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Date Posted: 12:39:34 03/21/20 Sat
Author: David Lake
Subject: An email we received
I got to play three rounds in Phoenix ten days ago first ever with the Single Length Irons. We played from 6,400 – 6,500 each day (i.e. two 61 year old golfers), on public courses, in a certain price range as requested by my playing partner, who is playing with an incurable cancer condition. My first round was 83, with four three putts, on a very flat municipal course, and some rusty chipping, on a simple Ken McDonald Course. My second round was a routine 81, on a more difficult Papago Course (new home of Arizona State University). My final round was a 78 on a course similar to Papago, Palm Valley in Goodyear, where I one putted the first seven holes from various distances. Not bad for not having played since last October in Wisconsin. My friend is a retired Lt Colonel (Army). We got to play with another African American retired Lt Colonel (Air Force), and his 16 year old daughter (Pepperdine Recruit) who crushed her drives and basically got around in a few over par, on Palm Valley. Remember the names Tim Morris and Abby Morris. She is the real deal. Got a group picture with her so we can say we golfed with a young “Serena or Venus Williams” one day …
Granted, it was 83, sunny, with 5 mph winds each day, which is basically ideal. I also found it so helpful to use the Lamkin Grip Cleaning Wipes every nine holes on the clubs to keep them super tacky and grippy. Those 1/8 “ oversize grips are so easy to handle. So much more stable than a standard grip on store bought clubs.
Driver - Straight. Then straight again. Then straight, etc, etc, etc. My distance going forward will be determined by how hard I work out to increase my strength and flexibility.
Low Profile Fairway Woods - I could thread a needle with these clubs, and they come off like bullets. Never once strayed with them.
Blackstone Irons - I hit a lot of greens I normally miss, and by the third round I steadily hit them in a well concentrated radius. Greening par threes was pretty much routine. This has always been my biggest problem on the course.
Blackstone Wedges - I humbly disagree with your assessment not to choke down on them. Choking down an inch or so was a great improvement, and did not detract at all from the performance.
Blackstone Sand Wedge - No problem getting out. But again, I choked down on the sand wedge.
The uniformity overall, length, grip size, shaft flex, weight, the lie angles, all just puts your mind at ease. It’s basically like hitting the same shot every time. Feels the same every time over the ball, all centered in the stance, hands ahead of the ball. After playing hybrid woods for 15 years, going back to irons is an adjustment mentally. But by my 54th hole, I really felt I had it put together. Also, the white lines on the face of the Blackstone irons make is so easy to line up the blade over the ball.
Wish I had done this 20 years ago.
Thanks again so much for the insight over time on how to play them, please pass this on to your father, David Lake, and feel free to share as a testimonial.
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