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What is Golf Club Feel Versus Forgiveness?

What is Golf Club Feel Versus Forgiveness?

What is Golf Club Feel Versus Forgiveness?

One way of truly understanding how to compare any kind of golf club out there to another is by fulling grasping golf clubface the feel vs. forgiveness concept.

All clubs have features that are unique. However, all clubs also tend to try to solve age-old problems that relate to hitting a golf shot properly.

The width of the golf club's sole (bottom) can be related to its forgiveness vs. feel or wider vs. thinner, respectively.

The width of the golf club’s sole (at the center of the clubface) and its head size in general can be related to a club’s forgiveness vs. feel or a wider or larger face and head vs. thinner and smaller, respectively.

Forgiveness

For the high handicapper or occasional player, features that emphasize forgiveness (or game improvement) are the most important consideration.

This is an photo taken at PING Golf's iron casting plant. Cast clubs are most often considered more forgiving than their forged and feel-based counterparts.

This is an photo taken at PING Golf’s iron casting plant. Cast clubs are most often considered more forgiving than their forged and feel-based counterparts.

Here are the more common forgiveness concepts found in all types of clubs:

  • Oversize head.
  • Cavity-back or perimeter weighted.
  • Offset hosel.
  • Cast metal head.
  • Low center of gravity (CG).
  • Heel-weighted (so as to promote a draw or minimize a fade).
This is a dramatic example of an off-brand driver with a severe offset hosel. An offset can be too much, though, and banned from competitive play.

This is a dramatic example of a driver with a severe offset hosel. An offset can be too large and forgiving, though, for the USGA and banned from competitive play.

Feel

For the low-handicap golfer or frequent player, hitting the ball in the center of the clubface comes much more naturally. So if that’s you, you want consistency from your clubs, shot after shot.

Here you can clearly see the difference in clubhead size for a regular player's driver (standard) versus a high-handicap player's club (Tour).

Here you can clearly see the difference in clubhead size for a regular player’s driver (Standard) versus a high-handicap player’s club (Tour).

More experienced players are much more concerned with features that emphasize the feel concept. These features include:

  •  Traditional size head.
  •  Blade or muscleback design.
  •  Little or no offset.
  •  Forged carbon steel head.
A muscleback club, or one with extra weight and thickness, is often associated with more feel and low-handicap players for having less forgiveness on miss-hits.

A muscleback club, or one with extra weight and thickness, is often associated with more feel and low-handicap players for having less forgiveness on miss-hits.

By understanding what features a club emphasizes, it is possible to compare virtually any club to another.

You then will appreciate your knowledge of how these features will improve your particular style of play. And this knowledge also will increase your ability to eliminate choices that are inappropriate for your golf game.

Don’t forget to ask a certified 2nd Swing Golf clubfitter

In addition to the factors already discussed when considering the type of clubs to purchase, some golfers desire to fit their clubs to their exact swing type. 2nd Swing Golf is more than happy to offers you with basic to advanced fittings and other equipment advice.

For more information, please contact 2nd Swing Golf. We always want to help with your golf needs!


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