Whether you’re a major winner or a club golfer, it is likely that you will have experimented with a hybrid club over the past few years. The technology going into producing the ultimate utility club has had a profound effect on the sport in recent years and very few players at any level can now afford to go without having one in their locker, or more to the point, in their bag.
No two golfers are the same and every one of us has a certain way of playing. Whether you’re new to the sport and a regular green-goer there’s always room for improvement and this simple Irons guide will help to show you everything necessary for picking the right golf club for you.
Super-Game Improvement Irons
Suited for high handicap golfers and perfect for adding some air to your game, Super-Game Improvement Irons offer the highest possible offset and will aid in getting the golf ball as high as possible. Super-Game Improvement Irons offer lowest C.O.G (centre of gravity) to help with golf ball flight and also come with the largest golf club head perimeter for the most forgiving performances.
Game Improvement Irons
Game Improvement Irons are very forgiving and easy to use but not as large as the super oversized head. Ideal for 15-23 or mid-high handicap golfers, these Irons have lower C.O.G with plenty of launch on steeper angles that carry more height while still landing softly on the golfing greens.
An improving golfer might find Intermediate Irons beneficial to their game as they offer dual forgiveness married to core performance, resulting in an 8-17 handicapper finding the C.O.G slightly different from Game Improvement Irons with a steeper angle and less height carried onto the green.
Only the most experienced golfers who have mastered most aspects of their game already should use Player’s Irons, which work primarily to shape shots and enhance feel. A golfer with a handicap of 0-10 (low) will find these Irons fun and will enjoy the lowest and deepest C.O.G.
Deciding On Golf Club Heads
Over-sized Cavity Back
Over-Sized Cavity Back golf club heads are the easiest to hit with by far as the heads surface area is much bigger and the vast majority of its weight is stored around the perimeter. Generally speaking the golf club head is more forgiving than its smaller counterparts and off-centre hits fly straighter for longer.
Still forgiving, Cavity Back Irons are where the back of the golf club head has been hollowed out to remove weight from behind the centre of the club face. More of the golf club’s head mass is around the perimeter and with the change to the physical appearance and weighting characteristics, the physics of impact between club face and golf ball are also adjusted. Cavity Backs are easier to hit and achieve wider ranges of forgiveness for every golfer.
Blade headed Irons have more weight positioned behind the middle of the golf club but are very unforgiving and will punish any strike that is badly hit. Blades are preferred by golfers because they allow more feel and workability on the golf ball, while also feeling softer at impact. Blades have smaller sweet spots on every shot which makes it harder to achieve perfection, but the rewards for mastering this golf club head are well worth the extra sweat.
The Muscle Back Irons have a full back of the golf club head as opposed to the hollowed out Cavity Back Iron. Muscles provide golfers with more feedback from their shots but also demand contact with the centre of the clubface with much greater consistency. If you use a Muscle Back Iron then you run the risk of losing significant distance and possibly a worse feel on off-centre hits. They also have a higher C.O.G and this is able to produce lower trajectory that is often preferred.
Cast & Forged Golf Club Heads
Around 90% of golfers purchase golf clubs made by casting, which involves to process of pouring molten metal into a mould to produce a golf club head. cast golf club heads are cheaper than the Forged variety and are easier to handle as well. Some brands will explain that Cast golf club heads are softer so be sure to consider this before buying as the harder the face of the golf club, the faster the golf ball will travel.
Forged golf club heads are made by taking a piece of soft metal and vigorously beating it into shape. Golfers, though not all of them, claim that Forged golf clubs offer enhanced feel because the steel that’s used in the forging process is softer due to the higher level of carbon content. Any golfers who like to play using Forged golf clubs get softer feel with shots as well as greater control. Forged golf club heads are preferred by golfers of a lower handicap and cost more than a Cast head but will certainly do the trick.
Selecting The Shaft
Steel shafts are weightier when compared to Graphite and therefore increase the accuracy in each shot. A golfer with an average swing speed that is quick can benefit from using Steel shafts.
Senior and lady golfers might fare better when holding a Graphite shaft as the weight is lesser and quicker swing speeds are encouraged for achieving greater distance. They are ideally suited to golfers with slower swing speeds.
The Flex in a shaft should also be considered as it refers to the ability of a golf shaft to bend as more force is applied during swing. This force is determined by the kind of golf swing you currently possess, whether it’s fast, slow, smooth or abrupt and jerky, and also the 5 generally used ratings for shaft flex, which is extra stiff, stiff, regular, senior (light) and ladies. As the shaft flexes throughout the swing, the position of the golf club head changes. It must be perfectly straight or squared at impact to get the most from each shot. There’s less chance of you making contact with the golf ball using a square golf club face if you have the wrong flex for your swing so make sure this is corrected before starting out.