The latest gear change for the PGA Tour winner is a change to be approved

Fowler has gone from playing feathers to back-pitting irons.

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Two years ago, Kevin Na made a bold statement when he was Confessed at GOLF.com He can’t play the iron of the blade. “I can’t play the blade,” Na said. “It’s very difficult, and I’m a professional golfer. I think the blade shortens. Off-center hits wouldn’t perform like bores. I see no reason why you’d want to play the blade. I really don’t. I played with the blades in my early twenties, maybe in a year – When I was stupid. But now I’m wiser and play full-back.”

As we learned this week, Na wasn’t the only round winner who seemed to be getting wise about the benefits of a backhoe iron. Ricky Fowler also added an unreleased collection Cobra King Tour Irons for the PGA Tour season opening event bag in Napa which had a more generous look compared to the muscular Cobra blades he’s been playing lately.

Like Na, Fowler has found a benefit that most golfers crave on the weekend: more consistency and stability.

“[T]It was a groove or two low, and the bugs weren’t short, he told PGATOUR.com. “I’d see some, if you hit MB or CB a little bit, distances could drop anywhere from 7, 8, 9 yards. I’d see these more at 4, 5, 6 (the range). A few yards here and there can make a big difference.” “.

The average golfer may not notice a 3-yard carry distance between iron sets, but you can be sure the pro will pick up the improvement pretty quickly. Improvements in technology and design have also made it possible to stay in a more compact shape while still reaping the mishit benefits of a circumferential weight back bore iron.

To be clear, this is not an anti-code piece. as such Ryan Barath Fully Equipped Host Noted in the latest podcast, ciphers still have a place – in certain situations.

“I love playing the cipher,” Barath said. “But I don’t play with blades on a 7,200-yard golf course. If I play with blades, they’re on a 6,200 or 6,300-yard course. I don’t hit the 5-iron very often unless they’re a par 3 and I know I’m going to get a lie Great.Whereas if you’re a golfer in a different class and play really long golf holes – you’ll want technology.

“It’s fun hitting those short irons and blades if you’re playing a shorter course. But if you need to hit those medium and long irons—and you’re not a taller player—and you start to get into a 6600 or 6800-yard course, that’s a lot of yards for a lot of golfers. If you can get a little help with something that isn’t too big but still fits your eye, that’s the best way.”

Fellow co-host Chris McCormack also noted a lesser known benefit that makes back-socket irons the preferred choice for golfers of all playing abilities.

“You also take into account the amount of pressure [pros] If they’re in a fray or need to post a number to make the cut, and sometimes have the ability to miss a little bit with more tech or baggage tolerance, it makes more sense than getting a top to bottom set of hammered blades. “

Whether you’re getting ahead in the money game or making a profit on the line, a little forgiveness can come in handy. And if you absolutely must run the blades, consider the idea of ​​using a separate set and using them for short irons. Mistakes will not be close to punishment.

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Jonathan Wall

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Jonathan Wall is GOLF Magazine and Managing Editor of Equipment at GOLF.com. Before joining the cast at the end of 2018, he spent 6 years covering equipment for the PGA Tour.

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