Should You Use One-Length Irons?

Bryson DeChambeau uses one-length irons, so should you? Let's take a look.

Should You Use One-Length Irons?

Bryson DeChambeau uses one-length irons, so should you try them? Let's take a look.

Should You Use One-Length Irons?

The meteoric rise and success of Bryson DeChambeau has seen the interest in the term 'one-length' grow massively.

What does it mean and should you be using them in your golf equipment? Well Golf Monthly Editor Michael Harris used one length irons for a year and in the video below, he gives his thoughts/

WATCH: I Played One Length Irons For A Year

What Does it Mean?

The term is used to describe a set of irons, usually from three-iron to pitching wedge, that have the same length of shaft which is usually the length of a seven-iron. Of late they have been popularised by Cobra.

Should You Use Them?

One-length irons allow you to stand to the ball in the same way regardless of the iron you’re using, in theory helping with consistency of strike and club speed. Essentially you can swing the same way regardless of what club you have in your hand.

Bryson has coupled this with a single plane swing to "create a swing that's consistent from club to club, that doesn't have a lot of moving parts to mess up."

So what conclusions did Mike make from the experience?

Well thanks to the one-length technology, and the shot-tracking analysis by Arccos, Mike felt that his iron play, which usually is one of the weakest parts of his game, definitely improved over the year.

He felt he had become more consistent through his entire irons line-up and he felt a lot more comfortable with them as time went by.

We found that negatives come when chipping and pitching around the green and there are some who say that one-length irons make distance control and yardage gapping more difficult.

This is because it is said the two factors that decide distance are loft and the length of the shaft, however one-length advocates say the impact the shaft has on distance is overrated.

Whether this is true or not remains to be seen.

Another factor to consider is that Mike felt that the one-length irons created a flatter ball-flight with the longer irons which could be detrimental to your game if your home course requires you to hit the ball higher and land softer.

Despite this, we would say the advantages outweigh the disadvantages and it is certainly worth trying, but it requires patience and perseverance. 

It may feel odd at first but if you are in need of more consistency in your golf game then using 'one-length' irons could be one way of achieving this. 

However it is absolutely crucial that if you do go down this road, you have to get the set make-up right

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Sam Tremlett
Sam Tremlett

A golfer for most of his life, Sam started playing the game to prove he was the best player out of his father and two brothers.
He quickly became a golf equipment expert and has always been the one family and friends come to for buying advice, and spends a lot of his time putting golf gear, apparel and shoes to the test.  
He is a graduate of Swansea University where he studied History and American Studies, and he has been a part of the Golf Monthly team since February 2018. He also previously worked for World Soccer and Rugby World magazines.

A jack of all trades across print and digital formats, Sam now spends most of his time testing and looking after golf gear content for the website. He also oversees all Tour player content as well. 

Unfortunately, Sam is not a member of any club at the moment but regularly gets out on the golf course to keep up the facade of having a handicap of five. 

Sam is currently playing:
Driver: Titleist TS3
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade M5 (15 degrees), Nike Covert Tour 2.0 (19 degrees)
Irons (4-PW): Titleist AP2
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 54˚, 58˚
Putter: Scotty Cameron Circa 62 #6