Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Why Do People Play Blades?
I was a junior in college when I decided that I'd become that guy you see at the range. Decent golfer, nothing special, but sports a set of blade irons as he's working on controlling that 7-iron.
Recently, I ordered my first set of irons since the college days, partly because I wanted to get something new and partly because my pitching wedge grooves were so worn down you could see your reflection in it.
I settled on the Titleist AP2 irons with 6.5 Project X shafts in them. So far, I'm loving the new clubs, and noticed something while teeing it up recently with some buddies. The mishits still fly. The fly far and fairly straight and if you catch one a little thin, your hands don't hurt so bad you wish you were an extra in the opening scene of "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves."
So, my question is this ... why do people still play blades? I know that only a few guys on tour still go with the old school irons, but isn't using blades similar to pulling out a Big Bertha driver or playing 18 holes with a Tour Balata? That technology is history and using something like that makes little to no sense. Also, if your argument is "you can work the ball better," I don't want to hear it. Working the golf ball with the AP2's is just as easy as with my 690 MBs, so that is moot.
Have you ever used blades? If so, how long did they stay in the bag?