Golf in and around Westfield is thriving, with both public and private course and many great teaching facilities.
Probably the most notable course in the area is Crooked Stick, which holds one of the major events in the PGA calendar.
There are many other course to mention including Pebble Brook, Woodwind, Bridgewater Club, Brookshire and the soon to open Chatham Hills. Although the golf season can be quite short due to the inclement weather, spring will soon be here and it will be time to blow the cobwebs from your clubs and get out in the fresh air. So while you shaking out that dust cloth and cleaning out the autumn dirt from hose grooves, here is a myth about golf clubs you may want to consider.
Modern Golf Clubs Hit the Ball Farther
Four things primarily determine the distance you hit a golf ball: the loft angle on the club-head, the club length, swing speed and how well you hit the ball. Over the past few years your swing speed has probably stayed about the same, but the loft angles and the length of your clubs have not.
Little by little over the past 30 years or so, in order to say their clubs “hit farther,” club companies have been tinkering with the loft angles on the club-heads…lowering them a bit at a time every so many years. As a result, every club has moved “up” by almost two numbers.
So, when you hit that new 7 iron farther than your old 6 or even 5 iron, you now know why. It’s because that shiny new 7 iron was once a 6 iron or a 5 iron a few years before that.
It means that golfers buying several clubs that are, in effect, designed from the factory to be un-hittable in the hands of the average golfer.
In the world of Club fitting there is something called the “24/38 Rule.” Basically, it means that the majority of golfers cannot consistently hit an iron that has less than 24 degrees of loft or is more than 38 inches in its length. The reason is that a club like that requires swing skills that most average golfers do not have.
Thirty years ago the 24/38 line fell on the other side of the 3-iron.
So, when you bought a typical 3 to PW set, you could reasonably expect to hit each club. Because of the “vanishing loft syndrome,” the 24/38 line has now moved to the shy side of the 5-iron, making the 3, 4 and even 5 iron un-hittable for most golfers.
What are you supposed to do? You have to purchase more new clubs, such as hybrids and more wedges to fill in the gaps. Or, the simple answer is to speak with your club pro, club repair man or a custom club fitter who can build you a set that doesn’t have clubs that you won’t and can’t hit, which take up valuable space in the bag.
And while you are pretending to hole the winning putt for the Masters on your living room floor, take time to check online all the great courses there are in the area and get something booked for the next few weeks, when the warmer weather is here.
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