The amount of spin you place on a golf ball directly affects the success or failure of a variety of shots. For example, you must impart just the right amount of side spin on the ball to hit a controlled fade or draw. When you’re hitting an approach shot, you typically want as much backspin as possible on the ball -- particularly if you’re hitting from the rough -- so the ball won’t bounce or roll off the green. A rough-surfaced club can help impart backspin on the ball.
A draw is a controlled golf shot that moves from right to left, for a right-handed player. There are certain situations in which hitting a draw is strategically beneficial to help place the ball in a desired location. Additionally, some players are more comfortable hitting draws regularly, while others hit draws as a way to avoid slicing the ball.
Golf clubs that have a full roster of members sometimes will offer a waiting list for those wishing to join. Usually, country clubs do not require you to pay membership dues while you are on the waiting list. However, you may incur other fees while you are on the list.
In most cases, the cost of golf clubs is not a deductible tax expense. However, if you can prove to the Internal Revenue Service that your golf activity is a trade or business entered into for profit, you may be able to deduct the cost of your golf clubs as a business expense.
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The wide variety of opportunities to play golf ranges from daily pay-for-play public courses to exclusive member-owned clubs. The choice is largely governed by economic considerations. Member-owned, equity clubs are the most exclusive and the most expensive, but they usually offer amenities not available at less expensive venues.
Hank Haney has been rated by many as one of golf’s top instructors. His students have won all four of golf’s major professional championships, as well as many amateur titles. While Haney is a PGA teaching professional, and was an excellent amateur golfer, he did not play on the PGA Tour.
It's common for golf clubs, especially drivers and fairway woods, to have their paint chipped and cracked following prolonged use. This damage does not typically affect the use of the club, but it can be an eyesore. Clubs can get damaged by coming into contact with other clubs in your bag and occasionally by mistreating them following a poor shot. The process of repairing the aesthetic damage requires a little craftsmanship.
A golf club is designed to strike the ball with its club face. Occasionally, however, a player may “sky” the ball off the tee by hitting the ball with the top of the club head. PGA pro Mark Blakemore defines a “sky” as a shot that’s “hit off the top edge of the clubface resulting in a much more vertical shot than the club was designed to produce or you had intended.” This can occur when a player tees the ball up too high, or simply makes a poor swing off the tee. Such a swing may not only produce a short, high shot, but it may leave marks on top of your club that you’d like to remove.
As a leading manufacturer of golf clubs, Ping is highly protective of its reputation for producing quality equipment. The company pays close attention to counterfeit versions of its products, and its website has a section dedicated to the issue, “Tips for Avoiding Counterfeit Scams.” The company recommends purchasing Ping products only from authorized retailers, and includes a "Retailer Locator" on its website. For a player seeking to verify the authenticity of Ping golf clubs, the company’s consumer relations department recommends contacting a representative to find the manufacturing dates of the clubs to determine if they may be counterfeit.
The head of an offset club has a leading edge that is set back from the shaft. Such clubs are also called offset hosel clubs because the hosel -- the area where the shaft fits into the club head -- is the part that’s actually bent to set the club face behind the shaft. Offset clubs are typically irons and putters, although offset woods do exist.
According to "Golf Digest," Seve Ballesteros used a cut-down 3-iron to hit balls when he was 7 years old. Andres Romero, a winner on the PGA Tour, picked up a club his father carved from a mulberry tree when he was 6. If you are looking for clubs for your child there are much better options today. Just remember to avoid clubs that are too long, too heavy and too stiff. Fortunately, several elite club manufacturers sell pre-packaged box sets made specifically for younger children or those approaching adolescence. Most include a driver that tops out at around 40 inches. If your youngster is especially tall for his age, consider custom made clubs with longer shafts.
The advent of titanium clubs in the 1990s was a major step forward in the science and technology of golf club design. Titanium is lighter, stronger and more elastic that other metals. Although titanium is primarily used in drivers, you may find fairway clubs, irons and shafts made of titanium. Club engineers and designers are especially excited about using titanium to improve the performance of putters.
The club’s sole is the bottom of the club head, explains PGA.com’s golf glossary. When a golfer addresses the ball, the sole is the portion of the club that lays on the ground. Its width is measured from the leading edge -- where the sole meets the club face -- to the sole's trailing edge toward the back of the club. Club manufacturer Ping led the trend to wider-sole clubs in the first decade of the 21st century, according to the Golf Channel’s Adam Barr, and was quickly followed by Callaway, Wilson and others.
Starting as early as the 15th century, golfers carved their own clubs. Several considerations -- including imported woods and the evolution of the golf ball -- influenced what types of wood were used to make club heads and shafts. Wooden antique golf clubs are popular among collectors, and some golfers even compete in "hickories," tournaments played with hickory-shafted clubs.
When asked how long a man’s legs should be, Abraham Lincoln supposedly replied, “Long enough to touch the ground.” The same is true for golf clubs. A club length that suits one player won’t necessarily suit another, which is why there are professional club fitters. With respect to off-the-shelf clubs, there is no organization authorized to set standard lengths for golf clubs. But a survey of major manufacturers shows that standard golf club lengths are fairly uniform across the board.
Check any golf retailer’s list of clubs and you’ll find them in a variety of prices. As of February 2012 consumers can pay more than $500 or less than $50 for a driver, with graphite shafts and titanium heads prevalent on both ends of the pricing spectrum. But for casual golfers, more expensive doesn’t always mean better. Some of the most expensive clubs are designed for professional and low-handicap players and won’t benefit the weekend golfer. Other pricey clubs have special features – such as drivers with movable weights and adjustable club faces – that beginners don’t need yet. Those looking for modestly priced equipment should also be wary of clubs that are truly cheap.
A putter chipper – commonly known as just a “chipper” – has a putter-like club head that’s lofted approximately 30 to 37 degrees, about the same as a 7- or 8-iron. The club does what the name suggests: It allows you to hit a chip shot while employing a putting stroke. Tim Reed of Adams Golf told Golf.com that a chipper can be used "to tackle an array of greenside shots." LPGA legend Nancy Lopez says the chipper is for golfers who "don't want to pick out a wedge or something that has a little bit more loft to it. ... So it's a club that's probably more comfortable for them."
Tom Watson says the best shot he ever hit was a 2-iron approach that set up his winning par at the 1983 British Open. Hale Irwin cites a pair of 2-iron shots that helped him win the 1974 and 1990 U.S. Opens as among the most memorable strokes of his career. For most golfing mortals, however, the 2-iron is a difficult club to employ. That’s one reason so many players – from high-handicappers to PGA pros – have replaced standard 2-irons with hybrids. The 2-iron is the longest iron, next to the rare 1-iron, and typically measures 39 to 39½ inches long. It’s also the least-lofted club other than the 1-iron, the putter and some drivers. That combination of length and loft makes the club difficult to hit. But if you’re a low-handicap golfer with a fast swing speed – or perhaps you’re just more comfortable doing it the old-fashioned way – the 2-iron can be a valuable club – from tee to green.
Knowing how to regrip a golf club is a handy skill for a do-it-yourselfer who plays golf. If you play often enough, your grips will wear out, become damaged or just lose their feel. Some tour professionals change their grips several times each year, but you may not have to replace them that often. How frequently you play and where you store your clubs affect how long your grips last.
Old golf clubs are everywhere — in attics, in garages, on E-Bay and Craigslist. So if you're looking for cheap golf clubs, they aren't hard to find. However, if you're looking for cheap, useful golf clubs, or decent clubs at a bargain price, you're going to have to search a little harder.
Many golfers attach lead tape to their clubs to alter the ball’s trajectory, to help cure a swing defect or to adjust the club’s feel. Expert opinion isn’t unanimous on lead tape’s benefits, but some PGA Tour pros – Phil Mickelson, for example – have used lead tape on their clubs. Lead tape won’t completely cure a bad golf swing, but it may help smooth out a rough spot. Depending on the size of the roll, a 1-inch strip of lead tape typically weighs about 1 gram. If you think it may help, take your driver and a roll of tape to the driving range and experiment.