Do you know the anatomy of your golf clubs? In a sport that is so focused on precision, it is important to know the main parts of your golf clubs, how they impact your game and how you can look after them and the club as a whole. With this in mind, this post will take a look at the main parts of a golf club and how you can look after your clubs to improve performance.
First, you have the grip. As you might expect, this is the part of the club that you hold onto and this makes it a hugely important part of the anatomy. It is important that you can firmly yet comfortably hold the club to perform a proper swing each and every time. There are various surface textures available, so you should find the one that best suits you. You need to care for your grips with regular cleaning, but they will inevitably suffer from wear and tear. When you begin to notice cracks, wear or it is uncomfortable to grip the club, it is time to replace the grips (this is relatively straightforward).
The shaft is the metal rod that connects to the clubbed with the top part covered by the grip. The shaft plays a major role in the performance of the club and there are different flex levels, styles, kick points and lengths. As a general rule of thumb, the longer the shaft, the longer the distance, but you will want to experiment to find the right length and type of shaft based on your game. You can maintain the shaft with regular cleaning and drying before going into storage. It is also important to avoid throwing the club around – even if you get frustrated, you don’t want to run the risk of snapping your club!
The club head is at the end of the club and what you strike the ball with. There are a number of different club head types, which determine what the club is called. Therefore, you must always choose the right club based on the type of shot that you are performing. As an example, fairway woods have a longer, thinner club head that can provide distance played off of the turf of the fairway. You will want to clean the club heads regularly with warm (not hot) soapy water.
There is then the loft that must be considered – this is the angle of the face of the club against the center of the shaft – clubs with a high loft (45-48 degrees) will lift the ball higher into the air but will not take the ball a great distance.
These are the key parts of the anatomy of golf clubs that you need to be familiar with so that you can improve your game and make the most out of your clubs.