Literally just took the wrappers off these Sunday and hit 2 balls with each on the course only. There is 1 small flek of paint missing on the topline of the 3w that can be seen in the pics. It was like that when I received it. These come with head covers, wrenches, a 1/2" spacer to extend, extra weight for swing weight purposes and carry pouch.
The golf club manufacturing industry has suffered huge set-backs over the past eight or nine years. Many of the "big name" brands have gone out of business or have been bought up and consolidated in other brands while many of the smaller brands have ceased to exist entirely. The former golf retail giants (Edwin Watts - bankruptcy, Golf USA - 50% SBA loan defaults, Pro Golf - 76% SBA loan defaults, and the list goes on), have either gone out of business or as Dick's Sporting Goods (who bought Golf Galaxy who previously bought The GolfWorks) has done, is laying off vast numbers of their PGA Pro staff. NIKE has left the golf equipment industry.
Certainly you can partially blame the poor economy over this time period, but more importantly, you can attribute this change to consumer awareness. For too many years the big brand names in the golf industry have served up overly generous portions of marketing hype in order to sell their wares to the unsuspecting (or should I say - gullible) golfing public. Well, it appears that this approach has seen its time come and go. Consumers no longer believe the yearly sales pitches that tout "new and improved" technology whenever a golf company introduces its latest version of frustration that includes a new game improvement color or high tech, vibration dampening, self-guiding, missile control, high launch, space age club-head design. The fact is that the public can certainly be guilty of gullibility for awhile, but when a newly purchased hyped-up set of golf clubs does not perform any better than the set they bought last time or the time before that the gullibility turns to skepticism and distrust. The truth is that there are no yearly technological advancements in golf club design; in fact, it would be safe to say that new and proven technology only appears, at most, once every decade or so. Unless one of the big name brands announces the appointment of Harry Potter as chief golf club designer this is not likely to change.
What also must be stated is the fact that conventional golf club design of different club lengths, club-head weights, shaft flexes, bounce angles, offset, etc. has never worked and never will. The manufacturing decision back in the 1920's to mass produce sets of golf clubs this way instead of providing true custom fitting for a single club length throughout a set has definitely come back to haunt the entire golf club manufacturing industry. (...click here for more info on this)
The result is that virtually all golf club manufacturers have seen a drastic reduction in sales over the past eight or nine years. The big name brands have suffered the most where in many cases their sales have declined 50%+ over this period. Many of the brands common in 2007 no longer exist by themselves today. The reason is simply that conventional varying length sets of golf clubs produce nothing but frustration and the multi-million dollar marketing campaigns of the big name brands no longer fool anybody.
A bit of proof to this point is the ever growing number of golfers who have switched to single-length play including touring pros and college (NCAA) players. It is also worthy to note that some of the biggest names in golf history played single-length golf clubs; most notably Moe Norman (single plane swing) and Bobby Jones (conventional swing).
As well, while all other brands are suffering from vastly declining sales, the sales of 1 Iron Golf, Inc. have increased an average of 50% per year (every year) since our inception in 1998. We certainly do not have a multi-million dollar marketing budget like the big name brands nor do we sponsor pros on tour. What we have done, however, is to put our golf clubs into our customer's hands where they, their friends, and other golfers can see first-hand the difference that a properly designed set of golf clubs can make to their game.
It is of interest to note that over the past ten years we have received numerous inquiries about our 1 Iron Golf System from other golf club manufacturers and most of the largest brands have purchased a set of 1 Irons for testing and design analysis. In a few cases some upstart companies who are simply attempting to "cash-in" on the current interest in single-length irons have tried to duplicate our success by offering their cheaply produced and poorly designed versions of single-length irons. They will surely fail because they have absolutely no experience in this area, hence poor quality and poor design. Unfortunately, those golfers who purchase irons from these upstarts will soon be disillusioned about the superiority of single-length play.
As for as experience is concerned, we have been the largest manufacturer of single-length golf clubs world-wide for nearly two decades and are considered the authority on the subject throughout the industry. This kind of experience translates directly into the extremely high level of playability and performance that our golf clubs are known for.
I believe it is safe to say that after all these years 1 Iron Golf has made the rest of the golf industry blink.