Ever since Bryson DeChambeau hit the circuit with his Ben Hogan hat, psychics degree, and one length irons, the game of golf hasn’t quite been the same. His bold style and obvious intellect made him an instant attraction, but it was his clubs that caught most people’s attention. This is because he dared to ask a question about golf technology that has been around for almost as long as the game itself; does the length of irons really matter? Now, he didn’t just dare to ask the question, he also dared to answer it. With his complex mind he was able to simplify the irons game into one setup and one swing and was able to win both golf tournaments and then the creation of his own golf equipment line, The Cobra One Length Irons.
Bryson and Cobra were able to do all of the hard work for us mere mortals and simple folk by building a perfect set of one length irons. Using advanced technology in their execution, they were able to find a simple answer. By adjusting the lofts and weights of the heads they were able to manipulate club head speeds appropriately to still leave perfect yardage gaps, regardless of them being the same length. The heavier heads in the ‘short’ irons we able to slow the club head down while the lighter ‘long’ irons were able to pick up enough club head speed to leave us all stunned with their crafty ingenuity. It’s one of those answers everyone could have thought of, but never actually did anything about.
Players of all levels were clawing to get their hands on these new sticks and test them out for themselves. Some even with their pitchforks and torches ready to take down someone who would have the audacity to cause a ripple in the world of golf technology (me being one of them). In order to put these clubs in everyone’s bag, Cobra created multiple styled heads for these one length shafts; the King F7’s and the Forged Tours. This allowed players at each skill level to appreciate a much simplified irons game. They can choose to have the length and forgiveness of game improvement irons or they could have the soft feel and workability of a forged blade.
With the testing I have personally done and fittings I have done with others, it’s not the technology that we can find at fault, but our own use of such a tool. I thought the easiest thing to do was to criticize these clubs, but it was found that is was even easier to hit them. The only thing that players had to get over was their own mental leap of looking down at a 9i that’s the same length as your 7i or even a 5i that measures in at the same length. We wanted to crush the 9i as far as the 7i, but try as we might, we were incapable. It wasn’t the technology or the clubs; it was us and our own bravado causing all the problems. Once we were able to get over our own mental lapses, these clubs were performing with the best of them.
That being said, anyone can hit these clubs, but these club aren’t for everyone. Some find an appreciation for the complexities of the game. From the slight nuances from club to club and the crafty manipulation of different length irons or finding themselves choking up or holding onto the very end of the shaft. Using creativity and experience to try and outsmart Mother Nature, but in turn usually end up outsmarting ourselves (right into the trees or a bunker). For those who see enough of a challenge in the game already and want to break it down to one setup and one swing, then this is a challenge calling your name. A challenge to overcome your own mental aspect of the game then followed by the game itself.
If you find yourself hitting one iron far better than the rest of your set, they why not switch over to these? It allows each one of your irons to become more like that ‘magic’ or ‘lucky’ club you have in your bag. It allows you to spend less time on the range trying to deal with those pesky long irons that have been causing you problems for years. They allow you to remove that thought in the back of your head when you have a club that’s not going very well, like that pesky 4i. We all know how frustrating this game can be, so why not try to make it just a little bit simpler? For those who are intrigued by the technology, for those who already understand that one swing is complicated enough, for those who just want to make the game a tiny bit easier, or even for those who struggle with long irons or finding consistency from club to club, these could be right up your alley.
These clubs still require creativity and this game is still damn hard, but what Bryson and Cobra have done is provide you with an opportunity to break it down to one setup and one swing for anyone who wishes to answer the call. Bryson was able to answer the age old question about golf shafts being the same length by his strong play on the tour, the only question left then is this; what is your answer?
At Eagle Club Indoor Golf, we have a full set of Cobra One Lengths that you can demo. Simply ask one of our staff members to use them!
STOCK SET COMPOSITION – 7 Clubs
- Steel: 5-GW
- Graphite: 5-GW