Thanks for the feedback and nice comments on the TS 1 and MMB 17. We are very aware of blade lengths and toplines when we design as we know those are features that some players focus on. Generally, good players do not want longer blade lengths and we / I feel for that category of club we have stretched the dimension more than anyone. We did it to improve playability in “blade” type clubs, and we did. Actually, the original MMB was longer than the MMB-17. There is a point in blade length that will stop appealing to that type of player. Still, it is possible to go a little longer and maintain the players look, but not much. On the topline dimension, the TS-1 is .180″ and the MMB-17 is .228″. Can’t see ever going thinner than the .180″ for sure. I think you can get too thin. Most players I work with want to feel like there is a little mass there. Too thin, to some players (me included) gives the impression of flimsy, for lack of a better word. Also, I have the MMB-17 #3 iron and the TS-1 #4 iron in my office and at address I don’t see any of the back of the head. I guess if you set up with hands way forward, or forward press a lot you might get a glimpse of the back, but I’m not seeing it. On offset, and I think I have addressed this before, if you have 0 offset, the actual blade looks like it’s forward, which is not a good look. the least offset we have used, and probably will ever use is .100″ and that is on the TE and DBM’s. I could see that same dimension used on a players blade in the future, although more and more players are preferring a little progressive offset, with slightly more in the long irons to less in the mid and short irons, like we did on the TS1 irons, which progress from .120″ to .090″
Thanks again for the feedback and comments. I always keep the suggestions and reference when we design new models, so you never know.