If you spend much time around golfers you have probably heard Single Length Golf Clubs talked about, or have seen a group standing around gawking at a set on the driving range. I had heard quite a bit about them, lots of talk in the club house and driving range, but the information all seemed a little confusing to me. So I decided to conduct my own research and see what I could find out single length golf clubs, and get the straight scoop on whether they were something the beginning golfer should consider purchasing.
What Are Single Length Golf Clubs?
The length of traditional golf clubs varies between clubs, typically there is ½ inch difference built into the set. So for example, the length of your 8 Iron is ½ inch shorter than your 7 Iron. Single length golf clubs eliminate these differences so your entire set is the same length, your 5 Iron is the same length as your 7 Iron as your 9 Iron. In fact, single length golf clubs have the same club length, the same swing weight, provide the same momentum, and the same shaft flex throughout a set of golf clubs.
Why are Conventional Clubs Different Lengths?
This is the obvious question that we all ask when considering whether single length golf clubs make sense for us. Ironically, before the introduction of steel shafts into the sport of golf all clubs were built the same length. Hickory shafts were the shaft of choice during this time period and each set of clubs was custom made for each golfer based upon their individual requirements, their wrist to floor static measurements. Well, as you can imagine building clubs in this manner was very time consuming and very expensive, and require that a person had measurable wealth to afford a set of hickory shaft clubs.
The introduction of steel into golf allowed the golf shafts to be produced mechanically, at a high volume and lower cost than the hickory golf shafts allowed. Large sporting goods companies jumped into the golf market eager to supply loads of cheap steel shaft clubs. There was one problem however, these manufacturers could not produce single length custom fitting to their customers but rather, needed to mass produce thousands and thousands of homogenous clubs. The solution was to produce clubs with a ½ inch difference in length…the thinking being that at least a couple of clubs may fit their customers. So the irony is that conventional clubs differ in length because of a manufacturing decision that was made almost 80 years ago.
Which Clubs Are Better: Conventional or Single Length?
I apologize in advance, but I think the answer is briansclub cm “it depends”. I you want to learn how to play golf like Tiger Woods, purchasing either set of golf clubs will probably not deliver this dream. And speaking of Tiger Woods, he seems to play alright with conventional golf clubs. Sure, sure the argument might be made that he would play even better with a set of single length clubs…but nobody knows the answer to that argument.
So here goes, if you are happy with your current clubs or have played the game for a number of years and are comfortable with the conventional incremental shaft lengths I see no reason to switch. It is a little like the latest Driver or Putter that hits the market. Sure there are features of the clubs that might help improve a golfer’s game, but more often than not the club isn’t the Holy Grail and will not make you a champion overnight. If you are not in the market for a new set of clubs then I would not recommend you run out and buy a set of single length golf clubs.
What many people don’t realize is that these clubs have been around for a long time. Commercially they were available back in the 1980’s when Tommy Armour golf manufactured them under the name EQL irons. The golf clubs were popular but the company found it difficult to make these custom clubs in the face of a low cost/high volume environment.
Which leads us to reasons that you might want to try these clubs, you are in the market for a set of custom fitted clubs. Single length golf clubs cost more than a standard set you pull off of a store shelf, and are comparable in price to custom fitted clubs. So, if you are planning to make an overhaul to your equipment or are just entering the golf market and are considering the Custom Club route…then single length clubs may be just the answer for you.
The Benefits of Single Length Golf Clubs
Ok, so let’s get down to it. Why should you consider purchasing a set of single length golf clubs? What are they going to do for your game? Manufacturers of these same length clubs claim two primary benefits; improved distance and improved consistency. What golfer would not want to see improvement in these areas of their golf game? I surely would!
The marketing material claims an increase in distance of 5 yards for every club in the bag, achieved from only having one swing for each iron and therefore greatly increasing muscle memory. This deeply ingrained swing becomes much more repeatable than the swing(s) needed with conventional clubs, your confidence increase, and you see greatly increased ball striking which all adds up to greater distance.
According to 1 Iron Golf a leading manufacturers of single length golf clubs, golfers using their golf clubs will see the following results:
· Greater power and distance.
· Extreme ball striking improvement.
· Stunning accuracy and control.
· Mid/High handicapper: average 10 stroke reduction in handicaps.
· Low handicapper: the dramatic increase in swing consistency eliminates those last few strokes bringing handicaps down to zero and below.
All of this research leads me to believe that single length golf clubs are worth trying out for yourself to determine whether they would benefit your golf game, now if only someone could fix my putting.