Sterling Irons® Single Length Set

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Wishon Golf has used its design and engineering experience to create the most technologically sound interpretation of the identical feel concept of single length set design with the Sterling Irons® Single Length set. The benefit of single length construction is better shot consistency achieved through each club in the set being the same length, same shaft weight, same total weight, same swingweight, same balance point to offer the same exact swing feel for each club. But with that in previous single length sets has come a loss of low loft iron distance, too much distance in the high loft irons/wedges and a compressed distance gap between clubs. Sterling Irons® offer the best in single length design by matching high COR face technology to deliver the right distance in the low loft clubs, with a shorter 8-iron length for the single length to ensure proper distance in the high loft clubs. Sterling Irons® single length is a fascinating departure from traditional incremental length sets to potentially offer improved shot consistency for all golfer types.


• If you are interested in the Sterling Irons® single length clubs please use the Find a Clubfitter form to find and contact a clubfitter near you, or visit http://www.sterlingirons.com.


Tom talks about the Sterling Irons® Single Length Set

112 Comments

  1. What club fitter for the Sacramento, CA area?

    • JASON

      Unfortunately since Scott Herringstad closed his shop in the Sacto area, there is no one with the depth of fitting knowledge and experience that I feel is necessary to do the best job in fitting for a golfer. That being the case the two very best fitters closest to you are both in the Bay Area, about 60 some miles from you. Michael Clark of Fore Seasons Golf in Berkeley ( 510-841-0972 or cccthebear@gmail.comhttp://www.clarkcustomclubs.com/ ) or Stan Morovia in San Rafael in Marin County at the McInnis Park Driving Range off 101 ( 415-492-1800 or stan@marinclubwerx.comhttp://www.marinclubwerx.com/)

      Both these men are truly in the top echelon of professional clubfitting in this country and I mean that. It might be a pain to take the drive but it would be worth your time to do so with either one of them. Thanks for your interest,
      TOM

  2. Club fitting in Canada?

    • MIKE
      Yes, there are some extremely knowledgeable clubfitters in Canada. Not everywhere though. I strongly recommend you head back to our website at wishongolf.com and right in the middle of the home page, click on the image for FIND A CLUBFITTER. There, input your city/town and province and it will tell you the clubmakers who are closest to you. If there are several, email me at tww@wishongolf.com to tell me where you live and I will tell you who is the best. If there are not any close to you, which can happen, then the options would be to contact one of the clubmakers by phone and see if he can do a long distance consultation fitting for you. Some of the clubmakers are very good at interviewing the golfer deeply enough to know what they need to know to do a credible job in the fitting.

      Hope this helps,
      TOM

  3. Any club fitters in or near Milwaukee that you recommend for Sterling custom fitting?

    • ERIK

      Not directly in Milwaukee unfortunately, and I am not sure why. Milwaukee is a big golf town and there should be a good clubmaker there but in terms of someone I know to recommend based on solid experience, I don’t have a person right there. Closest one I can personally vouch for from my experience and contact is Scott Starks in Madison. Scott’s very good with a good depth of knowledge and experience in the field. Scott Starks – Fore Golf – 608-240-1497 – foregolfcustomclubs@gmail.comhttp://www.foregolfcustomclubs.com

      Thanks very much for your interest and I hope this helps,
      TOM

  4. Tom, as a club designer I would like your opinion of the PXG irons? I know they are extremely expensive and the designers were only given 2 parameters by Bob Parsons: 1. money is no object, 2. time is no object, I want the best clubs money can buy! Did they achieve that? I’ve read that most club mfgr’s only use about 3 manufacturing processes, and PXG’s use about 12. Does this justify the cost? Are their processes trade secrets, or ones that other mfgr’s have chosen to skip?

    • RON
      It’s a nice iron made by a very good production factory, but there are other high COR irons out there that are just as good or long and which cost a lot less. There’s a lot of unjustified hype surrounding PXG in my opinion. They are very well designed and very well made but not worth that kind of money.
      TOM

  5. Tom, you and I chatted a couple of years ago regarding the Sterling clubs and you said if I was willing to come to Durango you could fit me yourself. Well, that trip probably isn’t going to happen anytime soon, so I was wondering if The Clubfitter in Pasadena, CA. would have the same S2S and clubfitting ability as you? I know you said you probably have the largest shaft technology database anywhere and I wondered if The Clubfitter would have access to that level of database info? I just feel that if I’m going to make the investment in new Sterling clubs that I’m getting the best shaft for my swing.

    • RON
      You would be in VERY good hands with Bob Williams who is the Pasadena Clubfitter. I have known him for a LONG time in this side of the business and I can guarantee there would not be 5 guys who know more than him. Besides, I retired on Oct 1 and to correspond to project work I am doing now in my semi retirement, I renovated the R&D building so I can’t do fittings there anymore. Bob’s good – give him a call.
      TOM

  6. Are all headweights exactly 274 or do they vary a little?

    • Jaime
      Every clubhead ever manufactured for any company has a tolerance of +/-3 grams from the specification weight. The spec weight is 274g for each Sterling head with a production tolerance of +/-3 grams. I monitor this very carefully and I can tell you that the real tolerance is running more like +/-2g, but the vast majority come in between 273 and 275g. Every Sterling head is made with a weight bore located at the bottom of the shafting bore. This weight bore is there to accept specially made weight plugs so clubmakers have a way to achieve the final swingweight they desire based on whatever shaft and length and grip weight they used in the assembly.
      TOM

  7. Mr. Wishon,
    I am now getting older, and have lost distance and club head speed. I want to play with less 14 clubs with wider loft differences between clubs. I am very tall, 6’-5”. I play with Pings that are maroon dots, their, most upright lies.
    Can you make a set of single length set of clubs of 37.5” with the following lofts?
    30 degrees, 36 degrees, 42 degrees, 48 degrees & 54 degrees? Do you make a 30 degree club that is a hybrid?

    • CARL
      It would be possible to bend the Sterling irons to be the lofts you wish to have so you have a 6* gap. That is a smart move for a situation you describe for a drop in clubhead speed. The 7 could be bent from 31 to 30, the 8 from 35 to 36, the 9 from 40 to 42 and probably it would be better to use the GW to bend down from 50 to 48 so the bend is only 2*. Then the SW would be able to be moved down to 54 if you wish to still have substantial bounce on the sole angle of your 54 club. The lies could be bent to as much as 67* which would be +4 up over the spec for each head. A maroon dot is +4.5* upright so this would be close enough to not be a difference that could matter for your performance. The only issue would be the 37.5″ length. With the headweights at 274g, the swingweights would be a little high at 37.5″. But it would be possible to use a much lighter weight shaft which could be fine for you since you are losing clubhead speed and that could help to prevent the swingweight from being too head heavy at that longer length.

      The 775HS hybrid is a high COR face hybrid and in the #6 head, it could be hand selected on the order to be 30* loft. IT has a bendable hosel so its lie could be pushed up by as much as +4* up over its design lie spec of 61.5 to be as much as 65.5* for its lie. This hybrid could definitely be made to be 37.5″ and match the swingweight of the other irons because its designed head weight will allow for that.

      If you need help with finding a clubmaker in your area with whom you could work to obtain such a custom set, respond please with the name of your town/city and I would be glad to check and see if we have someone with good experience in your area.

      Thanks very much for your interest,
      TOM

    • I have built 3 single-length sets at 37.5″ using S2S white shafts and 2 at 38″ using S2S blue. The customers (including myself at 37.5″) love them!

      Many people have posture problems with too-short clubs. Some are super tall with short arms, and others have structural issues that make it hard to stay crouched. In my experience, the ability to make the wedges long enough for a comfortable stance is even more valuable than making the 5 iron shorter. A less-crouched posture is a huge improvement for many people, and it gets even more important as we age and lose flexibility.

      The simple expedient of using progressively lighter shafts for longer build lengths has worked well for me. I no longer worry about the numerical value of the swingweight. When all the irons set up comfortably and feel the same, the golfer quickly adapts to whatever that feel happens to be, since they get the same feedback on every swing with every iron.

      It is easy to do an MOI match to any level of accuracy with a single-length build, but I doubt that most people will notice. You can obsess about adding just the right amount of lead at just the right place – and I do that for elite golfers – but for the majority of people, a single length set at the right length and lie feels just fantastic without any extra lead.

  8. Tom, I just built a set of sterlings at 36.5″ and a d1 sw. I have never seen this asked or mentioned, however I just assumed that all shafts are tipped the same (to an 8 iron spec). That just seems to make sense as an experienced club maker. Am I correct?

    Also, I have a lot of folks who want to try this set, including the club pro. Thanks Tom.

    • FRED

      Yes for sure, for a single length set in which all the irons are made to be 36.5″ in length, EVERY SHAFT IN EVERY HEAD gets tip trimmed the same, as if you are making a set of all #8 irons. This is all part of the potential benefit of a single length set to have EVERYTHING identical in each iron – same length, same shaft weight, same shaft flex/bend profile, same total weight, same swingweight, same balance point and same MOI.

      Thank you,
      TOM

  9. HI, Mr. Wishon.

    Am a beginner from India and currently playing with an old used set of clubs. Have started getting better at the game and would like to upgrade. I really like your philosophy that a custom fitting can help a beginner, perhaps even more than a Pro. Also the logic behind single length irons make a lot of sense to me. Question is how do I get fitted in New Delhi. Do you have an associate/acquaintance over here that I can get it touch with. Thanks.

    • Mr. Kamboj:

      Thank you very much for your interest in proper clubfitting. I am sorry but there are no clubfitters that we know of in India yet. Perhaps that can change as the game continues to grow in popularity in your country. The best I can do is to recommend that you contact the people at Golf Shafts Asia in Ipoh, Malaysia. I believe they can interview you and find out enough about your swing characteristics and how you play that they could do a good job of coming up with proper fitting specifications for you and build a custom set for your needs. They also handle the Sterling single length irons in their business. The other option for the irons is to visit http://www.sterlingirons.com . There you can answer a series of detailed questions about your swing characteristics and how you play and we are the people who will come up with your fitting specifications, then custom build the set and ship them to you in India directly.

      I hope this helps, and the very best wishes to you in this great game,
      TOM

    • Mr Kamboj – I am sorry but I realized I did not give you the contact information for Golf Shafts Asia:

      Golf Shafts Asia
      Phone: 60 546 5590 or 60 10 766 1412
      Email: enquiries@golfshaftsasia.com
      Web: http://www.golfshaftsasia.com

  10. Tom
    I am 64 and like others am losing muscle strength and swing speed. I remember the EQL’s but never tried them. Are the Sterlings suitable for a 12 handicapper going up and could I get them with the Recoil shafts? Do you have experienced fitters available in the Edmonton Alberta area or in Northern Alberta? What kind of price could I expect for a set?

  11. Is the 4 iron Single length out? Someone on WRX mention getting a new set from 4-PW of sterling irons.

    Also how forgiving are the heads? Game improvement?

  12. if request for loft bend, will it permanent? im planning to buy a set with pw 44, gw 48, sw 52 degrees.

    Reason being, i currently play pw 44, 38 gap wedge, 52 and 56 wedges, which works pretty well for me on distance gaps. full swing carry distance would be at pw 44 degree 110yrd, gw 48 at 100yrd, 52wedge at 90yrd, 56 at 80 yrd and less.

    Im worried how distance gaps would work for me if i use the default sterling setting, pw 45, gw 50, sw 55..one less club…would like 10 yrd gaps for each clubs..

    • Justin

      Absolutely. With ANY iron, once the bend is actually made, it does not revert back. This is a myth that is perpetuated by some who do not really understand bending and metallurgy. Usually what prompts them to believe this is that they are unaware that when you bend any iron, the hosel will stretch and move a little BEFORE it reaches a point of being permanently bent. So if the person does not have a huge amount of bending experience, they can feel the hosel move and THINK it was bent, but in fact it was only being stretched/flexed and did not reach its point of permanent deformation, aka the actual bend. The heads for your set can most definitely be bent to whatever loft you wish to have. If your clubmaker is competent, he can do the bend. Otherwise when your clubmaker orders the heads from us, he should tell us what exact loft and lie spec he wants on each head and we’ll do that within 1/4*.

      Thanks,
      TOM

    • thx for the detail info!

      ordered the set with the above loft on sterlingiron.com!

      Look forward to receiving them!

  13. Tom I noticed on your web page there was not an option for Jumbomax grips I play the small size ones can you add those as an option.

    • DAVID
      If you are referring to the direct sales of Sterling irons through the website http://www.sterlingirons.com, please understand this is NOT our website. Sterlingirons.com is a customer of ours and in their venture we do help them by providing the custom fitting recommendations for their customers. But we do not own that site and we have nothing to do with their sales policies of what they offer with their custom fit clubs. You would have to contact them directly to inquire about different grip options or you would have to have the grips installed on your own after you would get the clubs. Talk to them, they are good people and may be able to help.
      TOM

  14. I recently had John Gamble at Carolina Golf Mfg. in Charlotte, NC assemble me a set of Sterlings. WE went with the 8 iron length at 36.5 and used Nippon NS Pro 950 Reg flex shafts. I am 68 and have lost a lot of my swing speed and like all golfers I’m constantly looking for anything to help my game. After a period of adjustment in which I struggled to make solid contact, I have finally gotten use to the fact that I can set up for every shot the same. Unless you make some major improvements, I’m probably playing with my last set of irons. Thanks

    • Phillip

      The Thanks are to YOU for taking your time to work with John for your fitting requirements. John is one of the most experienced clubmakers in the business and I have known him for many years in this side of the golf equipment business. His fitting expertise is a BIG reason that you like the new clubs because getting the right fit for each golfer’s unique combination of size, strength, athletic ability and swing characteristics is so important for the success of the clubs.

      Thanks SO MUCH for your support, for your interest in what we do and in professional fitting. The very best to you in this great game !
      TOM

  15. Tom,

    I asked a question yesterday about clubs for completing a set of Sterling Irons. I just want to make sure I am clear on your response. I do need to add one little caveat. I have been fitted for a standard set of irons in the past year. My fitter was Mike Dickerson of Golf MD in Olathe, KS. He has a great reputation. Mike fitted me for a set of irons and recommended 1 inch over length w/ standard loft and lie. I am purchasing the 5 – SW Sterling Irons. With that said would you still recommend:

    23-24 degree hybrid with a max shaft length of 38.5 inches or should increase the length an inch?

    20-21 degree hybrid with a max shaft length of 39 inches or should I increase the length an inch?

    I suspect I would not want or like a shaft longer than 41 in the 5 wood or 42.5 in the 3 wood.

    Distance is not an issue with my game, accuracy is and I would not mind losing some distance with shorter shafts in order to gain as much accuracy as possible.

    Thanks,

    Doug

    • DOUG
      Please understand I was just offering a GENERAL suggestion because I had no idea you are working with Mike D. best thing you can do is to put yourself in his VERY CAPABLE hands for having him do his thing to continue your fitting analysis to offer you the best specs onthe other clubs beyond the Sterling irons. He’s there in person to see your swing, see your ball flight and do the fitting analysis the right way. We’re not so when we get what we think are general questions, we have to offer a general recommendation. Mike’s one of the best so let him do the analysis and the recommendation for the other clubs.

      Glad you told us you are working with Mike,
      TOM

  16. Seems golfers can buy online ! Correct ?
    http://sterlingirons.com

    • OLIVIER
      This is not our website. It is owned by a golf professional who pushed and encouraged me to design the Sterling irons. We do build the clubs for this direct sales website that the owner orders from us based on the sales he gets through the website, but we do not have any ownership of this venture. he’s done a nice job of promoting this website offering but it is something that every clubmaker could do if they so desired.
      TOM

  17. Hi Tom…

    I’m very interested in these clubs… any chance they’ll be available in LEFT handed in the near future? I have a Wishon fitter/builder not 15 minutes from my house and I’d love to get into a set of SL irons.

    Thanks again,

    Jeff

    • JEFF

      Thanks very much for your interest – yes, this will happen but probably not until early spring of next season. We really need this year to assess the staying power of the model before we go into the investment in left hand tooling dies and production inventory. Never in my 30 yrs of designing have I seen a left hand model sell more than 8% of the units it does in right hand – so we just need to be sure of this being a solid trend rather than a fad before we expand it into left hand. Thanks much ! I would recommend that if you are interested, send an email to info@sterlingirons.com and tell them you are left handed and you wish to be notified when we do complete the model in left hand.

      TOM

    • Thanks Tom. The golfers of Canada appreciate the left handed support!

      I’ll touch base with Dan at Dan’s Custom Golf in Hampton when they are available.

      Cheers

      Jeff

    • JEFF

      I am sure it will happen though probably not until early spring 2017. We got a little more of a push to do LH when a very famous hockey player from your country begged us to do this in left hand but I promised his agent I would keep that quiet !! HA!

      TOM

    • Well I’m glad he begged for them. If you want a completely unfamous hockey player then I’m your man! Can’t wait until Spring. The irons like great.. a raw finish possible at all?

    • JEFF:
      We do see ALL golfers as the same – players who just want to have the most fun possible by playing to the best of their ability ! (How’s that for a positive spin on that comment I made I was kidding about !! ) We will get that done, maybe not as soon as all the interested left hand players may wish because the end of the selling season is coming soon and we don’t see it as a wise thing to intro a brand new model when the demand cycle is at its lowest of the year. So probably next year as the season is about to start. but I do have to be upfront and say no, the model won’t be done in a raw finish – in fact it can’t because of the high strength steel face in the #5, 6, 7. Proper heat treatment to get the face to where it needs to be strength wise does change the natural finish of the head to be almost “burnt” looking and not in a consistent appearance. Also, the high strength steel alloy of the face is very susceptible to rust simply because of the chemical composition of the alloy which results in its high strength – in fact all high strength steel alloys will rust if not protected in some way. For us with our HS alloy, we know that chrome plating offers the very best long term protection for the HS face alloy. So all the heads will forever have to be chrome plated which means an offering of either satin chrome, pearl chrome or mirror chrome as the finish options.

      Thanks much for your sense of humor and your interest !
      TOM

  18. Saw your Video …nice ! I bought the custom set of one irons about 6 years ago and did quit well with them . I think they were cut to a 6iron … Your approch seems to have taken the one club process much further ! Do you not use the wrist to flood measuring way of customizing ? Just curious why yours are 8iron ? I have not all about you method so maybe I missed it ? But I am interested and they look much better to my eyes !!!! Beautiful .

    • TYLER

      I too was well aware of single length based on a 6 iron length. First time I saw it was 1986 from a Canadian company by the name of Iso-Vibe. All these previous single length sets chose a 6 iron length for one big reason – they had to have enough length to prevent the natural clubhead speed drop from being significant enough that the golfer could not hit the lower loft irons as far as the same irons in his old conventional lengths set.

      But with that 6 iron length comes something not so good – the 9, PW, GW and SW are all now quite longer than they were in the golfer’s conventional lengths set. 2″ longer. And that can bring a problem with accuracy and lack of distance control with this scoring clubs. Super good players like deChambeau can adapt to that. The 99% of the rest of us find it tough.

      So we chose 8 iron length for three reasons – 1) we knew it would make the 9, PW, GW, SW easier to adapt to, to be able to retain accuracy and have proper distance control; 2) we knew just about every golfer can hit an 8 iron more on center more of the time than they can a 6 iron; 3) we knew we had our high COR face technology to make up for the possible loss of distance in the lower loft irons at such a shorter length.

      Added up it really does work and the testimonials are rolling in now that we have been selling the model for 3 1/2 months. I’m 65, been designing head models since 1981, during which time I have designed over 350 different head models and sets. During that time I have been fortunate to have created over 50 different technology firsts in my head design work. But even so, I am beginning to think that the Sterling single length set may very well be the one single best clubhead set design I have ever done in my career. Not saying that for pushing sales and money – I have 6 other sets of conventional length irons in my design line and every one of those is a very good design, with two of them bordering on exceptional.

      But this Sterling single length is really something worth looking at for all that we were able to do with it, and mainly because we chose to do it with a shorter 8 iron length. That really opens the door to allowing the set to do what it is supposed to do – make for more consistency and repeatibility in your iron play.

      Thanks for your interest,
      TOM

  19. I have long arms and need my clubs bent flat 3*. Is this possible with these irons?

    • Yes, we can bend 3* up or down easily. We’ve done a special set for a player in need that we were able to coax to 5* flat. Doubtful if all the clubmakers out there can do that because they don;t have the bending experience with this model that we do. So if you do go to a clubmaker for the irons, he can order the heads from with US doing the bending.

      TOM

  20. Hi Tom, do you have a stockist or outlet in Austarlia? Thanks.

  21. I am a single digit handicap and am very interested in these irons. Are these more for novice golfers? I currently play muscle back blades, and wonder if these sterling irons would have a negative impact on my game? A lot of the comments I read have to do with high handicap golfers who love the variability of long irons removed. I don’t have a terrible issue hitting long irons, however, I do know the swing isn’t exactly the same.

    I am very interested, because from an engineering standpoint, these irons make sense. I have been looking at videos and reviews, and everything is positive, but I don’t know of any better players that have put them to play and what their thoughts were compared to a player’s iron.

    I am up for a new set of irons, and I want to seriously consider these before I buy.

    Any information would be helpful.

    • Sebastian
      It’s an interesting thing with golfers of different playing levels and iron models. A mid to high handicap player would be an idiot to try to play with anything but a high game improvement level iron while a low hdcp player can technically play with any iron model ever made as long as the rest of the fitting specs are all nailed down right for him. What it always comes down to with low hdcp players is a combination of personal preference for the shape/style/looks/offset of the iron with sometimes a very heavy dose of ego that once in a while can go with that. Sorry, no offense meant, just saying that some low hdcps play with irons that make the game harder just because of their ego.

      The golf pro who was the inspiration for me to design the Sterling irons by both bugging me for long enough to finally create them and for putting a few thoughts into my head about how I should create them is a very good player with a high clubhead speed who has played in a handful of European Tour events over the years. He plays the Sterling irons and went through US Open qualifying at Bethpage Red with his set this year. So the design is adaptable to any player, but in the end it has to come down to whether you like what you see on the end of the shaft when you put the club down in the playing position.

      Sounds like you need to see them and if possible, hit some shots with a few of the irons before you make any decision. To do that, head to our FIND A CLUBFITTER locator tool that is here at this link – http://wishongolf.com/find-a-clubfitter/ Put in your location and the clubmakers closest to your location will show up. If there is one or more close enough to you, give them a call and see if they have any Sterling demos, and if not, whether they would be willing to get smart and get some (HA!). Take it from there and just see what you think.

      There is no question the Sterling heads are going to be a little larger than your muscleback blades – not hugely so, but they will be so this is one thing you have to think about. On the low loft irons in the Sterling set, they do have a tad bit more offset than most blades have, but here again it is not that much and not even remotely close to the offset you see on a game improvement set of Pings or Callaways.

      Feel will be different in the Sterlings vs any solid muscleback blade. That too you have to consider. But the other benefits are there, the ones you perceive from the engineering standpoint. So that might make a big difference in your thoughts as well.

      Thanks for your interest for sure,
      TOM

    • Tom said: “…some low hdcps play with irons that make the game harder just because of their ego.”

      Oh, this is sooo the truth. I see guys all the time playing clubs that they (a) can’t take advantage of (like moving the ball left or right) and (b) can’t handle (because that movability also requires sacrificing forgiveness).

      I know the “cool” factor is present, but that’s just ego-based. You know what I think is cool? When perimeter weighting saves a bad swing, giving me something nearly pin-high and slightly off the green so I can still scramble for par, instead of squishy and short (usually in a bunker) where I’m likely to make a double. THAT’S cool.

      Play the clubs that work for you. All you have to do is see the number of Tour players slinging perimeter-weighted irons. THEY know.

    • RICHARD

      Boy do I agree with you, especially the part you said about how it is cool to catch one off center, see the ball get on the green and know that you just “stole one” from the course ! In “Tom’s perfect golf world”, muscleback blades would be banned because there is not one thing that they do which could not be duplicated in a higher MOI head design. Now I am glad my posts here don’t get seen by many because I am sure that statement of mine could draw some severe ire from those who insist there is a difference with a blade.

      TOM ;>)

  22. Tom,

    Can you shed a little insight into your stepless steel shafts that are standard with the Sterling Irons? How would they play in comparison to other steel shafts such as Dynamic Gold, KBS Tour, Project X, etc? I have played an S2 Black in a driver and really was impressed but have not tired your steel offerings.

    • MIKE
      Yes, happy to do so. Our Stepless steel iron shaft is a better player shaft designed with a firm tip section for later release players. The feel of the shaft is similar to that of the Dynamic Gold or the KBS Tour, but not quite as tip stiff as are the Project X iron shafts.
      TOM

    • Thanks Tom. Sounds like the S2 stepless would be a good fit for my game. I’m just having a hard time coming to grips with the fact that I normally play all my irons +1/2 inch and would be dropping down to 37 inches with all of the Sterling.

    • MIKE

      It only takes getting used to it mentally because for sure, when you address the ball with a 5 and 6 iron that is 37 or 36.5″ in length, at first it seems like you are using a Jr club ! But 4-5 shots to see ball flight and performance and it becomes something that changes from thinking of it as Jr length to being clubs that are really quite fun to hit and play with, if I do say so myself. Because of the ease of hitting a shorter length, with the low loft clubs it sort of starts to feel like you’re cheating in some way, is one way to put it !

      TOM

  23. please make a left handed option! i would pre order if needed

    • We’re thinking long and hard about it right now, we really are.

      Thanks for your interest,
      TOM

  24. Love the game of golf.. I have read a few of Tom’s books and have enjoyed them. The game has frustrated me over the last 6 years as my business has been blessed and my game cursed with lack of time to play. The fun has diminished…. I want to be competitive but children and work ( I own a funeral home) have taken my time. After trying the 1 iron golf clubs my friend had, I was fascinated with single length irons yet not impressed with his. I saw where Tom came out with the Sterlings…. Love Mark Crossfield… And went straight to his reviews…. I was hooked. From Toms website I called and met Rick at RMH Golf in PA… What an awesome, nice man…. He fit me and I ordered them. A few rounds later I have NO loss in distance, accuracy improved tremendously … Tom you have made golf simple and fun again for an amateur like myself. Thank you. Rick will next build me the appropriate driver and hybrid to suit my game. He is as nice as he is knowledgeable…. I literally have owned over a dozen sets of irons in less than two years (eBay junkie) and have realized the importance of quality control, and fitting. Tom Wishon and Rick…. God bless you and your dedication to the game and helping a man who loves the game… I feel like a tour player with quality attention to my game.

    • PAUL:
      How nice is that for us to be able to listen to your experience in being fit by Rick and having the results you have with the new Sterling irons ! Lots of people think that the most fun I get in my “work” is the process of conception and creation of a new design. They’re wrong – it’s being able to hear a story like yours and to see the smile on your face in between the lines of your message from being able to enjoy this great game a little more !!

      THANK YOU for sharing this, and thanks so much for choosing to work with a very good clubfitter like Rick.
      TOM

  25. Hi Tom,

    Do you know any clubfitters in the Netherlands where I can get a set?

    David

    • DAVID

      yes, for sure. I don;t know exactly where in the Netherlands you live so I am not sure how far these clubmakers would be from you. If neither one is close enough to be convenient, let us know with a response email to contact@wishongolf.com and tell us what town/city you live in. We’ll check more specifically to see if there is someone closer to your location. However, these two men are in my opinion the best clubfitters in all of the Netherlands so I shall hope one of them is close enough to you.

      Marcel Bal
      Golf Op Maat
      Den Helder, Netherlands
      Phone: 0223 643 720
      Email: m.bal@hetnet.nl
      http://www.golfopmaat.nl/

      Marcel deJager
      Golf Hunter
      Elshout, Netherlands
      Phone: 061 431-4339
      Email: marceldejager@golfhunter.nl
      http://www.golfhunter.nl/

      thanks very much,
      TOM

  26. Can my wife be fit for Sterling irons? The single length should help her tremendously. Charlotte area – Curtis @ Leatherman golf?

    Randy

  27. Hello tom my name is Britton Munoz and I am a legally blind golfer. I purchased the sterling Single length clubs several months ago and was fitted by Paul Coon’s out of Redmond Oregon. The consistency of the single link clubs has improve my game drastically consistency is very important to me being your visually impaired golfer. Prior to the Sterlings on 18 hole golf course here in Oregon I would shoot a 105 to 110 now that I have the Sterlings and have the same swing with every club I am shooting under 100 the last four times out I shot A 96, 97, 96, and a 99. Today I shot a 44 on a par 35 so the consistency of your clubs are working and it is a great product anybody who is ever doubted going to the single- link clubs should not hesitate the consistency really works these are great product

    • BRITTON

      What a WONDERFUL, FANTASTIC message this is for me to receive !!!!!! I can’t tell you how nice this is to know that with the real challenge you face in your life that you choose to work hard to play this great game and that the Sterling irons are helping you to play a little better and enjoy this game a little more ! WOW ! Most people think that the most fun I have in my career is when I get to think up and design the new club models. They are wrong. The most fun I have in doing what I do is to have the chance to hear about your experience in having been fit into one of my models and to know that you’re having more fun yourself !!

      Thanks SO VERY MUCH Britton for taking the time to share your experience with us! The VERY best to you in this great game !!

      TOM

  28. I am interested in a single length golf system. I am a 81 year old senior in pretty good shape approaching the low side of a senior swing speed. I am also in my 3rd year of trying to perfect the Mike Austin swing so am familiar with Jaacob Bowden’s work with Mike Austin and his videos. Especially the one on discussing the 1iron system. I believe I would require a hybrid iron type set. One other manufacturer recommended a 38 inch (?)length for a WTF measurement of 35 inches – maybe because of the hybrid nature of the clubs. I do feel comfortable hitting the longer clubs these days. The video was very interesting especially how you try to compensate in head design between the low end and high end irons. I assume all the heads are of the same weight. Will you be developing a set of hybrid irons ?

    • TONY

      I had an all hybrid #2 through PW set of hybrids in 2007 but not enough people wanted it. So we had to drop the 7 through PW hybrids from the set and we just offered it then as hybrids to be bought as long iron replacement clubs. It was a nice set, it played very well. But perhaps it was too far ahead of its time, or more likely, because none of the giant companies whose followers think the sun rises and sets in their back sides had such a set, our design set had no “credibility”.

      TOM

    • Hi Tom,

      Is it possible to buy just a set of heads so that I can be properly fitted locally? I am in Thailand and cannot fnd a supplier here.

      Regards,

      ray

    • RAY

      There is a man in the Pattaya area who has been a custom clubmaker for a long time. Neil Cameron is his name. I would suggest you try to contact him. The phone number we have for him is 0890 769 623 and his email is neilcamer@gmail.com. if that doesn’t work out for you, let me know at contact@wishongolf.com and we will try to help you in another way.

      Thanks much,
      TOM

  29. Hi Tom, I’m a club maker in Adelaide, Australia and on researching, have become interested in the single iron length set especially to newcomers to golf.

    I like the TT XP 95 S300 shaft, ultralight but also gives very good distance, maybe a very good match for your Sterling irons.

    Assuming each Sterling head is 274 gm, at 36.5″ in total club length, what shaft weight have you used to give the Sterling the desired swing weight.

    I’m a precise and particular club maker who hates having to add tip weights to obtain a swing weight, I feel if the iron heads are within tolerances and appropriate shaft weight and length are considered, the SW is just right.

    • Kenmar

      All of our clubhead models are made with a weight bore put right into the bottom of the shafting bore, below where the shaft tip stops in the hosel. This weight bore in every head is designed to accept weight plugs we make in 2g, 4g, 6g and 9g increments to allow clubmakers to achieve the final swingweight they desire in their custom assembly. of course, with the huge variety of different lengths, shaft weights and grip weights, no clubhead can achieve 100% of all possible final swingweights for all possible length shaft weight and grip weight ranges.

      But the weight bore we have put in all of our heads since day one of our company does work very well to help achieve most swingweight situations you would need to hit in your fitting. The weights are epoxied into the weight bore during the shaft installation procedure. If you need to remove them later on, the 2g and 4g are brass so they can be drilled out easily. The 6g and 9g are tungsten so they cannot be drilled out but they are made with a scredriver slot on the top so you could heat the lower hosel area, then twist the weights free to remove them.

      In our fitting with the Sterling heads, we have built with graphite shafts from 55g up to steel shafts of 115-120g.

      Thanks for your interest. If you wish to set up an account with our company, go to the top of the home page at wishongolf.com and click on the link for ACCOUNT APPLICATION. Complete the information there, click to send it to us, and a staff member will contact you with all the information you’ll need.

      TOM

    • Tom

      Was the 2007 hybrid set all single length?

      Does the 38 inch length recommended for a 35 inch WTF measurement for a hybrid set appear readonable ?

      I know ithat’s about the length of a standard 5 iron and the length of my current Callaway 6 Razr HL hybrid which I seem to hit OK.

    • TONY
      No, it was designed to be made to incremental half inch lengths as per a normal iron set. 38″ for such a set seems reasonable ONLY IF IT GIVES YOU MORE COMFORT over the ball for your back situation. Single length irons of any head design at 38″ is a very bad thing in terms of trying to expect any level of control or accuracy or distance control with the #8, 9, PW, GW. but if your back feels much better at that length, then that rules the roost and you will just have to figure out a way to get used to swinging such a long length for the high loft irons and wedges.

      TOM

  30. do you sell custom sets or do you only sale the heads, shaft etc

    • MARCUS
      Sterling irons are available in two ways. 1) you can work with an independent custom clubmaker to be fit for a set. You can search to see if there is a certified custom clubmaker near to you by heading to wishongolf.com. Right in the middle of the home page you will see the FIND A CLUBFITTER Search Tool. Click on that, input your town/city and the clubmakers closest to you will pop up. Contact them to inquire of their pricing and services to set up a fitting appointment.

      2) if there are no clubmakers close enough to you, we have partnered with a golf professional to set up http://www.sterlingirons.com. Through this site, you have two options for purchasing a set. One, you can input all your specs you want the irons to be made to have, if you do know your specs and are comfortable with them as being right for you and your swing. Two, you can answer a series of questions and we here at Wishon Golf will analyze your information to create the fitting specs to which the clubs will be made to fit you as well as possible. Pricing for the irons on sterlingirons.com can be seen by scrolling down to the set options and clicking on them to see the pricing.

      Thanks very much !
      TOM

  31. I really like this concept but those of us whom are lefthanded get treated like stepchildren. How long will it take to give us the opportunity to buy these? Does 565’s come in left hand?

    • MARCUS

      I am very sorry about that. It truly is NOT a matter of treating left hand golfers as stepchildren at all. It is purely a business decision I am very sorry to say. Never once in over 350 different head designs over my 31 yr career as a club designer have I seen one left hand model that sold more than 8% of the units it did in the right hand version. This is purely a statistic from the fact that 6% of American golfers play left handed, 15% in Canada and 8% in Europe. So until the right hand version of a model shows that it is doing enough volume that 8% of that can cover the tooling die and inventory production expenses, we have to wait and see before we pull the trigger on left hand. I am sorry. It is just a hard fact of business in this industry and in no way is any form of discrimination.

      TOM

    • Does 565’s come in left hand?

    • MArcus
      I’m not making you very happy these days I realize with my answers. For a smaller company like ours, I can at least offer a definite answer to say that it’s highly doubtful we will ever be able to offer any of our forged carbon steel iron models in left hand. The tooling die costs for forgings are over $60,000 for the full set – that’s 10 times the cost of investment cast tooling dies – so with the 8% statistic ruling this, it just will not be in the cards for us to offer a forged carbon steel iron in left hand.

      I’m very sorry,
      TOM

  32. Hi Tom,

    I’m based in Bangkok. So getting fitted for your clubs would be difficult.Can it be done on line ????. Although I’m not sue of the accuracy of doing that.

    Your 5 Hybrid really interests me. .
    What advise on your shafts can you offer for me being a Senior with a club head speed of around 80 MPH. Do you offer Senior shafts ????.

    Would the 5 Hybrid work for me, leaving out the 6 and 7. And then going to the 8 through to SW. ???? Would that be a disadvantage ?????

    I would appreciate and guidance you can offer.

    Kind Rgds.

    Daniel.

    • Daniel:

      There is a very experienced clubmaker in the Pattaya area by the name of Neil Cameron. I’ve known him through technical correspondence for quite a number of years in which he’ll ask questions about golf equipment technical matters and I answer and we discuss it. So I know he knows what he is doing. I am not completely sure how much work he is doing these days. But you can call him and talk to him, tell him what you’re interested in, and find out if he can help you. his phone number that we have is 0890 769 623 and his email is neilcamer@gmail.com .

      If that doesn’t work, then the fitting side of the offerings through http://www.steringirons.com is not too bad because we here at Wishon Golf are doing the analysis of the answers to the fitting questions to compile the spec recommendations for the clubs.

      Thanks much,
      TOM

  33. Hi Tom,

    Can you tell me where I can be fitted for a set of your single length irons in Thailand?
    Thanks,

    Ray

    • RAY
      Thanks very much for the interest. Two suggestions we can offer to help. First, I have known Neil Cameron in Pattaya for many years in the clubmaking business so I know he is a good clubmaker. You can contact him to see if he can help you – phone is 0890 769 623 or email at neilcamer@gmail.com. If for some reason that doesn’t work out, we are working in concert with a golf professional to support his direct sales website for the irons which you can find at http://www.sterlingirons.com. There you can either choose your specs for the irons if you know what you want exactly or you can answer a series of questions from which we here at Wishon Golf will form the custom build specs for the clubs. Sterlingirons.com can do international shipments for the irons.

      Thanks very much !
      TOM

  34. Hi Tom, thanks for producing the video. I have been interested in single length clubs for some time now but I’ve had trouble convincing local club makers of my perceived benefits. My question is – can’t I just shorten and lengthen the irons that I have – ok the weights and centres may be slightly different but changing present club shaft lengths will take care of the main features of setup, stance, ball position and swing consistency. I suspect that most amateur golfers like myself will never attain consistent gapping with varying length clubs anyway due to the inconsistency of strikes, particularly with long irons, – so long as the gapping is reasonable then it’s certainly more important to hit consistent distances rather than be gapped for exactly X yards on perfect shots. I also suspect that the distance the ball travels is more a factor of the loft than the shaft length – can the loft not just be tweeked accordingly? I think that most amateurs also try (or maybe it;s just me!) to swing faster with long irons but when I’ve intentionally swung the same way with my 6i and 8i the measured club head speeds were only separated by 1 mph! Thanks. Brendan.

    • Brendan
      It’s much more than a little bit of work to try to convert any existing set of irons made for conventional incremental lengths into a single length set. In Sterling, because we are keying this to an 8 iron length, every head is designed to be 274 grams in weight and 63* lie angle. In every conventional set, the head weights start at around 239g with the 3 iron, then go up by 7g per head to a weight of around 283g or so for the gap wedge. Lie angles typically start at around 58* on the 3 iron in a normal set and progress up by 1* increments through to 64* on the 9, PW, GW. Most sand wedges being standalone wedge models have a head weight of 300g and a lie of 64*.

      So depending on the length you choose for the single length set, you will have to add a HUGE amount of weight to some heads and remove a fair bit of weight from higher number heads. Not to mention bending the lies. If your set is stainless cast, 2* of lie change is about all that most cast stainless sets can allow because of the low ductility of the typical stainless alloys used to make cast irons.

      You can envision adding gobs and gobs of lead tape to a head to increase its weight. Might look lousy but it could technically be done. Where you’d have the real problem would be removing weight from the higher number heads. That’s no small task to do and not damage the sole or performance of the head. So in the end, more people who have tried this have found it to be a nightmare to try to do.

      You have no more difficulty achieving proper distances and distance gaps with our Sterling single length set than with any other iron set. Really that is a fact. yes, you probably will hit each Sterling iron a little different distance than you hit the same number irons in your normal set. that’s to be expected because of Sterling’s single length with each head’s loft and the high COR face of our #5, 6, 7 heads. But we find so far from a lot of comments from those who have the irons that most say they hit ALL the irons longer than they hit the same number irons in their conventional set, down to where the GW is pertty darn close to the same distance as their conventional gap wedge.

      Hope this helps,

      TOM

  35. Hi Tom,

    Ordered the full set of heads. Any news on when they will arrive?? Real anxious to get these in my hands. Playing the Pinhawk at the moment since that was pretty much all that was available and they perform well. I’ve gained some distance in the short irons which is to be expected but have not lost any in the longer irons. Can still get 200 from my 4 iron but the trajectory is lower. Your design will perform even better and that I’m anxious to see.

    Thanks Tom,

    Mike

    • MIKE
      I am out of the office, out of town right now. I can’t answer your question about when the order will ship. Please call our company at 800-470-0072 and ask the staff member who answers your question. They’ll want to know the date you placed the order so they can check and give you an estimate for when it will ship. We are catching up slowly but surely on the orders.
      Thank you,
      TOM

  36. I demoed then ordered a set through Howard Garson at Howard’s custom clubs in Fort Lauderdale last week. I was truly impressed by the trial. At one point I was hitting the ball so straight that on the monitor you could only see my shots starting not landing. After about five like that in a row I had to comment to Howard ” I’m actually not this good. “. But, I’m beginning to think maybe I will be. (Current handicap 8). Do you have any idea how long of a wait I may have for my clubs?

    • Mr. Evans

      Thanks very much for taking the time to comment and let us know how well you liked the irons in your trial. BTW, you’re in VERY good hands with Howard – I’ve known him for a while and I can tell you that he is VERY seriously into always advancing his knowledge and doing the best for golfers who work with him for their fitting needs. Howard corresponds a lot with me on technical topics related to fitting and equipment performance so I can tell his level of knowledge is very good.

      It’s very difficult to know which of Howard’s orders for Sterling iron heads might be for the set for you. But I can tell you that Howard has an order in with us for 2 sets of the heads that at this point is scheduled to be filled from the shipment of heads we get from our production factory next Tues or Wed. So it’s possible these could go out before the end of next week to be on the way to FL.

      Thanks much, and the very best to you in this great game,
      TOM

  37. Hi Tom,

    I have read about the Zero Shifting Motion in Homer Kelly’s book, “The Golfing Machine.”
    And I would like to my stance to be as upright as possible and still have an effective swing.
    I wanted to know what is the maximum bend of the lie angle that the Sterling heads are able to withstand. From your description, it looks like 63 is the lie and can be bent 4 degrees in either direction. Would a 69 or 70 degree lie angle be too much stress for the Sterling heads?

    Thank you,
    Craig

    • CRAIG

      Yes, that’s too much of a bend. because of the high strength steel alloy face in the #5, 6, 7 irons, the heat treatment we have to do to get the faces up to their required strength for their thin-ness to hit the high COR, that heat treatment has to be done with the face plates are welded to the carbon steel body of the heads. The heat treatment then has the effect of also stiffening up the carbon steel of the 5, 6, 7 irons. So doing a +4* bend would definitely be the absolute limit for bending. You could bend the 8 to SW more than that because they do NOT have the high strength steel high COR face as do the 5, 6, 7 irons. but it would not be any good to have some irons more upright than others, so the limit is +4* at the most for the bends.

      TOM

  38. Excellent. Thanks, Tom. I think I was reacting to the old notion (a la the EQL) of a set centered on the 6-iron length. I just couldn’t imagine hitting a PW at that length, even with the benefits of standardization you’ve described. But the difference between an 8 and a PW is only an inch. Heck, you see those differences between traditional sets, like TM juicing their clubs with longer shafts and stronger lofts. A PW from that setup already plays like a 9 and (sometimes) feels like an 8.

    Being able to hit the lower numbers in a setup like this is a big deal. Most golfers aren’t strong enough (don’t have enough swing speed) to maintain the gaps. This is true of traditional sets, too, but they’re assisted by the longer shafts and weaker lofts (compared to a set like Sterling, which seems to have stronger-than-usual lofts in the “long” irons to compensate for the shorter shafts).

    Okay, I’m officially over my head. Thank you so much for your continuing innovation. The nearest fitter to me is 40 miles (Fredrick, MD–I live in Northern Virginia), but I think I have to go and check these out.

    Rich

    • RICH
      thanks for your understanding. I’m pleased to hear you picked up on the way the shorter single length could allow players to get more used to the high numbered irons vs the usual 6 iron length. This need to have the high number irons under more control was the main reason we chose the 8 iron length for the single length. Others can’t do this because that short of a length would definitely bring about a loss of distance with the lower loft irons now being too much shorter than in a conventional set. But this is where our experience with high COR face engineering comes to the rescue so we can do the 8 iron length and make it work all through the set.

      If the clubmaker in Fredrick is Mike Bednarcik, you will be in very good hands. I know Mike and I know he has very good knowledge and experience in fitting. One thing though – do for sure call before you go because not all the clubmakers have demos or inventory in the Sterling heads. We got slammed with pre book orders that continued to built up over Feb and March before the shipments of the heads began to arrive. so we are slowly catching things up, but many of the clubmakers won’t have their demos until mid to even late May. Hence the reason to call to see when Mike feels he may have demos on hand. Not sure where you are in No. Va. but if you’re not too far from Richmond, in the suburb of Glen Allen is Charlie Sampson who is also a fabulously experienced fitter you could work with. I think Charlie jumped on the Sterling order bandwagon very early so he may have his demos now. If you go to the FIND A CLUBFITTER search tool on our website and put in Richmond, VA, you can see his contact info at the top of the listings.

      Hope this helps,
      TOM

      TOM

  39. Great stuff, Tom. I’m confident you’ve overcome the engineering challenges that failed in the Tommy Armour EQL and other, similar efforts. But I have two questions. First, was making a 4-iron just too big a stretch given the length (36.5″) you chose to center these on?

    Second, wouldn’t it make more sense to equalize the long irons, but allow the short irons and wedges to progress naturally (get shorter as they do in traditional iron sets)? After all, the two reasons long irons are hard to hit are (a) their length and (b) their loft. But in short irons and wedges, both of these are easier. I’m thinking 4-9I at the same length, with the wedges progressively shorter.

    As it stands now, it seems the lower numbers would be easier to hit, but the higher numbers and wedges would be harder, with some of this tempered by the potential consistency of hitting an entire set at one length.

    • RICH:
      Yes, the 4 iron would require too high of a clubhead speed at 36.5″ to be effective. I did tool a #4 prototype in a hybrid head and it just was too tough for avg players to get the ball up well enough to fly its full distance at 36.5″ length. it took a >85mph speed at 36.5″ to do that and that’s a speed that most people do not have for that length.

      If you make the high number irons and wedges to be of a different length than the rest of the irons, you destroy one of the main benefits of a single length set. You eliminate the fact that ALL of the clubs would have precisely the same swing feel. You can’t get around that. One of the two main reasons that single length is even worth talking about is because single length means every single possible element that has any contribution to swing feel is identical in each club. Same length means same shaft weight, same exact shaft bending (flex), same exact total weight, same swingweight, same MOI, same balance point. There is NOTHING ELSE that affects swing feel. Add to that the fact that same length and same lie means same set up position, same posture, same spine angle, same swing plane. Different length irons doesn’t allow that.

      If you change to a shorter length in the 9, P, G, S clubs from the others in the set, you break this so those clubs in the set do not all have the same everything, with perfect identical swing feel.

      The origin of your question about this was a BIG reason why we chose an 8 iron length as opposed to the previous usual 6 iron length everyone else seemed to want to use or still does want to use in the other companies’ single length sets. At 36.5″, you are only 1/2″ to 1″ longer than what the “normal” length for the 9, P, G, S in conventional sets. That’s not very much more length so the chances of that little bit of additional length having the effect of screwing up distance or accuracy is far less than if you try to play the 9, P, G and S at 37.5″, a 6 iron length.

      Besides, we already had good proof that an additional half inch or inch in the 9 to wedges is insignificant. For years we have suggested clubmakers adopt a 3/8″ increment of length change in a conventional iron set between irons as a way to, 1) help do MOI matching of irons if they wanted to do that, 2) to give golfers a little more comfort over the ball with the 9 to wedges – with 3/8″ increments vs 1/2″, you slightly gain length with each iron so that by the time you get to the 9 to wedges, you are now in the realm of 1/2″ to 1″ longer than you would have been with those irons in a normal half inch increment set. There are a lot of golfers who feel they have to bend over more or crouch down more with their 9 to wedges in a normal half inch increment set. So 3/8″ increments has become popular with some clubmakers for its ability to bring about more comfort over the ball with the higher number irons and wedges. And in doing this, no one has complained about too much distance or lack of control with 3/8″ increments causing the 9 to wedges to be a chunk longer than they were.

      There is a lot to be said about the fact that golfers haven’t discovered when you have a set of irons in which every iron does have the same precise swing feel – and I am talking about the effect OVER TIME of playing a set in which every iron is identical in swing feel. Over time, after days and days of hitting shots, the swing begins to get more used to every club being identical so the swing becomes more repeatable, more consistent, and from it shot consistency does the same. So this too is how the high number irons fall into place for more consistency.

      TOM

  40. Tom: Thanks for the reply and info. I see there is a club fitter up in Melboure, FL., Ray’s Clubfitter. I think I will contact him to see if he has any of your clubs that I can hit on his range to try out. I have a pretty low swing speed (hit my Adams 3h about 140-150 yds) so not sure if they can do anything for me, but figure I should give them a try.

    Jerry

  41. Mr. Wishon: Very interested in your new club design. I have been looking through all the info you have on the Sterling clubs but can not find what lofts the clubs are from the #5 to the SW. Could you please tell me the lofts or point me to the proper place on your website with the loft specs? The club I hit the best in my bag is a Adams 6H which I cut down to 38.25 inches. It has a SW of C0. I play in the low 90s most of the time and have the most trouble hitting my higher lofted irons #7-9 consistently. I think what bothers me the most with the higher lofted clubs are the more upright lies. I am pretty consistent with my 3H to 5H and feel I could get in the 80s more often if I could find some higher lofted clubs that I could hit better. Thanks for your time.

    Jerry
    Vero Beach, FL

    • Jerry

      http://wishongolf.com/designs/sets/sterling-irons-single-length-set/ there is the direct link to see everything about the new Sterling single length irons. The reason we set lofts a little lower is because we’re ordaining the single length at a 36.5″ 8-iron length. This is shorter than any other previous single length models so we can offer golfers a higher incidence of on center hits and ease of play, but then not to lose any distance due to the shorter 8 iron length. Coupled with this is the other engineering feature to prevent distance loss no other single length model has, which is our proprietary high COR face design for the #5, 6, 7 irons in the set. Early reports coming in now from first users of the Sterling irons say the golfer actually hit the ball longer than they do with their previous irons and have zero issues with distance or trajectory with the lower loft irons. All the heads in the set are made from soft carbon steel so whatever lie angle fitting needs a golfer has can be easily achieved.
      Thnks much for your interest – if you need help in finding a clunfitter to work with, let us know at contact@wishongolf.com and we will be glad to help.
      TOM

  42. Tom,
    I have a player who wants to go with the Sterlings. He is a high-swing-speed player. He would normally include a 4 iron in his set-up. What do you think about using two 5 irons and bending one 4 degrees strong? If not, what would you suggest?

    Thanks,
    Dennis

    • Dennis
      I’d start him with the 5 iron and see how far and high he hits this club at the single length you and he will choose, either 37″, 36.5″ or in between. I’m going to bet that with this high COR face and 23* loft on the Sterling 5-iron that he may very well hit that club as far as he hits his current 4 iron, so this 5 would become the 4 in his set, distance wise. In truth, and maybe this will happen down the road, in the single length concept there should be different head designs for different clubhead speed players. But we could only throw the dice this year with one set design in single length. So it had to be of a head design concept that could work for the greatest number of players, which means the players who shoot 80 to 100.

      In my mind when I think about the really good player or the very high clubhead speed player, I would design a little different set of heads with different lofts. Much higher speeds can get enough ball speed and spin to push a 36.5″-37″ length normal COR iron with 20* loft high enough to fly and carry well. 80mph or lower for the 5 iron speed can’t.

      Not to say the Sterling can’t work for the better player. it’s just that you will have to ask the player to hit the 5 iron, 7 iron and 9 iron several times on the course to get a feel for the distances so he knows what club to pick for what distance, and also to know where his 5 iron distance is with respect to his old 4 iron and where his hybrids and woods need to be set up in the whole set.

  43. I live in Toronto, Canada, do you have any fitters in this area and if not can a standard set be ordered and just adjusted as need be at my golf club?

    Thanks

  44. Love the addition of the explanatory video as validation of the concept. Jim Battin has or will place my pre order. I can’t wait for them to come in. Glad to hear your position on individualizing the shafts as the other one iron producers insist on their own shafts. I am 69,9Hdcp and have played with Nunchuk shafts from driver to 62 degree wedge since they became available. Because of the consistency they have provided in uniform swing and feel regardless of iron and the single plane (Moe Norman) swing I went to four years ago, the logical next step was to the single iron set. Because of increasing arthritis and tendonitis that has come with aging, Jim introduced me to the Enlow oversized reverse tapered grips that has been a great compliment to my shafts and swing and allowed me to release the club better without the usual pains I had been experiencing. At the end of last year we worked together to “fudge” my set of clubs as best we could to single length(36.5) and lie (63) plus a lot of tape on my part to get my set as close as possible to similar swing weight but exact balance point with dramatic improvement in shot consistency and accuracy. So, the prospect of starting this season with your clubs specifically designed is beyond exciting. I am extremely grateful to Jim for turning me on to you and your company. I play competitively on both the Golf Channel and Golf Week Senior Am Tours, Columbus Chapter, and undoubtedly will be the only Sterling Iron player. Looking forward to an outstanding tour year.

    • Thanks very much Rick, for your interest and for sharing your experience in fitting with Jim’s help. It’s great that you have found the benefits of working with a good, experienced clubfitter/clubmaker like Jim. Maybe someday a whole lot of other golfers can discover this too and quit relying on the big box stores for their equipment needs and help. Best wishes to you in your continued play and enjoyment of this great game !

      TOM

  45. Once I have found the correct length for a customer, do I then fit as I do for standard length clubs with frequency, spine puring, moi, ect.

    • PAUL:
      With the Sterling, your length determination is simple – you have a choice between 37 and 36.5″ or in between if you care to. That’s determined by either the golfer being more comfortable with one over the other, really more than anything technical. Players with a greater wrist to floor may opt for 37 and everyone else at 36.5. Then it is a matter of really focusing on fitting for the right shaft weight, total weight, swingweight/headweight feel – this is the most important part of single length fitting to get the weighting right because that keys into really making the single length result in the highest level of swing tempo consistency, on center hit consistency for the golfer. Blow the weighting of the club and you definitely reduce the chance of single length doing what it is designed to do in terms of improving shot consistency and on center hits. Then you have to definitely do a dynamic lie test to get the right final lie on the clubs. And for some players, you may have to let them play the set for a month, then come back to you if they have any distance gap issues that you may need to bend/tweak a loft here or there to fine tune.

      By having made them all to the same length, same shaft weight, same total weight, same swingweight/headweight, you will have automatically made them to have the same MOI. So no additional MOI match work need be done. Frequency matching of all the shafts or spine/PUREing is optional. In all honesty, when you are talking about 8 iron or 7 iron shaft length in an iron, the shaft is not going to be bending very much at all during the swing because iron shafts to begin with bend half as much as do wood shafts. and within iron sets the shorter length shafts like 7, 8, 9, PW hardly bend at all for most players. Hence things like freq matching or PUREing/spineing really are not going to add much at all. Not like they can in woods or in longer iron lengths. But if you want to do those things to add value to the set and the fitting, go ahead and do so but make sure you market the fact you are doing this to the golfers so they feel even better about the depth and quality of the care and work you put into the clubs for them. In the end, you will influence performance far more from really nailing down the right shaft weight, total weight, swingweight/headweight feel and lie fitting for the golfer than from freq or spine work.
      TOM

    • Thanks Tom, appreciate the info

  46. Do they come Left Handed ?

    • Sorry Lonny, not yet. As with every model we create, we really have to see if the model can be popular enough in RH before we can pull the trigger on tooling die and inventory investment to offer it in LH. This is because never in my 31 yrs of design have I ever seen a LH model get more than 8% of the unit sales it does in the RH version. So in essence and stated somewhat coldly I am sorry, we have to wait and see if the RH demand makes the 8% payback work. Maybe, because so far the interest at least in terms of the number of inquiries about Sterling has been pretty strong. So we’ll see how that works out.
      TOM

  47. Tom:

    The Sterling Single Length concept is something I have been interested in for quite some time. I have customers that really want to pursue single length as well. My one question is this: If I choose the 36.5″ Length for the 5 Hybrid thru PW would this also mean I would have to adjust my Driver and 5-Wood length as well? My current Driver is 43.75″ and my 5-Wood Wishon of course) is 42″.

    • JIM:

      Driver and wood length HAVE NO RELATIONSHIP WHATSOEVER TO IRON LENGTH. We fit driver and wood length purely on the basis of the golfer’s ability and swing characteristics. As such, that means the smoother the tempo, the more square to inside out the swing path, the later the release, the better the golfer’s ability, the longer the driver and wood length COULD be – not SHOULD be, but COULD be. hence in the other direction, the faster and more forceful the tempo, the more over the top outside in the path, the earlier the release and the less skilled the player, the SHORTER the driver and wood length MUST BE to offer the golfer the best chance at keeping the ball more in play.

      Iron length is purely about COMFORT – to make sure the golfer is comfortable over the ball for his particular stance and posture. Iron length fitting has nothing to do with the golfer’s ability, and is only about comfort. So if you use single length with a player for his irons. you go about fitting the driver and woods separately based on what I mentioned and you do not even consider the length of the irons as any factor whatsoever in the driver and wood length fitting.

      Hope this helps, thanks so much for asking the question because this is VERY important,
      TOM

  48. Tom, what shafts are available for the Sterling heads?

    • Marcel:

      They can be fit to the golfer with ANY IRON SHAFT that fits the golfer’s swing speed, transition, tempo, release, strength and his sense of feel. of course we did the bores at 0.370 so it sure would be easier to pick a parallel tip iron shaft than to try to shim in a taper tip shaft. But there is no such thing as a special shaft to go with this single length concept. Use whatever iron shaft best fits the golfer. And of course we have a great offering with our S2S shaft designs – 5 different graphite iron shafts in many flexes from 55g to 115g, and two steel shafts in R or S of 100g and 115g.

      thanks,
      TOM

  49. Do these heads include a hosel port ?

    • Yes Al, they all have the one hosel weight bore at the bottom of the shafting bore.

      TOM

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