I recently wrote about my preference for a smaller golf bag and talked through my 4 golf bag set up (not as ridiculous as it sounds, I promise!) I also mentioned that I still don’t feel like I have found the perfect bag. As a golfing minimalist much of the time, I feel like I… Read More »The Perfect Minimalist Golf Bag
As I have written about many times, I am something of a golfing contradiction. I generally prefer a minimalist approach, in that I don’t really ever have 14 clubs in the bag. This might mean 11 for most rounds, or occasionally 5 or fewer, especially in the Winter months. On the other hand, I have… Read More »Smaller Golf Bags: a Better Choice?
Single length irons is hardly a new subject for fairwayfirstgolf. I have owned 4 sets and reviewed the pinhawk irons in detail. I feel like I have a good idea of what single length can offer to the average golfer as well as how to get the best out of any set. However, I do… Read More »Single Length Irons: the Ultimate Guide
Along with “should I play blades?” What are the best irons for a high handicapper is probably one of the most common questions in golf. Of course there isn’t a one size fits all answer to this, but I don’t want to give just a generic, play what you like answer either. I believe that… Read More »The Best Irons for a High Handicapper
One hybrid is good, two is probably better but what about a complete set of hybrid irons? Despite being widely castigated twenty-odd years ago when they first appeared, it is rare to find a bag without a hybrid nowadays, even among professional golfers. If the best golfers in the world play one or two, surely… Read More »Using a Complete Set of Hybrid Irons
My last article about a potential new practice net has got me thinking. At the end of that article, I mentioned what I thought might be the ultimate golf home practice set up. Now, this was little more than thinking aloud, but what if I were to go all-in and really create the best at… Read More »The Ultimate Golf Home Practice Set Up?
As anyone who has read my article here will know, I like all things minimal, especially in golf. This is possibly a bit strange for someone who gets through as many iron sets as I do, but it makes sense (at least to me!) Even though I enjoy playing with and testing all sorts of… Read More »What is a Minimalist Golf Swing?
Single length irons have been around for a lot longer than people think , but they have really only been the radar of the average golfer for a few years, essentially since Bryson Dechambeau has become one of the higher-profile golfers on the planet. Pinhawk vs Cobra is often one of the first questions potential single length golfers ask.
Which Single Length set is best? Pinhawk vs Cobra
As someone who has used several sets of one length clubs and started trying them out a good couple of years before Mr Dechambeau (although slightly less-successfully!) I feel like I have a good take on all things one length. One of the most obvious questions for many people who are thinking of giving them a try is simply “which set do I get?” The definitive answer to that is probably impossible, but here are a few things to think about that might help point you in the right direction.
This isn’t going to be a “why single length?” article (although I have just done a single length FAQ that should help,) but I feel like I should start by saying that I really don’t like a lot of the stuff I read about playing with clubs that are all the same length. The main reason is that most of it is written by golfers who really haven’t tried them or a best, hit a test club a few times on the range.
Single length is a bit different. I don’t believe it is a perfect fit for everyone, but I do think it has some distinct advantages in the same way that minimalist golf (another of my golfing passions) will be great for some and not for others.. Once more, it will take another article to talk through some of those, and I promise I will get down to that soon!
It can certainly free up some mental energy on the course which is great if you are like me and struggling on the greens for example as you can see with my journey through the yips here.
I have always been wary of using a practice golf net. Outdoors, in the garden say, I am always a little concerned about hitting a driver or long iron straight through the netting and hearing that horrible shattering sound as it shoots through my neighbour’s window. And don’t even get me started on indoors! As someone who has known the occasional hosel rocket or two, especially when chipping, I just imagine a ball missing the net altogether and heading merrily towards the TV 🙁
Accuracy Matters-that’s the slogan on the cover of Golfbuddy’s LR5 rangefinder and the better you get at golf, the more it becomes important. When I was happy to break 100 it was probably enough to know which direction the green was! I exaggerate (slightly-you should have seen me spraying it all over the course!) but once you get at least semi-serious about golf, knowing how far it is to hazards, lay-ups greens and bunkers does make a tangible difference to your score.
The short Version
I was tempted to say something like ‘A great budget rangefinder’ but realised that this is a lazy way to describe the LR5-it implies cheap and adequate, but not great. The reality is, this is very good piece of kit. Robust, easy to use and accurate at an attractive price. For most golfers, getting a more expensive option is going to be a matter of choice (which is fine) but not necessity because this type of rangfinder is perfect for almost all of us.