The day after I opened the irons, the forecast was mid 40s with some wind- great February golf weather. I was about the only person on the course that afternoon. It was 39 when I started but warmed into the mid forties by the middle of the round. Too cold to get an accurate ideas of distances, so I didn’t really try. I just wanted to hit the irons and convince myself that this wasn’t all a horrible mistake.
I started on the back 9 because I thought it might be a little warmer and slightly less windy. I decided to play from the forward tees and hit 5 irons off the tees so I could get some experience with the longest- er, I mean lowest lofted- iron in the set. I left my lob wedge at home so I would have to chip with the 37.25 inch sand wedge. I decided soon into the round that if I was hitting less than a full shot with the sand wedge, it was OK to choke-up, and I did.
On the second 9 (front) I played from the white tees and used my driver. I had no fairway woods, however, so I used 5 irons when I would have needed fairway woods or hybrids. I shot a 39-44. This was not bad considering I have up 5 shots on the second 9 with lipped out putts or poor sand shots. (I couldn’t get used to hitting that long of a sand wedge from the bunker- kept hitting it fat.) In general, I was hitting the 5 and 6 iron with a pretty good trajectory. I was worried they would be too low, but they weren’t. Above the 7 iron, I was hitting the ball much higher than normal. This could be a problem, especially on windy days. But the irons felt very good when struck solidly. Were the “longer” irons a bit more consistent than usual? Maybe. Were the “shorter” irons a tad less consistent? Maybe. The irons look very nice at address- not too clunky a topline as I feared with this substantial game-improvement iron. I started out hitting all the irons a bit left- probably the effects of the 3 degree upright lie. A small adjustment on the takeaway took care of that.
It’s far to early to say anything definitive about distances, gapping, or consistency, but I came away feeling good and looking forward to continuing the experiment.