Club Heads

Written by Kevin Little
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Club heads cannot be overlooked when assessing the essential parts of a club, and knowing the facts about these components is essential to club design. The head is the part of the club that actually comes in contact with the ball--but it's not just a silly piece of metal meant as nothing more than a battering ram. Finesse is also important when it comes to the head, whether you're figuring out whether or not to lay up or whistling toward the ball.

One of the terms you'll hear bantered around the golf course quite a lot is the "lie." It commonly refers to the position of the ball in the natural landscape of the course--yet it is also an important term when it comes to the design of club heads. The lie, in such a case, refers to the degree to which the head is angled (comparing the sole of the head to the shaft), a factor which has great consequences for any shot you're likely to hit.

The True Lies of Club Heads

Why is this little angle so important? After all, when it comes to the driver, the difference in angles generally covers a scant 7-degree spread. However, it is very important to find the right number for your clubs. Too flat a lie will result in a lot of the balls veering off to the right, while one that is too upright will send your little white friend to the left.

Club heads can also be weighted differently, to allow for more or less force and power, and some are made with new materials that are said to increase the "sweet spot" of the club face. No matter what kind of head you choose, you'll want to consider buying the head and shaft separately and connecting them yourself--it's a great addition to your golfing calendar, and pennywise to boot!

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