The Cut : The Cut - Winter 2017
GOLF & LEISURE 89 Pros: They’re generally longer because they create faster ball speeds, greater forgiveness and a higher flight. The larger heads can inspire more confidence at address. Cons: They can sound ‘clicky’ and it can be harder to improve how you play with them as they mask the poor strike. They often come with poorer shafts because they’re at the cheaper end of the spectrum. Verdict: Go for cast if you want more distance and don’t need to ‘feel’ the ball on the face. CAST 14. WILL SINGLE- LENGTH IRONS WORK FOR ME? TOM OLSAVSKY, VP OF CLUB R&D AT COBRA- PUMA GOLF, EXPLAINS THE THEORY BEHIND THIS INNOVATIVE APPROACH. What are the advantages of single-length iron shafts? They can greatly improve the consistency of iron play due to simplifying the entire set-up and swing process. Many golfers will find it easier and more reliable since every shot is just like hitting a 7-iron. This can improve the consistency, quality of the strike and confidence at all skill levels. We’ve also seen short-game improvement with the longer short irons and wedges with players who usually struggle in this area, because it’s much simpler to play ever y shot the same around the greens with a consistent set-up and stroke. Additionally, they can be especially helpful from a physical perspective by making the set-up, posture and swing more comfortable and less stressful on the body. How do you overcome the gapping issue in single-length irons? We’ve studied gapping very intensely in developing our ONE Length irons. We find for many players they produce consistent gapping versus conventional, variable sets. In fact, only a small percentage of the distance created by irons is due to length. For example, most players use the same length wedges and have decent yardage gaps. We add weight to the longer irons (4, 5, 6) to lower the CG and increase forgiveness. The heavier head weight also creates more collision energy, which produces extra distance. What type of player will single-length irons suit? Any player can benefit due to the improved consistency and ease of use. Bryson DeChambeau has won the US Amateur and a Web. com Tour event using single-length irons, and testing with many types of golfers has indicated that it will likely benefit 30-50 per cent of golfers. The best way to know if it will work for you is to try it. Toe side: Your clubs might be too short in length, but it can also be a sign of swing path issues. Low in face: Your clubs might be too short in length or too light. High in face: Your clubs might be too long or too heavy. Heel side: Your clubs might be too long or the lie might be too upright. 15. WHERE AM I STRIKING THE BALL ON THE CLUBFACE? WHILE YOUR TECHNIQUE WILL IMPACT THIS, IT CAN ALSO INDICATE THAT YOUR IRONS AREN’T WELL FITTED FOR YOU.
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