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Date Posted: 11:17:08 06/17/14 Tue
Subject: Haven't Played In 15 yrs
I just started playing again after a 15 yr hiatus. I used to have a 5-8 Hdcp depending on the course. Drives would be 220-240 range, 150 yd club was a 7i. Now I'm 66yrs with a stiff back and trying to see if I can play at my previous level.
I had heard of the single length concept before but went ahead and bought a set of Callaways influenced by the new technology advertising and comments from a club fitter near me. I was disappointed in my ball flight, distance and swing consistency. Much of my problem was my 15 yr hiatus. I continued hitting balls at the range and my swing started to come around but my ball flight was too low and my consistency was terrible with hitting fat and blading the ball. My driver ball flight was ok but not much distance, main problem was my irons. My mid range irons were my strength in the past and I was disappointed after purchasing the new set of clubs and not getting anywhere near the performance I was used to.
I stopped in to the club fitter who set me up with my new clubs and measured my driver swing speed between 90-95MPH. I played a few rounds in the high 80's but couldn't hit the greens in regulation. I finally started reading about the single length clubs by 1 Iron Golf and read what David Lake had to say. I asked a lot of questions and David Lake responded to each question promptly and completely.
I went ahead and bought a complete set of 1 Irons and just received them last weekend.
I went to the range with an 8i,GW,& 3i to hit a few balls. It took me 5 balls to get the timing down but once that happened I was surprised at the ball flight. My 8i ball flight was better than I ever had. The distance was the same as the conventional 8i that I had. I love the GW, it looks great at address and feels great. My 3i was ok but no worse than the conventional 3i I had been playing. Unless you're swing speed is sufficient or you are hitting very flush shots the difference between a 5i and 3i gets compressed. This compression was more my swing than the 1 Irons.
I went out and played 18 the next day and scored a 78 and I hit 9 greens in regulation. I am very pleased with my 1 Irons.
My next goal is to strengthen up so I can get some more distance back. But to once again start hitting greens in regulation is great. I was concerned with the conventional set I purchased because I continued to hit them fat and thin missing greens and getting very discouraged. I thought it would be impossible to get the balls flying like I used to.
With 1 Irons I not only have started enjoying golf again but I am actually getting more direction and ball height to my shots and am hitting them with much more consistency. ....Like many comments I've read here I wish I would have purchased the 1 Iron set earlier.
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