If you have played golf at least once or twice in your life, you have probably heard the debate going on about effectiveness of game improvement clubs. Whether they are effective and worth the money is being discussed everywhere, on the golf course as well as online blogs and forums. General consensus is that, while beginners do indeed need extra forgiveness that game improvement clubs can provide, experienced golfers are often better off with blade irons. There are some irons for beginners too, you can read about them in this guide. The latter part is pretty self evident, because most of the professional golfers on tournaments play with blade irons. Deciding when you’ve reached the level to switch from game improvement irons to blades is also kind of confusing, and probably a problem better suited for later discussion. In general, i think we’ve established that effectiveness of game improvement clubs is hotly discussed topic, which is why i wanted to share my 2 cents on it. I will be attempting to answer this age-old question using some data, not just based on my opinion.
First of all, first common misconception that i wanted to tackle is that if you are skilled enough to be playing with blades, then you can hit super game improvement irons too. While that is technically true, it doesn’t take into account few important details about the nature of SGI clubs.
It makes sense that expert golfers should be able to play clubs that are made for beginners, but that’s precisely where the problem lies. SGI clubs are made for beginners, so in exchange for forgiveness, their designers decided to sacrifice certain qualities that blade irons have. That’s why the research after research into results with SGI and Blade irons show that experts perform consistently better with the blades. SGI clubs have certain advantages too, like extreme forgiveness, but these are the kind of advantages that professional golfers don’t need, so their usefulness is negated. Not to mention the fact that SGI clubs usually feel much different from other irons, so when someone is used to playing with blades, their performance will naturally suffer. The fact that they feel different isn’t SGI clubs’ fault per se, but the thing is that game improvement clubs are derivation from the norm, so the fact that they feel so different is kind of their fault.
On the other hand, one interesting pattern that emerged from observing the data, is that shots hit with SGI irons were more consistent in distance. Distance covered by balls hit with blade irons was, on average, longer, but it also varied wildly. In a way, what this data means is that if you play with blade irons, you have to be absolutely certain that you’re going to get the shot right. If you make even one small mistake, impact on your overall results will be significant and noticeable. So if you have confidence, then i would go for blade irons, otherwise, if i were you, i would stick with super game improvement irons.
That’s all i had to say about the dilemma of using game improvement clubs or not, hopefully it helped someone.