The top video explains what the correct way to dynamically test your lie angle on your irons and wedges. The bottom video explains why lie boards – LIE. Are your clubs fit this way? If not this is one of the factors you may have in ill fit golf clubs.
One of the reasons, I use True Length Technology or TLT is for the best performing playing length/lie angle correlation. Based on a math model there are 16 Series for adults and 10 Series for juniors. Every golfer fits in one of these TLT Series correctly.
The Swing Science Plus iron is a great alternative for the recreational golfer that needs a bit of help on off center impacts along with sole forgiveness help on “fat” shots. These irons are a great ultra game improvement iron. It comes 5i to PW and the regular FC-One iron can be used from the PW, GW and SW or you can go with the FC-One wedges. Above the 5i one can go with hybrids or for those that are fit best with a matching same iron shaft as in their irons one can choose the FC-One Utility Iron in 3UI, 4UI and 5UI. A number of possibilities exist for the best performance for the individual golfer along with various weight steel and graphite FC-One shafts. These come in 2 colors of blue.
Fitting is done with the same head and various shafts of correct playing length and lie adjustments. Don’t be put off by enormous costs of off the rack irons when you can start with a well fit set of irons for the recreational golfer. (Example a FC-One Plus iron with FC-One 1150i steel and a Swing Science matching Dual Density grip is $45/iron.) Other shafts and grip combinations come at various pricing. Fitting cost extra.
See Jeff Sheets Swing Science technical director video below for a good description.
Swing Science has announced the FC-One Pro forged iron will be added to the Swing Science line up in May 2017. This is good news as the S800 forged iron had been out of the line up for some time.
The FC-One Pro forged head is made using 1025, or SC-25, carbon steel, even softer feeling, and more malleable, than the original S800 series forged released in 2008, which was made using 1035. They will come with a .355 tapered hosel rather than .370 parallel hosel. This allows use of the FC-One Pro iron shaft for players that have a a bit higher mid-iron swing speed with later release for a lower piercing ball flight or the use of Nippon .355 tapered iron shafts for various player swing types. The FC-One Pro forged head will come in a satin finish pictured above or black. I have yet to see the black or know how the finish will wear over time.
The will be a great forged head interesting to mid to low hdcp level players.
Golfers see this often in every foursome at least one or more members of the group are playing the incorrect tee box for their driver distance. The USGA and PGA came out with the “Tee It Forward” program in 2011.
There is a good chart on the link from USGA/PGA on what tee and distance of course you should use for your driver distance. Tee It Forward Guidelines
I am 85 mph driver club head speed and average 200 yards max. I should play 5400 yards not 6000. Not all courses have correct tee boxes for your driver distance. But these are proven good guidelines. They make the game faster and more enjoyable. To be able to drive the ball relatively accurately you need minimum 90 mph driver club head speed to play 3000 yard 9 hole 6000 yards 18 hole. Also one would need more center face impact to have good 1.3 – 1.4 smash factor which also means the majority of recreational players are playing to long of a driver playing length to make good center face impact. This all goes back to correct fitting of a driver. Golf is first a game of accuracy and then distance.
Ray from Madison got his new fitted and custom built Wishon 335HL hybrids both the 3hy and 4hy and also 5i thru SW of new Wishon 979SS Irons. Ray and I go back to our fast pitch softball days and worked together years back at SubZero. In 2006, I had fit/built an Integra 450 driver with a 47″ SK Fiber Pure Energy “A” flex shaft tipped an 1″. Ray is a decent player with good hand-eye coordination so he can play a longer 47″ playing length driver and is longer than most of his playing partners.
The Wishon set is fitted and built 1/2″ length graduation and D2 swing weight matched in the hybrids and irons with the AW at D3 and the SW at D4 with TWGT S2S White Hybrid shafts in the 335HL’s and TWGT S2S SuperLite steel. All shafts are flex matched for Ray’s swing stats. They are built 1/4″ over standard and lie angle adjusted accordingly. PURE Pro grips were used. Good golfing with them Ray!
I fit and built this Swing Science test utility iron to see how the design worked and also to check the viability of the new Aerotech hls Steelfiber/graphite shafts that recently came into the market. I used a new Swing Science FC-One Utility Iron #4 head of 247.7 grams at 24* loft and adjusted the head easily to 58* lie angle which matches a True Length Technology Series #6 specifications. I used an Aerotech hls 780 F2 flex or considered an A flex for my senior swing. I tipped normally 1″ but could have soft stepped it and gotten possibly better results but happy with how the shaft plays. I used a Swing Science Tour Velvet grip of 51.2 grams.. Heft match was 2689 kg-cm^2 (toe down) or D3.5 on swing weight.
The results were a more iron like appearance at address with the forgiveness of most hybrids. The Aerotech hls hybrid shaft with a .370 parallel tip diameter and at 3.1* of torque kept the ball from ballooning and noticeably lower than a typical Wishon Golf S2S Hybrid shafts .335 parallel tip diameter that Tom Wishon designs for higher flight. This will appeal to some players that are looking to lower their ball flight. The “feel” or sound of the ball making impact on the maraging face was muted and not harsh but not the hot feeling you get from some utility iron or hybrid heads. Some of this maybe the shaft. On a par 5 with a well struck shot going into the breeze, the ball started on line and drew about 5 feet towards the pin and fell hole high. The Aerotech hls hybrid shaft definitely has a more tour like piercing trajectory. This Swing Science design by Jeff Sheets is a good one and could be added to any client of FGCC who prefers a utility iron and would choose Swing Science. Cost is in line with other brands with the Aerotech shafts a bit higher cost because of quality.
Swing Science has these FC-One Utility Irons available in #3 in 21*, #4 in 24* and #5 in 27*. The FC-One Utility Iron can be fitted and built with both steel and graphite shafts with a .370 parallel shaft. Swing Science FC-One Utility Iron