“Tom, you may remember me from our conversations several months ago when I first inquired about Jaacob’s and your new Sterling Irons® single length irons. Though interested in this concept before that, my interest peaked after meeting and following Bryson Dechambeau at the RBC Heritage on Hilton Head Island in April. You kindly referred me to club maker Michael Lee Clark, among others.
I’m ecstatic to report that, after being fitted by Michael and taking my new Sterling Irons® home this weekend, I stood on the practice tee yesterday, the ocean strangely placid just behind me in Pacific Grove, a little nervous about hitting my first shot. I absolutely “pure”-ed it (the 5-hybrid), straight as a stick and watched as it tracked perfectly at my target, the Point Pinos Lighthouse. When the ball landed, I stood back, bent over and laughed in glee.
Following that remarkable, first-ever shot, I hit my new 6-iron (eager to see how it would respond with a shorter than conventional shaft length), then the gap wedge (conversely to see how it would feel with a longer than conventional shaft). The ball felt like it exploded off of the hard steel of the 6-iron, yet the feeling in my hands was comfortably soft. The wedge, given its softer face, felt very responsive, but certainly not mushy. The 5-hyrbid could not have felt better.
Moreover, my swing speeds were good, with the light-weight shafts that Michael recommended (I bought the Zepp system on the way home from Berkeley so that I could verify swing speed). And the few off-center hits I made barely felt different from those I hit flush. I am very confident that these irons will work really well for me on the golf course
I believe that the relatively shorter-shafted longer irons will be a big help, and the longer shafted (relative to convention clubs) shorter irons will be no disadvantage.
Regarding the distances, I am committed to making no comparison to conventional irons; rather, I have recently adopted the Arccos technology, so will, after five or ten rounds, know empirically and exactly how far I hit each of the irons and play them accordingly without any reference to how far I hit my conventional irons.
This is all so much fun that it hurts!
Michael could not have served as a better fitter. He was meticulous, exacting, thorough and fun. His enthusiasm for club-fitting and -making is contagious, and I learned a great deal from him during the experience. Swing weight, shaft frequency and so much more will never again be mysterious terms to me or used carelessly. Bravo Michael!
And to you, Tom, I express equal thanks. I certainly didn’t expect to hear from you directly when I first inquired about the single length irons. By the way, I believe that the aesthetics of the Sterling Irons® is really beautiful—a lot better than my old Callaway irons.
I’ll communicate once more after I actually play with my Sterling Irons®
In the meantime, please pass on my thanks to Jaacob if you think about it. Coincidentally, I was at Bandon Dunes the day he shot 72 in 55 minutes
in the Speedgolf World Championships. I didn’t see it personally, but a caddy walked into the pro shop just after Jaacob finished, shaking his head in amazement.”