Edel single length irons have a compact head with a classic design sure to fit the eye of even the most distinguished golfer. These irons are for individuals with high levels of disposable income who prefer smaller, forged iron heads rather than the larger, cast iron heads.
Edel Single Length Bottom Line
The result of four years of design by David Edel, the same guy who made Bryson DeChambeau’s first set of single length irons, these new single length forged irons are specifically designed to promote repeatable swings, consistent strikes, and lower scores.
The irons are only manufactured with the carefully selected Paderson Kinectixx single length advanced composite (graphite) shafts, which were specifically designed for this set of irons. These custom graphite shafts are what enables this particular set of single length irons to perform as intended — each shaft weighs the same, but is manufactured slightly differently in order to change the flex point and flight trajectory of each iron class (short-, mid-, and long- irons). The result is perfectly paired shafts and iron heads that enable this set to perform exactly as intended.
Completely customizable single length irons
The weights of the iron heads (and therefore, the entire club) are customizable due to the addition of a “weight port” in the back-center of the club heads. These weight ports provide a range of head weights from 262 to 276 grams, which makes a total club weight around 400 grams.
Not only does this feature allow a customized swing weight, it also allows the set to be “stepped” rather than have the single length for your entire set of irons. For example, you could choose to have three “tiers” of lengths — 37.5” long 3-, 4-, 5-irons, 37.25” long 6-, 7-, 8-irons, and 37” 9-, PW-, GW-irons.
In addition, the iron heads also come in a range of lies from 60 degrees to 66 degrees (indicated by the small number above the iron number on the bottom of the irons).
The 3-, 4-, and 5-irons have thinner, progressive face thicknesses to produce optimal ball launch and spring in the face to maximize what the head is capable of doing. This is similar to the 360 degree face technology seen in other, higher volume original equipment golf manufacturers.
The face technology progresses throughout the set to deliver optimal launch angle, launch speed, and consistent distance gapping. These technologies include hollow body design, progressive internal cavity, thermoplastic polymer inserts and centered center of gravity.
The feel when striking a golf ball is superb, with most off-center hits providing little jarring through the grip.
Given the more compact size of the iron heads themselves, these irons are definitely for golfers who are mostly consistent heel-to-toe with their ball striking. The advantage of the smaller iron head is more weight behind the ball, which promotes longer distance on center-struck shots.
You really should get custom fit for these irons
Since the optimum outcome for your substantial investment hinges on getting exactly the right combination of shaft length, head weight, and lie angle, you will certainly want to schedule a demo session with your local Edel certified fitter ( https://edelgolf.com/pages/find-a-fitter ) before you make your final decision to purchase these irons.
In my personal experience at the Edel single length demo day (courtesy of Wolverine Custom Golf), I discovered that the stiff shafts performed 2 to 4 yards longer than my single length set with stiff flex steel shafts. However, when I tried switching to the shafts with regular flex, my distances dropped almost 10 yards. The bottom line is that the right shaft flex, lie, and head weight are completely dependent on your height, swing path, and swing speed.
If there is not an Edel certified fitter near you, just find your closest fitter and have them contact David Edel ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) directly to discuss how they can help fit you for Edel single length irons.
Learn more directly from David Edel himself
If you would like to hear more about Edel single length irons, you can listen to the podcast with David Edel. Here are some of the more important quotes by David Edel in the podcast:
“Every person that plays golf deserves to have a fitted golf club in their hand.”
“So if you’re not fit … you don’t have the best golf club in your hand, or you lucked out.”
“Fitting is the secret for single length surviving and being successful.”
“More mass in the collision with a lighter, faster moving golf club, with the spring-face technology, the distance loss is going to be in your long clubs where the diminishing returns between the 6, 5 and 4 based on a low swing speed … there is some sense of customization to this process to make it ideal for everybody, that’s where fitting comes in.”
“For some people, the transition [to single length golf clubs] will be a lot faster because it seems so simple.”
Edel single length irons are the most expensive set of single length irons on the market, coming in at $245 per iron. This price point is well above the rest of the single length irons market, with the next closest set (Cobra Forged One Length Irons) at $143 per iron.
You can see the price points of all manufacturers’ single length sets in my Single Length Buyers Guide.
Accuracy vs. Descent Angle
The trade-off given for increased accuracy is of course a shallower descent angle of the ball as it falls from the sky. This trade-off means that on the 4, 5, and 6 irons’ stronger loft leads to more roll-out when the ball lands on the green.
Personally, I’m perfectly OK with the roll-out since I’m happy to have the long irons hit the green more often in the first place.
The iron head weights can be customized from 262 to 276 grams via an innovative insert into the back of the head. This weight is attached via a standard Alan wrench tool. The complete irons have a weight of around 400 grams. The shafts are 95 gram Paderson Kinetixx Single Length Iron Shafts, available in regular, stiff, and x-stiff flexes.
As you can see in the tables below, the Edel lofts are stronger than a typical set of irons from club to club, which is necessary given the single length shafts — longer shafts hit balls farther, so with a shorter shaft, a stronger loft is necessary to hit the ball the same distance.
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