I started the season using older forged CB's, against my instructor's wishes, that make today's blades look like shovels. In addition to that they had almost no offset. The long iron heads are so small I swear the sweet spot was the size of pinhead. It wasn't that I couldn't hit them but even slight mishits were pathetic. Anything but close to perfect contact meant a massive loss in distance with long irons. They looked beautiful in the bag but in less than a month I trended up from 12 to 14+ so I went back to my trusty 845s and played back down to a 12 where I again got stuck.
Last month after spending a lot of time in stores and indie club maker's shops I made the switch to Cleveland 588 TT's. Which are being called better players clubs in the magazines but look huge to me. Much bigger and wider at every point than my 845s. I dropped my HI by 2 in less than a month and I'm trending down with almost every round. My "bad" scores are now what was middle of the pack just a month ago. It was enough of an improvement I made the change to the 588 Altitude 4-6i and again noticeable improvement on long approach shots. I already had 2013 AMP Cell hybrids but after reading glowing reviews from low cappers playing the Altitudes on a different forum I am glad I took the chance. I will trend down below 10 soon and I can honestly say the club change played a big part. No "ego" blades for me.