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Today's golf equipment bears little resemblance to the clubs our fathers used, so what will your grandkids
be playing years from now? Here's a sneak peek at what manufacturers are planning in their dogged
pursuit of golf's holy trinity: greater distance, consistency and control. DRIVERS Today: 460 cc titanium
head with a 45-inch graphite shaft. Aerodynamic designs, movable weightingand adjustable clubface
mechanisms are trendy. The Future: The entire driver face is at the legal trampolineeffect limit. Clubhead
shapes will change ??" hourglass (pictured above), C-shaped, or cavities in the body will redistribute
weight for stability. Drivers will vary by look, center of gravity (CG) location, and shaft length to create a
personalized performance package. FAIRWAY WOODS Today: Most have small steel or multi-material
heads. The Future: Clubface design will advance so that center strikes will fly like shots hit by a driver.
HYBRIDS Today: Iron-like hybrids (narrower from face to rear) launch shots lower and with less spin than
wood-like hybrids. The Future: A removable rear wall will open the door to full customization, and this will
allow the golfer to dial in precise weight and placement (high, low, heel, toe, etc). IRONS Today: Three
classes of cavity-back (better player, game-improvement, max game-improvement) offerdifferent levels of
forgiveness, workability and feel. Varying face thicknesses tighten spin-rate and ball-speed differences
from shot to shot. The Future: Clubfaces will be made from durable, lightweight, non-metallic materials
(e.g., composites), or laminates. Removing mass from the face will contribute to greater forgiveness. Irons
will be based on loft rather than number, similar to woods. Tailored shaft lengths ??" rather than standard
0.5" increments ??" will suit each club's role. WEDGES Today: Head shapes similar to those from 60-plus
years ago. Multiple lofts and bounce angles matchthe club to your swing and course conditions. The
Future: Unconventional-looking sole designs based on increased understanding of how clubs perform in
different grasses or lies will be introduced. http://www.firstrankgolf.com
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