Types of Clubheads

These are designed to be more forgiving – a concept that for most of us will be very attractive. Simply speaking, our off-centre strikes will travel straighter and longer than was previously possible with older technology. They are designed for the amateur player to make the game easier and more enjoyable.

These clubs do this by having the weight taken from the back of the club head and placed around the perimeter – hence perimeter weighting. Because the clubhead has this weight behind the toe and heel of the club, when a shot is hit from either, the head remains more stable and does not twist. Anything that reduces twist in the club head at impact will result in more accurate, longer shots. Cavity-backed clubs now also tend to have lower centres of gravity. This produces a higher launch angle for shots which allows the ball to get airborne more easily. This makes hitting long irons considerably easier and less daunting for the higher handicapper.

Cavity-backs are normally either midsize or oversize. This refers to the size of the club head and its ‘sweet-spot’. Higher handicap golfers should go for an oversize head, as it will maximize forgiveness, enabling them to progress more quickly. More proficient amateurs may choose to go for the midsize cavity which may help their accuracy and “shotmaking” abilities.

There are few true blades left on the market, mainly down to the fact that cavity-backs are better for the vast majority of golfers. Blades are more difficult to use than other types of clubhead, as they offer little or no forgiveness for a strike anywhere other than the sweet-spot.

The reason that the top end of the amateur and professional players often choose to play these is because they rarely, if ever, miss the centre of the club. With accuracy like this, the blade offers ultimate playability. This means that the user can move the ball around in the air, left to right, high or low with great accuracy and feel. For most players simply hitting the ball straight is enough and that is why the forgiving nature of a cavity is our choice. Leave the blades to the experts!

Forged Head
FORGED HEAD – for the better player and why.

Clubs that have a forged head are designed for the lower handicap amateur and the professional. They offer these players a softer, better feel and above all complete consistency. The golfer will experience a softer feeling at impact, which is known to increase feedback. This will increase the players feel and therefore touch, particularly with the shorter irons, allowing the player to attack the target with complete confidence. At the top level of golf where players rely on distances being accurate to the metre, the forged head provides a consistency of distance unrivalled by other materials.

Forged clubs are made to be softer than others, and are therefore less durable. The higher handicap is unlikely to appreciate the benefit and is more likely to damage the club.

As forged clubs are more expensive (due to a more intensive production process) the higher handicap player should be advised against them as, for a lower financial outlay, they can get a set of clubs (see below) more suited to their game.

Cast Head
Cast club heads are mainly less expensive than forged, offer greater ease of use and are more durable. The higher handicapper will rarely appreciate the benefits of a forged club and as such is better opting for cast.

Being generally harder than forged club heads reduces the risk of damaging (chipping), so the investment in a set of clubs is likely to be longer lasting.