Golf Club Components
What goes into the golf club components technology ?
Seven Technology Factors to Improve Your Game
By Mike Bednarcik Custom Clubs of Frederick
We are all looking for that little extra something that is going to make this wonderful game a little bit more forgiving.
Here are a few suggestions:
Technology Factor #1 –
Longer Driver Length and More Loft Today’s drivers that are sold “off the rack” are made in lofts from 8-11 degrees, and in lengths of 45” to 45 1/2”.
However, only 10% of all golfers have the required swing mechanics and athletic ability to warrant playing such equipment.
If you swing over the top or have an inconsistent tempo, and your wrist to floor measurement is less than 40”, then a 45” driver is probably too long for you.
If you’re swing speed is less than 95 mph and you are using a driver with a loft of 9-11 degrees, then you are probably not maximizing your distance off the tee.
If you hit a 3 wood better and more consistent than a driver, you can definitely take advantage of higher lofted drivers.
Technology Factor #2 –
Closed Wood Face Angle Wood face angle is the BEST equipment correction device for driver accuracy.
Face angle is the direction the face points when the head is placed in playing position or soled.
It is a design factor that helps correct minor swing path faults or the inability of the golfer to square the clubface at impact.
How many golfers do you think have that problem?
Most golfers with driver problems either push or slice the ball off the tee. Yet, when you purchase “off the rack” drivers you have very little opportunity to alter the face angle. They just don’t offer that as an option.
Most drivers will only have a closed face angle of 1 degree. A face angle with a 2-4 degree closed face angle will cut down a slice from 5-15 yards.
Technology Factor #3 –
Set Make-Up Today’s 7 iron has the same loft as a 5 iron of 15 years ago.
Ever wonder why it is so difficult to hit today’s 3 and 4 irons?
With today’s stronger lofted long irons, many golfers are going to higher lofted woods or hybrids.
Which one is best for you?
That depends. If you are currently having success with higher lofted woods, then staying with woods makes perfect sense.
However, if you are not consistent with the fairway woods, then the shorter lengths of the “hybrid” clubs may make you more consistent.
Each option has its pros and cons.
The lower and deeper center of gravity of the wood heads will tend to hit the ball higher and are easier to hit.
But the shorter lengths of the hybrids should be easier to hit on center and with more control.
Either way it is probably time to get rid of your 3 and 4 irons and take a serious look at higher lofted fairway woods or hybrids.
Technology Factor #4 –
Use the Most Flexible Shaft You Can Control.
By using a more flexible shaft, you will probably hit the ball a little higher, the shot will feel a little bit more solid, and the face might close a little more at impact.
These are all things that will allow you to score better.
By using a stiffer shaft you will probably hit the ball a little lower and with less distance, and the impact will be slightly harsher while the clubface may remain slightly open.
Therefore, consider dropping down a flex and you might just be rewarded with a tighter shot dispersion and lower scores.
Technology Factor #5 –
Use Cavity Backed Irons
Cavity backed irons truly are more forgiving on off center hits.
You have probably heard this before, but take a cavity-backed iron and muscle-backed iron to the course and take a 10 shots with each and plot the results (when the greens keeper is not around).
Plotting these shots will show you which type of iron performs best for you. I’m sure you will see better results with the cavity-backed iron.
Technology Factor #6 –
Go With a Wider Sole on the Sand Wedge
If you tend to leave the ball in the sand from digging too deep under the ball, look for a sand wedge with a much wider (thicker) sole than on your current sand wedge.
Also, if you tend to have a very steep downward swing plane, look for a wide sole angle and more bounce to get out of the sand more consistently.
Sole angle will allow the club head to create lift as it travels through the sand to get the ball out.
Bounce allows the leading edge of the head to glide through the sand because the trailing edge is actually lower than the leading edge.
Having a wider sole angel and more bounce together creates favorable conditions to get out of the sand consistently.
Technology Factor #7 –
Add weight to your Putter –
In the Grip More golfers are starting to notice a more consistent stroke with a heavier putter.
But not just by adding weight to the head.
I’m talking about counterbalancing your putter by adding weight to the grip end. I will be talking more about this in future articles, but many of my customers are noticing huge performance gains by adding weight to the butt end of the putter.
The method is called “Balance-Certified Golf” and Custom Clubs of Frederick is one of only a few shops in the area that can perform this service.
Golf club components are made up of many factors as you have just found out.
Take time to understand what the various golf club components are, and how you can adapt them for yourself, to help you improve your game.