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Date Posted: 05:27:30 06/01/16 Wed
Author: Andy Watson
Subject: My new Pro Line Irons Review
Hello David and all Forum members,
I purchased the Pro Line Irons and have had them for five days. I have taken them to the practice range each day. I'm a 16 handicap, been golfing for about 2 years. Here is my testimony:
Day One- Picked up the box from FedEx and proceeded straight to the range. Hey, I like to get right to it! Picked up the first club and thought "wow, that's heavy". Also I had never played with oversize grips. Not a good range session. Lots of shanks and mishits. Shots hit well didn't seem to fly far. My instructor happened to be there giving some others lessons. He hit a few and mentioned they were too stiff for him. Did I panic? Not completely, but this also didn't help my confidence. But having read all the tips and the forum comments here, I knew I just needed to be patient and put in the effort.
Day Two- Some, but not much, progress. Did get into a groove with my 9 iron for about 10 shots, then lost it. Couldn't get anything out of the 3-5 irons. My level of concern rose a bit. Wasn't sure if I had made the right choice, given the stiffness of the clubs. Considered right there going and having them re-gripped with standard size grips, but held off. Gotta give them a chance.
Day Three- Two range sessions, morning and evening. Morning- hit rock bottom. Lots of stray hits. Ok with wedges and 9-iron, the rest of the clubs were a disaster. Why? Gave up.
Day Three (evening)- It happened. That day, I read a tip in the forums that many golfers will sway forward when hitting the longer clubs. As explained on the site, it is a developed habit from striking a ball that is forward in one's stance. I knew right then what my problem was. Remembering that, I made a conscious effort not to sway or drift forward, and to just HIT EVERY CLUB THE SAME WAY. Bam. That did it. I started to hit all my shots solid.
Day Four- Great progress! Felt very comfortable. Developed a routine where I would hit 9 iron, get the feel, pull out 3 iron and hit it the same way. You can't do that with a conventional set of clubs! My wife went with me and pointed out how I was hitting all my targets.
Day Five- This was yesterday. Hands down, my best range session ever. After a few flubbed up warm-up shots, everything was on. I am particularly impressed with the consistent gaps in distance. So nice finally having clubs that have an even 4-degree loft progression! That in itself is a major confidence booster.
I created a document that laid out the specs of my old Taylormade irons vs the 1 Iron. It has been handy in helping me understand my progression. I HAVE NOT LOST ANY DISTANCE. In fact, I have gained distance. My new 6 iron actually has the same loft as my old 7 iron, but flies about 5 yards farther.
Larger grips and a heavier, stiffer club have quieted my hands and greatly increased my accuracy. I'm glad I didn't change the grips.
I am 6'0" but my WTF measurement is 38.5", which means I have short arms. My wife jokes about it now and calls me "T-Rex"! Therefore my 1 Irons are all the same length as my old 5 Iron (38"), but with a lie angle matching my old 8 iron (63.5). I think this is why the single length system has given me such a measurable improvement. I no longer have to hunch down over my wedges as well.
I only practiced a little bit of chipping with these clubs, but it will definitely require some work. The results are not good so far. Hitting chip shots with a longer club requires some adjustment. But the reality is that previously I was choking up on my wedges to chip. So I will adjust to it, but it will take alot more practice.
In summary, single length clubs have made a HUGE improvement to my game, and I am anxious to carry forward the success and reach my goal of being a scratch golfer.
All the best!
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