Originally Posted by KiawahConnor
I'm just curious as to when everybody thinks it would be beneficial to start using blades or other players irons.
I use callaway x20s and I've gotten to the point where I think I need to try some players irons because I am learning to shape the ball and my belief is that "game improvement" irons would make it harder to purposely shape a shot because they are designed to be more forgiving with mishits.
I rarely chunk or top shots with my irons and I consistently hit them flush so I'm sure I could use the blades but how much different are they? Like if I get some nice titleist mb 712s, will they be ridiculously hard to hit or will I be fine if I'm already a good ball striker?
Thanks everybody! Go gamecocks!!!
Personally don't think it's a good idea for anyone higher than a 3 handicap to use blades and even then.... Couple reasons: soles tend to be thinner with blades, so if contact is an issue, which it is for most players, blades will be less room for error. Also the soles have less bounce/camber compared to other types of irons. Again less room for error.
In terms of work-ability, the center of gravity location can shift slightly from GI irons to mid size to muscle backs, but that will have a small impact on the work-ability of an iron. It's more to do with the trajectory (height) of a shot, but you could make the argument that even that is subtle. Point is a blade doesn't necessarily give you more ease to shape shots.
A lot of the best players in the world aren't using blades. Having said that Callaway saw a big shift in their players going to the X-Prototype blades because of the added camber/bounce to the soles. But there isn't a "time" a player needs to switch to blades.