SINGLE LENGTH IRONS

 

Wishon’s new single length iron design concept EQ1-NX offers same length and high COR low loft iron characteristics while adding many new performance enhancing features to mark a definite step forward in game improvement iron design.



Features:

    • Enabled by the new 2-piece hollow body design, the Center of Gravity moves progressively through the set from lowest and most rear located on the #5 iron to highest and most forward located on the GW and SW to achieve more consistent shot shape and shot height for each iron in the set
    • The hollow body design throughout the set increases the MOI of each head by removing all mass from the inside of the head to be distributed all around the CG.  The hollow body construction also enables the CG progression and uniform impact sound between the high COR and conventional COR heads in the set 
    • Low number irons are better matched with their loft to CG position to achieve preferred shot shape/height and allow a wider range of players to be able to effectively hit the #5 and 6 irons to fly and carry with proper distance gaps
    • Traditional GW and SW profile shapes are combined with milled faces and a custom sole grind make the wedges a great choice even if they were standalone wedges and not part of the single length design 
    • 275g head weight with hosel weight bore allows assembly to any single length between 35.5” and 37.5” while still being able to achieve a reasonable range of swingweight/MOI (depending on shaft weight and grip weight)

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Mike Miles
4 days ago

Hi Tom. Been playing the Sterling for 4 years. They are just about worn out so I’m happy to see another offering in the EQ1-NX. Excited to get these. I’m 70 years old and hit my Sterling 8 iron about 155 carry. Fairly consistent swing with a hard transition from the top. Driver swing speed is 101 and I’m still around 85 for a 5 iron. So here is my question. If I want to work hard on a bit softer swing, what is a good shaft to transition to from Wishon S2S white stiff tipped an extra half inch?… Read more »

Admin
3 days ago
Reply to  Mike Miles

MIKE Here is the link on the website to see the new EQ1-NX irons, woods and hybrids. The woods and hybrids are designed so they could be fit and built to single length or to conventional incremental lengths as per the desire of the clubmaker and golfer. This link is the homepage of sorts for the whole line of EQ1 designs from which you can click to see the irons or woods or hybrids separately. Thanks for your interest for sure! https://wishongolf.com/eq1-nx-single-length-irons/ Great to hear that you are continuing to achieve really superior clubhead speeds at 70. I turn that… Read more »

Brian S
6 days ago

Great forum here, very interested in your newest one length irons, like the fact of min. offset as well as their great looks, I currently play Titleist AP1 710 with nippon steel reg shaft, been dealing with elbow tendinitis and was hoping for a shaft suggestions as well as a club fitter here in my area, Southeast Florida, Miami-Broward-Palm Beach area, Thanks in advance

Admin
6 days ago
Reply to  Brian S

BRIAN Thanks much for stopping by! Without information such as clubhead speed, and a good evaluation of your downswing transition move/force, your swing tempo, your point of release and what you have the ability to perceive/feel in the shaft during the swing, we can’t really do a good job of recommending a shaft. This is part of what a good clubfitter will do, and why it is best to work face to face with a competent fitter. In your area I would recommend you contact and work with Jamie Frith at his own Jamie Frith Golf operation in Delray Beach.… Read more »

Mike WS
8 days ago

I like the idea of single length, but I wonder if these are mostly for bad golfers?
I am a bit bias against offset on irons, and it throws me off.
Will these have too much of a game-improvement style feel?
Will workability of ball flight go down?
Can lie and face angle be changed?

Admin
6 days ago
Reply to  Mike WS

MIKE After going on five years of experience with single length irons after I designed my first model (Sterling Irons), I think that single length can be played by anyone but more often than not a low handicap player is not going to want to try them because of several reasons – too much work to convert over to from conventional incremental length irons and not quite as much potential for improvement since the low digit player probably hits his irons pretty well to begin with. At the same time I think the answer to your thought of whether single… Read more »

Rich Douglas
6 days ago
Reply to  Mike WS

Lie angles can be changed. You don’t want to have an open or closed face. Offset is 2 degrees throughout the set. The heads don’t look like GI or SGI. As Tom notes, you work the ball with solid contact, adjusting the angles (path, face) to curve the ball. Perimeter weighting helps with off-center hits, but does not hold back moving the ball. I was a mid-single-digit player when I switched to Sterlings almost 4 years ago. I did it because iron play was the most inconsistent aspect of my game. It isn’t anymore. My set consists of 5-SW, and… Read more »

Jean Wevers
17 days ago

Hallo Tom,
Do you have any ideas when the clubs are coming out?
With regards
Jean

Admin
13 days ago
Reply to  Jean Wevers

Jean
The EQ1-NX heads are in transit from the production factory so it looks like mid July with no further delays. Thanks very much for your interest,
TOM

john mcgoldrick
20 days ago

Tom At one point I played to a 9 handicap, today much more like a 16. I play a lot less golf but still get the ball in play and I can chip. I typically hit a 7 iron 150, so average length. Regular steel shaft + 2 upright. I play a draw with all clubs. I’m interested in your new clubs because my biggest problem is inconsistent iron play. I prefer forged and currently play Tour Edge Exotics ES with a forged face 5-A and an old Adams 4 hybrid. Depending on the course, I’ll use a 64 degree… Read more »

Admin
19 days ago

JOHN Thanks very much for taking your time to stop by and share your wishes for the near future with your game. A key part of having a single length set be able to offer an improvement in shot and swing consistency is not just in the fact all the clubs would have the same exact specs and swing feel but very much in being able to have the fit be right for you for what length, what lie, what shaft, what weighting and so forth. In the Niagara area we would recommend you contact Brian Welland at Custom Clubs… Read more »

Jason Strayer
22 days ago

Tom, I just wanted to write in and say thanks. Thanks to you and all those that worked on the Sterling single-length irons. I played my first round with them today and absolutely loved them. I’ve heard it takes multiple rounds to get used to new clubs but I felt pretty comfortable with them at the get go and matched my low round. The feel at impact and just looking at the irons makes me proud to own them due to the craftsmanship. I knew I was going to be happy with them, but it was even better than I… Read more »

Ian Marshall
24 days ago

Hi Tom.
I’ve played your 575 for the last 5yrs which are fitted with Steelfiber fc115 shafts. I have toyed with the idea of SLC’s but I’m a good long iron player then hybrid which I’ve tried but don’t get on with.
My question is what issues would I have if I go with EQ1’s but keep the 3&4i from my 575 set all fitted with the Steelfiber shafts.

Admin
20 days ago
Reply to  Ian Marshall

IAN
What you propose with the 575 long irons being part of the bag with single length irons can be done. The main thing you would have to do is to spend some time with the #5 iron in the single length set and the #3, 4 irons from the conventional lengths 575 set to determine what the distance gap will be between each of these irons and then from what you find in hitting them, to figure out whether you need to tweak the lofts of any of these three clubs to make the distance gaps be proper.
TOM

Kourtney Knowles
26 days ago

Question about the high cor 5-7 irons. With the sterlings I know the thinner variable thickness faces were heat treated which made the irons more difficult to bend than the 8-lw. Is this the same with the new model? I did unfortunately break 1 or 2 of the sterling 5 irons over the years trying to do a 3 degree lie angle bend so just curious if the eq1s will have the same difficulty to bend the lower loft irons.

Admin
26 days ago

KOURT Bending of the #5, 6, 7 in the EQ1 will be easier than bending of the #4-7 in the Sterlings but bending of the EQ1 #8-Sw will be a little bit stiffer than bending of the Sterling #8-SW. We chose to do the bodies of the EQ1 irons from annealed 431 stainless steel and not the 8620 carbon steel of the Sterlings. Main reason was because starting last fall and continuing on this year, there has been a real crackdown on electroplating companies in China. The govt is finally cracking down on the environmental nastiness of plating and so… Read more »

Bob
1 month ago

Hello Tom,
Happy owner of a classic Sterling Irons Single Length Set with a 5 Hybrid, i wonder whether if it could be possible to fit a new EQ -NX Fairway Wood 3 at the same lenght of this 5 Hybrid ? or others EQ -NX Woods or EQ -NX Hybrids ?
Subsdiary question : what are the main differences between the two Single Lenght Sets ?
Thanks for your beautiful work and clubs that go towards symplifying this game…
Bob

John A
1 month ago

Hello Tom, Been playing other manufacturer single length for 3 years and love the concept my HC has gone from 23 to 16. I’m very interested in your new set especially the same offset and easier to manage length. My question is how well will one be able to shape their shot with the new irons? Thank you again for what you do.

Admin
26 days ago
Reply to  John A

JOHN During hit testing with the EQ1 irons, the test people who were asked to draw and fade the ball were able to do that. But do always remember that the ability to work the ball is FAR FAR more in the hands of the golfer and his technique than it ever is in the head design on its own. Only when a player is totally used to one amount of offset and then tries to work the ball with an iron with a totally different offset would there tend to be some issues in doing that. This would be… Read more »

1 month ago

Hi Tom, Just wanted to thank you. The past 25 years I have followed your teaching on club building and club fitting dating back to the first course I took from you at Golsmith in 1995. Today I build my clubs to the tight specifications you have taught and pure and profile all the clubs I build, frequency match, and MOI test all of my clubs. Today I am building Wishon, KZG, Callaway, Taylor Made, Ben Hogan and Tour Edge Exotics, all from components,my business is thriving here in Florida and I have customers come to me from all over… Read more »

Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  Dick Cicero

Dick
For sure, I remember you! Thanks very much for stopping by to share a little about your experience. I’m very, VERY pleased that you have chosen to work with my designs over the years because it is a real feeling of confidence for me to know that any golfer that walks into your shop to work with you for their fitting needs will walk away with the best set they have ever played. Thanks again and the very best to you in this great game,
TOM

Michael Osadchey
1 month ago

what about us players that hit irons better than fairway woods. we get pushed into hybrids when we want a 4,3 or even a 2 iron

Admin
1 month ago

Michael As a smaller specialty engineering company we have to be careful with what additional options we tool up for head models because we have to really be sure the demand will be there to support the tooling and development and inventory costs of add on models. What we found from having a 4 iron in the first generation single length iron was that, a) it really took a 7 iron clubhead speed north of 85mph for the golfer to be able to elevate the shot enough to have it perform well and be a fully club longer in carry… Read more »

Bernard
1 month ago

Hello Tom, I have been fitted for EQ1-NX 5 hybrid and 6 -> SW irons, after playing an off-the-shelf brand name set of clubs from a big box store retailer for 4 years (I read your pamphlet “The New 12 Myths That Could Wreck Your Golf Game,” which is a good read). My fitter was kind to fit me with a loner club (Sterling 8 iron with S2S white shaft) while we wait on delivery of the EQ1-NX, so that I could get the “real world” feel for a club fitted to me. After about two months I am dialed… Read more »

Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  Bernard

Bernard It is just not possible for anyone to make a certain evaluation for distance with a single length set for any golfer without being able to see or know for sure what the golfer’s clubhead speed AND their angle of attack into the ball might be. Your 115 yd 8-iron tells us enough to know about clubhead speed but the angle of attack is critically important too. If the angle of attack into the ball is too steep and downward this reduces the ability to get lower loft clubheads more airborne. Also when comparing a new iron set to… Read more »

william elliott
1 month ago

Tom,
I admire your vision and will to carry them out.
Can you tell me the blade length of the sterling and EQ1. My ideal iron is low offset and long blade. thanks Bill

Admin
1 month ago

WIlliam
Blade length of the Sterlings is 81mm for all heads in the set. 83mm for the EQ1 for all heads in the set. Offset in the EQ1 is 2mm for all heads in the set while the Sterling was designed with progressive offset running from 5.5mm in the #4, 5 irons gradually down to 2mm in the 9, PW, GW, SW.
TOM

Jason
1 month ago

What’s the difference between the model prior too this model and which ones promote straighter flight ?

Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  Jason

JASON No matter what anyone tells you, accuracy cannot be designed into any clubhead. Accuracy is a product of how well the clubs are FIT to the golfer’s size, strength, athletic ability and most of all, the golfer’s swing characteristics and sense of feel. After that if the fit is very good and the golfer still has accuracy issues then the problem is in the swing path or the golfer’s delivery of the clubface to the ball and could only be resolved by lessons. The Sterling and the new EQ1-NX are very similar in two primary ways but with a… Read more »

Peter
1 month ago

Hi Tom,
Have you anymore images of the new EQ1-NX irons that you can show us.
A lot of people are very excited about this new project of yours and due to the delay, not your fault, we can’t get to see any samples yet so more images would be very much appreciated.
If there better than the Sterling’s, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed playing mine since they first came out, we’re going to have a great time with the new irons.
Thanks very much.

Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  Peter

PETER I’ll have to pass on your request to Diamond Golf to ask if they can find the time in this disjointed era of running a business to see if they can do this. Being the semi retired consultant puts me in a position of not being able to act independently on things like this but I can suggest that. But do understand that the improvements in the EQ1 over the previous model cannot possibly be earthshaking because that kind of improvement in ANY clubhead model these days over a good performing predecessor is impossible due to head design being… Read more »

Jeff Calhoun
1 month ago

Are these going to come out in lefty?

Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  Jeff Calhoun

Jeff Eventually yes, but as with every design I have ever created, we have to experience enough months of decent demand for it in RH before we can make the decision to tool any design up in LH. Unfortunately the effects of the virus lockdowns around the world contributed to the delay in being able to decide if we can do this in LH because the intro of the RH is not until mid July which is some 3 1/2 months after it was supposed to come out. That gives less time to find out if the model is going… Read more »

C Scott
1 month ago

Tom, a follow-up question. Do you have any idea how this design would score using the Maltby Playabilty Factor (exactly or roughly)? And/or maybe the 6i MOI that goes with it? Thanks much.

Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  C Scott

C Scott Way back in the late 90s Golf Digest asked me and two other design engineers in the golf industry to completely dig into the MPF and write a paper for the Digest equipment writers about the viability and accuracy of that system. Long story short we found that the MPF’s conclusions are based on significant flaws in the science they used to try to evaluate a clubhead’s playability. In fact I have yet to find an experienced golf clubhead design engineer who feels the MPF has any value because of the errors in it. If you wish to… Read more »

Chris
1 month ago

Tom, are you willing to sell individual heads? I’m building a 5 club set; 4h, 5i, 7i, 9i, SW.

Thanks,

Chris

Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  Chris

CHRIS If you are a clubmaker you can purchase any number of any heads from Diamond Golf who are the exclusive owner and distributor of the products I design for my brand. To apply for an account if you do not have one you can contact Diamond at sales@wishongolf.com. If you are not a clubmaker you can go to a clubmaker through our FIND A CLUBFITTER search tool (link on the top of the wishongolf.com home page) to see if there is a clubmaker near you. You can ask the clubmaker to fit and build any number of any heads… Read more »

Chris
1 month ago
Reply to  Tom Wishon

Thank you!

Ray Monty
1 month ago

Tom, you had mentioned an alternative method to determine one’s correct club lie angle other than using a lie board- unfortunately I missed making a note of it- could you outline your method again? Thanks.

Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  Ray Monty

RAY Yes, sure thing. It is known as the “ink line on the back of the ball” technique. With a Sharpie pen put a thick, heavy ink line on the ball. Position the ball so the line is vertical, facing the clubhead as it would come into impact. Best to put it on a very short tee on close mown grass like on a par 3 hole so no grass can come between the ball and clubface. Hit the shot and look for a faint transfer of the ink line to the clubface. If the ink line is perfectly vertical/perpendicular… Read more »

Ray Monty
1 month ago
Reply to  Tom Wishon

Got it!! Thanks Tom

Santosh Abraham
1 month ago

Tom, I was wondering if there are any clubfitters in my area who can properly fit me for the EQ1 irons? My zipcode is 08065

Admin
1 month ago

Yes for sure. I would recommend you contact Frank Stranick of FS Golf in Gilbertsville, PA. Frank is a very experienced and fully knowledgeable clubmaker/clubfitter and has helped a ton of golfers find their best fit. His contact info is – Frank Stranick/FS Golf – 610-564-3465 or fsgolf@comcast.net. Hope this helps and thanks so much for your interest in quality clubfitting!
TOM

Stevie Hallowell
1 month ago

Hello Tom. I have the Sterling irons. Love them but like what I see from the new ones. Less offset and the offset is the same through out the set. When will they be out? Also, will you come out with a 4 iron and LW?

Admin
1 month ago

Stevie Thanks very much and I am glad to hear you like the Sterling irons. They’ll always have a top spot in my club design heart because they were my first single length iron design and the model that really taught me a whole lot about single length that I never would have had the chance to learn had I not been convinced to design them. Middle to later June is the expected arrival of the first shipment of the EQ1-NX irons from the production factory, based on current schedules. Shipping is a little “fluid” these days in that the… Read more »

Steven Hallowell
1 month ago
Reply to  Tom Wishon

Thanks for replying. Understandable about the shipping. Sorry to hear about the 4 iron. Love my Sterling one. Just springs off the face. Can you pre order the new irons? Will continue to check for updates. Be safe!

Admin
1 month ago

Steven
Yes you can pre order the EQ1-NX irons, woods or hybrids. Contact Diamond Golf at sales@wishongolf.com or sales@diamondgolf.co.uk and they will be able to help you. Thanks so much!
TOM

Steven Hallowell
1 month ago
Reply to  Tom Wishon

Tom. I spoke with Diamond golf and we can not purchase directly through hem. They referred me to clubfitters in my area. I enjoyed the simplicity of ordering the Sterling Irons. Online fitting, monthly payments, and quick delivery. This seems nothing of the sort this time around and I’m really excited for the new set

Admin
1 month ago

Steven You may be confusing things with the direct sales website of sterlingirons.com. Sterlingirons.com is a completely independent business not associated with Wishon Golf or Diamond Golf in anyway. Sterlingirons.com was a customer of Wishon Golf that purchased the components for the Sterling iron design from us and then did their own marketing and assembly to sell direct to consumers. We had no control over their business and no association with them. They were in essence the same thing as any of the individual custom clubmakers who purchase our designs to do fitting and custom assembly direct for golfers who… Read more »

Kourt
2 months ago

Hey Tom do the high cor irons in the set also have a variable thickness face like the sterlings did or did you scrap that when doing the hollow body? I know you’ve mentioned how variable thickness face tends to help off center hits more than moi when it comes to drivers but not sure if that applies to irons as well.

Admin
2 months ago
Reply to  Kourt

KOURT

No variable thickness on the EQ1 #5, 6, 7 when I went with the hollow body construction.

TOM

Alex Peers
2 months ago

Hi Tom, Hope you’re well, I originally had Sterling then drifted back to traditional length but have now gone back to Sterling, just before lockdown here in the UK, I’m hoping to get the EQ1-NX when they finally arrive in the UK, some advice if possible, during my time away from same length Irons I was fitted on Trackman for Srixon Z585 with Modus 3 105 regular flex, 7 iron swing speed 76mph, I was fitted by guy called Nick Hibbs ex Adams Tour Van, based on my 7 iron info would you recommend the same shaft for the EQ1-NX… Read more »

Admin
2 months ago
Reply to  Alex Peers

ALEX

If you have always liked the shaft you have in your present irons, then by all means there is no need to go out to change that unless you have experienced any changes in your swing since being fit with that present shaft. If you have no changes in clubhead speed, no changes in swing tempo or downswing acceleration or in your release, no changes in your strength or mobility or movements in the swing, then this follows the path of “if it ain’t broke, don’t go try to fix it.” Thanks so much for your interest,
TOM

Grant
2 months ago

Hi Mr. Wishon, I apologize if this has been asked prior to me asking. Would I be okay if I get fit into Sterling Single Length Irons with the intention of pre-ordering the new EQ1-NX irons or am I better off waiting for the new irons to be available for fitting?

Admin
2 months ago
Reply to  Grant

GRANT

A proper fitting analysis for any single length iron set that reveals your best length, lie, lofts, shaft, total weight, swingweight/MOI, grip type and size can be used for the assembly of any other different single length model. You don’t have to be fit with the exact same head model to be able to find your best fitting specs. Thanks so much for your interest,

TOM