Because you are unique your swing characteristics are unique too, that is why our personal fitting service is unique and will help you to:
- Buy the correct equipment for you
- Maximise your potential
- Raise your game and shoot lower scores
Broadly speaking, there are 3 styles of head available:
A blade tends to have much more weight behind where the ball is struck resulting in greater power. A good golfer tends to report better feel with a blade and is able to use it to work the ball with tactical fades and draws.
Cavity backed clubs concentrate the weight around the perimeter of the club face resulting in a more forgiving club.
A muscle back club offers benefits of both designs for the mid to low handicapper.
Head Weight Distribution
The placement of weight and centre of gravity in a club head controls how the club and ball behave at the point of impact.
Ideally, the centre of gravity needs to be right behind the lower quarter of the ball to achieve a straight powerful shot. Depending on your typical ball impact position on the club-face, certain clubs are more relevant to you than others.
During the fitting process, we can identify what part of the clubface you are using the most, and help you select a club that suits.
When the leading edge of the club face sits back from the shaft hosel, this is described as an offset head. Generally, offset clubs aid people with a slow hand action that need a little more time on the down swing to return the face square to target.
A good offset can straighten up faded shots and also be more confidence inspiring as you can see more of the club face at the address position. Some clubs feature progressive offset to give more help on the long irons and a more traditional look to the short clubs.
Varying between manufacturers, a typical #5 Iron is about 38 inches long. Depending on your height and stance, you may require slightly shorter or longer clubs. However, any adjustment here affects the overall weight and flex of the club so any of our recommendations will take these into account. Clubs that are too short often result in 'thinned' shots with a tendency to fade the ball. Clubs that are too long often result in taking too much earth and pulling left.
During the back swing and switch to the downswing, energy is stored in the shaft. This is then triggered by your hand action before the ball is struck. The energy in the shaft is then released, resulting in accelerated head speed and correct club alignment.
The flex of the shaft should therefore suit the speed and tempo of your swing. Typically a shaft that is too stiff will result in shorter faded shots, too flexible and hooked or sprayed shots with low power will occur more frequently. Flex varies from manufacturer to manufacturer so proper fitting is essential.
The 'kickpoint' (sometimes referred to as the 'flexpoint') is the point along the shaft where the maximum bending occurs in the downswing. As a general rule, a low kicking shaft produces a higher trajectory and a high kicking shaft punches the ball lower.
Most golfers don't know what kickpoint shaft they are presently using but this is a critical factor if you want optimal trajectory producing a longer flight.
The lie angle of the club is the angle formed between the shaft of the club and the sole of the club. At the moment of impact, it is critical that the grooves on the face are parallel to the ground to achieve a straight trajectory.
If the lie angles are wrong, the toe or heel of the club will catch the ground first leading to an opening or closing of the club. This in turn could mean you've gone right into a bunker or left into the water.
The swingweight of a club is the ratio of the weight of the head to the grip end of the club. Swingweight is commonly equated to clubhead feel, which is different for every golfer.
Some golfers prefer a lighter swingweight to help them swing the club faster, others prefer a heavier swingweight to help improve their tempo. Swingweight should not be confused with the totalweight. Correct selection is critical to ensure good shaft dynamics too.
Grip thickness plays a significant role in the shape of every golfer's shot. With a neutral grip thickness, the golfer can normally return the clubface square to the target at impact. Too thick a grip can limit the golfer's ability to properly release the wrists through the impact area (resulting in a block and/or fade), while too thin a grip can cause an early release (resulting in a pull and/or draw). Loss of power is another symptom of incorrect grip thickness.