There are such a bewildering array of golf clubs available on the market that it is sometimes hard to believe there are only three components to a golf club.
Metalwoods. When metal replaced wood as the club head of choice for the biggest clubs in the bag the 400-year old term “woods” couldn’t be consigned to the lexicon scrapheap so the awkward metalwoods entered golf terminology in the 1980s. And these things can be enormous. Technology kept evolving until the United States Golf Association finally capped club head size at 28.1 cubic inches, about three times the size driver heads used to be when they were made out of persimmon.
Irons. Their composition has changed over time as well; they are crafted from steel and not iron any more but they were never called steelirons. There are two types of clubheads for irons: traditional forged irons called “muscle-backs” that are favored by more skilled golfers and so-called “player development” irons that feature a cavity-back and are more forgiving to mishits.
Hybrids. There is no misunderstanding this component name. Hybrid heads have evolved in the last decade to replace harder-to-hit long irons with clubs that have the playability of metalwood faces.
Wedges. The short game clubs have become increasingly specialized in recent years. For most of golf history players carried a 48-degree pitching wedge and a 52-degree sand wedge. Now there are as many wedges in some bags as metalwoods and irons with 56-, 60- and 64- degree wedges available for short game specialists. That’s why they are called the scoring clubs.
Putters. Golfers will use any type of putter head they think will propel a ball into the hole.
The vast majority of grips today are slip-on rubber but it is still possible to have your sticks gripped in leather. Grips come in over-sized and under-sized components to promote proper hand action. The greatest golfer of all-time – Jack Nicklaus – used undersized grips because of his small hands.
Shafts come in two materials – steel and graphite. Any shaft can make a golf club but to find a shaft that makes your game you need custom-fitting. To learn how Fujikura makes it easy to match this most critical component of the golf club to your game, click here.