Another vote here for SL.
Absolutely love my Cobra SL set. Wish I would have taken the time to order a set to my needs, but I found a great deal and was antsy to buy. I took them out and shot one of my best rounds ever, then the next time I really struggled. I decided to sell them and go back to my normal set. Then I changed my mind. I kept thinking about how good that first round was and decided to get them adjusted and give them a fair shake. I cancelled my listing and I am so glad I did.
Now I've had them properly adjusted and the love affair has begun. I shot even par for 9 holes after work the other night. I haven't done that in years (HC has risen from a 4 to an 8 over the last few years). Last year I rarely broke 80 and I have probably 9 rounds in with the Cobras and I don't think I've been in the 80's once (except for the second round alluded to before, but that was a 43 for 9). 4 and 5 irons used to absolutely kill me, now hitting 5 is really no big deal. Short irons took a while to adjust to, and I'm still learning 3/4 shots, but getting easier every round.
I just ordered the 4 iron from Cobra last week (original set was 5-GW) and also shortened my driver and 3 wood a bit and hitting them both better than ever. My LW and SW are still standard, so no change there, but seriously thinking about switching to SL for them as well and go "full bag". I was keeping my Callaway X2 Hot Pros as a backup set (my safety net), but sold them on craigslist last week. I've had no desire to go back to regular length clubs now.
Agreed they are not for everybody, but I think a lot of people discount them without giving them a try. My buddies were the same way until they saw my improvement in the last month. They can't believe how consistent I've been.
One added bonus, and it may be purely mental, is the fact that my putting has improved lately. I think that because I'm hitting so many more GIRs that I'm not constantly having to make everything to save a par (or worse) so I'm much more relaxed and puts are either going in or leaving easy tap ins. It also doesn't hurt that my buddy bought me my first Scotty last year and it's a great feeling putter
Just my .02.
EDIT: Forgot to add how much I enjoy chipping with the longer length irons. I used to use my SW/GW pretty exclusively, now I'm using more GW-8 and my chipping has improved and also it's taken some strain off of my back.
Edited by rvs0002, 17 March 2017 - 08:47 AM.