The Cut : The Cut - Winter 2017
88 THE CUT IRONS Pros: Number one is the great feel, but they also tend to have a beautiful classic look, with more compact heads. They produce a lower flight and it’s easier to work and shape the ball. Cons: The smaller heads are less forgiving on off-centre hits and the faces wear out faster. The long irons can be tougher to hit and they tend to be very expensive. Verdict: Go for forged if you’re a fairly decent ball-striker and enjoy playing and working iron shots. FORGED 11. WILL LONGER CARRY DISTANCES BE A REAL PERFORMANCE BENEFIT FOR ME? It really depends on how far you hit your irons from the start. If you already hit it quite far (i.e. 150m carry with a 6-iron) then more distance won’t really help you score any better. All it will do is move your yardages up and create a large gap between your pitching wedge and specialty wedges that will require you to add another wedge and/or tweak your wedge make-up. That said, I always want to get maximum distance from irons for my clients as it’s always easier to hit an 8-iron over a 6-iron due to loft and shaft length. So distance is important when applied to the right scenario. The significant thing is that many of today’s longer irons are flying higher and stopping quicker, so you don’t compromise the ability to hold the ball on the greens. 12.DO I NEED STEEL OR GRAPHITE SHAFTS? RHETT TAYLOR, MARKETING MANAGER AT KBS GOLF SHAFTS, EXPLAINS THE DIFFERENCES AND WHOM THEY SUIT. Graphite shafts tend to be softer in profile, provide a softer feel with less vibration (this can be beneficial for people with arthritis and other ailments) and also come in a lighter weight compared to most steel shafts. Both types of shaft can suit all types of players from professional to amateur. It comes down to what fits your game and swing. In general terms, graphite shafts will tend to perform better for slower swing speeds and golfers who need a little more help generating a higher flight with their irons. It’s also worth noting that there isn’t always a direct correlation between the flex you need in your driver and irons. My best advice is to visit your local fitter to find out what best suits your game and body. 13. WHERE IS MY MOST COMMON MISS? THIS CAN INDICATE ELEMENTS OF YOUR IRON SET-UP THAT AREN’T OPTIMALLY FITTED FOR YOUR BODY AND SWING. Long and straight The loft is too strong and/or the shaft is too long. Long and right The shaft is too stiff, lie is too flat, loft is too strong and/or the spin is too low. Long and left The shaft flex is too soft, lie too upright and/or loft is too strong. Pin high and right Check the lie angle. Pin high and left Check the lie angle. Short and straight The shaft is too soft, loft is too weak, spin too high, shaft too stiff and/or launch is too high. Short and right The shaft is too soft or too stiff with incorrect kick point, loft is too weak and/or lie angle is too flat. Short and left The shaft flex is too soft, loft is too weak, lie is too upright and/or there’s too much offset. DO I NEED A FORGED OR CAST HEAD? THERE ARE PROS AND CONS FOR EACH, SO IT’S VITAL YOU CHOOSE THE ONE THAT COMPLEMENTS YOUR GAME. 10.
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