wrap (red)Shoes: FootJoy Dry-Joy (black, size 14)3Jack's Golf Blog - http://3jack.blogspot.com

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