I was going to wait for a while before I published another post on my new Cobra F7 One length irons, but reader John asked me a couple of days ago if I had any updates. So here is an update.
After returning from Kiawah Island, I have played 5 rounds here at the Pete Dye River Course outside of my home in Radford, Virginia. Scores were 76-76-76-81-85 and my index has gone from 7.2 to 6.7. Nothing to complain about there. The 85 was a round where I decided to chip with the Cobra sand wedge (7 iron length- though I choked up for less than full shots). I think that cost me a few up and downs. On the other hand, I used the sand wedge out of a little pot punker on the 18th hole to a back pin and put it within a foot of the hole for a happy ending par.
The irons remain a little more consistent than my old set and continue to please with the intangibles- meaning I feel good hitting them and like how they feel and how they fly. I don’t regret buying them and I hope I continue to get my index down to around 3 or 4 by late Autumn. I switch back the the regular tees in April and that usually helps my index as the course rating is harder by 2.6 strokes.
At some point I need to give some more empirical observations on distances for each club. So far, I will just repeat what I have suggested in other posts. I expect summer yardages to be 100 yards for the sand wedge and 150 yards for the 8 iron. That is just slightly longer (5 yards) than my Adams XTDs that I gamed before the Cobras. My anecdotal observations so far suggest gaps are OK between these clubs, but I really don’t know that for sure. I just know that I usually feel comfortable choosing a club and knowing the distance. In fact, I have grown comfortable with these clubs faster than I usually do when I switch irons- which is fairly frequently as my friends will attest to enthusiastically.
I guess my advice to other golfers at the moment would be that if these single length clubs appeal to you, don’t be afraid to try them. They are nice clubs that look and feel good. in my experience, they are not miracle workers- they don’t play the game for you. But you already know that. But neither are they a disappointment. Quite the contrary. They are lots of fun to play and talk about. I would love to hear from other single length irons users about their experiences.