Sudbury Golf Club is a combination of art and science. The golf equipment industry is a multimillion dollar business driven by the hype of major tournaments and the money behind corporate endorsements. It is powered by continuous new products and intense marketing to keep consumers buying. The whole process is aimed at the customer replacing his golf clubs as often as possible.
Most of the major manufacturers sell golf clubs off the rack which are mass produced to a standard configuration. You get to choose the stiffness of the shaft, but since there is no standard for shaft stiffness in this industry, what is a regular to one manufacturer is a stiff to someone else.
The Truth About Golf Shafts
Golf companies purchase “OEM branded” shafts in bulk for a couple of dollars, and given the constraints of the cheap manufacturing process, they seldom have consistency or performance from club to club. These shafts are completely different from true brand name shafts, which is what all the pros use. There is only one true measure which matters, which is the frequency or the deflection of the shaft under a certain load, and most of the major shaft makers provide you with this information in their product specifications.
When you go to a driving range you see people of different size, build, and athletic ability. We use 14 different clubs to play golf and the golf companies cannot offer all the different combinations of custom fitting requirements that we need, as it would create massive inventory requirements. It is impossible for them to produce anything but a standard size, with different flexes, and some variation in length.
The trouble is that this change in length completely changes the shaft’s performance characteristics, and playability of the club. One size fits all does not work in the golf business and is probably the reason why you do not play to the best of your ability. If you buy a club of the rack which is not designed and custom fitted to match your specific requirements, sooner or later you will buy another one.
If you are serious about improving your game and playing it consistently, at some stage you should consider talking to someone about Sudbury Golf Club. You will learn how to select the right clubs, and how to buy them at the right price. The process will take into account your current ability, fitness, and level of skill, and help you design and select the club which will give you the greatest improvement to your game.
Choosing the Best Irons For You
If you have a medium to high handicap you may need more “forgiveness” to help correct shot errors. If you strike the ball left or right of the center of the club, you may want a midsize or over-sized Club Head, with a potentially bigger sweet-spot and less twisting characteristics. These clubs are usually cast in stainless steel, and have more offset, or a progressive offset, designed to help correct faults in the longer irons. These clubs are usually peripherally weighted to achieve a higher MOI, and a bigger Sweet Spot.
On the other hand, if you are a Low handicap golfer, hit the ball consistently in the centre of the club, and you have the ability to “Work-the-Ball” left or right, you may want to choose a blade or a muscle back Club Head, which are usually smaller and less forgiving. Since they are usually forged with softer carbon steel, they give a better “feel” and ball control.
A good compromise is a Forged, Cavity Back Club Head, designed to give you the benefits of a forgiving club, and the control of a forged one.
What about my Woods
Modern Metal Woods are designed around three main principles: Distance, Accuracy, and Control. The materials used vary as manufacturers strive to extract the maximum out of a range of exotic metals. The main factors in distance are the material used, the COR or “trampoline effect” and the MOI.
Higher handicappers should select a larger club head which is more forgiving, and is designed to correct errors such as a hook or a slice. If the Club is “open” at address it will promote a fade, if it “closed” it will promote a draw.
Good players should choose a Club Head which is matched to their skill. Most of the better manufacturers have a “Tour” version, which has a smaller size for control, and the face usually square or pointing to the target at address.
What is Club Offset and why is it important
The offset of the club head is the amount by which the leading edge (bottom) of the clubface is set behind the plane of the front of the hosel. The more the offset, the more the club head trails the shaft as it swings through the ball. Offsets range from zero (typically in clubs for low-handicap golfers) to as much as 7mm in game improvement clubs.
What the offset does is add a little assurance that the hands are ahead of the ball at impact, a common shortcoming of beginners. Since it delays the club heads striking the ball, it has the beneficial effects of Increasing the likelihood that the clubface has closed to a square position.
The term progressive offset refers to a set where the long irons are offset more than the short irons. The theory is that most golfers who need offset in order to square the club head need it more for the longer, clubs.
What is the difference between Forged and Cast golf clubs
There has been a lot of discussion about forged club heads versus stainless steel club heads. Forged club heads are made from Chromed Carbon Steel and are usually designed for the better players. The manufacturing process is more complex, which makes the head usually more expensive. Stainless steel club heads are cast, usually cheaper, and normally designed for the higher handicappers.
It follows therefore that forged blades or muscle backs have a small, critical sweet spot, and cavity backs have a large sweet spot. The better players do not need the forgiveness of a larger club, and believe that the forged clubs have a soft buttery “feel”.
Why would you want to talk to me about Sudbury Golf Club?
I have been fitting clubs for over 10 years. I started as a hobby to get the best out of my own clubs, and it became very popular. I have fitted a lot of clubs so I have a fair idea of what it takes to fit a club correctly. I am not golf pro, I will never be as good as a pro, or play like one. I do however understand how to build golf clubs from an amateur’s point of view.
I have degrees in engineering and electronics, and I base my Sudbury Golf Club on those disciplines and current best practice. I dont use launch monitors anymore, I watch how you hit the ball, how hard, and how long.
I look at a number of things, but primarily swing speed, tempo, release, and swing plane, and decide what shaft I think will work for you. The main criteria I use in selecting a shaft is cpm and torque which I measure myself. R or S does not mean much. I dont have fitting carts or 10 different shafts to show you, as I would have to have 100 shafts to do the job properly. I do not hold stock so I do not need to sell you anything. I start with the clubs you have and go from there.
I can save you money, and get you to hit the ball longer and more accurately. I have recently moved to the Central Coast NSW. If you think it is worth having a cup of coffee, give me a call on 0401 808 008. Joe Conde