I conducted the below experiment, pretty unscientifically, but with a launch monitor. Current handicap is 14 trending down. I wanted to see how much difference there was between my game improvers, blades, and refined cavity backs. I usually love hitting 8 irons–so that is what I hit, except in the Hogan because the 7 iron is basically an 8 iron in modern terms. I’m working on my swing (well, who isn’t) but I have some big power leaks I’m curing–but I tried to be making similarly good (or bad) swings. Interesting results:
Hogan blade really old—7 iron 36 degrees. Some kind of Apex shaft–unreadable
Titleist T300 8 iron—33 degrees. Steelfibre 115s standard length stiff
Wilson fg tour V6—39 degrees DG s300 standard standard for Wilson.
Wishon 550 mc forged—38 degrees. Stiff steel shaft—half inch long.
Results—(all normal swings—not trying to swing out of my shoes, or softly.
Longest at 148—T300. I expect I could have gotten more.
Second—tie—Hogan blade and Wilson-- --good swings were all 142—146 with both clubs. Average swing 135-139. More good swings with blade.
Shortest—the Wishon—even really good strikes were only 140.
Best dispersion –Hogan blade and Wilson, tie. Pretty tight—the Hogan tended to miss short, the Wilson a little more side to side.
Maybe I should be playing blades, or players cavity backs. I was really getting more out of the blade and the cavity back than the T-300 by a long shot.