Re: Have you ever hit a 1-Iron?
I have a Hogan Apex Forged 1 iron sitting in the corner, among my backup irons. In fact, I took a few indoor practice swings with it the other day. It has a new grip as of a few months ago. I think I last used it in the spring, a handful of tee shots over one or two rounds. It goes further than my trusty Cobra Oversize driving iron from the mid '90s, but the Cobra is much easier to elevate, particularly off the turf.
I got that 1 iron as an addition to my Apex Grinds, when I ordered them on closeout sale from Edwin Watts in late 1992. Those clubs were suddenly half price at $299, since they were clearing out for the new model Apex Forged. I ordered the Grind 1 iron but apparently they didn't have any, so they threw in the 1 iron from the new Apex Forged set. I was a bit annoyed because it wasn't a perfect match but I never complained.
The first time I used those clubs I threw the 1 iron on the ground at a Las Vegas driving range and hit one effortless slight hook after another, about 235. Off the tee it was 245. My buddy was impressed but it seemed like nothing. I was in my early 30s. In fact, long irons were nothing in those days. I still have a hard time imagining how we got to here, when anything below a 4 iron is considered unwieldy. Let's just say I'm glad I took up the sport before the wimp era. But I do agree the ball probably made a difference. When I got my current Haig Ultras off ebay about 18 months ago I brought the 2 iron to the course and tried a tee shot on a 375 yard par 4, seemingly a safe option. I was stunned when it was nothing but a low stinger, jarring to my hands.
In the mid '90s I used that Hogan 1 iron often when my driver was off, which was frequently. I distinctly remember one summer week at a golf resort in which I'd alternate the driver and 1 iron every day, comparing distances. I was annoyed that the driver was always 15-25 yards further than my best 1 iron, because I really wanted an excuse to dump the driver completely in favor of the 1 iron.
I'll try to take some pictures and post them in this thread in the next day or two. Nothing remarkable about a 1 iron.