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What Does Golf Club Forgiveness Mean in Golf | Let's talk about Iron forgiveness

Updated on April 24, 2012

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Golf Club Forgiveness: What Does It Mean? You got game?

Definition: In golf, "club forgiveness" refers to the construction and design elements in golf clubs that lessen the effects of a bad swing and poor contact with the ball. A golf club that has these features is said to offer a lot of forgiveness (or to "be very forgiving"). Clubs that offer lots of forgiveness are classified as game-improvement clubs. Why use the word "forgiveness"? Because these design elements forgive the golfer for some of his/her mistakes. (You know come to think of it...That might be why I have heard golfers use the term Sunday clubs .)

Before forgiveness was generated into the design of clubheads it was the uncomfortable tingle or vibration felt through the fingers, hands and arms that immediately identified when the ball hadn't been struck purely or in today's terms 'in the sweet spot'. The ball flight never carried as far as a well-struck shot, but tended to zoom on a low trajectory like a launched missile as we rung our stinging hands. Does forgiveness make bad shots go away? Not hardly. Improving your swing along with making better contact with the ball (the sweet spot), is the only way to improve your game. However, forgiveness can make a shot struck off-center travel almost as far as one with perfect contact as well as help get a ball a little higher in the air with less jolt on the hands and arms. That is a good thing in my book. Forgiveness: It reminds me of the day I tried a new Taylor Made Driver at Golfsmith. I asked the pro why this club was so special and he explained the value of forgiveness. I am all into that.....FORE!!! Here's to improving the golf swing.

"The forgiving clubface is one that at impact delivers little sensation other than seeing the ball fly high and far on the line we hope. And forgiveness is a key reason for the emergence of rescue or hybrid clubs in recent years and which are now tending to be integrated into sets of irons as well as being sold separately", says Bob Warters

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Irons Define Your Golf Game and a little forgiveness is never a bad thing

Iron play is the essential control factor that will define your golf game. Everyone loves to drive the ball as far as possible and ogle over the longest drive of the day...but, when the day is through, we all know, unless we find the green from wherever that ball landed; it is mute. Irons vary slightly based on manufactorer and branding. There are usually 8-9 irons that accompany your club bag. Finding the right set for you...well that can be a lifelong quest for the proverbial Holy Grail. Various types of irons with slightly differing specs are marketed today. Hopefully the following information will help you in your quest for the perfect set of irons.

IRON TYPES: Forged or Cast

Forged Irons: Just like the blacksmith shoeing a horse, the metal is forged with a hammer into the desired shape or club head design. The carbon steel or chrome head is finished by milling, grinding and drilling the raw metal to soft metal iron with a 'sweet spot' specified to control trajectory of that particular iron.

Cast Irons: The club head is formed by pouring a liquid metal into a casting or mould. This method is most popular today for the increased complexity and intricacy of design as well as the and lowered cost of manufacturing.

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BLADE IRONS: A blade golf iron or commonly called the muscleback iron offers a small hitting area off a thin clubhead. Blades are designed to distribute the weight evenly throughout the entire club head which forms a desired sweet spot right in the center of the head. This design will produce a straight and much longer flight trajectory when hitting the ball in the sweet spot. If not hit in the desired spot, a shorter more unpredictable outcome will occur. This iron is more suited to low handicap players who will benefit from the precise workability of the blade iron.

CAVITY BACK IRON: Also known as Perimeter Weighted Iron. The design is important as it distributes the weight around the perimeter of the club head producing a larger sweet spot. Usually made from stainless steel, this club offers a hard-hitting golf shot with an off-center more forgiving shot that will fly longer and straighter than that of a Blade Iron. This increased blessed forgiveness comforts the higher handicap golfer. It is essentially touted a 'game improvement' iron. If you are new at the game as I am....this could be 'the must have'.

HYBRID SET of IRONS: These contemporary hybrid irons aim toward golfers who struggle for longer hitting irons. These irons progress from cavity back short irons, through the hollow back or reduced cavity irons to part-wood-part-iron longer clubs. I have the latter of these in my new bag or irons. It gives me more distance than my 9 iron, but less than the driver. The cavity backed short irons offer maximum forgiveness and control for shorter shots into greens. The hollow back mid irons move the weight of the club head lower and further back on the club to produce easily hit high mid iron shots. The long irons combine fairway wood distance with the control and accuracy of a long iron. For a mid handicap golfer or older player, this set could provide the perfect mix to help your quest in game improvement. Sounds like a plan.

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Now let's talk about SHAFTS

STEELS SHAFTS: The reduced price and durabilty make this the most popular and commonly used set of irons. This carbon steel shaft offers consistent torque and flexibility from the 2 to the 9 iron.

GRAPHITE SHAFTS: It is more lightweight, not as common. Offers the golfer a chance to increase swing speed and perhaps unlock more distance. The drawbacks are they are a little more expensive and the feel of the shaft may not be as consistent from club to club. Though women or older golfers might enjoy the lighter feel of the clubs that may benefit the ultimate scores of the game.

MULTI-MATERIAL SHAFTS: Recently a hybrid has materialized which combines the benefits of the steel shaft and lowered weight of the graphite shaft. It is mainly a steel shaft that utilizes a graphite tip. This design offers a solid steel shaft while allowing more control of the ball flight with the graphite tip to produce more distance. What will they think of next. More more more.

Tips for Buying Irons

Go to your favorite Golf store with a driving and putting area to try out various clubs. The golf pro will be delighted to help you and talk you through the various designs. Visit demo days. See how they fit in your hands. What do the grips feel like? How do you like the feel of the club and the weight? I personally like a little weight so I can feel where the clubhead is on my swing. As I improve, I may think differently. Each person has there own personal preference.

If you have fallen in love or lust with the game of golf...and have an unlimited budget (would be nice), you could opt for Custom Fitting. This service is offerred by all the big manufacturers and of course the pros all benefit from these select services. I learned that the average set of men's clubs are designed for a person roughtly 5 foot 10 inches tall; the average women's set is 5 foot 7 inches. So if you are really tall or much shorter than the average you will benefit from custom fitting. Your golf posture is very important to your game and your overall health.

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      6 years ago

      Thanks for the helpful info, Nike is my fav though

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      Jhon Franklin 

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      Nice discussion.


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      Very informative - great article!


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