Why am I told I won't be able to hit a MB

Matt,

I am 14 I am hitting the MB'S great I was told the same thing when I bought them. I have been playing my best golf. If you like'em buy'em!

Matthew C,  I agree with most of what has been said by others.  Fitting is a must, it's your hard earned money and you can spend it however you wish.  The nuances of your particular game should dictate what you buy, as opposed to what you want to buy.  If you want to look into your bag and see blades that are so beautiful they look like jewelry, by all means, buy a set of MB's.  If you hit the sweet spot all the time, again, buy the MB's.  There isn't really enough info in your post to really make a good suggestion as to whether or not the MB's are good for you or if a more forgiving, game improvement iron, like an AP1 or AP2 would suit you better.  Having played Titleist irons for many years with many different sets including a mixed set of MB's in short irons and CB's in longer irons (In the years before the 735's came out) and then switching to the AP2's (which i currently play); I would suggest the following as a help in decision making.  What's more important to you:  workability and trajectory control or consistent distance (even on mishits) and a higher ball flight?  If you hit the sweet spot most of the time and can hit a variety of shots by controlling trajectory, then MB's will give you the ultimate in control.  If you mishit the ball occasionally and don't want to be overly penalized, then the AP1 or AP2 might be the better choice.  

The other thing that no one has really talked about in this thread is what to you really want to do?  If you like what you see when you look into your bag, you're more likely to feel good about the shot you're about to hit.  Bottom line, it's your money and whatever helps you get the ball in the hole is what you should buy.

I was told the same thing but I played a lot, went with what inspired confidence and my hdcp dropped 4 points......I play 712 MBS...I was told Ap1s / Ap2s were for me at the time of fitting.....I pressed for MBs and haven't played this well in years...the MBs are a phenomenal club....

I have always played blades. I have gone from a 20 handicap to a 5 playing blades. best advise mo old golf pro and guy who fit me said. handicap dosen't matter if you feel more comfortable hitting blades hit blades. everyone should take lessons regardless but its true alot of fitters shy away from fitting people into blades but a good fitter will do two things. find the club that gives you the best results and the one that you feel more comfortable with. don't get hung up on numbers either. spin rates and launch angles can get too technical. you want to pay attention to these numbers but you should always get a fitting on an open range. something you can see the ball flight. if you like the feel and the ball flight and you feel comfrotable hitting it. thats whats for you. you might can find a cavity back that gets you 10 more yards but if your not comfortable with it you will never trust it under pressure. My advice. if you like mbs and you feel comfortable hitting them. get them. there is no better feeling in golf that flush contact with a blade.

Cheers greens and fairways to all

simba

Matthew,

I also agree with most of the replies about playing the mb.s.  I will be 70 years old in two days and have been playing Titleist blades since the 681 limited edition blades came out.  I currently play the 710MB's and will be buying the 714MB's when they come out in the fall.  My handicap has ranged over the years from a low of 3 to high of 12 and currently is a 8. I have played in several statewide tournaments and most of the time I will be the only person in my group playing blades.  At the club I belong to in Dallas, the same situation usually applies.  I mention the above only to make the point that I get the same reaction that you got. Why don't you play some cavity back clubs because they are easier to hit?  I always  answer  that to be best player I can be  I want to know where I am hitting the ball on the face.  Some of the clubs today are so forgiving and have such strong lofts that you can be fooled by the quality of your strikes. I want immediate feedback so can make adjustments before I get too far off.  Lastly the appearance of the club must suit my eye.  I play Titleist woods and irons because of the clean lines with no fat soles or top lines.  As to being fitted, my irons are 2 degrees flat  so I agree your lie angle should be checked. To satisfy some  of my critics, I bought a set of the first AP2's when they came out. I played about 10 rounds and they went on the shelf. I could never tell where I was hitting it on the face.

Sorry to ramble on but my main point is this. You must have confidence in whatever club you are playing. If being the best player you can be and don't have to be longest iron player in your group, go buy you a set of Titleist MB's.

Regards 

Jim P.

Not to repeat what everyone is saying but, get fit and go with the clubs that fit your swing and your game. Buying a set of clubs off the shelf just because you want to use that particular club can hurt your game rather than help it.

go with the mb. i have the old 690 mb and love them to death. nothing like hitting them flush off the center of the club face. i was told at in high school i was stupid for trying to play blades. but i will tell you one thing they improve your ball striking dramatically! if you mishit it you know it and you will work to not mishit it. Makes a big difference. I played cavity backs before blades and they were a ton easier to hit but the feel isnt there to me. Mishit it and it goes the same as if you nail it. Just not my cup of tea like belly putters lol

I am 52 and have been playing since I was 5 yrs old. A year ago I switched to the AP2 irons. But I am going to go to a mixed bag. 3-5 AP2 and6-MB if you play lea forgiving clubs you will sharpen your skills. 

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So I have been playing golf for two years and love the game. I went into my local golf store intending on buying a set of MB 712's but the guy simply said you won't be able to hit them  and said to come back to them when my handicap was a 5. I have heard it from many people that you won't be able to hit them they will be too hard to hit. Can someone go into depth on why I wouldn't be able to hit them? Also I  just bought a 6 iron 710 MB from the odd bag at another golf store. Plan on going this weekend  to give it a try. 

Thanyou in advance. 

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Hey Matthew,

I work at a major golf retailer in Canada and in the event that a golfer like yourself comes in asking for a set as advanced as the MBs we, as sales associates, are very hesitant and recommend strongly against them because we are trying to pick the piece of equipment that will make the game most enjoyable, make you score better, and then make you come back the next time you are ready for clubs knowing the last set was great. One of my coworkers ordered MBs recently for a similar reason to some of the others who responded to this post, they want the purest feedback to make their swing as good as it can be. Personally I don't have the time to invest in making my swing perfect so I play the AP1 irons which are incredibly forgiving because I am just not consistent enough to consider the more advanced irons which would make golf inherently less fun for me. As cut and dry an answer as that individual gave you I'm sure they were simply suggesting against them in order to find something more suited to where your game is right now. 

Ryan

It depends on how you swing the club, I didn't say how well you swing the club.

There is no such thing as a hcp limit for the type of irons to play.

Play what you want, learn to hit that type of club correctly.

Matthew,

 

I really don't like that he said that you wont be able to hit them, anyone can hit any club, the problem is can you hit them in the sweet spot often enough to make them perform to your expectations. The main difference between the MB's and the other is they are less forgiving than the others meaning that to get them to perform you must make contact in the center of the club face every time. The CB's and AP2's are going to be a little more forgiving and more workable with this forgiveness you will find them easier to hit and more fun. The most important thing to remember is that golf is hard enough without picking something that does not fit you. I would strongly recommend going to a place that you can hit each model with a professional fitter and judging by the ball flight and the feel make the decision as to which clubs you want.

Hey,

if you have only been playing for 2 years I would not advise muscle back irons or even the CB's. If you really like the look of the clubs maybe go with CB or MB from PW-7 and AP2's for the long irons. MB or CB long irons are amazing when you hit them flush but a little help never hurts

So i was reading over this feed and was like man here goes the mb for a newbie questions again. then i notice i had already commented. then i thought to my self when did i do this and noticed its a post from july hahahaha. way to bring old discussions back to the front Thedor hahahaha. anyways like i said No one should ever be scared of MB's but there are many options for a reason and find what works best for you. 

cheers greens and fairways to all

simba

Well, IMHO, just try them out a 6 iron on an indoor range with a computer analyzer. Figure out what shaft you need. Re shaft them if necessary and go then learn how to hit them. No matter what club you buy, you still have to learn how to hit the darn things. In all seriousness, carefully consider your choice of Drivers, Fairways and Hybrids and their shafts. Work out those loft and shaft and flex choices along with your vertical launch angle and swing speed. Then look at your putter and find one you like best. When you get those woods and your putter sorted out, work out your wedges. The irons will fill in the blanks. Having said all that, I am shooting around scratch now. Last spring I was, mmmm 12-8. I went to a lighter shaft with regular or Senior flex. I am on the or near the greens with driver fairway or hybrid. Then I chose my iron only if my wedges don't have enough legs. then I putt out. I will use my irons if I have to but my long clubs get me to or close to the green most often.

in my opinion MB's are very nice clubs and it took me about a week or two to get use to mine (switched from 710 AP2 to 714 MB) I got fit for them and they have helped my game very much but I hit friends blade irons while I had the AP's and they still weren't all that hard to hit the only thing is you need to work hard if you want to play well because you wont have that safety net you have with the AP1,AP2, and CB's because MB's are blades so your miss hits won't be very good but when you hit them well there is no better feeling when hitting any iron.