Single Length Irons - A new model will be available sometime in 2020. If interested in the current model, I can offer them at a reduced price. I also have my set that is available as I will be turning over that set. It is 6-LW, 5 hybrid and S2S White shafts.
Since their introduction, I have played many rounds with the Sterling irons aand enjoy the consistency they provide. Last season I used a set of 771 irons and loved them. Hmmm! What to do.
I have had the good fortune to fit a wide range of golfers with a range of swing speeds. The response in all cases has been overwhelmingly positive. Set makeups include those with higher swing speeds that elected 4 iron - SW, mid swing speeds who chose 5 - SW with a Sterling 5 hybrid, and finally those with slower swing speeds that limited their set makeup to 6 iron - SW. Each of these sets had shafts selected for their unique needs. The lengths also range from 8 iron to 7 iron.
When it comes to the wedges, once again many options. Most choosing the Sterling SW, some going with their current SW and LW and some waiting for the new version of Sterling wedges available in the June time frame.
When it comes to the rest of the set makeup, most golfers have stayed with their current configurations. In a few cases, I have shortened clubs and come up with custom hybrid designs to dramatically alter set makeup.
With the success of the Sterling irons, I have been able to add several demo 6 irons and a variety of shafts that I can easily configure for testing purposes. Looking forward to another year to build upon the experiences so far. Also looking forward to the left hand version to be available mis summer.
My Sterling experience: Since adding a set of Sterling irons to my bag, my iron play has been better than it has been in a while. My set currently has a Sterling 5 hybrid and Sterling 6 - SW and a Wishon PCF LW. My shaft selection is a Wishon S2S White R-flex.
Sterling features: The Sterling Irons are a set of irons specifically designed so that they can all (5 iron - SW) be built to the same length, typically 8-7 iron in length. The unique design results in each club in the set having the same total weight, Swing Weight (MOI), balance point and lie angle. The benefit to golfers is that they can use the same stance, posture and swing plane. All of this could result in improved shot consistency.
Since 80-85% of the distance for a given club comes from the loft, with the remaining distance coming from its length and head weight, the club heads were designed to deliver the proper distance spacing throughout the set. First, the loft spacing was adjusted to 5 degrees in the higher lofted clubs to ensure that they did not go too far with their increased length. Second, the lower lofted club spacing was adjusted to 3 degrees to make up for lack of distance with a shorter length. Also, there are additional design features in the club heads to ensure that the expected performance is achieved.
Will adjustable drivers benefit you?
There has been a lot of advertising for adjustability in drivers. But, will it benefit you? They are well designed mechanical products to be sure. However, the features are really practical for the minority of golfers who already hit the ball very well and who want to change face angles, etc. for a given course and/or conditions. For everone else (the vast majority of golfers), it is much better to have a driver that fits your tendencies. With a properly fit driver your equipment will be set to a specific loft, face angle, etc. And, there is much more to fitting a driver properly like the length, shaft selection, total weight, swing weight and more. None of which can be achieved with the currently available adjustable drivers. The lenght of these drivers is way beyond playable for nearly all golfers. The vast majority of golfers could minimize their swing faults with a shorter driver. A longer driver promotes an over the top swing which is the major cause of a slice and will definitely cause off center hits causing loss of distance and accuracy. In my opinion, these adjustable drivers are fine mechanical products for which you will pay a premium and receive little benefit. And don’t forget the rest of the clubs in your bag. They all need to be properly fit as well.
Currently, golf clubs are built so that all clubs have a consistent Swing Weight. For men, this is usually D0 and for women, usually C6. Swing Weight is a measure of how the club feels when holding the club or during a waggle. Recently, it has been observed that a set of clubs that is MOI matched will deliver more on center hits and more distance. MOI matching attempts to have each club feel the same during the start of the down swing. This results in a slightly higher swing weight from lower loft to higher. Working with the golfer to find the favorite club is the starting point. In my case, I like a club in which I have more feel for the club head and weight the clubs higher than standard. Many golfers that try my clubs exclaim “wow, I like that”. Part of the fitting process is to find what works best for you, whether it be lighter or heavier. Golfers report that after a short time using a MOI matched set of clubs, their swing tends to be more consistent. All iron sets I build are MOI matched unless specifically instructed otherwise by the golf customer.
Golf shafts are not an easy item to build consistently. All shafts (including steel) differ from one shaft to the next and are affected by differences in weight, wall thickness and symmetry and roundness. These differences result in shafts that can vary in flex, especially in the tip, which is where most of the feel comes from. Currently, shafts are tip trimmed to a certain specification that may or may not deliver consistent flex throughout the set. Each shaft that I put into a set of clubs is frequency tested in three ranges to ensure a consistent progression throughout. Due to the weight and length of shorter clubs, these clubs have a naturally stiffer feel. I ensure that each shaft within a set has frequency values that monotonically increase from one shaft to another. This results in shafts that slightly increase in stiffness in a controlled manner as they are assembled with the club. For example, I had a set of clubs in which I did not hit the PW well at all. I even began to not hit the club even when the shot called for the PW. Years later, I frequency tested the set. Interestingly enough, the PW turned out to be much more flexible that other clubs in the set. This shaft was the same as all others and, in fact, met the specifications of the manufacturer. If more of the tip had been trimmed, this shaft would have fit well into the set and, I believe, not been the club I did not like. All sets of clubs that I build have shafts that are frequency matched.
As I mentioned in the Frequncy Matching section, shafts are subject to many variations. FLOing is a process that identifies the most stable plane in a shaft. Because the FLOing process identifies the most stable orientation of any golf shaft, the shafts can be installed into the clubhead for optimal performance. Clubs feel more solid and play more consistently because there is minimal off-line bending and twisting. In many cases, the shaft will be installed with the graphics in a slightly different orientation. This is intentional and demonstrates another measure of quality. More than 75% of the players on the PGA tour have shafts in their clubs that have been tested for the most stable plane.
Putting additional weight in the butt end of a club can lead to more on center hits resulting in an increase in accuracy and distance. This technique has been around for many years with none other than Jack Niclaus using this technique. There is no magic formula to determine if this is right for any individual other than trying it. I will usually recommend trying this for golfers with a quick tempo or very aggressive downswing.
Before I re-grip any club, I measure the golfer for the proper size. Proper grip sizing and addressing any other physical conditions to get the proper grip on a club is very important to enjoying the game of golf. I also measure the butt diameter of the club that the grips are going onto to ensure a proper fit. The grip diameter must be matched (or adjustments made)to the butt diameter to get a proper fit.