What’s all the Hype About Same Length Golf Clubs
With the exposure Bryson DeChambeau, (U.S. Amateur Champion) has provided for his same length, one length or single length golf clubs, I felt it necessary to look into the merits of such a golf club configuration to see if it would indeed benefit our students and yes myself as well.
Every golfer wants to improve no matter what type of golf game they play, or they’re not really a golfer in my opinion. They’re just out for recreation.
I started combing through the internet to see what was out there in hard evidence concerning same length, one length or single length golf clubs. I found quite a bit more information than I expected. Of course, all of what I am about to reveal to you is subject to actually trying a set out to experience the proven performance rather than perceived performance.
I new that years ago Tommy Armour tried the concept of single length golf clubs with little success. Here’s a report on the program By Mike Sorensen, Sports Writer. This report was written in 1989!!! The report mentions: The Tommy Armour Company first became involved in the one-length design after company president Bob MacNally played a round of golf with PGA Touring pro Bruce Lietzke six years ago. After the round in which MacNally had his problems, Lietzke suggested that he would be all right if could just use a 6-iron all the time. That got MacNally thinking and he asked the company to make him a special set of clubs all the length of a 6-iron.
Makes sense but will you loose distance on your long irons with the shorter length? Is your wedge going to be longer and too heavy? More on that in a moment.
A common argument among all the same length, one length or single length golf clubs suppliers is the ability to learn only one set up position, ball position and swing plane. Again I’m not sure that argument as merit until I try a set. One thing I do know for sure and demonstrate to students on occasion, that the loft has a lot more to do with the distance a ball travels than the length of the golf club. Take out your eight iron and hit it full. Then get out your four iron and choke up to eight iron length and hit it. Bet it goes way past your eight iron shot. Same length different loft. Of course in this example the head weight of the traditional four iron is much lighter than the eight iron.
To learn the exact difference in distance between same length, one length or single length golf clubs and the traditional configuration you can check out the report written by Dave Tutelman. Dave did a detailed report with tests on distance, trajectory and more. If you look at Dave’s report you will see that the distances between the traditional length golf clubs and the single length golf clubs is not that different with the exception of the long irons, like the three and four irons.
OK so you won’t loose much distance if any but will you be more accurate and consistent? Maybe? Having taught golf since 1970 it makes sense to me that if golfers could only learn one ball position and set up some variables would be thereby eliminated.
We mentioned loft as the most influential factor in distance. Well the lofts of the same length, one length or single length golf clubs is practically identical to industry standard if there is one anymore. Golf club companies are notorious for decreasing loft for added distance to increase sales. The length is about a six or seven iron length, (depending on which supplier you use) and all the heads weigh about the same as a six or seven. In a traditional set of golf clubs each golf club is 1/2 inch different in length with a decreasing head weight of seven grams for every 1/2 inch added in length.
|Typical Iron Set|
|Single Length Iron Set|
I found on interesting quote from a golf club executive.
“Same length has been done, personally I’ve been a fan but it’s a tough concept to sell. Reality; In the US golf industry there are 6 major chains that buy product that is sold to what constitutes 85% of the market. All but roughly 2-3 % of the rest is sold in golf pro shops and they are influenced by the retailers. The buyers for these major chains only buy what is played on tour and pretty much in order of market share. Like it or not we dance to that tune. To introduce something like single length after investing in the design we’d have to spend millions on marketing and not so minor get tour credibility because no product is successful at retail without it.”
-Anonymous Former Major Golf Company CEO
You’re probably asking yourself alright Lopez so what? Well your friendly Cuban golfing buddy will again sacrifice himself as the Ginnie Pig and build a set of single length golf clubs so I and you can try them out. It’s the only way we’re going to know if this concept will help us both play better golf. That means stay tuned as I have already sent out feelers to suppliers and will purchase the best quality heads I can get.
Figure maybe April 25th or so I should have a set put together for you to try. Keep up with our Golf Blog and Facebook http://www.facebook.com/quickfixgolf
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