How to choose the right golf club
It is possible and even desirable to have equipment suitable for its physical features and swing characteristics. Too many golfers spend hundreds or thousands of euros for advanced equipment and do not invest a dime and a little time in some lessons that are often their most profitable.
1 – The Grip
As you may know, the size of grip takes an important part in the ability of controlling club and ball’s path of golfers. Ideally, the golfers should choose neutral size of grip. Hence, it is easier for them to play. Too big or too small grip size all badly affects ability of golfers.
Club manufacturer PING takes the size of the grips seriously and uses a color code to offer 6 different sizes on its clubs.
Sizes from other manufacturers clubs: Often referred to by the following terms: female, standard, midsize, jumbo.
As a basic rule to determine whether the grip has the right circumference, take your club in hand as if to play a shot and check that the middle and ring fingers of your highest hand just touches the “pad” at the base of inch.
Round or with a slight protrusion (rib). The grip of the putter may have a flat face. There are a multitude of makes and models with different specifications of weight, color, adhesion and comfort.
Materials & different qualities:
Cord Grip: Rubber which is crimped wire rope. Good grip hands. Available in different quality for flexible and varied comfort.
Leather Grip. Good adhesion, pleasant to touch, quickly wears out, damaged if it starts to rain ….
Grip Polymer, the classic. Available in all sizes, qualities, color …
2 – The Club Head
Material: Steel, iron, graphite and other compounds, ceramics, aluminum, cycolac, wood, titanium, etc. The head can be made of one or more materials and / or alloy. The lightest possible today are the heads of extra-large or oversized clubs.
The ideal point of impact (sweetspot): Generally the larger it is, the greater and higher the tolerance is if the ball does not hit the exact center of this.
Size: Generally a larger head has a larger sweetspot. The oversize heads are recommended for the majority of players.
The cavity: Generally the larger and/or bigger the cavity is, the larger surface of the sweetspot is.
The shift (offset): A club head face offset from the handle gives the player more time to close the latter in the area of impact which can help reduce “slightly” effects right (and / or promoting effects left).
The angle of the face (loft): Generally this angle is more open, the flight of the ball will be.
The center of gravity: Generally the lower it is, the easier it is to lift the ball.
3 – The handle
The main materials used for handle are steel, aluminum, titanium, graphite and other compounds. The neck is the most important part of the club and the wrong choice can significantly affect the golfer.
Flexibility (Flex): The choice of the degree of flexibility depends on the club speed generated by the player. If the degree of flexibility is too low compared to the speed, club face will tend to close at impact and cause an effect on the left (hook). By cons, if a rigid handle is combined with a relatively low speed, it will expect a loss of distance and a possibility that the clubface is open at impact and see an effect to the right (slice).
The bending point (Flexpoint): Generally designated as high, medium or low. A point of low flexibility may help the golfer to have a high ball flight and vice versa.
The degree of twist (torque): Measure on graphite shafts alone, the degree of twist depends on the model of the handle. In general it can be said that the higher the tempo and club speed are faster, it is best to choose a handle that has a low degree of twist.
Weight: The weight of the handle can have a great influence on the overall weight of the club. Indeed according to the model the weight of the handle can range from under 55 to over 130 grams. Lighter the club is, the player can accelerate without more effort and thus make longer shots. In return, too light a club becomes difficult to control.
Weight distribution (swingweight): It is the balance of the club. This is to balance all clubs in a series so that the weight distribution is similar from one club to another. It is common practice that the sand wedge, lob wedge and the timber 1 have heavier swingweight.
The length of the club: the club is more general, the speed will be bigger and the ball will go far. The club also becomes more difficult to control.
The angle of the handle (binds): It is possible to modify this inclination of the majority of clubs or order them with the right angle. The hen a player hits a ball and the center of the club head of the sole touches the ground, the lie of the club is perfect. By cons if the toe or the heel of the club head that mainly hits the ground, the balls will affect the left or right.