Sweet Stuff

Golf Vacations - - Contents - by Terry Ross

Us­ing the K.I.S.S. (Keep It Su­perbly Sim­ple), sin­gle–length irons will work won­ders. How mar­velous is it to have the abil­ity to swing each club ex­actly the same way? No weird swing thoughts for sure. More con­fi­dence, def­i­nitely! Em­ploy­ing the easy one-plane swing, ex­pect your game to im­prove dra­mat­i­cally! The USP (Unique Sell­ing Propo­si­tion) is that sin­gle-length irons are more con­sis­tent and eas­ier to con­trol. Wouldn’t you rather have just one swing and one ball po­si­tion?

For many years, Co­bra has been a cut­ting-edge iron man­u­fac­turer. The King Co­bra OS (over­sized) iron ap­peared in the world mar­ket­place in 1992, and be­came the big­gest sell­ing iron in golf for sev­eral years.

The sin­gle-length nar­ra­tive in­cludes some of the bright­est de­sign­ers in the golf in­dus­try. Peo­ple such as Tom Wis­hon, David Edel and Tom Ol­savsky. Ever since Tom Ol­savsky took over from Tom Preese in 2013, as Co­bra’s vice pres­i­dent of re­search and de­vel­op­ment, Co­bra has at­tracted at­ten­tion with a com­pre­hen­sive mix­ture of multi-ma­te­rial and forged irons.

Co­bra also has Bryson DeCham­beau who made his mark by win­ning both the NCAA Di­vi­sion I ti­tle and U.S. Am­a­teur crown in 2015. He used a sin­gle-length iron set hand-made by club maker David Edel, who op­er­ates out of Texas, and is known mostly for highly per­son­al­ized wedges and put­ters. His grip size is larger than the stan­dard grip, as these work for him. You should al­ways get fit for grip size, as most adult males use grips that are too small. Co­bra of­fers a wide range of cus­tom grips, in­clud­ing those that Bryson plays in his King Forged One irons.

Un­der­stand that all off-the-rack golf clubs are built in 1/2-inch length in­cre­ments with vary­ing club-head lie an­gles through­out a set. This means that be­sides the driver and put­ter, you are us­ing 12 clubs, hav­ing 12 dif­fer­ent lengths and 12 dif­fer­ent lie an­gles. There­fore, to de­velop your full ball strik­ing po­ten­tial with con­ven­tional golf equip­ment, you must learn and mas­ter 12 dif­fer­ent swings with 12 dif­fer­ent swing pos­tures, 12 dif­fer­ent swing planes, and 12 dif­fer­ent ball po­si­tions. Con­sid­er­ing that even the pros, who av­er­age hit­ting 1,000 golf balls per day can­not mas­ter them all, what chance do you have?

What also steers golfers away from the game and from pur­chas­ing clubs is the com­plex­ity of be­ing cus­tom fit­ted. It is time con­sum­ing and ex­pen­sive. At least with the irons seg­ment, sin­gle-length al­le­vi­ates this is­sue. Ei­ther steel or graphite shafts can be used in sin­gle-length iron sets, de­pend­ing on the pref­er­ence and feel of the in­di­vid­ual golfer.

Ob­vi­ously, all golfers need to know that irons and metal woods have dis­tinct iden­ti­ties. Driv­ers, fair­way woods and hy­brids are not nor­mally made with a uni­form length. While con­sis­tency and re­peata­bil­ity are the hall­marks of sin­gle-length irons, metal woods are re­quired to pro­duce a wide va­ri­ety of longer shots.

Be­low are the most fre­quently asked ques­tions and the dis­tinc­tion be­tween a reg­u­lar set and a sin­gle-length set of irons.

Why One Length? In a reg­u­lar set, dis­tance is pro­duced by the length of the shaft and the loft of the club head. The shorter the shaft, the less swing speed is re­quired — and that usu­ally means the shorter clubs are more ac­cu­rate. Ad­di­tion­ally, One Length of­fers less vari­ables. One swing, one swing plane, and one pos­ture. This makes it eas­ier to be more con­sis­tent and hit more cen­tered shots. Ac­cord­ing to Co­bra, any­thing that a golfer can do with a 7-iron, can be done with One Length irons. Our test­ing group to­tally agreed and just love both the con­cept and per­for­mance of the irons. They found that shot va­ri­ety, knock downs, work­a­bil­ity and half shots were sim­ply of no con­cern or prob­lem­atic us­ing the One Length irons.

When your irons are all one length (for Co­bra’s 2017 lineup, that means 7-iron length), your 5-iron swing is the same as your pitch­ing wedge swing. A more con­sis­tent setup should lead to more con­sis­tent re­sults. That makes sense.

Who fits into the One Length cat­e­gory? Play­ers of all skill lev­els seek­ing more con­sis­tency and ac­cu­racy.

What makes One Length irons work? The key is match­ing head weights. Since all clubs are built to a 7-iron length, the head weights on the longer irons are in­creased while the short irons de­crease in weight. To get them all to match, all heads in the F7 One and Forged One sets weigh 270 grams. All the irons, whether fit­ted with steel or graphite shafts, are 37.25” in length.

For same-length clubs, all the irons are the same length (cus­tom fit­ted), weight, flex, and lie an­gle so you can elim­i­nate all those ex­tra un­nec­es­sary swings. Your swing speed is essen­tially the same with each club, so the dif­fer­ence in dis­tance must come through the engi­neer­ing of the club head (more heft for a five-iron; less weight for a nine-iron), and those with av­er­age swing speeds might not be able to take ad­van­tage of the dif­fer­ences.

What about lofts and dis­tance/gap­ping? In test­ing Co­bra’s One Length irons, we found that most play­ers pro­duce sim­i­lar gaps with F7 One Length irons and vari­able length F7 irons. The lofts are the same be­tween these two sets and the same as last year’s ex­tremely pop­u­lar Game Im­prove­ment F6 irons. Loft is the most im­por­tant pre­dic­tor of dis­tance in irons. As we know, cur­rent vari­able length sets have proper gaps in their wedges, and al­most all wedges in sets to­day are sin­gle length.

Co­bra Golf has just re­leased two sets of sin­gle-length irons. The King F7 and the King Forged One. Co­bra is on-board with sin­gle­length. “Based on con­sumer de­mand and our own test­ing, we think there’s some­thing there. We’re in­ves­ti­gat­ing,” said Co­bra Puma Golf pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Bob Phil­ion, who has guided the com­pany since Puma pur­chased Co­bra Golf in April 2010.

Should I play One Length wedges? It de­pends. Co­bra’s Tom Ol­savsky be­lieves that strong wedge play­ers might be best served stick­ing with what they have. If you al­ready have a great short game, why mess with it?

Golfers who need help, how­ever, may want to con­sider adding Co­bra ONE Length wedges (56° & 60° avail­able through cus­tom or­der) to their sets. Once again, the ar­gu­ment is con­sis­tency. What about the PWRSHELL tech­nol­ogy in­cor­po­rated into these irons? (Thin­ner and stronger face struc­tures with welds placed far­ther from the face al­low for a larger sweet zone with higher ball speeds on mis-hits). This tech­nol­ogy al­lows the heads to be equipped with a thin­ner, stronger 100% CNC milled groove face and a sole struc­ture that of­fers more dis­tance, is more for­giv­ing, def­i­nitely more pre­cise and a larger “Sweet Zone”, re­sult­ing in higher ball speeds and ex­plo­sive dis­tance. Count on an ad­di­tional 10 yards through­out the set.

With Co­bra’s Pro­gres­sive Spin Tech­nol­ogy, V-Grooves are used on the 4-6 irons to re­duce spin and U-Grooves on the 7-PW to op­ti­mize spin. For the GW-SW, wedge-spaced grooves are used to pro­duce ex­tra spin for shots around the green.

Co­bra’s TECFLO tech­nol­ogy (Pro­gres­sive Set Tech­nol­ogy) is de­scribed in sim­ple terms as tech­nol­ogy that flows through the set. TECFLO of­fers pro­gres­sive cav­ity con­struc­tion de­signed to op­ti­mize the per­for­mance of each iron in the set. Ba­si­cally, the long, mid­dle, and

short irons are de­signed dif­fer­ently and per­form dif­fer­ently to cre­ate the ul­ti­mate pro­gres­sive set of irons, so you can help per­son­al­ize your game and op­ti­mize per­for­mance through­out the set.

A full hol­low de­sign with the PWRSHELL face insert is in the long irons (3-5) and it de­liv­ers low CG with an ex­tremely re­spon­sive face for eas­ier-to-hit, high-fly­ing long irons. In the mid-irons (6-7), a half-hol­low de­sign com­bined with the PWRSHELL insert de­liv­ers op­ti­mal CG for more pre­cise, easy-to-hit clubs, mean­ing more greens-in-reg­u­la­tion.

The scor­ing irons (8-PW) uti­lize a tra­di­tional cav­ity back de­sign with wedge-spaced grooves for added spin and more con­trol to at­tack the pins. Fin­ish­ing out the KING F7 set is a spe­cialty wedge de­sign that pro­vides added ver­sa­til­ity and en­hanced shot con­trol green­side in the sand and gap wedges.

Avail­able in both right-hand and left-hand, the KING F7 ONE will be of­fered in steel stiff and reg­u­lar flex, and graphite stiff, reg­u­lar and lite flex, and will fea­ture a 5-GW stan­dard set make-up. Lamkin RELBlack grips are stan­dard. Ei­ther a Fu­jikura Pro 63i (graphite – stiff, reg­u­lar, lite), or True Tem­per King F7 (steel – stiff and reg­u­lar) shaft op­tion is avail­able.

The King Forged One (4-PW), is only avail­able in right hand with a $999.00 price. The steel shaft is the KBS Tour FLT. Graphite is avail­able by cus­tom or­der. Lamkin REL-Blue grips with red and white ac­cents. Both a Fu­jikura Pro 63i (graphite) or True Tem­per King F7 (steel) shaft op­tion is avail­able.

A combo set, with an ad­justable 4-5 hy­brid and 6-iron through GW, is also avail­able. For more info: www.co­bragolf.com

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One of their truly use­ful prod­ucts is the Multi-Use Rain Safe (M.U.R.S.) Bag for all a trav­el­ing golfer’s needs.

From Shag Bag to toi­letries, to even a few sun­dries for the shut­tle ride, this will keep ev­ery­thing se­cure in a strik­ing, out­doors­man style.

Mea­sur­ing 10” long with a 5.5” di­am­e­ter, the bag is sub­stan­tial, but com­pact enough to eas­ily carry. Sea­mus Golf’s Pri­vate Re­serve waxed tar­tan with tones of dark khaki and claret is met with rich to­bacco leather on the bot­tom to cre­ate a finish as much at home on the links as it would be in a hunting cabin. The in­te­rior is a lush black fleece that will safely nes­tle what­ever you de­cide to throw inside. Per­son­al­iza­tion is avail­able on all Sea­mus golf’s prod­ucts.

For more info: www.sea­mus­golf.com

The Tour Striker Smart Ball, de­vel­oped by Martin Chuck is one of the bet­ter train­ing aids cur­rently avail­able. Tour stars such as Dar­ren Clarke, Beatriz Re­cari and Be­len Mozo are some of the pro­po­nents of this train­ing aid. Martin Hall of the Golf Chan­nel uses the Smart Ball for his show and stu­dents.

The Smart Ball is an ul­tra-light and por­ta­ble way to se­quence your arms and body as you de­velop your ball strik­ing skills.

This in­flat­able, flocked “beach ball” con­nects to an AD­JUSTABLE lan­yard to meet the fit of any­one. It is the best BODY CON­NEC­TION train­ing aid on the mar­ket and can be used flat, un­der ei­ther armpit, or in­flated be­tween the fore­arms.

The Tour Striker Smart Ball will help you un­der­stand HOW the arms and body work dur­ing an ef­fec­tive golf swing. Few peo­ple put in qual­ity prac­tice work­ing on the se­quence of arms and body. Be one of the few who own the rhythm and tim­ing re­quired to be­come a high-level ball striker. Take con­trol of your swing --so you can have Ef­fort­less Power, rather than Pow­er­less Effort.

The Smart Ball’s USP (Unique Sell­ing Propo­si­tion) is that while there are lit­er­ally dozens of de­vices that you can do this drill with, many of them are too big, too small, or too heavy. If they’re too big or small, they ruin the struc­ture of your arms and de­feat the pur­pose of the drill. If they’re too heavy, they in­tro­duce an un­wanted in­flu­ence on the swing which com­pro­mises the drill.

For more info: www.tourstriker.com

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