Playing golf with a 1 iron (16°) for EVERY shot!

  • Published: 11 August 2019
  • Playing golf with a 1 iron (16°) for EVERY shot!

    In this video PGA Pro Rick Shiels challenges PGA PRO Matt Fryer to a match at Townley Golf Club using ONLY a Titleist U500 one iron that has just 16° of loft. The one iron is regarded as the HARDEST golf club in the world to use. Players struggle hitting one irons due the fact they have very little loft. If you slice or hook your driver, shank or top your irons or simply duff your golf shots then a one iron would be near impossible to use.

    Even the best players in the world like Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jason Day do not use one irons in their whats in the bags.

    See what Rick Shiels can shoot using just a 1 iron, Rick will have to use a one iron to chip with, putt with and even hit challenging bunker shots with. Rick Shiels could really find some awful situations to use the one iron. Rick Shiels and Matt Fryer also use the one iron to play a 909 yard par 8 hole they made up.


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Comments • 863

  • Rick Shiels Golf
    Rick Shiels Golf   5 months back

    Q.) What's the lowest numbered iron you carry in your bag?

    Also what's the make & model ⬇️

    • sLaShArChAnGeL
      sLaShArChAnGeL  6 days back

      A 6.

    • Barbutt
      Barbutt  1 weeks back

      5 Iron. Onyx. Hit it 190. My late father called me “Long and Wrong”.

      Average around 90.

    • DushanMandic13
      DushanMandic13  1 weeks back

      Rick Shiels Golf Wilson Staff V4 2 iron

    • KennysIceCream KIC
      KennysIceCream KIC  2 weeks back

      3 iron 716 blade ol butter knife

    • doggonepoint gooddogbacking
      doggonepoint gooddogbacking  2 weeks back

      My 2 driving irons are a Hogan Radial #1 17deg & a Titleist MB #2 19deg. The Hogan is only for the tee. The Titleist I can hit off the deck effectively.

  • mark chalupnik
    mark chalupnik  3 days back

    geez..those greens look ridiculously slow...

    • Matthew Carberry
      Matthew Carberry  6 days back

      i seen he was using a golf ball called seed i never knew of them until today because i found oone on the golf course

      • Barbutt
        Barbutt  1 weeks back

        My best swing with the one iron is when I swing it out of the bag and stand it up in the corner of my garage.

        • Michael Markle
          Michael Markle  1 weeks back

          Us poor golfers use 4 clubs cause we can't afford more from the thrift store.

          • Barry Smit
            Barry Smit  1 weeks back

            That's how Seve got so creative, only had a 3 iron when he started...

            • tony valk
              tony valk  2 weeks back

              Annoying pair

              • South African that plays cricket

                4:30 They should make a meme of this

                • THE SANT JORDI GOLF SOCIETY Adrian Cox

                  If your swing is grooved, this is the same on full shots as any other club. One swing and timing for all shots. You are both changing your swings on full shots. Adapting on the rest is harder. You did ok.

                  • THE SANT JORDI GOLF SOCIETY Adrian Cox

                    Great idea. It ain't that hard guys!

                    • John Buick
                      John Buick  2 weeks back

                      Sooo, that's why I don't have a one iron. lol

                      • Jim Marandola
                        Jim Marandola  2 weeks back

                        My 1-iron is 12.5 degrees.

                        • Jens Eskildsen
                          Jens Eskildsen  3 weeks back

                          Fun stuff =)

                          • Chad Christopherson
                            Chad Christopherson  3 weeks back

                            your guys are wasting time...

                            • Jeff Lardizabal
                              Jeff Lardizabal  3 weeks back

                              I was inspired by this and painted a canvas with tempura paint and a 1 iron, shown here at my artist website: and, just to show that it was actually done with a 1 iron, here's one of the swings:

                              • Trev Sedgwick
                                Trev Sedgwick  4 weeks back

                                I can’t play but swear I could do better than these guys !

                                • Trev Sedgwick
                                  Trev Sedgwick  4 weeks back

                                  GRBTutorials fare comment good luck with future play ! Keep up good work 🙂

                                • GRBTutorials
                                  GRBTutorials  4 weeks back

                                  It’s harder than you think...

                              • 펩시안먹는곰
                                펩시안먹는곰  1 months back

                                club face looks like cliff ..o_o

                                • TheMaster58 ‘
                                  TheMaster58 ‘  1 months back

                                  Funny enough I hit with a 1 Iron better than the rest of my clubs

                                  • الجديد كل يوم
                                    الجديد كل يوم  1 months back

                                    Come to channel

                                    • Dan Magruder
                                      Dan Magruder  1 months back

                                      5 iron
                                      Mizuno mp-25

                                      • Michael Niese
                                        Michael Niese  2 months back

                                        "you've got to much club" after a missed putt..solid Riff

                                        • John Broadis
                                          John Broadis  2 months back

                                          You both hit better as the round went on. Cool vid.

                                          • Kyle Pirko
                                            Kyle Pirko  2 months back

                                            "Indiana Jones carried one."

                                            • Kyle Pirko
                                              Kyle Pirko  2 months back

                                              It's not entirely confidence building when the first words out of your mouth after your first shot are "Oh no". Lol

                                              • chubeviewer
                                                chubeviewer  2 months back

                                                that strike noise is nice

                                                • fishermedia
                                                  fishermedia  2 months back

                                                  You should try with a 3 wood

                                                  • Gary Davis
                                                    Gary Davis  2 months back

                                                    Rick....uh....I notice that you are the creator of all these challenges....but you keep losing! 😂👍🏻

                                                    • あた
                                                      あた  2 months back


                                                      • Paul Edmondson
                                                        Paul Edmondson  2 months back

                                                        That's not a 1 iron, it's a hollow driving iron. Big difference.

                                                        • Damian Stubbs
                                                          Damian Stubbs  2 months back

                                                          wait nvm. just put 16 degree on the bottom

                                                        • Damian Stubbs
                                                          Damian Stubbs  2 months back

                                                          then how would you name that club with a number. its a 1 iron. what else would it be

                                                      • Va MVra
                                                        Va MVra  2 months back

                                                        Use a PING 1 iron as that's the original one...

                                                        • auto_Edmonton
                                                          auto_Edmonton  2 months back

                                                          Not really in to golf. Could someone tell me why the 1 is so hard to play with?

                                                          • Nobel Adhikari
                                                            Nobel Adhikari  2 months back

                                                            Yes please? Someone explain to us noobies

                                                        • Flatus Antiquitous
                                                          Flatus Antiquitous  2 months back

                                                          When we would go down to Myrtle Beach on our “guys only” golf vacation, after playing a round on a good course during the day and spending time at the 19th hole and the hot tub, we decided to go back out on the crappy course that surrounded our condo, but the only stipulation was that you could only play one ball and use one club. Your choice of club and if you lost your ball you were out. Oh, and you had to carry your own beer.

                                                          We found that you can play a credible game with just a 7 iron. Hard to go too far left or right with one, easy to hit it 170 yards off the tee, and I hit a few 200 by cranking it. Just adjust your second shot by moving it forward or back in your stance. Chips and putts just mean pressing the shaft forward to flatten the face.

                                                          A lot of beginners would score much lower by throwing their drivers into the closest water hazard.

                                                          • Gerry Wilson
                                                            Gerry Wilson  2 months back

                                                            1(iron) funny video....well done 👍

                                                            • Satchmo Dog
                                                              Satchmo Dog  3 months back

                                                              I have a few sets of clubs I've bought over the years. Still in use depending on the courses are 1 and 2 irons and all are much thinner than that sausage roll used in the video. Macgregor Golden Bear 1 and a Northwestern 1 from the mid 70s are great ball strikers. As for the 2 irons, the macgregor Tourney 2 from a set in 75, Mizuno mp33 2, Ping eye2 2 iron and a few Hogan Apex and redline 2 irons. All strike the ball really well. Growing up in the 70s and 80s, you learned to hit long irons.

                                                              • Hardcore Beavage
                                                                Hardcore Beavage  3 months back

                                                                RITE IN THE BOONKAH INNIT

                                                                • Pago's Place
                                                                  Pago's Place  3 months back


                                                                  • Kenneth Turner
                                                                    Kenneth Turner  3 months back

                                                                    My first set of golf clubs ( second hand ) were a 1,3,4,5 woods ( real wood ) and 1 to 10 irons and a putter. I was 18, 40 years ago. My Dad looked at them , started to laugh, and said " even God can't hit a 1 iron" . He was right.

                                                                    • Joe Wilkes
                                                                      Joe Wilkes  3 months back

                                                                      This would have been easier with a true 1 iron blade ,

                                                                      • UberKrassMann
                                                                        UberKrassMann  3 months back

                                                                        this seems like the kind of thing i would do if i played golf. not because i would want to conduct some experiment but because i couldn't be bothered to switch clubs...
                                                                        just put with the driver, it's all good.

                                                                        • Brent Dowell
                                                                          Brent Dowell  3 months back

                                                                          I’m laughing so hard right now! “I could almost do a cartwheel, but I’m not gonna do that.” 1:40 then he does a cartwheel 😂😂😂😂💀💀💀

                                                                          • Ben Adams
                                                                            Ben Adams  3 months back

                                                                            Do more videos with Matt this was brilliant haha

                                                                            • alexharrisfishing
                                                                              alexharrisfishing  3 months back

                                                                              Now you know what it’s like to play a round like me, except I play with normal clubs

                                                                              • Lord Daniel Hagan
                                                                                Lord Daniel Hagan  3 months back

                                                                                Next time with the putter

                                                                                • Matt Rosaine
                                                                                  Matt Rosaine  3 months back

                                                                                  This looks like a lot of fun to play a round with you two. Good vid, fellas

                                                                                  • Calum McCrae
                                                                                    Calum McCrae  3 months back

                                                                                    you should crack a egg on hed

                                                                                    • Travis Ricci
                                                                                      Travis Ricci  3 months back

                                                                                      can we get this but a lob wedge instead of a 1 iron !!!

                                                                                      • Richard Fisher
                                                                                        Richard Fisher  4 months back

                                                                                        Cute man bags ladies 💋😄