Starting out in golf can come with challenges. Mainly just learning how to contact the ball. The first set of clubs that I ever purchased were Mizuno blades (JPX 919s).
But I believe I was a special case… Should beginner golfers use blades?
Typically, beginners should not use blades. Blade irons have a much smaller surface area to hit the ball with compared to other clubs, such as fairway woods. With less room to make mistakes, blades are simply harder to use overall.
Instead, I’d recommend that anyone breaking into the sport sticks with clubs that are much easier to hit with.
Read on, my fellow golfers, and we’ll dive into this mystery for some answers.
Which clubs are easier to use?
Beginners should try out clubs that have a lot of loft or clubs that give golfers maximum forgiveness. When we learn something new, it’s inevitable that we’ll make some mistakes.
When using an easier club, say, a hybrid, a cross between a fairway wood and an iron, we can expect our shots to be a bit more forgiving, such as gaining more height per hit compared to bladed irons. Clubs like these will also give us more surface area to strike the ball with, and therefore, more chances to make favorable shots.
Other easy clubs include short irons and wedges. By using, say, a 9-iron, a beginner can expect more lift because of the angle of the clubhead. Wedges work similarly.
Beginner golfers might not achieve the greatest distance per shot when using clubs with greater loft, but the point I’m conveying here is not to worry about getting a hole-in-one off the tee, only that it’s a good idea for beginners to get used to clubs that will allow easier shots.
Feeling good about our shots will make the game more fun!
Personally, it didn’t take that long to adjust to the blades. I was already making pretty solid contact with my oversized clubs, but obviously those clubs were much more forgiving when I didn’t hit it exactly on the nose.
But the blades have made me a more accurate golfer. Sure, I still fat a couple shots here and there, but this is all in fun, right?
I want to get better with the blades because I feel if I can break 85 or 80 with blades, I should be able to do that with any clubs.
How Do Blades Feel Using Them?
When I strike with my Mizuno blades versus when I was playing with the oversized TaylorMade’s made a huge difference in which clubs were my favorites.
The older TaylorMade clubs rattled very hard when I made contact with the ball. It isn’t too noticeable when you are doing your first swings of an outing. But when you are smashing a ball the 50+ times, it started to physically hurt striking the ball.
When I got the Mizuno blades, the feel was night and day. There was no terrible rattle at all. So when I finished a round hitting the ball sub-100 times, my hands still felt fine.
So even though they are harder to hit, I would still recommend at least getting stiffer shafts to ensure that you save your hands.
To this day, I am not sure if the shafts made that big of a difference or if it was the club heads themselves, but I know once I made the transition, I could finally tolerate a full day golfing.
Is there a point where I should transition to bladed irons?
It’s recommended that golfers have a handicap under 10 before changing their golf bags. However, as I mentioned earlier, any sport requires practice. The same goes for learning how to use blades.
To get to the level where we can use them efficiently requires… well, using them often!
Not that we should replace our club selection with the hardest blades of all, but that practice is required to use any club well.
For beginner blade users, I highly recommend finding a cheap used bladed iron to practice with. I also recommend practicing off the golf course before getting too serious.
For those seeking a challenge and feel that their striking ability is top-notch, I recommend this list of some of the best bladed irons around. Be prepared to spend a pretty penny on them though, as most high-quality blades are far from cheap!
In that case, how do I lower my handicap?
It helps to know the correct technique. Even simple things like keeping the ball in a certain position can go a long way into improving our strikes, and therefore, lowering our handicap.
Practice won’t make perfect if the golfer uses incorrect movements. In that case, perfect practice makes perfect.
Also, doing other things like going to the driving range often, or playing on an unfamiliar golf course can help us in the long run as well.
I like to keep fit, such as working on my core strength, which allows me to keep golfing for longer. We both know that golf requires some physical exertion to finish several rounds.
Then, do blade irons do much at all?
Pros, as we know, are top-notch at whatever they do, whatever tournament they play. This also means that they’ll benefit the most from using bladed irons because of their tendency to strike the ball in the “sweet spot” more often.
For us to do the same, it all comes down to practice. It’s not so much that we’re learning how to use a certain club, but how to use all clubs.
Golfing is very situational, and playing a good game to lower our handicap, or just skill-level, needs the recognition of when to use certain clubs and where.
For bladed irons, they’re recommended for situations where control is needed above all else. Need a high fade?
A bladed iron can punch through that if hit right, even in windy conditions. Yes, bladed irons are hard to hit with, but if they’re hit right, we’ll hit the ball exactly where we want it to go.
Which blades do professional golfers use?
Rather than a specific brand, golf pros play using sets, and few of them use a bladed iron in tournament settings. Instead, among a majority of golfing professionals surveyed, a good 44% use a cavity back iron instead.
Anyone using traditional blades only makes up 26%, meaning even the pros have a hard time with them!
Bladed irons can provide an advantage when the ball is struck even a tiny bit off-center, allowing a slight amount of give for any non-perfect shot. They also still offer more-or-less that same control a golfer would get from a solid swing using a traditional blade.
- Iron set starting at a 4-iron
- Four wedges
- Two fairway woods
- A driver
The first set of golf clubs I was gifted was TaylorMade oversized irons. The first set of golf clubs that I ever purchased were Mizuno JPX919 blades.
That is quite the difference.
But one thing that switching to blades helped me do is be more accurate. Which, in turn, helped me realize that if I can hit blades, I can hit anything.
So it was a definite confidence boost for me. Maybe it will be for you as well?
I bought a few clubs from Global Golf, check out the review I have for them right here.