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Have you ever hit a 1-Iron?

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What was it like?
was it a blade or a cavity back?

I personally havn't.

the closest I've gotten to is a Bladed 3 Iron from the 70's/80's.
It was really hard to hit as the head was barely bigger than the ball.
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Ive owned a few 1-irons, all were cavity-backs. They werent all that hard to hit, but the ball didnt go very high in the air with them.
Its a great club to have in windy conditions because the ball stays low and out of the wind, but you have to be pretty strong in order to get enough clubhead speed so that you can get the ball up in the air though.
Honestly, most amateurs and even a lot of pros dont have a swing speed that is fast enough to hit a 1-iron well.
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I saw one last month. Does that count? I would have asked to try it, but my friend who brought it out is a lefty.
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What was it like?

Never hit one (that I can remember). I've never had trouble with ballooning a 2-iron so I never considered a 1.

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Why do you hold up a 1 iron when there is a thunderstorm at the golf course?


Not even God can hit a 1 iron.
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A buddy once brought one from his basement, it was an old Ping (Zing - if i recall correctly). I hit it a couple times on the range and once on the course off the fairway. It went pretty straight, but not very far - about 170y, and it didnt had the intention of getting airborne too much.

I think swingspeed and putting an excellent swing at the ball is the key to get such low lofted irons up - unfortunately that just doesnt happen to frequently (for most of us).
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I remember borrowing a Wilson Staff cavity 1-iron from our club pro probably 15 years ago. I just saw it laying around in the pro shop and wanted to give it a try. To make matters worse it had an extra stiff graphite shaft. I only hit it 6-7 times and never once hit it straight or got it up in the air very much. Most everything was low and left to right. Although my game was not what it is now, I would almost like another shot with it.
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Have a Ping Eye 2 1 iron, which was my go-to club of choice when I needed a long shot to a tight fairway. I used it off the fairway when I needed to fade the ball. My clubs were stolen, but I still have that Ping Eye 2 because it was being regripped at the time. Obviously there are easier hitting clubs and more versatile clubs but I ought to take it out for old-times sake just to remind myself how much technology has advanced.
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Had a Ping Eye 2 1 iron, which was my go-to club of choice when I needed a long shot to a tight fairway. I used it off the fairway when I needed to fade the ball. My clubs were stolen, but I still have that Ping Eye 2 because it was being regripped at the time. Obviously there are easier hitting clubs and more versatile clubs but I ought to take it out for old-times sake just to remind myself how much technology has advanced.

eye 2's are still very good clubs.

I'd love to have a 1-iron. Just as a souvenir and something to mess around with on the range.
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I have muscle back 2-iron, which I hit often. I get about 240 yrds.

But I have not seen a 1-iron let alone hit one.
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eye 2's are still very good clubs.

My guess is that you could pick one up at a golf shop that takes trade-ins.

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Yup. Ping Karsten III, Wilson FG-17, Hogan Apex (forget which year's model though), Swilken Alta. May be others but I forget.

Karsten III and the Alta are cavities but the FG-17 and the Apex were blades. As I recall, I hit the Apex and the Karsten III very, very well at the time I had them. Love my long irons .
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I have an old Jack Nicklaus Master 1 iron blade. It does not get that far in the air but it rolls forever.
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i had an old wilson driving iron that i bought for $6 at a pawn shop, couldnt hit it to save myself, guessing that it was either a 1 or 2 iron in loft. I use hybrids for my long irons and couldnt imagine hitting a conventional 3 iron even.
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I carried it for years, they were not uncommon in Kansas. Blade? Uh yeah, not a lot of room back there. You needed to hang on or it would sting your hands.
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I hit, or let's say at least tried hitting a 1 iron. A Callaway X-14 cavity back 1 iron (I didn't even know there were X-14 1 irons) and all my tries went in vain. Hit it off the tee, all I could get was wrist pain and no more than 50 yards with severe left and right ball flight.

It's useless. I don't think anybody uses these guys anymore.
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