Investing in a new set of clubs is no easy choice

2010-09-15 00:00

WHEN a golfer decides to invest in a new set of golf clubs, he is faced with a difficult decision. A general rule with a set of irons is that the more you pay the better the quality.

However, the new clubs must suit the golfer’s game and there are just so many options these days.

Without the knowledge and experience of an expert, it is impossible to select an ideal set of irons just by the brand name and the visual attraction. Yes, it is important that they look and feel comfortable, but the golfer must hit more than a few shots with them first before making the final decision. Of course, he will enjoy the decision-making process and there is the exciting prospect of playing with the new toys.

There are a number of mechanical factors like shaft flex, swing weight, loft angles and the club head speed that you generate during your swing. The most suitable type of shaft is determined by your club head speed and, believe it or not, this can now be easily measured.

Even after you have made the purchase and you have played with the new clubs for a while, there will always be a club that is your favourite and one that you don’t like much. Every golfer has a favourite club in the bag.

The legendary American amateur Bobby Jones played in the days before irons were produced with the same swing weight. The clubs were not numbered either — they had wonderful names such as cleek, mashie and jigger. Jones acquired all of his golf clubs piecemeal over the years.

He loved all of his clubs except the pitching niblick, or eight iron as we know it today. He was known to have said that he was never completely happy with that club. Many years after he retired from competition, his set was tested on modern measuring equipment.

All of the clubs registered the exact same swing-weight except the eight iron. In his day he was the best golfer in the world and was a multiple winner of both amateur and professional open tournaments, and he obviously trusted his own judgment and feel in the selection of golf clubs.

However, in this modern era of scientific advancement with sporting equipment, it would be wise to use all of the available technology to choose your new set of clubs.

Last weekend’s results:

On Saturday at Victoria Country Club it was the Old Mutual Monthly Mug. The winner of the A division was D. Nicholson on net 71 with second place going to C. Cordier with net 73. The B division was won by V. Srikewal on net 67 and second was S. Verdon on net 69. The C division was won by D. Moodley on net 71 and second was R. Moodley

Maritzburg Golf Club held a two-ball medal scramble on Saturday. The winners on net 61.25 were N Xaba and B. Edmondson. In second place were B. Graham and R. Barr on net 64.

From the 19th hole:

Sam and Harry played golf together for many years and were great friends. Because they had lost their wives they decided that they would both move to the same nursing home.

They were sitting in the lounge one day when one of the female residents suddenly ran past stark naked. “Was that Doris?” asked Sam. “I’m not sure, my eyesight’s not so good these days”, replied Harry “Neither is mine,” said Sam. “What do you think she was wearing?”

Harry said: “I don’t know, but it definitely needed ironing.”

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