Did You Know??
- What may be a stiff flex shaft with one manufacturer could be a regular flex shaft with another. There are no industry standards for shaft stiffness.
- One of the surveys that I read estimates that 75% of all golfers are playing shafts that are too stiff for their swing.
- Over the last 30 years the loft angles of irons have changed and gotten stronger. Today's 5 iron would have been a 3 or 4 iron in 1980.
- All driver heads weight the same (approx. 200 grams). It does not matter whether it is an old maple head or a 460 cc titanium head. If a club feels head light the problem is not the weight of the head it is the swingweight of the total club.
- A driver with less loft does not always equal more distance. The key to driver distance is optimum trajectory, that may be with a 8, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 12 or 13.5 degrees of loft. Depends on the golfer and his/her club head speed. Also added into this is flex of shaft, angle of attack, size of head and location of center of gravity of the head.
- Swingweight is not a function of a golf club's weight, but is a measurement using a reference point 14" from the butt end of the shaft. It is relative to the head and butt weight about this point. Today men's driver will normally have a swingweight of in the D-1 to D-6 range. Too low and you cannot feel the head, too high the club will feel like a heavy rock on the end of a thin string.
- I have been asked about grip size. Not all grips fit all shafts. There are many different combinations. Some of the well known Clubmakers have gone to shaft butt end sizes so that you must buy replacement grips from them. Some even require special tools for grip installation. Any other questions on grips, please ask.
- New materials continue to be designed in an attempt to build a golf club that will generate greater distance and accuracy.