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Last season's Cobra Connect Challenge really encouraged me to take the leap and try the OL concept ... it's something that I had been researching obsessively even prior to the challenge. For me, with variable lengths, my specs are 1" over standard and 2* up, which makes my 5i the length of that of a 3i in standard length ... and I just mentally struggled to get past (optically as I stood over the ball) the length of my 4i and 5irons and at times even my 6i. 

Ordered Cobra's F9s in OL late last summer and got them at a steep discount since they were cleaning out their inventory, as their SpeedZone irons were their latest model. And even further kudos to Cobra for getting those clubs to me with Nippon 105 S shafts and having Nippon's Wedge shafts in the PW and GW. Also bought their OL 4h as well with the Tensei Blue shaft. 

Initially, I absolutely loved them. I specifically remember my first round with the new clubs and legitimately hitting greens with the 5i and 6i, and just having a natural overall level of confidence with them ... even my golfing buddies immediately noticed the improvement. It just felt easier. And while the 5i thru 8i worked really well for me ... over time, I was really beginning to struggle with the 9i, PW & GW. I just kept missing and blocking my shots to right rather significantly with those 3 clubs. My fellow golf buddies began to notice that I was swinging those clubs too steeply for their lengths, and that I needed to maintain the 7i swing plane. I racked my brain around getting Cobra's Forged Tec in variable lengths from 8i on down to GW and keeping the OLs for the 4H and 5i thru 7i. 

Did catch lightening in a bottle to shoot 79 with those clubs, a smattering of 80s, a lot more 90s than usual and even a couple 100s. It was bad. 

About a month ago, I relegated the One Lengths back in the garage and reverted back to my previous variable length irons and my level of play has gotten night and day better overnight. So much so that I've ordered Maltby iron heads and had them switched into the shafts of my previous irons. On the Maltby TS1 thread, I shared a post about my back 9 score of 39 with my overall score of 85 for this past Sunday. 

At the end of the day, I have no regrets and highly recommend anyone that's considering OLs to take the leap and give them a try ... I'd suggest even buying them used to make sure you're comfortable with it for a season or two, then upgrade to a newer set (if need be). Once my current iron make-up is complete, I'll be posting my Cobra F9 OL on the trade/buy/sell page. 

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Driver: :titelist-small: TS2 9*

3W: :cobra-small:  Speedzone 14.5*

Hybrid: :titelist-small: TS2 19*

Irons: :ping-small:  G425 (5-PW)

Wedges: :titelist-small: Vokey SM7 54* & 58*

Putter: :ping-small:  Heppler Anser 2

Ball: :titelist-small: Pro V1 & :Snell: MTB-Black


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On 5/23/2021 at 10:59 PM, Bridgesb said:

I play the new Radspeed Ones.  The wedge don't spin as much as conventional length irons but I hit them twice as high so it's a wash for me. Pitching wedge flies like a lob wedge but carries like a PW.   Takes a little time to get used to but I'm happy with them.  Like most things like this, they're not for everyone.  I think they help me because my weakness is getting too hunched over my short irons. Play to a 3 and I'm more accurate than I've ever been.

I’d like to hear more of your thoughts on the radspeed irons, if you don’t mind. I’m torn between them and the King Tour MIM’s. I’m looking for irons to grow with a bit, but I don’t want to be punished too bad for off center hits. I think that might happen with the Tours. 

Thanks in advance. 🤙

“I wish my wife were as dirty as my golf clubs…”

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For what it is worth, I currently play F9 One Lengths and I am trying to move back to variable irons (at least for 7i - PW) and I hit the Cobra MIM Tour and thought it was/is great. Not super harsh or unforgiving and I hit it alongside several Mizuno clubs (JPX 921 tour and JPX 921 forged) and the cobra Forged TECs which were all much harsher (to me). The MIM's felt very soft coming from the F9s and I had a ton of confidence with them. Take it with a grain of salt as I was only hitting 7 irons but I was hitting them off of real grass on a launch monitor. Spin is up and ball speed is slightly down which is ideal for me as this means more consistency of distance for good/great shots. Definitely hit them yourself if you are able but as someone who has always been intimidated by any irons other than strict game improvement I am now wondering if I have been selling myself short for the past few years. I still want to try out the P770, Apex Pros, Ben Hogan PTXpro and Srixon ZX5. 

One other note on a success of one length, I have two one length hybrids that are absolutely magic. I just think the one length experiment starts to punish you on your shorter clubs because the club starts to get too long to feel like you have great control. This kind of shakes out when I watch Bryson consistently blast his wedges long from fairway lies into the green. 

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On 6/28/2021 at 1:12 PM, vandyland said:

I have two one length hybrids that are absolutely magic.

Absolutely love my one length hybrids.  Very much a "go to" club.  

Walking ahead of my BagBoy QuadXL w Alphard eWheels
Driver: Callaway Mavrik SubZero 9* Neutral w stock Evenflow Riptide R flex shaft
3W  Titelist TS2 15* Draw w Tensei Blue R flex
3H, 4H Cobra One Length F9 Speedback hybrids (1”short) w Fujikura Atmos R flex shaft
5I-GW Cobra Forged TEC Black One Length (1”short, 2* flat) KBS 90 R flex shafts
56, 60 Cobra King MIM One Length Black (1” short) KBS HiRev2.0 125 S flex shafts
ER7  or Scotty Futura X - 35”

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4 minutes ago, WaffleHouseTour said:

Absolutely love my one length hybrids.  Very much a "go to" club.  

They really are great. What is funny is I can never get anyone to even try them. Good players, bad players...most people (my friends) look at the hybrid like they will get leprosy if they touch it. "Is that a kids club?" "What toy store did you buy that from?" I think it would really help my friend who is a 22 hdcp but good with his short irons but he is, of course, the most opposed to it. Keep doing you, man, hahaha.

The craziest thing is I can still hit a 4Hyb 210 carry which is *maybe* 3-5 yards short of a standard hybrid carry at the same loft and my consistency of strike is always pretty good. Literally what feels like "awful" contact on the rare miss with it still goes straight and carries like 190. Truly, as of the last 5 months, the best club in my bag. Would rather be 180-200 out than 165-180 out. 

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The mixed set works great for me - see my post above for set specs.   Try the mixed set; great help Gor longer horns and hybrids.   

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