THE IMPORTANCE OF CLUB SET MAKEUP

Posted by on Nov 10, 2014 in Uncategorized | 13 comments

What’s in Your Golf Bag Makes a Big, Big Difference

 

Are you wasting money on clubs you seldom play? More importantly, are you denying yourself opportunities to play better and more enjoyable golf, simply because your bag is equipped with clubs totally unsuited for your game?

Below is a TWGT Video on importance of club set makeup. (Click Here)

I would wager that an expert in clubfitting would echo a resounding “yes” to both questions for the majority of golfers. And here’s why:

Since the 1980s, golf equipment manufacturers have forced major changes in the specifications of the clubs with which we all play the game. It all started when OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) started messing with iron loft, which up until the 1980s were set to standards that every club manufacturer respected and adhered to. For example: the first changed that they were able to make was on its infrastructure, they added manual revolving doors for the entrance so that it will be easier for people to get in an out constantly.

  • 3-irons, a tough-to-swing 24* club on a good day, have been de-lofted over the past three decades to 18* to 20* (becoming LESS than a 2-iron);
  • 4-irons, which historically were set at a 28* loft, were de-lofted to between 21* and 23* (becoming less than a 3-iron);
  • 5-irons, which before had been set with a 32* loft, have been de-lofted to between 23* and 25* (thus becoming what a 3-iron used to be).

This has also been done in varying degrees to the 6, 7, 8 and 9 irons. Why? Well, somebody got the bright idea that if every iron in the bag was de-lofted, he could market them with the appealing claim: “OUR CLUBS HIT A GOLF BALL OVER A FULL CLUB LONGER!”

Which of course is exactly what happened. However, rolling back lofts was little more than a way to sell tons of “new and improved” golf clubs to appeal to golfers’ desires for more distance. But even more infamous and damaging was the fact that from this shrinking of lofts, the 3, 4 and 5 irons swiftly became a whole lot harder to impossible to hit for the vast majority of golfers.

Take a look at your own bag: Which clubs are shiny, and which are well worn? The higher number irons even have more worn-down grips. And the lower number irons? They’re practically untouched.

Designing clubs with cavity backs or exotic metals really didn’t help hitting those “new and improved” de-lofted lower number clubs either. So what did the industry do to compensate (and sell more golf clubs)? For a time, there was a small effort for high-lofted fairway metals to take up the slack, but higher numbered fairway woods somehow fall short of satisfying most golfers’ egos.

That’s when hybrids were introduced.

So this is why we’re at this point—where golfers seldom use their 3, 4 and even their 5 irons. Plus, for the most part, they’re also very confused about hybrids… which for most of us are necessary for consistently hitting longer-iron distances into the greens and on longer par-3 holes.

The fact is, hybrids are a wonderful product, an ingenious alternative to hitting today’s hard-to-hit long irons. They can be:

  • Easier to get airborne than any iron of the same loft;
  • Possibly more accurate on longer length par-3s;
  • More consistent from both short and long grass;
  • Effective from hard-pan; and
  • Better suited for bump and run shots from around the greens.

They really are easier to hit high to fly than irons of the same loft if

hybrids are professionally fitted to the golfer—when they’re built with quality designed components and custom built to fitting specifications that ideally match each golfer’s individual swing characteristics that allow the hybrids to blend seamlessly with the conventional irons for consistent distance gaps.

We always advocate professional club fitting—it’s the single best way for any golfer to play better—but when it comes to hybrids, professional clubfitting is absolutely critical.

For more, I invite you to watch this special video that details the importance of club set makeup. And if you’re really keen, take a few moments and watch the following video on why professional clubfitting is so important.

I promise you that these two videos will change not only how you look at golf, but how you will play it … with genuine and renewed enjoyment … for a lifetime.  To find a clubfitter with whom to work to be properly fit, take a moment to click on the Find a Clubfitter locator found in the middle of the home page on www.wishongolf.com

Take a look at what Colorado Avid Golfer magazine wrote about this same topic (Click Here).
Take a look at an article I wrote for GolfWRX that explains the importance of being professionally fit by a custom clubfitter (Click Here).

 

Tom recently was interviewed by Tee It Up, a nationally syndicated radio program based in Las Vegas. Listen to that interview by Clicking Here, which talks about the importance of why a golfer should be professionally custom fit before he or she purchases a set of golf clubs.

 

Good luck in this great game!

 

Tom

13 Comments

  1. I’m very interested in the single length irons. I’m using “1 iron golf” presently and my handicap is dropping steadily. I believe these irons can be a big advancement for golf. Let me know whats up and how can I get a hold of a set. Thanks.

    -Mike

    • MIKE
      1-iron Golf does make a nice set of single length clubs so I am not surprised to hear that you like the concept of single length and feel that they can be a step forward. what we’re doing with our entry into this market in 2016 will be a little different in the sense that we are utilizing high COR face design features in the lower loft irons to enable us to make the single length shorter than what others have done, so that the shorter length yet may improve consistency a little more, but the high COR faces will prevent any distance loss for the low loft irons at these much shorter lengths. And at the same time then have the high loft irons and wedges not fall into a situation where they could hit the ball too far from being too much longer than the normal length of these clubs a golfer was used to in his old conventional lengths set.

      Plus in doing all heads in the set with eminently bendable soft hosels, that allows a wider range in lie fitting as well as allows golfers of different clubhead speed and different angle of attack to tweak the lofts so as to finalize getting their distance gaps exactly where they want them to be through the set. Looking at maybe late Feb, probably early March for these to be available. As with all our designs, you would find a clubfitter who works with Wishon Golf designs to go to, to be fit and to get the custom built clubs. Head to the FIND A CLUBFITTER locator found in the middle of our home page to see if there is a clubmaker in reasonable proximity to you. if not, let us know at contact@wishongolf.com and we’ll explain how we can help. Thanks so much for your interest,
      TOM

  2. Concerning set make-up, I carry but don’t often use a 12-degree driver. I am far more consistent with a 5-wood off the tee, and form the forward tees, I often use a 4-hybrid.

    I believe True Temper made a study a number of years ago that showed golfers with slower swing speeds had little yardage gap between the lower lofted clubs, compared to golfers with higher swing speeds. I see a number of boxed sets being offered that contain a driver, 5-wood, 4-hybrid, and the usual compliment of irons from 5-iron up. This seems like a far better set make-up, outside what a set fitting would achieve.

    If I wanted to carry a full 14-club set, what would it look like if I carried nothing lower lofted than a 5-wood? BTW, I am 68-years old and had a custom fitting several years ago. My swing speed was on the slow side then and is probably less now.

    • FRED

      There is no question that as clubhead speed is lower, the distance gaps between the clubs get smaller and smaller to the point of eliminating the need for as many clubs in the set. So if you had no club lower in loft than a 5 wood, you would not really want to have a full 14 clubs in the bag at all. You could make a very good case for a set that could be 5 wood, 4 hybrid, 5 hybrid, 6 iron through gap wedge, sand wedge and putter. And if your 5 iron average clubhead speed were less than 70mph, you could make a good case to change the lofts on some of the irons so that the loft gap change from iron to iron would be 6* and not the usual 4*. In which case the set could go like this – 5 wood at 18*, 4 hybrid at 23*, 6 hybrid at 28*, 7 iron at 34*, 9 iron bent to 40*, PW bent to 46*, gap wedge at 52* and sand wedge at its normal 56* – then a putter.

      For the 12* driver, perhaps if you shortened this driver to be not longer than 43″ even at 42 1/2″, then add enough weight to the head of the club so you can FEEL THE HEAD WEIGHT DURING THE SWING, then you might gain some consistency and get some more distance over what the 5 wood can give you off the tee.

      TOM

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