“Butter knife” is the nickname for the 1-iron, the historically significant but now practically extinct club. The club with which players such as Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus hit legendary shots in major tournaments has largely been replaced by modern equipment, including hybrids and fairway woods, which are more forgiving clubs.
Measuring golf holes accurately is important for many reasons. Course officials require proper measurements so they can set the correct par for each hole. Players need accurate measurements so they can choose the proper club for each shot. Additionally, course ratings are based in part on each course’s yardage, so accurate information is required to set a proper rating and to establish accurate handicaps for golfers playing the course.
PGA Tour players must use clubs that conform to the Rules of Golf published by the U.S. Golf Association. The rules offer a general standard, stating that clubs must include a shaft and a head, and may include a grip. Appendix II, Section 1a of the rules further states that clubs “must not be substantially different from the traditional and customary form and make.” While the rules limit the lengths of most clubs, no limit is placed on the shafts of putters.
It used to be customary to give your child your old golf clubs when he wanted to start whacking balls around. Your toss-offs, however, won't fit many children, instructor Hank Haney asserts in Golf Digest. The shafts are too stiff, the grips are too big and the clubs are too heavy, even after being cut down. As a result, children who use such clubs are likely to swing at the ball with a flat arc. The result? Lots of chunks and low trajectory shots as well as lots of frustration. So do your child a favor and outfit him with clubs.