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What is a golf club?
A golf club is made up of a grip, a shaft and a club head.
There are two main types of grip
- The reminder grip has a ridge on the back of the grip all along its edge. This ridge allows you more easily to position your club and hands at address.
- The round grip has no ridge and can be positioned in any direction on the shaft.
The grip can be made of different materials: rubber (light and cheap), polymer (resistant), leather (comfortable) or cord.
How to know if you have the right grip
Take one of your clubs and hold it normally. Remove your right hand (or your left if you are left-handed), while continuing to hold the club with your other hand. Observe the hand that is holding the club. If the tips of your middle and ring finger and just touching the palm of your hand, the grip you are using is the correct size. If the fingertips are pressing deeply into your palm, the grip is too small. If they are not touching your palm at all, the grip is too wide.
The shaft is like the arm of the club. It can be thought of as the swing's motor. It is very important to choose a shaft that matches your technique. Your choice should be based on the flex, or flexibility, of the shaft. Golfers with quicker swings tend to opt for clubs with more rigid shafts.
Shafts are often labelled as follows
- For "relaxed" swings: L (ladies), A (senior), R (regular or standard).
- For fast swings: S (stiff), X (extra stiff).
For maximum speed and better handling, chose a light graphite shaft for its power and tolerance. Heavier, steel shafts, meanwhile, are designed to offer greater control and sensation, supplying more information to the golfer and as a result allowing greater precision.
This is a very important feature, as it sets the entire club apart according to its loft, or the angle of the clubface in relation to the ground. A cast head will give you tolerance; a forged head, precision.
Cast Head/Cavity Back: In a hollowed-out head, the weight is distributed along the edges of the head. The "sweet spot", the place where the head must touch the ball to achieve a successful stroke, is larger. The more the head is hollowed out, the easier it is to play. The redistribution of weight compensates for errors in centring.
Forged or Full Head: These heads give more power but require greater precision on impact. Because of this they are reserved for experienced or very good players. The weight of the head is equally distributed throughout.
If you want even more tolerance, opt for a larger head. Choose a larger impact zone (and oversize or midsize head) to boost the player's chances of hitting the ball and making it take off. With a larger sweet spot (the ideal impact zone on the clubface), it will be easier to make accurate and more consistent strokes.