Instructional Tip -What to Look For in a New Set of Irons. by Todd Daignault
In the ever changing world of golf clubs it is difficult to sift through the marketing hoopla to find real differences in modern irons.
But what are the real differences between all the sets on the market today? How does the average golfer narrow down the field to two or three sets to consider during a fitting? Here’s an abridged version of the thought process you should take to the store or demo day.
The first aspect of a club you should look at is the sole design. This is crucial to a properly fitted set of irons. The sole is the only part of the club that meets resistance. Matching the sole design to what you do as a golfer will make clean contact more repeatable. If you are a picker of the ball, or you like to work the ball, focus on a narrow, flat sole. If you are a big divot taker, or your miss is to hit it heavy, find a club with a wider sole that will increase the effective bounce and alleviate some of those “fat” shots.
The second factor to take into account is a club’s center of gravity. This is harder to figure out on your own, but luckily most retailers have launch monitors in their hitting bays. You need to discover what type of ball flight you naturally create and match that with a club that will compliment your ability and tendencies. Modern clubs can produce very different ball flights, so this step is crucial and will take up the most amount of time in a fitting.
Lastly, and I would dare say the most important, is the confidence factor. Does this club give you the good feeling you need to play your best? Is the shape pleasing? Do you look down at it and know that is what you need to hit the ball the way you want to? The confidence factor is often overlooked in a fitting. Do not settle. There is a club out there that will hit every mark for you.