Have you ever wondered why sets of golf clubs have so many clubs? Have you ever wondered what the difference is between each golf club? Have you ever wondered why different golf clubs are made at different angles? Well, look non further in this article; we will explore all of the above!
Why do golf clubs have different angles?
The answer to this question all comes down to physics. Striking the ball at different angles gives the golfer the ability to hit different types of shots depending on different factors they may encounter on the course, such as distance to the pin, obstacles in the way, and wind speed and direction.
When on the golf course, having the ability to hit many different types of shots can have a major impact on how the golfer performs for the round. Golf clubs such as the putter will have a perfectly flat face as they do not need to lift the ball off the ground, whereas golf clubs such as wedges will have a pronounced angle to the clubface in order to get the ball high into the air avoiding any obstacles in the players way such as trees and bunkers. Other types of golf clubs will have different angles in order to get a different mix of both loft and distance, depending on what the golfer is required to produce for the shot in question.
What is the clubface in golf?
With the “clubface” being mentioned so much in this article, it’s important we define exactly what we mean when we say “clubface.” Located at the front end of the golf club head (the part that makes contact with the golf ball), the clubface is a flat surface angled to different angles for each club in order for the golfer to achieve different types of contact with the ball.
The face of the golf club can differ in size as well as the angle in order to better match the golfer’s needs for each shot. The reason that clubfaces come in many different sizes is to account for the likelihood of error in each type of shot, and clubfaces are specifically designed to give the golfer a bit more room for error if they do not strike the golf ball quite in the middle of the clubface.
The final way clubs differ from one another is in the way the clubhead is shaped. The shape of the club will differ massively between clubs, and the reason for this is more or less the reason they come in different sizes. They are designed to give the golfer the best chance at a clean shot. Take this for an example, putters stay low to the ground and are moving at slower speeds, so they are wide but less tall than other clubs, whereas drivers have a huge surface in order to account for the faster swing speed required and the distance the ball is teed off the ground.
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To sum it all up, the reason that golf clubs come in so many shapes and sizes all comes down to giving the golfer the best chance of hitting the center of the club and getting a good shot, as well as the aerodynamic factors required to help the club cut through the air at the speeds it will be used. The different angles that the golf clubs come in are to help the golfer negate different obstacles on the golf course and get the right blend of loft and distance required for the shot in question.