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Date Posted: 09:13:26 08/09/20 Sun
Author: Richard (Richie)
Subject: Blackstone Irons and Driver Review

My history: I am 66 years old today, and have been playing golf for approximately 14 years. I play Callaway Razer XF irons #6 through Lob wedge, #3 and #5 Callaway Razer XF Hybrids, and Callaway XR Driver. All clubs are off the shelf. I like the Callaway Super soft golf ball. My swing speed has been clocked at 90 mph. Handicap is 15.

I have been struggling for years with iron consistency and driver accuracy. I never know where to place the ball when hitting the irons. I started the search for new irons about 6 months ago, discovered the One Iron Golf Site and read all the information available, including reviews not associated with their site. Since I already have the upright swing posture require, I decided to take a chance and invest in an American Small Business.

I ordered the Blackstone Irons 31* through 59*, which is eight irons, and the driver. This is my review of the clubs to date;

• Packaging: They were packed extremely well to avoid damage during shipping.

• Head Covers: They arrived late in the evening and I immediately opened the box. Let's just say I was deflated when I saw the head covers. Did not expect to see what I would call inexpensive head covers on $1200.00 worth of clubs. The driver has a minimal neoprene cover which barely covers the head. The irons have small covers with windows to view the loft angles, which do not line up all that well. I discarded them and put my heavy duty neoprene covers on them. I also used my old driver cover for my new driver. Not a deal breaker for me.

• Irons: The next day I started with the 43* (9) as recommended, hitting it into my net while dodging the rain, running back and forth into the garage. I hit all eight irons about ten times each, with the ball in the center of my stance. They felt very comfortable. I like that they are same length, with the ball in the same place, with the same swing.

• Driver: I also hit the driver, which is shorter than my old driver. I placed masking tape on the club face to see where the ball was hitting the face, and surprise it was dead center.

• Grips: On my old clubs I have Winn Dry Tac midsize grips. I really like the oversize grips on the clubs, very comfortable.

• At the range: The next two days I went to the range hitting seventy balls each time over the course of an hour and a half, using the masking tape on the club faces as guide to adjust my distance away from the ball. I hit the irons extremely well, hitting them very high. The ball went somewhat shorter than I was used to, which could be attributed to range balls, head wind, and getting used to the clubs. I felt that my swing adjusted to the irons almost immediately. The driver was amazing. I placed the ball approximately two inches left of center on a two inch tee, and was hitting down the middle with each swing.

• On the course using a Titlest Tour Soft golf ball: My first drive was a slice to the right out of play. I thought here we go, might as well hit the old driver and save $300. I think I was too far from the ball. Made that adjustment and hit the remaining six drives down the middle just as long as my old driver. Like I said: amazing. Hit the first iron onto the green right side using the 43*, pin was on the left. Remaining irons shots were all good; I was impressed with the consistency, height, and distance I could get with each swing. Only played nine holes because of vicious lightning.

The second round was eighteen holes. I shot 85 with two triple bogies, not the fault of the clubs. The first one I chose the wrong club, hit over the green out of play. The second for some reason after sixteen holes I pulled the driver dead left. Blamed it on me running out of gas. The driver and irons were very consistent. My playing partner who keeps the score would ask, what did you get on this hole another routine par?

I did flub a sand shot out of a very wet bunker, which confused me because I am normally a good bunker player. Came home and read a forum entry about sand wedge play. Found I was using my old bunker swing style which does not work with the new sand wedge.

Conclusion: The custom length of the clubs, the uniform specifications, and the upright swing posture appear to fit my swing style very well. The clubs are well made of quality materials. I believe my consistency began to improve immediately and will continue to improve further over time. I am still within the thirty day trial period, however no thoughts of sending them back at this time.

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[> Re: Blackstone Irons and Driver Review -- Richard Treloar, 12:16:10 08/13/20 Thu

Update to my review: after 3 1/2 rounds I continue to like these irons and driver. Today out 14 swings with the driver only one was out of play. Consistency continues to improve with the irons and I am hitting more greens in regulation. However, my chipping has always been solid, but today I gave up four strokes in chipping, hit behind the ball with three of them and bladed one across the green. Can't figure it out. Trying to maintain the ball in the center of my stance, whereas I used to place inside my right foot. I have read the information in tips section, but it just tells me to keep the ball in the center of my stance and use the same swing but shorter. Whats the secret to chipping with these clubs?

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[> [> Re: Blackstone Irons and Driver Review -- David Lake, 07:36:12 08/15/20 Sat

Richard,

We really appreciate your review. As far as chipping goes, go ahead and use your former ball position and set-up. This goes for sand play as well. The info for playing our irons pertains to fairway play and half to full approach shots. For specialty shots use the methods you are used to and comfortable with.

David Lake

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