Choosing Golf Clubs – Irons

Purchasing a custom fit set of irons is one the most important club investments you can make. It will affect whether you play your best golf.

Length and Lie Angle
Having the correct combination of length and lie angle will allow a golfer to hit the ball closer to the center of the club, the “sweet spot.” An incorrect combination will allow the the toe or heel of the club to dig into the ground. When this happens, the club face ends up closed or open on impact. The ball goes right or left off target.

Shaft Flex and Material
Shaft material and flex are generally determined by a golfers club head speed. The faster the speed the heavier and stiffer the shaft. Shafts come are made of steel or graphite:

  • Graphite shafts are lighter and more flexible. They absorb shock throughout the body, particularly the joints. This material is generally recommended for seniors, women, and those with injuries or pain.
  • Steel shafts are heavier and stiffer. These shafts are best for stronger players. A stiff shaft tightens dispersion meaning more shots will be on target.

Flex, in a golf club allows the club to kick the ball. When flex is not matched to the golfers club head speed two things happen.

  1. The length of the shot is reduced by limiting the ability of the club to kick the ball
  2. A slice. The path of the ball will end up going towards the dominant hand due to an inability to release the club.

There are about 5 main categories of flex:

  • Women’s
  • Senior’s
  • Men’s regular
  • Men’s stiff
  • Men’s extra stiff

Grip Size
Proper grip size affects control and release of the golf club. A grip that is too small allows the hands to wrap around the club too far. Increasing the twisting on impact. A grip that is too large inhibits the hinging or releasing of the club.

A good set of properly fit irons can last for as long as you like to play. Some people like to switch irons every five years.  The best way to get the most from your iron investment is to have a pro help fit you in the right clubs.

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Choosing Golf Clubs – The Putter

Which putter is right for you? Putting is responsible for 40-50% of your score in golf, choosing the right one is critical.

LENGTH

When deciding on a putter, there are a number of factors to consider. Probably the most important, is finding the correct length. More than half of the students I teach have a putter that is too long. When in proper setup, your eyes should be directly over the center of the ball or slightly inside. The correct position over the ball allows for a stroke that is straight back, then straight through along the target line. When a putter is too long or the golfer is not in proper position, the putting stroke becomes an arc, pushing the ball to the right or left off target.

PUTTER INSERTS

A second factor is choosing whether to have an insert and what type in your putter.  Putters range from:

  • No Insert where the ball comes off the face fastest and hardest
  • Milled Face which is a little softer touch
  • Insert which is softer yet
  • Insert with Grooves the softest feel

An insert softens the feel of the putt giving a golfer better distance control. How soft a putter you choose is dependent on your stroke and the type of greens you typically play.

HEAD DESIGN

The last option is head design. Do you like more of a mallet type or are you more comfortable with a traditional style? Each of these designs has a different type of “toe hang”.

What is toe hang and why does it matter?

To demonstrate toe hang, with arms out in front of you, let the putter rest on your fingers without gripping.

Face Balanced Putter
Face Balanced Putter
Semi Toe Hang Putter
Semi Toe Hang Putter
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Full Toe Hang Putter

 

  • Face balanced: Putter will sit with the putter head parallel to the ground. This putter will have a large mallet head and is best for golfers whose putting stoke is straight back – straight through.
  • Semi toe hang: Putter will sit at a 45 degree angle to the ground. This is best for a golfer whose putting stroke is a slight arc. 80% of golfers sit in this category. This is a traditional style head and helps correct the arc in the putting stroke.
  • Full toe hang: Putter will point straight down at the ground perpendicular to the ground. Best for the golfer whose putting stoke is a fuller arc. This is also a traditional style head and is best for people who have a hard time getting their eyes over the ball due to flexibility challenges, injury or improper set up.

All this seem too confusing and you still aren’t sure which putter to purchase? Seek out a PGA golf professional who can observe your stroke and advise what’s best for you. Contact John Rose

Golf equipment is an investment in satisfaction, let me help you make an informed choice. Your ROI will be a lovely day on the golf course. Who could ask for more?

 

 

Choosing Golf Clubs – The Driver

When you are in the market for a new driver, there are a number of things to take into account. Loft, grip size, length, shaft material and flexibility are all factors to consider. Loft affects launch angle which affects the overall distance for any driver.

Loft
In 2014, most manufacturers offer adjustable loft club heads. The consumer can dial in the desired loft setting while testing out the club. A good starting point is 10-1/2 degrees and can be set higher or lower depending on ball flight.

Grip Size
The grip size on a driver can reduce or inhibit a golfer’s ability to release the club. Most right-handed players miss to the right and having a grip that is too large can increase that miss. Pick a grip where the ring finger can just brush the fatty thumb pad of the palm. Other factors to consider are arthritis or any loss of feeling in the fingers.

Driver Length
The length of your driver is also important. Although a longer driver will allow you to generate more club head speed, it also reduces your control. Finding the best combination is done by trying different length drivers and using impact tape to record where you are connecting with the ball. The goal is to have each mark on the impact tape in the center of the club head. If marks are varied, a shorter length is probably recommended.

Golf Club Shaft
The shaft of the driver is the most important part. It is the motor that drives the mechanism. Almost every driver has a graphite shaft but can be upgraded with custom equipment. A custom shaft can run up to $500. Golf shafts have numerous variables including weight, flex and kick point. Those variables are matched to a player based on club head speed. A stronger faster swing will need a stiffer heavier shaft to maintain control over the ball. While a golfer with a slower club head speed needs a more flexible and lighter shaft with a lower kick point to help get the ball in the air. Finding the right combination of loft, length, grip and shaft will greatly increase any golfers distance and accuracy. Greater distance + greater control= much more satisfaction.

Work with a Professional
A trained and certified professional can help fit you to the right club. Contact John Rose Golf for expert club fitting and golf instruction.

Choosing Golf Clubs – The Driver