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Got to agree with most others on here. Not an idiot, I bought some Mizuno MP-33s just cause I wanted to have fun. Nothing like having a pro style look before your non pro shot! Enjoy the sticks! 

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I feel I've done well, not responding to a blade thread until page 2.  LOL

I've never understood the ruckus that blades cause.  I feel like they may work for a greater segment of the golf populace than many think.  That said, I know there is a considerable group for whom they will *not* work.

My take is, if you're curious, try them.  And by that, I mean *really* try them, something more than just a few rounds over a couple of weeks.  If they don't work, then you'll know.  If they do, muy bueno, and off you go.

I don't see it as many do, that it's a "play what you like regardless of score" toggle switch.  For me, I play them because I get better results with them.  Including score.  Maybe you won't see this in your own use.  And, maybe you will.  Won't know unless you try.  <shrug>

So.... I feel like I'm on reddit...   definitely not an idiot.   🙂

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Blades are generally okay to play with. I currently play the Maltby MMB 17s which have the be the most forgiving "blade" in existence. I put the 7-iron up against an MP68 7 iron with the exact same shaft/specs and the Maltby felt like a GI club compared to the Mizuno. It was really is interesting and validated the specific COG measurements by Golfworks. The MP68, like most blades, has a COG that is a little higher and closer to the hosel than the center of the face. Not surprisingly, most solid strikes were right where the Golfworks measurements said they would be. I also found it more challenging to have repeatable solid strikes with the MP68s over the Maltbys. I thought the MP68s were far better looking and had a much nicer appearance behind the ball but they were challenging to repeat truly solid strikes. The driving range had a green I was taking aim at and I can confirm that the yardage loss on the slight mishits on the Mizuno was real and appeared to be about five yards when I had a decent swing but the strike was not quite on the COG. The MMB 17s offered a lot more forgiveness but they are a different design that I'm sure some wouldn't even question calling a true muscle back. 

Ultimately, most people I see playing blades for "the fun of it" put them away after a few weeks once they get past the honeymoon period. Eventually, most can feel that a majority of their shots aren't flushed and don't feel like butter. However, I think when people do get experience with blades, it's more likely they buy a combo set with blades in the short irons for their next set. I have yet to find any GI iron that competes with the consistency of a more compact forging in the shorter irons. 

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I was just at a Callaway Demo Day at our club and hit the Rogue Pro ... forged blade.  Very nice club, forgiving but can still work it.   If I were in the market for new irons, I might strongly consider them.

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Wedges: Edison 53* and  57* KBS PGI 80 Graphite +1/2 inch 2* upright

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How do you like them so far? i have been tempted to scratch the itch. just need a reason to scratch.

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2 hours ago, Vegan_Golfer_PNW said:

How do you like them so far? i have been tempted to scratch the itch. just need a reason to scratch.

So far, so good. As expected, they are shorter than my other irons which have stronger lofts. They are not as forgiving as the average cavity back but more forgiving than most muscle backs I have played. I don’t find that being 15 yards short on a mis-hit has a larger effect on my score than being 7 to 10 yards short on a mis-hit with a cavity back. Except, of course, when there is water short of the green. 😏And they sure are purty. 

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Callaway Epic Max 5 wood

Cobra F9 Speedback 7/8 wood set at 23.5 degrees

Callaway Epic Max 11 wood

PXG 0311P Gen. 3  6-GW

PXG 0211 5-GW

PXG 0211 sand wedge bent to 53 degrees

Maltby M Series+ 54 degree

Ping Glide 3.0 Eye2 58 degree

Ping Glide 3.0 60 degree

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I am hunchbacked and don't have the bi-lateral strength to hit a blade below a 7 or 6 iron.  So a few years ago I went for a fitting, hoping to get Mizunos, but the fitter set me with Ping I 500 that has a forged face welded to a who-knows-what geometry.  Love them.  Love my Mizuno forged wedges and I can hit a rare club, a Mizuno 24 deg 4 iron hollow? forged Fly-Hi hybrid iron.  Congrats on idiot love of golf.

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Three wood is TM Burner Superfast 3.0 on M (mature) flex

3H Old Adams A3OS red boxster on stock Graffaloy Platinum reg shaft

3 MP 18 MMC and 4 GFF hybrid Mizuno irons

5 Mizu hybrid Fli-hi

6 - W Ping I 500 irons on Recoil F3 reg flex shafts

Wedges:  Mizuno blue 52 09, 60 06, and old original Hogan Sure-out 56 14 sand

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I also bought the 211 st blades. I'm a senior, and I thought I was idiot too, but I love them, and I'm finding that they are just as forgiving as the cavity backs that I had been playing. I think the biggest hurdle is trying to get use to the look. Don't get me wrong they are beautiful, however they look tiny 😉.  I find that if I just play within myself with them they are really great clubs! Enjoy! Been bad weather, so looking to get to play them much more 😀

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Absolutely NOT an idiot. I am 72 (yuck) this year and have been playing blades for 20 years. Don't give into the idea you cannot hit them. Mine usually go straight unless I need to curve one around a tree which I cannot do with the "forgiving" clubs. I am considering a set of the PXG clubs but I hit Louisville as of now. Let us know how it goes with the PXG ST's

 

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So much fear porn about blades these days. I got a set of TM P7MBs 3-PW last fall to replace my 1984 Hogan Apex PCs. You learn to play with what you have. I don't recall there being any shot I couldn't hit with my sticks growing up. It never occurred to me that my 2 iron was hard to hit, loved that club. We're all being bombarded with negative ads and it does take a toll. In relative terms, a modern blade is way easier to hit than what I grew up with, but I don't recall anyone complaining about their clubs being too hard to hit. This is a modern phenomenon. You're not playing for money, you're playing for enjoyment. So go enjoy your new clubs.

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I love my T200 Irons with MMT graphite shafts but, when I hit in the nets I use my old Nickent 7DX irons as I don't want to mark the T200 Irons lol. I'm actually hitting the 7DXs really well, just not as comfortable as T200 with hitting alot of balls.

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On 4/9/2022 at 9:54 AM, NRJyzr said:

I feel I've done well, not responding to a blade thread until page 2.  LOL

I've never understood the ruckus that blades cause.  I feel like they may work for a greater segment of the golf populace than many think.  That said, I know there is a considerable group for whom they will *not* work.

My take is, if you're curious, try them.  And by that, I mean *really* try them, something more than just a few rounds over a couple of weeks.  If they don't work, then you'll know.  If they do, muy bueno, and off you go.

I don't see it as many do, that it's a "play what you like regardless of score" toggle switch.  For me, I play them because I get better results with them.  Including score.  Maybe you won't see this in your own use.  And, maybe you will.  Won't know unless you try.  <shrug>

So.... I feel like I'm on reddit...   definitely not an idiot.   🙂

I had to look up reddit because i thought it was a pharmaceutical of some kind....   🥴

Some swings are better suited to the narrower sole of a blade.  Don't forget about turf interaction when assessing how well a club works for you.

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It might have been less expensive to reshaft the old wilson's.  Benefit is the Mrs. can't count it as a new set of clubs (at least by my book). YMMV with the Mrs.

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Not an idiot at all.  Have gone back and forth with irons.  I found that the more blade like irons taught me a lot.  I learned to hit the ball more consistently on the sweet spot and to feel the difference when I was off just a little.  I think you can get sloppy when hitting game improvement irons.  I have settled on the T100s irons.  For me they are the right combination of feel and forgiveness.  I don't hit it as far as my playing partners but distance isn't always the only goal.  

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Reading through these makes me want to go and buy a set of blades and join the "idiot" club. I mean i kinda have blades? but not real blades.. so i feel like a 'idiot poser" ... giving me lots to think about... 

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For anyone reading through this thread with an "itch" for blades. It's relatively cheap to just buy one or two irons and give 'em a try. There are lots of decent and not exceedingly old blades out there that you can buy an individual iron of to give a try without having to spend a few hundred bucks on a used set. Buying used sets of blades will often yield some weird results as the golfers that use blades full-time generally have very specific fitting needs. You will find all sorts of weird crap when you take apart used blades such as excessive weight added to the bottom of the shaft in the hosel, lead tape, various levels of tape under the grips, and even some custom grinding on occasion. You typically don't find the weird stuff if you're buying irons being sold individually that may have just been a demo iron or was an extra. 

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Grew up playing blades, cause before CB's, that's all there were. So I have quite a resume on MB's. 

Today's golfer has lots of choices,  but I  believe in order to understand MB's, one should play at least one set, and have some experience  with them.

You will either get along with them, or you won't. They are not magical, nor are they difficult. It is certainly not an idiot purchase, maybe more of a natural progression of your game.

Enjoy the journey, enjoy the clubs,

At some point, you will probably make another decision, regarding your equipment,  it is  all about choices.

Congratulations on your purchase

 

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It's okay to play the blades. just hit them in the middle of the face. if not don't play for money. That and the people you play with will use a 9 iron and you'll need to use a 6 iron. I can it a ball on the toe and only be 10 yards short still straight , A blade will never ever do that. but it does feel good if you do hit it in the middle of the face.1 out of 6 times. 

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On 3/28/2022 at 3:34 PM, chisag said:

... That said, I think everyone serious about golf should have a set or have at least played one set of MB's in their golfing life. I know some like to claim nirvana on a perfectly struck MB but I cannot tell the difference between a perfectly struck MB or a perfectly struck CB as long as they are both a soft carbon steel. MB's are just fun and remind you why you don't play them. 🤪

I think this is such an understated point.  Everyone goes through a stage and quite honestly, having blades as the control group gives some strong perspective on what works best for you and your game.

As a former 670 player, I loved loved loved those irons but know full well after the fact, I would have played much better golf had I played something more forgiving.  

But let's not overlook the fact that they look soooo pure when sitting in a stand bag on the first tee box 🙂

 

 

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On 4/27/2022 at 12:21 PM, Kansas King said:

I currently play the Maltby MMB 17s which have the be the most forgiving "blade" in existence

Speaking of the MMB17s, I believe these are set to be their successor (The TS4s on the right) and Woo Buddy am I excited to try these out. 

 

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