Maybe you didn’t realize it but there are many different designs for irons these days. Each type is made for a different kind of golfer. Some clubs are for advanced players that need maximum feel and responsiveness from their clubs. Thankfully, others are made for golfers that need a little help and forgiveness from their clubs…and make it easier to find the sweet spot and get the ball up in the air easier. Which type is right for you?
First you have to ask yourself some questions. And be honest now.
Do you hit the ball with the center of the clubface consistently?
Do you tend to hit the ball fat?
Do most of your shots go left to right (slice)…when you don’t want them to?
Do you play less than once a month?
Do you have trouble getting the ball up in the air…even when you hit it solid?
If you answered yes to any of these questions you are a good candidate for game improvement clubs.
So what makes a golf club “game improvement”?
A game improvement club offers features that help golfers with many of these problems. These features include perimeter weighting, Vclubshop wide sole width, hosel offset, thick toplines and a low-back center of gravity. How do these features help? Lets take a closer look at each of these features.
All golf iron clubheads weigh about the same and have for many years. The 5 iron head of a Callaway, a TaylorMade, a PIng or even a clone iron all weighs about 255 grams (give or take 5 grams). How that weight is distributed is the key to making any iron head more forgiving. If the weight is distributed more towards the “perimeter” of the club…the toe, sole, heel, and topline…the club will have a higher Moment of Inertia (MOI) and will have less of a tendency to twist on mishits. In other words, when the ball is hit on the toe, the clubhead won’t twist as much. That and the added mass will mean the ball will still fly just about as long and as straight as if was hit on the center of the face.
To create this weighting, club head designers move weight from the middle of the clubhead. This creates a “cavity” behind the face, thus the term cavity back iron. The details Vclubshop of where the weight is moved is were the “science” of iron head design comes in. Suffice it to say that the center of gravity (CG) and the MOI are both affected by the details.
Wide Sole Width
A wide sole does two things. It adds more weight to the bottom of the club lowering the CG. And it makes the club less likely to dig in to the turf causing fat shots and lowering the clubhead speed through the ball. Wide sole clubs tend to make the ball fly higher.
The feature were the clubface is slightly behind the hosel (where the shaft enters the clubhead) is called offset. The advantage of offset is that the face of the club will strike the ball a fraction of a second later than a non-offset face. Vclubshop The face will therefore be a bit less open to the target line causing less slice spin being applied to the ball. If a golfer has a tendency to leave the the face open then shots should fly straighter with an offset hosel.
The advantage of a thick topline is not only added perimeter weight and more MOI but also more confidence. Clubs with thick topline just look easier to hit. That effect may be mostly mental but who cares as long as it works.