Hello Team Titleist! I'm new to the team and thought I'd start with a discussion (rant) about blades vs all others. I've recently gotten back into the sport after years off, caused by years of frustration. I couldn't devote the time I wanted to be good, nor could I get the instruction I needed. Now that the internet has so many good instructional videos (thanks Mark Crossfield!) and swing tech. aids (Zepp) I've been able to understand and practice effectively. Couldn't be happier with my ball striking and broke 80 last week.
And now to my point. I got some 714 ap1 irons thinking I needed the "help". Hit them pretty well with the occasional hot flier. But the killer for me was that I hit the PW from 130, 20 yards over a green. I honestly have no interest in hitting it that far considering my vokey 50 goes 115. Huge gap! So I bought some 695 irons and 3 weeks later I've sold my ap1s and shot under 80.
I like hitting my PW 130. It feels right because that's what I remember doing.
I don't mean to start a blades vs all thread, but I honestly hit these clubs better than I've ever hit irons. Fades. Draws. Straight. Mostly;) when I want. Couldn't not hit ap1s straight. These 695s feel perfect.
Any reason to upgrade? No. Doesn't stop me from obsessively looking for 714 blades though.
Happy to be part of the team!