Martin Hopley

This is really a review of one product, but in two parts as the Wishon Sterling Single Length is one of the first sets of single length irons to hit the market since Bryson DeChambeau made the approach popular again.

The concept of having a whole set of irons the same length is not new, but has not been seen from a major manufacturer for over 25 years so firstly there is that philosophy to review. In time more manufacturers will try this approach so therefore the second part of the review will focus on the heads that Wishon has created specifically for this set.

Wishon Sterling Single Length Irons

There is more information on the single length theory in our Guide to Single Length iron shafts, but the gist of it is that by having all your irons the same length then they will all be the same weight and lie so the golfer will only need one swing set up to play them and therefore be more consistent.

Wishon Sterling Single Length Irons

The accepted principle is to make the shaft length around that of a standard 7 iron and Wishon therefore off the Sterling irons in 36.5, 36.75 and 37 inch lengths. I usually have my irons 0.25 inches longer than standard so I went for the 37 inch set, so just check what your current 7-iron is using the manufacturers site.

This of course means that your longest iron, which is the 5 in the Wishon Sterling set, is shorter than usual and the short irons are longer.

Wishon Sterling Single Length Irons

On the course, the longer short irons actually did not feel that unusual and even on half shots with the gap wedge, I found it actually easier as it felt like you were making a bump and run swing with a 7-iron that then went in the air like a wedge. For anyone who struggles with their short game then single length iron are worth considering because the longer shafts takes your hands out of the stroke a little.

Wishon Sterling Single Length Irons

The shorter 6 and 5 irons also played like they should, but it took more getting used to trusting that the shorter shaft at set up was going to deliver the distance you could see in front of you, but it always did.

The loft gaps vary between 4° in the 7-iron upwards and 5° in the 8 iron downwards and each head is weighted according to the shaft length to ensure consistent distances and the same club weight of 274g. Compared to my current set, the distances were almost exactly the same in the long and mid irons, but fractionally longer in the wedge.

Wishon Sterling Single Length Irons

Right throughout the set the distance gaps were very consistent so I would have no qualms about the performance of the single length concept.

Wishon Sterling Single Length Irons

The Wishon Sterling heads are almost over-sized but in the longer irons they still retain a classic iron style look.

At address the top line is generous and is maintained throughout the set without getting too chunky. As you go down the set, or maybe across for single length irons, the shorter irons start to get a little bit rectangular with a bit more offset, which may not suit the eye of every player.

Wishon Sterling Single Length Irons

However the feel right through the set is good even though there are two different types of head.

The shorter irons up to the 8 iron feature a blade style cavity back made form 8620 Carbon Steel, which offers good feel and a mid width sole that plays very well from all types of lie.

Wishon Sterling Single Length Irons

The peripheral weighting in the heel and toe do create a little notch in the centre of the trailing edge of the sole, which is fine for shots from grass. The sand iron is great for pitching and chipping and you need that loft to cover your distances, but a specialist sand or lob wedge with a proper bounce on it would probably be required too.

Wishon Sterling Single Length Irons

The longer 7, 6 and 5 irons all feature the High COR design using a High Strength HS300 Steel on the same 8620 Carbon Steel body as the blades.

Wishon Sterling Single Length Irons

These have an open cavity back head that aims to move the CG back so that you combine a higher launch with a face that will deliver more ball speed.

Wishon Sterling Single Length Irons

This is an example of the changes you need to make to the heads when creating a single length set and the concept works well in the Wishon Sterling.

It did make the sound feel more hollow and getting one out the middle would give a ping sound, but it was not the end of the world. The High COR face does a good job of getting the ball up there and airborne, but it lacked a little consistency.

Wishon Sterling Single Length Irons

Off centre it was fine, but whenever I hit one right out of the middle it was like hitting the boost button in a golf video game as it flew an extra 10 yards or more beyond what I was expecting.

This shows the face works and may appeal to some, but others may prefer a more consistent spread of distance, rather than standing over the ball not knowing whether it will land on the front of the green or airmail it completely.

Wishon has also created a specific S2S Stepless shaft for the Sterling Single Length irons that comes in regular and stiff flexes and it is light and well balanced and matches the set very well.

Wishon Sterling Single Length Irons

As a concept I do like the Single Length approach as it simplifies the game and can make the short game a little easier for anyone who struggles with it. Wishon has created a set of shafts, heads and irons that fit this philosophy very well and in that regard I think they have done a very good job, even if they are a little pricey.

Taking a step back and imagining the market full of single length clubs with other heads, then the Sterling heads are probably more middle of the road as the consistency and sound of the High COR longer irons could be better.

Wishon Sterling Single Length Irons

The shorter non-cavity irons did feel very good though, but maybe the looks would be too much for better players who may not need something that is not as game improvement looking.

Therefore I would say that if you are a beginner right up to a mid-handicapper and want to try the single length route, then the Wishon Sterling irons are probably more for you.

Golfalot Rating: 4 stars



Wishon Sterling Single Length Set Iron

Wishon Sterling Single Length Set Irons - Product Details

UK Launch08 August 2016
UK Launch RRP£700
USA LaunchApril 2016
Handicap Range
Hand AvailabilityRight
Weight274 grams
Club Lengths36.5, 36.75, 37 inches
Shaft NameWishon S2 Stepless
Shaft TypesSteel, Graphite
Shaft FlexRegular, Stiff
DesignCavity Back
Set Makeup5, 6, 7, 8, 9, PW, GW, SW
Additional Clubs4, 5h, LW
Manufacturer's WebsiteWishon Website

User Reviews

April 2018

I built up my 2nd Set of Sterlings. I use them 4-7 ( 37,25") and normal 8,9 and PW. It works great for me.

March 2018

I 've just bought a 5 iron Sterling. No issues with flight, seems simple to hit at range and actually higher flight than my Srixon z745 5-iron, will compare at weekend with real balls on course. Nice feel and looks great.

Mark 01
February 2018

Fitted myself with a 36 1/2" Sterling set of 6iron to SW plus 5 hybrid. I'm a single figure handicap who's always fighting a hook. After 2 rounds what I found amazing was not how good my shots were but how forgiving were my mishits, they kept my ball in play. Don't like the hybrid, my problem, not the clubs. I'm going to invest in a 4 & 5 iron as I prefer irons and checking clubhead speed with these length clubs is 88 to 90 mph. The 9, PW & GW on occasion are hitting a full club longer than I expect. The sand wedge is amazing I can almost make it sing, its replaced my all-time favourite wedge which is no mean feat. The concept is excellent the reality is even better. Well done, a product I can wholeheartedly endorse.

Rich Douglas
August 2017

I'm a 5-handicap, but my weakest area was consistency with the irons. While I have worked on a few swing tweaks, by far the best adjustment was switching to the Sterling irons 6 months ago. The difference is phenomenal. I'm more consistent, get better strikes, and am a half-club longer. I play 4-GW, with traditional SW and LW.

I'm not experiencing the distance differences the writer spoke of, but I would attribute that to the consistent strikes I'm seeing throughout the set.

It's hard to get better players to make a radical shift. But I thought it was worth trying. I had a brand-new set of Pings in my bag when I did this and I haven't played them--or even hit them on the range--since the switch. I'm never going back.

March 2017

I started using the Sterlings and I am totally satisfied with the performance. The single length concept makes the game simpler. I have reduced my handicap from (24) to (12) and still improving.

I now hit my PW-150yds and my 5i 200yds. They now make a 4i which will be in my bag. Make sure you get them well fitted. It will make a big difference.

It also took me some time to get used to the pinging sound of some of the irons. Love the results and consistency.

March 2017

Hi ! I am 66 years old and got a Sterling set, with SS Wight metal shafts... it is much more comfortable than my previous Mizuno JPX850 forged set andmore reliable. It is the first time I could perform on my new course. The Cobra One looks like but they are less engineered.

February 2017

I got fit for sterlings last year and was put in 37 3/8" UST recoil 780 shafts. I absolutely love them and playing these has actually helped my swing mechanics with longer clubs. I hit Cobra's and I must say I made the right choice! I was very surprised by Martin's reviews giving cobra the nod over Sterling's. The distance gapping and launch angles of cobra are not even in the same ballpark as Sterlings. I feel like cobra rushed this product to market unlike Tom Wishon, who did nearly 3 years of extensive research and testing. I find it laughable when reviewers talk about the click sound of the high cor lower lofted sterling irons. This is engineering that the cobras simply don't have. Do your own research and don't believe the hype from the big companies!

October 2016

Own a set. Work very very well. Have to agree that the sound of the High COR irons are a little louder than I like but you quickly get used to that when your GIR average starts to go up!

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