The One Length Challenge : My Journey

Bridgestone Golf

time4tim

AKA Campbell Toe
Albatross 2020 Club
Joined
Jan 18, 2012
Messages
6,020
Reaction score
935
Location
Kingsburg, Cali
Handicap
12.6
For those of you who may have wandered by this post and and aren’t sure what’s going on, here is the lowdown: I have been challenged to try One Length Irons for 5 rounds and some range time to see if I could be persuaded to change full time to single length irons from variable length. The challenge was a contest created by JB from THP and Adam from the podcast: Golf Unfiltered. JB was a guest on the podcast and the conversation became whether or not a person could make the switch from variable length irons to single length full time. This conversation then became a bet between the two, which then became a contest to select someone from THP to take the challenge. I submitted my request and what do you know, I was selected.

I am a double digit handicapper who had struggled off and on with my iron play. I have come close many times to get into single digits only to have my iron game take a dump and desert me. I began playing Callaway Apex 19 irons this year and had great success until early September when my swing went south and I have yet to completely recover. I have always played cavity back irons with little offset. Usually along the lines of players clubs and usually tried to avoid game improvement irons. It was a case of being stubborn, thinking I was a better player than I really was I do believe. However at this time in my life, I am willing to try almost anything if it will help me to become a better golfer and a more consistent iron player.

Today I received a set of Cobra F9 One Length irons from THP. The set consists of 5-GW and yes, as the name says, they are all one length. It’s definitely a different experience if you have never put this set up next to a variable length set. I can see where it may become slightly unsettling to try something so drastically different. However I really feel like I need to approach this with an open mind and just swing the clubs and let the results happen.

3AC8505E-5C27-4EDC-B739-78C60F012156.jpeg

As you can see the heads on these are a pretty good size. A lot more cavity and a whole lot more sole than what I would normally play or even try. This set has KBS Tour 120 S shafts and stock Lamkin Crossline Cobra Connect grips. The weight of the shaft is a little more than the True Temper Elevate shafts I have in my Apex 19’s. I don’t think it will be an issue, but I am sure I will notice the difference for at least a few swings.

F58AAC7A-63A5-41A0-A979-A0D9EBD280D0.jpeg

CE59B581-D8B6-431F-9F4F-40F158C18104.jpeg

This is a challenge I excepted and very much look forward to starting . I am hoping to get a round in tomorrow afternoon and at least one more this weekend. I am very anxious to find out if I can make them a permanent fixture in my bag for the foreseeable future or will I become so aggravated that I will never want to experiment again. I look forward to reporting back and share my experiences with everyone on THP.

PS : I know there is more on the line with this challenge than just what fits me the best as someone (JB or Adam) will have a bag change themselves for the upcoming 2020 golf season depending on whether or not I keep the One Lengths in my bag. I am not taking this assignment lightly and will do my best to give everyone my honest opinions and feedback.
 

YukonLiving

Captain of Tundra
Albatross 2020 Club
Joined
Aug 30, 2018
Messages
4,088
Reaction score
1,874
Location
Yukon Territory, Canada
Those irons look great! That subtle blue line is just perfect.

Good luck on the course, I’m sure the clubs will treat you right!
 

GolfinWithDad

Formerly CenturyHack
Albatross 2020 Club
Joined
Mar 7, 2018
Messages
1,237
Reaction score
424
Location
Seal Beach
Handicap
25
I have been very curious about the one length clubs, even more since listening to that podcast on Golf Unfiltered. I will be following tho challenge to see how it goes for you and what your thoughts are. Thanks for taking the challenge!
 

BriMac

Looper
Albatross 2020 Club
Joined
Jul 29, 2017
Messages
1,758
Reaction score
755
Location
NY
Handicap
7.4
Just noticed your set/entry for the Morgan Cup golden ticket. Interesting...
 

Turtlerancher

Well-known member
Albatross 2020 Club
Joined
Aug 13, 2019
Messages
2,718
Reaction score
2,216
Location
Maine
Handicap
Pick one.
I can't wait to hear your thoughts on these irons, looking at doing the switch to one length myself.
 

jlew2144

Well-known member
Albatross 2020 Club
Joined
May 9, 2016
Messages
6,018
Reaction score
1,152
Location
Dublin, OH
Handicap
12.1
Looking forward to your thoughts on this!!
 

BlueHen2006

Team THP #Grandaddy2018
Albatross 2020 Club
Joined
Mar 23, 2013
Messages
4,035
Reaction score
643
Location
Elkridge, MD
Handicap
17.8
Nice! Can’t wait to hear how they perform for you! Good luck!!!
 

Canio

RIP Mario 2006-2012
Albatross 2020 Club
Joined
Nov 1, 2009
Messages
7,106
Reaction score
212
Location
Stockholm, New Jersey, United States
Handicap
17
Looking forward to your experiences with the switch. I have thought about OL myself.
 

jdtox

It’s a process
Albatross 2020 Club
Staff member
Joined
May 20, 2011
Messages
22,976
Reaction score
6,150
Location
Michigan
Handicap
7.4
Nice write up Tim. I’m looking forward to your updates on this. I can’t say I’m considering one length yet but I will be following along closely.
I assume you will be using Cobra Connect to track your stats for the 5 required rounds?
 

mmaynard11

Well-known member
Albatross 2020 Club
Joined
Sep 11, 2013
Messages
28,485
Reaction score
2,271
Location
Ponte Vedra, Florida
Handicap
7.7
Can’t wait to follow along with the journey! Have fun!
 

ApexFan

Well-known member
Albatross 2020 Club
Joined
Oct 20, 2019
Messages
4,119
Reaction score
2,783
Location
Bay Area California
Handicap
16
Can’t wait to hear about your experience. Should be a fun follow.
 

afwcardinal

Go Cards
Albatross 2020 Club
Joined
Dec 21, 2011
Messages
14,527
Reaction score
70
Location
Fort Worth, Tx
Handicap
????
Look forward to following along time4tim. This should be a fun experience.
 

DataDude

Well-known member
Albatross 2020 Club
Joined
Dec 26, 2017
Messages
5,953
Reaction score
2,910
Location
Louisville, KY
Handicap
14.7
I am really looking forward to hearing your thoughts on these clubs. The One Length is definitely something I would like to try at some point.
 

tomcat

2019 Grandaddy Alumni
Albatross 2020 Club
Joined
Aug 4, 2015
Messages
5,397
Reaction score
3,260
Location
Prosper, TX
Handicap
30
Great start, Tim.

As someone who has played OL for two years and getting ready to transition back to progressive length clubs, I'm looking forward to your thoughts on the process.
 

Doubleb21

Well-known member
Albatross 2020 Club
Joined
Aug 18, 2018
Messages
3,823
Reaction score
1,898
Location
Tucson
Handicap
12.8
Good luck @time4tim and enjoy the experiment. I am looking forward to watching @golfunfiltered play hybrid irons next season!!
 

GoldenBuff

Pool noodle fencing
Albatross 2020 Club
Joined
Feb 2, 2015
Messages
6,723
Reaction score
3,606
Handicap
6.5
I honestly look forward to your experience. Interesting experiment. I am also a little worried because poking fun at one length is a source of fun to the crazier spaces between my ears.
 

J.B. Cobb III

I’m a Ben Hogan guy!
Albatross 2020 Club
Joined
Oct 11, 2018
Messages
6,224
Reaction score
3,396
Location
Wilmywood
Handicap
28
Looking forward to you gaming these past 5 rounds!
 

McLovin

feelz good 2 b a Gsta
Albatross 2020 Club
Joined
Jul 23, 2014
Messages
29,057
Reaction score
7,910
Location
orlando
Handicap
6.9
have fun with it tim!
 

Snickerdog

Team THP 2019 Grandaddy Alumni
Albatross 2020 Club
Joined
Dec 8, 2015
Messages
22,672
Reaction score
11,241
Location
KS
Handicap
3.7
Those are nice looking irons. Good luck with the experiment.
 

Tenputt

Well-known member
Albatross 2020 Club
Joined
Apr 15, 2017
Messages
5,659
Reaction score
3,964
Location
Utah
Handicap
GHIN 6.9
This will be a fun follow. Your post was awesome to read. I thought seriously about trying this because as a mid-single digit index, iron play is, BY FAR, the weakest part of my game.
 

JDax

Pardon my American... I'm working Heel
Albatross 2020 Club
Joined
Mar 6, 2014
Messages
10,619
Reaction score
4,191
Location
Nashville,TN
Handicap
GHIN 11.4
Journey begins!!!
I’m following along and can’t wait to read your feedback!!!
 

oumagic

Team Paradise 2020
Albatross 2020 Club
Joined
Apr 18, 2019
Messages
2,289
Reaction score
2,755
Location
Gilbert, AZ
Handicap
GHIN 10
I went in this last March with a serious thought at trying one length F9, but the results on the very few swings I had were not good. Perhaps if I had more range time and got used to it I would have had more luck. Intrigued to watch how this goes for you because iron play on approach 180-125 yards is my biggest weakness.

My problem with the one length was that there was not enough gaps on the monitor. Example: I hit 7 iron 150 yards on the monitor and the 5 iron 155 yards and 9 iron 145 yards. So for me, 9 iron was normal, 7 iron was 5-10 yards short and 5 iron was 25 yards short. But as I said, i didn’t give them much of a trial; I probably gave them less than 20 swings in the store
 
Last edited:

phoffer

Resident ONE Length Guy
Albatross 2020 Club
Joined
Jan 30, 2018
Messages
1,517
Reaction score
397
Location
Tucson
Handicap
improving
Excited for you Tim! Just trust the clubs and the process, that's really the biggest thing with OL.
 

Bernoulli

Enjoy every sandwich
Albatross 2020 Club
Joined
Mar 22, 2017
Messages
4,935
Reaction score
3,085
Location
NY
Definitely interested in reading your feedback about the OL irons.
 

Welcome to The Hackers Paradise

Don't just play golf, live it!

Register Log in
Top